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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: St. Louis Blues

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!) 

    Last Season In Emojis

    Last Season, In Summary 

    An 0-6 slide to finish the season cost the St. Louis Blues a chance to win their first second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history, but things got sunnier when they took a 2-0 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round with back-to-back 4-3 overtime victories. Unfortunately for the Blues those would be the last wins of the season as Chicago would win four straight to advance.

    The Blues pushed their chips to the table in order to make a Stanley Cup run when they acquired Ryan Miller Steve Ott at the trade deadline. Dealing for Miller was a gamble, seeing as how Jaroslav Halak’s numbers weren’t drastically different than the long-time Buffalo Sabre’s. 

    The result of Miller’s play (.899 even strength save

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  • Ville Leino invited to training camp by Boston Bruins

    Ville Leino’s six-year, $27 million contract would have three more seasons remaining had he not been bought out by the Sabres in June. In three seasons in Buffalo, he recorded 46 points in 137 games. In his contract year in Philadelphia prior moving to western New York, he scored 19 and posted 53 points. So, yeah, he was a bit of a disappoinment.

    Having gone unsigned over the summer, Leino is getting an opportunity to get his NHL career back on track. Speaking with the media on Friday morning, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed that the team has invited Leino to training camp.

    Last month, Simon Gagne was also given a camp invite.

    Despite all the ribbing about his production compared to the contract, the 30-year old Leino could serve a bottom-line purpose for a team, especially one like the Bruins who could use a few cheap veterans as they maneuver through their current cap situation. (Leino, by the way, will be a member of the Sabres’ payroll until the end of the

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  • Since Nov. 2012, Minnesota Wild netminder Josh Harding has been a face for Multiple Sclerosis. He didn’t allow his diagnosis to become his identity and has since started a foundation, Harding’s Hope, in order to raise awareness and raise money to support those fighting the disease.

    As an inspiration for the MS community, Harding has signed on with card company Upper Deck to lend his signature as part of their “Heroic Inspirations” set. There will be 25 cards inserted into the 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee series featuring his signature and an inscription. Other cards have been signed and inscripted which will can be obtained through a donation to Harding’s Hope.

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    “I’m excited for Upper Deck to join my team to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and to raise funds for people living with MS,” said Josh Harding. “The more I learn about MS, the more I realize how important it is to have a team. The point of adding inscriptions to the cards is to share that you cannot fight MS alone, you need to

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Vancouver Canucks

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!) 

    Last Season In Emojis

    Last Season, In Summary 

    After five straight seasons of making the playoffs, the Canucks found themselves beginning their off-season earlier than usual. Vancouver finished fifth in the realigned Pacific Division with a 36-35-11 (83 points) record. 

    There were plenty of distractions during a season that would end with a ton of change in the summer.

    The Roberto Luongo soap opera finally ended in March when the netminder was dealt back to the Florida Panthers. Ryan Kesler trade rumors lasted the entire year until the forward dealt to Anaheim in June. Then there was the John Tortorella Experiment, which saw him go down the Calgary tunnel and after Bob Hartley during an intermission of January game that opened with a line brawl. 

    A disatrous year saw owner

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  • Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

    • The Canucks revealed Ryan Miller’s new mask. What do you think?

    • Gary Bettman denied reports that the NHL is set to expand by four teams by 2017. He also added that the fee to get in the league via expansion will cost you much more than $350 million. [National Post]

    • Sean McIndoe looks back at the 1994 NHL lockout. [Grantland]

    • Don Waddell, new president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Carolina Hurricanes, on recent relocation rumors: "This franchise isn't going anywhere.” Someone check the archives to see if he said something similar about the Thrashers. [Canes Country

    • The Tampa Bay Lightning have a new name for

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  • Danny DeKeyser flies with Blue Angels, doesn't hurl (Video)

    Danny DeKeyser remains a restricted free agent, but he and Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland remain confident that a new deal will get done before training camp opens in two weeks.

