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Who is your first-quarter MVP? Defend your choice! Greg Wyshynski: Like any MVP debate, let’s begin with a definition of terms, or at the very least my terms. You can’t win the MVP if your team is not in a playoff seed, because otherwise the regular season is an 82-game exercise in nihilism. And your
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Through the first month-plus of the season, the NHL has given fans a more entertaining product in the form of increased scoring. This season, goal scoring is at its highest since the 2005-06 season, with games averaging 6.04 goals per game. That’s exactly a half-goal more per game than last season. If the league keeps
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Billionaire Thomas Golisano says an interior decorator overcharged him by more than $300,000 when she renovated his yacht. The Democrat and Chronicle reports the former Buffalo Sabres owner and three-time candidate for New York governor testified Monday in a civil trial in Rochester. He maintains the decorator had agreed to provide furnishings
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Who is the most underappreciated Hall of Famer of all time? Greg Wyshynski: Jari Kurri has 601 career goals (19th all-time) and 1,398 career points (21st all-time). That he earned the majority of them playing with Wayne Gretzky on the Edmonton Oilers from 1980-88 has turned Kurri into the go-to example of a great player
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1:24 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — The Hockey Hall of Fame is an homage to great NHL moments and achievements, and to the evolution of the sport itself. The museum’s white whale, in terms of memorabilia? A puck used in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2010 Stanley Cup-clinching game, which has been missing ever since Patrick
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In light of Brian Boyle‘s comeback from leukemia, what are some of the other recent inspiring stories around the league? Greg Wyshynski: Osteochondritis dissecans is a disease where a bone near the knee joint is no longer sufficiently supplied with blood, which can then lead to individual pieces of cartilage detaching from the bone. These
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3:42 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes its latest class on Monday, and with that induction comes the usual hand-wringing and debate over the worthiness of the honorees. Did Paul Kariya play enough games? Did Dave Andreychuk play too many games? Was Mark Recchi’s medical degree the tipping point for him?
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Greg Wyshynski: The St. Louis Blues are 12-3-1 and sit atop the Central Division. Are they for real? Depends on your concept of reality, man. They’re not this good. With a PDO of 103.32, the Blues are bound to have some level of regression. They’re averaging 3.27 goals per game, up from 2.84 last season.
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Top-four defensemen are at a premium these days, and teams that have suffered recent injuries, or whose cap restrictions prevented them from adding one in the offseason, have had to experiment with journeymen and rookies. These gambles have paid off perfectly in some cases, as with Jan Rutta of the Chicago Blackhawks, but most of
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Which coaches should be most worried about being fired? Emily Kaplan: If I’m New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, I know I don’t have much leeway. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported on Oct. 29 that Vigneault might have one game remaining. That was entering a game against the Vegas Golden Knights, who
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4:48 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The consequences of Russia’s Olympic athlete doping could have extraordinary ramifications for the 2018 men’s ice hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee is expected to issue sanctions against Russia in early December after an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2016 found evidence
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Emily Kaplan: I give the nod to the Ottawa Senators. When you look at the pieces maneuvered in this deal, you almost wonder: Did Ottawa need to be involved at all? The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators could have worked out a trade themselves — the Predators still would have received a top centerman, the
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MOSCOW — The Kontinental Hockey League may withdraw its players from the Pyeongchang Olympics in protest at doping investigations into Russian athletes, the league president suggested on Saturday. The Moscow-based KHL, widely considered the strongest league outside the NHL, contains leading Russians but also many players who could represent the United States, Canada and various
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