Eichel makes a difference; NHL coaches talk firings (Puck Headlines)

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• Off goes the ‘A’ from Matt Gilroy’s jersey. [KHL]

• First-year Buffalo Sabres players have quickly seen that Jack Eichel can be quite a difference maker. [Buffalo News]

• Gale Force Sports Entertainment, the Carolina Hurricanes’ parent company, will no longer report two annual hockey-related revenue figures to the Centennial Authority, the PNC Arena landlord – the amount received by the team from the NHL and from its local television contract. [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Some current and former NHL coaches explain what it’s like to be fired. [Sportsnet]

• History was made Wednesday on Hockey Night In Canada during the game between the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames shut out the Leafs 3-0, but making his debut during the game was HNIC host Harnarayan Singh, who became the first Sikh to broadcast a game in English. [Yahoo! Canada]

• Here are seven questions with Singh on what it was like to make history, along with several other topics. [Yahoo! Canada]

• To woo, or not to woo, that is the question for fans of the Philadelphia Flyers. [Sons of Penn]

• Why NHL fans shouldn’t try for another ‘John Scott Situation’ with All-Star voting for the 2017 game in Los Angeles. [Arctic Ice Hockey]

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• For the first time in a long time, it’s starting to feel like the power in the National Hockey League is shifting to the Eastern Conference. More specifically, it’s shifting to the Metropolitan Division. [TSN]

• Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says Alex Ovechkin doesn’t need a Stanley Cup to validate his greatness. [Washington Post]

• Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and president/CEO David Morehouse both believe hockey would be better without fighting. [Post-Gazette]

• Why the NHL should let hockey players take off their helmets during shootouts. [Chicago Tribune]

• Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns could have been a football player or a golfer, but he ended up being a hockey player. Johns, who is from Wampum, Pa., was asked why Thursday as he prepared to play against his childhood heroes the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he had one simple answer. Mario Lemieux. [Dallas Morning News]

• General managers around the NHL are worried that the Vegas Golden Knights could exploit expansion draft loopholes. But Vegas should be more worried about rival GMs cheating them. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm is still trying to find his game after a contract holdout. [Orange County Register]

• After Tuesday night’s loss to the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar called out several of his players for being “passengers” and not giving the effort required to win hockey games. Flash forward to Thursday night and the very team called out for their effort and quality of play dropped another two points in front of the home crowd. [BSN Denver]

• It has been two weeks since the NWHL announced it would cut players salaries. Is it business as usual for the league? [Victory Press]

• Undrafted New York Riveters forward Rebecca Russo has made a big impact for the team. [Fanrag Sports]

• The Riveters are eager to make a run at the 2017 Isobel Cup says captain Ashley Johnston: “Every single girl in the locker room truly believes we can raise (the Isobel Cup) at the end of the year.” [The Ice Garden]

• The Wisconsin Badgers, who have ruled the No. 1 ranking in the country for 10 straight weeks, host the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend for a pair of games with big implications in the WCHA. [Excelle Sports]

• Is Bo Horvat already a first-line center? Stretching all the way back to late December of 2015, Horvat has been the Vancouver Canucks’ most productive player. [Canucks Army]

• Here are the top-300 keeper league players for your fantasy team. [Dobber Hockey]

• Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has taken his game to a new level in 2016-17. [Jewels from the Crown]

• Through their first eight games at home, the New Jersey Devils have gathered 15 of a possible 16 points, and remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home thus far. [The Hockey Writers]

• Looking back at the first NHL game played n the United States. It was Dec. 1, 1924 when the Boston Bruins played the Montreal Maroons [Vice]

• Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has already given the green light to an outdoor game at TD Place. Now, it’s in the hands of the NHL, the city of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to make it a reality. [Ottawa Sun]

• Riveters forward Morgan Fritz-Ward announced she will retire after this weekend’s slate of games. [NWHL]

• Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks try to paint.

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