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11:50 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — As usual, the big names came out to celebrate hockey’s biggest names. An impressive group walked the red carpet on Sunday night, Hollywood style, to honor the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. This class was highlighted by best — if unlikely — hockey friends in Paul Kariya
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2:06 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — Does Gary Bettman have any regrets about the NHL skipping the 2018 Olympics? “None at all,” the commissioner said. The NHL’s (non-)Olympic participation took up a good portion of Bettman’s 30-minute Q&A session at the annual PrimeTime Sports Management Conference in Toronto on Monday. Interviewer Gord Miller peppered
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Who is the most underappreciated Hall of Famer of all time? Greg Wyshynski: Jari Kurri has 601 career goals (19th all-time) and 1,398 career points (21st all-time). That he earned the majority of them playing with Wayne Gretzky on the Edmonton Oilers from 1980-88 has turned Kurri into the go-to example of a great player
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1:24 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — The Hockey Hall of Fame is an homage to great NHL moments and achievements, and to the evolution of the sport itself. The museum’s white whale, in terms of memorabilia? A puck used in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2010 Stanley Cup-clinching game, which has been missing ever since Patrick
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Jeremy Schaap recently conducted a phone interview with Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden, who is also a former member of Parliament of Canada and former president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dryden’s newest book is “Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey.” Jeremy Schaap: Mr. Dryden,
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In light of Brian Boyle‘s comeback from leukemia, what are some of the other recent inspiring stories around the league? Greg Wyshynski: Osteochondritis dissecans is a disease where a bone near the knee joint is no longer sufficiently supplied with blood, which can then lead to individual pieces of cartilage detaching from the bone. These
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3:42 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes its latest class on Monday, and with that induction comes the usual hand-wringing and debate over the worthiness of the honorees. Did Paul Kariya play enough games? Did Dave Andreychuk play too many games? Was Mark Recchi’s medical degree the tipping point for him?
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Which preseason playoff lock is in the deepest trouble? Greg Wyshynski: Considering that Bruce Boudreau has spent just one season out of the postseason — 2011-12, when he was fired in Washington and then hired in Anaheim — it was safe to assume that the Minnesota Wild would make the Western Conference playoffs. Instead, the
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Greg Wyshynski: The St. Louis Blues are 12-3-1 and sit atop the Central Division. Are they for real? Depends on your concept of reality, man. They’re not this good. With a PDO of 103.32, the Blues are bound to have some level of regression. They’re averaging 3.27 goals per game, up from 2.84 last season.
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Top-four defensemen are at a premium these days, and teams that have suffered recent injuries, or whose cap restrictions prevented them from adding one in the offseason, have had to experiment with journeymen and rookies. These gambles have paid off perfectly in some cases, as with Jan Rutta of the Chicago Blackhawks, but most of
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