Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov among six inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

TORONTO — Hayley Wickenheiser, regarded as the greatest player in the history of women’s hockey, joined five others in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019 induction on Monday in Toronto. The class included former Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars center Guy Carbonneau; former Stars, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Zubov; Vaclav Nedomansky, a leading scorer in Czechoslovakia who became the first player to defect to North America; current Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, a three-time winner of the Stanley Cup; and Boston College coach Jerry…

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The NHL’s best and worst this week

It’s been seven months since Joel Quenneville was hired as coach of the Florida Panthers, and he thinks he has a pretty good sense of his new market. “If we win, the place will be full,” Quenneville said. “But we’ve got to win.” It isn’t exactly an easy task — especially considering how hard it is to break through in the top-heavy Atlantic Division — but after a quarter of the 2019-20 season, Quenneville’s Panthers are in decent shape. Twenty games in, Florida is 10-5-5 and holding on to the…

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Sidney Crosby has core muscle surgery, out 6 weeks

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby underwent surgery for a core muscle injury Thursday and is out at least six weeks, the team announced. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. The team said in a statement that Crosby has been dealing with a sports hernia since training camp. Crosby, 32, left the ice in the third period of the Penguins’ shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. It wasn’t clear when he was injured, but he had…

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NHL Insiders buy/sell Bruins 40-goal scorers, Cale Makar’s Calder candidacy, more

We’re over one month into the 2019-20 NHL season, with a slew of trends emerging to either buy or sell. So, we gathered a panel of four of our NHL analysts to weigh in on whether they believe these early-season statements. For this week, that includes: Boston will have multiple 40-goal scorers this season Cale Makar will win the Calder Trophy The Flyers are a dark horse in the East The Blackhawks will trade a big name by the deadline Mitch Korn is the person most responsible for the Islanders’…

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Maple Leafs’ Alexander Kerfoot out indefinitely after facial surgery

Toronto Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot is out indefinitely after undergoing facial surgery to repair dental fractures, the team announced Friday. Kerfoot initially suffered the injury Nov. 5 against the Los Angeles Kings but played in the Maple Leafs’ next four games. He reported discomfort this week, and testing confirmed that surgery was required, the team said. Kerfoot, 25, has five goals and three assists in 20 games for the Maple Leafs this season. He signed a four-year, $14 million contract with Toronto during the offseason after the team acquired…

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Flames’ T.J. Brodie recovering after collapsing at practice

Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie is recovering at home after he collapsed at practice Thursday, with the team saying there is no timetable for his return to play. Brodie was released from a hospital Thursday. According to multiple reports, he was standing by himself when he fell to the ice and had an apparent seizure. “T.J. experienced an event on the ice early yesterday afternoon, about 15 minutes into practice. Our medical team immediately sprung into action,” general manager Brad Treliving said Friday. After Brodie collapsed, the Flames released a…

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Flames’ T.J. Brodie collapses at practice, later released from hospital

Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie collapsed at practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital before later being discharged. According to multiple reports, Brodie was standing by himself when he fell to the ice and had an apparent seizure. Medical personnel rushed to tend to Brodie, taking him off the ice on a stretcher and placing him on an ambulance. Brodie was responsive as he was being taken to the hospital, the Flames confirmed to TSN. The team released a statement Thursday night, saying Brodie is out of the hospital…

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Penguins won’t have Sidney Crosby against Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed practice Monday and will not play against the New York Rangers on Tuesday in New York because of a lower-body injury. “Sid is continuing to be evaluated right now,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “I don’t have an update for you. He will not play against the Rangers tomorrow. When I get further information, I will let you know.” The 32-year-old Crosby left the ice in the third period of the Penguins’ shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. It wasn’t clear when he…

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Coyotes sign GM John Chayka to long-term extension

GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Chayka arrived in the desert with an analytics background and made a big splash when, at 26, he became the youngest general manager in North American sports history. As Chayka started to rebuild the Arizona Coyotes into playoff contenders, the recognition grew. On Monday, the Coyotes rewarded Chayka by signing him to a long-term contract extension. “I think the key thing is we’re on the right track. We’ve had a solid process, and that’s always the main thing,” Chayka said. “Obviously, you’re never satisfied until you…

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Hockey icon Don Cherry fired for immigrant comments

Don Cherry, an iconic Canadian hockey commentator, has been fired by Sportsnet for his on-air remarks on Saturday alleging that the country’s immigrants don’t properly honor fallen soldiers. Cherry, 85, used his “Coach’s Corner” segment on “Hockey Night In Canada” to criticize individuals who didn’t wear poppy pins leading up to the nation’s Remembrance Day. The pins are sold by veterans groups and are worn to symbolically honor those who served. “I live in Mississauga [Ontario]. Very few people wear the poppy. Downtown Toronto, forget it. Nobody wears the poppy.…

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