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Video- Duncan Keith Goal Or Not?

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The goal stands...

 

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Video- An Almost Bad Goal Of The Night For Jake Allen

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Did he lose the puck or just relax?

 

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The Latest Health News On Nathan Horton

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It’s way too early to say if Nathan Horton is on the road to a full recovery from his debilitating back condition, the Blue Jackets cautioned.

But Horton’s presence at the morning skate on Thursday and his general outlook and attitude when he lunched with members of the front office this week have raised optimism that his career might not be finished.

Horton did not speak to the media on Thursday, and his agent, Paul Krepelka, said all comments on his situation would come through the Blue Jackets. President of hockey operations John Davidson said Horton had a “little light in his eye” when they had lunch with general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.

“There’s been some progress there. He is feeling a little better,” Davidson said. “I don’t know what that means in the big picture, but he’s better now than he was earlier this season. His whole attitude was different — better — than the last time we saw him.”

Coach Todd Richards chatted only briefly with Horton on Thursday, he said.

“In my heart, I’ve always believed he’s going to play again,” Richards said. “I still feel that way.”

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Video- Recap Of The Five NHL Games On Friday

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A little over 2 1/2 minutes of highlights...

 

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A “Valuable Opportunity” For Ads On Sweaters For The World Cup

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from the CP at NHL.com,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says advertisements could be included on jerseys at the World Cup of Hockey.

The league has so far resisted putting ads on the sweaters of its 30 teams, but Bettman said Friday that corporate logos on jerseys are possible for the tournament in 2016.

"World Cup, international competition, I don't know," Bettman said at a press conference at Rogers Arena. "We may take a look at it. It might be a valuable opportunity."

None of North America's four major professional sports leagues currently have ads on jerseys, but the practice is widespread elsewhere in the world.

Bettman said that won't be happening any time soon in the NHL.

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Jonas Gustavsson Will Play In Grand Rapids Tomorrow

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Lawsuit Against The CHL

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The Canadian Hockey League consists of three members - the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.  It is big business.  It is the pipeline that feeds much of the talent into the NHL.  Some of the better markets make their owners millions of dollars each year.  They are facing a lawsuit, which if it has merit, will significantly change the leagues. 

A series of class action suits have come together demanding that players in the CHL get paid minimum wage.  The CHL has avoided this so far as the players are considered student athletes.  They receive a small weekly stipend and room and board is paid.  They have a promise that they will have their education paid for in an academic or trades program after they finish in the CHL.  The problem is that education is conditional.  Players who are injured and do not have full CHL careers, players who do not make CHL teams and play junior B or players who do not get their education within a limited amount of time do not get the same benefits.

It would significantly change the financial make-up of the CHL if they had to pay minimum wage.  Some of the smaller markets might not be able to succeed.  The problem is under the current system, the players are making far below their market value.  In some cases this is okay because they are on their way to the NHL.  However most players never make the NHL.  The promise of an education is valuable to some players - if they can get it.  Some other players may not be inclined to pursuing education.  These players are not getting the promised benefits from their CHL student-athlete status.

Here is an ESPN article that talks about this lawsuit.

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Alexey Marchenko Getting A Look By The Wings

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Ken (general manager Holland) and guys who go watch him play and Blash have said is that he's a big body," Babcock said. "We think he's a good player and we're going to give him an opportunity to see what he can do as we try to figure out how to have the best possible lineup we can to help win every game."

Goaltender Petr Mrazek, who played with Marchenko in Grand Rapids, said, "Marchy is a great defensive player, smart guy, right-handed, so I think he's really good. He can jump in the (rush) and then be back on the D."

Marchenko's season ended in late February following surgery for a high ankle sprain.

"I think Marchenko has played well in the AHL," Holland said. "We need to give Marchenko an opportunity. We had the opportunity to look at (Teemu) Pulkkinen and Ouellet. We might take a look at one or two more kids so we know what we got."

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Your Hockey Viewing Options For Tonight

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We have five NHL games on the schedule tonight plus a few alternatives too...

from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,

Friday Night Hockey makes its way back to Kingston for an OHL tilt pitting the Erie Otters up against the Kingston Frontenacs. It’s also a match-up of world junior gold medalists Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.

Erie’s win-streak came to an end on Thursday when they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Peterborough Petes. The Otters have still won six of their past seven. The high-scoring trio of Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat got a boost when Remi Elie and Jake Marchment were brought in from Belleville to add depth to an already potent lineup.

continued and this game will be on the NHL Network US starting at 7:00pm ET tonight.

Or...

DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment has announced that tonight’s “Duel in the D” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Joe Louis Arena is sold out. College hockey fans can catch all the action of tonight’s game between the inter-state rivals on FOX Sports Detroit at 7:30 p.m.

Michigan and Michigan State have met at least once per season at Joe Louis Arena since 1990, with the Wolverines holding the series advantage at The Joe with a 14-9-4 record. 

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San Jose Sharks’ Burns Offering Experiences to Benefit Military Families

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by Mike Shackil,

In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.

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