Therrien: No change in timeline for Price return despite video showing setback (The Canadian Press)

Footage of injured goalie Carey Price grimacing while skating had fans of the slumping Montreal Canadiens on edge Wednesday. The video from the RDS network showed Price favouring his right leg while skating in a track suit with a team athletic therapist, which would suggest a setback in his recovery. The Canadiens have been in a tailspin since their star goaltender suffered a lower body injury Nov. 25, dropping from first place overall in the NHL to out of a playoff spot.

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McGinn, Larsson goals lift Sabres to comeback 4-2 win over slumping Canadiens (The Canadian Press)

Secondary scoring was the key as the Buffalo Sabres became the latest team to topple the crumbling Montreal Canadiens. Marcus Foligno opened the scoring with his fourth of the season and Johan Larsson got the game-winner with only his second in 48 games as the Sabres downed the Canadiens 4-2 on Wednesday night. “It plays a big role in our wins when we get that secondary scoring going,” said Buffalo captain Brian Gionta.

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The Numbers Game: February 3, 2016

MONTREAL — Here’s a numerical look at Wednesday night’s game against the Sabres in Montreal.

365 – Number of days since the Sabres last visited the Bell Centre for a game, having won their last tilt on Montreal ice, 3-2, exactly one year ago, on February 3, 2015.

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How Canadian NHL teams fared last night (CBC)

The struggling Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames, losers of their last three games, were on home ice last night, the only Canadian teams in action. The Canadiens are weary, their fans are weary and the slump that’s plagued the team since December continued Tuesday in a 4-2 home ice loss to the Buffalo Sabres. It was the 20th loss in 26 starts for the Canadiens (24-24-4) who dropped a 4-2 decision for the second night in a row.

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Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Good, bad, ugly of NHL.com, NHL.tv with Dave Lozo! (Podcast) (Puck Daddy)

- Special Guest: Our Wednesday friend Dave Lozo! – A full review of the new NHL.com and NHL.tv. – John Scott asks Mike Milbury to drop some pounds.  – Lozo has more words for Jeremy Roenick.  – The Montreal Canadiens.  – Your listener mail, including “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.”  – News and notes from around the NHL. The   Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by  Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports , breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded:  LISTEN HERE!   [ And if that doesn’t work, try here. ]

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Canadiens' poor play sending fans away from the Bell Centre (CBC)

After starting the season on a tear that put them atop the NHL, the Habs ran into trouble when Carey Price, who had already missed time early in the season with a lower-body injury, re-aggravated it in a Nov. 25 game. The last time they played at home, the Canadiens lost 5-2 to the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Eichel, Skinner smart Wednesday plays (Puck Daddy)

By Neil Parker It was quite the night in the National Hockey League:  Sidney Crosby  registered a natural hat trick and  Connor McDavid  returned from a lengthy layoff with a three-point night.  There won’t be as many storylines Wednesday, with just three games on the schedule, and especially with a pair of lackluster matchups. Nonetheless, the small slates can lead to huge scores in the daily racket. Here are your values and busts Wednesday. Going against Vegas with a few Sabres is a potential means of differentiating lineups, and while risky, Montreal has been a basement dweller for the past two months.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now ] GOALIE Robin Lehner, BUF at MON ($33) –  Montreal has been awful for an extended stretch, and while no one should confuse the Sabres as a bully, they likely shouldn’t be underdogs in this tilt, either. Montreal could easily take home the victory, but Lehner has been strong in his limited action this season, posting a .936 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average. And he is cheap. Given the recent form of each offense, the nod goes to Buffalo and Lehner, though he is far from a safe undertaking as your No. 2 goalie. Goalie to avoid: Karri Ramo, CGY vs. CAR ($34) –  With just five wins through his past 14 games and a mediocre .914 save percentage, Ramo continues to underwhelm. He allowed five goals to the Hurricanes recently, and Carolina lit up Chicago for five goals in its latest game. Calgary has struggled defensively all year and has allowed exactly 3.0 goals per game, which makes Ramo a huge risk in goal and nothing more than a No. 2 goalie filer in plus-matchups. CENTER Jack Eichel, BUF at MON ($24) –  Expect Eichel to carry a low ownership Wednesday, as his price has climbed, and he is more expensive than a trio of Red Wings who carry more name value. Eichel has been on an extended hot streak, though, with 20 points — seven goals and 13 assists — over his past 18 games with 49 shots on net. With the Canadiens allowing 4.0 goals per game through the five outings before the break, it is a great matchup, too. Center to avoid: Steven Stamkos, TB vs. DET ($28) –  As the most expensive skater in the player pool, it is difficult to spend up for Stamkos with confidence, as he has missed the score sheet in six of his past 13 games. Of course, there is multi-point upside, but Detroit, and especially red-hot  Petr Mrazek ($42), are an unfavorable matchup. Just twice over its past 10 games has Detroit allowed more than two goals in a game. WING Johnny Gaudreau, CGY vs. CAR ($27) –  The home/road splits are unkind to Gaudreau, but this game is in Cowtown. At home, Gaudreau has 17 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating through 24 games. Carolina isn’t a doormat opponent, but with limited options available, Gaudreau’s home-ice dominance is tough to ignore. Jeff Skinner, CAR at CGY ($16) –  Talented and streaky, Skinner’s inconsistency keeps his price in profit territory. He has a goal, two assists and 10 shots in his past two games, and this is a plus-matchup. Rarely will you find a two-time, 30-goal scorer in this price range. Wing to avoid: Max Pacioretty, MON vs. BUF ($25) –  This price is clinging to past success, and Pacioretty has no business being priced as a high-end asset. He has just 11 points — six goals — over his past 25 games and a minus-15 rating. The only plus is the high shot volume, but you get value from appearances on the score sheet, not shots on net. DEFENSEMEN P.K. Subban, MON vs. BUF ($24) –  It is never advised to start a skater against one of your goalies, but a potential exception could be made for Subban. If you’re avoiding Lehner, Subban is a must-start rearguard. He has been a lone bright spot for Montreal with 14 points and 41 shots on net in his past 14 games.  Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF at MON ($14) –  Tied for 10th in scoring among blue liners, Ristolainen is an emerging star. Sure, his current form is weak, but he stuffs the peripheral categories (2.36 shots and 1.54 shot blocks per game) and plays all the right offensive minutes. There is a plus/minus risk most nights, but if you’re looking to stack a few Sabres, he carries the best value-upside combo. Defenseman to avoid: Victor Hedman, TB vs. DET ($23) –  This is purely a matchup fade. As noted, Detroit is stingy, and these two teams battling it out in a low-scoring, low-event bout is a concern. At the cap hit, it takes a lot to return value, and there might not be enough opportunities for Hedman to do so Wednesday. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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The Numbers Game: February 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Here’s a numerical look at Tuesday night’s game in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

