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Congrats to Cory on his 100th win as a New Jersey Devil:
#NJDevils defeat Blue Jackets 4-1. Cory Schneider wins his 100th game as a Devil. Joins Martin Brodeur and Chris Terreri as the only Devils goalies to win at least 100 games.— Leo Scaglione Jr. (@LeoScaglioneJr) December 6, 2017
The Devils rank No. 21 in the NHL in value, according to Forbes. [Forbes]
In response to Russia’s elaborate doping scheme, the International Olympic Committee has ruled that Team Russia as an official entity will be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Competitors can be allowed to compete but only in a neutral team capacity. [New York Times]
To bring it a little closer to home: This means Ilya Kovalchuk, who remained in the KHL this year with at least the consolation of going to the Olympics and likely win gold for Team Russia, will, at best, be only able to win gold for Generic World Team. It sounds like this desire is to go anyway, although it’s not clear if Russia will allow this. [PHT]
From my backyard: On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved in principle a deal that would see KeyArena renovated in time to launch an NHL team in Seattle for the 2020-21 season. The Seattle Times is reporting that an NHL franchise announcement is expected in the Emerald City by July. [Seattle Times]
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