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Hockey Thoughts On The First Day In December

12/01/2022 at 8:59am EST

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Good line on Wednesday about Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews: “Right now, there’s more talk from people who can’t make it happen than from people who can.” Expect this to gain traction in the new year, with more clarity on what (or where) both players prefer. On some level, I think Kane in particular would like to take a run at some of Stan Mikita’s franchise records (games played, assists and points). Therefore, there were rumours he might prefer to play out the season in Chicago and decide his future in free agency, but several sources threw cold water on that idea. As you can imagine, there’s been no extension talk in either case.

- It is an extremely difficult puzzle to piece together, but I do think Florida would have interest in Erik Karlsson. Not sure how it could happen, though.

- Toronto’s on an excellent run despite a banged-up defence and goaltending that just recently returned to full health. The Maple Leafs are fourth in the NHL just weeks after we had the entire organization looking for new jobs. They have time to let this play out, but it’s safe to say they will save their best assets for whatever they feel they might need on the blueline. There’s the possibility of adding a left-shot scorer, but that’s not the priority and I think they’d also like to show Matthew Knies there’s a path when he’s ready to leave NCAA Minnesota.

- I get lots of DMs about the New York Rangers (my DMs have to be the least exciting on Twitter). I really think they are trying to be patient, hoping that some who played important roles on the road to the Eastern Conference Final last season rediscover that form. Igor Shesterkin should be the least of anyone’s concerns, but it’s always an adjustment to deal with the weight of expectations once they really arrive. He also played a career-high 73 games last year (including the playoffs). Shorter summer, higher expectations. Sometimes that’s hard to navigate the first time you experience it. And he’s not the only one.

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The NHL FAST Channel On Roku

12/01/2022 at 8:38am EST

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced the debut of its first-ever NHL FAST (free ad-supported streaming) channel, showcasing a wide variety of curated NHL programming from the League’s deep content library. Starting today, fans in the United States can find the NHL FAST channel on channel 216 on The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform. The Roku Channel reaches U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people (as of Q4 2021) and is available for audiences to stream for free via Roku devices, on the Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, and select Samsung TVs.

The NHL FAST channel will feature specially curated NHL content including the latest NHL game highlights, classic condensed games including memorable Stanley Cup® Playoffs, Stanley Cup® Final, and NHL All-Star games, plus an assortment of archived programming that captures the excitement of the NHL. The NHL FAST channel will also feature hundreds of hours of NHL Original Productions programming such as, “Welcome to the NHL” and “NHL Bound”, and other engaging content and documentaries featuring the greatest Players, Clubs, and personalities in NHL history.

NHL Short Notes

12/01/2022 at 1:59am EST

* It was a November to remember – filled with new storylines that included the revitalization of teams left out of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, new stars emerging as League leaders and the most goals ever scored in a November in NHL history.

* Mitchell Marner extended his point streak to 18 games and now has his name atop a 105-year franchise record – joining Patrick Kane as the only active players to lead an ‘Original Six’ franchise in that category.

* Connor McDavid recorded his 12th multi-point game of the season – tied with Jason Robertson for the most among all players – while becoming the first skater to reach 40 points in 2022-23.

Your 2022 US Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

11/30/2022 at 11:21pm EST

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the NHL website,

The United States Hockey Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary Wednesday when it inducted the Class of 2022 at Saint Paul RiverCentre.

The class represented how far American hockey has come in a half-century, how it keeps striving for more.

The late Warren Strelow, a pioneering goaltending coach, received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States on the day Ryan Miller, the winningest American goalie in NHL history, was enshrined.

There were two female players: Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, twin sisters who each won an Olympic gold medal and six world championships.

There was the first sled hockey player: Steve Cash, who won three Paralympic gold medals and five world championships.

And then there was the late Jim Johannson, the beloved USA Hockey executive who dedicated himself to developing American players from the grassroots to the elite levels.

