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David Perron on trade block; headed to Columbus? (Puck Daddy)

The Edmonton Oilers are winless in seven games after losing to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Changes will be made, and reports say that forward David Perron’s change of address will be one of the first. Aaron Ward of TSN reported that Perron could be shipped out to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with center Artem Anisimov potentially headed back to the center-starved Oilers. This would reunite Perron with Jackets president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who knew him well during their days with the St. Louis Blues. Anisimov is signed through 2016 with a $3.283 million cap hit. Perron is also signed through 2016 with a $4.5 million cap hit. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes the Montreal Canadiens would have interest in Perron, and that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the derby too, given their need for another veteran wing in the top six after the loss of Pascal Dupuis. Perron, who was a minus-2 vs. the Stars, has two goals and eight assists in 22 games. He had 28 goals last season in 78 games.

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Subban, Price sit atop leaderboard

NEW YORK — The Chicago Blackhawks occupy four of the top 10 spots in the first week of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM. Forwards Patrick Kane (73,551) and Jonathan Toews (71,734), defenseman Duncan Keith (66,723), and goaltender Corey Crawford (51,212) ranked fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively. More than 3.2 million votes were cast in the first week of voting.

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Culture and sport team up to present Canadian hockey sweater story (The Canadian Press)

SASKATOON – An iconic Canadian story about a boy and his hockey uniform is bringing together a junior sports team and a symphony orchestra.

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A very personal gift

MONTREAL – Hundreds of fans took to the arena floor at the Bell Centre in conjunction with the Canadiens-evenko Blood Drive on Tuesday.

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NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes (Puck Daddy)

Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they’re off for whatever reasons — the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: “Fueled by a new Canadian media deal with Rogers Communications that begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHL team value rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the league’s previous Canadian deals.” Now the sort of bad — which we already knew … that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don’t exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: “The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals.” And the mistake: “Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a  mistake I made last September in reporting the sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of $250 million at the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%.” So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance … chill.  Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It’s currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar.  Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it’s not kidding. Granted, we often bemoan how it could be better — which it can. Yes, the league is locked into these super long-term television deals now, which have equated to a short-term windfall, but may look bad by the time they’re up.  But at least for the moment, mostly everyone seems happy.  Note the Islanders massive increase in value — which likely stems from a pending move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, away from that haven called Uniondale.  Below is the Forbes list of franchises and their values.  Rank Team Current Value (millions) % Change from 2013 `1 Toronto Maple Leafs 1,300 13 2 New York Rangers 1,100 29 3 Montreal Canadiens 1,000 29 4 Chicago Blackhawks 825 32 5 Vancouver Canucks 800 14 6 Boston Bruins 750 25 7 Philadelphia Flyers 625 25 8 Los Angeles Kings 580 29 9 Detroit Red Wings 570 21 10 Pittsburgh Penguins 565 18 11 Washington Capitals 500 21 12 Edmonton Oilers 475 19 13 Calgary Flames 451 7 14 San Jose Sharks 425 5 15 Dallas Stars 420 26 16 Ottawa Senators 400 5 17 Minnesota Wild 370 12 18 Anaheim Ducks 365 22 19 Colorado Avalanche 360 7 20 Winnipeg Jets 358 5 21 New Jersey Devils 330 3 22 New York Islanders 300 54 23 Buffalo Sabres 288 15 24 Nashville Predators 250 22 25 St. Louis Blues 235 27 26 Tampa Bay Lightning 230 28 27 Arizona Coyotes 225 12 28 Carolina Hurricanes 220 18 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 200 14 30 Florida Panthers 190 – 21   MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

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Hockey legend Pat Quinn remembered as a straight shooter with a heart of gold (The Canadian Press)

On the ice, behind the bench and behind his desk, Pat Quinn was an imposing figure.

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Milan Lucic has become a punch line (Puck Daddy)

