Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.

Vladimir Tarasenko is the key to a St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup run

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Vladimir Tarasenko (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Vladimir Tarasenko was making magic again last night for St. Louis and while there is something to be said about getting worked up over what could just be a hot streak, the emergence of the young Russian bodes well for the Blues. Simply put, if Tarasenko is for real, his skill set may be the missing ingredient for that elusive Stanley Cup.

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Pittsburgh extends Marc-Andre Fleury; pressure ratchets up on goalie

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Marc-Andre Fleury (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

There is always a “yeah, but” when people speak of Marc-Andre Fleury. No doubt the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie has accomplished a lot during the regular season in his career and let’s not forget that he was the netminder of record when the Pens last won the Stanley Cup in 2009, but…he plays on a team with two of the best players on the planet and more parades were expected by this point. So with Pittsburgh signing the affable goalie to a contract extension today, things just got a little more real.

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Junior team set to host wacky “Political Loser Night”

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Waterloo's Tyler Sheehy

Politics are serious business in Iowa and this year’s mid-term elections are no exception. An estimated $85 million was spent in the state for the senate race alone, most of it from outside groups. It’s been a nasty atmosphere for campaigning and even featured one candidate who bragged about her hog castrating skills.

But the United States League’s Waterloo Black Hawks are hoping to bring folks together with “Political Loser Night.”

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