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The San Jose Sharks Need To Start Winning
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, There are young players that have developed and are ready for bigger roles in the organization. While it’s almost certain they’ll have NHL jobs next fall, they might even have NHL gigs by January if the team’s topsy-turvy play continues. What’s also in question, I would surmise, is the future of the coaching staff if the team’s play doesn’t improve through this important stretch of home games over the next few weeks. ...

Four-Year Extension For Jason Spezza In Dallas
from the Dallas Stars, Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed center Jason Spezza to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Spezza, 31, has posted 18 points (4-14=18) in 20 games played during his first season as a Dallas Star. His 14 assists are tied for ninth in the League and first on the Stars. On Nov. 8 vs. San Jose, he appeared in his 700th career NHL game and recorded career point number 70...

NHL Short Notes
CLOSE GAMES HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY'S ACTION Of the 11 games contested Thursday:   * Nine were tied or within one goal entering the third period.   * Eight featured one-goal margins, including two that went past regulation (ANA-VAN and FLA-SJS).   * Five saw the game-winning goal scored in the third period (MIN-PHI, DET-WPG, ARI-DAL, WSH-COL, CHI-CGY), including Jason Zucker’s deciding goal in the final minute of MIN-PHI.   * Three players scored their first NHL ...

Nick Bjugstad Heating Up
from Katie Strang of ESPN, Fantasy owners, take note: Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad's stock is steadily rising. The 22-year-old appears primed for a breakout season this year and has been brimming with confidence during a stretch of stellar play recently. Thursday night, the former University of Minnesota standout tallied twice in the Panthers 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks and got the difference-maker on his first shootout try of the season. Just two games pr...

Friday Morning Hockey Thoughts
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - If the NHL debates three-on-three overtime at the March GM meetings, will the format be slightly different? The AHL uses a seven-minute extra period. The switch from four-on-four comes at the first whistle after three minutes of play. It’s possible the NHL stays at five minutes, meaning the switch comes at the first whistle after 2:30. - Video review for goaltender interference is going to be a tough one. At last week’s get-together,...

Eric Lindros And John LeClair Enter The Flyers’ Hall Of Fame
from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly, Eric Lindros and John LeClair are years removed from their playing days, but they are still teammates. The two made that clear Thursday night as they were inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame. They didn’t say it, but they didn’t need to. Lindros and LeClair remain fiercely defensive and supportive of one another, nearly 20 years after they dominated in the game of hockey. LeClair, for instance, still doesn’t understand all the ...

Morning Line- Todd McLellan
“We’re pleased that we got the point. Obviously it didn’t look too good with 30 seconds left, so we’ll take the point. Would have preferred two. Find a way to get one in the shootout, but when we look at the game. . . “We get scored on in the first 30 seconds and the first shot coming home from that road trip, we could have responded differently. At least we responded positively. I thought we found our game after that. “We’re pretty good throu...

Video- Four And A Half Minutes Of Highlights From The Games Last Night
Highlights from the 11 games last night.  

Video- Dan Hamuis Leaves Game With Apparent Injury To His Leg
No update on the extent of the injury and it will be tough on the Canucks if Hamuis is lost for a lengthy period.  

Leafs Win, Skate Off The Ice Without A Stick Salute
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Most notably, the Maple Leafs decided to buck tradition by skipping the customary salute to fans following a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the last couple seasons every win at Air Canada Centre has been celebrated in the same way: With players skating to centre ice and raising their sticks in the air. At least every win until this one. While one member of the team told me afterwards that the group was simply looking to change t...

Video- Alex Tanguay Takes A Puck To His Face
Patrick Roy said post-game Tanguay will be evaluated on Friday.  

Video- Top 25 NHL Players All-Time Who Never Won The Stanley Cup
Sportsnet style and note, the video is 25 minutes long. Some great names on this list...  

Evening Line- Bruce Boudreau
Bruce Boudreau when asked about Sami Vatanen’s Corsi rating... “I don’t know, I’ve never looked at a Corsi number so that tells you my answer. I don’t pay any attention to any of that. “I can tell by my eyes whether he is playing good or bad.” More on the Ducks from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times as Ryan Kesler returns to Vancouver tonight.

Montreal Trades Rene Bourque To Anaheim For Bryan Allen
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque. Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury. Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, All...

Felony Charge Filed Against Slava Voynov
Breaking news: From DA spokesperson: Just filed felony case against Slava Voynov. Charged w/one felony count of corporal injury to spouse. — lisa dillman (@reallisa) November 20, 2014   More from DA: The felony count: corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury allegation. b — lisa dillman (@reallisa) November 20, 2014 added 4:47pm, DA press release is below...

Who Is It?
I definitely plan on staying here.  My wife is American so that was always sort of the plan, to stay here.  My boys were born here—one of my sons surf, one plays baseball—so they are as American as you can be.  It was just always the plan, stay here and raise our family down here.  LA is great too—San Diego is just a little bit more mellow so for the family life I think it’s a little bit better. My boys are 11 and 9 so I didn’t get to spen...

Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz On Alex Ovechkin
Today's requisite Trotz-praises-Ovechkin quote, on how teams cover him: "He doesn’t get enough credit for not worrying about being shadowed" — Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) November 20, 2014

Numbers Not Great For The Los Angeles Kings
from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet, After winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, and starting the 2014-15 season with a bang, the Los Angeles Kings are off track. The season began with the Kings playing seven of their first eight games at home. They convincingly won six straight at the Staples Center before hitting the road with a 6-1-1 record. But they lost four straight to start the trip, before winning the final game. Heading back to L.A. didn’t improve things and, d...

Coaches And GMs Under Pressure
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland, It’s never easy to see somebody lose his job, even in the big-dollar world of the NHL, but it does help to be prepared. So here’s a look at 10 seats around the league that are already getting warm or worse. Sharks Coach Todd McLellan Why he’s in trouble: McLellan has been on the hot seat for years, and his firing seemed like a sure thing after last season’s playoff collapse against the Kings. He was given a surprising reprie...

Something Has To Be Done In Edmonton
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, There was so much focus on Toronto yesterday in the aftermath of the embarrassing loss to the Predators, but I suspect we need to keep just as close an eye on Edmonton, where the Oilers dropped to 0-9-1 against Western Conference teams this season with the loss to Vancouver. Simply unacceptable. I know management in Edmonton was not going to sit on its hands and let another debacle of a season roll by without any action. They're craving a trade for a cente...

Video- David Poile And Dave Nonis Talk Goalie Interference And Video Review
from Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman sat down with David Poile and Dave Nonis to talk about what the general managers talk about at the GM Meetings, and what topics are peaking their interest at the moment. It sounds to me the GMs still are not 100% behind video review...  

NHL Short Notes
ALL-STAR FAN VOTE The 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, presented by SiriusXM, opens today at 12:00 p.m. ET at and via mobile phones. All 700-plus active players are on the ballot, which includes enhanced interactive features designed to simplify the player search options for fans.   The ballot page at will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters as well as trending players. Vote totals will be posted on every Tuesday, starting Nov. 25.   Votin...

The Problems In Toronto
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey, There’s no pleasant way to say this: the Leafs suck. I don’t mean that to trash talk. It’s simply the way it is. They’ve missed the playoffs every season but one since the end of the season-killing lockout of 2004-05, and then only made the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season. Over the past three years the Leafs have been among the league’s worst puck-possession and defensive teams. Those figures quoted by the...

Video- The Defection Of The Stastny Brothers
from TSN, With the world commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, TSN's Dave Naylor explores the story of hockey's famed Stastny brothers. TSN Original Feature Stastny focuses on Peter and Anton, who defected from Czechoslovakia in dramatic fashion in 1980, and older brother Marian, who joined them a year later, all in search of the opportunity to compete on the North American stage..... "By defying the Iron Curtain and defecting to North America, ...

Too Much Bad News For The Pittsburgh Penguins
from Ron Cook of the Pitsburgh Post-Gazette, It seems so wrong to worry about what the Penguins are going to do without Pascal Dupuis. That’s just not important. All that matters is Dupuis’ long-term health as he battles a serious, recurring problem with blood clots in his lungs. He has to do everything he can to live to be a very old man for his wife and their kids. “I’ve got to be healthy for them,” Dupuis said Wednesday at what likely was this cit...

Video- Mike Milbury With A Short Jab At Brendan Shanahan
Then Bob McKenzie with the takedown.  

Ron Hextall Not A Happy General Manager After Flyers Lose To The Rangers
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, The door slammed, opened, and slammed again. Inside the changing room, a sanctuary for players that is usually kept at an arms-length from team management, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was peeling the paint off the walls with words that would make a stevedore blush. "Are you [bleeping] kidding me?" Hextall screamed, loud enough for the media waiting next door in the locker room to hear. "That's [bleeping] embarrassing! Je...

Jack Johnson Files For Bankruptcy After Numerous Financial Issues
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, On the morning of Oct. 7, two days before the Blue Jackets opened the 2014-15 season, Jack Johnson left his Ferrari parked in the garage of his Dublin apartment and drove his BMW to a federal courthouse Downtown to file for bankruptcy. Johnson has earned more than $18 million during his nine-year NHL career, not including the $5 million he will be paid this season by the Blue Jackets. Almost all of the money is gone, and some of his ...

Video- Yeah Baby
I apologize for not posting this earlier today, just been a very busy last few days. Last night the Calgary Flames celebrated the broadcasting career of Peter Maher who was the voice of the Calgary Flames for thirty-three years.. Here is a short highlight video of Maher and below is the ceremony from last night.  

