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Video- Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Topics discussed during the Saturday Headlines segment- Claude Julien was in negotiations with another team besides Montreal and it was not the Vegas Golden Knights.  Next up was Alexander Radulov's next contract.

Also discussed was the mandatory five day break, what's going on with Curtis Lazar and the Antoine Vermette suspension.

Watch at Sportsnet.

Coach's Corner was dominated by Hockey Day in Canada talk but other topics discussed included Claude Julien in Montreal and the play of Blake Wheeler and Mike Smith.

Watch below...

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Red Wings-Capitals wrap-up: Wings unstoppable in the shootout(?)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Wings/Penguins is below too: The Red Wings kicked off a jam-packed weekend in fine fashion on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout, and the Red Wings will head to Pittsburgh to battle the Penguins on Sunday (3 PM EST on NBC/97.1 FM).

(As usual, AWood40 posted a 12-minute annotated highlight clip)

The Wings admittedly got a bit of a jump on the Capitals as Washington was coming out of its "bye week," and in a rather strange turn of events, Detroit continued its dominance in shootouts (7-and-0) against a Capitals team that can't buy a shootout win, as the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan noted:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, St. Louis 2
DETROIT 3, Washington 2 (SO)
Winnipeg 3, MONTREAL 1
Edmonton 3, CHICAGO 1
NEW JERSEY 3, NY Islanders 2
Ottawa 6, TORONTO 3
San Jose 4, ARIZONA 1
DALLAS 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Nashville 2
Florida 3, LOS ANGELES 2
VANCOUVER 2, Calgary 1 (OT)
 
WILD MOVE WITHIN A POINT OF LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS
Jason Zucker (2-1—3) factored on three of five goals as the Western Conference-leading Wild improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

* At 39-13-6 (84 points), the Wild moved within a point of the Capitals (39-11-7, 85 points) for the top record in the League.

Devan Dubnyk (37 saves) improved to 32-10-3 this season (1.97 GAA, .934 SV%, 5 SO) and reclaimed sole possession of the League lead in wins.

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Stars salute Strader

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Dallas Stars saluted Dave Strader as he returned to the booth despite battling bile duct cancer, both during and after the Stars' 4-3 OT win over Tampa Bay:

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Prospect news: Griffins ‘pick six’ vs. San Antonio; Walleye beat Wichita; European prospects score

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Matt Lorito scored 2 goals, Connor Allen had 3 assists and Eddie Pasquale pitched an 18-save shutout as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Antonio Rampage 6-0. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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‘Two Things’: On Mrazek the elite goaltender(?) and the Wings’ status as sellers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Two items of Red Wings-related note piqued my interest this evening:

1. The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo suggests that the Red Wings' inconsistent goaltending is its biggest problem, and as a result, he wants to see more consistency from Petr Mrazek:

Just think of what impact – good and bad - Mrazek has had on the Red Wings during his relatively short career.

In 2015, he nearly led the clearly out-manned Red Wings to an upset of Tampa Bay in the opening round of the playoffs (Detroit lost in Game 7). Last season, through the early portion of February, the Red Wings were in solid position. It was mostly because Mrazek played extra extraordinarily well, emerging as a top candidate for the Vezina Trophy. However, he faltered as quickly as he rose.

His performance Saturday was a classic example. Mrazek played brilliantly for 55 minutes. He was the reason the Red Wings held a 2-1 lead over one of the NHL’s best teams, the Washington Capitals. Then he allowed a fat rebound on a relatively soft shot by T.J. Oshie - and it was tapped in by Daniel Winnik for the tying goal.

And the Red Wings still only have 13 regulation wins this season. But then Mrazek made up for it with brilliant play in overtime and the shootout, ultimately stoning the world’s greatest goal scorer, Alexander Overchkin, to secure a rare, for the Red Wings, two points.

Caputo continues, offering the following before wondering aloud whether Mrazek has the chops to become a Carey Price-level goaltender...

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Will the Blues still move Shattenkirk?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports that the Blues are considering moving Kevin Shattenkirk even though St. Louis is in the thick of the Western Conference's playoff race:

Doug Armstrong is facing a deadline dilemma. Since deciding he’d send head coach Ken Hitchcock packing in favour of Mike Yeo on Feb. 1, the St. Louis Blues are back in a playoff position and heading into Saturday’s action they were five points ahead of the Nasville Predators for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.

Now, the Blues’ GM has an even bigger decision to make regarding unrestricted free agent defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk.

He is regarded by many in league circles as the biggest chip available at the March 1 trade deadline, but Armstrong is facing the reality that the Blues are in the thick of the playoff race in the West. Can he really afford to send Shattenkirk elsewhere just because he won’t sign a deal?

The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams that have shown interest.

Right now, the asking price for Shattenkirk, 28, who has 11 goals and 42 points, has three elements: a high-end prospect, a first-round pick and another piece. Teams don’t want to pay that for a rental and the Blues are willing to do a sign and trade. However, a deal fell through recently.

“If they can get a good deal I think they’ll take the assets,” said a league executive Saturday.

Garrioch continues with many rumors...

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TMR evening line: Brian Lawton on Zetterberg and Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the NHL Network's Brian Lawton:

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Video- The Toronto Maple Leafs Add Four More Players To Legend Row

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A 9 1/2 minute clip.

 

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Claude Julien Should Send A Thank You Note To Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

feom Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Claude Julien owes a tip of the cap and maybe a whole lot more than that to his friend, Mike Babcock, for the $25-million deal he just signed with the Montreal Canadiens.

And he’s not alone in the coaching fraternity.

When Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings for Toronto, he did so with more than one intent in mind. He wanted to change the salary structure for the head coach in hockey. He wanted it more in line with what coaches are paid in the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball. He wanted to be the difference maker — not just behind the bench — and he did considerable research to establish a new paygrade for a coach in the National Hockey League.

Babcock is paid $6.25-million US salary per season with the Leafs and in signing that deal, he absolutely obliterated the previous marks. And with it has come a difference. 

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