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TIME. ON. ICE.

These AHL games in OKC are fascinating. Fantastic talent mixed with marginal pro’s on the same roster, insane talent out against modern day Ogie Ogilthorpe’s and promotions that appear to be so ridiculous the mind boggles (someone wins a car every Saturday night!). For me, there is one question I’m dying to know the answer…

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Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

We’re now in the thick of the holiday season and there’s no NHL hockey, but there’s still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.

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2013: RESOLUTION AND RESOLUTIONS

As 2012 winds down I’m tempted to wax optimistic about an end to the NHL lockout in the wake of a close-the-deal offer to the NHLPA by Gary Bettman and the owners, but I’ll resist the urge until we see if there’s any sign of actual progress after a conference call between the parties this…

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Why is Oklahoma struggling?

With Oklahoma’s win over Texas on Thursday, the team’s record moves to 15-10-4, one game over 0.500. While it’s better than the other side of the win/loss line, it isn’t what was expected out of a team that has (for most of the year) boasted a trio of high-end NHL’ers up front, the AHL’s best…

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NATION PROFILE: ESA TIKKANEN

"He speaks better English than he lets you know," Bill LaForge (Esa’s juniors coach) said. "When he needed new skates, he let me know. But when I asked him why he was late for curfew, he’d start talking to me in Finnish." Esa Tikkanen brought the world a hybrid of Finnish and English – dubbed…

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Funny stories with Nail Yakupov & Alex Galchenyuk

  Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk are good friends and former teammates. Now they are competing for World Junior gold against each other. On the eve (or morning) of Team Russia’s first game against Team USA at the 2013 World Juniors, enjoy some stories both guys have told us.