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The NHL has confirmed its security team is working with the New York Islanders and defenseman Nick Leddy regarding a series of threats via Twitter, as reported by TSN on Tuesday night.

Per Gino Reda, a woman had allegedly posted a series of tweets threatening Leddy, which included purported images of Leddy’s driver’s license and credit card. There were also pictures of Leddy with an unidentified female, and an image featuring Sydney Esiason — a host on NHL.com, girlfriend of Isles’ forward Matt Martin and daughter of former NFL QB Boomer Esiason.

The account that sent the threats has been shut down. The Islanders told TSN that Leddy and his family are “fine,” adding the organization is working with NHL security and local authorities to find the person involved.

While the league did provide confirmation to PHT, it declined to make further comment.

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On Wednesday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced named a successor to the late Pat Quinn as chairman of the board — Lanny McDonald, who was enshrined in the Hall 23 years ago.

“As a perennial supporter since his induction in 1992 and a member of the Selection Committee for the past nine years, Lanny is familiar with the affairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame just as the hockey world remembers his achievements during his outstanding playing career,” said vice-chair Jim Gregory in a statement.

“While Lanny is highly recognized as a exceptional hockey player, he is also a dedicated family man, community benefactor, philanthropist and successful businessman whose leadership qualities will be a valuable asset to the Hall and its continued growth and development.”

McDonald, 62, scored 500 goals in over 1,100 games while playing for the Maple Leafs, Rockies and Flames. At 36, he famously co-captained…

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With five points in his last two games, both huge road wins for the desperate Los Angeles Kings, Anze Kopitar drew all sorts of praise Tuesday night from his coach, Darryl Sutter.

“Kopi’s our best player, you know, and after the All-Star Game, I think that our team has played really well since then, and so has Kopi,” Sutter said following the 4-2 victory over the Rangers, per LA Kings Insider.

“How many good teams don’t have a top centerman who’s not a dominant player? I’m telling you, you have to have it.”

Sutter’s right about that. Rare is the Stanley Cup champion that doesn’t have a center who’s won the Hart Trophy or Selke Trophy, or at least been a serious candidate to win. (In fact, if you can think of one, please share in the comments section.)

The Kings have three games left on their key five-game road trip. They play tomorrow…

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Douglas Murray’s time in Calgary has come to an end.

On Wednesday, the Flames announced Murray’s tryout with the club had expired and he’d no longer be practicing with the team. Murray, 35, joined the team on Mar. 13 — not long after it had lost the services of captain and top d-man Mark Giordano to a torn biceps tendon, and veteran blueliner Ladislav Smid to a neck issue.

Prior to joining the Flames, Murray had spent time in the German League.

Though his footspeed and skating ability notably decreased over the last few seasons, Murray was one of the NHL’s most physical players and hardest hitters in his prime, thanks in large part to his 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame.

A veteran of over 500 NHL contests — and 75 Stanley Cup playoff appearances — Murray also has a fairly decorated international career, having represented Sweden at both the 2008 World…

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Of all the unrestricted free agents who joined new teams this summer, it’s hard to find one who’s had a bigger impact than Radim Vrbata has with the Vancouver Canucks.

Vrbata scored the game-winner in last night’s 5-2 victory over the Jets. The goal was his 29th of the season. Only nine players in the entire league have more than that.

“He’s just kind of an assassin,” said teammate Chris Higgins, per the Associated Press. “It’s pretty incredible watching him around the net — so much poise and patience. He’s very aware of how much time he has.

“It’s pretty impressive to watch.”

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Vrbata signed on July 3 for two years and $10 million. He wasn’t GM Jim Benning’s first choice to provide more scoring, either. That was Jarome Iginla, who chose the Avs instead.

As it turns out, Vrbata hasn’t been such…

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Despite the notoriety Hamburglar-inspired burger tossing has received — see: Lazar, Curtis and Roenick, Jeremy — the Ottawa Senators are ready to shut it down.

“We will continue to abide by both our own and the NHL’s policy to work in the best interests of the safety of our fans and the players — which does not permit items being thrown on the ice during play,” Sens director of communications Brian Morris told the Ottawa Citizen. “There will be zero tolerance for any items thrown onto the ice during play.”

As you’ve probably heard and/or seen by now, Sens fans have taken to chucking quite a large number of McDonald’s hamburgers during Andrew “the Hamburglar” Hammond’s improbable hot streak, during which he’s gone 14-0-1 with a 1.67 GAA and .946 save percentage.

That run of tremendous play has vaulted Ottawa into the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference…

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Dallas, Calgary do battle

Pretty significant matchup at the Saddledome tonight when Karri Ramo and the Flames take on Kari Lehtonen and the Stars.

Ramo, getting his fourth consecutive nod, will look to secure two vital points for Calgary — the Flames head into tonight’s action holding third place in the Pacific Division, tied on 86 points with Los Angeles but ahead courtesy the tiebreaker. Ramo gets the start ahead of Jonas Hiller after going 3-1-1 in his last five starts, posting a .913 save percentage.

Lehtonen, the first goalie off at this morning’s skate, looks as though he’ll make his eighth straight appearance. The Finnish netminder has been playing well of late and is a big reason why the Stars have managed to claw their way back onto the fringes of playoff contention: Dallas is 8-2-0 over its last 10 and Lehtonen…

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