Video- Dave Nonis Talked With The Toronto Media Today
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, It doesn’t sound like any massive change is coming any time soon to the Maple Leafs, despite the team’s three-game losing streak. Leafs GM Dave Nonis addressed the media, saying coach Randy Carlyle’s job is safe and no trades are in the offing. “No one was here after the Boston game when we were 6-1-1 asking about his job security,” said Nonis. “We’ve got some things to work on. We just need to get b...

Refs Keeping An Eye On Brendan Gallagher
from Kerry Fraser of TSN, If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.  Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the...

Adam McQuaid Out 6-8 Weeks With A Broken Thumb
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager announced today, November 19, that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb. The injury was sustained on November 18, during the Bruins/Blues game at TD Garden.

Pascal Dupuis Out For At Least Six Months For Treatment Of Blood Clot In His Lung
via the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will be out of the lineup for at least six months while undergoing treatment with blood thinners. The clot was identified during testing Monday, after Dupuis had complained of discomfort in his chest. “Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “In medical terms, that ...

The Montreal Canadiens Having Trouble Winning The ‘Big’ Games
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet, The Canadiens have but six losses this year, including one overtime setback versus the Vancouver Canucks. But in four of their five regulation-time defeats, Montreal got absolutely waxed. The teams that did the slaying are the Tampa Bay Lighting, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and, most recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three of those outfits, as of Wednesday morning, were top-six clubs in the standings. The fourth, Chicago, could get the last playoff b...

All About The EPIX Broadcast Series
New York, NY, November 19, 2014 – EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ and EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Stadium Series™, a two-part original series from premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League, will bring U.S. viewers onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their roa...

NHL Short Notes
FLAMES STAGE THIRD-PERIOD RALLY TO EDGE DUCKS Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Flames scored three third-period goals en route to a 4-3 shootout win over the Ducks. With the victory, Calgary (12-6-2, 26 points) moved one within one point of Anaheim (11-4-5, 27 points) for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.   * Facing his former club for the first time, Jonas Hiller made 24 saves – and denied two of three shootout attempts – to improve to 9-4-1 with ...

Calgary Flames With A Statement Win Over The Anaheim Ducks
from Katie Strang of ESPN, We've talked a bunch this season about using some of the top teams in the Western Conference as a measuring stick, and if that is the case the Calgary Flames made a bold statement with a comeback win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. After falling behind by two goals, the plucky Flames rallied back with three goals in the third period and ultimately prevailed 4-3 in the shootout. That makes four times this season Calgary has gone on to win a game in which ...

Filip Forsberg Better Than Expected
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail, With every goal and assist, Filip Forsberg is helping the Nashville Predators continue their hot start, and making a 2013 deadline trade look more lopsided by the day. The 20-year-old Forsberg is 10th in the NHL in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. He’s a big reason why Nashville is pushing Chicago for first place in the Central Division more than a month into the season. “We knew he was going to ...

London Knights Putting iPad To Good Use
from Jonathon Brodie of OurWindsor, It was Oct. 15 at Budweiser Gardens and the London Knights power play wasn’t generating many chances until assistant general manager Rob Simpson noticed the Otters were leaving an ample amount of space for his team to get close to the net. Simpson took out an iPad and showed the Knights where they needed to be and before the power play ended defenceman Julius Bergman had his first Ontario Hockey League (OHL) goal when he slid down from the bl...

Now What Toronto?
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, The first crisis of the Brendan Shanahan era has arrived with the futures of general manager Dave Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle clearly in doubt. Exactly how Shanahan will respond — or if he will respond in any meaningful way — will say much about the managerial style going forward of the first-year Maple Leafs president. Carlyle could be fired. Nonis could be fired. Both could be fired. Or nothing can happen. Or Shanahan may pro...

After Losing At Home To The Carolina Hurricanes, The Dallas Stars Home Record is 1-5-4
Head coach Lindy Ruff post-game from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, “This is the biggest test I’ve ever been through.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone through anything like this in the home building.  We drew up a little bit of a different game plan.  I thought if I got Eakin, Seguin and Benn out against some certain individuals that we could get them on the board and get them going.  You get one thing going and another goes sideways. ...

Video- The San Jose Sharks Were This Close To Getting Back Into The Game
This overturned goal would have cut the San Jose deficit to 3-2, instead the score remained 3-1 and Buffalo scored an empty net goal to make the final score 4-1.   from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said the first period was probably his team's best, but "we come out in the second and third period and play dumb hockey. Just flat-out dumb. Pinching, giving up two on ones, three on twos. We had only given up 10 shots after two periods and w...

Video- Quick Review Of The 11 NHL Games Last Night
Three minutes of viewing will get you through the NHL action last night.  

Ouch Toronto
It's not going to be a good night in Toronto, the Leafs are down 8-0 to Nashville at home with about 12 minutes to play in the 3rd at the time of this post.   Wouldn't be shocked if a coaching change was made post game. Then again, wouldn't be shocked if they did nothing. — Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) November 19, 2014   The Wings play in Winnipeg on Thursday night then head to Toronto for a Saturday night game. Babcok may want to lay low until the puck drops.

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