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Video- Ken Kal Previews The Game Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ken Kal previews the Wings/Jets game tonight and you can hear from Xavier Ouellet and Petr Mrazek.

 

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Montreal Trades Rene Bourque To Anaheim For Bryan Allen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.

Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury.

Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, Allen has recorded a total of 135 points (29 goals, 106 assists) in 716 regular season games. He scored five game winning goals. The 6'05'' and 223 lbs forward also served 837 penalty minutes and displays a +28 plus/minus differential.

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Habs deal Rene Bourque to Anaheim for Bryan Allen

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The Bourque glory lasted for about ten games, and it is long gone. Bourque heads to the Ducks for veteran defenceman Bryan Allen. GM Marc Bergevin continues to (intriguingly) stockpile veteran defencemen. Could another move be in the offing?

The Habs take on the Blues, and New Brunswick native Jake Allen, tonight.

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Masterton Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is always some controversy when discussing the Masterton Trophy and saying that one player is more worthy than another.  The trophy is officially for dedication, perseverance and sportsmanship in hockey, but it is more accurately described as the trophy for the player who overcame the biggest obstacle to make the biggest impact with his team this season.  Sometimes this doesn't work out as the award has been given to a player who didn't play at all in Ian Laperriere.

I think this year has a clear leader in Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He overcame a stroke last season - which could easily have been a career ending event - to be a top defenceman in the NHL this season.  He currently has 13 points in 17 games played.  This places him seventh in the point race among defencemen.  That is a strong Masterton case in my book.

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Felony Charge Filed Against Slava Voynov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

added 4:47pm, DA press release is below...

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Losing Nestrasil is not a damning critique upon the Red Wings’ coach or management; it’s the CBA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm still trying to get back on my feet, and when I read that Andrej Nestrasil had been claimed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes, I felt like I got punched in the gut--and in the heart. Andrej is one of the nicest human beings I've ever met and by far one of the kindest, most humble and hardworking human beings I've been graced by the game of hockey to get to know over the past five years...

But in a way, as much as it stings to know that the Red Wings lost a 6'3," 200-pound 3rd-or-4th-line forward, I'm happy for him. If the Hurricanes were one of several teams that put a claim in on Nesty, at least he's going to a coach who's familiar with him in Bill Peters and a team that's not going to sit him on the bench like the Wings were going to when Pavel Datsyuk gets healthy and Stephen Weiss very necessarily gets his chance to prove that he's more than a waste of $4.9 million a season (and I'm rooting for "Weisser" to get healthy and salvage himself, too).

No, the Wings don't have many other 6'3," 200-pound grinders with hearts of gold and, "I don't want to play in the KHL, I want to be a Red Wing" attitudes in the system.

And yes, to some extent, this is the fault of Ken Holland, Mike Babcock and the management team for re-signing Daniel Cleary.

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Who Is It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I definitely plan on staying here.  My wife is American so that was always sort of the plan, to stay here.  My boys were born here—one of my sons surf, one plays baseball—so they are as American as you can be.  It was just always the plan, stay here and raise our family down here.  LA is great too—San Diego is just a little bit more mellow so for the family life I think it’s a little bit better.

My boys are 11 and 9 so I didn’t get to spend that much time with them as far as sports and their activities when I was still playing, so I’m making up for that and just participating in their sports, coaching a little bit here or there and just basically being there and supporting them.  Besides that, there’s not that much time left in a day so I would say right now the kids are number one and obviously family.  I think for the next few years, just spend time with them and then we’ll sort of see what happens.

Who is this former NHL player?

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Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz On Alex Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Topics Of The Day- Ouellet, Mrazek And Nestrasil

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The lineup will feature Petr Mrazek starting in goal, and defenseman Xavier Ouellet subbing in for Brendan Smith, who is out 10 days with an infected hand. Coach Mike Babcock has high regard for both Mrazek and Ouellet, two 21-year-olds who have impressed with steady play in prior appearances during call-ups from the minors.

Of Ouellet, Babcock said, "we just want him to come in, move the puck, go back, play like he can. He played real well for us in training camp. We didn't have any room for him. We called him up, we could have easy not put him in, but we just decided that he's played well for us."

The plan all along was to play Mrazek against the Jets, to spell Jimmy Howard.

"I don't believe you can play your starter every game," Babcock said. "I think the other guy has got to play between 15-20 games in our league. So every once in a while, you've just got to give the other guy an opportunity. Petr's played real well for us, it's kind of like with X, in exhibition, and we thought he was great in training camp. He gets an opportunity tonight."

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St. James also has reaction of Nestrasil heading to Carolina...

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Numbers Not Great For The Los Angeles Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,

After winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, and starting the 2014-15 season with a bang, the Los Angeles Kings are off track.

The season began with the Kings playing seven of their first eight games at home. They convincingly won six straight at the Staples Center before hitting the road with a 6-1-1 record. But they lost four straight to start the trip, before winning the final game. Heading back to L.A. didn’t improve things and, despite playing four of five on home ice, the Kings sported a 3-4-3 record over the past 10 heading into their game Tuesday night (they beat Florida 5-2). They just aren’t striking fear into the hearts of opponents like they once did.

While the Kings have appeared dominant the past few years, they haven’t raced out to amazing early win-loss records. Superficially, it appears there is nothing to worry about, as the Kings are traditionally slow starters and strong finishers. (The past two seasons they had 22 and 23 points through 18 games.) Unfortunately for the Kings, that isn’t quite how this story goes.Score Adjusted Corsi tells us more about what to expect than the number of points the Kings have accumulated.

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