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TSN Insiders Tonight

01/28/2020 at 6:45pm EST

With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away teams are shopping around the league for upgrades to their lineup, especially on defence where Brenden Dillon is becoming a hot commodity. The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss what the Jets are eyeing on the trade market, the latest on Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the extra measures being taken ahead of the Battle of Alberta, and more.

Watch at TSN.

The Nashville Predators Will Have To Answer Some Questions

01/28/2020 at 4:04pm EST

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

The more important question, however, pertains to the Predators’ direction at the conclusion of this campaign. Though there remains a chance Nashville sneaks into the playoffs and manufactures a Los Angeles Kings-esque low-seed Stanley Cup victory, those chances appear about as slim as Mary Swanson ending up with Lloyd Christmas. And whether this season ends after Game 82 or at the conclusion of whatever brief post-season run the Predators are able to piece together, it will almost assuredly be the case that this campaign is either a step backward or nothing more than a lateral move. And that could, and probably should, mean some changes are on the horizon.

Chief among those changes, of course, is finding a solution to the Kyle Turris situation. Though the 30-year-old center has played a regular role since spending seven consecutive games as a healthy scratch in November, he’s remained a bottom-six fixture earning top-six dollars – he has another four years remaining at a $6-million cap hit after this season. And while his contract isn’t necessarily a drag on the Predators’ cap situation with Nashville projected to have upwards of $11 million with which to work come the off-season, it’s the additional flexibility that Turris’ contract doesn’t provide that’s the great issue.

But that’s not the Predators’ only concern.

The perception of this roster, and the spirit in which it has been built, is that it’s a defense-first club that carves its path to success by way of quality goaltending and strong defending.


Video- NHL Players On A Skill They Would Like To Inherit From Another Player

01/28/2020 at 11:36am EST

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Speed? Hands? Shot? We ask the NHL's best if there is a specific skill from another player they'd like to add to their own game.

Ed Belfour Arrested For Public Intoxication

01/28/2020 at 11:20am EST

from Max Winitz of WNKY,

A former NHL goalie has been arrested in Bowling Green on public intoxication and criminal mischief charges.

Edward (Ed) Belfour, 54, of McKinney, Texas was arrested after an incident at the Kentucky Grand Hotel in downtown Bowling Green.

According to an arrest citation, Belfour is accused of damaging property at the hotel. When police arrived, Belfour was located laying on the floor and clutching a curtain rod that had been ripped out of the wall.

Police said Belfour had slow, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and could barely stand up.


NHL Short Notes

01/28/2020 at 6:24am EST


* Thatcher Demko established the longest season-opening home point streak in Canucks history and backstopped Vancouver to its ninth straight win at Rogers Arena.

* Patrick Marleau joined Gordie Howe (24), Mark Messier (22) and Alex Delvecchio (22) as the fourth player in NHL history to score 10-plus goals in at least 22 consecutive seasons.

* William Nylander (1-1—2) scored in his fourth straight game and Auston Matthews continued his Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy chase as the Maple Leafs have netted at least four goals in each of their last seven road games.

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