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Video- Patrick Kane Becomes Superman In The Breakaway Challenge

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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Corey Perry Pulls Out The Mini-Stick For The Breakaway Challenge

Perry finished 2nd in the event to Patrick Kane.
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Saturday Night Hockey Chatter

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, • The difference between the fiery Burke and most NHL GMs: Burke’s happiest when he has something to fight about. Last year, when Phil Kessel was the last pick in the all-star draft last year, Burke made all kinds of noise about the all-star process and his player being embarrassed and he shouted loudly for change. This year, the complete...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

More News On Crosby

via Elliotte Friedman tweets, Crosby agent Pat Brisson: Sid did suffer a concussion, but last week, the possibility of two fractured vertebrae (C1 and C2) was…(cont) discovered. A third doctor is being consulted to determine the exact diagnosis. When I refer to “another concussion,” it’s from the Krejci hit.
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

The Latest On The CBA Talks

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, Neither Fehr nor Bettman would discuss what each felt were the major issues. Bettman said he only hopes they can reach an agreement quickly once the talks begin. “My hope is that we can reason together and that collective bargaining will be painless and quiet and quick,” Bettman said following an NHL board of governors meetinf. “That...
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A Look At John Collins, COO Of The NHL

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, Make no mistake. The NHL is Commissioner Gary Bettman’s fiefdom. It has been ever since 19 years ago he walked in and, according to a former member of the Board of Governors, essentially grabbed the querulous owners by the scruff of the neck and made them sit up and pay attention. Bettman took a self-satisfied Mom-and-Pop shop and made...
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A Common Theme This Season: Goaltending Controversies

This is something that seems to come up every season in the National Hockey League. This season, however, it is something that is running rampant among NHL clubs, particularly the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks. Philadelphia Flyers When is there ever not a goaltending controversy with the Philadelphia Flyers? This has been the norm for the past...
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Hawks- Pro’s, Con’s & Tweeners Part 3

In Part 1 of this exciting trilogy, I went over what is wrong with the Hawks, so far this season. In Part 2, I dealt with the tweeners. These were the issues (and players) that were not really problems, nor necessarily good features. Now, in Part 3, I wanted to end on a positive note, so I saved the pro’s (good) for now.  I saved the best, as they say for last. However, as I look...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

It’s Official, Columbus Will Host 2013 All-Star Celebration

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus have been selected to host the 2013 National Hockey League All-Star Celebration, the club and League announced today.  The official announcement was made by NHL Commissioner Gary B. Bettman during a press conference at this year’s Celebration in Ottawa.  The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Saturday...
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Wynn Las Vegas New Home For NHL Awards Show

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) has announced a new, multi-year partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) that will see the NHL Awards® return to Las Vegas for the next three years.  As part of the extended partnership, which first began in 2009, the NHL will stage numerous new events throughout the destination in conjunction with...
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What Do You Call An Igloo Without A Roof?

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Burke vs. Cherry

from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun, Has Toronto Maple Leafs boss Brian Burke had enough of Don Cherry? An insider told QMI Agency Burke is tired of Cherry criticizing his team — in particular, his coach — and he is contemplating asking for a meeting with CBC brass to complain. “He is furious at the comment Cherry made about Ron Wilson not applauding for the troops and...
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Datsyuk In The All-Star Spotlight

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC, Datsyuk does not possess the determination of a healthy Sidney Crosby, nor the goal-scoring touch of a Steven Stamkos, nor the physical game of an Alex Ovechkin, but Datsyuk is considered the best two-way player in the game. “He’s a great competitor and a guy who always plays hard,” Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. “He’s extremely skilled...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Hockey Experts Talk Trade Deadline

Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press along with Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie of TSN talk about some of the players who may be traded by February 27th at 3:00pm ET.
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Thomas Still Dealing With His White House Decision

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post, Tim Thomas waded through the crowd and sat in the shaky folding director’s chair behind the podium, in a room swimming with fellow NHL all-stars and media, and managed an easy smile. “I can’t believe this chair held Z,” he said, referring to his looming teammate, Zdeno Chara. He gave a little laugh. That was pretty much the end of...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Calgary Hitmen Shutout Vancouver Giants 2-0

There is no denying that the Vancouver Giants and the Calgary Hitmen do not like each other. While the two teams rarely face off, this competition and dislike may stem from the NHL or even the fact that they are two big western cities and are playing for bragging rights. Continue reading "Calgary Hitmen Shutout Vancouver Giants 2-0"
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- 2013 All-Star Game In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, One source told The Dispatch last night (Friday) that the Blue Jackets – in the midst of the worst season in franchise history, and in dire need of good news – were informed yesterday by the league that they would be the host city next season. The game is one of the NHL’s marquee events and would be, possibly, one of the most significant...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Crosby Continues To Skate

via Craig Custance of ESPN, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby continues to make progress towards a comeback this season. He’s been back on the ice, recently skating on his own in both Atlanta and Los Angeles. “He has been skating pretty much all week,” his agent Pat Brisson confirmed in an email to ESPN the Magazine.
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Patrick Kane Maturing

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, After developing a reputation as a party boy—especially after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals—Kane appears to have embraced a more pastoral lifestyle. It’s a small thing, but with his parents and a friend in town for the All-Star proceedings, Kane insisted that team staff working over the weekend join...
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Flames Trade Brendan Morrison To Chicago

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the acquisition of defenseman Brian Connelly from the Chicago Blackhawks organization in exchange for Brendan Morrison. “As we projected our line-up going forward we felt it was going to be difficult for us to find a spot for Brendan or get him significant ice-time,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Given his pending...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

The U.S. Goaltending Picture

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Three of the six goalies chosen to play in the 2012 NHL all-star game are American-born: Thomas (Flint, Mich.), Quick (Milford, Conn.) and Jimmy Howard (Syracuse, N.Y.) of the Detroit Red Wings. U.S. manufacturing may be having a tough time of it elsewhere, but the U.S. goaltending factory is churning them out almost as fast as the world...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Top Ten Hits Of The Season

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Nashville May Have To Make A Decision On Suter Before The Trade Deadline

from of Tim Panaccio CSNPhilly, Ryan Suter’s situation of potentially being dealt at the NHL trade deadline next month took an interesting turn on Friday when the Nashville Predators defenseman said he does not want to re-sign before the deadline. He is unrestricted while fellow coveted teammate Shea Weber is restricted. One of them could be dealt. The Flyers are among a handful...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Unclaimed Stars

Logan Couture was picked last in the NHL All Star Draft.  Antero Niittymaki wasn’t picked off waivers at all.  Couture will be remembered for being picked last, he got a car and donations to his favorite hockey charities and it’s possible he will get a superincredible season in 2012-13.  That last one isn’t guaranteed because the sample size is too small to call it a pattern...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Looking At the Mega-Deals

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, With the NHL about to start new collective bargaining talks with the players association some time after the all-star break, it bears asking the question: Is anybody really getting their money’s worth on these mega-deal, mega-bucks contracts that commit team to player in a long-term relationship that invariably seems head for the rocks...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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