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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Nominees Announced



The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has officially announced their list of nominees for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The award is given out annually to the NHL player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey and is voted on by the PHWA.

Below are the nominees from each team that were announced.

Anaheim Ducks

Arizona Coyotes – Jakob Chychrun

Boston Bruins – David Backes

Buffalo Sabres – Kyle Okposo

Calgary Flames – Matt Stajan

Carolina Hurricanes – Jordan Staal

Chicago Blackhawks – Jeff Glass

Colorado Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets – Zach Werenski

Dallas Stars – Mattias Janmark

Detroit Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers – Adam Larsson

Florida Panthers – Roberto Luongo

Los Angeles Kings – Dustin Brown

Minnesota Wild – Matt Cullen

Montreal Canadiens – Antti Niemi

Nashville Predators – Austin Watson

New Jersey Devils – Brian Boyle

New York Islanders – Josh Bailey

New York Rangers – Chris Kreider

Ottawa Senators – Mark Borowiecki

Philadelphia Flyers – Claude Giroux

Pittsburgh Penguins – Kris Letang

San Jose Sharks – Joe Thornton

St. Louis Blues – Carter Hutton

Tampa Bay Lightning – Steven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs – Roman Polak

Vancouver Canucks – Derek Dorsett

Vegas Golden Knights – Brad Hunt

Washington Capitals – Devante Smith-Pelly

Winnipeg Jets – Tyler Myers

Eastern Conference

Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek



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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Columbus Blue Jackets

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



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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Eastern Conference

Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return



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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