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Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant Says He Has No Hard Feelings Towards Panthers

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Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said he has no hard feelings toward the Florida Panthers after being fired 22 games into last season.

Gallant was 96-65-25 in three seasons coaching Florida, including a first place finish in the Atlantic Division in 2015-16.

“I had 2 1/2 years there and I loved every minute of it,” Gallant said on Thursday (h/t NHL.com).

“It was great and it will be good to see some good friends back there. Hopefully we play real well tomorrow in a big game.”

“We’re in the business of coaching, and stuff like that happens all the time,” Gallant said. “I’m happy where I’m at, our team is playing real well and that’s all I’m looking forward to.”

“Obviously it’s going to bring up old memories, but I’ve already played them so it’s just business as usual,” Marchessault said about the Golden Knights’ 5-2 win against the Panthers back in December.

“We’re going down there to win and get out of there.”

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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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