53 – The number donned by the Canadiens newest addition Lucas Lessio, who became only the sixth Habs player in team history to sport the number ‘53’ including Andre Racicot, Rory Fitzpatrick, Sylvain Blouin, Doug Janik and Ryan White.

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With All-Star endeavours finished, NHL playoff race heats up (The Canadian Press)

The division races only determine playoff seeding in the NHL, and it’s almost considered a weakness to ascribe too much importance to the regular season. The Washington Capitals have opened a formidable 15-point lead in the Metropolitan Division and an 11-point lead on Atlantic Division leader Florida for the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Scott, Atkinson, Eichel named stars of week

John Scott, the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson and Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel were announced Monday as the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 31.

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Weekly overview

Philadelphia Flyers (21-18-8)
Date: Tuesday, February 2
Standings: Metropolitan Division: #7 – Eastern Conference: #13
Location & Time: PHILADELPHIA: Wells Fargo Center – 7:00 p.m.
Broadcaster: RDS, SNE
Player to watch: Claude Giroux – The Flyers captain and leading scorer has collected four points in his last three games, to bring his total to 39 points in 47 games.
2015-16 Record: (0-1-0)
Synopsis: An overtime goal from Jakub Voracek gave the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Capitals in their last contest on January 27 in Washington.
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Buffalo Sabres (20-26-4)
Date: Wednesday, February 3
Standings: Atlantic Division: #7 – Eastern Conference: #14
Location & Time: MONTREAL: Bell Centre – 7:00 p.m.
Broadcaster: RDS, SN
Player to watch: Jack Eichel: With seven points in his last five matches, the rookie sensation has pulled into second place on the Sabres in scoring with 16 goals and 18 assists in 50 games.
2015-16 Record: (1-0-0)
Synopsis: Heading into the All-Star break, the Sabres managed to snap their three game losing-streak with a 3-2 road victory over the Ottawa Senators .
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Edmonton Oilers (19-26-5)
Date: Saturday, February 6
Standings: Pacific Division: #7 – Western Conference: #14
Location & Time: MONTREAL: Bell Centre – 2:00 pm
Broadcaster: RDS, CBC, SN
Player to watch: Taylor Hall: The six-year NHL veteran and the Edmonton Oiler’s All-Star representative has collected 48 points in 50 games so far this season.
2015-16 Record: (0-1-0)
Synopsis: The Oilers head into the All-Star break riding a three game losing-streak after suffering defeats against the Lightning, Stars and Predators.
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Carolina Hurricanes (23-20-8)
Date: Sunday, February 7
Standings: Metropolitan Division: #6 – Eastern Conference: #10
Location & Time: MONTREAL: Bell Centre – 2:30 pm
Broadcaster: RDS, SN
Player to watch: Eric Staal: Last week, the Hurricanes captain registered assists in victories over the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.
2015-16 Record: (0-1-0)
Synopsis: After a 5-0 shutout victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Hurricanes head into this week presently sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Scott hopes All-Star Game opens doors when career is over (The Associated Press)

John Scott had a transformative weekend at the NHL All-Star Game, and he hopes it might help him land another job in or out of the game. ”It worked out for everybody,” Scott said. The NHL got a memorable moment on a major stage, and Scott went from being a relatively unknown hockey player to an athlete that perhaps transcends the sport.

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Soaking it all in

NASHVILLE – If anybody enjoyed their time in Music City over the last few days, it was John Scott.

On Sunday night, Scott capped off his NHL All-Star Weekend in style by playing a starring role in Team Pacific coming out on top in the inaugural 3-on-3 tournament at Bridgestone Arena. He scored two goals in the squad’s preliminary-round victory over Team Central, then helped keep Team Atlantic off the scoresheet in a 1-0 win in the finale.

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NHL-Scott steals show again, Pacific wins All Star Game (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) – Bridgestone Arena belonged to the guy the NHL did not want there. Left winger John Scott captained the winning Pacific Division team on Sunday at the All Star Game, scoring two goals in a 9-6 victory over the Central and helping his squad blank the Atlantic 1-0 for the championship and $1 million. The Scott story ended in a fashion that would be rejected by any Hollywood screen writer, as he won the fans’ write-in vote for Most Valuable Player decisively despite not being listed on the original ballot on the scoreboard.

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NHL-'Slow-footed goon' Scott has last laugh at All Star game (Reuters)

(Reuters) – John Scott went from being an Internet prank to Most Valuable Player at the National Hockey League All Star game in Nashville on Sunday. Scott, known more for his fighting ability than scoring goals, helped Team Pacific with two goals to claim the first three-on-three, four-team All Star game format. “It was the coolest thing I’ve done in hockey,” Scott told reporters after scoring twice as Team Pacific defeated Team Central 9-6 in the semi-finals and then edged Team Atlantic 1-0 in the final at Bridgestone Arena.

