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The Connor McDavid Rookie Card
from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail, It will be highly coveted, and the card company promises it will be a challenge to find. There hasn’t been a player of such magnitude to enter the game in at least 10 years. “We have been planning on this since Connor was 14,” says Chris Carlin, senior marketing manager for California-based Upper Deck, the NHL’s lone licensed trading-card partner. “This type of player comes around very seldom.” Ther...

Report- The Pittsburgh Penguins Price Tag - $750M
from Rick Westhead of TSN, The owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking $750 million (U.S.) for the team, but face long odds of finding a buyer who’s willing to pay that much because of the flagging North American economy and uncertainty over the future of the Canadian dollar, sports investment bankers say. A $750-million transaction price would mark a record for a U.S.-based NHL team, said Drew Dorweiler, a Montreal economist who has been hired by the owners of the Toronto...

Video- Happy Birthday Madi
via the Calgary Flames, After hearing Madi's story, Joe Colborne decided to surprise her for her birthday.  

Beakout Season For Five Youngsters
from Jonathan Wllis of Sportsnet, It’s always difficult to identify breakout players; by definition, these are individuals who have never in prior seasons accomplished the things they are about to accomplish. However, analytics offers us some hints as to which individuals might be on the cusp of a revelatory performance. The following are five candidates for big seasons. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche MacKinnon is the kind of player who might get the “sophomore ...

Bryce Salvador Announces His Retirement
TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – Bryce Salvador has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 14 seasons. Salvador played in a total of 786 career NHL games with two teams, the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. He scored 24 goals and 86 assists for 110 points in his NHL career. Salvador, a six-foot-three, 215-pound defenceman, played in 74 playoff games and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 with the Devils. He captained the Devils for the final th...

Maybe If We All Pool Our Money…
from Realty Today, Hockey living legend Jeremy Roenick could not sell his house in Scottsdale, Arizona so he is trying a different approach: For $30,000 a month, he will be glad to rent out his home. After sitting idle in listings for over a year, Roenick has decided to put a "for rent" sign on his 10,000-square-foot residence instead and hopes that renters are willing to pay the $30,000 a month price tag attached to it. The mansion sits on 19 acres of land just outside Pinnacle Peak...

Cory Sarich Ready To Resume His NHL Career
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald, The veteran blue-liner is seeking employment in the National Hockey League. As of Tuesday, he was still waiting. “I spoken with a few teams,” Sarich, 37, said after an informal morning session at WinSport. “That’s been obviously the goal — to try to see if there’s any interest out there. Nothing so far. I’m just going to keep skating … trying to get my legs underneath me.” As ...

The New Jersey Devils On The Lookout For A Few Players
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, When the Devils bought out the final season of forward Dainius Zubrus' contract on July 29, Shero explained that wanted to create some roster flexibility up front in case he is able to add another forward at some point before the season starts. Shero is still pursuing that possibility, but said “there's nothing imminent.” “We're looking at those things whether it's a signing or a trade or potentially a tryout situation with pl...

Video- The Rookies Talk From The NHLPA Rookie Showcase
via Sportsnet, Shawn McKenzie reports from Toronto where the NHL rookies are getting their photos taken for their Upper Deck rookie cards.  

Evening Line- Bill Peters
“I think it’s going to be a lot easier going into year two, just the comfort level they have with me and also myself with them. Now, as a coaching staff, we know what they’re capable of and should be able to put them in positions to succeed. … With the players, I think the comfort level will be higher and that’s the most important thing.” -Bill Peters, head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.  More from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.

They Put Their Mark On The Game
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, In this, the second installment of our three-part series, we take at look at the seven living men who, each in his own way, have left a unique and indelible mark on the game. Scotty Bowman, retired coach Here’s the thing you need to know about Scotty Bowman. Few of his players over the years liked him. In fact, many actively despised him. But as Ken Dryden wrote in his seminal book, The Game, that didn’t matter. “What [...

Anze Kopitar Contract Talks Not Close
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, Anze Kopitar has been eligible to sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings since July 1, but don’t expect an announcement on an extension for the star center in the immediate future. The Kings and Kopitar are are “not even in the ballpark” in their discussions, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider over email when asked whether the two sides were “close” to reaching an agreement. Kop...

