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Franson, Leafs to open arbitration hearings

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On Wednesday, the NHLPA released the dates for the 20 player- and three club-elected salary arbitration hearings that’ll take place over a two-week span in late July and early August.

Here’s the tea-by-team list; things will kick off on July 21st between Toronto and RFA defenseman Cody Franson:


Arizona Coyotes
Brandon McMillan – July 29, 2014

Boston Bruins
Matt Bartkowski – July 30, 2014

Calgary Flames
Joe Colborne – August 1, 2014

Dallas Stars
Cameron Gaunce – July 25, 2014
Antoine Roussel – July 22, 2014

Florida Panthers
Jimmy Hayes – July 29, 2014

Los Angeles Kings
Dwight King – August 1, 2014

Minnesota Wild
Justin Fontaine – August 1, 2014

Montreal Canadiens
Lars Eller – July 25, 2014
P.K. Subban – August 1, 2014

New York Islanders
Kevin Poulin – July 30, 2014

New York Rangers
Derick Brassard – July 28, 2014
Chris Kreider – July 23, 2014
Mats Zuccarello – July 25, 2014

Ottawa Senators
Derek Grant – July 24, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins
Nick Spaling – July 31, 2014

San Jose Sharks
Jason Demers – July 22, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs
Cody Franson – July 21, 2014
James Reimer – July 28, 2014


Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O’Reilly – July 23, 2014

St. Louis Blues
Vladimir Sobotka – July 21, 2014

Winnipeg Jets
Michael Frolik – July 31, 2014

Hearings will be held in Toronto but, if last year was any indication, don’t expect there to be many actual hearings. Here’s a list of the schedule for last summer’s arbitration:


And the subsequent list of players that agreed to terms prior to their hearings:


One of this year’s arbitration hearings — Mattias Ekholm’s, with Nashville — was wiped out after he inked a two-year, $2.075M deal today.

Vatrano presence: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime

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The Boston Bruins keep flipping the script.

In Wednesday’s case, it swerved to a “Cinderella” story, as little-known forward Frank Vatrano scored two of Boston’s three goals – including the overtime clincher – as the B’s beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 (OT).

Here’s his first goal of the night:

While this is his overtime game-winner:

It wasn’t a perfect night for the 21-year-old, yet it may have been a convincing one.

The Bruins continue to begin a month on a sour note before ending up with impressive sprees.

October: 0-3-0 start, finished month with four straight wins and victories in six of seven contests.

November: 0-3-0 start, losses in four of five; currently on a four-game winning strek with victories in five of six.

Boston faces a challenge in closing this month out against the Rangers on Friday, and it’s possible that this trend may continue, as they begin December with a three-game road trip through Western Canada.

More than anything else, the safest bet with the Bruins is for ups and downs.

Crosby roars, Malkin scores in OT for Penguins win

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Controversy just seems to find the Pittsburgh Penguins. Credit Sidney Crosby & Co. for responding with a win on Wednesday.

Crosby generated two pretty goals, including this slam-dunk slapper:

… While Evgeni Malkin‘s overtime-winner stood as the Penguins managed a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues tonight.

(You can see Malkin’s OT-clincher in the video above this post.)

Will this win and strong performance from Crosby silence murmurs about his relationship with Mario Lemieux? Probably not, yet it likely turns the volume down in some ways, including killing the “Is he struggling because of distractions” storyline.

You know, at least for a little while. Maybe.

Fight video: Claude Giroux vs. Nick Leddy

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Claude Giroux isn’t the nastiest, most physical captain the Philadelphia Flyers have employed. Even so, he can be feisty at times.

Wednesday showed that, as he clearly wasn’t happy with an earlier Nick Leddy hit, and eventually got the New York Islanders defenseman to drop his gloves.

You can see the fight and the check that inspired that scrap in the video above.

It’s the fourth fight Giroux has been a part of, with his most recent adversary being may his most bitter rival.

Not a heavyweight bout between Giroux and Leddy, mind you, but sometimes it’s amusing to soak in such a rare sight.

Update: The fight may have inspired the Islanders more than the Flyers, as they bested Philly 3-1 on Wednesday.

Carter Hutton gets flipped, stays in game

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Carter Hutton is getting something that might make fellow Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne jealous: goal support.

Still, there was at least one moment where Rinne was likely happy to be on the bench, as Hutton was left flipping during this collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:

Remarkably, Hutton remained in the game.

If you’re the type who loves adding to your “hockey players are tough” files, put this under the goalies section.

Check out this incredible shot of that moment:

Update: The Predators held off the Buffalo Sabres to win 3-2.