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Roope Hintz Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Dallas Stars

11/29/2022 at 11:40am EST

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Roope Hintz to an eight-year contract extension, which begins in the 2023-24 season and runs through the 2030-31 season. The eight-year contract extension is worth $67.6 million and has an average annual value (AAV) of $8.45 million.

Hintz, 26, has skated in 22 contests this season with Dallas and is tied for third on the club with 24 points (8-16-24). Among team leaders, he shares first in shorthanded goals (1) and second in assists (16) and game-winning goals (2), while also third in plus/minus rating (+13). He also ranks second in TOI/G (17:01) and third in power play TOI/G (2:23) among team forwards.

Goaltending Is Now An Issue For The New York Rangers

11/29/2022 at 9:33am EST

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

We can pick at the line combinations, at the head coach’s allotment of ice time, at the regression of most of the kids who have been unable to use last year’s playoffs as a springboard to success, at the team’s lack of resilience.

We can and we have. More than once.

But that’s kind of like being unable to see the forest for the trees.

The primary reason the Rangers have not been able to replicate their performance from a year ago is that, 23 games into the season, last year’s Vezina winner would not get a single vote for the trophy if the balloting were conducted today.

Igor Shesterkin knows it and Igor Shesterkin is wearing it after surrendering another four goals in Monday’s depressing, but not unexpected 5-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Devils at the Garden that left the Blueshirts a staggering 14 points behind New Jersey.

“The goalie played a s–t game again,” Shesterkin said without a translator after surrendering at least a couple of wonky ones in a game the Blueshirts actually led 2-0 after 3:01 of play. “I’m ashamed.”


NHL Short Notes

11/29/2022 at 1:59am EST

* The Devils and Golden Knights both earned their 10th road win of the season, with New Jersey becoming the third club in NHL history to reach the mark in 11 or fewer games (BUF: 10 GP in 2006-07 & BOS: 11 GP in 1929-30).

* Mitchell Marner and Jason Robertson each found the back of the net to extend their point streaks, both securing the second-longest run in their respective franchise’s history in the process.

* The Islanders and Kraken will both aim to extend win streaks Tuesday, with Seattle looking to establish a franchise benchmark with its sixth consecutive victory.

Looking For A Playoff Spot

11/28/2022 at 1:59pm EST

from Michael Traikos of the National Poat,

There are six teams that were in the Stanley Cup playoffs last year — Florida, Washington and the New York Rangers in the East, and Calgary, Minnesota and Nashville in the West — who wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

Luckily for them, the season doesn’t end after the first two months.

But it does raise a couple of questions: which teams currently on the outside looking in will be in the dance when the season ends? And more importantly, who will they unseat?

I can’t see the Panthers, who are two points back of the final wild card spot, missing out. Not after finishing with the best record in the NHL last year. The same goes for the Rangers, who are one point out of the playoffs after reaching the East final a year ago.

In the West, the Wild just need some consistent goaltending to get back in the playoff picture. Meanwhile, the Flames should be a playoff team once Jonathan Huberdeau finds chemistry with his new team.

As for who they replace, well this is where it gets tough.

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Stars Of The Week

11/28/2022 at 1:33pm EST

NEW YORK (Nov. 28, 2022) – Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey and New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 27.

A Wrongful Dismissal Suit Filed Against The Vancouver Canucks

11/28/2022 at 11:51am EST

from Jonathan Tovell of The Hockey News,

Former Vancouver Canucks employee Rachel Doerrie alleged the team and assistant GM Emilie Castonguay discriminated against her.

Doerrie filed a human rights complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal on Nov. 22 and shared the document on Twitter Sunday evening. She alleged that her sex, mental and physical disabilities played a role in her termination on Sept. 27.

Castonguay is specifically named in the complaint “because of the central role she played in the termination of Ms. Doerrie’s employment,” said the document, written by Peter Gall, Doerrie's counsel. The Canucks are also named as a respondent.

Doerrie alleged that Castonguay grew “cold” towards her after Doerrie was promoted to the coaching staff as an analyst and assistant to the video coach. That eventually led to Castonguay allegedly saying to Doerrie, “I don’t know if you have what it takes to do the job, mentally.”

“Ms. Doerrie suffered damage to her dignity, self-esteem, and physical and mental health resulting from Ms. Castonguay's comments, and her subsequent treatment by Ms. Castonguay,” the document alleged. “She also suffered financial losses arising from her unexpected loss of employment.”


