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Cam Talbot Extension Announced By The New York Rangers

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NEW YORK, December 19, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a contract extension.

Talbot, 27, has appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-3-1 record, along with a 2.34 GAA, a .921 SV%, and two shutouts. He is tied for ninth in the NHL in shutouts in 2014-15, and he is the only NHL goaltender with six or fewer starts to post two shutouts this season. Talbot recorded shutouts in back-to-back starts on November 19 vs. Philadelphia and November 28 at Philadelphia, and he has posted the fourth-longest shutout streak in the NHL this season (159:48 from November 8 at Toronto to December 6 at Detroit).

 

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Happy Holidays From The Pittsburgh Penguins

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Steve Mason Needed Help Off The Ice At Practice Today

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via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

A routine Flyers practice trickled to a halt on Friday afternoon when goaltender Steve Mason went down with an apparently significant injury.

About 30 minutes after the team entered the ice, the net was immediately moved out the way as concerned teammates and coaches huddled around Mason.

It was not apparent what caused the injury or exactly what was ailing Mason.

He originally laid flat on his back in the crease. Eventually, he sat up with the help of trainer Jim McCrossin, before being helped off the ice.

Craib Berube was just on TSN Radio and said no idea what happened nor what the problem is at this point.

added 5:09pm,

Flyers GM Ron Hextall updated the media following the team’s flight to Toronto on the status of goaltender Steve Mason, who left practice with an injury.

“Steve Mason has an upper-body injury and is out for the weekend. We will have an update on Monday.”

The Flyers play back-to-back games over the weekend, taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday before traveling to Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Sunday night.

Mason stopped 31 of 32 shots and four of six players in the shootout to take a 2-1 loss in the Flyers-Panthers game on Thursday.

He has started three straight and 11 of the Flyers’ last 13 games while posting an overall record of 6-10-5 to go along with a 2.49 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 22 appearances this year.

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Mike Emrick Named Media Person Of The Year By Sports Illustrated

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from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated,

THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports)

Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (Game 1, Rangers-Penguins), two overtime games in the conference finals (Games 3 and 4 between the Rangers-Canadians) and two overtime games in Stanley Cup Finals (Games 2 and the clinching Game 5 between the Rangers-Kings).

What struck me most this year about Emrick during the playoffs was when he chose silence. He stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect. During games, he is part wordsmith, part historian, but most of all, he is the consummate professional.

more on the numerous awards and nice to see Tim Thompson getting a mention too...

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Red Wings-Islanders game-day post: Wings emphasize attacking the net; is Lashoff on the block?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 3:52 PM: The Red Wings and Islanders' morning skates ahead of tonight's tilt between the teams (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM) were very quiet affairs news-wise. Johan Franzen's back in the lineup for Detroit, Travis Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk will rejoin the Islanders' defense, and Jaroslav Halak will oppose Jimmy Howard as their respective teams' starting goalies.

The Wings are of course opening up a set of 3 home games in 5 nights (vs. the Isles tonight, the Avs on Sunday and the Sabres on Tuesday) amidst a 4-game winless streak (0-1-and-3) and amidst a schedule in which the team will have 1 more home game in 2014, New Year's Eve's game against New Jersey, before embarking on a road trip that lasts until January 17th, admist a crapton of January and February road games.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose posited a pair of Tweets of team-vs-team-statistical note...

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Should The Boston Bruins Trade Milan Lucic?

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There have been whispers of the Bruins and Blues circling each other for weeks now, but the initial scuttlebutt suggested something smaller was in the works—maybe a deal for the rights to malcontent center (and former Bruin) Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently plying his trade in the faltering KHL. But as the two teams struggle to meet preseason expectations, it's thought that the pot has gotten a little richer and could well include a swap of top-six wingers.

The appeal of Lucic to the Blues is obvious. If they hope to get past the Blackhawks, Ducks and Kings they need to be heavier up front. And Lucic, when he's on his game, is as heavy as they come.

Boston, meanwhile, needs someone that can help them set a higher pace. A bit of an edge would be nice, but speed and scoring touch are paramount. Oshie is struggling this season, but is coming off a 21-goal, 60-point campaign highlighted by his stunning performance in the Olympics for Team USA. He has the wheels and the tools to fill that hole.

more plus other NHL topics...

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Olli Maatta Has The Mumps

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Defenseman Olli Maatta has tested positive for the mumps and remains in isolation, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford announced today.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo have tested negative.

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Red Wings-Islanders morning skate Tweetapalooza: Franzen’s in

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 11:49 AM: The Red Wings face a stiff task in attempting to snapt their their 4-game losing streak (0-1-and-3) against the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), and none of the Wings' 3 remaining games will be anything less than challenging. 

The Avs will come to town Sunday (6 PM start) having battled the Buffalo Sabres the previous evening, and those surging Sabres wrap up the Wings' home-friendly schedule when they visit on Tuesday (7:30 PM).

After that, as the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa noted, the Wings play 3 more games in 2014, with only the New Year's Eve game against New Jersey taking place at home; then a 6-game road trip kicks off road-heavy January and February schedules.

Tonight's opponent will receive blueline reinforcements in the form of Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic; Johan Franzen should return to the Wings' lineup after battling a set of ailments that most likely spurned his 10-game scoreless streak; according to NHL.com's game notes, Brad Watson and Francis Charron will referee tonight's game, with Trent Knorr and Mark Wheeler working the lines.

When the morning skate began, there were no surprises from MLive's Ansar Khan...

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NHL Short Notes

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REMINDER: HOLIDAY ROSTER FREEZE
For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) tonight, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) on Saturday, Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d).

STREAK BUSTERS
The Capitals, Hurricanes and Kings recorded victories on Thursday to halt the winning streaks of the Blue Jackets (7), Maple Leafs (6) and Blues (5), respectively.

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