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A Five-Year Extension For Kyle Clifford In Los Angeles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Kyle Clifford to a five-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 24-year-old Clifford (born on Jan. 13, 1991) is a 6-2, 208-pound native of Ayr, Ontario, has appeared in 333 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 58 points (25-33=58) and 462 penalty minutes.

This season, Clifford has tallied 10 points (3-7=10) a plus-1 rating and a team-leading 66 penalty minutes. Clifford appeared in his 300th NHL game, Dec. 2 vs. BOS.

A second round (35th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Clifford has been a part of both Stanley Cup runs with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. He has played in 47 career postseason games, registering 14 points (4-10=14) and 56 penalty minutes, including assisting on the Stanley Cup clinching goal scored by Alec Martinez in Game 5 against the New York Rangers.

 


 

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The Patrick Kane Injury

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The Blackhawks did place Kane on LTIR today...

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So, with only rumours, tips, and our keen sports writer’s eye — having watched nearly every player who ever hurt his collarbone skate off the ice bent over just like Patrick Kane did on Tuesday night — we are ready to pronounce that Kane is out with some sort of shoulder/collarbone (clavicle) malady.

So, here’s what that means:

If the clavicle is broken, which is very rare in hockey according to a former NHL trainer we reached out to Wednesday, Kane is looking at eight to 10 weeks on the shelf. The good news is that bones mend, and although a broken collarbone means more recovery time, the injury would not linger with Kane for the remainder of his career.

If the collarbone has separated from where it joins the shoulder — the far more popular AC or Acromioclavicular joint injury — that means the ligaments which hold the clavicle to the shoulder have been stretched. Doctors simply put the clavicle back in place, and wait six-to-eight weeks until the ligaments tighten up around the joint once more.

There are two issues with that however. One, it never tightens up like it used to be; and two, Kane would return with a much more painful shoulder than he would if he waited the requisite time for a broken bone to heal.

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Notes From “The Maven”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MSG,

Quote The Maven" is a weekly column where Stan Fischler touches on the three local teams plus other hot NHL items.

- If I’m Glen Sather, I’d bring Mats Zuccarello back next season. The little guy’s grit, willingness to take on any size foe and scoring touch should guarantee a return to 7th Avenue.

- Speaking of speed, name one team out of 29 that is faster than the Blueshirts. Sorry, there is none.

- Carey Price vs. Rick Nash vs. John Tavares! How about a dead heat for the Hart Trophy!!!

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Good News On Kyle Quincey

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

added 2:16pm, a bit more via Ansar Khan of Mlive...

Quincey has missed the past three games after leaving practice Friday after only a few minutes due to pain. He's been taking anti-inflammatory medication. Surgery would have sidelined him for approximately six weeks.

"It started in about August and acted up a few times in the preseason but is kind of an ongoing thing," Quincey said on Tuesday. "We knew we needed surgery back in October but it was hopeful we could get through the rest of the year. That's still the plan."

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Eric Lindros Files A Defamation Lawsuit Against Paul Stewart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Eric Lindros has launched a $3 million defamation lawsuit against one-time NHL referee Paul Stewart and the Huffington Post, after Stewart wrote a column for the online news website that allegedly made the former Philadelphia Flyers star forward look like a "*#$%@&."

In documents filed in an Ontario court, Lindros says his reputation has been sullied after Stewart wrote about his poor on-ice relationship with Lindros, which was capped by an incident when Lindros allegedly tore up posters he was asked by Stewart to autograph for a charity.

Lindros's claims have not been proven in court and the Huffington Post has not filed a statement of defence. Lindros's lawyer Geoff Shaw said in an interview that Stewart has served him with a statement of defence, although it has not yet been been added to the public court record.

In an emailed statement, Huffington Post Canada managing editor Kenny Yum wrote, "This is before our lawyers and I can't comment." Stewart, reached in the U.S., declined to discuss the case. "I don't have anything to say," he said. "I don't have a comment."