NHL Short Notes

11/28/2022 at 1:53am EST

* Josh Morrissey assisted on three of Winnipeg’s seven goals to match the franchise record for most in a game by a defenseman and continued his strong start to the 2022-23 season.

* While Erik Karlsson accomplished a franchise-first for the Sharks, his opponent Quinn Hughes guided the Canucks to an overtime victory Sunday.

* Matty Beniers outdueled Trevor Zegras and recorded his second three-point outing in three games to help the Kraken tie the franchise’s longest winning streak.

Patrick Kane's Future

11/27/2022 at 10:12pm EST

from Mark Lazerus of The Athletic,

All summer, and throughout the Blackhawks’ unexpectedly fun start, people around the league — other reporters, radio hosts across Canada, execs from other front offices, and in two surprising incidents, other NHL players — asked me what I expected Kane to do. And my answer was always the same — I really didn’t know. Everyone else was so sure he was a goner, but I wasn’t. Everything I had gathered from my own reporting and everything I knew about Kane, having covered him for a decade, told me that he was looking for a reason to stay. That he wanted to stay. That he wanted to be a Blackhawk for life and he wanted to play alongside Bedard or whichever other young superstar the Blackhawks draft and he wanted to still be here when the Blackhawks came out the other end of this process.

I still believe that.

But I no longer think it’ll happen. I can’t. It’s too real now, too bleak. And the losses, the hopelessness, seem to be weighing on Kane now. He’s not scoring at his usual pace, with just 16 points (and just three goals) in 21 games. He doesn’t have his usual jump. And he doesn’t seem to be having much fun out there. After Athanasiou’s ill-fated goal on Sunday — which was created when Kane, swarmed by three Jets, managed to muscle the puck to the low slot, where Athanasiou tipped it in — Kane pointed to Athanasiou and pumped his fist over his head, like he so often does when a teammate does something well. Nobody loves scoring and creating goals like Kane does. But the joy was short-lived. As it has been all season.

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Lindy Ruff Has Adapted To The Changing Game

11/27/2022 at 2:04pm EST

from Mike G. Morreale of the NHL website,

Lindy Ruff has found a way to adapt, listen and persevere in his 22 seasons as an NHL coach.

The 62-year-old still enjoys the traditional practice, the video work, game planning, and, most importantly, watching his players excel in big moments.

On Saturday he became the fifth coach in NHL history to reach 800 wins when his New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 at Prudential Center. The others to reach the milestone are Scotty Bowman (1,244; 1967-2002), Joel Quenneville (969; 1996-2022), Barry Trotz (914; 1998-2022) and Ken Hitchcock (849; 1995-2019).

"I've got a lot of respect for all those names ... a lot of great coaches," Ruff said. "I obviously played for Scotty Bowman and I have a lot of respect for him. I still communicate with him on occasion. The reason you get there is you've found a way to adapt through the years and get to that point."


Hockey Notes In Late November

11/27/2022 at 10:55am EST

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is facing none of the similar pressures that counterpart Ken Holland must be facing in Edmonton, with the Oilers fighting once again to find their way. Holland has to do something — and fast. Dubas has time on his side and considerable cap space available, with the possibility that Jake Muzzin won’t play again this year or possibly any year. Dubas has time; Holland may not have that/

- There are no deep-and-dark theories here as to why Canadian teams don’t win the Stanley Cup. Look at the rosters across Canada right now. Is Vancouver good enough? Is Calgary? Is Edmonton? Is Winnipeg? Is Ottawa? Is Montreal? Is Toronto? Maybe the Leafs, on paper, have enough. But year after year, the teams aren’t good enough. Is that geography or is that just circumstance and mediocre management that prevents Canadian parades?

- Nine of the top-10 scorers in the NHL were first-round draft picks. The one who wasn’t, goal-scoring leader Jason Robertson, selected 39th in the 2017 draft by Dallas. Six picks before Robertson was chosen, Colorado took defenceman Conor Timmins, the latest Leafs pickup. The best pick in that draft, Cale Makar, taken fourth by the Avalanche.

- Most years 20 to 30 players manage that. This year there are 61 players scoring at a point-per-game pace and another 15 players one point away from that. To date, seven defencemen are scoring more than a point per game, the crazy number belonging to the resurgent Erik Karlsson, scoring at 110-point pace.


NHL Short Notes

11/27/2022 at 2:00am EST

* For just the sixth time in NHL history, two different teams earned a three-goal third-period comeback victory on the same day as the Oilers and Blues both achieved the feat Saturday.

* Jack Hughes scored the first hat trick of his career – and did so in natural fashion – as the Devils won 12 games in a month for the third time in franchise history.