Would You Want Patrick Kane On Your Team?
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, ... Simply put, the Hawks are the model franchise, on and off the ice. Which is why Patrick Kane might be done in Chicago. And why maybe he should be. It’s still uncertain if the Hawks are seriously considering trading Kane in light of an ongoing police investigation in Hamburg, N.Y. But if they are, they won’t have any trouble finding any takers. At least five teams contacted the Hawks once the Buffalo News first report...

Will Joe Thornton Get In The Hockey Hall Of Fame?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Joe Thornton is going to be an interesting test case for the Hockey Hall of Fame even though he clearly should be a no-brainer. But no question there are those who will hold his lack of a Stanley Cup against him. Of course, he still has time to win one before his career is out. But even if he doesn’t, it would be ridiculous to make that argument against him. His career screams Hall of Famer. The Case For Thornton, a consistent top-end point produ...

A Shot At The Stanley Cup For Every Eastern Conference Team
from USA TODAY, A clean slate at the start of a new season provides optimism for every team: A look at the Eastern Conference teams' reasons for hope in ending the drought. Disclaimer: This is not to say that each item is created equal, or that each one is the only component to a deep run. This list does not account for injuries, which could cripple even the strongest teams. These are simply plausible reasons why your favorite team could be in store for a deep run. It's only fair aft...

Will Nazem Kadri Be An “Elite Player” This Year?
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, Kadri, perhaps in line for a higher-profile role at centre, looked sturdy on Monday during an informal team workout. Last year he was listed at six feet, 188 pounds, but what everyone wants to know, from club boss Brendan Shanahan, to new coach Mike Babcock to the patience-weary patrons in the purples, is will his maturity level keep a better pace? Babcock has said he expects Kadri to be "an elite player" this year. "There was no playing around t...

It Will Soon Be Hockey Season
from Adrew Gross of The Record, It is September. Seriously.... With that in mind, here’s a list of things that make this sports writer giddy with the opening of NHL training camps in a little more than two weeks (and with a large chunk of the league’s players already skating informally at their respective teams’ practice facilities): * Getting reacquainted to the wondrous speed of the game. It always takes a few practices or preseason games to retrain the ey...

Morning Line- Milan Lucic
"I honestly don't know what's going to happen moving on. I mean I have one year left on my contract, and there's a possibility that I can hit the [unrestricted free agent] market. "It's obviously something that's been a dream of mine since I've been a kid, is to play in your hometown and play for the Canucks, but right now the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that." -Milan Lucic of the Los Angeles Kings.  More from Mike Battaglino of

NHL players’ summer training regimens aren’t all about strength training
This story from the Toronto Sun's Michael Traikos is particularly interesting, because it lifts the veil over a summertime's worth of NHL training that isn't all carrying kettlebells and circuit training--mostly because players tend to "lose their shape" over the course of an 82-game season: Emaciated bodies need recovery time. So players are told to stay out of the gym for the first few weeks and get back to a normal sleep schedule. Eight months of staying up late to play games, traveli...

Video- Top Defensemen With A Different Team
via Sportsnet, Between signings and trades a lot of NHLers changed zip and postal codes this summer. Check out our Top 5 defencemen who’ll be rocking a new jersey this season.  

A Look At Jessica Berman, VP And Deputy Counsel For The NHL
from Hillel Kuttler of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Several years ago, Jessica Berman and her husband, Brad, bumped into her high school boyfriend. “If you aren’t working as a lawyer in hockey, I’d be amazed,” Berman recalled him saying. The ex had her pegged. Berman, 37, has been employed by the National Hockey League for nearly a decade and currently is a vice president and deputy general counsel. She fell for the sport as a teenager. Some foresee ...

Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside
What message, if any, needs to be sent by the league to Kane, other players, franchises and, again, the public at large about such serious allegations, even if there are no criminal charges laid? We ask because as the summer disappears into the fall, we honestly are unsure about the nature of truth and punishment and judgment. But if there is one thing this summer has reinforced, it's how little we really know about the people we watch play the game of hockey. -Scott Burnside of ES...

Not Much News On The Sale Process Of The Pittsburgh Penguins
from Jenny Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The process of buying an NHL franchise is long and arduous, and the sale of the Penguins will be no different. Industry experts, including a former Penguins counsel, contend they are not at all surprised little has surfaced regarding the sale as the calendar flips to September. Primary owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle retained Morgan Stanley in June to begin the process of exploring a sale, but virtually no significant informatio...


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