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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 21: Patrik Laine #29 of Finland looks on against Russia at Ice Palace on May 21, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Finland defeated Russia 3-1.(Photo by Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)
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Laine dealing with ‘some problem with my leg’ at scouting combine

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Highly touted forward prospect Patrik Laine began dealing with a left leg issue at the NHL Scouting Combine.

Laine, who is likely to go second overall in the draft later this month, began to experience discomfort in his leg during the VO2 max bike test on Friday, according to NHL.com, and he said he’ll stick to upper-body tests for the duration of the event.

“I couldn’t finish [the tests] because I had some problem with my leg, but I think it went pretty normal otherwise,” said Laine. “I’m OK. I didn’t finish the test because I just don’t want to get hurt; I have an important summer and I don’t want to miss that.”

With the draft approaching, it’s believed Laine, the MVP for the Finnish league playoffs and named to Finland’s World Cup team, will go No. 2 after Auston Matthews.

It’s difficult to imagine this having any possible impact on where Laine goes in the draft, especially given his already glowing list of hockey accomplishments — he was also named MVP for the world hockey championship following a stellar world junior run with Finland.

“I don’t know that I can do that much more now,” said Laine, as per the Buffalo News.

“It’s just interviews and a couple tests. I think I showed my skills during the season. I think I’ve done my work at the ice and they can now decide.”

Rangers play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen to receive Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 22: Broadcaster Sam Rosen conducts the ceremony for former New York Ranger players Andy Bathpage and Harry Howell prior to the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers on February 22, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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TORONTO (AP) Voice of the New York Rangers Sam Rosen will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for hockey broadcasting and Chicago Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi will get the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

They will be honored during the Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction weekend in November.

Rosen has been the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Rangers since 1984 and is best known for his call of New York’s Stanley Cup victory in 1994: “This one will last a lifetime.”

Verdi spent three decades at the Chicago Tribune writing about the Blackhawks before being hired by the team in 2010.

The Foster Hewitt is determined by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association and the Elmer Ferguson by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Desjardins reiterates that if Sutter was healthy, Canucks could’ve challenged for playoff spot

VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 10: Brandon Sutter #21 of the Vancouver Canucks skates in the pre-game warm up prior to NHL action against the Calgary Flames on October 10, 2015 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Canucks finished 28th in the NHL’s overall standings. Their 2015 off-season acquisition Brandon Sutter, penciled in as the team’s second line center when the season began, played only 20 games as injuries disrupted his season.

Yet, Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins is still of the belief that if Sutter had been healthy — his last game was Feb. 9 as he suffered a broken jaw that ended his season — his team could’ve challenged for a playoff spot.

Again, the Canucks finished 28th in the standings.

Sutter had five goals and nine points in his first season in Vancouver.

“The tough thing for Brandon is he didn’t get to show what he could do,” said Desjardins to TSN 1040 radio.

“We’re looking forward to it this year. Everybody felt in our dressing room that if he’s there, then we’re in the playoffs this year. If he could’ve stayed healthy, then we had a real good chance of making the playoffs.”

The Canucks acquired Sutter last July, then signed him to a pricey five-year contract extension a few days later.

In exchange, the Canucks sent Nick Bonino to Pittsburgh.

It’s interesting to re-visit that trade now, especially since Bonino is playing for a Stanley Cup and he’s been a solid contributor to the Penguins in this post-season, with four goals and 17 points in 20 games with the vaunted HBK Line that includes Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin.

“Hindsight is easy,” said Desjardins.

“I like Nick Bonino. I’ve always liked him. He’s a great guy, he moves the puck really well. I think the thing that was tough for us — if you look at Pittsburgh, why is Pittsburgh so good? One of the reasons is their speed. They come back and forth and they’re really quick. We had to find more speed in our lineup. We just had to.

“Nick’s one fault is he’s not quick. But when you put him with Hagelin and Kessel … they make up for his speed. It becomes a quick line. We didn’t have that luxury, so we went with a guy that’s a little quicker and we went with Brandon Sutter.”

 

Penguins have taken away ‘time and space’ for the Sharks’ best players

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After finishing the Western Conference Final with a bang — four goals and five points in the final three games of that series versus the St. Louis Blues — Joe Pavelski has yet to record a point for the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Sharks trail in the series 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Game 3 in San Jose on Saturday.

Pavelski, who has a league-leading 13 goals in the post-season and entered the final as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe, has only three shots on goal so far in this series.

But his line, with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl, has been strong in terms of puck possession, with positive Corsi For ratings between the three of them in each game.

The trio has combined for 11 shots on goal versus the Penguins. With the Stanley Cup on the line, however, only Hertl has scored — a power play goal in the second period of Game 1.

“I think they’ve done a good job of taking away our time and space, particularly of our better players. I think everyone tries to do that to the other team. So I think you have to give them some credit for that,” Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer told reporters on Thursday.

“I also think there’s some things we can do better as a group. We’ll regroup here, have a good practice tomorrow, try and get fixed.”

In both games, the Penguins have held the advantage in shots on goal and puck possession. Yet the margin of victory for Pittsburgh has been one goal in each game.

“We’re not getting enough shots through,” said Logan Couture, as per the San Jose Mercury News.

“There are things that worked in the first couple rounds to get us here, and we’re trying to force things. We need to be better in their end offensively creating scoring chances.”

Related: DeBoer vows Sharks will be a ‘tough team to beat at home’

The beginning of tradition: Panthers unveil new logo and uniforms

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The Florida Panthers have a new look.

The Panthers on Thursday unveiled their new logo and uniforms, as well as an alternate logo, with members of the up-and-coming team that took big steps this season in winning the Atlantic Division and alumni members like Ed Jovanovski, Olli Jokinen, Radek Dvorak and Bill Lindsay in attendance for the big presentation.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 6.20.56 PMIn addition, the team introduced a new alternate logo that will serve as the patch on the shoulder of the home and away jerseys. The alternate logo includes the Florida state flag with a sleek prowling Panther above it. Above the new shoulder patch there is also something unique to the Panthers. In addition to militaristic tabs above the prowling panther that will either read “Florida” or “Panthers” based on whether the team is home or away, a separate tab just for the team’s captains will be added on top of that.

“The idea when we came into Florida and took responsibility for the stewardship of the franchise, was to start anew and create traditions that were unique to this new start,” said Panthers owner Vincent Viola in a statement.

“I think the logo harkens to the vanguard of courage; the idea that you put a shield on the hockey uniform. It’s something to protect, but you also protect it. We wanted something that began a new tradition of winning and demonstrated courage and selfless dedication to a team pursuit of victory.”

The Panthers also announced that they will play an exhibition game versus the New Jersey Devils at Tate Rink at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on Oct. 8, 2016.