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Perry’s goal leads Pacific over Atlantic, John Scott named All-Star Game MVP (Puck Daddy)

Perhaps it was the fact it was the first 3-on-3 All-Star Game for a championship. Perhaps it was the million dollar prize for the winner. Perhaps it was the presence of John Scott. Whatever the reason, the All-Stars representing the Pacific and Atlantic Divisions saved what energy they had left for the final game of a spectacular weekend in Nashville. The first half was a showcase of goaltending with Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings in net for the Western Conference and Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers tending goal for the Eastern Conference. Quick made the first fantastic (lucky?) save of the game about two minutes into play. Florida’s Aaron Ekblad poked the puck out to Uncle Leo Komarov stationed right in front of the net. Komarov appears to redirect the puck right over Quick’s shoulder when he swats the puck up and over the net with his glove. Quick made all 10 saves he faced in his 10 minutes of work. Luongo carried the heavier load facing 12 shots from the Pacific. His most spectacular save of the game came with 2:48 left in the period. Fed by teammate John Scott, Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks did a spin-o-rama in front of Luongo who had to dive across the crease to get to. Somehow, Lu manages to get a stick on the puck. Wow! What a save by #FlaPanthers Luongo #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/iZjqJAdRt7 — Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) February 1, 2016 For the first time probably ever, the All-Star Game ended with a 0-0 tie at midway point of the 20-minute game. As they had in their first games, the Luong and Quick were replaced by Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks. It would be Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks who broke the scoreless tie.  The play started at the other end of the ice with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens attempting a shot on net as he’s slightly hooked by a Henrik-less Daniel Sedin. Subban goes flying and the puck makes its way to Brent Burns. Burns fires a cross-ice pass to a streaking Sedin. Sedin fires a pass almost immediately to Perry who snipes it past Ben Bishop for the 1-0 lead. Perry thought he picked up a second goal a couple minutes later on a laser past Bishop. However the Duck will forever ban the music of Amy Grant from the locker room. The 90’s pop/country star, acting as a ‘celebrity coach’ alongside Florida’s Gerard Gallant, challenged the goal. It was overturned as the officials determined Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers made contact with Bishop. Perry scores his second, but it’s called off for Hall interfering Bishop #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/ekgWOLJaU1 — Mark Harris (@MCHisTweeting) February 1, 2016 Gibson was tested multiple times down the stretch as the Atlantic pulled their goaltender with 1:23 to go. The young netminder stood tall and kept the Pacific in it for a 1-0 win. Although he was not on the initial ballot, John Scott won the MVP vote as a “write in candidate.” He was lifted up by his former Sharks teammates Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski, who had been champion Scott the entire weekend, along with Calgary’s Mark Giordano. Jaromir Jagr said it perfectly after the game , “You hate to lose, but if I ever wanted to lose, ever, I’m glad I lost today.” – – – – – – – Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Enforcer John Scott scores 2 goals in All-Star Game (The Associated Press)

John Scott is making it look like he belongs. The enforcer fans voted into the NHL All-Star Game scored twice for the Pacific Division during the team’s first mini-game in the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament Sunday, bringing cheers from fans and smiles from teammates. Scott captained the Pacific into the championship game with a 9-6 win over the Central Division.

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Detroit rookie skates fastest lap at NHL skills competition (The Canadian Press)

Dylan Larkin is very, very fast. The Detroit Red Wings forward won not only the title of fastest skater at this event but set the record for the fastest lap around a full rink. Larkin easily beat Predators defenceman Roman Josi on the first lap of the first event Saturday night at the NHL skills competition at 12.894 seconds.

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John Scott shakes with nerves, but celebrated by All-Star fans (Puck Daddy)

NASHVILLE – John Scott officially knows what his daughters think about him being an NHL All-Sta r. “Oh yeah, definitely proud of me. They’re always proud of me,” he said. “They were all jacked up. They get excited to see hockey games, and see me play.”  Scott was fairly certain how his family felt about him, but was less sure about the fans inside Bridgestone Arena for the NHL All-Star Skills Compeition – despite winning the fan vote, thanks to a “joke” campaign that made the career enforcer an All-Star over the objections from his former team and the NHL. “I had no idea how I was going to be accepted. How they were going to react,” he said. Scott skated out in a generic NHL All-Star jersey, while the other players were wearing jerseys representing their teams. He petitioned the league to wear a St. John’s IceCaps jersey, which is the AHL team Scott plays for following his trade from the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens. He said it was something the NHL “vetoed hard.” “I get it. But I would have loved to wear something on my chest. Makes me stick out even more,” said Scott. So he stood on the blue line with the rest of the Western Conference All-Stars, next to former Chicago Blackhawks teammate Patrick Kane. As the Eastern Conference All-Stars were announced, Kane turned to Scott. “He said, ‘Watch this, I’m going to get booed and you’re going to the biggest cheers,’” said Scott. Kane was passionately booed by the Nashville Predators fans in attendance. Scott was given a loud ovation. Later in the evening, Scott was given a standing ovation by the fans, as his peers banged their sticks on the ice in tribute.  And he was even more nervous. Scott didn’t get his turn in the Skills Competition until the Hardest Shot competition, where he was paired against Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “I could barely hold my stick, I was shaking so much. My heart was just pounding,” said Scott. His first shot came in at 92.6 miles per hour. “I was shaking the whole time. Probably wasn’t my best effort,” he said. His second shot came in at 95.9 miles per hour, putting him middle of the pack for all attempts on the night. “In Minnesota, I had over 99 mph,” said Scott. “I could have done better. I’m just happy I didn’t fall down.” His other Skills Competition event was the Shootout Relay to end the night, in which every skater gets a chance to score one-on-one with the All-Star goalies. Scott’s first attempt was easily saved by New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider. So he decided to take a chance on the second attempt: a spin-o-rama. Nice moves, John! #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/9cA18LjLs9 — NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 31, 2016 He asked Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets what he should try in his second attempt. “He said, ‘Throw it to your skate and kick it to your stick.’ I said, ‘I might miss it.’” Instead, it was a spin move, attempting it for the second time in his life. The first time was after practice several years ago. “Yeah, never in a game,” said Scott. “You think I’d go in a shootout in a game? Are you crazy?” It surprised the fans and the players. It nearly beat Schneider, but he was able to get it with his left pad. Is there anything else in his bag of tricks? “Nope, that’s it. Bag’s empty,” said Scott. With the nerve-wracking skills competition behind him, Scott said he was looking forward to Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game, leading the Pacific Division in the new 3-on-3 mini-tournament format. “I think it’ll be a little more calm. The Skills Competition is always an exciting thing. But know we’ll have a little down time. Hopefully do better than we did today,” he said. “I want to win.” Many would say John Scott’s already a winner at this All-Star Game.  — Greg Wyshynski  is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com  or  find him on Twitter.  His book,  TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is  available on Amazon  and wherever books are sold.

