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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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Joffrey Lupul told he's 'unfit to play' as Leafs place him on IR

Another Toronto Maple Leaf may be bound for the injured reserve. Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports it’s believed the oft-injured Joffrey Lupul failed a physical exam and was told he’s “unfit” to play and will begin the season on the IR. “Lupul returned to Toronto from his off-season home on Sept. 13. Sometime during the last week, it’s believed Lupul underwent a physical...
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Team USA upset over Phil Kessel’s tweet

Team USA is justifiably upset after a performance that was less than stellar. Putting the icing on top of the cake is the tweet that came courtesy of Team USA snub, Phil Kessel. Rubbing salt in the wound though may not have been the best idea for players he will be facing off against later this year.  Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing...
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Shea Weber getting new teammate Price's name wrong

After the blockbuster trade this summer, Shea Weber needed to get acclimated to life in Montreal pretty quickly. The court of public opinion is already up against him, and because of it expectations are sky high. But Weber is off to a shaky start as he may have forgotten how to say his most important teammate’s name. "Shea's been calling me Corey the whole time" - Carey Price...
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L.A. Kings unveil new 50th anniversary jerseys

The Los Angeles Kings are celebrating their 50th season in the NHL by releasing a new alternate jersey to celebrate the joyous occasion. The golden anniversary. #LAKings50 pic.twitter.com/gIzY15TYFG — #LAKings (@LAKings) September 20, 2016 The new duds look pretty slick. The jersey features many highlights from older iconic Kings uniforms and teams with plenty of nods to...
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Team USA shouldn’t be shocked by World Cup of Hockey failure

Team USA lost to Team Canada by a score of 4-2 and to some fans’ surprise, and failed to advance out of Group A along with Canada. It leaves a meaningless game against the Czech Republic on the schedule and has many in the hockey community wondering where the heck to go from here. The answers are simple and just a few tweaks could have had Team USA advancing to the semifinals...
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Thomas Vanek: 'Minnesota just wasn’t a good fit'

Thomas Vanek wants a mulligan on his declining NHL career. Once an elite NHL scorer topping out at 43 goals back in 2006-2007, Vanek has seen his goal-scoring output fade over the past couple seasons. After signing a three-year contract worth $19.5 million with the Minnesota Wild, Vanek was bought out after scoring just 39 goals in two seasons. The 32-year-old signed a one-year...
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Vegas NHL team hits the cap for season ticket deposits

It’ll be years before the success or failure of the NHL in Las Vegas can accurately be measured. With that being said, the new organization is off to an extremely strong start as evidenced by the fact it hit the cap on season ticket deposits with roughly a year to go before any actual games are played. Specifically, there are now 16,000 season ticket deposits for the new Vegas...
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Kevin Shattenkirk waited for a trade announcement at the draft

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk watched the draft and waited for Commissioner Gary Bettman to say, “We have a trade to announce,” and call his name. Of course, that didn’t happen, but now, Shattenkirk is opening up about his stressful offseason. Shattenkirk’s name was the subject of trade rumors all offseason, as the Blues reportedly wanted to move the defenseman...
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Video: The last 30 seconds between North America and Russia were exhilarating

If the NHL needs any help convincing fans that the World Cup of Hockey can produce some thrilling hockey, they should just show them the final 30 seconds from Team North America’s game against Team Russia. Clinging to a 4-3 lead with under a minute ago while shorthanded, Russia narrowly kept the puck out of the net despite several big chances from North America. That’s the...
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Report: Valeri Nichushkin is heading to the KHL

Reports of players leaving the NHL and going to the KHL have always been a bit premature as most just use it as leverage to sign a better deal somewhere in North America. Valeri Nichushkin is a Russian born forward who was without a contract and as the season draws closer, the threat of him joining a team over in Russia is looking like a real possibility. Now, the Dallas Starts...
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Beau Bennett has some funny thoughts on Team North America

The often injured Beau Bennett has always had skill, but the main problem is keeping the guy healthy. It’s almost as if the man is made out of glass. Bennett has some thoughts on the World Cup of Hockey and specifically Team North America. They are certainly going to generate some laughs. I would have made this North America team if I was younger and better at hockey — Beau...
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Hockey analytics movement continues to grow in NHL

The summer of 2014 changed the state of hockey analytics forever. A slew of teams brought on full-time stats guys in hopes of either catching up or getting ahead of the competition. Since then, there’s been some well-documented cases of things not working out between traditionalists and numbers guys. Most prominently, analytics consultant Matt Pfeffer was fired by the Montreal...
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Video: Jesse Puljujarvi scores a beauty in prospects game

Jesse Puljujarvi has a chip on his shoulder and if his early performances in prospects tournaments are any indication, he’s going to be a menace out on the ice. Puljujarvi is always going to have something to prove in the NHL. After being passed over by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the draft, he is determined to be a one-man wrecking ball when he makes it into the NHL. There...
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Video: Anze Kopitar was mic’d up and says Team Europe has everyone fooled

Anze Kopitar is one of the best centers in the world regardless of team. So when he talked a little trash on the bench during Team USA vs. Team Europe, we should all probably listen. Anze Kopitar mic’d up at #WCH2016, “We fooled them all with the first two games, boys.” https://t.co/twdX03yu21 — Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) September 18, 2016 Kopitar and Team Europe came...
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Mike Babcock compliments Brad Marchand by calling him a pain in the butt

Team Canada blasted the Czech Republic in their World Cup opener by a score of 6-0, and one of the main reasons was Bruins pest Brad Marchand. Marchand flourished on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron as he had three points in the first period to help Canada to a 3-0 lead. Team Canada and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was asked post game about having Marchand...
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