Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2012 09:00AM

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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KHL: TImkin's Goal of the Year candidate. Platt's dangle, and Gillies goes with Ivanans

Steve Dangle
December 30 2012 05:46AM


Look at that intensity. LOOK AT IT!

Seriously though, if you watch these videos you'll see a good fight, some sick goals, including one disgusting spinorama worthy of being considered for goal of the year.


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WJC Game-Day: Canada vs. United States

Ryan Pike
December 29 2012 10:22PM



One of the marquee match-ups of the World Juniors takes place on Sunday night in Ufa, Russia – and the wee hours of Sunday morning in North America – as Team Canada tangles with Team USA!

Team Canada (2-0-0) is coming off a resounding defeat of Germany and a surprising come-from-behind win over Slovakia. Canada's systems were a bit fast and loose against Germany (the only goals Germany have scored in the tournament were against Canada) and the discipline problems that emerged during the pre-competition games exploded against Slovakia. Two Canadian forwards were ejected from the game and the club had to battle back from behind.

Against Slovakia.

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AGD: Back on the Horse

Kent Wilson
December 29 2012 04:29PM


Time: 6:00pm

Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago

Broadcast:, SNET ONE

Abbotsford gets a chance to end a rough month on a high note with a pair of games starting tonight against the Chicago Wolves. The Heat have only won 2 of their last 10 contests and have fallen to 4th in the Western Conference as a result (although they are now just 3 points out of 11th thanks to a high level of parity in the AHL this year).

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How to Rebuild the Calgary Flames - A Four Year (and a bit) Plan - Part Four

December 29 2012 11:12AM



This is a continuation of a series in which I propose a method of rebuilding the Flames organization. For a frame of reference, you can go to the first in the series here. The Flames have at their disposal four 1st round draft picks resulting from trades of Bouwmeester, Iginla and Kiprusoff, as well as their own. In addition, they have amassed five more picks in the other six rounds, with only the 3rd and 5th rounds excluded. 

Draft Day 2013 - The Gathering

My goal on draft day is to acquire a future 1st line center. Two if I can swing it.

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