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Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider honored with bronze statue outside home arena

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider was honored with a 9-foot bronze statue outside the Wells Fargo Center. Snider founded the team in the 1960s and remained chairman until his death in April 2016. The statue was unveiled before the Flyers played Nashville on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Flyers’ first home game in 1967. Chad Fisher, of Fisher Sculpture of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, created and built the 1,300-pound bronze statue, which stands on a 3-foot base encased by granite. Snider’s statue has a Stanley Cup championship…

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NHL — Time to bring back the infamous glow puck

4:00 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The glow puck was a special kind of terrible when it debuted more than 20 years ago. But that was a different time, and now we have different technology: high-def and 4K video that’s so vivid you can see the spit flying out of coach Joel Quenneville’s angry maw. So while NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday danced around the concept of a glow-puck revival for nationally televised games, I have to wonder: Is it time for a glow-puck renaissance? To review, for those who…

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What’s wrong with the New York Rangers?

Tuesday night’s overtime loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped the New York Rangers to an uncharacteristically poor 1-5-1 on the season — dead last in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division. There’s plenty of blame to go around, between coaching and inefficient play in all three areas of the ice, but solving the Rangers’ struggles might not be an easy fix. The league’s highest-paid goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, is off to a dull start, ranking 24th and 28th in save percentage (.902) and goals against average (3.23), respectively. Elsewhere, the…

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Canadian icon Gord Downie of Tragically Hip dies

TORONTO — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band’s website said he died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by.” The statement did not give a cause of death, though he had been diagnosed earlier with brain cancer. Since The Tragically Hip’s first album in 1987, the band has…

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J.T. Brown of Tampa Bay Lightning outlines next steps after anthem protest

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown said on social media Wednesday that he’s done raising his fist during the national anthem, but he’s not done as an activist, outlining “what’s next” for him. Brown said he received death threats on social media after raising his right fist during the national anthem before his team’s Oct. 7 game against the Florida Panthers. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/Ql2vEFwl5E — Jt brownov (@JTBrown23) October 8, 2017 On Wednesday, he…

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NHL — Patrik Laine nearing Teemu Selanne status in native Finland

At age 19, he’s already become a fixture in his native Finland, with national media covering everything from his hairstyle to his girlfriend to the kind of car he drives. But he’s not a heartthrob actor or soulful pop star or even a doe-eyed Instagram model. He’s Patrik Laine, one of the NHL’s top young scorers. When it comes to all the attention the Winnipeg Jets winger has garnered in his homeland in such a short time, Laine just doesn’t get it. “It was a little bit weird. There was…

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Fantasy NHL – Bryan Rust and Sean Couturier lead list of players to add from waivers

Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format — and we’ll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — in the short or long term — for one reason or another. Forwards Bryan Rust, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (Rostered in 37.1 percent of ESPN.com leagues) While understandably modest in his hardware-seeking aspirations, Rust still merits rostering in more than just…

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Issues with gambling on Golden Knights in Las Vegas? Don’t bet on it

LAS VEGAS — There is a party going on outside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino. It’s a little over two hours before the Vegas Golden Knights will play their first home game at the adjacent T-Mobile Arena and members of their ice crew, drum line and front office are joining fans underneath the faux Brooklyn Bridge for a short march to the arena. On the way they will high-five fans filling the bars and restaurants at The Park, an outdoor area lined with trees, waterfalls and restaurants between…

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NHL — Why the NHL should adopt a new Stanley Cup playoffs format

2:30 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Chicago Blackhawks finished with 109 points last season, atop the Western Conference. That earned them a first-round series against the Nashville Predators, the last wild card, who then swept Chicago out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But what if the Blackhawks could have simply chosen not to play the Predators? What if, as a reward for their regular-season success, they instead had the option of selecting the Calgary Flames, who were swept by the Anaheim Ducks? Would they have taken it? And if so,…

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Eddie Olczyk, former NHL player and current NBC analyst, returns to TV amid chemotherapy

Former NHL player and coach and current NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk will return to broadcasting following the start of his 24-week chemotherapy for a form of colon cancer. Olczyk, who won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1993-94 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2012, won’t have a full-time schedule, but is slated to return for Wednesday’s Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues game. He also plans to do the Blackhawks’ local broadcast Thursday, when Chicago hosts the Edmonton Oilers. Olczyk told USA…

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