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The 2014 Winter Olympics may be the last time that NHLers attend, according to some members of the media who were in Calgary this weekend for Hockey Canada's orientation camp.

The International Olympic Committee will pay around $8 million to insure the NHL athletes playing in Sochi. Team Canada made the call to not go out on the ice during their orientation camp because they didn't want to fork over the cash to insure a few light skates. The cost of doing business in the Olympics will continue to be an issue and it may get worse. "When you look at the insurance, it's not for Hockey Canada to control, as it's all about salaries," said Hockey Canada CEO Bob Nicholson. "When you look at salaries and what they were in 2002 compared to what they will be in 2014, the 47 players here will have over $1.5 billion remaining on their contracts. Insurance is always going to be an issue." Additionally the league wants to start up the World Cup again and it is a tournament that has more appeal to the NHL and its owners.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Calgary has announced a multi-year contract extension for head coach Bob Hartley.

The Flames have lost six games in a row, but they have been surprisingly successful this year. The club owns a 17-14-2 record to rank them 15th overall in the NHL heading into Wednesday's action. Hartley is coaching in his third season with Calgary.
Dec 17 - 5:10 PM

Eddie Lack will be in goal for Vancouver against Dallas on Wednesday.

He hasn't played since Dec. 7 when he was beaten four times on 45 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa. Lack has a 2-3-2 record with a .911 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average this season.
Dec 17 - 3:37 PM

Chris Kunitz (foot) participated in Wednesday's practice.

"He was back to take all drills except for contact drills, so that was the normal step," coach Mike Johnston said. "So he was into really the first step of coming back into practice. Tomorrow he'll do the game-day skate full out, then I don't expect that he's going to be playing at all tomorrow. And Friday will give us another chance to get a good quality practice for him." Kunitz has been out of commission since Nov. 29 with a foot fracture, but he's hoping to resume playing before Christmas.
Dec 17 - 2:48 PM

Sidney Crosby (mumps) skated on his own before practice on Wednesday.

"He looked good on the ice. It was a full skate," said coach Mike Johnston. "He worked on some extra conditioning drills." He isn't infectious anymore and has resumed skating, so it probably won't be long before he's back in the lineup. Thursday's match against Colorado is a possibility.
Dec 17 - 2:43 PM

Scott Darling has been reassigned to the minors.

The move was announced late on Tuesday. Darling has been excellent during his stints in the NHL this season. He owns a 5-2-0 record with a .937 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average. However, the Blackhawks will keep Antti Raanta as Corey Crawford's backup.
Dec 17 - 12:30 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) hopes to be back by the end of the week.

"I just tweaked something at the (end) of the first," Bishop said referring to the lower-body injury he sustained on Monday. "I just figured there was a minute, 15 (seconds) left so I could just wait until the intermission. Nothing serious and hopefully I can be back by the end of the week. We'll take it day-by-day." The Lightning will practice on Thursday and Bishop wants to be on the ice to test his ailment.
Dec 17 - 11:28 AM

Devan Dubnyk stopped 31-of-32 shots faced in Arizona's 2-1 OT win over Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Dubnyk helped the Coyotes snap a nine game home losing streak by standing tall through regulation and overtime against an equally desperate Oilers squad. With Mike Smith really struggling, it's highly likely we see more of Dubnyk in the near future. The 28 year-old is 6-2-2 on the season with a respectable 2.56 goals against average to go with a .922 save percentage.
Dec 17 - 1:08 AM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with less than a second remaining in OT to push Arizona by Edmonton 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The goal was Ekman-Larsson's third overtime goal of the season and his fourth game winning marker overall. The Swedish d-man logged 31:37 of ice time and added eight shots in this contest. He has points in two straight games and 15 in 31 games on the campaign. He is turning out to be a lone bright spot in what has been a train wreck of a season so far in the desert. Brandon McMillan scored the goal in regulation time for the Coyotes.
Dec 17 - 12:56 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko continued his breakout season Tuesday as he registered a hat trick and added an assist in the Blues' 5-2 win over Los Angeles.

Tarasenko's four points bring his season total to 36 and place him just two off the NHL lead. Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen also found the back of the net for the Blues in the come-from-behind win.
Dec 17 - 12:10 AM

Roberto Luongo and the Panthers outlasted Washington Tuesday night in the longest shootout in NHL history.

Lounge turned aside 23 of 24 shots through regulation and overtime and followed-up that performance by denying the Capitals on 15 of 20 shootout attempts. He definitely earned his 11th win of the season and brings his record to 11-6-6 in the process.
Dec 16 - 11:32 PM

Alex Galchenyuk tallied three times for the Canadiens as part of a 4-1 victory over Carolina Tuesday night.

The combination of Galchenyuk on Montreal's top line alongside Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty was dynamite on this night, as Gallagher and Pacioretty combined for four points of their own. Brandon Prust also found the back of the net for Montreal in the win.
Dec 16 - 10:25 PM

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