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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about the hottest topics from around the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Videos- Brooks Orpik Interference Penalty On Olli Maatta

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Maatta has not returned.



Below a fan video with Mike Milbury commentary.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Will have The First Pick In The 2016 NHL Draft

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

 The Toronto Maple Leafs will pick first in the 2016 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.

The Winnipeg Jets were awarded the No. 2 pick, and the Columbus Blue Jackets won the No. 3 selection.

The Maple Leafs had a 20 percent chance, the best odds, to win the No. 1 pick in the draft, which will be held June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. They are the first Original Six franchise to have the No. 1 pick since 2007, when the Chicago Blackhawks selected right wing Patrick Kane.

The Maple Leafs are likely to use the pick to select center Auston Matthews of Zurich in the National League A, the top professional league in Switzerland. Matthews (6-foot-1, 210 pounds), a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the draft. The 18-year-old won the league's Rising Star award and was second in voting for most valuable player in NLA after scoring 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games.

If chosen No. 1, Matthews would be the first American-born player since Kane to be selected first.


added 9:15pm, NHL release is below...

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Time For The Islanders To Make Adjustments After 4-1 Loss To The Lightning

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“We’ve got to come up with some speed, some numbers, have guys going to the net,” Tavares said. “We’ve got to shoot some pucks and when there’s plays there we have to make them. It sounds simple but it’s a matter of executing.”

more on today's game

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Everything You Need To Know About The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery

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NEW YORK - The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Sportsnet's Hockey Central Studio at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced during live television coverage of the event (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS). Both the Draft Lottery Drawing and the broadcast will take place at the CBC.

All clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate.

For the first time, the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery will assign the top three slots in the first round of the NHL Draft - a change from prior years, when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection exclusively.

As a result of this change, the team earning the fewest points during the regular season will no longer be guaranteed, at worst, the second overall pick. That club could fall as low as fourth overall.

Three draws will be held: the first drawing will determine the club selecting first overall, the second drawing will determine the club selecting second overall and the third drawing will determine the club selecting third overall.

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Marquette’s Lakeview Arena wins Hockeyville U.S.A. title

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Community Wins $150,000 in Arena Upgrades and Will Host Nationally Televised NHL® Pre-Season Game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes

CHICAGO – April 30, 2016 – Marquette, Mich. has been named Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA 2016, the most passionate hockey community in America. In partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), the Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA contest has awarded $150,000 in upgrades to Lakeview Arena, which will also host the Oct. 4 NHL® Pre-Season game broadcast on NBCSN between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes.

Marquette is rich in hockey heritage and Lakeview Arena stands as a pillar of the community, stimulating the local economy since it opened in 1973. Lakeview Arena’s semi-pro Marquette Iron Rangers signed the first female professional hockey player in North American history, Karen Koch. Lakeview Arena will prioritize energy efficiency updates with the grand prize money in addition to other arena upgrades to ensure future generations of Marquette players are able to enjoy skating at Lakeview Arena for years to come.

“We’ve seen amazing participation across the country in Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA’s second year,” said Nina Barton, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kraft Heinz. “This year’s contest led to millions of votes from passionate hockey fans, and we’re so proud America has chosen the spirited, well-deserving community of Marquette as Kraft HockeyvilleTM USA 2016.”

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On the ‘old’ Wings reloading and a pizza tip

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa suggests that Red Wings GM Ken Holland's suggestion that his team won't be contending for the Stanley Cup next season was a refreshing bit of honesty for the GM of a team that's "too old" and relies on Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk for far too much of the team's key minutes:

With Datsyuk all but committed to spending 2016-17 in Russia, the Wings will find it tougher to extend their streak next season, to say nothing of chasing the Cup. Not only will the Wings lose one of their best players, they will have to carry Datsyuk’s $7.5 million cap hit toward their number, just like the Bruins had to do with Tim Thomas in 2012-13.

It’s dead money Holland can’t afford to have. He’ll have a tough time dealing [Jimmy] Howard without retaining some of his salary. He’s invested $6 million annually for two years in Mike Green, an inflationary number for a complementary defenseman. Mrazek will be due a raise.

This doesn’t leave Holland much cap space to swing a deal, which would be his best route of accelerating his rebuild. Otherwise, Holland is facing the traditional route of replenishing his roster: drafting and developing.