In Feb. 2012, Milan Lucic’s NHLPA peers named him the toughest player in the League , edging Boston Bruins teammates Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton. Which is to say he was the biggest bad ass on the most bad-ass team in the League at that moment.  Remember where Lucic was at that point in his career? Three months removed from steamrolling Ryan Miller. Eight months removed from being a blunt weapon of destruction against the Vancouver Canucks, from pummeling opponents to sticking his fingers in Alex Burrows’ face, daring him to take a chomp. Like the rest of the Bruins, Lucic was an anti-hero. His fist kept people honest. He played with a respectable edge, while also producing at an exceptional level. He became what only the most unique combinations of skill and intangibles can become: a prototype . Unless you think the Canucks traded for Zach Kassian for his levity. This doesn’t mean he was well-liked, because plenty of opposing fans and players had some level of beef with him. But there was nothing that materially undermined that toughness, which mirrored the rigid single-minded blue-collar aesthetic of his team. The Bruins meant business, and Lucic was a love-him-or-hate-him force of nature at their core. So where did he lose his way? Where did he go from puncher to punch line? In Nov. 2014, Lucic is seen as a whiner. A complainer. A cheap-shot artist. A guy who can’t beat you so he threatens to murder you, and then follows through with his vengeance at the most inopportune and detrimental time.  And, perhaps most frustratingly for Bruins fans, a guy on pace for about 11 goals this season. The latest example was the Dalton Prout affair from Friday, in which the Columbus Blue Jackets rookie one-punched the Bruins tough guy at the end of overtime: Prout slashed away Lucic’s stick, Lucic gave him a shot to the back of the head, they shoved, Prout dropped the mitts and Lucic didn’t want to go. So Prout broke the Code, and punched him in the face.  This did not sit well with Milan.  “I didn’t like it,” Lucic said, via WEEI. “The good thing is we get to play them two more times. … It’s the end of the game. I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him, so I wasn’t prepared and let my guard down. That’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two more opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready. “There’s many times that I could’ve done the exact same thing and I held off because a guy’s refusing to drop his gloves. I find it to be gutless. That’s my thoughts on it.” I don’t know … if this happened to Lucic in 2011, I feel like public sentiment would have been focused on how Lucic was going to read last rites on Prout the next time they played each other, and how that would be justified because Prout gave him a cheap shot. Instead, this was met with massive groans and shouts of “irony.” Along with heavy citation of this incident: Because taking a punch while the guy is facing you is “gutless”,” but… So after putting tape to taint on Danny DeKeyser, Lucic’s indignation is treated like a joke. After his petulant “I’m going to murder you!” handshake line greeting with the Montreal Canadiens, his threats are a joke. After watching him take a run at Alexei Emelin , whom he threatened on that handshake line, with 1:20 left in the game down by a goal in Montreal, he’s treated like a joke. After watching him do the “Cup raise” to MONTREAL FANS after that hit (and pantomiming self-gratification), he’s treated like a joke. And might possible have a neck condition that prevented him from seeing all of those banners.  There are two types of villain archetypes. There are the “monster heels” who offer a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to the heroes. Then there are the “cowardly heels” who are more adept at winning at all costs, i.e. using underhanded tactics to succeed because of their inherent position as a underdog. To put it in wrestling terms, Brock Lesnar is a monster heel, while Roddy Piper was a cowardly heel. The irony of course is that the latter type is far more charismatic than the former, which is why we find ourselves writing more about Lucic in his divisive part of his career than when he was the big-shouldered prototype. But there’s a respect gap. It’s widening for Lucic. 

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Mano a mano

MONTREAL – A goaltender and a shooter square off. A win or a loss lying squarely on the blade of a hockey stick. That’s what shootouts are all about.

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What We Learned: Failure could be Edmonton Oilers’ only path to success (Puck Daddy)

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What We Learned: Failure could be Edmonton Oilers’ only path to success (Puck Daddy)

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NHL-Highlights of Sunday’s NHL games (Reuters)

Nov 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s National Hockey League games. – – – Ducks 2, Coyotes 1 The Anaheim Ducks fended off a third-period surge to beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. Kyle Palmieri and Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks (13-4-5), while defenseman Keith Yandle scored the Coyotes’ lone goal in the third where Arizona (9-11-2) fired off 17 shots. – – – Canucks 4, Blackhawks 1 Jannik Hansen scored three goals and rookie center Bo Horvat collected the first three assists of his career as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. …

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NHL: 3 stories from Sunday night (CBC)

It was a quiet Sunday night around the NHL, but there was still a lot going on with Canadian teams, with the Winnipeg Jets falling, the Montreal Canadiens getting blown out, and the Vancouver Canucks busy with celebrations. 

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Home for a rest

NEW YORK – The Habs had a tough night at the office on Sunday against the Rangers.

Playing their eighth game in 12 nights in one of the team’s busiest stretches on the schedule, the Habs ran out of gas against a well-rested Rangers group on Sunday night. Dropping a 5-0 decision in New York, the Canadiens weren’t able to beat Henrik Lundqvist, whose team enjoyed a longer-than-planned break after their Friday night game in Buffalo was postponed due to snow.

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Lundqvist, Rangers roll over surging Canadiens 5-0 (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — If a drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the wakeup call the New York Rangers really needed, they have gotten the message loud and clear.

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Lundqvist, Rangers shut out surging Canadiens, roll to 5-0 victory (The Canadian Press)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – If a drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the wakeup call the New York Rangers really needed, they have gotten the message loud and clear.

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The Numbers Game – November 23, 2014

NEW YORK – Here’s a numerical look at Sunday’s game between the Canadiens and the Rangers in New York.

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Bruins’ Milan Lucic calls Dalton Prout punch ‘gutless’ (CBC)

Many in the hockey world were shocked to see Milan Lucic dropped after one punch by Blue Jackets defenceman Dalton Prout on Friday night.

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NHL: 3 things to know for Sunday (CBC)

The Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets all see action in the NHL on Sunday night. The Canadiens (16-5-1), winners of eight of their last nine games, will give starting goalie Carey Price a break, and turn to backup Dustin Tokarski against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was Tokarski who had to replace an injured Price in last season’s Eastern Conference final, a series New York won.