    To take his mind off his current contract situation, DeKeyser took to the skies on Tuesday with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels inside an F/A-18 Hornet fully equipped with plastic bags in case he had to cough up something that wasn't a puck.

    The Blue Angels were in town for the Selfridge Open House and Air Show this weekend. Fortunately for DeKeyser, he didn't need to use those plastic bags during his 40-minute flight, according to Ansar Khan.

    From MLive.com:

    "I didn't do anything to prepare. They put you through a little tutorial before and kind of tell you how to tighten your legs, and you got to squeeze certain muscles so you don't pass out. You just got to do it to know what it feels like."

    In other unsigned Red Wings news, Daniel Alfredsson skated with a number of Detroit players on Wednesday. He

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  • When Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes went to dinner one night with Kramer and his girlfriend, a clothing designer and a low talker, he unknowingly agreed to wear a puffy shirt on The Today Show. He was just being nice during conversation, one in which he didn't understand anything coming out of Leslie's mouth. He ended up looking like a pirate, even though he didn't want to be a pirate.

    To commemorate not only "The Puffy Shirt" episode of Seinfeld, but also the sitcom's 25th anniversary, our favorite minor league team, the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors, will don a specialty jersey on Nov. 16.

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    They are real and they are spectacular! The jerseys will also feature "sponsor" names like Vandelay Industries, Pendant Publishing and the legendary Kramerica Industries. (Did Darren ever find that chicken?)

    The jerseys won't feature the last names of any Condors player. Instead, the names of various characters on the show will on the backs, like Jerry, George, Kramer, Newman, Frank Costanza, Puddy,

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  • Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

    • Hockey is coming.

    • Mike Fisher may miss most of this season with the Nashville Predators but he’s already slipped one past the goalie. [Yahoo Celebrity]

    • Would giving a training camp invite to Dustin Penner be a good idea for the Montreal Canadiens? [A Winning Habit]

    • Carol Vadnais, who spent 17 years in the NHL with six teams, passed away at age 68 over the weekend after a battle with cancer. [Gazette]

    • With all the recent talk about expansion, let’s not forget that inaugural season’s are really, really difficult. [Japers’ Rink

    • After a dynamite college career what can we reasonably expect from Johnny Gaudreau with the Calgary Flames this season? [Flames Nation]

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: The Top 100 players for 2014-15

    It may be Aug. 22, but it’s never too early for fantasy hockey.

    Yahoo Fantasy Hockey registration opened Friday morning, so now you can renew your old leagues, join new ones and mock draft to your heart’s delight. 

    The NHL season kicks off on Oct. 8, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead of your draft, whether you’re taking part in a year-to-year league or a keeper league.

    Here’s what’s new for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey for 2014-15:

    Video Highlights: Every night watch video highlights from the NHL for the players on your team.
    Play on the Go: 24/7 drafting and mobile management available for iPhone, iPad and Android.
    Superior research and analysis: You’ll get the best fantasy experts in the business from Yahoo Sports and top-notch player notes from Rotoworld.

    We’ll once again have the Dobber Hockey team providing fantasy analysis all season long. Look for some previews beginning next week now that fantasy hockey is in full swing.

     Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey today!

    As you get your

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  • The Champions Hockey League kicked off on Thursday with 30 of the 44 teams involved. The biggest winners of the day were HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech Extraliga, who blanked Swiss side SC Bern 7-0, and also provided us with an early candidate for goal of the tournament.

    Holding a 3-0 lead late in the second period, Trinec defenseman Marek Trončinský intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and proceeded to channel his inner Tomas Hertl and Marek Malik with a spectacular between-the-legs shorthanded goal:

    Trončinský, who has played on past Czech national teams with Hertl, said he knew he would attempt the move as soon as he got around the Bern defender, and that he would have done it if the game were scoreless.

    "It's not very hard,” Troncinsky said afterward, unaware of the time I tried this move in beer league and required an ice pack soon after.

    The Champions Hockey League features 44 European clubs from 12 countries -- none from the KHL, however. Made up of 11 groups, teams will play

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