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Video: Chinese KHL team is still trying to get a handle on hockey’s traditions

Hockey is an odd sport when you get down to it. Skating around with knives on the bottom of your shoes while moving swiftly on ice. It is completely understandable for someone to not understand the intricacies of the sport. As Kunlun Red Star, the KHL’s new Chinese team, tries to adjust to hockey, it’ll take a little while to get even a ceremonial puck drop right. This is oddly...
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Video: KHL official gets punched in the face during skirmish

Referees already have a lot to deal with when they are on the ice. Skating around already takes a lot of effort, but compound that with trying to make the right calls and it is probably the toughest gig in sports. During a recent KHL game a referee caught a fist for his troubles while trying to break up a fight. Ouch pic.twitter.com/TZHg8jtvOJ — KHL (@khl_eng) September 29, 2016...
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The best and worst from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

The World Cup of Hockey has come to a close, and Canada proved itself to be our hockey overlords once again with a two-game sweep against the rag tag team of European nations that the tournament didn’t have room for. The Canadians did it with a scintillating comeback from 1-0 down to win in the last four minutes of the game. So, what will be the lasting legacy of this tournament...
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Tobias Rieder’s agent wants a trade from the Arizona Coyotes

Tobias Rieder’s agent Darren Ferris thinks the best solution to the restricted free agent’s contract negotiations is trading the talented forward. Speaking with Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports.com, Ferris said Rieder is quite disappointed with the Coyotes. “I think it would be best for both parties if they just traded him,” Ferris wrote. “He is really disappointed with...
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Video: No one noticed the Vancouver Canucks scored a goal

It takes a while to get back into the swing of things. When you are away from a job for a significant amount of time, even if you’re a professional hockey player, you can be rusty. In the NHL, that goes for both players and referees. One of the most egregious displays of this took place last night as almost everyone on the ice missed that the Vancouver Canucks scored a goal. ...
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Auston Matthews shatters the glass at practice (Video)

Auston Matthews was pretty impressive at the World Cup of Hockey and is now making noise in practice with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews sent a one-timer wide, shattering the glass behind the net. Here’s a closer look at the shattered glass: Auston Matthews shattered the glass with a shot at the end of #leafs practice. pic.twitter.com/r797bv1KX9 — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris...
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Ryan Kesler disappointed with lack of excitement at World Cup

Team USA was ousted early in the World Cup of Hockey, but that’s not the only thing Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler is sour about. Speaking with the O.C. Register, Kesler expressed discontent with the lack of buzz in Toronto for the tournament. “It was weird,” American forward Ryan Kesler said of the tournament’s atmosphere, per the O.C. Register. “I thought there’d...
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Andrew Shaw doesn’t deserve respect after reckless hit and fight with rookie

The Montreal Canadiens acquired Andrew Shaw in a June deal with the Chicago Blackhawks to add grit and truculence to a perceived delicate roster. Without playing a single game in a Habs uniform, Shaw was awarded a $23.4 million deal by general manager Marc Bergevin, representing a team mindset change to a rougher, harder to battle against squad. Shaw’s potential impact was on...
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WATCH: Wayne Gretzky tells the hilarious story of his secret Hall of Fame visit

Wayne Gretzky’s name is littered throughout the NHL record books and his accomplishments are well recorded and praised at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. You’d think that after all of the games and records that Gretzky might be tired of the hockey scene and would have no interest visiting the Hall of Fame. You’d be wrong. Interested in visiting with his son, Gretzky wore...
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Report: Artemi Panarin seeking six-year deal worth over $6 million per season

The Chicago Blackhawks will have to get creative to re-sign Artemi Panarin as his reported asking price may put the club in a tricky financial situation. Panarin is seeking a six-year deal worth more than $6 million annually according to the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc. “A source said Panarin is seeking a six-year deal worth more than $6 million per season, a figure that could...
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Report: Vladimir Sobotka isn’t returning to the Blues, will stay in KHL

Vladimir Sobotka isn’t coming back to the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Reports on the former St. Louis Blues forward pinballed back-and-forth this offseason in regards to a potential return to the league. In late March, “all indications” pointed to Sobotka returning to the Blues from Avangard Omsk of the KHL. In late July, the reports got fuzzy, as mixed messages from Sobotka’s...
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Brad Marchand signs long-term deal with Bruins, but is he worth it?

Brad Marchand is one of the best known pests in the league and has a way of getting under your skin. It doesn’t matter if it is a big hit or a big goal, Marchand will take care of it for you and is obviously a coach’s dream as a result. He will now be a Bruin for the foreseeable future as he signed an eight-year deal, worth $49 million. The average cap hit isn’t what is scaring...
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Dustin Byfuglien didn’t enjoy the World Cup of Hockey

As the World Cup of Hockey reaches its conclusion, feedback is pouring in from fans, analysts and players regarding the success of the tournament. Most would agree there were plenty of positives (looking at you, Team North America), but there’s also a lot of room for improvement. Dustin Byfuglien was recently asked about his experience at the tournament – the same tournament...
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Perreault on Trouba’s trade request: “How much more does he want?”