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Dylan Larkin recovers from near wipeout to set fastest skater record (Video) (Puck Daddy)

NASHVILLE – Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin crossed one skate over the other and pushed his blades deeply into the ice at the All-Star skills competition’s fastest skater segment. The amount of force Larkin used was so powerful and his speed so great that he almost wiped out and lost in his pursuit of Mike Gartner’s timing record for one lap around the outside portion of a hockey rink. “Yeah I was, I dug in pretty hard and it could have been bad. It would have been my last All-Star Game if I kept going. Luckily I caught my footing,” Larkin said. Even with the mishap, Larkin recovered and bested Gartner’s mark of 13.386 seconds, set in 1996. Larkin, a rookie, burned around the ice at Bridgestone Arena with a time of 13.172 seconds. He won the right to pursue Gartner’s record by breezing around the ice with a heat time of 12.894 seconds on a shorter course. The next-closest was Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi who held a time of 13.527 seconds.  Here is a list of winners of the event since 1992, noting a format changed in 2008. Larkin’s time was listed as quicker than Hall of Fame speedsters like Sergei Fedorov (Best time of 13.525 seconds in 1994) and Scott Niedermayer (Top time of 13.560 seconds in 1998).   “The first competition there when he was doing half the rink and he was making that look pretty easy and flying around pretty good I thought there may be a chance he could be the one if he won it all that he could be the one to break the (famous) record,” said New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. “So I think guys were excited to be there in person to see the record broken.”  The 19-year-old Larkin was born after the 1996 NHL All-Star Game. That took place on Jan. 20, 1996. Larkin’s birthday is July 30, 1996. He had known somewhat about Gartner, who scored 708 goals in his NHL career, but a lot of his teammates this weekend were aware they were watching some form of All-Star Game history. “I think everybody’s pretty aware that fastest skater is a pretty well respected one in the skills competition,” McDonagh said. “It seems like the guys were pretty excited to see and be up close live to see the record be broken. The kid continues to impress.” This was not really an ‘arrival’ moment for Larkin. He had six points in his first five games and has continued to impress this season with 33 points – third most amongst rookies this year. He’s also a plus-24. “I played against him a couple of times this year and he’s going to be a star in this league for a long time,” said Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban. “I think now on this type of stage everybody who knows hockey now who has been watching knows who he is and congratulations to him. That’s been a long-standing record, so I’m happy for him.” Larkin isn’t in Nashville just to party. He’s here to pick the brains of some of his fellow All-Stars. While this weekend is a celebration for a lot of athletes, Larkin says he’s partially using it to get better. It’s this type of attitude that sets him apart. He’s been compared to former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews for his seriousness to his craft.  “I think it’s a fun thing, a celebration of how with how my year is going, I think to kick back relax, meet the guys, learn as much as I can and have as much fun as I can. It’s a no-pressure fun weekend,” Larkin said. “I know who I am. I know the player I am and the player I want to be. It’s a player like Jonathan Toews and a player like Steve Yzerman. I think it’s cool, but you can’t call it a career with people just saying that.” MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY   – – – – – – – Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper

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Shea Weber wins second straight NHL Hardest Shot competition (Video) (Puck Daddy)

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Predators fans wanted one more shot, and they got it. Shea Weber won his second straight Hardest Shot competition with a blistering speed of 108.1 mph. The winning attempt was just under his 108.5 mph shot at last year’s Skills Competition in Columbus. As the Predators fans gave their captain a rousing ovation following his winning shot, they began to chant “One more shot!” hoping to see Weber break Zdeno Chara’s record of 108.8 mph set in 2012. He was given an extra attempt but couldn’t make history. Meanwhile, Aaron Ekblad finished in sixth place and tried to channel the power of Kevin Spacey by changing into the “Spacey in Space” sweatshirt before his two attempts. It failed to work as he didn’t break 93.4 mph on either of his shots.

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2016 NHL All-Star Game – Day 1

NASHVILLE – Friday was NHL All-Star Media Day in Nashville, as players shared their thoughts on a host of topics at Bridgestone Arena. P.K. Subban was on site to represent the Canadiens. Subban last appeared at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC when he was named as a rookie replacement. His participation was limited to the Skills Competition, though, making his stay in Tennessee all the more special. On Saturday evening, Subban’s skills will be on display again. The Canadiens’ No. 76 will compete in the AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot event, the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge, and the Discover NHL Shootout. This marks the first time that Nashville has played host to the NHL All-Star Game.

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The Seven: The 2016 NHL All-Star Game with an all-Canadian twist (Yahoo Sports)

The Seven: A weekly look at the NHL’s seven Canadian-based teams — the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks & Winnipeg Jets.

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NHL All-Star Skills Competition players announced; who wins? (Puck Daddy)

