Thomas Vanek’s legal troubles continue as he’s possibly linked to money laundering (Puck Daddy)

Minnesota Wild sniper Thomas Vanek is off to a slow start. And there may be some off-ice reasons for this.  On Thursday night, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle  reported that Mark Ruff, a bookmaker, pleaded guilty to laundering a gambling debt with a $230,000 New York Islanders check. The report says it was a salary check that was used to cover wages and was endorsed the same time Vanek played for the New York Islanders.  Vanek played minor league hockey with the Rochester Americans.  "(Local attorney James) Wolford declined to say whether the payment came from Vanek, who has been linked to the alleged Rochester-based gambling ring," the story says. "Vanek has acknowledged testifying before a grand jury and sources say his name turned up in records seized from the alleged bookmakers." Also in the story ... "In his plea, Mark Ruff admitted recruiting bettors, setting up gambling websites, and receiving payments from gamblers. While Vanek has been linked to the ring, allegedly as one who made bets with the ring, no more details have been provided about his possible role." Take note of the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement, which states: " Gambling on any NHL Game is prohibited. " This certainly would not be the NHL's first issues with gambling. Current Pittsburgh assistant Rick Tocchet pleaded guilty to running a sports gambling ring and took a yearlong leave of absence from the game in 2006.   The Wild defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Thursday evening and Vanek had two assists, which gives him seven assists, and points, on the year. 

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 31, 2014 at 1:02 am

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MacKinnon scores twice, Avs beat Islanders 5-0 (The Associated Press)

Nathan MacKinnon finally found his shooting touch on a night when his goalie turned back everything. Just what the frustrated MacKinnon needed. Same goes for Semyon Varlamov, a hard-luck loser in his last few starts. MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season, and Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his 14th NHL shutout, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 31, 2014 at 12:42 am

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Three Periods: Dupuis’ incredible comeback(s); Maatta deals with tumor; NHL notes (Yahoo Sports)

The Pittsburgh Penguins prove their resilience – again – as Pascal Dupuis bounces back from another freak injury and Olli Maatta plays despite tumor news; plus, news and notes from the NHL.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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NHL Fantasy Hockey: Why Henrik Zetterberg is a stud, Alex Semin a dud (Puck Daddy)

Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey   back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. At this point, 40 players are on pace for 80 points. Let's assume that it's not 1984 and this won't happen. In some cases, this won't even be close. Here are some current point-per-game players as October comes to an end, who will be lucky to get 55 points this campaign: Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets - Foligno's upside is very similar to his dad's. And although Mike had an 80-point season, that happened in the 80s - an era in which 70-point players were considered fourth-line checkers. Adjust for the era and Nick is probably going to be a 55-point player. When he returns from his "stinger," his numbers will start to slow when Boone Jenner and the rest of the walking wounded get back. Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings - Nobody's doubting that Pearson is going to have an amazing year. Just not 80-point amazing. Without the chemistry with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, he was probably destined for 40 points. With those guys, Pearson should clear 50 and possibly 55.   Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs - A favorite whipping boy for Toronto fans, Bozak has long been labeled the misfit of the top line. Meanwhile, he has 69 points in his last 82 games and boasts a 54.8% win percentage at the dot. So I'm a Bozak backer. But that doesn't mean I think he'll get 80 points, or even 70. Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues - I say that Shattenkirk will be lucky to reach 55 because he does this every year. He's one of the top scoring defensemen in the league at the 15 or 20 game mark and then  ends up with around 45.   Studs... These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks... Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (6-3-8-11, plus-6, 4 PIM, 20 SOG) - After missing Ken Holland's logic in signing Dan Cleary a big chunk of last season, Zetterberg has come back with a vengeance. At 34, bad back and all, Big Z still has plenty of gas in the tank. Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets (9-5-7-12, minus-1, 4 PIM, 20 SOG, 5 PPPts) - Johansen and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin are the only two players who have points in every NHL game so far. That theory where missing camp causes either slow starts or injuries, well it's been debunked. We'll leave out the part about my being the one to float that theory… Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars (6-2-7-9, even, 2 PIM, 12 SOG, 5 PPPts) - So which does Spezza enjoy more - no longer being with the Senators, or playing on a line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin? As fantasy owners, we don't really care. As long as he's no longer stuck with Ales Hemsky.  

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Scrivens, Lehner solid adds (NHL)

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Islanders-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)

The New York Islanders expected to face some adversity after beginning the season on a four-game winning streak, and there are few better ways to test their mettle than a long road trip. The Islanders erased a two-goal deficit as John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski scored in the second period, but their offense was stagnant for most of the contest. ''We had some pretty good chances, but when you don't move the puck well, you don't deserve to win,'' said coach Jack Capuano, whose club plays seven of its next eight away from home. They'll likely need some improvement from Jaroslav Halak, who has lost his last three starts with a 4.19 goals-against average after winning his first three with a 2.92 GAA.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

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NHL suspends Rangers D Moore 5 games for head hit (The Associated Press)

The NHL suspended New York Rangers defenseman John Moore on Wednesday for five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula. The decision was handed out by the league's Department of Player Safety following an in-person hearing with Moore, who is considered a repeat offender. Moore was assessed a match penalty 7:12 into the second period of Monday night's game when he delivered a shoulder to Haula's head in the New York zone after Haula shot the puck. Moore will begin serving the suspension Saturday when the Rangers host the Winnipeg Jets, and he will be eligible to return on Nov. 11 at home against Pittsburgh.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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Ex-Islanders co-owner may try to withdraw plea (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for a former part-owner of the New York Islanders said his client may try to withdraw his guilty plea after a judge said Wednesday she plans to sentence him to 20 years in prison for participating in a fraud that prosecutors said enabled him to misappropriate more than $50 million for his personal use. Attorney Michael Tremonte abruptly ended a sentencing hearing for 70-year-old Stephen Walsh by asking that Walsh be given time to consider asking to withdraw his plea. The judge gave Walsh until Tuesday to decide whether to try to withdraw his guilty plea. Walsh, of Sands Point, New York, pleaded guilty in April to participating in a fraud from 1996 through February 2009 that cheated institutional investors, including charitable and university foundations, pension and retirement plans.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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Ladd’s 2 goals lift Jets over Islanders 4-3 (The Associated Press)

When Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart got crunched into the boards early in the second period, the Jets woke up from their doldrums - and that was even before they made the New York Islanders pay on the power play. A sluggish start put the Jets into a hole, but they snapped out of it, withstood a comeback, and put the finishing touches on a 4-3 win when Andrew Ladd scored his second goal of the game in the third period Tuesday night. ''We're learning fast from our mistakes and we're doing a better job of kind of handling the game.'' It turned 24 seconds into the second when New York's Nikolay Kulemin slammed Stuart into the boards in front of the penalty boxes. The Jets grabbed a 2-1 lead and the momentum, ''Getting two goals out of that and getting ahead and being able to play with the lead for a little bit definitely energized our bench,'' Ladd said.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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Toledo Walleye, Evansville IceMen game to feature teams in Batman, Riddler jerseys (Photo) (Puck Daddy)

It’s always fun to root against the “bad guys,” (a.k.a. the visiting team) and cheer for the “good guys,” (a.k.a. the home team). Next month, the Toledo Walleye will give their fans the chance to follow the game with a comic book mentality.  Marking the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance, the Walleye will don special jerseys during their “Heroes Night” celebration on Nov. 22, making you wish Adam West could show up. 

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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