Sportsnet unveils national, HNIC broadcast schedules

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-24

TORONTO—Sportsnet today announced its 2016-17 NHL national broadcast schedule, featuring more than 300 national games and three main marquee national nights – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays, and Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Wednesdays. (See below for full broadcast schedule). Sportsnet’s 2016-17 schedule delivers premium Canadian match-ups chock full of NHL star power. Two outdoor games in Canada headline Sportsnet’s lineup: the NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg on October 23 and the NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day, which also kicks off the NHL’s yearlong centennial celebration. Two other marquee outdoor games

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From a downtown guy...

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2016-08-24

Kelly Hrudey admits he's a downtown kind of guy. And, a few weeks ago he proved it: when Kelly drove into Edmonton from Calgary and checked into his downtown hotel — where else, right? — he went for a drive. Kelly didn't head to Edmonton's w...

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30 NHL teams, 30 points of optimism heading into 2016-17

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-24

Ah, the start of a new season. Coffee tastes better, air smells fresher and optimism abounds across the NHL. For the most part, off-season moves are finished, prospects are a year closer to impact and hypothetical rosters begin to take shape. Not every fan base will have Stanley Cup on the mind, but everyone is hopeful for something good this year. What is that? We take a look at all 30 NHL teams and provide a point of optimism for each. ANAHEIMWhether or not you believe in the impact of a coach “lighting a fire” under his players, the Ducks hired Randy Carlyle to do just that. By the end of Bruce Boudreau’s tenure, the former Ducks coach seemed frustrated with his team and their lack

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Devils’ Mike Cammalleri finally over ‘anxiety’ and injury

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-24

TORONTO – Seven years of bad luck. For seven consecutive seasons, the frequently injured Mike Cammalleri has failed to reach the 70-games-played mark. That streak should end in 2016-17, the New Jersey Devils forward believes. Cammalleri hasn’t played a game since Jan. 26, and his 42 games of action in 2015-16 signify his fewest since he was an NHL rookie battling for playing time 14 years ago. Training, as he does every recent summer, at BioSteel Camp in his hometown of Toronto, Cammalleri tells Sportsnet he feels great. He is 100 per cent healthy, finally. “That’s been the really positive thing. I had some anxiety over that with the way last season went. It took a while to resolve a

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Live stream Thursday: Biosteel Cup 4-on-4 tournament

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-24

Watch live on sportsnet.ca, Thursday at 10 a.m. ET as we bring you a live stream of the 4-on-4 Biosteel Cup from Toronto. More than two-dozen NHL players including Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall and Max Domi will be taking part. For a full breakdown of the 4-on-4 tournament click here. Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson will be hosting the stream while R.J. Broadhead and Sam Cosentino will be providing the play-by-play and analysis. Here are the 4 teams that will take the ice Thursday morning: TEAM DEL ZOTTO Connor McDavid, F Matt O’Connor, G Dylan Strome, F Josh Ho-Sang, F Lawson Crouse, F David Friedman, F Mike Cammalleri, F Scottie Upshall, F Mike Liambas, F TEAM SIMMONDS Devant

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Rumor Roundup: Red Wings will go into season with current D-corps, look at trades later

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-08-24

The Detroit Red Wings pursuit of a top-three defenseman remains a hot topic among the club’s fans. In late-June, rumors linked the Wings to St. Louis Blues blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk and Anaheim Ducks rearguard Cam Fowler. With the start of NHL training camps fast approaching, Wings GM Ken Holland still hasn’t found a suitable defenseman. MLive.com’s Ansar Khan responded to questions from Wings fans on this topic. He notes the lack of depth in the free-agent market and intense competition for the few quality players who hit the trade block makes it difficult for Holland to address this need. Khan points out the asking price for “non-elite talent” such as Shattenkirk

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Biggest knock on McDavid? Needs to raise his (social media) game

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-24

You know that a team’s star player is special when the biggest knock on him as that he needs to raise his social media game. At the site itbusiness.ca, writer Jackie Atkins has rated McDavid’s usage of social media. It’s a fair and tempered assessment from Atkins, giving McDavid credit for having a good image and solid fan engagement, but including one criticism. Atkins gives McDavid a 4/10 as his Product Placement Score, mainly because he goes a bit overboard there. “No fan wants to feel like their favourite athlete is bombarding them with product placement. For this measure, a high score indicates less product placement, while a low score indicates lots of product p

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Taylor Hall Discusses His Trade Out of Edmonton

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-08-24

Former Oiler Taylor Hall took a break from Bio Steel camp to have an interview with Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid, mainly to talk about his mid-summer trade out of Edmonton. Hall’s most interesting comment was that he got “the short end of the stick” in regards to the trade and/or his Oilers tenure, and you can take that as you want. @timandsid Hall was the victim of a bad management team for years. #victim — kyle pickunyk (@KPick16) August 23, 2016 @timandsid If I was him, I would be insulted if I was traded for so little — Steve (@FOWEDMONTON) August 23, 2016 @timandsid hall went from a team turning the corner with a generational talent to a bottom 5 team that g

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RE 16-17 CAM TALBOT: RAINO

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-08-24

Cam Talbot’s first solo dash across an Alberta winter started well, flagged, and then found traction. Although the wins didn’t come as often as required, Talbot delivered an above average season compared to the rest of his NHL goalie brethren—and did it from the most Northern and lonely outpost. Now. Do it again please and thanks (Rain-O). CAM TALBOT ACTUAL 15-16: 56GP, 2.55 .917 He was better than NHL average? Average was .915, he was slightly better—a lot better after November 30 (.924). That was a reasonable season for year one? I think so. Edmonton had a weird schedule, injuries galore, and outside that early wobble he played well. Where is the RE? It is at the bottom,

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Just Who Is Jesse Puljujarvi?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-08-24

With the 4th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Oilers selected Jesse Puljujarvi from Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish Liiga. Puljujarvi was expected to be taken 3rd overall (behind Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine), but the Columbus Blue Jackets flipped the script and selected Pierre-Luc Dubois with the 3rd overall pick, leaving Puljujarvi on the draft floor for the Oilers to pick up. Just Who Is Jesse Puljujarvi? Puljujarvi played two seasons for Kärpät (as a 16- and 17-year old); in 71 regular season games over two seasons, he put up 17-22-39. The number may not be as impressive as if he’d played junior hockey in North America, but it’s important to remember that he was

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