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Foley hopes to start building ‘Hawks-style practice facility in Vegas by June

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Bill Foley continues to push towards his goal of getting an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and is now zeroing in on locations for the prospective team’s practice rink.

He’s also got a certain style in mind.

From the Review-Journal:

Foley said he hopes to gain approval from [Clark County] in January and begin construction in June. He has a vision for what the facility would be as he said it would be similar to the new Chicago Blackhawks practice facility that will break ground next month.

The Blackhawks’ facility will be 125,000 square feet and house two NHL-sized 200-by-85 feet ice sheets, sports medicine and strength and conditioning areas, locker rooms and meeting rooms. It will also be used to grow youth hockey in the Chicagoland area. The cost, which will be $50 million, is being paid for by the team.

This past July, the ‘Hawks announced plans for their new practice facility and community ice center, which will be located across from the United Center. Construction is expected to begin in 2016 with an estimated completion date for sometime in ’18.

Currently, the ‘Hawks practice at the United Center, or their rental space at Johnny’s IceHouse West.

As for the Las Vegas version, the Review-Journal reports Foley’s looking at “at least two different sites along Interstate 215” for a practice facility, adding he’s “been working with Clark County to get everything in order to approve his request for proposal on the land.”

In the same piece, Clark County commissioner Steve Sisolak said he sent a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about his plans to work with Foley, noting Bettman “was very complimentary.”

Ex-Preds forward Moses signs with KHL power Saint Petersburg

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Steve Moses is back in the KHL.

Though it’s not with his old club.

Moses, who was unconditionally waived by Nashville last week, has signed with SKA Saint Petersburg, the club announced on Monday. SKA is the same big-money club that currently employs the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Joakim Lindstrom — and now, it has one of the most prolific snipers in league history.

Moses, 26, set a KHL scoring record with 36 goals in 60 games last year for Jokerit.

The former University of New Hampshire standout opted to leave the KHL this summer for the NHL and, after being courted by a few teams, inked a one-year, $1 million deal with Nashville.

The contract, however, gave no guarantees of sticking in the NHL — only the $1 million was guaranteed, regardless of where Moses played.

The 26-year-old also didn’t require waivers to be sent to AHL Milwaukee, which is where he ended up after training camp.

Moses never appeared in a single regular season game for the Predators prior to getting waived. He did, however, score eight points in 16 games for the Admirals.

Emery released from Kings’ AHL team

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On Monday, the Ontario Reign announced they’ve released longtime NHL netminder Ray Emery from his professional tryout agreement.

Emery, 33, had appeared in three games this season for the Reign, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. He caught on with Ontario in early October after spending the preseason with Tampa Bay, but failed to make much of an impact, going 1-1-1 with 3.30 GAA and .878 save percentage.

A veteran of nearly 300 NHL contests, Emery is best known for backstopping the Ottawa Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final and, during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign in Chicago, going 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage and 1.94 GAA, combining with Corey Crawford to win the Jennings Trophy.

Emery also made headlines by returning to the NHL after missing an entire season due to major surgery, a procedure in which bone was grafted from his lower leg and inserted into the ball of his hip.

Emery spent last year in Philadelphia, going 10-11-7 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.

A-Mac’s Back: Flyers recall $30M man MacDonald

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One of the most expensive players buried in the AHL has been dug up.

On Monday, the Flyers announced they recalled veteran d-man Andrew MacDonald from AHL Lehigh Valley, just one day after announcing fellow blueliner Luke Schenn would miss the next two weeks with an ankle injury.

MacDonald, 29, was waived prior to the start of this season and, upon clearing, was sent to Lehigh Valley, where he has 13 points in 23 games this year.

A veteran of nearly 400 NHL contests, MacDonald’s demotion made big news at the time — in large part because he’s in the second of a six-year, $30 million dollar deal with a $5M average annual cap hit.

At one point considered one of the NHL’s best bargains — he was a staple on the Isles blueline a few years ago while carrying a $550,000 hit — McDonald had a rough ’14-15 campaign with the Flyers, sitting as a healthy scratch on a number of occasions.

Following the year, he expressed his dismay with how things went.

“It was disappointing,” MacDonald said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Obviously, it’s not nearly the way I envisioned things going and I was pretty disappointed in myself and my own play, and just felt like things kind of snowballed throughout the year and really just didn’t work out.”

MacDonald — who’s cap hit played a key role in getting demoted — failed to make a different mark on the organization and new head coach Dave Hakstol this preseason. That said, GM Ron Hextall recently explained the club would prefer to have MacDonald at the NHL level.

“Quite frankly, we’d like to get him back up,” Hextall said in late October, per Philly.com. “It’s a situation right now that’s partly out of our hands and his hands.

“It’s certainly not the way you script it. You don’t want to have a guy making a ton of money here. That’s not the way you plan things. Obviously, sometimes you have to adjust.”

Prust: $5K fine for spearing Marchand was ‘best money I ever spent’ (Video)

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Not long after he was fined $5,000 for his Saturday-night-spear-to-the-groin of Boston’s Brad Marchand, Canucks forward Brandon Prust had an, ahem, colorful take on his punishment.

“Best money I ever spent,” Prust said, per the Vancouver Sun.

The veteran tough guy wasn’t done there, either.

“I think [Marchand] does that every night,” he added, per 24 Hours. “Sometimes you want to do it back, right? Just heat of the moment.”

The comments are likely to draw a reaction and probably some surprise — has anybody ever (publicly) said that about a fine? — but it’s hard to be overly shocked they’re coming from Prust (who’s in the last of a four-year, $10 million deal, if you’re wondering how much $5K affects him).

The 31-year-old has a long reputation as someone that likes to talk, and doesn’t mince words.

During the ’13 playoffs, he called then-Ottawa coach Paul MacLean a “bug-eyed, fat walrus” and, last postseason, was fined $5,000 by the league for remarks made about referee Brad Watson.

“He called me a piece of you know what, an (expletive), coward, said he’d drive me right out of this building,” Prust  said of Watson. “I wasn’t looking at him. He teed me up.

“That’s the ref he is. He tries to play God. He tries to control the game and he did that tonight.”