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Machine Gun Kelly Will Headline The Entertainment At The All-Star Game

NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2022) – Platinum-selling recording artist Machine Gun Kelly will headline the entertainment for the 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League announced today. Machine Gun Kelly will take the stage during the second intermission presented by Ticketmaster. His performance will be televised live as part of the national broadcast of the NHL All-Star Game on ABC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.

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The Ottawa Senators Want To Play Their Home Games With Fans At The Games

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Enough is enough, the Ottawa Senators want their fans back.

The Senators suited up for their third straight game at the Canadian Tire Centre Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes without anybody there and the club is taking an aggressive approach to try to get capacity limits lifted.

Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk told this newspaper Tuesday he’s held talks with provincial officials to try to allow spectators in the rink.

“It’s sad. I don’t know who the people are that come up with these rules,” said Melnyk. “They’re misinformed and they’re miscalculated. They should be challenged, and they will be challenged.”

Speaking on The Morning Rush with Bill Caroll on CFRA Thursday, Anthony LeBlanc, the club’s president of business operations, said the Senators would like to be back at 100% capacity and don’t feel the current measures are fair.

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The Risk Of Having Evander Kane In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It was history versus hockey.

And as reprehensible as Evander Kane’s history happens to be, the Edmonton Oilers couldn’t ignore his hockey.

When the Oilers caught their charter for the first game of a three-game road trip Saturday night in Montreal, the NHL’s serial offender with a rap sheet as long as their recent losing streaks, Kane, was expected to be on board. A new rest-of-the-season contract in hand and white away jersey in the equipment bags with his last name and No. 91 already stitched on the back.

Kane is not the type of person, his history suggests, that you’d want to touch with a 10-foot hockey stick. I’m well on the record on that.

In Winnipeg, Buffalo and San Jose, they’ve all said goodbye and good riddance. Having Kane playing on your hockey club sends all the wrong messages in terms of youth, women, community, sponsors and image.

But if you’ve just experienced the Drop of Doom from first-place overall to 20th place, Kane is exactly the kind of hockey player you want.

You’d think the priority would be to get a goalie, but …

To get a $7-million-per-season left winger to play with Connor McDavid for a signing bonus of just slightly more than $1 million US to complete the season, to general manager Ken Holland, the messed-up 30-year-old is just what the doctor ordered.

Holland is betting his head coach and leadership group can combine to pin him up against the dressing room wall like Mark Messier did with previous Glen Sather reclamation projects.

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NHL Short Notes

* Rookie Trevor Zegras put on a show once again, scoring a lacrosse-style goal to help the Ducks move within one point of first place in the Pacific Division. 
 
Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal while teammate Drew Doughty skated in his 1,000th career game as the Kings also won to continue their playoff push. 
 
Sergei Zubov (No. 56) and Henrik Lundqvist (No. 30) are set to have their numbers retired by the Stars and Rangers, respectively. 

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Evander Kane Signs With The Edmonton Oilers

added 9:18pm, Edmonton release is below.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

With the NHL concluding their investigation into Evander Kane's COVID-19 protocol breach and determining no further discipline is required, the veteran forward will now be headed to Edmonton on a one-year deal. The TSN Hockey insiders wrap up how that all came together, as well as discuss J.T. Miller's future in Vancouver, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang's future in Pittsburgh and more.

Watch at TSN

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Evening Line- Henrik Lundqvist

“I mean, I loved Torts, you should say hello [on Friday]. I’ll never forget the first time he walked into the locker room, you’d heard a lot about him and how things went in Tampa and how he was pretty tough on goalies at times, so there was so much respect there.

“You respected him and feared him at the same time. You had to be on your toes. But I loved that. He was so good at motivating the team at critical moments and that’s something I really appreciated, too. I was ready to run through a brick wall every time I walked out from the locker room. He was very good at getting everyone to that mindset, where you were preparing for a kind of war. I loved playing for him.”

-Henrik Lundqvist to Larry Brooks who has an article on Lundqvist's career in New York.

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The NHL Concludes Investigation Of Evander Kane

NEW YORK (Jan. 27, 2022) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has concluded its investigation into the circumstances pursuant to which Evander Kane travelled cross-border during the Holiday Period.

The report prepared in connection with the investigation, which was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to “conclusively find that Mr. Kane knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results in connection with his international travel.”

As a result, the League has determined not to pursue any additional League-imposed discipline against Kane at the current time.

Kane remains an Unrestricted Free Agent and is currently eligible to sign and to play for any NHL Club without restriction.

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Drew Doughty Will Hit 1000 Games Played Tonight

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2022) – LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will play in his 1,000th regular-season game tonight at UBS Arena against the New York Islanders. He will become the 359th player in NHL history to reach the league-recognized milestone.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Doughty will be the 12th player to skate in at least 1,000 games with one franchise and miss fewer than 40 games from his first to his 1,000th. He will be just the fifth player in franchise history to appear in 1,000 NHL games with the team and the 24th player to accomplish the feat in a Kings uniform. He also will be the 58th player to have played for the Kings to reach the milestone.

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Arizona Coyotes Exploring Options For Temporary Home

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