Eastern Conference captains, Jaromir Jagr and John Tavares, and Western Conference captains, Patrick Kane and John Scott, have selected their challengers for the Honda NHL Skills Competition. The East appears to be in it to win it; whereas, the West might be leaning towards entertainment value (see: fastest skater). All the events take place on Saturday, January 30 starting at 7:00 pm ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. So, who you got? Check out the field below. Bridgestone Fastest Skater Event description: Four players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The race track for the head-to-head match-ups is the border of the rink split in half lengthways. Timing devices will record each skater to determine the winner of each match. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. The skater with the fastest time in the head-to-head match-ups will skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing, in an attempt to break Mike Gartner’s record (13.386). Points Available: 6 – The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores a bonus point; if the fastest skater is successful in breaking Mike Gartner’s record an additional bonus point will be awarded. Western Conference Roman Josi (D), Nashville Predators Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche Taylor Hall (F), Edmonton Oilers Dustin Byfuglien (D), Winnipeg Jets   Eastern Conference Dylan Larkin (F), Detroit Red Wings Brandon Saad (F), Columbus Blue Jackets Erik Karlsson (D), Ottawa Senators Kris Letang (D), Pittsburgh Penguins Last year’s winner : Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning (AWKWARD) Favorite: Dylan Larkin is young and naive. Expect him to go all out. Darkhorse: Everyone outside of Evander Kane wants to see the universe explode when Dustin Byfuglien wins. *** Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge* Event description: A test of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, three shooters and one goaltender from each team will participate. Columbus’ Brandon Saad was selected by fans to participate in this event in an online vote. Each skater will attempt two shots. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. Fans in-arena and watching on television will be able to vote for their favorite player on Twitter by casting their vote using the hashtag that corresponds to the player of their choice. Points Available: 1 – The shooter with the highest fan vote will score one point for his team. *We are sad to report: No fire allowed – AGAIN. Western Conference James Neal (F), Nashville Predators Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche Brent Burns (D), San Jose Sharks Jonathan Quick (G), Los Angeles Kings   Eastern Conference Brandon Saad (F), Columbus Blue Jackets Evgeny Kuznetsov (F), Washington Capitals P.K. Subban (D), Montreal Canadiens Cory Schneider (G), New Jersey Devils Last year’s winner : Ryan Johansen, then-Columbus Blue Jackets, now Nashville Predators (AWKWARD) Most likely to use prop comedy: Brent Burns Most likely to dazzle with pure skill: Matt Duchene *** DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting Event description: Four players from each team will compete, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head match-ups, one shooter from each team per round. The goal is to hit four 15-inch diameter targets located in each corner of the net. The teams will be situated at opposite ends of the rink, and will alternate shot attempts. The first shooter to hit all four targets wins. Points Available: 5 –The winner of each match-up scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point Western Conference Patrick Kane (F), Chicago Blackhawks Joe Pavelski (F), San Jose Sharks Corey Perry (F), Anaheim Ducks Jamie Benn (F), Dallas Stars Passer: Drew Doughty (D), Los Angeles Kings Passer: Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues   Eastern Conference John Tavares (F), New York Islanders Patrice Bergeron (F), Boston Bruins Claude Giroux (F), Philadelphia Flyers Evgeni Malkin (F), Pittsburgh Penguins Passer: Nicklas Backstrom (F), Washington Capitals Passer: Jaromir Jagr (F), Florida Panthers Favorite: The sniper-loaded Western Conference *** Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay Event description: This timed relay event – involving 14 skaters and one goalie from each team – will consist of five challenges: One-Timers, with three shooters and one passer per team  Passing, with one passer per team  Puck Control, with one skater per team Stick-Handling, with one skater per team Goalie Goals, with one goalie per team Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next challenge with the exception of one timers, passing and goalie goals, in which a maximum of forty-five seconds will be allocated. The goal is to finish all five challenges faster than the opponent. Points Available: 3 – The team with the fastest time in each heat scores one point; the team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point. RELAY 1 Western Conference   Shea Weber (D), Nashville Predators One-timer RH Drew Doughty (D), Los Angeles Kings One-timer RH Corey Perry (F), Anaheim Ducks One-timer RH Taylor Hall (F), Edmonton Oilers Passer: One-timer Daniel Sedin (F), Vancouver Canucks Passer: Mini Net Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames Puck Control Patrick Kane (F), Chicago Blackhawks Stick Handling Pekka Rinne (G), Nashville Predators Goalie Goals     Eastern Conference   Aaron Ekblad (D), Florida Panthers One-timer RH Erik Karlsson (D), Ottawa Senators One-timer RH Steven Stamkos (F), Tampa Bay Lightning One-timer RH Patrice Bergeron (F), Boston Bruins Passer: One-timer Nicklas Backstrom (F), Washington Capitals Passer: Mini Net Justin Faulk (D), Carolina Hurricanes Puck Control Claude Giroux (F), Philadelphia Flyers Stick Handling Braden Holtby (G), Washington Capitals Goalie Goals RELAY 2 Western Conference   Mark Giordano (D), Calgary Flames One-timer LH James Neal (F), Nashville Predators One-timer LH Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues One-timer LH Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche Passer: One-timer Jamie Benn (F), Dallas Stars Passer: Mini Net Roman Josi (D), Nashville Predators Puck Control Tyler Seguin (F), Dallas Stars Stick Handling Devan Dubnyk (G), Minnesota Wild Goalie Goals     Eastern Conference   Ryan McDonagh (D), New York Rangers One-timer LH Leo Komarov (F), Toronto Maple Leafs One-timer LH Ryan O’Reilly (F), Buffalo Sabres One-timer LH Jaromir Jagr (F), Florida Panthers Passer: One-timer Evgeny Kuznetsov (F), Washington Capitals Passer: Mini Net Kris Letang (D), Pittsburgh Penguins Puck Control Dylan Larkin (F), Detroit Red Wings Stick Handling Ben Bishop (G), Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Goals Favorite: Again, the West. Some of the best hands in the business are on the team. *** AMP NHL Hardest Shot Event description: Four shooters from each team will test their slap shot skill in a head-to-head match-up. Each player will attempt two shots, with teams alternating after each player. One puck will be placed 30 feet from the center of the net. Each shot will be calculated in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded. Points Available: Five team points. The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point. Western Conference Dustin Byfuglien (D), Winnipeg Jets Tyler Seguin (F), Dallas Stars John Scott (F), Arizona Coyotes via MTL/Newfy Shea Weber (D), Nashville Predators   Eastern Conference Aaron Ekblad (D), Florida Panthers Evgeni Malkin (F), Pittsburgh Penguins Steven Stamkos (F), Tampa Bay Lightning P.K. Subban (D), Montreal Canadiens Last year’s winner : Shea Weber at 108.5 m.p.h. Favorite: He may not hit 108 again but Weber is an old pro at this event. Darkhorse: We love us some 6’8″ monster of a man in John Scott. *** Discover NHL Shootout Event description: 18 skaters and three goaltenders from each team will participate in the three-round shootout. During each two-minute round, six skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. Teams will alternate after each shot with each player having a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot. Players one and three from each team will be designated Discover puck players; each goal scored by these players will count as two points. NHL shootout rules apply to each scoring attempt. Points Available: 1 point for every goal scored and 2 points for every goal scored with a Discover puck. ROUND 1 Western Conference Patrick Kane (F), Chicago Blackhawks Matt Duchene (F), Colorado Avalanche Brent Burns (D), San Jose Sharks Mark Giordano (D), Calgary Flames Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues Daniel Sedin (F), Vancouver Canucks Devan Dubnyk (G), Minnesota Wild   Eastern Conference Evgeni Malkin (F), Pittsburgh Penguins Jaromir Jagr (F), Florida Panthers P.K. Subban (D), Montreal Canadiens Ryan O’Reilly (F), Buffalo Sabres Leo Komarov (F), Toronto Maple Leafs Aaron Ekblad (D), Florida Panthers Roberto Luongo (G), Florida Panthers ROUND 2 Western Conference Joe Pavelski (F), San Jose Sharks Taylor Hall (F), Edmonton Oilers Jamie Benn (F), Dallas Stars James Neal (F), Nashville Predators Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames Dustin Byfuglien (D), Winnipeg Jets John Gibson (G), Anaheim Ducks   Eastern Conference Patrice Bergeron (F), Boston Bruins Nicklas Backstrom (F), Washington Capitals Steven Stamkos (F), Tampa Bay Lightning Evgeny Kuznetsov (F), Washington Capitals Ryan McDonagh (D), New York Rangers Justin Faulk (D), Carolina Hurricanes Braden Holtby (G), Washington Capitals ROUND 3 Western Conference John Scott (F), Arizona Coyotes via MTL/Newfy Shea Weber (D), Nashville Predators Tyler Seguin (F), Dallas Stars Corey Perry (F), Anaheim Ducks Drew Doughty (D), Los Angeles Kings Roman Josi (D), Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne (G), Nashville Predators   Eastern Conference Claude Giroux (F), Philadelphia Flyers Dylan Larkin (F), Detroit Red Wings John Tavares (F), New York Islanders Kris Letang (D), Pittsburgh Penguins Erik Karlsson (D), Ottawa Senators Brandon Saad (D), Columbus Blue Jackets Ben Bishop (G), Tampa Bay Lightning Favorite: Western Conference will prevail again. The East has a ton of great passers but the goal scorers are in the West.  – – – – – – – Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr laments he is in All-Star game (The Associated Press)