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Bally Sports Is Losing Subscribers

11/30/2022 at 2:35pm EST

from Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic,

Diamond Sports owns 19 regional sports channels airing games of 42 NBA, MLB and NHL teams, feeding those clubs substantial sums that cover a large part of their player payrolls.

Times are generally good for the economics of these sports, but hovering over these teams is the very real possibility Diamond could file for bankruptcy, or perhaps even restructure what it pays the teams, a casualty of the decline in the regional sports channel model and the inflated $9.6 billion price Diamond parent Sinclair paid in 2019 for the network of channels....

“We have seen quite a bit of (subscriber erosion) acceleration over the year,” said Scott Shapiro, Sinclair’s chief financial and operating officer, on the earnings call. “And that’s probably driving, you know, at least 75 percent of the change to (cash flow) guidance, when you look at the magnitude of where churn expectations were at the beginning of the year, to where we’re projecting for the full year.”...

“There is no sale process,” Ripley said, appearing to rebut speculation Diamond is to be sold. “But, you know, we’re talking to parties about deleveraging, strategic partnerships, and things of that nature.” Deleveraging means reducing debt.

Some of those parties are the leagues themselves, which have been reported to want to buy Diamond. Ripely’s comment suggests otherwise, but there is no doubt the NBA, NHL, and MLB have a keen interest in keeping Diamond afloat, and people close to the situation confirmed they are active in the discussions.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

11/30/2022 at 12:25pm EST

7 1/2 minutes to watch 15 goals.

The Better Bruins

11/30/2022 at 9:54am EST

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Tuesday’s Garden victory over the Lightning makes the Bruins 13-0 at home this season. In a league that’s more than 100 years old, no NHL team has ever won its first 13 home games. The Bruins are tied with the Devils for most points in the first quarter of their season.

Most new coaches inherit bad teams. It’s relatively easy to make them look average.

This is different. This is making a good team better. And it’s rare....

“It’s a combination of the way Monty sees the game,” said Sweeney, “similar to Bruce and Claude [Julien] in maintaining defensive structure, but also, looking at a five-man attack and being involved. Communication styles are different for all coaches, and that’s part of Monty’s personality. That needed to be allowed to play out. I envisioned it, having connected with the players.”

Less than five minutes after Sweeney said those words, Taylor Hall scored in the second minute of play to give the surging Bruins another early lead. A Hall one-timer from the high slot on the power play broke a 1-1 tie in the third and delivered yet another victory.

Hall is a former NHL MVP. And he’s playing on the third line . . . behind the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and DeBrusk. And the second line of Pavel Zacha, David Pastrnak, and Krejci.

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TSN Insiders Last Night

11/30/2022 at 9:40am EST

What's the latest on the sale of the Senators franchise? What are people around the NHL saying about Roope Hintz's new extension in Dallas? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss these topics and more in the latest edition of Insider Trading.

Watch at TSN

NHL Short Notes

11/30/2022 at 2:35am EST

* There’s a new benchmark for highest-scoring game of the 2022-23 season thanks to a 17-goal thriller between the Kraken and Kings that shifted back and forth with six tying goals (equaling a League record) before Seattle pushed its winning streak to six games.

* Alex Ovechkin scored twice in Vancouver to overtake Wayne Gretzky on the all-time road goals list and move within seven goals of joining him and Gordie Howe in the 800-goal club.

* A nine-game Tuesday saw a 3-1—4 performance by Blake Wheeler, the Bruins remain perfect at home since mid-April and Roman Josi climb the Predators all-time list with an overtime winner.


Video- Alex Ovechkin At The Top Of The Most Career Road Goals List

11/30/2022 at 1:00am EST

With 2 goals tonight, Alex Ovechkin passed Wayne Gretzky in career road goals with 403.

Below find the all-time list by adding one more goal for Ovechkin.

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.”

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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.”

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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."

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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.

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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

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