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KHL has two fastest goal records set in one day

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Wojtek Wolski scores.

The NHL season may still be two days away, but the KHL season is in full swing – and Monday a couple of goal speed records were set.

First, there was Wojtek Wolski who is playing his second season with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. His team won its game against Sibir 3-2 and Wolski scored all three goals.

What made it special, though, was that Wolski scored the natural hat trick in a KHL record 1:47. Here they are: Read more

Islanders acquire Johnny Boychuk from Bruins, Nick Leddy from Blackhawks

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Johnny Boychuk (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are pushing more chips to the center of the table as they go hard at pulling in a playoff spot before the team moves to Brooklyn next season. Saturday, they acquired both Johnny Boychuk from the Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Blackhawks.

But rather than a change of address, the real motivation here, of course, is that the Islanders don’t hold their own first round pick this year. They’ve held a top-five selection in five of the past six drafts, but a similar finish in 2014-15 would only make the Thomas Vanek trade so much worse – and possibly land the Buffalo Sabres both Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

So the Islanders took advantage of two cap ceiling teams who were looking to shed a defenseman. Read more

Ryan Getzlaf was “pissed off” at Teemu Selanne’s comments in his book

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Ryan Getzlaf. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

In September we learned of some controversial passages in Teemu Selanne’s new book, which was strange, given Selanne was a beloved, non-confrontational figure in his NHL career. He suggested that if Bruce Boudreau wasn’t the coach of the Anaheim Ducks he’d still be playing in the NHL and wouldn’t have retired.

It was certainly strange to see some of the things Selanne had to say and that he had such a heated relationship with his last NHL coach. But in the book, he even called out Ryan Getzlaf a little and thought the Ducks captain could have done more to support him.

Thursday on the Jim Rome Show, Getzlaf was asked what his reaction was to the comments – and he wasn’t thrilled. Read more

Erik Karlsson named captain of the Ottawa Senators

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Erik Karlsson. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Thursday morning hadn’t even ended yet and it was already a good day for the Ottawa Senators.

There was, of course, the somewhat surprising signing of Bobby Ryan to a seven-year, $50.75 million contract that locks up the goal scorer well before he would have become eligible for UFA status next summer.

And then there was the much less surprising announcement that 2012 Norris winning defenseman Erik Karlsson would be the next captain of the franchise. He’ll be the ninth ‘C’-bearer in team history. Read more

NHL and GoPro sign deal to give fans POV footage

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As a fan, you’ve never been able to feel the speed and quickness with which a Patrick Kane or Alex Ovechkin moves up the ice with the puck, or what it’s like for them to beat the last blueliner and fire the disc past the goaltender.

But this year will be different. A new wrinkle will be added to NHL game coverage this year as the league signed a content-sharing agreement with GoPro cameras to use footage in promo campaigns, which will then be used to supplement game coverage. At a recent NHL/PA player media tour in Newark’s Prudential Center, nearly a dozen NHL stars had these cameras fitted to their helmets. This footage will be used for promos and, when one of them scores in a game, the taped footage will be used to give fans an idea of what the player would see, because they aren’t wearing these on their helmets. Yet. Read more

Torey Krug, Reilly Smith sign one-year, $1.4 million deals with Bruins

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Torey Krug (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins were bumping up against the salary cap and still had two RFAs to re-sign: Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Even after taking Marc Savard’s $4 million LTIR into consideration the Bruins were still going to have a tough time signing these two. Krug was looking for something in the $2-$2.5 million range, while Smith was in line for something between $2.5-$3 million.

The only way the Bruins would be able to get both under contract is if they accepted discounted one-year deals – and that’s just what they did Monday. Read more