Jaromir Jagr wishes he wasn’t at the All-Star game. The NHL’s oldest player, who will turn 44 next month, would rather be working out and skating in South Florida. ”I have to be here,” Jagr lamented Friday.

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Cult of John Scott: Unlikeliest All-Star KO’d cynicism, brought the fun (Puck Daddy)

NASHVILLE – Natalie Sickles waited against the metal fence, shirt and pen in hand, as the NHL players left Bridgestone Arena. She was looking for one All-Star in particular.  The one they kept saying didn’t belong there. John Scott, the 6-foot-8 pugilist whose chaotic journey since winning the All-Star fan vote has overshadowed the game itself, emerged from the arena. Sickles held out her John Scott All-Star T-shirt and the gentle giant scribbled his name over the No. 28. She smiled, thanked him and wished him well. Scott’s shirts sold out online four days before the game. Sickles said she purchased one out of appreciation for what Scott’s endured, en route to Nashville. “I felt he was treated unfairly by the NHL. Reading about the fan vote, the way it came out and how he was being punished for it. If the NHL doesn’t want a fan vote, then they shouldn’t do it,” said the Predators fan. “I’m hoping that he gets cheered. But I know he’ll have a good time.” On Day 1 of his All-Star Weekend, Scott was the embodiment of fun. He signed autographs for fans. He joked about fighting players in the All-Star Game, and self-deprecatingly joked about his hockey prowess. He urged the media to remain where they were while he snapped a photo of them with his phone following a press conference, forever preserving the surreal absurdity of it all. “I hope the fans cheer,” said Scott. “They’re going to take it for what it is, which is an anomaly. It’s probably not going to happen again. I hope they have fun with it, get behind me.” When he arrived in Nashville, Scott was fairly certain the fans were behind him. He was much less sure about the NHL. *** On Thursday, John Scott dropped a megaton bomb on the NHL with a story in The Players’ Tribune that was equal parts autobiography and exposé. “I had read a ton of articles, and I didn’t really care for what was written. I wanted to get my voice heard, have it be written my way,” said Scott. “Got an overwhelming positive response. I got so many texts and calls from people that I’ve never even met. It’s pretty crazy. I guess it’s a big success.” Scott wrote about the fan vote campaign that got him elected to the game – how it started as a joke that offended him, but became something he appreciated as his friends and peers said he should embrace it. Yet he didn’t encourage it – his team, the Arizona Coyotes, actually instructed him to speak out against it. He wrote about the suspicious trade from the Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens, who buried him in the AHL. The speculation had been that the deal was done out of spite, as Scott refused to decline his All-Star Game spot. Scott’s article did little to dispel that. But more disturbing was the allegation that the NHL itself tried to bully Scott out of the game. He wrote that his breaking point was when an unnamed NHL official asked him, “Do you think this is something your daughters would be proud of?”    As Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star wrote: “What an embarrassment for the NHL that this became public. The whole thing has been a cavalcade of incompetence.” How much damage was done? Consider this: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had to meet with Scott on Thursday night in an effort to smooth things over and ensure he didn’t “go rogue” again at the All-Star Game. “He’s more than welcome to be here,” Bettman told the Associated Press. “We’re happy he’s here. The fans spoke, and we’re happy to reflect their will.” Scott said The Players’ Tribune article wasn’t a topic of conversation. “No, we just had a quick talk. I think he was worried about me not feeling welcome here and kinda just being uncomfortable in this situation. But he said, ‘we want you here,’” said Scott. “It was nice hearing that coming from him. There was a time when I wasn’t really sure how the league felt. But he put those thoughts to rest.” Had he heard from the Coyotes and general manager Don Maloney, who also received criticism after the article hit? “No. They’re not my team anymore. I don’t know why I’d talk to them,” he said. One of the criticisms of the Coyotes was that they traded Scott – in the end, to Newfoundland – with his wife expected to deliver twins within weeks. That this broke some sort of hockey code. But Scott gave them a pass. “I think that’s asking a lot from a GM. If that’s the case they’re going to have a hard job to do,” he said. “They do as much as they can do but at the end of the day, I’m a grown man. I have to do it myself. At the end of the day, it’s like, ‘You traded me. I don’t want to suck off your teat anymore.’” Technically, Scott is representing the Coyotes at the All-Star Game as captain of the Pacific Division. But he won’t wear a Coyotes jersey on Saturday night in the Skills Competition, and he doesn’t have a Coyotes patch on his official All-Star Game jersey. Neither the Coyotes nor the Canadiens had media personnel herding Scott from interview to interview – Scott was flanked by two NHL officials, keenly monitoring what he said during his press conference. No, Scott’s his own man at the All-Star Game. And that’s perhaps what has him most excited. *** “Just a goon.” It’s the worst thing you can say to John Scott … well, outside of evoking his family to guilt him out of the All-Star Game. It’s the word that’s been affixed to his name in several dozen think-pieces during the voting controversy. And he despises it. “It’s a guy who’s brain dead. Just goes out there and fights. It’s really a derogatory term, and I hate reading it in articles,” said Scott. “I’m not a goon. I don’t even fight that much. But you get this label and it just sticks.” If not a goon, what is John Scott? “A piece of work.” That’s Brent Burns, All-Star defenseman, talking through a gap-toothed smile. Burns and Scott played together with the San Jose Sharks. From the moment he arrived in Nashville, Burns has been Scott’s social media hype man, taking selfies with his promotional photos and then hanging out together on Thursday night: Working late night on some systems! #pavelski4fastestskater #NHLAllStarWeekend