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Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere Discusses Effects Of Rough Season

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Shayne Gostisbehere was expecting a much better season than he experienced last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In fact, a lot of people were. Gostisbehere burst onto the scene in 2015-16 and even entered the Calder race after a historic 15-game point streak.

Gostisbehere finished the campaign with 17 goals and posted 46 points in 64 games and last season was supposed to be a bigger breakout star this season.

Despite the projections, Gostisbehere managed just seven goals and 39 points in 76 games as he battled back from hip and abdominal surgeries during the summer of 2016.

“Last season, it obviously didn’t go like my first season,” Gostisbehere said to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“You don’t get the bounces, per se, and it takes a toll on you mentally – and then you start looking for things you can change.”

Gostisbehere admitted the recovery from his injuries contributed to his down year.

“It wasn’t like I hit a switch and the injury healed. It was nothing like that,” Gostisbehere admitted.

“I think it was strictly confidence (that returned). I was put in the right situations, and that’s a big thing, too.  I flourished, and I knew I was one of the best players on the ice.

When I know that, I think it really shows out there and it really helped our team, too. That’s the biggest thing for me – anything I can do, team-wise.”

Despite the drop in production, the Flyers signed Gostisbehere to a six-year. $27 million contract.

“We have a lot of young guys and we have a great group of veterans, a good core to show the young guys the way,” Gostisbehere said.

“I think it’s a big, big learning season for us obviously coming up, but again, we’re a team, and we think we can win the Stanley Cup. That’s our ultimate goal.”

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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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