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Evening Line- John Tortorella

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Mitch Callahan Suspended 20 Gms.-Violating Terms Of AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substance Program

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via a press release from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have been advised by the American Hockey League that Bakersfield Condors forward Mitch Callahan has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Callahan will miss the Condors’ next 20 games, beginning Wednesday (Feb. 14). He will be eligible to return to the Condors lineup for their game on Apr. 11, 2018.

“The Edmonton Oilers organization supports the AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and respects the decision to suspend Mitch Callahan,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli.

“We are very confident that the violation was a simple oversight by Mitch and was not done to gain a competitive advantage.  This suspension highlights the responsibility of the player to be diligent in ensuring that all substances they consume are pre-approved by the Banned Substance Control Group.  We fully support Mitch and look forward to him returning to game play following his suspension.”

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Brian Elliotte Out 5-6 Weeks After Core Muscle Surgery

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from the Phiadelphia Flyers,

Prior to tonight's game, Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media an update on the condition of goaltender Brian Elliott:

"Brian Elliott had successful core muscle surgery this morning," said Hextall. "He's expected to be out 5-6 weeks."

Elliott suffered the injury in Saturday's Flyers-Coyotes game at Arizona. He appeared in all 65 minutes through regulation and overtime where he made 24 saves. He then faced two skaters in the shootout before being forced out of the game with the injury. Back up Michal Neuvirth came in relief of Elliott in the shootout and secured the win.

Elliott has received a majority of the starts this season, his first with the Flyers, since signing with the club during free agency this past summer.


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Tuesday Thoughts On Hockey

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Stealth possibility for Max Pacioretty: Florida. Would be interesting. The Panthers have a lot of talent, with Henrik Borgstrom ready for prime time after this season at NCAA Denver.

- Nashville definitely is all in on Rick Nash. The question is if they can outbid a large field. They already dealt Sam Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and their second-round pick in the Kyle Turris deal, so how deep are they willing to go? A first-rounder that might be 27th or lower won’t do it. They’ve still got excellent prospects (Dante Fabbro and Eeli Tolvanen atop the list) and no doubt the Rangers will try to leverage from those.

- Proof that the Insider label is dumb: We didn’t know for a month that Tom Anselmi had resigned as Ottawa’s President and CEO. It was weird to see former Senators employees taking shots at the organization on Twitter. That doesn’t happen very often. While owner Eugene Melnyk extended Pierre Dorion, the best thing he could do for the team is beef up Dorion’s staff. The Senators are woefully thin in what has become a draft-and-develop league. It is your only chance at success.


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Faith In The Penalty Kill

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The results have been alarming, but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill isn’t losing confidence in his team’s penalty kill.

What has been troubling has been the unit’s lack of effectiveness in weekend games against the New York Islanders and Washington, where the opposition scored six goals on 10 power-play attempts.

Included in that span, obviously, is Friday’s four goals by the Islanders on a late-game five-minute penalty that turned the game in New York’s favor.

But Blashill feels the unit will regain its balance and get back to the level it did the five games previous to the weekend, when it killed 10 of 11 power plays.

“That’s the important part, we had a good penalty kill for a long time, and we have real good penalty killers,” Blashill said.

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A Rebuild Like The New York Rangers?

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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

So what other clubs could make a similar declaration as the Rangers and have their fans accept it? And what clubs couldn’t?

Chicago would be an obvious candidate, sitting 10 points out of the playoffs in the west. GM Stan Bowman has achieved a great deal and generated much goodwill. He would be trusted by many fans if he were to announce a rebuild. What many forget, however, is that when the Blackhawks were terrible in the early part of the century, attendance plummeted. From 2003-07, average attendance fell well below 14,000 a game in the cavernous United Centre, which holds almost 22,000.

For 10 seasons, the Hawks have averaged more than 20,000 fans per game. It wouldn’t be easy to go back to the old days. Rocky Wirtz might frown on a reduction in gate receipts.

Anaheim, with veteran forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, could probably sell a letter announcing a rebuild. GM Bob Murray has done well in drafting and developing young players over the years, so he’s got the credentials.

Detroit would be an interesting case. Red Wings fans are terribly spoiled after more than two decades of success and stars. GM Ken Holland has been there for all of it. He’s trying to rebuild on the fly while riding the wave of interest in a new building. So far, so fairly good, except he doesn’t really have the young star power to make Detroit fans forget all the high-end talent that has retired or moved on. If Holland continues down the current path, it’s going to get harder and harder for him to be the one behind it if Detroit decides to go for a more aggressive rebuilding strategy.

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Re-Sign Or Trade Gustav Nyquist?

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings, sooner or later, will have a decision regarding Gustav Nyquist's future.

He has one year remaining on his contract. Do they try to sign him to an extension, which likely would cost more than $5 million per season?

This team is trying to rebuild by stockpiling draft picks and moving in younger players. It would like to shed as much payroll as possible over the next couple of years. Signing a player who turns 29 on Sept. 1 to a lucrative deal could be counterproductive.

That's why the Red Wings are likely to try to move Nyquist before next year's trade deadline. A source confirmed the club will try to deal Nyquist or Tomas Tatar before this year's deadline (Feb. 26).

It's far from a sure thing, mainly because Nyquist has a no-trade clause, giving him control over where he goes, or even if he goes.


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The Toronto Maple Leafs At The Trade Deadline

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

With less than two weeks until the Feb. 26 trade deadline in the National Hockey League, speculation continues to heat up that the Leafs won’t do anything drastic in the way of player moves.

While it’s true that general manager Lou Lamoriello is capable of making a trade that no one sees coming (think Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa), we concur with what one NHL scout said to us on Monday night as the Leafs squared off with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre.

“The Leafs are a good young team and they are at a point in the curve that they don’t need to do anything,” the scout said.

Consider that with 73 points following a 4-3 victory against Tampa, the Leafs are within six points of the Lightning, which is in first place overall. There’s zero reason for Lamoriello to trade one of his top young players, unless the piece coming back is a bona fide No. 1 defenceman.


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Vegas Golden Knights: Plans for the trade deadline

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By Chris,

Entering the season as the 31st team to join the NHL, it was a given that the Vegas Golden Knights were going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Holding big-name impending UFAs in James Neal and David Perron, teams were already eyeing up a deadline trade with the Golden Knights, likely intending to pass over prospects and picks in exchange.

But, 55 games down the line and the Vegas Golden Knights stand just three poinst behind the perceived Stanley Cup favorites (Tampa Bay Lightning) in the overall standings and are already the best expansion team ever. This has resulted in them signing up the likes of Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden McNabb to new contracts, seemingly performing a U-turn on their anticipated ‘seller’ status at the trade deadline.

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Detroit’s Morning Skate Before Facing The Anaheim Ducks

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Ansar Khan tweets,

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net at #RedWings morning skate.

lines at the skate:
Booth (extra)
Defense pairs:
Ouellet-Witkowski (extras)

added 10:46am, Khan...

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha (net front), Frk-Kronwall
Athanasiou-Larkin-Abdelkader (net front), Tatar-Green

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