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The Hockey News June 19, 2017

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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vegas is due

(JACLYN LOCKE)THE FLEDGLING VEGAS Golden Knights created a sharp logo that exudes valor, but, as things are evolving, a more appropriate emblem might be Ziggy, the hapless comic strip character. “Ah, Ziggy,” Mr. Burns of The Simpsons famously said. “Will you ever win?”The expansion club’s honeymoon as Sin City’s first and only major professional sports franchise ended on the tarmac when, in March, NFL owners voted 31-1 to allow the Oakland Raiders to live up to their nickname and invade Nevada. Like Oscar night seat-fillers, the Knights are destined to step aside when the true stars arrive, which is expected to be 2019.Salt met wound when it was learned the state is supplying a sports facility record $750 million of taxpayer money to help build a football stadium for the…

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MATT DUCHENEFlyers trade Sean Couturier and Samuel Morin for Matt Duchene, who can play left wing with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek or center the second line. Colorado gets a shutdown center to play behind Nathan MacKinnon and Morin could be the shutdown defenseman to play with Tyson Barrie in the future.– Bill RoarkTyler Johnson for Ryan Ellis. Straight-up hockey trade. Preds need offense and have a surplus of ‘D.’ Ryan Johansen and Johnson as a 1-2 punch at center makes sense. So why not?– @6DeAndre3000Cory Schneider and a fourthround pick for Nikolaj Ehlers and Jacob Trouba. Winnipeg should be a playoff team now and they get the goalie they desperately need. New Jersey gets two skilled young players to substantially help their rebuild.– Kris SwantkoRyan Nugent-Hopkins for Jaccob Slavin.…

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canadian comeback

FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE COVERAGE, VISIT THN.COM10 THE INSTIGATOR 11 KOVALCHUK-FIT-O-METER 12 LIKE A PRO 14 GOODS, GEAR, LIFE 16 DOWN GOES BROWN: ALTERNATE DRAFT LOTTERY REALITYIN TERMS OF A one-year turnaround, you couldn’t do much better than Canada’s 2016-17 campaign. One season after zero Canadian franchises made the NHL playoffs, the Great White North sent five teams to the post-season, while playing host to some of the game’s best players. Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson was the front-runner to win his third Norris Trophy as top defenseman, Edmonton savior Connor McDavid was lining up his first Hart Trophy as MVP, and Toronto phenom Auston Matthews had a crocodile’s grip on the Calder Trophy for top rookie. All three players led their teams back to the playoffs, with Matthews’ crew the most surprising.Most…

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red, white and viewed

How important is it for Sportsnet to have Canadian teams in the playoffs? Extremely important, as it turns out. Viewers turned off their TVs last year when the Great White North was shut out of the post-season. But with five franchises back in the mix in 2017 – including the ratings juggernaut Maple Leafs – Sportsnet’s fortunes rebounded in a big way. As for American viewers, it seems like good hockey is good hockey – though Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid certainly helped the cause. Here are the average ratings per game through two rounds compared year over year.2016636k20171.38m+117%2016925k2017988k+7%…

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collecting the top 100 canadiens

Collecting the Top 100 Montreal Canadiens serves as a handy field guide for those who want to track down memorabilia from the NHL’s most storied team. There are marquee names, of course, but the book also highlights less obvious players who contributed to the team’s history. The book gives a brief bio of each before listing vital memorabilia info such as the player’s rookie card and/or first Canadiens card, first certified autograph card, first action figure and “hammer down” auction prices for game-used equipment. (Patrick Roy’s pads from his 500th career win sold for $10,357 U.S.) The book is illustrated with pictures of notable cards, figures and 16 annotated pages of game-used sweaters. Leafs Nation, don’t fret: Collecting the Top 100 Toronto Maple Leafs is also available.…

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going long

FOR MICHAEL PECA, it’s the best way he knows to say thank you.This summer, Peca and 39 other men from Buffalo will try to break the Guinness World Record for the longest hockey game. To do it, they’ll need to play for just more than 250 consecutive hours, with the goal of raising $1 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Dubbed the ‘11-Day Power Play,’ puck drop takes place at 9 p.m. on June 22 at Harbor- Center and the game is scheduled to conclude at 7 a.m. on July 3. Players will eat and sleep between shifts, and they’re not allowed to leave the arena for the duration of the event.Peca, who played 363 of 864 NHL games in Buffalo, is now GM of the Jr. Sabres and still lives…