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Canadiens fete Koivu

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

As NHL.com's Sean Farrell notes, the Montreal Canadiens honored former captain Saku Koivu for his service to the team on Thursday night:

 

Watch the full 30 minute ceremony below...

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Clayton Stoner hit sends Max Pacioretty to the hospital

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Clayton Stoner hit Max Pacioretty during the third period of the Montreal Canadiens' 2-1 loss to Stoner's Anaheim Ducks...

And this is not good, nor is...Well...

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St. James: Gordie Howe’s ‘up and moving’ slowly

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I really am at the point where I'm hesitant to report every Gordie Howe health update, especially after yesterday's "friend of the family says this, distant relative says that" stuff, but the Free Press's Helene St. James has an impeccable source...

The benefit of being in a familiar environment again is helping Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe regain some quality of life.

Howe now has enough strength to be somewhat mobile, a stark - and much welcome - late-December development after the month began with what his children feared was another serious stroke.

Son Mark Howe told the Free Press on Thursday that his father isn't so much able to walk, rather that "it's more of a shuffle, but he is making his way around under his own power."

And she continues...

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Evening Line- Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Less Than 30 Hours Before The NHL Holiday Roster Freeze

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

Holiday roster freeze in effect:

For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5.

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The Minnesota Wild Need To Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

It no longer matters that the Wild have played well in many games, including both losses Tuesday and Wednesday. The fact is, they are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and not playing like a team positioning itself for the playoffs.

"We've got to stop losing," Parise said. "Stringing a couple wins together is the only way to get out of it."

It has put the coaching staff in a peculiar position, unsure whether to applaud the positive play -- the Wild outshot the Bruins 37-21 in regulation Wednesday -- or to become upset with the losing.

"Normally what you do is you say if we go out and play that way then we're going to get rewarded, and that's what you focus on," coach Mike Yeo said. "But obviously we know that we need wins, so it's a fine line between trying to find positives and trying to build our game and our confidence and to build that winning attitude feeling."

The Wild have struggled because of a multitude of issues: The goaltending hasn't been as good as last season, the top-4 defensemen rarely have been healthy, and the scoring only seems to come in bunches.

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The First Place Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Anaheim Ducks are currently in first place in the NHL.  They have a 21-12 record with five regulation tie points.  That gives them 47 points on the season and a two point lead over the Chicago Blackhawks.  Last year Anaheim was first place in the West Conference and finished one point out of first place in the NHL.  That makes them not a big surprise to be at or near the top in the NHL.

The biggest change between last year's Anaheim Ducks and this year's team is goaltending.  Last year Jonas Hiller was their number one goaltender.  He left as a free agent and now plays with the Calgary Flames.  Frederik Andersen has been their number one goalie so far this season.  He is an unproven goalie who started off well this season but has since slowed down a bit.  Ilya Bryzgalov has been signed to give them a veteran presence.  Goaltending is a weakness and it will likely knock this team out of first place.

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Winnipeg Jets Acquire Jay Harrison From The Carolina Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a Winnipeg Jets release...

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, previously acquired by Winnipeg at the 2014 NHL Draft.

Harrison, 32, is a veteran of 337 NHL games spread over 10 professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs & Carolina Hurricanes. The Oshawa, ON native entered the NHL with the Maple Leafs during the 2005-06 season. Harrison has accumulated 70 points (21G, 49A) and 337 penalty minutes during his NHL career. He set offensive career-highs with the Hurricanes in 2011-12, recording nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Harrison was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Jacob Trouba on IR retroactive to Dec. 14/14.


RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenseman Jay Harrison. The pick was previously acquired by Winnipeg from Ottawa.

“We thank Jay for his time with the Hurricanes,” said Francis. “He represented our organization with class and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
 

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Video- Top 10 Shootout Moments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN style...

 

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Oilers Break it off with the Barons

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

From Mike Johnston at Sportsnet:

The Oklahoma City Barons, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced Thursday it will cease operations at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The decision comes after the Barons were unable to complete a new affiliation agreement with the Oilers. The Barons have been the Oilers’ AHL affiliate since the 2010-11 AHL season.

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