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Hired Guns: South Korea has loaded up on Canadian hockey talent ahead of hosting the 2018 Olympics

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Matt Dalton, Eric Reagan, Mike Testwuide, and Brock Radunske. (Jo Turner)

BY DAVE HAZZAN

It’s Saturday evening in the Seoul suburb of Anyang, and life is proceeding apace. Couples are canoodling in the cafes, groups of older men are getting drunk at the barbecue restaurants and families are glued to that evening’s episode of I Have a Lover on Korean television.

Yet at Anyang Ice Arena, Goyang High1 have just upset Anyang Halla 4-2, finishing with a shorthanded empty-netter, six seconds before the end of the game. It’s High1’s first win in 10 games and Anyang’s first home loss in 18. It wasn’t supposed to happen his way, and the home fans are incandescent, screaming, booing and slagging off that cross-cultural punching bag, the referee.

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Rapid Fire: with Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno

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Nick Foligno and Sergei Bobrovsky. (Getty Images)

With Matt Larkin

Why do you wear No. 71?

It was given to me when I first got to camp in Ottawa (as a Senator). The trainers thought it would be funny, because that’s what number my dad (Mike Foligno) wore. I don’t think they realized I was just was just happy to be there, so I didn’t care what number I was going to wear (laughs).

Whom do you model your game after?

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to model my game after him, but Peter Forsberg, besides my dad, was my idol growing up. He was a guy I was lucky enough to get to know a little bit when my dad was coaching in Colorado, too. He was an outstanding player in terms of how physically he played the game and how good he was, too. He was someone I looked up to big-time.

What was your favorite team growing up?

Usually it was whatever team my dad was playing for or coaching, and it was always the Avalanche after that, because of Peter Forsberg.

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NHL free agency 2016: deal tracker and analysis

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Welcome to NHL free agency day 2016.

Stay tuned to THN.com for up-to-minute analysis of all the biggest deals, as they happen.

The Lightning kicked things off in a big way on Wednesday by signing Steven Stamkos to an eight year extension. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t big names that will be on the move Friday, and beyond.

Get acquainted with who’s available by checking out our list of the Top 30 (now 29) free agents. You can also check out a list of every move made so far this off-season in the Transactions Log.

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Former NHLer Bill Muckalt a rising star in the coaching game

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Bill Muckalt. (Getty Images)

BY MURRAY PAM

Fifteen years ago this week Bill Muckalt was on an emotional high. A piece in one of the most lopsided trades in NHL annals, Muckalt was dealt by the Islanders along with Zdeno Chara and the 2001 second-overall draft pick (Jason Spezza) to the Senators for Alexei Yashin.

The former Michigan Wolverine was elated to play for a contender. However, Muckalt’s season didn’t go as anticipated. In limited ice-time, the right winger failed to notch a goal in 70 games. After netting 11 the previous campaign and scoring 105 at Michigan, Muckalt compared his Ottawa experience to “missing the cut at the Masters.”

Inking a deal with the Wild during the summer, he quickly returned to form, scoring five goals in his first five games. Then disaster struck. Muckalt suffered a debilitating shoulder injury, limiting him to only eight more games the remainder of the season including playoffs, which turned out to be his last in the NHL.

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TheHockeyNews.com 2016 NHL draft live blog

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Join The Hockey News crew live from the draft floor as we track every pick, give instant analysis, share our stories, answer your draft questions, and more.

Live Blog THN.com 2016 NHL draft live blog

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: 2016 Champions Issue

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THN_7001-400It’s our Champions Issue, celebrating the winners from the 2015-16 season. And we commemorate the life of Gordie Howe with a special section dedicated to the man known as Mr. Hockey. Features in the issue include:

THE FIRST WORD – NHL should honor Gordie Howe with a trophy in his name

SID & THE KID – One was born to dominate. The other came from humble bloodlines. Both took the Stanley Cup playoffs by storm. Crosby added grit and obsession to an already-full tool belt. Murray showed rookie poise in goal not seen since Dryden. Together, they led Pittsburgh’s championship charge

STANLEY CUP IN PHOTOS – Sharks, Penguins create heart-stopping and heart-warming snapshots throughout the final

TOP 10 NHL MOMENTS – John Scott a Cinderella man, Dennis Wideman a marked man in a memorably oddball 2015-16

CHL CHAMPS – Knights owe crown to skill, chemistry and…dancing?

AHL CHAMPS – From high school to college to the Calder Cup,  Werenski emerges as Lake Erie’s monster on ‘D’

ECHL CHAMPS – Two coaches overcome a whirlwind of change and tragedy to defy the odds and reach Kelly Cup final

KHL CHAMPS – Metallurg reaches summit on the shoulders of mystery man Mozyakin, Russia’s secret star

FINNISH CHAMPS – Tappara’s Sullen Six finally win it all on fourth try

SWEDISH CHAMPS – Third Swedish title best yet for ‘the other Lundqvist’

CWHL CHAMPS – Motherhood helps make Mikkelson a CWHL champ;

NWHL CHAMPS – Boston Pride do it for Denna to win the Isobel Cup

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Duchene excels in Swiss Army Knife role for Canada; American women have secret to conquering Canucks

NHL TEAM REPORTS – SCHEIFELE HEAD OF BREAKOUT STAR CLASS FOR 2016-17

THE LAST WORD – Left-for-dead Rutherford brought Pens back to life

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through Molto, PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at thehockeynews.com.

THN Versus: Was now the right time for the Maple Leafs to acquire Frederik Andersen?

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Mike Babcock. (Getty Images)

No. What ever happened to that Maple Leafs rebuild?

 

 

THN_KenCampbell_TOP4By Ken Campbell

One of the first things that came out of Mike Babcock’s mouth after he was hired to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer was, “If you think there’s no pain coming, there’s pain coming. The path we’re taking has to be different. There’s no chance for a quick fixer here.”

Well, apparently that pain threshold isn’t quite as steely and strong as we all thought. That path that was supposed to be so different? Well, accelerating rebuilds is a path so well worn in Toronto that the organization still has too look up to see ground level. And no quick fixer? How’s that working out? Well, the first chance the Maple Leafs had, they went out and got a quick fixer.

Whatever happened to that rebuild that was supposed to take place in the Center of the Hockey Universe™? Well, it went out the window when the Leafs traded two draft picks in exchange for goalie Frederik Andersen, then handed him a five-year contract worth $27 million. It’s a move that makes no sense on so many levels for a team that says it’s committed to rebuilding properly.

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