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Victor Hedman And The Lightning Head To Western Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As if the battle for the Norris Trophy needed any more viable candidates, here is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Viktor Hedman, off to an exceptional start and proving once again that even the most likely regarded, massively talented defensive behemoths need time to find their NHL sea legs.

Hedman is now in his sixth season and starts a trip Saturday with the Tampa Bay Lightning that will see them visit all four Canadian-based Western Conference teams in the next six days. Vancouver is a unique and special first stop because he gets to play against the Sedin twins for a rare time. Hedman is from the same northern Swedish town as the Sedins – Ornskoldsvik – and played his developmental years for the same club team Modo before going second overall to Tampa in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

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The AHL Has Yet To See A Shootout This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Is it merely a matter of time before the National Hockey League moves to 3-on-3 overtime, or is jeopardizing the future of the shootout too risky?

The American Hockey League is currently testing an overtime formula that begins with the dreaded dry scrape before three minutes of 4-on-4, followed by four minutes of 3-on-3. 

Through Friday, the AHL has had six overtime games - with three decided in the first three minutes and three decided in the new 3-on-3 window. 

Yes, it's a small sample size, but not one AHL game this season has required a shootout to decide a winner. 

The NHL, unwilling to embrace 3-on-3, is watching the AHL experiment closely.

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All Leafs All The Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The fact is the Maple Leafs are like the Yankees – not in the sense that they win or buy championships (the Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967) or that almost everyone roots against them. It’s just in the sense that everyone keeps tabs on what they’re doing. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that Toronto is the biggest hockey market – in terms of demands for tickets and television rights, etc. – and therefore they have a dizzying amount of revenue. But I also think it’s something else.

Following the Leafs is like following a soap opera. There is constant public drama.

Irascible former team president Brian Burke didn’t exactly quell that situation, and the recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan to run the whole operation – while not firing GM Dave Nonis or coach Randy Carlyle – led to a more intriguing scenario. And now they have made a full-on publicity stunt out of their adoption of advanced statistics.

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland ‘plays goal’ on The Fan 590

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After Kris Draper made a morning appearance on The Fan 590, Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon, discussing:

1. His decision to not discuss Mike Babcock's contract status in the media (the Wings' PR staff informed the Toronto media corps that Babcock would not answer questions about his contract at the morning skate),

2. The fact that so many former Wings coaches or players (Brendan Shanahan, Bill Peters, Paul MacLean, Jim Nill, Todd McLellan, Steve Yzerman, etc. etc.) have gone on to make meaningful impacts upon other teams;

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Red Wings sign Tyler Bertuzzi

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Wonderful signing, well-earned and well-deserved:

Here's the Wings' official press release:

The Detroit Red Wings today signed winger Tyler Bertuzzi to a three-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Bertuzzi, 19, is in his fourth season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League and has tallied five points (1-4-5) in six games to start the 2014-15 campaign. Named an alternate captain on Guelph this season, the winger helped the Storm capture the OHL Championship last season and advance to the Memorial Cup championship game. The 6-foot-1, 190-lb., forward led the Memorial Cup with five goals in four games. In all, Bertuzzi has recorded 78 points (29-49-78) and 247 penalty minutes in 139 games with Guelph over the last four seasons (2011-14). The Sudbury, Ontario native was drafted in the second round (58th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Update:

Update #2: FYI from the Production Line:

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Why Johnny Gaudreau Should Be Sent Down

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

He deserved to start the season with the big club and team brass should have no regrets about rewarding him for a strong preseason.

However, GM Brad Treliving should also have no reservations about sending him down, perhaps as soon as the road trip concludes, as No. 13 is clearly in over his head at this point — something completely understandable given his slight 5-foot-9 frame.

Let him regain his confidence and scoring touch in the minors before bringing him back up.

Don’t let him become the next Sven Baertschi.

The Flames are working hard at “managing expectations,” and, by any measure, Gaudreau isn’t living up to them yet, no matter how low a bar they’ve set internally.

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Game-day post: Red Wings battle Maple Leafs; Reimer vs. Howard, Abdelkader in, Datsyuk ‘stayed home’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 12x at 2:51 PM: The Maple Leafs' morning skate preceded the Red Wings' practice ahead of tonight's back-to-back-starting game between Detroit and Toronto (7:30 PM on FSD/Sportsnet Ontario/97.1 FM), and in the "no surprise department," per TSN 1050's Jonas Siegel:

Joffrey Lupul is on the ice for Leafs morning skate. Missed practice yesterday.

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Lupul confirms he'll play tonight.

Ditto in the "No surprise department," per the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:

If the morning skate is to be believed, James Reimer will make his third straight start for the #leafs. They host #redwings tonight.

Slight suprise, per NHL.com's game notes: Tim Peel and Graham Skilliter will referee tonight's game, with Mark Shewchyk and Steve Miller working the lines.

So there's a "Starter's Net?"

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Nashville Will Host The 2016 NHL All-Star Celebration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (October 17, 2014) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the selection of the Nashville Predators, the city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena as hosts of the 2016 National Hockey League All-Star celebration.  The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 and will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game.

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Game Day Notes- Detroit/Toronto

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

All then news and notes on Detroit and Toronto...

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Milan Lucic Fined $5K

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (Oct. 17, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for an obscene gesture made during Game No. 53 in Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 16, the National Hockey League’s Hockey Operations Department announced today.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

If you missed the incident, watch it here.

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