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    The Calgary Flames still don't have a goalie signed for the 2017-18 season and are looking at Marc-Andre Fleury again as the trade deadline approaches ...

    Their goaltending has been underwhelming this season which is a shame since their offense is doing their job.
     
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    Hockey playoffs are still a few games away so let's take a look at some Curling since it is an ice sport too lol.
    Rachel Homan opens Scotties with extra-end win over Chelsea Carey
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    Ontario skip Rachel Homan calls the sweep while taking on Canada during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont. on Saturday


    Ontario's Rachel Homan opened the Canadian women's curling championship Saturday with a 7-5 win in an extra end over defending champion Chelsea Carey.

    Homan controlled the game early stealing a point in the second end and scoring a deuce in the fourth. But she gave up a steal of two in the seventh and led 5-4 without the hammer heading into the 10th.

    Carey was held to a single point to tie it. Homan, the crowd favourite at the Meridian Centre, hit to score two for the win with her last rock of the game.

    Manitoba's Michelle Englot scored two in the 10th to pull out a 7-6 win over Quebec's Eve Belisle. Nova Scotia's Mary Mattatall opened with a 5-4 victory over B.C.'s Marla Mallett.

    Galusha triumphs
    Kerry Galusha's Northwest Territories rink downed New Brunswick's Melissa Adams 5-3 in Saturday's opening draw to secure the final berth in the 12-team field at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Adams, Yukon's Sarah Koltun and Nunavut's Geneva Chislett are going home early in the final year of the unloved play-in of the four lowest-seeded provinces and territories.

    The three-year experiment with it is over with Curling Canada introducing 16-team formats to next year's men's and women's national championships.

    The 2018 Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier will each incorporate all provinces and territories, Team Canada, Northern Ontario, and a 16th team to be named later.

    The qualifier wasn't a hurdle Galusha had to clear when she skipped N.W.T. nine times at the Tournament of Hearts between 2001 and 2013.

    After falling a win short of the main draw the last two years, Galusha was too relieved to still be playing Saturday to heavily bash the format making its exit.

    'It's been a cruel last couple years'
    "It's been a cruel last couple years," Galusha said. "This feels amazing to be on the other side of it.

    "Losing the last two years, I was crying because we lost. This year I'm crying because we won.

    "The territories have not been represented the last two years. It's huge to have a territory in it this year, for sure."

    Her Yellowknife team then won their first game of the main draw, beating Prince Edward Island's Robyn MacPhee 9-4 at night.

    Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink, Manitoba's Michelle Englot, Nova Scotia's Mary Mattatall and Stacie Curtis of Newfoundland and Labrador also started out 1-0.

    P.E.I's MacPhee, Quebec's Eve Belisle, B.C.'s Marla Mallett, Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville and Saskatchewan's Penny Barker joined Carey at 0-1.

    Kleibrink downed McCarville 11-6, Curtis beat Barker 7-4 and Mattatall edged Mallett 5-4. Englot scored two in the 10th to pull out a 7-6 win over Belisle.
     
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    In the Scotties:

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    Four games in progress so updates later.
     
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    Maple Leafs to wear green St. Pats jerseys on March 18
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    As the Maple Leafs continue to celebrate their centennial season, the team announced on Tuesday that they will wear the green jerseys of the Toronto St. Pats in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18.


    Prior to being named the Maple Leafs, the top professional hockey team in Toronto were known as the St. Pats, named after the Toronto St. Patrick’s Ontario Hockey Association team, which purchased the struggling Toronto Arenas franchise. As the St. Pats, the team won the Stanley Cup in 1921-22.

    The team was known as the St. Pats until 1927, when new owner Conn Smythe renamed the team the Maple Leafs.

    Also, there were only two games last night:
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    The trade deadline is March 1st so no sense posting all rumors and I will have a full list of trades after the deadline has gone but here are a few notes of interest ...

    Big game hunting?
    With the Washington Capitals' acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk Monday night, one big name is off TSN Hockey's Trade Bait List, but there are several still available, including the new top dog, Matt Duchene.

    TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger questioned whether the New York Islanders could go after the Avs' star forward, who he called a good fit for the team.

    Interested to see if Garth Snow goes big game hunting. Oilers say Eberle isn't moving. Duchene is a good fit for Isles...1/2

    — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 28, 2017
    Colorado needs a young D as part of return. Hamonic might not be right fit. Duchene is eager to move. Still tough to make work now. 3 way?

    — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 28, 2017
    Dreger added that Duchene is eager to move and the Avs would be looking for a young defenceman in return for Duchene. The Islanders have Travis Hamonic, but he might not be the right fit for Colorado.

    On Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie added the asking price for Duchene - and Gabriel Landeskog for that matter - remains very high: three or four high-end pieces, one of which would likely have to be a young defenceman.

    Duchene has 16 goals and 36 points in 55 games for the Avalanche this season, and could make a strong offensive pairing with John Tavares in New York.



    Fleury decision coming
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have a decision to make on Marc-Andre Fleury. The veteran goalie is now No. 2 on the Penguins' depth chart at the position and the assumption is he'll be traded at one point or another. Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford told the NHL Network he will decide whether that point is now in the 48 hours before the Trade Deadline, according to Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    "In an interview with the NHL Network on Friday, Rutherford said he had yet to receive an offer for Fleury, but acknowledged the veteran goaltender would “like to get playing.” The GM said a decision would be made in the 48 hours before the deadline."

