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Trade Deadline Options For The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Seeking a versatile, responsible 3C like Philadelphia’s Scott Laughton, Columbus’s Nick Foligno, or Detroit’s Luke Glendening is one route.

Another is pursuing a winger like Buffalo’s Taylor Hall, St. Louis’s Mike Hoffman or Jaden Schwartz, Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell, or Nashville’s Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula or — the massive play — Filip Forsberg.

On the back end, Nashville’s cap-friendly Mattias Ekholm is the crown jewel of the trade-bait board — but his suitors will be plentiful, and Nashville’s recent standings surge will give GM David Poile pause whether to sell at all. (Our take: He should sell regardless… but our job isn’t on the line.)

Smart depth options include Columbus’s David Savard, Buffalo’s Brandon Montour or Colin Miller, Detroit’s Marc Staal, and New Jersey’s Dmitry Kulikov.

Savard and Staal are the fearless, shot-blocking, penalty-killing types Toronto could use. The Leafs’ inconsistent PK has climbed to 18th overall (78.5 per cent).

Any deal Dubas makes will require creative cap management and likely some salary retention by the rebuilding team or a third party (Chicago is willing).


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NHL Short Notes

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* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello moved into sole possession of second place on all-time NHL lists.

* The Hurricanes blanked the Panthers to leapfrog them for first place in the Discover Central Division, while Tampa Bay and Nashville also earned wins to keep pace.

* All eight Honda West Division teams are in action tonight, including the Blues and Wild who will square off in their first of seven head-to-head games scheduled over the next 23 days.

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Another Bad Loss

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have played better for several weeks now, since being routed in Nashville on March 25, exactly two weeks ago.

The Wings had looked better defensively and didn't have many bad stretches within the game. They were playing smart hockey and weren't letting deficits spiral out of control when they were trailing.

But Thursday at Little Caesars Arena, the Predators routed the Wings again.

All the Wings' bad habits resurfaced Thursday in a game that gradually turned into a rout — a 7-1 Nashville victory, the identical score as the March 25 rout in Nashville.

Evidently, there are lessons still to be learned. Although it is getting frustrating that these types of ugly losses continue to pop up after the Wings seemingly begin to take positive steps forward.

"How many more times are we going to have to do this?" said forward Luke Glendening, of the Wings' growing pains. "We're all frustrated with it. I'm just as much to blame as anyone. I'm not pointing fingers, but how many more times are we going to have to do this before enough is enough?"

Defensive breakdowns, leaving too many Nashville players in prime positions to score, and not enough offense led to the Wings' undoing. Add those things up, and the Wings (13-23-6), who for all the better hockey, have still only won one game in the last six (1-3-2).


Below watch the game highlights if you so desire.

added 1:17am, 8 minutes of Jeff Blashill is below...

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Quick Recap- Detroit/Nashville

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I'm throwing the digital copy of this game in the garbage, never to be seen again.

You on the other hand feel free to express your opinions.

Detroit goal below, the only one in a 7-1 loss to Nashville.

Team Stats

added 11:25pm, In one video, Luke Glendening and Jeff Blashill are below.

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Video- Jacob MacDonald Suspended 2 Games

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Illegal check to the head.


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TSN Insiders Tonight

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TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli join host Glenn Schiiler to discuss if the Florida Panthers are becoming one of the bigger buyers, where things stand on Taylor Hall and an update on Alex Iafallo of the Los Angeles Kings.

Watch at TSN and read the transcript of the segment.

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Not Too Bad

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

I think it's safe to say that the Wings play of late has been much more watchable. Not too bad actually. They're not winning them all, but, the effort is there, which makes for better play all around. Maybe, as we wind down the rest of the season, we'll get back to some degree of enjoying Red Wings Hockey. I'm all in.

It's a Live Blog!

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Stepping Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

They were separate incidents, although similar in nature, and both showed a positive development regarding this Red Wings team.

There is a bond, a tightness, a willingness to stick up for a teammate.

And in the world of professional hockey, that is something important.

The first incident occurred against the Florida Panthers on April 1. In that game, Panthers defenseman Riley Stillman leveled Dylan Larkin with a hard hit, there was no call, and Stillman escaped unscathed the final few remaining minutes of the second period.

But beginning the third, Givani Smith sought out Stillman and challenged Stillman to a fight, drawing universal praise among the Wings afterward.

“It’s a testament to who Smitty is,” forward Luke Glendening said. “To be step in there, after he (Smith) had already fought (earlier in the game), and stand up for Larks, stand up for a teammate, it’s a testament to who Smitty is.

Said coach Jeff Blashill: “That’s stepping up big time, sticking up for your teammate.”


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Chicago/Florida Trade

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added 12:11pm,


added 12:18pm,


added 12:54pm, Chicago relese is below.

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Illegal Check To The Head Hearing For Jacob MacDonald Today

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Video below.

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