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Report- Billionaire In Talks With NHL About Getting A Team In Las Vegas

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Billionaire William Foley is betting hockey will sell in Sin City .

Foley is in advanced talks with the NHL about bringing the first major league sports franchise to Las Vegas, The Post has learned.

“He’s the real deal,” a source said. “He has deep pockets.

His goal is to bring an NHL team to Vegas starting with the 2017-18 season, which would mark the league’s 100th anniversary....

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s half brother, Jeffrey Pollack, has been advising Barroway, sources said. Pollack also lives in Las Vegas.

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Are The Washington Capitals A Playoff Team?

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Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington answered some questions,

what's the caps odds of finishing top 4 in the metropolitan division? Or is too early to tell?

If the season ended today, the Capitals would be preparing to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs while the Pittsburgh Penguins would be polishing their golf clubs for an early summer vacation. From the start of training camp I’ve been saying the Caps are good enough to finish in the top five or six in the conference and I still believe they are good enough to nail down one of the top three playoff spots in the Metro.

I thought the Penguins would struggle out of the gates with new coach Mike Johnston and they’re off to a 3-2-1 start, just one point off the playoff pace.

I thought the Islanders improved themselves dramatically with the summer additions of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, center Mikhail Grabovski and defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk and they’re off to a 5-2-0 start.

The Ottawa Senators [4-1-0] and Detroit Red Wings [4-1-2] have been pleasant surprises so far, but I’d be shocked to see both teams get into the playoffs, especially with the Bruins and Penguins expected to rise to the top of the conference.

The Caps are off to a solid start under new coach Barry Trotz and they should get better as they grow more accustomed to his way of playing. So, yes, the Caps should finish in playoff position and, quote honestly, should not shoot any lower than a Metropolitan Division title.

more Washington related questions....

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Wings’ Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Also via Khan, the PP remains the same and Franzen not skating.

added 12:37pm, via Khan,

Other lines: Nestrasil-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson. Weiss rotating in on Datsyuk line. Cleary likewise on Sheahan line.

added 1:11pm, Babcock told numerous beat writers, The Monster starts tomorrow.

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Questions For Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Q: Do you think the Wings will trade Dylan Larkin for Tyler Myers? I hope not. I like Myers' size and right shot but I hope they don't sacrifice the future for him.

A: My guess is they won't part with Larkin in their efforts to acquire Myers. They're committed to building through the draft. They relinquished a young center (Calle Jarnkrok) last season because they felt they needed a veteran center (David Legwand) to help them reach the playoffs.

They have a couple of other promising centers in the system in Tomas Nosek and Mattias Janmark, but Larkin, their top pick in 2014 (15th overall), by several accounts, has the potential to be much better. It's no surprise the Sabres are seeking him, after being told top prospect Anthony Mantha isn't going anywhere.

The Red Wings will have to relinquish something of value to land the young (24), 6-foot-8, puck-moving defenseman Myers. At 1-7, the Sabres are well on their way to reaching their goal of gaining the most lottery balls for the Connor McDavid draft in June, so they shouldn't be in any hurry to get rid of all their best players.

more questions for Ansar Khan of Mlive including one on Weiss...

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Update On Injured Philadelphia Flyers

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via the Philadelphia Flyers,

COBURN & MacDONALD OUT

Shortly after the Flyers resumed practice on Friday morning, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both have lower-body injuries and will be out for approximately four weeks.

Coburn had been skating with the team for a full week, rehabbing from an injury he suffered on opening night in Boston that has kept him out of the last five games.

MacDonald has appeared in all seven of the Flyers contests, recording three points (1g-2a) and an average ice-time of 22:55 to rank second on the team, behind Mark Streit.

Also on the injury front, Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He did not return for the third period in the Flyers’ 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.

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NHL Short Notes

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100 GAMES AND COUNTING
Thursday’s Blue Jackets-Sharks game marked the 100th contest of the 2014-15 regular season. Some highlights at the century mark (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau):
 
* Sixty games have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.
 
* Forty-nine games have featured one-goal margins. Another 10 have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score.
 
* Thirty-nine games have seen a team overcome a deficit at any point in the contest, including 21 in the third period. Of those 39 games, nine have featured a multi-goal comeback.
 
* Twenty-seven games have required overtime, including 12 decided in five-minute extra period.
 
* Eight games have seen a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including five in the last 60 seconds.
 
* Eight games have seen a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation. Of those eight games, the team that recorded the tying goal went on to win five times.

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How About James Neal And The Predators

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

 Patric Hornqvist is off to such a nice start playing with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz in Pittsburgh that one almost forgets the player who went the other was as part of the draft day trade. Um, James Neal, anyone? How about a natural hat trick for Neal on Thursday night as his Nashville Predators topped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at a buzzing Bridgestone Arena? I wrote about the surprising Preds earlier on Wednesday and noted that most people are waiting for their bubble to burst. By handing the Blackhawks their first loss in regulation this season, the Predators -- the Predators! -- are the last remaining club in the entire NHL without a regulation loss. At 5-0-2, they are one of the great unexpected stories of the young season.

continue for Custance on Jonathan Quick and Strang on Pavel Datsyuk...

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Jordin Tootoo’s Life On Ice

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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

 It is a long way from Nunavut to Newark.

For Jordin Tootoo, that unusual journey took him from the tundra through junior hockey stardom, a brother’s suicide, struggles with alcoholism and eight seasons as a fast-living fan favorite with the Nashville Predators.

Now Tootoo, the only Inuk to play in the N.H.L., is a little-used 5-foot-9 forward trying to extend his career with the Devils.

He tells the story of that journey in “All the Way: My Life on Ice,” an autobiography written with the prominent Canadian sportswriter Stephen Brunt that was published this week.

“I am very honored to be a role model for the North and for the aboriginal community,” Tootoo, 31, said during an interview after a Devils practice last week. “And for me to open up and tell my story may inspire others from small towns or in the North who face some of the same problems I’ve had.”

continued

Paberback edition available at Amazon (KK affiliate link)

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Avoiding The Head Shots

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Guess how many players had been suspended this season for dirty checks or headshots going into Thursday’s games around the NHL.

The answer: Zero.

That’s right. Zilch, zip, nada.

No players had been forced to watch games for heinous acts on the ice, including in the pre-season. It’s something to be thankful for, seeing as we had more than a dozen a year ago at this point, and around half of them were because of headshots.

Could it be the message has gotten through?

“I’ll put it this way, I’m definitely more aware now of headshots than three or four years ago,” said Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano. “When you had a chance to give a guy a lick three or four years ago, you didn’t think, ‘I’d better not hit his head.’ You’re thinking of giving him a lick as hard as you can.

“In the heat of the battle, you don’t easily think about those things, but I honestly pulled up thinking exactly that, I didn’t want to hit his head.”

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Video- ” We All Stand On Guard For Thee”

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Last night, the Detroit Red Wings showed their support for the City of Ottawa and all of Canada.

 

added 7:59am, And the Boston Bruins did the same, watch below...

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