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Evening Line- Larry Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So good for the league that additional and advanced statistics will be available soon on NHL.com.

But if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it will introduce a salary cap component featuring information that essentially has been unavailable since the invaluable web site, capgeek.com, went off the grid at start of the calendar year.

Upon further review, if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it would eliminate “cheerleader” from the job description of anyone and everyone working for the NHL Network.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more topics including the salary cap and the Canadian dollar...

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Saturday Night Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Keep hearing that San Jose will deal Antti Niemi before the trade deadline and have a different approach in goal heading into the playoffs.

- No succession plans have been announced in Ottawa for the eventual replacement of Bryan Murray but word around is that fired Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero has the inside track here.

- Department of bad ideas: The American Hockey League in California.

- The Todd McLellan Watch has begun around the National Hockey League.

And there is a lineup of teams — including the Maple Leafs — interested to see what becomes of the coach of the San Jose Sharks.

McLellan and general manger Doug Wilson haven’t exactly seen eye to eye with the Sharks and the suspicion is this is likely his last season in San Jose.

But if he wants, he won’t be out of work for long....

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Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

At the end of November, I picked Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators as the top goalie so far in the season.  Rinne was having a very good season until he sprained his knee a couple weeks ago.  This has given the other goalies in the league a chance to catch up.  Carey Price has caught up and passed him.  Price is now the Vezina Trophy leader.  He is posting a .933 saves percentage and a 2.03 goals against average.  No goalie who has better numbers has played as many games or faced as many shots as Price.

Carey Price at age 27 is developing into the top goalie in the NHL.  If he can add a Vezina Trophy win to his previous success including backstopping an Olympic gold medal, he is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career. 

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Islanders: Mrazek rebounds, Nyquist hits 20 goals, Wings rebound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Fox Sports Detroit, the Red Wings' 4-1 win over the New York Islanders was the Wings' 1,700th at Joe Louis Arena, and it wasn't exactly pretty--Detroit was out-shot, dominated in the faceoff circle and took almost 40 minutes to really shake off the defensive funk and turnover bakery that plagued the team in Tampa Bay...

But the Wings got their asses to work, Petr Mrazek was far better and far "stickier" than he was in the previous games, Alexey Marchenko was rock-solid and the Quincey-DeKeyser pairing and Helm-Datysuk-Tatar line were exemplary as the Wings out-ground a rather vicious Islanders team to rebound, to re-set and to out-work, out-hustle, out-smart and out-discipline an Islanders team that clearly dislikes Detroit, making the teams' rematch on March 29th an intriguing one to watch.

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Gino Odjick Has More Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Nine months ago, when his heart was operating at 28 per cent of its capacity, doctors were telling Gino Odjick he might have a year to live.

Today, his heart is operating at 58 per cent of its capacity and the doctors are saying he might have three years left, possibly more.

So those numbers tell a story; a significant story. But what they don’t tell, what they can never tell, is the life that’s in Odjick’s eyes and the strength in his being. He’s still trying to take all this in and sort out what it means — “I don’t know if it’s a gift,” he says. “I still have to get used to this situation” — but he knows one thing.

He can now talk about a future and the things he can do.

He used to take that for granted. He doesn’t anymore.

“I’m just starting to feel better and better,” says the former Canuck. “I want to get used to this.”

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Riger: Don’t expect a depth move from Holland or the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger will be speaking with Ken Holland during the 1st intermission of the Wings-Isles game (you can listen to the intermission report here), and Riger's broaching an intriguing subject:

Also: Leaf director of player personnel Mark Hunter is in the building, but:

No way, the Wings don't need a Franson (who's not that much of an upgrade), and Detroit doesn't need to pay a within-division premium to get a player that's not a major improvement.

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I’m All In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

The game the other night was a stinker, so, a lesson learned from that fiasco should be to let it go. (Among other things)

Today we are up against the Islanders, and, since they have not lost at the Joe since 2003 it's high time to change the trend.

I'm all in.

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Khan: Lashoff clears waivers, heads to GR; Gustavsson to start for Griffins tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff has appeared in 11 games this season (no goals, two assists, plus-4 rating), but none since Dec. 29.

The move allows the Red Wings to activate goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who will start for the Griffins tonight in a conditioning stint against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena (7 p.m.).

...

Lashoff has one year remaining on his contract at a $725,000 salary-cap hit ($850,000 actual salary). That likely factored in the club's inability to trade him.

Update: Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

IGINLA RECORDS 1,200TH CAREER POINT IN WIN OVER PREDATORS
Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) recorded the 1,200th point of his NHL career in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 shutout win over the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche improved to 21-18-11 (53 points) this season, two points behind the Calgary Flames, who currently hold the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado extended its season-high home winning streak to four straight games and is 6-1-0 in its last seven games at the Pepsi Center.

* With his team-leading 16th goal of the season, Iginla became the 47th player in NHL history to record 1,200 points (576-624—1,200) and tied Dino Ciccarelli for 46th on the NHL’s all-time points list. With 576 career goals, Iginla is only one shy of tying Mark Recchi for 19th on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

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Morning Line- Eric Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve been here a long time, it’s a place that I hold in my heart, and obviously if I was asked differently or it came to that, you cross those bridges when you come to them. As of right now, I’m a member of the Hurricanes and that’s what I’m hoping to be, but you never know what can happen as you move forward.”

-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.  More on Staal, who is now playing left wing, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer.

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