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Stamkos, Subban headline Wednesday’s star-studded charity game in Toronto

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Following is the full complement of participants for Wednesday’s RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge in Toronto. The  exhibition (with proceeds towards the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund) will be held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a.k.a. the renovated Maple Leaf Gardens.





Michael Del Zotto

Chris Campoli

Mike Komisarek

Carlo Colaiacovo

Niklas Kronwall

Tomas Kaberle

Dion Phaneuf

John-Michael Liles

Kyle Quincey

P.K. Subban

Dan Cleary

Brad Boyes

Tim Connolly

David Clarkson

B.J. Crombeen

Logan Couture

Steve Downie

Phil Kessel

Chris Kelly

Tom Kostopoulos

Clarke MacArthur

Matthew Lombardi

Matt Martin

Joffrey Lupul

James Neal

Jay McClement

Teddy Purcell

John Mitchell

Steven Stamkos

Steve Ott

David Steckel

Peter Regin

Kris Versteeg

Chris Stewart

Wojtek Wolski

Dan Winnik

Jonas Gustavsson

Martin Biron

Mike Leighton

With media in attendance, we’ll see if the players have anything to say on the disclaimer of interest topic. The NHL referenced previous NHLPA commentary in its class-action complaint (see section 43) in hopes the courts will side with the league’s “sham” argument.

Perhaps the players will be provided with fresh talking points to repeat over and over and over.

GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now

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On Monday, PHT discussed the Columbus Blue Jackets’ troubling start, even if it felt like it may be too early to raise concerns.

Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.

“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.

Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?

Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”

Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.

Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.

Next four games: Three out of four at home
Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.

As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.

For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.

via AP

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.