    Bombulie listed the difficulties of trading Fleury on Wednesday, which include Fleury's contract - $5.75 million per season for two more years, his no-movement clause, the perceived weak market for goalies, and the fact the Penguins would have to replace him with another veteran backup goalie for their playoff run.

    Bombulie also listed a number of teams that could be in the market for goalies however, including the Flames, Stars, Senators, Flyers, Hurricanes, Blues, and Jets.



    Fire sale
    The Tampa Bay Lightning have already made some moves ahead of Wednesday's Trade Deadline, with the goal to ease their impending salary cap crunch.

    TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie suggested the team could make a similar decision with forward Valtteri Filppula.

    TB aggressive, moving rentals Bishop/Boyle, while still chasing playoffs so no surprise to hear TB trying to be creative to ease cap crunch.

    — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 28, 2017
    TB has list of 16 teams Valtteri Filppula can be traded to; 13 he can't. Belief is TB has approached him to consider waiving to one of 13.

    — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 28, 2017
    Unclear at this point if Filppula waiving is a possibility before 3 p.m. ET trade deadline on Wed. As they, or I, like to say: Stay tuned.

    — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 28, 2017
    McKenzie reported Filppula has a list of 16 teams he can be traded to and the belief is the Lightning have approached him to consider waiving his no trade clause to the other 13 teams.

    Filppula has seven goals and 34 points in 59 games for Tampa Bay this season.



    Looking forward?
    Rumours surrounding the New York Rangers leading up to the Trade Deadline have mostly involved their pursuit of defencemen. But Larry Brooks of the New York Post suggested the team might be better off using their assets to pursue a top-line forward.

    Brooks reasoned that Adam Clendening, who has spent a lot of the season as the Rangers' seventh defencemen, has been playing well and could be better than any blue-liner the Rangers could acquire, especially with Kevin Shattenkirk off the market and now with the division rival Washington Capitals.

    And the Rangers have been in a goal-scoring rut of late, having potted two goals or fewer in five of their last six games. Brooks listed some offensive rentals that could be more useful for the Rangers, including Patrick Sharp and Radim Vrbata.
     
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    Canucks edge Kings, snap losing skid

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    Sven Baertschi scored twice, Ryan Miller made 41 saves and the Vancouver Canucks ended a four-game losing streak by holding on for a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
     
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    Spooner, surging Bruins top Devils

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    Ryan Spooner scored midway through the third period to lift the Boston Bruins over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday night for their eighth victory in 10 games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.
     
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    Most recent trades at the trade deadline March 01/17. Sorry they didn't upload as intended lol. Just click on them to get a clear view or go to this link for a full list of all the trades this season:
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/trade-tracker/

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    They do say that impersonation is the sincerest form of flattery but seriously stupid, it isn't hard to tell that when a certain member posts that suddenly the parody threads also all appear but what do you expect from a simpleton from the lower 48 lol ...

    Just watching some hockey fights on dvd and listening to Tom Petty while playing along on my guitar. Great way to kill a Sunday afternoon.

    Oh and thx btw to the people that still post in the JPG parody threads, what are you, 12 LOL.
     
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    Stats can be deceiving as I will show here. Connor McDavid is the points leader but if you take it in perspective you will see he is nowhere in the top 10 for goals but is ahead in the assists column.
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    Oh ya, only 15 games left before the playoffs begin.
     
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    Flames 10 game winning streak ends with mistake-ridden loss to Bruins
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    As the saying goes, all good things come to an end.

    You knew the Calgary Flames’ record-setting winning streak wouldn’t last forever, and it’s now toast after Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Saddledome.

    The Flames were gunning for an 11th consecutive triumph, but they were ultimately undone by a bit of bad luck — stalwart netminder Brian Elliott was home sick with the flu — and then some sloppy play and costly mistakes.

    “I’m not going to stand here and throw my guys under the bus because they won 10 in a row and lost one at home,” said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan. “Boston was better than us. Boston was dialled in.

    “We just didn’t have enough to take on another good team. It is disappointing. But at the same time, you’re not going to win every game. We understand that. It’s going to be how we react coming back.”

    Like any squad on a long tear, the Flames were due for a dud.

    On Wednesday, their passes weren’t as crisp.

    Their intensity level didn’t seem quite as high.

    Their stars didn’t accomplish much and filling in for Elliott, backup Chad Johnson didn’t have his finest night.
     
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    Longest hockey game ever? Norwegian teams play eight overtime periods

    HAMAR, Norway — Joakim Jensen finally ended what is believed to be the longest game in [organized] hockey history, scoring in the eighth overtime in the Norwegian League playoffs.

    More than 8 1/2 hours after the game started — and after 217 minutes, 14 seconds of play — Jensen broke through to give the Storhamar Dragons a 2-1 victory over the Sparta Warriors early Monday morning. The game ended at 2:32 a.m.

    In the longest game in NHL, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in a 1936 Staney Cup final game on Mud Bruneteau’s goal at 16:30 of the sixth overtime.

    Storhamar leads the best-of-seven quarterfinal series 3-2.