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Alex Galchenyuk cast as NHL draft wild card: Wednesday’s coast-to-coast

Neate Sager
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WHL

So it's not axed Kootenay Ice coach Kris Knoblauch who is taking over the CIS power Alberta Golden Bears, but former AHL head coach Ian Herbers. It's been a veritable three-ring circus. (Edmonton Journal, Oilers Nation, The Pipeline Show)

How was that $22-million profit from the Calgary/Edmonton world junior tournament shared? It turns out bloggers get a percentage. Zero is a per cent, right? (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Wait, Victoria Royals forward Logan Nelson became a draftable player even though he didn't play hockey all 12 months of the year? (Victoria Times-Colonist)

How often does a NHL organization sign two goalies from the same division within 24 hours of each other? The Chicago Blackhawks have inked the Everett Silvertips' Kent Simpson and Portland Winterhawks' Mac Carruth. Carruth already spent some of his signing bonus, from the looks of it. (Everett Herald, Oregon Live)

The league champion Edmonton Oil Kings will be feted at Edmonton city hall on Wednesday. (Edmonton Sun)

Saskatoon Blades owner Jack Brodsky spent nearly two weeks in Shawinigan observing the ins and outs of the MasterCard Memorial Cup, which his team hosts next spring. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

OHL

Top prospect Nail Yakupov gives his take on the Russian factor. (The Pipeline Show)

Ten teams on Tuesday interviewed Sarnia Sting centre Alex Galchenyuk during the NHL scouting combine. Keep in mind many independent scouting services rank Galchenyuk as the No. 1 prospect ahead of Yakupov. (National Post)

Say hello to the Mississauga Steelheads. (News Talk 1010)

Incoming Windsor Spitfires defenceman Patrick Sieloff, a potential NHL second-round pick, says he chose a team before the NHL combine so he wouldn't be asked about it all week. (Windsor Star, The Pipeline Show)

Remember Cory Pecker? He's playing in England next season. (Shootout)

QMJHL

Top 2013 NHL draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon is setting some goals for next season with the Halifax Mooseheads: "I want to get better at making plays below the dots." (Metro Halifax)

Sportsnet analyst Sam Cosentino says if Bob Hartley lands a head coaching job in the NHL, Memorial Cup-winning coach Éric Veilleux will be on his staff: "There's no doubt wherever Bob's going, Éric's going with him." (The Pipeline Show)

Overage defenceman Jonathan Oligny basically broke news of his own trade to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. (Cape Breton Post)

Make it a MasterCard Memorial Cup repeat for Cole Harbour, N.S., since Shawinigan Cataractes grinder Mitchell Maynard hails from the community. Fellow Cole Harbourite Stephen MacAulay won with Saint John in 2011. (Metro Halifax)

Long-time Cape Breton assistant coach Brian Joseph, 66, is retiring. (Cape Breton Post)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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