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Paul Coffey hired as skills coach for Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Hall of Famer Paul Coffey to serve as their skills development coach, the team announced Sunday. Coffey played for nine teams, including the Oilers, over 21 NHL seasons. The four-time Stanley Cup winner earned three titles with Edmonton in 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1986-87. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, Coffey was recognized last season as one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players. He ranks second all time among defensemen in goals, assists and points — trailing only Ray Bourque. Despite having one…

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Dustin Brown of Los Angeles Kings, Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh Penguins each fined

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown has been fined $10,000 for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz. The incident occurred at 6:36 of the third period of the Penguins’ 3-1 win Thursday night. Brown was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding. Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was fined $5,000 for spearing Brown at 6:57 of the first period. Source link

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Edmonton Oilers without leading scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for 5 to 6 weeks due to crack ribs

The Edmonton Oilers will be without leading scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for five to six weeks after the center suffered cracked ribs in the team’s 3-2 victory last weekend against Vegas. The Oilers haven’t played since Saturday. Coach Todd McLellan updated Nugent-Hopkins’ status Friday. “The initial indications were he’d be OK, then he came home and he saw some doctors and had some tests, and he’s going to be out five to six weeks,” McLellan said. “You can make an argument who our key go-to guy has been this year, obviously…

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Fantasy NHL – Players to add from waivers from every Western Conference team

Following up on Thursday’s Eastern Conference edition, here’s a look at one widely available player from each team in the West to add from waivers in your fantasy hockey league. Central Division Chicago Blackhawks: Anton Forsberg, G (Rostered in 8.2 percent of ESPN.com leagues) While goalie Corey Crawford battles post-concussion symptoms off-ice, Forsberg has been the more consistent of Chicago’s backups, winning two of three recent consecutive games (.943 save percentage). That gives the 25-year-old Swede an edge in earning starts over minor-league/KHL journeyman Jeff Glass for the foreseeable future,…

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Red Fisher, former Montreal Canadiens beat writer, dies at 91

5:46 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Legendary hockey journalist Red Fisher died on Friday. He was 91. Fisher covered the Montreal Canadiens for 57 years, most notably for the Montreal Gazette, which confirmed Fisher’s death with a close family friend. He retired in 2012, at age 85. “He was the best of his time,” Canadiens Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden wrote in an email to the Montreal Gazette, “and his time lasted a very long time.” Last month, Fisher was named to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s…

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Kevin Shattenkirk of New York Rangers tears meniscus, out indefinitely

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is set for surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the team announced Friday. He has been ruled out indefinitely. Shattenkirk said the injury has been lingering since the beginning of October. He anticipates the surgery won’t sideline him for the rest of the Rangers’ 36 remaining games and looks forward to playing more to his standards. Shattenkirk has posted five goals and 18 assists this season and is on pace for the lowest points per game average of his career (0.50). “What I was…

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Why the Boston Bruins are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender

Coming into the season, the Boston Bruins appeared to meet all the qualifications of a team whose window to win a Stanley Cup was closed. The B’s looked as if they would be heavily reliant on stars who were either in the latter years of their prime or past it; they’d made questionable trades of young stars and had a goalie coming off back-to-back mediocre seasons. Instead, Boston is not only competitive, but they’re also making a case as the NHL’s second-most-dangerous team behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston ranks…

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Should the Vegas Golden Knights trade James Neal, lock in William Karlsson

The Vegas Golden Knights swept the two-game season series with the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, signed several players — including veteran defenseman Deryk Engelland — to extensions and have made it clear that they won’t be sellers at the trade deadline. NHL Roundtable: What should the Golden Knights do next? Greg Wyshynski: Trade James Neal, if the price is right. Yes, I know he scored his 19th goal on Thursday night in yet another statement win for the Golden Knights, this time on the road at the East-leading Tampa Bay…

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NHL aware of backlash over Kid Rock performing at All-Star Game, standing by decision

12:16 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The National Hockey League said Thursday that it’s aware of the backlash over Kid Rock performing at the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa, saying that the decision to hire him was “purely based” on his entertainment value and history as a hockey fan. The 47-year-old singer has drawn attention in the last year for endorsing President Donald Trump, his history of displaying confederate flags at concerts, criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem and anti-transgender comments made during a concert. The…

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Elias Says: January 18, 2018 – Elias Says

Thompson and Curry reign threes on the Bulls Klay Thompson made seven three-point field goals in a 38-point performance and Stephen Curry made six shots from beyond the arc while scoring 30 points in the Warriors’ win over the Bulls on Wednesday night. It’s the 12th time that Curry and Thompson each made at least six three-pointers in the same game since becoming teammates. Those are by far the most such games by a pair of teammates since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80. In fact, only one…

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