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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson joins Seattle arena group

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There has been another twist in the ongoing Seattle arena story.

The day after leading his team to a win over the Patriots, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced via Twitter that he has joined Chris Hansen and his partners with the investment group working to build a brand new multi-purpose arena that could be the home for an NBA franchise or possibly an NHL expansion team in the city’s SoDo neighborhood.

“I’m excited to announce I’ve partnered w/ the Sonics Arena Group to help bring the @NBA & @NHL to the best fan base in the world,” Wilson tweeted from his verified account.

A Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks, Wilson’s star power and popularity with sports fans in that market could be a major boost to the investment group as it looks for permission from the city to move forward with this project.

The latest from King 5 News:

The Hansen group’s effort to build a new arena is currently in limbo, with the city council refusing to approve a street vacation in SODO that is needed for building the proposed arena. In the meantime, Mayor Ed Murray announced the city is seeking bids from groups to remodel Key Arena in Seattle Center, the former home of the Sonics.

When asked whether Wilson was expected to campaign at City Hall to get the project done, one source replied, “He is prepared to do that.”

Last month, in a major turn of events in this story, it was reported that Hansen and his investment group offered to forgo public funding for the arena project.

The very next day, another report from King 5 News stated that the mayor’s office was exploring the idea of renovating Key Arena, the old home of the Sonics before the team left Seattle.

Monday’s news certainly adds another element to this whole saga. It also shows the Hansen investment group is making a strong push to try to get something done with the city, which would be vital to the prospects of getting an NHL team in Seattle.

“We’re not paying a lot of attention to Seattle,” said commissioner Gary Bettman, per NHL.com.

“If they ever put a shovel in the ground and actually build a building instead of just talking about one we might pay attention. But it’s not something we’re monitoring. We’re not focusing on future expansion at this point and we’re not focusing on Seattle over anywhere else.”

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Tim Leiweke could play role in redevelopment of Seattle’s KeyArena

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Sabres ‘need more from Evander Kane,’ says Bylsma

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 01: Evander Kane #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the Edmonton Oilers at First Niagara Center on March 1, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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Dan Bylsma issued a challenge to Evander Kane following Saturday’s loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Kane took two penalties Saturday, including a hooking infraction in the offensive zone in the third period, and was removed from the top line in a 4-2 loss to New Jersey.

He was also in penalty trouble the previous night against the Devils, which resulted in an overtime loss for Buffalo.

Bylsma didn’t have much to say on the subject. But the message from the coach was clear: “Need more from Evander,” he told reporters, when asked about the decision to move Kane off the top line.

In four games, Kane has yet to record a point, with 10 penalty minutes. He did miss 11 games with broken ribs from a scary fall into the boards. The injury and lack of production represents a bad start to the season on the ice for Kane, who has been tied to trade speculation for months.

Among the teams previously rumored to have interest in Kane are the Vancouver Canucks.

From Elliotte Friedman during Hockey Night in Canada:

“He came back the other night. There were a lot of scouts in there watching Buffalo that night. You know, Vancouver’s been talked about but I think what Buffalo is finding out is the return, the offers, just aren’t there.”

The Sabres have now lost four in a row. They play the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

A perfect 10: Carey Price shuts out Red Wings

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 13: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens stands during the anthem prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 13, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canadiens 5-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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MONTREAL (AP) Carey Price made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-0 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to four games.

Phillip Danault, Paul Byron, Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw and Max Pacioretty scored to help NHL-leading Montreal improve to 13-1-1. Shaw added two assists for his first multipoint game with the Canadiens.

Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 25 shots for Detroit before being replaced by Petr Mrazek at the start of the third period. Mrazek made 12 saves in relief. The Red Wings dropped to 8-7-1.

Montreal has opened with 10 straight victories at Bell Centre, a franchise record for consecutive home victories to start a season. The previous record was established in 1953.

Danault, playing in just his second game at center, got Montreal on the board at 4:17 of the first period. After Shaw’s initial shot squeaked by Howard, Danault had a tap-in. Danault has five goals in 15 games this season, after scoring four goals in 53 previous career NHL games.

Byron made it 2-0 just a few minutes later. He went top shelf on a breakaway after the puck bobbled on Niklas Kronwall at the blue line.

Weber capped Montreal’s dominant first period with a power-play goal with a minute left, giving Howard no chance on a blistering one-timer from several feet inside the zone. Weber has five of the team’s 10 power-play goals this season.

Shaw put the game out of Detroit’s reach at 15:13 of the second period. Eight seconds into Montreal’s third power play of the evening, Alex Galchenyuk‘s slap shot from the point went off Shaw’s left skate and in for the winger’s first goal since the season opener on Oct. 13.

Pacioretty made it 5-0 at 16:49 of the second.

Flyers defeat Wild, but now await word on status of Michal Neuvirth

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
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They were embarrassed in the third period of Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers responded.

Brayden Schenn scored the winning goal in the third period, as the Flyers defeated the Minnesota Wild by a final score of 3-2.

“Obviously we weren’t happy with a terrible third period (Friday) night and a God-awful way to end the hockey game for us,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the Courier-Post.

“But I think we put that into the past and just gotta come out and do what you can tonight to win a hockey game and we did that.”

The bigger story — and this is nothing new these days for the Flyers — is with their goaltending situation. Michal Neuvirth started Saturday, but left the game following the first period after suffering an apparent injury.

Steve Mason, who had a difficult outing in Toronto the previous night, took over in net and played well versus the Wild. He stopped 19 of 20 shots, which must certainly be a confidence booster after the way the Flyers fell apart in the final 20 minutes versus Toronto.

According to the Flyers, general manager Ron Hextall said Neuvirth will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

From the Courier-Post:

If he is out for an extended period, the Flyers will likely recall Anthony Stolarz from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Stolarz was in net Saturday night as the Phantoms faced off against the Toronto Marlies.

Crosby and the Penguins overpower Matthews and the Maple Leafs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on October 29, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions. That window to win it all is still very much open.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are building for future success. They have the young talent in place to provide optimism for the days and years ahead, but there are going to be difficult times ahead, too.

In their first meeting of the season, Toronto’s young talent on Saturday went up against a Pittsburgh team that is no stranger to winning. Penguins players have had success in the NHL playoffs and on the international stage.

The Maple Leafs were competitive, sure. This was a fast-paced game, with both teams combining for 85 shots on goal. Toronto grabbed an early lead. But the established stars of the Penguins took over after the opening period, as Pittsburgh recorded a 4-1 win.

Evgeni Malkin started the scoring for Pittsburgh. Chris Kunitz provided the winner with 18 seconds left in the second period. Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby scored less than four minutes apart in the third period to put this away.

Crosby finished with two points as he continues his torrid pace to begin the season, while Toronto’s star rookie Auston Matthews was held without a point.

By the end, the Maple Leafs looked fatigued, having played the night before.

The Penguins have now won seven of their last 10 games and haven’t really shown any effects of a Stanley Cup hangover. If their star players can stay healthy throughout the season, they can definitely challenge for the Eastern Conference.

The Maple Leafs have stocked up on talent. The future is bright. But there is still growing to do before they’re an elite team.