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James Wisniewski Wants To Stay In Columbus Despite Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski, a healthy scratch on Sunday vs. the New York Rangers, expects to be back in the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in Nationwide Arena.

But he might not be wearing the Blue Jackets sweater much longer, if the club gets its wish.

Wisniewski has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, by which he can list the 10 teams to which he would NOT approve a trade. The Blue Jackets requested that list from Wisniewski last Monday, Feb. 17.

That leaves 19 teams to which Wisniewski can be traded, and two sources told The Dispatch last night that the Blue Jackets are shopping Wisniewski.

"I want to be here," Wisniewski told The Dispatch this morning. "They know I want to be here."


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jakob Silfverberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to help the Ducks overcome a 2-0 third-period deficit and pick up their third consecutive victory.
* At 38-16-7 (83 points), the Ducks moved within four points of the idle Predators (40-13-7, 87 points) for first place in the NHL standings, where the top nine teams are separated by 10 points:

* Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Ducks posted three goals in 3:47 to take the lead before Riley Sheahan knotted the game with 3:51 remaining in regulation. Anaheim also overcame a third-period deficit in its lone other meeting with Detroit this season, a 3-2 victory on Oct. 11 at Joe Louis Arena. In that contest, Matt Beleskey tied the game early in the final frame before Ryan Getzlaf potted the winning goal with 23.6 seconds remaining in regulation.

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Montreal/Anaheim Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


added 10:38am, Montreal press release is below...

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Los Angeles Kings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.

via NHL.com,

Season series: Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyk each had two goals and one assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 31. Detroit scored four of its five goals in the first period.

Red Wings team scope: It's the fourth of a six-game road trip for the Red Wings, who suffered a 4-3 shootout loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Detroit is 2-0-1 on the trip thus far and is three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division. "I thought we controlled the game," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The puck found a way in our net a couple times. I didn't like it, but I thought our team played good and played hard. Our kids were good." Goalie Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 5. He made two saves in relief of Jimmy Howard in a 7-6 overtime win at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Gustavsson missed three months because of a shoulder injury.

Kings team scope: Los Angeles will be seeking its eighth straight win on Tuesday. Some of the Kings' recent success can be attributed to goalie Jonathan Quick, who was named the NHL's First Star on Monday for his efforts over the past week. Quick went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. "If I have to pick a goaltender in a big game, I want Jonathan Quick," coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider, "and we're playing big games, so I want Jonathan Quick." Los Angeles is expected to be without defenseman Alec Martinez, who has missed the past six games because of an upper-body injury.

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The Latest On The Ticket Drive In Las Vegas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Snel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

After exploding out of the box with about 5,000 season ticket deposits in the first 36 hours two weeks ago, the ownership group seeking a National Hockey League team for Las Vegas reported Monday that the number has reached 6,950.

Lead investor Bill Foley, chairman of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National Financial, said the “Hockey Vision Las Vegas” initiative signs up about 100 to 150 ticket deposits a day, with the low at about 50 a day to a high of 200 daily deposits.

The goal of the ticket drive is at least 10,000 commitments.

“I need 1,500 good men and women to make deposits on two seats,” Foley said. “We’re not going to casinos or the Strip (asking for deposits). We’re asking local people that they put their hard-earned money down for a deposit.”

The minimum ticket deposit is $150, about 10 percent down. The most expensive seat requires a $900 deposit. Foley said the cheapest seats in the upper bowl and the costliest ones at center ice are selling the quickest.

He noted that some casino companies have approached him about buying blocks of season ticket deposits in the hundreds, but those are being declined.


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Miracles happen for a reason

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

As of Sunday, February 22, 1980, I had never even seen a hockey game. I didn’t know a thing about the sport. All I knew was that the United States Olympic hockey team was about to play the Russians in a game they might lose. I was 12 and otherwise occupied with more important matters like boys, that new Star Wars movie that was coming out in the summer and calculating the exact amount of hairspray it took to maintain my perfectly coiffed Farrah Fawcett feathered hairdo. I could not have cared less. If iPods and noise cancelling headphones had existed at the time, I probably would have missed the game entirely, because my REO Speedwagon record would have drowned out all the noise coming from the living room, where my family was watching the game. And just like that, on a Sunday evening in the Arizona suburbs exactly 35 years ago, a single hockey game changed my life. Watching all the Miracle on Ice interviews and archival footage Sunday, I couldn’t help but wonder how my life would have been different if I’d never seen that game. Things happen for a reason, but darned if I knew what it was when I was 12; I just thought Jim Craig was cute.