* Both of the NHL’s longest point streaks of the season remained intact as Jason Robertson and Mitchell Marner extended their runs to 15 and 16 games, respectively.

Video- First Career Hat Trick For Jack Hughes

11/26/2022 at 11:22pm EST

32 Thoughts Tonight

11/26/2022 at 9:43pm EST

On this edition of 32 thoughts, Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss how there could be a new directive after Connor Hellebuyck's mask off incident, the concern of player safety from fans and how the Sabres could be dark horse for Jakob Chychrun.

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A Legend Passes

11/26/2022 at 9:36pm EST

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The beautiful part of it is that Borje Salming knew how the world perceived him before his passing as a victim of ALS on Thursday at age 71. The word “iconic” doesn’t quite do justice to the Hall of Fame defenseman. Salming was more that. He was revered.

He was revered not only as a player, but also as an individual. Love and adoration flowed to Salming as a groundbreaker who became a pioneering role model in opening the door for an influx of his fellow Swedes into the NHL after he conquered an unwelcoming, antagonistic environment that confronted him and any who might threaten the Canadian hegemony of the league.

Salming knew that. He knew that when he received a thunderous ovation at Maple Leaf Gardens during pregame introductions while representing Team Sweden prior to playing Team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup. He knew that two weekends ago in Toronto on consecutive, emotional nights featuring one impromptu tribute and a second formal one that evoked tears.

Similarly, he knew that at the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation Centennial Gala celebrating the country’s all-time greatest players at Avicii Arena in Stockholm just over one week ago, when his introduction evoked an emotional response. Salming was not only a beloved hockey player, but also a beloved individual in the way of Rod Gilbert, Jean Beliveau and Gordie Howe, and a beloved cultural icon in the way of Maurice Richard.


Video- Knocking Off The Net And When To Bow The Whistle

11/26/2022 at 9:28pm EST

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

On this edition of To The Point, the Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss Sidney Crosby's multiple exits in the first period against the Maple Leafs, Matt Murray dislodging the net numerous times, and Connor Hellebuyck losing his helmet during play.

Will The Boston Bruins Continue To Roll?

11/26/2022 at 4:47pm EST

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

What we have here, one quarter of the way into the NHL season, is a Bruins team that has drastically outperformed expectations. The question now becomes, can they keep it going for another 61 games, and then a couple of months of grueling, often torturous, Stanley Cup play?

For that answer, please see this space when the playoffs begin at the start of May, albeit with this one caveat: This is the same space that in September had the Bruins slotting in again as a No. 7-8 wild-card contender. Which is why spiked eggnog is a holiday staple in your faithful puck chronicler’s hydration care kit.

Through the first 21 games, including Friday’s 3-2 win over the Hurricanes, the Bruins have scored more than anyone, including their new bench boss, figured possible — both in terms of goals and roster depth and breadth. They also own the league’s widest positive goal differential (plus-38).

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Video- The New York Rangers Lead 3-0 At Home After 40 Minutes

11/26/2022 at 4:11pm EST

Then 4 unanswered goals from the Edmonton Oilers in the 3rd period to win 4-3.

Here are the Edmonton goals.

Winnipeg Jets Blow A Two Goal Lead, Win In Overtime

11/26/2022 at 6:58am EST

from Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet,

The confusion was real, though the reactions weren’t quite as raw as they might have been had the Winnipeg Jets not been able to find a way to squeeze out the extra point after another bizarre and entertaining finish.

The 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars on Friday night represented an impressive bounce-back effort after a 6-1 shellacking to the Minnesota Wild two days earlier, but by allowing two more extra attacker goals, there’s clearly an area the Jets are going to need to clean up in short order as they’ve given up five of those goals in two games over a three-game span.

That the game even required overtime was a point of contention for the Jets, who couldn’t believe the fourth goal by the Stars was allowed to count, as it came with goalie Connor Hellebuyck sprawled out on the ice with his mask knocked off and taking cover after a collision with Stars captain Jamie Benn.

After a video review that was initiated by the NHL situation room, the goal was allowed to count as the officials deemed that the actions of Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey led to Benn’s contact with Hellebuyck.

The NHL said in a statement that "the decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 38.11 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal should be allowed because 'the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by the defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper.'"

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NHL Short Notes

11/26/2022 at 5:45am EST

* The Bruins watched an NHL record fall following their matinee clash with the Hurricanes and became the first team in League history to win each of their first 12 home games of a season.

