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‘Twas the night before the deadline…

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

So, apparently, tomorrow is a big day for some reason. Some deadline or something. Anyone getting excited? I know I sure am. I’m going to make a couple of predictions, most of which will likely not come true:

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16 Teams In Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today when Tampa Bay brings their roadshow to Broadway.

3 games follow in the afternoon and 4 more are played this evening.

See the full NHL schedule below…

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Wild Considering Trades, But Team Chemistry Important

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

A special chemistry has evolved this season among the players in this Wild dressing room.

It’s the reason General Manager Chuck Fletcher vows not to do anything “to take any pieces out of there” by Monday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline. The Wild, 16-8-1 in its past 25, is sixth in the West.

“[Thursday’s] game in L.A. is a perfect example,” Fletcher said. “I don’t think a team can play any harder than we played. We came up maybe one play short. But to play a team playing as well as the Kings and you’re on the road and you’re without Mikko [Koivu] and Kyle [Brodziak], to see that effort sums up what this team’s all about.

“It’s a special group that way. They really are. We’re far from perfect, but the attitude and the effort, you can’t ask for much more. You’ve got to be really careful you don’t mess around with it. You can go out and make a deal and make yourself 10 percent more talented, but if you take away from the closeness of that group and the chemistry of the room, you might be 10 percent better on paper and way worse on the ice.


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Trade Talk Around The League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey takes you around the league for the latest rumor talk…

Latest on Brad Richards, Chris Phillips and Brett Clark, plus updates on the Wild, Blues and Blue Jackets.

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Sleep Study

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Elliotte Friedman with his Inside Hockey segment on HNIC, takes a look at the sleep and rest patterns of the Vancouver Canucks.

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The chatter before the…nobody knows what the hell’s going to happen, honestly

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Wee update: the Courier-Post’s Chuck Gormley tried to posit a deadline cheat sheet: T-minus 31 hours to the trade deadline on Monday at 3 PM EST: As Paul already covered Garrioch, Eric Francis, LeBrun and the Satellite Hotstove (video available here), it’s the insomniac’s turn to talk about trade deadline rumors, and I’ll do so in bulk (for one-stop-shopping’s sake):

The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, who published a story about Dustin Penner and an alternate version (check the last three paragraphs, about Eric Brewer and Alexei Kovalev) of the following “Hockey World” column, tees up a, “The Edmonton Oilers should go after…” while talking about one Zach Bogosian:

This may sound like a wild swing, but if you are Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini and have an inkling that Rick Dudley in Atlanta would move defenceman Zach Bogosian because the Thrashers are desperate for offence -they’ve had 87 shots the last two games and two goals -wouldn’t you put Ales Hemsky in play for him?

“Any deal involving Zach would have to knock our socks off,” said Dudley. “We would need something for now and for the future.”

Dudley, never averse to making a deal (he was thinking of trading Vincent Lecavalier when he was the Lightning GM in Tampa Bay), says it’s long-shot that he would move Bogosian, the third player taken in the 2008 draft behind Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty.

As in more than the Wings could offer, cough Bob Duff cough. And as the New York Post’s Larry Brooks only offers a semi-coherent rant about the Rangers possibly paying an insane price for Brad Richards’ concussed noggin (TSN’s Darren Dreger has a bit more about theoretical Richards-to-NY stuff), the wildest rumor we get out of the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons involves nothing more than suggestions...

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Red Wings-Sabres wrap-up: Wings add a pleasant twist to a familiar script

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with Khan talking to Holland at 8:57, and other goodies at 9:37: Whether it’s at home or on the road, the Red Wings and a 2-0 first-period deficit have become inseparable, to the point that it’s almost expected that, on any given night, the 2-0 deficit will either become the cause of yet another disappointing loss or the pleasantly surprising foundation of yet another almost miraculous comeback, with either result having the same likelihood of occurring. Thankfully for the Wings, who are en route from Lincoln, NB to Los Angeles, CA as I write this, a last—minute-of-the-third-period goal allowed the Drew Miller-less Wings to rally and defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a shootout.

Joey MacDonald played perhaps his best game during his second stint with the Wings, stopping 13 of the 15 shots he faced in the first period, 30 shots overall and 2 Sabres shooters, and Pavel Datsyuk’s power PPG in the 2nd and Jiri Hudler’s goal with 57.2 seconds left set up a shootout in which Datsyuk and Hudler scored on nearly the same move.

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Praying for Skippy: Red Wings Alumni Association president Shawn Burr has leukemia

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For once, I’m going to ask y’all to let the Delicate Genius and the fact that he hasn’t watched a hockey game the whole way through since 1998 be. Today, he tells us the story of Red Wings Alumni Association president Shawn Burr, a long-time Wing and consummate good guy who, as Fox Sports Detroit’s Ken Daniels revealed on Saturday’s broadcast, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia recently:

Last Monday—less than a week ago—Shawn Burr was a free man. He saw his daughter’s game, he came home, he made a shake with pomegranate seeds, something his wife had purchased at Costco. Next day, he felt funny. His tongue developed red spots. “The seeds,” he figured. He also was exhausted. He went to the doctor. While there, he began to sweat. They sent him to the hospital. Blood was taken. When another doctor said, “We need to check something,” Shawn turned to his wife, Amanda, and said, “This isn’t good news. Did you see his face?”

It wasn’t good news. Burr, 44, was helicoptered from Port Huron to the University of Michigan Medical Center with a blood count that was as lopsided as a bankruptcy budget.

On Thursday, three days from the pomegranate shake, he underwent the first of 21 chemotherapy treatments for acute myeloid leukemia, a bone marrow cancer in which abnormal white cells attack normal cells like a 3-on-1 hockey rush. If you know Shawn Burr, you just want to cry. And if you know Shawn Burr, he just wants to laugh.

Continued, and it’s worth your time because Burr truly is one of the good ones. Hang in there, Skippy.

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A Rising Star Or Two

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When John Tavares was drafted first overall in 2009 many thought he would be a star.  He has been a good player for the New York Islanders, but for the first bit of his career he wasn’t able to be a real star.  It was tough to develop while playing on the New York Islanders as they have few above average NHL players.  The Islanders have been stuck near the bottom of the NHL.  The Islanders did not send a player to the All Star Game.  They were represented by rookie Michael Grabner who came alive since then, but at the time was well back in the rookie scoring race.  Tavares was not selected to play in the game.

John Tavares has been one of the hottest players in the NHL since then.  In fact he has been the second highest scorer in 2011 (behind NHL top scorer Daniel Sedin).  Tavares has 28 points so far this year.  Grabner has 26.  This is a big part of the Islanders young core.

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Kings Say They Will Not Move Schenn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The only thing that could’ve made Dean Lombardi’s message any clearer would’ve been capital letters.

“Brayden Schenn is not going anywhere,” read the text from the Los Angeles Kings GM.

Clearly itching to stop having one of the hockey world’s most prized prospects linked to almost every trade rumour involving the Kings, Lombardi told the Calgary Sun Saturday the 19-year-old Team Canada star is off-limits.

That won’t stop Schenn from spending trade deadline day stick-handling the remote control in his parents’ Saskatoon basement Monday.

“Obviously, that’s nice to hear, I guess,” said the Blades’ stud of Lombardi’s stance.

“Obviously, it’s the first time I’ve heard it. My name is tossed all over the place because they’re looking for that dynamic player. So, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

continued and other topics, some of which were covered in the Hotstove post on KK earlier this evening…

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