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Clitsome fails physical, unlikely to play for Jets

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice said that Grant Clitsome failed the team’s physical and is unlikely to play hockey next season, TSN’s Michael Remis reports.

The 30-year-old defenseman’s 2014-15 season was cut short because of a back injury that eventually required surgery, and it’s likely that is still the issue for him.

Winnipeg dealt with quite a few injuries on defense last year, yet they made big steps forward without Clitsome.

In all honesty, the team is probably comfortable moving on without him, whether this setback keeps him out for the 2015-16 season or perhaps even longer.

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    PHT Morning Skate: Tom Hanks, Martin Short and OHL

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    PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

    Plenty of bits in Elliotte Friedman’s latest “30 Thoughts” column, with one of the more intriguing bits being the Los Angeles Kings’ easier said than done goal of knocking Drew Doughty‘s ice time down from 29 to 25 minutes per game. Bold prediction: split the difference and expect 27. (Sportsnet)

    As far as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty is concerned, many (now-former) Boston Bruins were simply “too soft” in 2014-15. (CSNNE.com)

    The five greatest moments of Simon Gagne’s career. (The Hockey News)

    What we can gleam from the NHL’s first games ever. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

    The lion really sells Jonathan Bernier‘s new mask:

    Someone wants to make a fourth Mighty Ducks movie, but Disney apparently isn’t particularly interested. (BarDown)

    From the “Um, What?” files: Martin Short and Tom Hank cheer on … the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs?

    Yes, McDavid is already piling up highlights

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    When Connor McDavid isn’t getting hit hard enough to frighten the most reactive worry warts among Edmonton Oilers fans, he’s creating all sorts of offense in the “pre-pre-season.”

    McDavid and fellow high draft pick Leon Draisaitl put on a clinic on Wednesday, combining for seven points as the Oilers’ group of rookies beat the University of Alberta Golden Bears 6-3 in what amounted to a hockey friendly.

    The best clip was one of McDavid’s three assists, as he set a goal with this no-look beauty:

    Yeah, that’s one of those “man among boys” moments, like watching Jonathan Toews during his second NCAA season.

    One could contend that McDavid will likely need to feed pucks into smaller windows during 2-on-1 situations in the NHL than during this nice bit, but still:

    McDavid discussed the impressive turn out (more than 14,000 fans at Rexall) and the latest exhibition after last night’s win:

    Does this ratchet up your anxiety to see McDavid face competition that’s at quite a higher level than the University of Alberta (sorry, Golden Bears)?

    Well, that’s sort of the point, so get excited.

    Report: Isles sign Nelson for three years, $7.5M

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    New York Islanders fans can go to sleep, because Brock Nelson Watch is over.

    The two sides hashed out a deal with training camp looming on Wednesday. It will be for three years and $7.5 million, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

    The Islanders confirmed that the contract is for three years, but they didn’t provide financial details.

    If the $7.5 million total is accurate, that constitutes a $2.5 million cap hit for the 23-year-old forward who enjoyed a breakout 2014-15 season.

    As the 30th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, Nelson is coming along nicely, and this contract could be pretty friendly to the Islanders if he keeps making gains in the right direction.

    Report: Tenuous talks of resolution in Kane case

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    Lawyers for both Patrick Kane and his accuser are undergoing “fragile” discussions regarding a possible resolution regarding rape allegations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    An anonymous source shared some additional details with the Chicago Tribune:

    Attorneys for the parties have been in communication for weeks, though they had not reached a formal agreement by Wednesday afternoon that would potentially end the criminal investigation. To the contrary, the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described a fluid situation in which both Kane and his accuser have refused at times to acquiesce because they both view themselves as the wronged party.

    That same report notes that Kane’s accuser is covering multiple bases as far as her choices of attorneys are concerned:

    Kane’s accuser continues to cooperate with the criminal investigation and has hired an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases, in addition to the defense attorney who has been guiding her through that criminal investigation, sources said.

    There are still a number of ways this process can turn out, especially considering the aforementioned (and anonymous) comment to the Chicago Tribune about both sides feeling “wronged.”

    It’s difficult to speculate regarding what happens next, as matters can go through one or both of the criminal and civil processes.

    Most immediately, Kane is scheduled to attend Blackhawks training camp while the team is holding a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

    The Chicago Tribune’s full report is absolutely worth a read, including some background regarding how situations somewhat similar to Kane’s ended up being resolved.