* Josh Morrissey and Jason Robertson each continued their strings of success to start 2022-23 as the Jets and Stars required overtime to decide a winner between the Central Division’s top two clubs.

* The Kraken find themselves within the NHL’s top four in points percentage following a fourth straight win and improving to 8-1-1 in their past 10 contests.

* Another full day of NHL action is ahead as the League celebrates the 105th anniversary of its founding in 1917.

Afternoon Line -Eric Duhatschek

11/25/2022 at 5:04pm EST

And if there’s an honorable mention amidst all the ‘didn’t-see-that-coming’ storylines to develop in the first quarter, it probably needs to involve the Coyotes because they are not falling off the face of the earth the way so many expected. Instead, they have 18 points in 16 games, despite a massive early concentration of road games, where they are a remarkably respectable 6-7-1. The news got even better this week because both Nick Schmaltz and Jakob Chychrun finally returned to the lineup Monday. Schmaltz had been absent since the opening game of the season. On a team with limited talent, getting back last year’s No. 2 scorer was critical.

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Friday Hockey Thoughts

11/25/2022 at 9:25am EST

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Toronto’s 2-1 win over New Jersey — ending the Devils’ 13-game win streak — was one of the best games of the regular season for pure entertainment, energy and drama. Last year, I was talking to one player about the Stanley Cup Final between Colorado and Tampa Bay. He referred to both defence corps as “long,” saying that when you have big, you have mobile and you have discipline in a system, “Every time you get through one body, arm or stick, there’s another body, arm, or stick right away. It’s a battle to get through.”

According to official heights and weights, Cale Makar was listed as the smallest regular (five-foot-11, 187 pounds) in the final. The Devils are dangerous offensively and occupy the puck, which helps the defence. But they are also much better at gap control and similarly are being described as “long.” Their smallest defender — John Marino, having a great start to the year — is six-foot-one, 181 pounds. It’s waaay too premature to compare them to Colorado or Tampa Bay, but I think it’s interesting to hear them described in that way.

- When Patric Hornqvist accepted his trade to Florida, there was discussion that he wouldn’t get moved again. So, the Panthers may have to explore other options to clear cap space for Anthony Duclair's return.

- At last week’s GM Meetings, there was a conversation about calling more penalty shots instead of power-plays — something I totally support. That led to another debate among a few of us: should the team that draws the penalty have the option of going on the power-play or taking a penalty shot? Shooters are 5-for- 11 on penalty shots in 2022-23 after goalies stopped 76 per cent of last year’s attempts. There are good variables to weigh. Who’s shooting? How good is your power-play? Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher had a good line, though, saying: “It will be tough to explain to a player if you have a horrible power-play and go that route instead of letting him shoot.”

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Time For A Rebuild In Vancouver

11/25/2022 at 9:18am EST

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The Vancouver Canucks have been a slightly more competitive team in recent games, going 5-4-1 in their past 10 contests. But that’s not nearly enough to justify Canucks management choosing to go to battle with the same group of talent for the rest of the season. This can’t be the second year of them fighting uphill through the final three-quarters of the year, only to fall short of a playoff berth.

Even then, even if they did beat the odds and clawed their way back through the Pacific Division’s bottom half, and did wind up earning a low post-season spot, does anyone not employed by the organization really believe the Canucks can do any sort of damage once they get to the end of the year?

It’s clear now, after nearly one-quarter of the season, that Vancouver simply does not have the depth of talent, particularly on defense, to be a serious Stanley Cup contender. And that means GM Patrik Allvin and president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford must take an axe to the roster, keeping a handful of young players and shearing off the rest for whatever they can get on the trade market.

That means veteran forwards Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and Connor Garland should be on the trade block. That means veteran defenseman Tyler Myers should join them there. Only Myers has a no-movement clause in his contract, but as per Cap Friendly, that’s only a modified NTC, with Myers able to submit a list of 10 teams he can’t be dealt to.


NHL Short Notes

11/25/2022 at 12:04am EST

* The NHL will reach the Quarter Mark during Friday’s 14-game slate. A full day of hockey starts at 1 p.m. ET and will end about 12 hours later.

* The 2022 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown returns today with a doubleheader on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports that opens with an intrastate rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers and concludes with the Blues visiting the Lightning.

* Legendary NHL defenseman Borje Salming, who revealed in August that he was battling ALS, passed away Thursday at the age of 71. Salming, the NHL’s first star player from Sweden and a Maple Leafs icon, was a Hall of Fame defenseman and pioneer who changed the perception of European players when he joined the Maple Leafs for the 1973-74 season.

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