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The guys at Sportsnet talked about penalties and changes to them as discussed by the GMs at the recent meeting, GMs without contracts for next season, topic became all Lou Lamoriello, the Montreal Canadiens and a few more items.

 

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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Topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed:

The play of Frederik Andersen, a couple of hat tricks today, the brawl in Detroit (what was Tkachuk thinking), player benches next to each other and a few more topics...

via Sportsnet,

 

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Trade Talk Picking Up

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Let’s face it, this season has not gone according to plan in several locales, so those GMs are trying to decide whether they should add, subtract, sit still or make a change for the sake of doing something to try to improve.

“There’s a lot of teams talking,” a league executive said Saturday.

- The Coyotes, who went into Saturday’s visit to Ottawa, with only one regulation victory. are willing to talk about pretty much every player on their roster. There’s no way the plan was to go in the tank this season after acquiring centre Derek Stepan from the New York Rangers and defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks. GM John Chayka is receiving plenty of calls because the best bet for the Coyotes now is to get the best odds in the draft lottery....

- It’s believed several teams have contacted Habs’ GM Marc Bergevin. There can’t be a hotter seat in the NHL right now than Bergevin’s because coach Claude Julien isn’t going anywhere. The word is that Bergevin is the NHL’s most active GM and he’d like to do something to shake up his team.

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Houston?

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The city of Houston and the Olympics both serve the same purpose for the NHL. Both exist as points of leverage for commissioner Gary Bettman, who is never hesitant to accumulate chips to play when it comes to advising tax-paying citizens what they must do in order that their respective cities keep their teams and negotiating against the players.

In the wake of the estimable Katie Strang’s reporting for The Athletic, we know that Houston is the current city of prominence the NHL has to leverage against cities such as Ottawa and Calgary, whose club owners are seeking new arenas....

Houston makes sense as a U.S. port if accompanied by a viable hockey infrastructure. The Hurricanes are in trouble. The Panthers have been a sinkhole since their move out of Miami to Sunrise. The Islanders are going to become fair game if the bid for Belmont is rejected.

Culturally, of course, Quebec has always made more sense, just as has a second franchise in Toronto.

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If George Parros wants to make his mark as the new sheriff in town, the first-year head of the Department or Player Safety will ignore whatever excuses Radko Gudas offers for using his stick like a guillotine against Mathieu Perreault and suspend the serial predator for no fewer than eight games.

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Video- HNIC Opening Toronto/Montreal

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A piece of history.

 

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Saturday Evening Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- One day they will go to the Hockey Hall of Fame: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, John Tavares, Jaromir Jagr, both Sedins, and Ryan Getzlaf. And I’m not including anyone who hasn’t yet played 500 NHL games.

- An NHL GM on Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid: “If you ask the question, which player would you want to build your team around for the next 10 years, there are only two players to consider. And to be honest, I don’t know which one I’d pick.” Six months ago, that would have sounded crazy.

- Houston makes sense for the NHL, but not as an expansion team, as a place to relocate the Coyotes, Panthers or Hurricanes.

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The 2019 Winter Classic Will Be Held At Notre Dame Stadium

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via the NHL PR department,

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Chicago Blackhawks® and Boston Bruins® outdoors on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.

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Luke Witkowski Will Not Appeal His Suspension

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Secondary Scoring Needed In Edmonton

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from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

... The Oilers, meanwhile, are suffering from what can only be termed “general disappointment” in their search for depth scoring.

The main men are producing at a reasonable rate. The quintet of McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic have connected for 28 goals to this point, compared to 25 through 19 games a year ago. Ryan Strome’s 3 goals are within spitting distance of the departed Jordan Eberle’s 5, so let’s call the “top six” a saw-off.

But beyond that, there’s barely a pulse. Fourth-line centre Mark Letestu has 3 goals, all on the powerplay. On the wings, young bucks Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira, and Puljujarvi 1 lonely tally apiece. The list of guys with no goals at all stretches from the departed Kailer Yamamoto and Jussi Jokinen to fourth-line regulars Iiro Pakarinen and Zack Kassian. That’s a total of 4 goals for 8 players in  combined 91 games played. Whereas last season Pitlick had 6 on his lonesome by this point.

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Not The Best Start For Tuukka Rask

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Rask is on track to appear in 55 games. It would be his lightest workload as a No. 1 goalie since a 45-game run in 2009-10 (excluding the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13). In 2009-10, as a 22-year-old, Rask shunted aside Tim Thomas, who would require hip surgery that summer.

This year’s lighter pace has not resulted in better performance.

It has been a lousy start for both Rask and the Bruins. Through 12 starts, Rask was 3-7-2 with a 2.89 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. Rask was unavailable for two games against Vancouver and Buffalo in October because of a concussion, the result of when Anders Bjork checked him into the Mass. Pike during a full-speed practice collision. He has been playing behind a JV lineup, most closely affected by the loss of stay-at-homer Adam McQuaid, and compounded by a one-line attack up front.

But the numbers are the numbers. They are not good.

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