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Dec 8, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at greg.wyshynski@espn.com, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column going forward. Enjoy!
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ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin hopes the Russian hockey team participates in the 2018 Winter Olympics, even though it would have to wear neutral uniforms. After the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from playing under their flag, Ovechkin said he supports the team’s decision and is “pretty sure they’re going.” At the Washington Capitals‘
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Will you care about the men’s Olympic hockey tournament if neither NHL nor KHL players can participate? Greg Wyshynski: Admittedly, the Olympic men’s hockey tournaments that have involved NHL players have been absolutely extraordinary. Imagine the NHL All-Star Game, except instead of winning a big car after playing methodical exhibition hockey, the players are battling
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Dec 5, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN The International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, promises to further dilute a men’s ice hockey tournament that is already missing NHL talent. The IOC ban, announced on Tuesday, followed the completion of its investigation into a state-sponsored athlete doping program
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Power-play percentage is definitely the easiest quick-glance assessment of how well an NHL team’s man advantage is ticking along for fantasy purposes, but it doesn’t always tell the whole story. When we glance at the respective power plays of the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks this season, we find the Wild ranked fourth overall with
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5:14 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at greg.wyshynski@espn.com, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column going forward. Enjoy!
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Emily Kaplan: If I was asked this question two months ago, I would have answered McDavid, without hesitation. I believed that the Edmonton Oilers were poised to win a Stanley Cup as soon as this season. Given where things stand now in Edmonton, I’m not as bullish. I do see Auston Matthews hoisting a Cup
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6:20 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero asked center Adam Henrique for a chat on Thursday morning. It seemed routine. It wasn’t. “I was shocked,” said Henrique, who was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in a package for defenseman Sami Vatanen on Thursday. “It wasn’t something I was expecting. In
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NEW YORK — Rangers center Mika Zibanejad missed practice and is out with a concussion. The Rangers and Canadiens have exchanged forwards, with Peter Holland heading to New York’s AHL affiliate while Adam Cracknell will report to Montreal’s team in Laval, Quebec. The team announced Zibanejad’s status Thursday. New York also acquired depth center Peter
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Greg Wyshynski: For any NHL team with a tenuous grip on a playoff spot, the phrase “week to week” is the last one you want to hear describing a goalie’s injury. Yet here we are with starter Matt Murray, who was injured on Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers and is “week to week.” Funny
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What do the Vegas Golden Knights need to do to convince you they are a legit playoff threat? Greg Wyshynski: I’ll be a zealous believer if the Knights still have James Neal, David Perron and a significant portion of their current defense corps come the trade deadline of Feb. 26, 2018. The Blackhawks have a
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Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog was suspended four games Monday for cross-checking the Calgary Flames‘ Matthew Tkachuk, the NHL’s department of player safety announced. Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog suspended four games for cross-checking Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk. https://t.co/krr34oXIiy — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 27, 2017 Landeskog cross-checked Tkachuk in the head during the first period of
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Greg Wyshynski: For better or worse, I had the Blackhawks as a playoff team in the Western Conference. In October, it was worse. In November, it’s been better, as the Blackhawks (11-8-3, 25 points) are on a 4-1-1 run against decent teams and looking a lot better. The Capitals are their usual soap opera, but
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Nov 24, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Have you seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me up at greg.wyshynski@espn.com, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column
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Which team has the most to lose if it misses the playoffs? Greg Wyshynski: The conditions are absolutely right for the Montreal Canadiens to press down the plunger and blow up their team should they miss the playoffs. Condition No. 1: A change at the top. We all know how perilous the situation is for