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Sue You, No, Sue You

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Bagnall of the Ottawa Sun,

John Ruddy and Trinity Development are seeking more than $1 billion in damages from Ottawa Senators owners Eugene Melnyk and Capital Sports Management Inc., a subsidiary of the NHL hockey team.

The Tuesday legal filing, which includes a statement of defence and a counterclaim, is a response to the $700-million suit launched by Melnyk on Nov. 23 against Ruddy, Trinity and others over the “failed joint venture” between Capital Sports Management and Trinity Development.

These are two of the main partners in RendezVous LeBreton, which had been negotiating with the National Capital Commission to transform LeBreton Flats into a new community with an NHL arena at its core.


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Notes On A Game Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers have been going through a tumultuous time.

On Monday, they fired head coach Dave Hakstol and replaced him with Scott Gordon, who was coaching the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

In addition, the team put goaltender Anthony Stolarz on injured reserve and recalled Carter Hart, who will make his NHL debut against the Wings.

"Not worrying about anything to do with the other side," Blashill said. "Just worry about us playing great hockey. We got to make sure we come out with a great sense of urgency. We got to make sure that we're not giving up easy chances and we got to make sure that we're playing 60 minutes of great hockey."

For Cholowski, it will be his first time playing in Philadelphia.

"Historic team. Broad Street Bullies, I always watched those clips of what their team was like," Cholowski said. "Obviously they're a big, strong team, lots of tough players and they're going to try to get the puck behind us and grind on us. We have to get back fast and move the puck up and use our speed."

more and other topics including Hronek and Zadina...

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Video- Is Carter Hart The Answer In Philadelphia?

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via Sportsnet,

Hockey Central at Noon discusses the Philadelphia Flyers decision to call-up goaltending prospect Carter Hart from the AHL and whether or not he can solve the question marks that are surrounding the Flyers net.



added 1:09pm, Brain freeze in the original headline, had Hutton, changed to Hart.

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An Optional Skate In Philadelphia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Dana Wakiji via Twitter says it is an optional skate for the Wings.

In other news, Carter Hart will make his NHL debut in goal tonight for the Flyers.

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Video- A Different Kind Of Sit Down With Rasmus Dahlin

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Filip Zadina’s Status For WJC Is Wait And See

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Zadina is in holding mode.

He suffered a lower-body injury this past Saturday, casting into doubt his availability for the World Junior Championship.

General manager Ken Holland said  Tuesday that Zadina “is day to day. See how he feels tomorrow.”


added 11:29am, Peter Wallner tweet,

Filip Zadina practicing today with ⁦@griffinshockey⁩. With Ford and Holmstrom.

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Sporadic Play From The Arizona Coyotes

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from Richard Morin of azcentral,

In the NHL, it usually takes 20-25 games to really figure out the identity of a team and whether or not it could be a contender for a given season. But it’s taken a bit longer to get a firm evaluation of these Arizona Coyotes.

For the Coyotes, who will suit up for their 33rd game on Tuesday against the New York Islanders at Gila River Arena, the verdict has not yet been rendered and many questions still remain. Do they stand any chance in the Pacific Division? Are they any good? Are they simply a mediocre team still trying to find its niche?

These are questions we should probably be able to answer by now, but the Coyotes’ inconsistent play through the first part of the season has painted a cloudy picture. Much of that smokescreen has to do with the team’s inability to ride any waves of momentum — especially on the road.

The latest such situation came during a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, a frustrating defeat that yielded a 1-3 road trip to Arizona. Still, that frustration went far beyond just a loss. It was yet another example of the Coyotes being incapable of building momentum.


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The Anaheim Ducks Keep Winning

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from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

When they left home to begin a five-game trip a little more than three weeks ago, the Ducks were still very much a work in progress. Their play was as uneven and disjointed as their lineup, a patchwork quilt of skills and strengths and weaknesses.

Somewhere along the road from Tennessee to Florida to North Carolina to the District of Columbia, the Ducks discovered something about themselves. They learned how they must play in order to be competitive against any opponent and to win in any situation, at home and on the road.

On the road again for another five-game trip, the Ducks proved it again. They rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a 4-2 victory from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at PPG Paints Arena, mixing and matching players of varying abilities and experience and dominating the game after a sluggish first period.

The Ducks (19-11-5) have won four consecutive games, nine of 10 and 11 of 13.


Game highlights below.

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How Not To Fire A Coach

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Rarely does a team allow a coach to dangle out there like the Philadelphia Flyers did with Dave Hakstol, who was mercifully fired on Monday after parts of four seasons at the helm.

That a coaching change became necessary was no shock. The Flyers rolled over and quit on Hakstol on their swing through Western Canada.

It was the execution that was botched.

Hours after a report surfaced on Sunday that Hakstol was fired, the Flyers denied the story and said definitively: “Dave Hakstol is our coach.” A spokesman said practice would resume on Monday and even after the team took the ice without Hakstol, there was no official word.

A mess was made of Hakstol for the hockey world to see, an embarrassing fumble played out in real time on social media for one of the game’s proudest franchises.

read on

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Video- Ian Cole With What Looks Like A Knee-On-Knee Hit To Brock Nelson

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