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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Rangers

CANADIENS (16-5-1) @ RANGERS (8-7-4)

The Canadiens will try to further cement their lead atop the NHL standings on Sunday night when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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Canadiens first round pick Scherbak suffers "potential back injury" in WHL game (The Canadian Press)

KENT, Wash. – Montreal Canadiens’ 2014 first-round draft pick Nikita Scherbak was stretchered off the ice Saturday with a “potential back injury” sustained in a Western Hockey League game between his Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds.

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The Big Four?

BOSTON – Andrei Markov joined an exclusive club on Saturday night.

Scoring the 100th goal of his NHL career – a power play marker in the first period against the Bruins – Markov further cemented his status as one of the best blue-liners to ever don the CH, becoming just the fourth defenseman in Canadiens history to join the Century Club for goals. Now tied with Serge Savard in career goals scored – despite playing 130 fewer games than the Hall-of-Famer, Markov trails only the other two-thirds of the Big Three, Guy Lapointe (166) and Larry Robinson (197) in that category in his career.

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The Numbers Game – November 22, 2014

BOSTON – Here’s a numerical look at Saturday’s game between the Canadiens and Bruins in Boston.

717 – Number of games played by Bryan Allen in his NHL career since making his debut in 2000-01, playing his first as a Hab on Saturday night after being traded to Montreal on Thursday from Anaheim.

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Crash course

BOSTON – There’s no better way to learn about life as a Hab than by starting your Canadiens career with a game against the Bruins.

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Game Preview : Canadiens @ Bruins

CANADIENS (15-5-1) @ BRUINS (13-8-0)

The Canadiens will face their longtime rivals for a third time this season with a stop in Boston to play the Bruins. The Habs have come out on the winning end of the first two meetings of the year, picking up a 6-4 victory in the home opener on October 16 and a 5-1 win on November 13.

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Let it grow

MONTREAL – For the past three weeks, Michel Therrien’s troops have been growing mustaches in support of a worthy cause.

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Guests of honor

BROSSARD – The Canadiens hit the road on Friday afternoon with some very special people on board their charter flight to Boston.

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Back on track

MONTREAL – If there was any doubt that the Habs have earned their place among the NHL’s elite, the team proved so on Thursday night.

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The Numbers Game – November 20, 2014

MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at Thursday’s game between the Canadiens and the Blues at the Bell Centre.

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Canadiens acquire defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque

PRESS RELEASE

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.

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2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM opens today

NEW YORK (November 20, 2014) – When the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ presented by SiriusXM opens worldwide Thursday, Nov. 20, online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile phones, the interactive ballot will feature all 700-plus active players in the NHL. Past All-Stars Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller, Steven Stamkos and Duncan Keith will compete with this season’s standouts and potential All-Stars Ryan Johansen, Vladimir Tarasenko, PK Subban and Mark Giordano for spots in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Columbus (5pm ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Game Preview: Blues @ Canadiens

BLUES (12-5-1) @ CANADIENS (14-5-1)

After suffering their first loss in 13 days on Tuesday, the Canadiens will try to rebound on Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.

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United in song

MONTREAL – The Canadiens are a worldwide phenomenon for many different reasons. Not only do they boast 24 Stanley Cup titles, an iconic logo and a storied history, but they’ve also got a loyal fan base that supports the team everywhere they travel.

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The next test

BROSSARD – After being humbled by a streaking Pittsburgh Penguins squad, things aren’t going to get any easier for Michel Therrien’s troops come Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

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Learning in defeat

MONTREAL – The Penguins have been almost unstoppable through the early part of the 2014-15 campaign, and Michel Therrien’s troops simply couldn’t stymie their magic on Tuesday night.

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The Numbers Game – November 18, 2014

MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at Tuesday’s game between the Canadiens and the Penguins at the Bell Centre.

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Game Preview: Penguins @ Canadiens

PENGUINS (12-3-1) @ CANADIENS (14-4-1)

On Tuesday night, the Canadiens will try to pick up a seventh straight win for the first time since 2006 when they play host to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.

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Finally!

MONTREAL – Pat Burns has finally been immortalized among hockey’s greats.

A three-time Jack Adams Award winner, a Stanley Cup Champion, and with more than 500 games under his belt over the course of a long and successful NHL coaching career, the call to the Hall came posthumously for Burns.

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Dry scrape, three-on-three overtime on agenda for NHL general managers meeting (The Canadian Press)

TORONTO – Dry scraping the ice before overtime will be among the topics discussed at Tuesday’s NHL general managers meeting, and the possibility exists that the idea will get scrapped earlier than planned.

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NHL-National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

Nov 17 (The Sports Xchange) – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league’s owners will not vote on expansion next month at the board of governors meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. Seattle and Las Vegas are among the cities trying to acquire NHL teams. “I know it’s been widely reported that there’s a deal and there’s going to be a vote. There won’t be any votes,” Bettman said Monday in Toronto, according to ESPN.com. “All I’ll do is continue to report on the levels of interest being expressed. …

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Dry scrape on agenda for NHL GM meeting (The Associated Press)

TORONTO (AP) — Dry scraping the ice before overtime will be among the topics discussed at Tuesday’s NHL general managers meeting.

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