• Rumor Roundup: Oilers desperate for help but Chiarelli not rushing into any deals

    Lyle Richardson
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    In an interview with the Edmonton Oilers website on Saturday, GM Peter Chiarelli downplayed the recent trade chatter swirling about his club. He expressed disappointment with his club’s performance and acknowledged several players are underachieving, though he refused to single any of them out.

    Sportsnet’s Mark Spector believes forwards like Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are “soft skill” players Chiarelli will eventually ship out. The Edmonton Journal’s David Staple disagrees, suggesting wingers Teddy Purcell, Nail Yakupov or Benoit Pouliot as more likely trade candidates.

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  • Carey Price sidelined at least six weeks, won’t require surgery to repair injury

    Jared Clinton
    Carey Price (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The Montreal Canadiens have already been without netminder Carey Price for more than one-third of the season, and after tweaking a prior injury, Price is going to be out much longer.

    The Canadiens announced Monday morning that Price will be out for a minimum of six weeks, and while the injury will take a significant amount of time to heal, no surgery will be required. Over the weekend, Price met with team doctors and it was expected there would be an update early this week, but few would have expected Price, who was originally said to be out at least one week, would be sidelined for close to two months.

    An exact ailment still hasn’t been announced by Montreal, but Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday that Price, 28, injured himself in the warmup before the Canadiens’ Oct. 29 contest against the Edmonton Oilers. The Canadiens were out for the pre-game skate when Price stepped on a puck. That seemingly innocuous moment has led to Price watching from the sidelines for 11 of Montreal’s past 14 outings, and will likely keep him sidelined until the second half of the season. Read more

  • Move over, Ovie – Evgeny Kuznetsov is Washington’s top Russian right now

    Ryan Kennedy
    Evgeny Kuznetsov (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Good things come to those who wait and the Washington Capitals were very patient with Evgeny Kuznetsov. Despite drafting the Russian center in 2010, Washington didn’t get to sample the kid’s skills until the second half of 2013-14. In fact, he was still Calder-eligible last season. But based on his pedigree, there was no way Kuznetsov would experience a sophomore slump this year and actually the opposite has been true: at 23 years of age, he has hit his NHL stride in a serious way with 26 points through 23 games.

    That makes Kuznetsov the leading scorer on the Caps – ahead of Alex Ovechkin – and sixth overall in the NHL. Just don’t ask him if he’s comfortable playing here now.

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  • KHL player has throat cut by errant skate (Warning: Graphic)

    Jared Clinton
    Vitaly Sitnikov attended to on the Yugra bench (via KHL/YouTube)

    When sticks catch a player up high, the result can sometimes be ugly, but nothing can compare to how frightening injuries can be when an errant skate blade comes up and comes in contact with a player’s head or neck.

    During KHL action Sunday, former NHLer Ladislav Nagy, now playing for Slovan in the KHL, was involved in a horrifying incident when his skate came up and sliced Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk’s Vitaly Sitnikov. Early in the third period of the contest, Nagy had cut into the middle of the ice and fired a shot on goal when his skates collided with Sitnikov’s stick. The stick in Nagy’s skates caused him to fall forwards, which sent his feet into the air and made his right skate shoot upwards into Sitnikov’s throat.

    Sitnikov immediately threw off his gloves and skated for the bench. Thankfully, the Yugra medical staff was quick to react:

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  • A day with Doc: At 69, fan favourite play-by-play man Emrick is still a student of the game

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    Doc Emrick.

    By Alan Bass

    On a crisp October morning in Philadelphia, Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick briskly strides through the hallways of the Wells Fargo Center. Wearing a Bowling Green State University polo shirt – a nod to the school where he earned his PhD in communications, hence the nickname – and an NBC Olympics windbreaker, he’s all smiles. Although he has broadcast more than 3,000 professional hockey games, the game that is most important to him is always the one he’s about to call.

    It’s 10:30 a.m., but Emrick was up early, taking the train from Connecticut where he and his wife of nearly four decades have been visiting family. Hockey is his passion, but his life always has and always will revolve around his wife, Joyce, their menagerie of two dogs and seven horses, and the many trips they take together throughout each year. But for the entirety of this morning’s three-hour train ride, his focus is on his work. As NBC’s lead hockey play-by-play broadcaster, he has perused dozens of pages of game notes, statistics, historical facts and stories, just as he does every day in preparation for calling a game. Today, it’s for the Blackhawks vs. the Flyers.

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  • Former NHLer Brian Savage gets in on ground floor of youth hockey program in Austria

    Ken Campbell
    Brian Savage and family.

    Former NHLer Brian Savage has never been reticent about taking the road less travelled. After all, during the most formative years of his youth hockey career, Savage packed up his hockey equipment and didn’t skate for two years to concentrate on golf and to play other sports. None of that prevented him from having an 11-year NHL career and making more than $16 million in the process.

    So it should come as no surprise that when Savage was presented with a unique opportunity this past summer, he didn’t hesitate to uproot his family (his wife, Debbie, and three hockey-playing boys from Arizona) to join the Red Bull Hockey Academy in Salzburg, Austria. It actually began when the academy tried to recruit his 15-year-old son, Ryan, a bantam draft pick of the Everett Silvertips, and it mushroomed from there. Before he knew it, Savage was being offered a job and the chance to have his three sons develop their skills at an academy that offers more than any kind of hockey program in Arizona, or almost anywhere else in North America, could. “It’s basically a Shattuck or Notre Dame on steroids,” Savage said. “And it’s brand new.”

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