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Jaromir Jagr Saying Everything But Trade Me

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Jagr: "If I stay here and we're not going to have a chance to playoffs, I don't think I'm going to play at all. And I still like to play."

Jagr:"I love this team, but if it's going to be after the trading deadline & we're going to be (out of contention), it's going to get worse”

Jagr: "You're probably going to play guys who've got a contract next year or young guys. It's understandable, don't you think?"

Jagr said he knew "from the first day" after coaching change his ice time would go down.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

QUICK, KINGS BLANK RED WINGS FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN . . .
Jonathan Quick stopped all 20 shots he faced to record his 35th career shutout (fourth this season) and lead the Kings to their second eight-game winning streak in the past calendar year (also Feb. 6 – March 10, 2014: 8-0-0).
 
* The Kings became the third team to post an eight-game winning streak this season, following the Blackhawks (Nov. 26 – Dec. 11) and Rangers (Dec. 8-27). No team has won nine consecutive games in 2014-15.
 
* The Kings’ eight-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest such run in franchise history, also achieved in 1972-73, 1991-92 and 2013-14. The club record of nine straight wins was established Jan. 21 – Feb. 6, 2010.
 
* Quick has been in net for all eight games during the current winning streak, compiling a 1.63 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout in that span. His eight consecutive personal victories also are one shy of his career high, set Jan. 21 – Feb. 6, 2010 (during the team’s franchise-record streak).

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What Do You Think Of Elliotte Friedman’s “Spitballing”?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Elliotte Friedman posted this Detroit related topic in his 30 Thoughts today...

- One GM on the Red Wings: “They’ve got cap room and a good team. Dangerous combination.” Ken Holland said earlier in the season he wanted to wait and see what he had. Well, he’s got a team good enough to win the Eastern Conference.

- This is me spitballing, but if you’re Detroit and Toronto, would you do Dion Phaneuf for Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl? The Red Wings gain on the money (but just a little bit, unless some of Phaneuf’s salary is held back), the Maple Leafs gain on term.

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Hockey Thoughts On A Wednesday Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Keep an eye on Washington. GM Brian MacLellan said last weekend he will not trade Mike Green for picks or prospects, so barring a blockbuster (which the GM doesn’t see coming), Green will finish the season in the American capital.

The Capitals are all-in.

MacLellan would not comment on anything else, but it’s believed they will try to add another defenceman and it’s well-known they are chasing a forward to play with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin’s flexibility allows them to search for the best possible addition, whether a right- or left-handed shot.

- I’m a Mats Zuccarello guy. Big fan of his game, and that did not change watching him lead everyone with five shots in Tuesday’s win.

He and the Rangers are not close on a new deal and he can walk this summer. The simple move for New York is to keep him, make a playoff run and take their chances later. But, there are rumours they will consider trading him, see what they can get and, if necessary, flip that for something else.

I can’t prove or disprove those rumblings, but they’re out there.

- One GM said this week he is now planning on a $69M cap — if the players don’t vote for the escalator. Ouch.

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New York Rangers Keep Winning And The Calgary Flames On The Bubble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

The New York Rangers are now an impressive 8-1-2 since Henrik Lundqvist left the lineup, and their 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday might have been one of the most encouraging, because they didn't have to rely on a slew of goals to pull it off.

Cam Talbot got the shutout, stopping all 21 shots he faced, and the Rangers managed to keep pace with the New York Islanders, who beat up a bad Arizona Coyotes team. It was a strong road effort for the Flames in their first game of a seven-game road trip, and you can't help but wonder if this road trip will ultimately define whether they make the playoffs.

Calgary would like to add depth on defense and some scoring before the deadline, but if things go sideways this week they would have to consider selling potential UFAs, including Curtis Glencross, who is generating interest. Two more games in the New York area this week might help determine how it all plays out in Calgary.

read on for more hockey topics including the Blackhawks/Kane and the Bruins...

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