• A hoser gives thanks for all things hockey on American Thanksgiving

    Ken Campbell
    Jonathan Toews (left) and Marian Hossa  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Today is American Thanksgiving and for the first time this season, all 30 arenas in the NHL are dark. If you’re not in a playoff spot by now, chances are you won’t be when the NHL schedule wraps up in 134 days. But it’s also a day to reflect on your blessings regardless of what side of the 49th parallel you occupy.

    Here are some of mine when it comes to hockey:

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  • Jakub Voracek and four other fantasy players to buy low

    Matt Larkin
    Jakub Voracek. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

    I told you which players to sell high in fantasy hockey leagues yesterday, but that’s only half the battle. The best way to win a title is to replace your sell-highs with a bunch of buy-lows, underachieving players who should play their best hockey over the final three quarters of the season. You know the drill: if player X always gets 65 points and has just 10 points in his first 20 games, he’s likely to get 55 in his next 60 to balance things out, assuming external factors like injury and age haven’t caused the dip in his numbers. If player X scores on 10 percent of his shots for his career and hums along at one percent so far this year, he’ll probably regress to the mean and shoot closer to his career average the rest of the way.

    I present my five favorite buy-lows in fantasy pools at the moment, ranked in order of how big of a potential return they can net you. This was a fun exercise because, for whatever reason, many big-ticket fantasy producers have struggled early on. I like Anze Kopitar, Sean Monahan, Alex Pietrangelo, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri and Mark Giordano as buy-lows, and they couldn’t even crack my top five.

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  • Why the Hurricanes deserve better than being a basement team

    Jared Clinton
    Cam Ward (Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Expectations weren’t high for the Hurricanes this season. In 2014-15, Carolina finished in 25th, had the league’s fifth-worst goal differential and finished in the basement of the Metropolitan Division, even below the veteran-laden New Jersey Devils.

    Faith in the Hurricanes was undoubtedly lower because of the type of up-and-down campaign they had in 2014-15, too. Carolina strung together multiple three-game winning streaks and one four-gamer, but also dropped seven straight twice and began the year on an eight-game winless streak. Add in rumors about the future of captain Eric Staal, goaltender Cam Ward and the ever-present trade talk surrounding former Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner, and it’s not hard to see why there weren’t many high on Carolina this season.

    So when the Hurricanes began the year by dropping three straight and followed it up with inconsistent play that included a three-game winning streak and a recently snapped five-game skid, it seemed fitting for the youthful club.

    Here’s the thing, though: this Hurricanes team continues to be much better than they’re given credit for and are deserving of a much better record than what they currently have. Read more

  • Carey Price on the shelf again, expected to miss ‘at least’ one week

    Jared Clinton
    Carey Price (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    After leaving Wednesday’s game, Montreal Canadiens star netminder Carey Price has found himself back on the shelf.

    According to Sportsnet’s John Bartlett, the Canadiens have placed Price on the injured reserve once again and the 28-year-old goaltender is expected to miss ‘at least’ one week. Because Price played 40 minutes of Wednesday’s game and heading into the dressing room after the second frame with a 2-1 lead, Price emerged with the win against the Rangers. It was Price’s third consecutive win since returning to the Canadiens’ lineup on Nov. 20, but now there’s uncertainty about when exactly Price will be back.

    The injury looked as if it occurred in the second frame when he was pushing across his crease. After moving from left to right, Price seemed to tweak his right leg and fell to the ice before finishing the period: Read more

  • Report: Radulov set to sign extension in KHL, won’t return to NHL

    Jared Clinton
    Alexander Radulov (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    During the off-season, former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov teased the possibility of a return to North America. He wasn’t getting any younger, he said, and might have one last shot at winning a Stanley Cup if he found the right fit.

    Well, so much for that.

    According to Sports-Express’ Igor Eronko, the CEO of CSKA Moscow, Igor V. Esmantovich, has said the club plans to sign Radulov to a long-term extension soon. That would result in no free agency for Radulov, no switching clubs and certainly means no return to the NHL. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Desperate Blue Jackets could deal Ryan Johansen

    Lyle Richardson
    Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is considered “softly in play” in the NHL trade market. Dreger claims Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn’t actively shopping the 23-year-old Johansen, but he is at least listening when teams call with offers.

    Johansen’s name first surfaced in the rumor mill during the Jackets season-opening seven-game losing skid. That chatter died down after Todd Richards was replaced as head coach by John Tortorella.

    Under Tortorella, the Jackets are 9-7-0 after 16 games. However, they remain mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. If they don’t start gaining ground against the clubs ahead of them soon, their post-season hopes will once again fade away by the New Year.

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  • Jonathan Toews shows you what a perfect shot looks like

    Jared Clinton
    Jonathan Toews (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    It’s sometimes easy to forget how skilled Jonathan Toews is offensively because his two-way play often overshadows what he’s able to do with the puck on his stick. Well, if anyone had forgotten about Toews’ ability to rip a pinpoint accurate wrist shot, the Chicago Blackhawks captain gave everyone a friendly reminder Wednesday.

    In the first period of the Blackhawks tilt against the Sharks, Toews scooped up a loose puck that had been tipped by Ryan Garbutt. Toews burst away and defenseman Brent Seabrook hopped up into the play to create somewhat of a 2-on-1. With Dainius Zubrus closing off the passing lane, Toews looked off Seabrook and rifled a shot past Martin Jones that couldn’t have been any more perfectly placed: Read more