Toronto Leafs’ Kadri hit with two diving fines, Coyotes’ Hanzal, Oilers’ Yakupov also fined

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Maple Leafs winger Nazem Kadri is the first player this season to be fined twice for diving, and he managed to land both fines on the same day.

The NHL announced Friday that Kadri, 25, has been fined a total of $5,000 for two separate diving infractions that occurred in March. The first dive Kadri was fined for came in a March 12 game against the Ottawa Senators when Kadri fell down after getting tangled up with Chris Neil. He was fined yet again for diving during a March 21 contest when he fell to his knees after a slash from Josh Jooris in a game against the Calgary Flames: Read more

Maple Leafs’ dozen debutants makes this team the greenest ever

Tobias Lindberg  (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

When Tobias Lindberg steps on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, he’ll be part of a team record that hasn’t been matched in almost 100 years.

Lindberg, one of the prospects acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade, will become the 12th player to make his NHL debut for the Leafs this season, joining William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Byron Froese, Nikita Soshnikov, Brendan Leipsic, Kasperi Kapanen, Rinat Valiev, Frederik Gauthier, Garret Sparks and Viktor Loov. It’s actually 13 if you include goalie Antoine Bibeau, who dressed as a backup for 11 games this season, but didn’t see any action.

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No Canadian teams will make the playoffs, but everybody should relax about it

Goaltending hurt Calgary (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s official: no Canadian NHL teams will be making the playoffs this season. We knew this in our hearts for at least a month, but now it’s written in stone. And other than the Rogers TV execs trying to remember which of their molars contains the cyanide capsule, there’s no need to worry if you’re a Canadian.

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Rumor Roundup: Looking at potential trade destinations for Nail Yakupov

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As another lost season winds down for the Edmonton Oilers, significant roster changes could be coming in the offseason. Expect right winger Nail Yakupov to be among the first on the trade block.

Since the Oilers selected Yakupov first overall in the 2012 NHL draft, he’s struggled to play up to lofty expectations. Frequent coaching changes, lineup shuffles and constant losing haven’t help the 22-year-old’s development.

Leading up to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, there was speculation suggesting Yakupov could be dealt. On Monday, the Edmonton Journal’s Jonathan Willis cited a report in a Russian sports outlet indicating Yakupov requested a trade prior to the deadline. The winger attempted to downplay the report, but didn’t deny his agent approached Oilers management about a trade.

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Ranking all seven Canadian teams’ playoff hopes for next year

Carey Price and P.K. Subban. (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

For shame, Great White North. For shame. A year after five of seven Canadian NHL teams booked tickets to the big playoff dance, 0.0 will participate in the post-season. Monday night’s results pretty much nailed the nation’s collective coffin shut. The Ottawa Senators would have to win their final six games, and the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings would have to lose out aside from their remaining head-to-head matchup. So, yeah, Ottawa won’t pull off a miracle two years in a row.

It seems most fan bases and local pundits accepted that fate several weeks ago, however, as no Canadian squad was anywhere near a playoff berth. The Sens still sit 10 points back. It’s time to move on and start asking about next year. Which Canadian team, if any, has the most realistic odds of returning to the post-season in 2016-17? It’s time to rank their chances, from worst to best.

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Why I’m voting for Shayne Gostisbehere for the Calder Trophy

Shayne Gostisbehere (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

It seems so long ago now that Dylan Larkin was running away with race for the Calder Trophy. But, hey, these things happen. There was a stretch last year when it looked as though nobody was going to touch Filip Forsberg, either.

The Calder Trophy is funny that way. There’s probably not an award in the game that is more susceptible to momentum swings than the Calder. Which is understandable, since there are no players that are more susceptible to momentum swings than rookies.

That said, now that the dust has settled and we’re in the home stretch of the season, the three clear candidates for the award are Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks. All three of them have their merits, as well as their shortcomings, but there likely wouldn’t be a whole lot of griping if any one of them had won the award. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

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Nail Yakupov confirms how inept the Edmonton Oilers have been

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Nail Yakupov (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Can’t, or won’t? It almost doesn’t matter at this point.

The Edmonton Oilers are once again failing their way to a reward, like a C+ student with helicopter parents. Poor Auston Matthews is probably checking out the West Edmonton Mall website right now for good food court spots, since all of us, viscerally, know that the Oilers are going to win the draft lottery again.

Watching the Oilers these days falls somewhere between painful and infuriating – and I’m neutral; I can’t imagine what it’s like for someone who lists themselves as a fan of the team. The defense is still in shambles, the goaltending hasn’t been able to cover enough. These have been problems for years and in light of the news that Nail Yakupov had requested a trade, it is borderline offensive that the Oilers haven’t made a blockbuster move this season (or last, for that matter).

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