Watch Jordie Benn and Alex Chiasson put on a passing clinic

Jared Clinton
Jordie Benn and Jamie Benn (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Monday night, Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar made a gorgeous alley-oop pass to Marian Gaborik. It wouldn’t have been surprising were that one of the greatest assists of the season. But then Tuesday night’s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators happened.

First, we’ll start with Dallas’ Jordie Benn. He must have been checking out Kopitar’s highlights pre-game, because with the Stars down 5-1 with little less than 14 minutes remaining in the third, Benn took a page from Kopitar’s book and put what can best be compared to a Hail Mary in football right on the tape of Jamie Benn, his brother: Read more

Flyers’ Scott Laughton leaves game after vicious hit from Senators’ Alex Chiasson

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Alex Chiasson boards Scott Laughton (via SomeHockeyVideos/YouTube)

A brutal hit by Ottawa winger Alex Chiasson has put Philadelphia center Scott Laughton out of Saturday’s game.

In the first frame of the Flyers’ game against the Senators, Laughton was chasing the puck into the Ottawa zone and attempting to push the puck deeper into the zone when Chiasson made contact with Laughton from behind. Laughton, who was slowing as he approached the boards, hadn’t braced himself completely for the contact and was sent head first into the boards: Read more

Bobby Ryan says 2015 All-Star Game was “stale,” thinks NHL could scrap it

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Bobby Ryan (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators right winger Bobby Ryan played for Team Foligno at the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus, and it was the first such showcase of his NHL career. But Ryan said if 3-on-3 overtime doesn’t help spark some interest in the event, it might not be the worst idea to scrap the All-Star Game outright.

In an interesting interview with the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Ryan was asked if he thought the All-Star Game should be eliminated. Ryan conceded that it might be a move worth considering, but he understands the fan desire to see all of the game’s stars in one place.

“Maybe with the World Cup coming in to infuse something new, it could change things,” Ryan told Garrioch. “But it’s tough for me to say…I really don’t know.” Read more

Go west young man: Handicapping Travis Hamonic’s preferred trade destinations

John Tavares (left) and Travis Hamonic  (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Travis Hamonic is 25 years old. He’s a mobile, physical defensemen who can munch minutes and has a reasonable amount of offensive potential. He’s a steal against the salary cap, currently leads all defensemen in hits, is a right-shot defenseman and has favorable numbers when it comes to analytics. And his best years as an NHL player could very well be in front of him.

So from the standpoint of New York Islanders GM Garth Snow, there could never be a better time to trade him. But when the player not only asks for a trade, but limits his destination to one of four teams, any leverage Snow had over his possible trade partners is wiped out. There’s nothing the drops a player’s trade market value more dramatically than a desperate need to move him and a limited number of destinations.

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Prospect Need to Know: Julien Gauthier gets us pumped up

Julien Gauthier  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Can you sense it, folks? It’s almost world juniors time. Sure, the tournament is a month and a half away, but players need to be making impressions on national team brass all the time and for Canadian hopefuls, the CHL-Russia Super Series can be a big boost – just as Lawson Crouse, who caught eyes last year and turned his efforts into gold.

So far, Russia has been blanked, losing all four games to the WHL and OHL. Now it’s the QMJHL’s turn to defend home turf. One player honored with that duty is in our spotlight today. Let’s take a whirl around the world of prospects.

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Hammond sidelined with injury again, Senators call up O’Connor

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Andrew Hammond (Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images)

Andrew ‘Hamburglar’ Hammond was one of the biggest stories of the 2014-15 campaign, and the pressure was on the 27-year-old netminder to muster up some more heroics this season. After playing only four games this season, however, Hammond finds himself on the shelf for the second time this campaign.

The Senators announced Sunday that Hammond sustained an injury in practice, but would not dive into specifics about what was ailing the goaltender. According to a report from the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Hammond was hit in the head with a shot during practice, but it’s uncertain whether his injury is related. There’s also cause for concern that Hammond’s injury could be related to a groin injury he sustained late in the pre-season.

During a skate in early October, Hammond went down with the injury and was forced to miss the first three games of the season. Upon his return, Craig Anderson remained the Senators’ go-to between the pipes, and Hammond suited up for just four of the past 14 games. Read more

Report: League to review Zack Smith’s hit on Derek Stepan

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According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reviewing Zack Smith’s hit on Derek Stepan to see whether it warrants a hearing.

Smith hit Stepan, who didn’t have the puck, in front of the Rangers bench at 15:37 of the second period. The Sens’ forward was assessed a minor penalty for interference for the hit.

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Prospect Need to Know: Chad Krys has been golden for Team USA

Chad Krys at the All-American Prospects Game (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

It’s a busy time in the prospect world with several events wrapping up and others just beginning. In this week’s Prospect Need to Know wrap, I’ll shed the spotlight on players from the World Under-17 Challenge, the Five Nations under-18 tourney and Four Nations under-20 showdown. So we’re getting into all the age brackets today. Also, the CHL-Russia Super Series kicked off, with the WHL taking Game 1 for the major junior side. That’s a series to watch for the next 10 days, as Canada’s world junior scouts will be grading carefully.


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