Time to decide rookies’ fates, a new OHL sponsor, Kane’s new do and the AHL All-Star starting lineups

Dougie Hamilton is a sure-shot to stay the rest of the season in Boston. (Trathbun53/Wikimedia Commons)

Dougie Hamilton is a sure-shot to stay the rest of the season in Boston. (Trathbun53/Wikimedia Commons)

The deadline is just about upon us for teams to decide whether or not rookies should spend the season in the NHL or send them back to major junior so their contracts don’t kick in until next season. Adam Kimelman of NHL.com looks at 10 rookies and their chances of staying in the big league for the remainder of this season.

Check out the links for updates and predictions on Mathew Dumba (Minnesota Wild), Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal Canadiens), Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo Sabres), Dougie Hamilton (Boston Bruins), Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers), Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers), Stefan Matteau (New Jersey Devils), Rickard Rakell (Anaheim Ducks), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets) and Nail Yakupov (Edmonton Oilers).

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The Ontario League has a new sponsor in Hormel Foods, the maker of STAGG® Chili, the number one ranked chili in Canadian grocery stores. They started the SAVE for SUCCESS program which will contribute up to $30,000 to minor hockey team throughout Ontario and Western Canada.

All teams have to do to win as much as $3,000 is take a picture using STAGG® Chili in a “fun and creative way” and upload the photo to StaggChili.ca. A vote will then determine the ten winners.

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Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets continues to make headlines in Winnipeg for his actions off the ice. After reportedly not paying his restaurant tabs and calling Floyd Mayweather using a stack of $100 bills while in Vegas over the Summer, he is now getting attention for his new haircut which has prompted a large and not so positive reaction on Twitter.

He recently had the letters YMCMB shaved into his head, a reference to rapper Lil Wayne. Check out the link to read more from the Winnipeg Sun and to see some of the tweets focusing on Kane’s new do.

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The American League has announced its starting lineups for the 2013 All-Star Game in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Skills Competition will take place on Sunday night with the All-Star Game commencing on Monday. Both events will start at 7:00 p.m.


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