It’s safe to say Mathieu Perreault isn’t a fan of Jacob Trouba’s recent request to be traded from the Winnipeg Jets. Trouba released a statement through his agent on Saturday, asking to be traded from Winnipeg due to his role and the Jets’ strong defense core. The restricted free agent didn’t see a future in the Peg’. Perreault wasn’t thrilled with the request. ...
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The new Oilers mascot will haunt your dreams

The Edmonton Oilers debuted a new mascot named Hunter who is a lynx and possibly part devil. Welcome to nightmare town! #Oilers fans, meet Hunter: our first-ever mascot! pic.twitter.com/T1phDV73P3 — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 26, 2016 Unveiling a new mascot is hard. Just ask the Columbus Blue Jackets when they debuted their old mascot Boomer. Since 'Gotta See...
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Sportsnet broadcast throws shade at Team Europe’s style of play

Team Europe has been the forgotten child during the World Cup of Hockey. An amalgamation of countries coming together for the sole purpose of the NHL making some money. No one ever thought they would make it out of the group round, let alone win a game. Naturally, against all odds, they have made the final. It hasn’t stopped broadcasts from showing displeasure with their style...
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Ilya Bryzgalov compares 2010 Canadian Olympic team to Orcs from The Hobbit

Ilya Bryzgalov has never been one to mince his words. When describing one of the most lopsided victories in the Olympic Games, the Russian quote machine did not disappoint. Speaking with Craig Custance of ESPN.com, the former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender discussed Canada’s 7-3 shellacking of Russia during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Bryzgalov was...
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Matt Murray injured 3-6 weeks with broken hand, goalie controversy coming?

The hype around Team North America is dissipating and with it, some of the exciting players are heading back to training camp. One player is returning to training camp with an injury sustained at the tournament. Matt Murray has reportedly broken his hand and will be out 3-6 weeks depending on the recovery time. That will put his return roughly into mid-November. It also opens the...
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Video: Fights erupt at Senators camp after Patrick Sieloff seriously injures Clarke MacArthur

Clarke MacArthur’s season might be in jeopardy after a dirty hit in training camp sidelined the Senators veteran. In a scrimmage on Sunday, MacArthur was hit high by defenseman Patrick Sieloff. The 31-year-old missed all but four games with concussion issues in 2015-16 and was down on the ice for a prolonged period of time following the dirty hit. MacArthur had to be helped off...
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Jacob Trouba requests trade from Winnipeg Jets

Jacob Trouba’s contract negotiations with the Winnipeg Jets have taken a sour turn. The restricted free agent was set to begin camp without a contract but without one, Trouba has requested a trade from the Jets organization. In a statement obtained by Sportsnet.ca, Trouba’s agent Kurt Overhardt said the request was more about opportunity than money. “Our client, Jacob...
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Tyler Johnson wished he suited up for Team USA in Hockey World Cup

Team USA has been blasted – and deservedly so – over their decisions at the World Cup of Hockey. The method in which they assembled the roster with a focus on grit over skill was one of the biggest factors contributing to their ugly showing. As several talented American players watched from home, it was clear that the U.S. made some bad choices in their selection process. ...
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Connor McDavid liked Team North America experience, but wants to play for Canada

Team North America has been one of the best experiences of the entire World Cup. They are everything modern hockey should be and are filled with skill and speed no matter the situation. It makes for a very easy team to root for. Unfortunately, they were eliminated from the tournament due to a tie break. Hockey Headlines Team USA shouldn't be surprised...
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Tortorella says Team USA lacks skilled depth, but supports the roster and blames momentum

Team USA’s collapse at the World Cup of Hockey has already been widely scrutinized. Given the poor roster selections, confusing strategy and perhaps dumbfounding quotes to the media, it was really no surprise Team USA exited early. As the team rallied behind the idea of grit over skill, they were embarrassed in memorable fashion. John Tortorella, the man behind the bench of this...
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Brad Marchand jokes about how to slow Team North America: “Spear everyone”

Team North America was the best story to come out of the World Cup of Hockey. That fact can’t be debated even though the winner of the actual tournament hasn’t been crowned. The youngsters from North America impressed and were a joy to watch. Opposing teams quickly found that keeping pace was more than a little challenging. Hockey Headlines Team USA...
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Morgan Rielly reacts like every fan watching Team North America

It isn’t up for debate. Team North America is the absolute best part of the World Cup of Hockey. The goal scored by Nathan Mackinnon was sensational, but the reaction from Morgan Rielly may be right up there. Here he is screaming like the young person he is. THIS IS IMPORTANTMorgan Rielly was mic'd up for @TeamNA_WCH's epic OT winner. #WCH2016 pic.twitter.com/ubTteh5Mo2 —...
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