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Video- Darren Dreger With The Talk Around The NHL

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Darren Dreger was on NHL Live last night and talked Toronto Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings and next year's Winter Classic.


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Trade Targets

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from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,

We're less than six weeks from the Mar. 2 trade deadline, which means all the basic chatter and 'tire kicking' will take on a more serious tone as early as next week.

There's no promise that deals will be made immediately following the All-Star break, but a number of team executives do sense that the urgency to make a move is starting to grow. ...

With that in mind, let's first take a look at the list we unveiled in Tuesday's edition of Insider Trading disclosing the initial list of players considered as trade bait with the deadline looming:




Antoine Vermette  Arizona Coyotes  Centre 
Tyler Myers  Buffalo Sabres  Defence 
Joffrey Lupul  Toronto Maple Leafs  Left Wing 
Jake Gardiner  Toronto Maple Leafs  Defence 
Keith Yandle  Arizona Coyotes  Defence 


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The Falling Canadian Dollar And Some Hockey Notes

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

-The general belief at the start of the season, when everyone could see the dollar was going to fall thanks to the oil prices going down, was all would be fine as long as the dollar stayed above 80 cents compared to the U.S. greenback.

Now it looks like a dream the dollar will hover above 80 cents, with economists expecting it to fall to 75 cents, or likely even lower before bouncing back, and a return won’t be until the end of 2016.

With luck, it won’t fall to 62 cents like we saw in ’02.

The preliminary salary cap for the 2015-16 season was around US$73 million — and there are plenty of teams that will have an interesting time dealing with that (hello, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins) — but now the talk is it could be at $71 million....

- Could it actually be the year the St. Louis Blues hoist the Cup? That team sure isn’t lacking anywhere and now has the offence to go with the grit and size.

- What’s the bigger surprise: The Flames have the best intra-divisional record among Pacific clubs (14-4-1) or the Los Angeles Kings are 2-12 in overtime/shootout decisions?

more salary cap talk and other hockey topics...

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NHL Short Notes

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* This year marks the first time NHL All-Star activities are taking place in Columbus. The Blue Jackets and Columbus previously hosted an NHL signature event, welcoming thousands of NHL fans and executives to the city for the 2007 NHL Draft. Three 2015 NHL All-Stars were selected in that draft, all going in the first round: Patrick Kane was selected first overall (CHI), Jakub Voracek was taken seventh overall (CBJ) and Kevin Shattenkirk was picked 14th overall (COL).
* The 2015 NHL All-Star with the most career appearances in the midseason classic is Rangers forward Rick Nash, who will be skating in his sixth career game. Following Nash is Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who will play in his fifth NHL All-Star Game.
* Eleven 2015 NHL All-Stars are under age 25. Thirty-one have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday.

* The youngest NHL All-Stars are 20-year-old Filip Forsberg (NSH, 8/13/94) and 21-year-olds Zemgus Girgensons (BUF, 1/5/94) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM, 4/12/93). The oldest is 38-year-old Patrik Elias (NJD, 4/13/76).

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The NHL/NHLPA Forms A Partnership With GoPro

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NEW YORK / TORONTO  (January 23, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced a North American partnership with GoPro, the maker of the world's most versatile camera and enabler of some of today's most immersive and engaging content. The agreement is GoPro’s first with a major professional sports league. As part of this unprecedented partnership, the NHL will use GoPro’s innovative equipment and expertise to deliver hockey fans never-before-seen perspectives of the game and the talents of the top players in high-definition video content during national and regional game broadcasts and across the digital and social media platforms of the NHLPA, NHL and GoPro

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Hockey World Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- Best wishes to the game’s second-winningest coach, Al Arbour, who’s in tough shape medically and living in Florida. Arbour (782 wins) coached the New York Islanders to four Stanley Cups, and was quiet and understated, but always had his players on their toes. Arbour used to have sneak weigh-ins. Guys like Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith, Clark Gillis and Potvin, stocky or heavy-looking, could be in trouble. A player like Bob Nystrom? Nothing.

- The Washington Capitals have a manhole-sized decision to make on unrestricted free-agent Mike Green since he’s the No. 5 defenceman making $6.25 million. John Carlson is No. 1, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner are the others in the top four. They’ve got Carlson and Niskanen who can play the point on the power play. They don’t want Green walking for free, but there’s no way they’ll give him that dough to keep him. Niskanen got $5.7 million a year last July on the open market. Washington could deal Green for possibly a second-rounder at the trade deadline, but they also might keep him for seven or eight home playoff games and say 11 years in the organization is a healthy return on a draft pick. The Capitals have Dmitri Orlov to plug into a No. 5 hole when he gets healthy and Canadian junior star Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets) coming.

- Have the years caught up to Patrick Marleau? Or is this a one-off, an awful scoring year for the longest-serving San Jose Shark? He has eight goals in 47 games, only five of them five-on-five. Swedish call-up Melker Karlsson has seven goals in 18 games.

more plus Matheson takes a look at Aaron Ekblad here...

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Mark Streit A Man Without A Country At The World Cup

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from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

According to reports, the NHL and NHLPA are expected to announce the details Friday for the return of the World Cup of Hockey. Among those details is a new team of European All-Stars that would comprise of players who aren't from the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland or Sweden.

If Streit were selected, he'd be suiting up with players like Slovakians Tomas Tatar and Zdeno Chara, Solvenian-born Anze Kopitar and Norwegian Mats Zuccarello.

"I don't like it at all. Not one thing about it," Streit said. "It's a nations tournament. You love playing for your country."

The format of the new World Cup, which hasn't been played since 2004, is to have the European All-Star team, a North American "Young Guns" team comprised of players under 23 years old, Canada, the U.S. and the four aforementioned European nations.

"It's supposed to be the top eight (countries)," said Streit, who represented Switzerland in 12 World Championships. "For players, you want to play for your team. That's the whole purpose of it. I don't know. I don't like it at all. There's supposed to be the top eight. Go with that. Whoever's in is in; whoever's not is not. This is…I don't know."


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Video- Top 5 NHL Goals Before The All-Star Break

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Sportsnet style...


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What Games are at the NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition?

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By Dave Z.,

Since this NHL season started in 2014 players have given their best to exceed each other, The NHL is the moment when the players can prove themselves in front of the world. The NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition will take place this weekend in Columbus and will feature an assortment of exciting competitions. These include events that will test the skills of some of the world's best hockey players.

Here's a look at the games that will be played at this special event. These are games that will pit players from teams captained by Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Columbus' Nick Foligno against one another. 

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Can we fix the All-Star Game? A suggestion and open forum.

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So, let's face it, the All-Star game is a joke. How did it get this way? Can it be fixed? I'd like to offer some suggestions and then open the floor to hear from all of you.

First, I'd like to start by addressing the format, the fantasy draft. The only reason I found the first fantasy draft interesting was because Nick Lidstrom, my team's Captain and one of the greatest players of all time was one of the team captains. Not only that, the team was literally called "Team Lidstrom." But did that really matter to other teams' fans? Probably not. I don't care about this year's teams, and not just because I have no Red Wing to root for. Fantasy drafts are great for video games, but this is the All-Star game. This used to be about bragging rights, and the only bragging rights that matter are East vs. West. So how about starting with returning to East vs. West, back to basics, back to my conference is better than yours.

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