pic.twitter.com/DbaFMhsCg8 — Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) January 29, 2016 “They say the tough guys are actually teddy bears. I think that’s the case with Johnny. There’s not many more colorful, smart, funny guys that Johnny Scott,” said Burns. “I think it’s good for fans to see that.” Burns isn’t Scott’s only fan amongst the All-Stars in Nashville, and that acceptance has been something Scott’s relied on through this process. If his Arizona Coyotes teammates were cool with it – and they were – then he could be cool with it. If other players around the NHL were cool with it – and if they weren’t before, they were after The Players’ Tribune piece revealed the NHL’s tactics – then he can be cool with it. “That means a lot, more than anything. To have your peers want you in the game,” he said. “It’s nice to get recognized for doing the grunt work in the game. Get some love for the third and fourth liners.” He’s worried about the requests from teammates for one of his sticks, in that grand tradition of stick trading that happens after the All-Star Game. Scott only brought around six with him, so he’ll have to be selective on trades. “I don’t need Burnsie’s,” he said, glancing at Brent Burns a few tables away. “I don’t really care for him.” Scott and Burns will skate for the Pacific Division All-Star team – Calgary’s Mark Giordano joked that their team will just bludgeon opponents rather than go goal for goal with them – which brings us to another mystery about John Scott and the All-Star Game: What the hell is he going to do there? In the Skills Competition, Scott will compete in the hardest shot and in the shootout. He said he put his name down for every event. “I tried! I tried! But they’re kind of funny about me being in all the skills,” he said. “I tried to put myself in the accuracy, but I get bumped from that. They’re always editing the lists because some guys don’t want to do certain events,” he said, adding with a smile: “Buncha prima donnas here.” On Sunday, in the 3-on-3, Scott said he would probably just “wing it,” having never played in that format before. But he does have high expectations. “I predicted I’m going to get six goals,” he said. That would mean one more goal than his career total in the NHL, in 285 games. It would also mean six goal celebrations from a guy who doesn’t have … many. “I have something planned. An homage to an old tough guy maybe,” said Scott. And while John Scott isn’t the ‘g-word,’ the question had to be asked: Will he find an opponent to fight in the All-Star Game? “I don’t think they’ll have a choice.” Who will he fight? “I don’t want to say. I’ll ruin my plan.” Scott dropped the charade and said there will be no fighting in the All-Star Game. “I’m a skill player now.” *** This is the part of the story where I do what I’ve tried to avoid doing during most of this, which is use the word “I.” The catalyst for the ‘John Scott, All-Star’ campaign was on my podcast with Jeff Marek, and then with an article on this blog. Truth be told, I cast a single vote for the guy, just to see how the software worked. John Scott is an All-Star by the daily keyboard pounding of activist fans on Reddit and throughout social media. The fact is that none of this was coordinated with Scott. At all. We had spoken once, when I covered the San Jose Sharks in their Santa Clara outdoor game last season. But I hadn’t actually spoken to Scott through this campaign – one that started as a joke about his being an All-Star, but one that targeted him as someone who would be in on the joke. The “voting the class clown as student council president” thing. I heard he wasn’t exactly enamored with the joke portion of the campaign – something about “lugging his ass up and down the ice in the 3-on-3” apparently didn’t sit right with him. I was curious what he thought about the campaign and our part in it. So I caught Scott near the elevator of his hotel, extended my hand and introduced myself. “Oh hey, you’re the guy who got me here,” said Scott. I acknowledged that, and then acknowledged that I wasn’t really sure if he was cool with the campaign, or wanted to punch me in the face for some of the things I had said about his hockey talents. “The thought had crossed my mind,” said Scott. We spoke briefly, and he thanked everyone that supported him for the All-Star Game. It went better than I had expected, being both a pessimist about these things and fully expecting to receive a (well-earned) punch in the face. But somewhere during this campaign, Scott decided to embrace it as we hoped he would. He decided to the go to the All-Star Game and have the time of his life, like we hoped he would. What we didn’t anticipate was the fumble-handed pushback from the NHL, which amplified his popularity beyond anything we could have imagined. So if we weren’t always cool, we were cool now, it appeared. “You know,” I said to my new friend, “people say we sort of look alike.” Scott looked down at me. “God, I hope not.” And then the elevator closed. Piece of work, that one. *** As incredibly poor as the NHL has handled this campaign – one prominent media executive told us the League was ‘absolutely clueless’ – Scott played it perfectly. He went from joke candidate to victim to man of the people, without openly campaigning for any of it. “I learned just to keep my mouth shut. Go to work. Throughout this whole process, I just let other people do the talking. I think that worked out well,” he said. But Scott knows that this will never happen again. Not to him, not to another fourth-liner, not to another fighter. The NHL will clamp down on the fan vote to ensure it next season. “I’m guessing they’ll do something. To not allow the fans to have the same effect again next year, and prevent this from happening again.” Scott paused for a moment. “But I think this is a good thing for the game. It’s gotten a lot of attention, and publicity. Gotten people excited to watch the game,” he said. “When this whole thing started, I got negative and positive. But I hoped that everyone would just put that aside and just realize, ‘Hey, it’s gonna happen. Let’s have fun with it, have a good time.’” Odds are that no other player will have as much fun with this as John Scott. — Greg Wyshynski  is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com  or  find him on Twitter.  His book,  TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is  available on Amazon  and wherever books are sold.