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The San Jose Sharks Sit On The Playoff Bubble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Pashelka and David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks (30-23-8), with just two wins in their last eight games, stand fifth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the Western Conference with 68 points, two spots out of the playoffs. Monday, the website sportsclubstats.com, which projects a team's finish based on schedule and past performance, gave San Jose only a 33 percent chance of reaching the postseason. The website calculated that the Sharks will need to reach 94 points -- over a point per game the rest of the way -- to increase their chances beyond 50 percent.

The last time the Sharks missed the playoffs was in 2002-03, the season that cost Darryl Sutter his job as coach.

McLellan, who has one more season remaining on his contract, knows the deal.

"When it comes to wins and losses, our record isn't where it needs to be, and I understand how the business works," he said. "People will make decisions as we go forward."

The Sharks, who had Monday off and return to practice Tuesday, play seven of their next eight games at SAP Center, starting Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. That stretch will go a long way to determine if the Sharks make the postseason, because 10 of the final 13 games are on the road.

For now, McLellan is keeping it simple.

"We show up tomorrow," he said. "We get prepared for a game Thursday against a really good hockey club, and that's all we can do."


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Mike Babcock Stresses The Positives After Detroit’s Shootout Loss To Anaheim

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

... following what had to be a frustrating 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center, Red Wings Mike Babcock didn't criticize his team for letting up a bit in the third period, for any defensive miscues or soft goals allowed.

He rattled off a lengthy list of positives.

"I thought we played real well tonight. I thought we controlled the game," Babcock said. "The puck found a way in our net a couple times. I didn't like it, but I thought our team played good, played hard.

"The kids were good. (Riley) Sheahan had a good night against (Ryan) Getzlaf. (Luke Glendending's) line was real solid. We got a good effort out of (Stephen) Weiss' line; I shut them down early but I thought they were good. And then Pavel (Datsyuk) was good.

"I liked our game. The puck went in the net a couple times it shouldn't have. Let's get on with it."

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Rental Prices Are Still High As The Trade Deadline Gets Closer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bosotn Globe,

For now, the cost is too expensive for general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Prices will decrease by Monday. There is no way Buffalo GM Tim Murray, for example, will go beyond the deadline without moving right wing Chris Stewart for futures. The right-shot Stewart would fall into the rental category. To this point, Murray has demanded a second-round pick and a prospect for Stewart.

“It’s high. It’s really high,” Chiarelli said of the overall rental market. “I don’t know if that’s the answer. It’s just really high.

“You have to look at all angles. What happens is that teams look at your fortunes and the price keeps going up and up and up. At some point, you have to pay a price. I understand that. I’ve done that before. I’ve shown that we do deals and we pay.”

more on the Bruins as the trade deadline approaches...

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Ducks: You can’t mail in 20 minutes’ worth of play and win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings, once again, should have defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 or 3-0, but a Red WIngs team that rarely shows up for minutes 1-20 of games instead decided to mail in its 3rd period, and as a reasult, it gave up 3 goals in 3:30, had to scramble for a 3-3 tie and predictably blew a shootout, losing 4-3 to an Anaheim Ducks team that had no business pushing the Wings to 2-0-and-1 on their West Coast Swing.

Jimmy Howard was good but could've been better, in regulation and the shootout, and the same is true for the men in front of him, because the Wings managed to make a 20-goal season for Pavel Datsyuk and Datsyuk tying Slava Kozlov for 5th all-time in Russian points feel like small consolation.

I don't know why this team is having so much trouble keeping goals out of its net. It's certain that Howard isn't at 100% yet after returning from his groin injury, but the Wings got caught with their pants down on the exact same play 70 seconds apart, they blew a 2-goal lead in which they were out-shooting their opponent 22-10 because they stopped playing like their opponent was as good as the Ducks are, and in the end, what was a masterful first 40 minutes ended up being egg on the Wings' faces.

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