It’s what the Wings did when they hit on Dylan Larkin with the No. 15 pick in 2014. They have other homegrown players who should assume bigger roles next year, such as Andreas Athanasiou (fourth round, 2012), Anthony Mantha (first round, 2013), and Tomas Jurco (second round, 2011).

But the trouble facing the Wings is how they haven’t uncovered the star power in the draft that they once did with Datsyuk (sixth round) and Zetterberg (seventh). They believe they have a top-line wing in Larkin and a No. 1 in Mrazek. But Holland isn’t sure about anyone else.

“You need stars,” Holland said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to draft and develop. Nobody’s giving you their stars. If you don’t have stars, you need lots of good players.”

Shinzawa continues with his Saturday notebook, and he adds the following:

I trust the play inside Little Caesars Arena, the name of the Wings’ future rink, will be better than the product of its namesake sponsor.

George's tip: pay the extra $1.20 for double cheese. My mom and aunt like Little Caesars pizza, so we have it once or twice a month, and going with double cheese transforms the stuff from bargain-basement pizza to actually yummy fare. Regardless of whether you're buying the $5 round pie or the $8 deep dish stuff, the extra buck twenty is totally worth it.

You already know that I'm a proponent of the draft-develop-and-promote-the-damn-kids recipe, and I'm certainly hoping that Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha and Xavier Ouellet are on the Wings' roster next year. The Wings still need to find that prospect that is their extra cheese, however, and I don't know if that's Tyler Bertuzzi, Evgeny Svechnikov in a year or two or someone else...

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Your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalists

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NEW YORK (April 30, 2016) – Forwards Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins and Anze Kopitarof the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards – hosted by actor Will Arnett – at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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‘Three Things’: More Radulov pursuit confirmation; does Howard fit in NYI; ‘Bacon’ goes home

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Two things of Red Wings-related note this afteroon:

1. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff makes three English-language sources (Sportsnet, MLive and now Duff) who are reporting that the Wings are interested in Alexander Radulov:

While it would appear almost a certainty that Pavel Datsyuk has played his last NHL game in Detroit, according to an NHL source, the Wings are doing their due diligence on forward Alexander Radulov.

Selected 15th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL entry draft, Radulov has spent the last four seasons with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental League, the team managed by former Wings center Sergei Fedorov.

There’s no question of Radulov’s ability. He scored 26 goals for the Predators in 2007-08 and was a 20-goal scorer for CSKA the past two seasons.

It’s his attitude that the Wings are concerned about. Radulov, 29, has a history of bad behaviour and the Wings, who have spoken Radulov’s agent, are talking to his friends and former teammates to get a handle on whether he’d be a problem in the dressing room or a bad influence on the club’s younger players.

Those close to him insist Radulov has changed his ways. He’s now a father and has settled down into family life.

2. I missed this one from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, and it's an intriguing "thought":

17. Wonder if Thomas Greiss’ tremendous play is closing a Jimmy Howard possibility. Islanders GM Garth Snow is said to be a fan, and those Maine Black Bears stick together.

Howard would fit in well as the Islanders' starter, but yes, Thomas Greiss has been a revelation playing ahead of Halak in the Islanders' crease;

3. I don't know how much detail you're looking for in terms of Joakim "Bacon" Andersson going back to Sweden. He's probably being paid more than the Red Wings can offer to head to Orebro for two seasons, and MLive's Ansar Khan, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, Expressen and Aftonbladet are all confirming.

Orebro's website's press release is most telling, because it sounds like Andersson made his decision to leave for Sweden sometime in the middle of the NHL season, which means that the Wings knew about this move ahead of time:

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Afternoon Line- Corey Perry

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via Anaheim Ducks Twitter,

"I have memories and opportunities I wish I could have back. It was the way it kind of went that whole series, for me anyway."

"We laid it on the line in Game 7. A bounce here, a bounce there, it’s a different story. But we keep saying that..."

"This one probably hurts even more than the rest of them. You look at the team, what we overcame, it was a close-knit group."

Perry says Boudreau, "Has nothing do with what we did on the ice. We have to hold ourselves accountable. I think guys are doing that."

"We have to go out next year and prove ourselves all over again. It’s a clean slate, a new year. Hopefully we can rewrite the story."

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