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Enforcer John Scott enjoying moment as NHL All-Star captain (The Associated Press)

John Scott sat back in his chair and took a cellphone photo of all the reporters crowded around him once the questions finally ended. ”It’s definitely strange,” Scott said Friday at one of the more unusual media days for the NHL’s showcase event. ”You go in the locker room everyone’s got the NHL logo on their helmet.

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Gary Bettman says enforcer John Scott 'welcome' at NHL all-star game (The Canadian Press)

John Scott expects the NHL to change the fan vote for the all-star game to keep someone like himself from ever being picked again. “They should do something if they don’t want this to happen again,” Scott said Friday at media day. Fans voted the six-foot-eight Scott as captain of the Pacific Division, though Arizona traded him to Montreal and he is now at the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Newfoundland.

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Torres on waivers; Wheeler opts out as ASG sub; Bettman on Seattle (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . @NHL waiting on my orders captain!! pic.twitter.com/wLCodgYtDQ — Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) January 28, 2016 • AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Brent Burns is stoked to be lead by John Scott. [ @Burnzie88 ] • The San Jose Sharks have put Raffi Torres on waivers. Should he not be claimed, he’ll remain with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL). [ Mercury News ] • Blake Wheeler said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to replacing Jonathan Toews in the All-Star Game. [ Winnipeg Sun ] • Semyon Varlamov’s civil trial had Colorado Avalanche VP of Business Ops Greg Sherman on the stand to testify for the plaintiff and are attempting to schedule the testimony of Patrick Roy. [ BSN Denver ] • Gary Bettman isn’t waiting around for Seattle to get their arena act together. [ Sin Bin ] • More on Bettman’s comments about Seattle and an update on the possible arenas in the Seattle area. [ Sonics Rising ] • The rare reporter embed with Washington Capitals as they go through back-to-back games and travel. [ SI ] • Coaching in Nashville for the All-Star Game is a homecoming for Barry Trotz. His imprint on his former city and its citizens is incredible. [ Washington Post ] • Pittsburgh Penguins radio analyst Phil Bourque at 53-years-old is experiencing mental lapses attributed to his career. Here is part one of a two part series where he talks about his career and concussion history. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ] • Second part of series with Bourque. Despite his cognitive issues, Bourque has no regrets about playing hockey. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ] • Kelly Hrudy believes opening up the discussion on mental health could have saved his friend who died in a police shoot out. [ The Province ] • Down Goes Brown: A radical and completely unrealistic plan to save the NHL all-star game. [ DGB ] • The John Scott situation has distracted from the NHL’s more recent blunders at the league level. [ The Star ] • Philadelphia hosted a You Can Play game last week and it was a resounding success. YCP’s ongoing mission is to challenge athelets and fans thoughts, actions, and speech when it comes to homophobia. [ Philly Voice ] • 3-on-3 overtime is wild and unpredictable to the point where even the coaches can’t screw it up. [ Montreal Gazette ] • The man who secured the visit of Dennis Rodman to North Korea, wants to bring NHL stars to the country in order to improve relationship with Canada. [ Globe & Mail ] • Are the Boston Bruins bordering on boring because they lack an identity? [ Boston Sports Desk ] • Older, non-national team members are finding a home in the fledgling NWHL. [ Today’s Slapshot ] • Les Canadiennes de Montreal defenseman Julie Chu is an American star thriving in a Canadian league. [ Along The Boards ] • Making the case for Cory Schneider as a Vezina candidate? [ The Hockey Writers ] • Drew Doughty is good but his work in the off-season with Rob Blake and John Stevens has him on the verge of Norris, for real this time. [ Frozen Royalty ] • The Montreal Canadiens lack of offensive creativity, and the value of east-west offense. [ EOTP ] • Is it appropriate for the NHL to suspend players for skipping the All-Star Game? [ Outsider Sports ] • How Steven Stamkos’s entry level contract has impacts his current contract negotiations. [ The Line of Offence ] • Former New York Islander employee Adam Sherlip created The Hockey Foundation to spread ice hockey to one of the most unlikeliest of places – India. The camps in the country have attracted famous players and coaches from the sport.  [ CBS New York ] • Did you know Mexico has a hockey team? After being South Africa, the Mexican national team moves to 32nd in the IIHF Division II rankings. [ Color of Hockey ] • Don Beaupre created a Minnesota-rific mask for the NHL Alumni Stadium Series game. [ In Goal Mag ] • Finally, this video will make your day. The LA Kings talk dogs, teeth, and other things with Cabbie. Best part is Darryl Sutter. – – – – – – – Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

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Appreciating the journey

MONTREAL – It’s been a busy couple of weeks for newcomer Victor Bartley.

Since being acquired by the Canadiens on Jan. 15 in a three-way deal with the Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators, Bartley spent some time with the big club before being assigned to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps five days later. Unfortunately, the 27-year-old rearguard was injured in his IceCaps debut on Jan. 20 in Bridgeport, CT, and recently returned to Quebec for treatment at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

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