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John Moore ejected for hit-to-the-head on Erik Haula

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

So John Moore did this to Erik Haula...

 

Update: While we're at "Illegal Checks," Chris Kreider was ejected for this hit on Jonas Brodin:

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Evening news: prospect news; Red Wings alums in halls of fame; on DeKeyser, Abdelkader & the Slovaks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The vast majority of today's off-day news involved the Red Wings' power play (and of course Wednesday's exciting "Rivalry Night" game between the Wings and Capitals), so let's switch it up via some prospect news:

A couple days ago, the OHL announced that Tyler Bertuzzi (1 game) and Zach Nastasiuk (both games) will take part in the OHL's pair of Super Series games against Russian junior players; Joe Hicketts will represent the WHL, and the WIngs have no QMJHL-playing prospects at present, so 3 total Wings prospects will play in the Super Series.

In Europe, DRW Prospects on Twitter has good news regarding Axel Holmstrom, Christoffer Ehn and Julius Vahatalo, who will all take part in the Under-20 Four Nations Cup in the Czech Republic...

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Video- John Scott Suspended For Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during NHL Game No. 120 in Anaheim on Sunday, October 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $17,073.18. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Scott was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation 13:56 into the third period.

video below...

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Questioning The Core Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonas Siegel of TSN,

The microscope may indeed focus on Randy Carlyle as Toronto stumbles out of the gate with many of the same troubles as last season, but Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan should also be in the process of taking a long, hard look at what makes up the core of his roster.

Now is the time for him to not only evaluate Carlyle and his fit as the club's head coach, but those cornerstone pieces and whether they'll be good enough one day not just to sneak into the playoffs or win a round, but to win four and an eventual Stanley Cup.

Hired in April, Shanahan took the summer months to refurbish parts of the coaching staff and parts of the front office while tinkering with a slew of short-term roster buys in free agency. But he didn't touch the core at the end of another late season collapse.

No, he left those front-end pieces like Kessel, like Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul, like David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak, he left those pieces in place, presumably to evaluate them firsthand, get a real sense for the players and personalities from the inside.

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Video- The Boston Bruins At Boston Children’s Hospital Dressed Up For Halloween

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Boston Bruins visited Boston Children's Hospital today.

 

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NBCSN prepares us for ‘The Night You Love to Hate’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings didn't practice on Monday (after skating the Sunday morning after their 4-2 loss to Philadelphia), and the Capitals didn't skate today (per CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley) after losing 4-2 to Vancouver, in Vancouver, on Sunday, but both teams will take to the ice tomorrow to prepare for what NBCSN calls, "The Night You Love to Hate" (which is quite amusing). Per an NBC Sports press release:

ALEX OVECHKIN AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST JIMMY HOWARD AND DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

Capitals Host Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live

(Because the Capitals will never forgive Detroit for 1998. Obviously)

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 27, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage features three matchups this week on NBCSN, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown between Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage on Wednesday begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live.

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Paul Bissonnette Signs PTO With The Portland Pirates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Portland Pirates,

The Portland Pirates today announced the signing of forward Paul Bissonnette to an AHL Professional Tryout Contract. The six-year NHL veteran will join the team later this week.

Bissonnette, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound left wing from Welland, Ontario, joins the Pirates after spending the last five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. While with the Coyotes, Bissonnette played 187 games, recording seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points and totaling 318 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in four playoff games with the Coyotes, collecting 15 minutes in penalties.

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Olli Maatta On How He Feels After Announcing Surgery To Remove A Tumor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Importantly for Olli, we don't expect this to affect his health in the long term,” Dr. Vyas said. “Secondarily, we expect him to do well from a hockey standpoint.”

Maatta spoke at the press conference and said he doesn't feel much different since learning of the mass during training camp physicals.

“I don't feel any different,” Maatta said. “Feel the same as I did before I found out. I don't think right now I feel any different than I did a year ago or anything. I feel healthy, and I feel fine.

“Only thing is different is now maybe I know I have cancer. You know what? It's tough news, but I don't think it has affected me much.”

He said there's about an 85 percent chance the mass is cancerous.

An ultrasound, DNA testing and a biopsy were all performed, Dr. Vyas said.

If there's something additional that Maatta needs to have done, that will come at the end of the season, Dr. Vyas said.

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Afternoon Line - Pierre LeBrun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Begin the regular season no latter than Sept. 20, which would ensure the Stanley Cup finals to be over no later than May 31. The kids are back in school in September, vacation is over, let's drop the puck already. And who likes hockey games in June? Just silly. There would be resistance to this for sure, heck, one southern team governor once pondered at an owners' meeting the merits of starting the NHL season in late November so as to not conflict with the baseball playoffs and the start of the NFL season. I'm sorry, but you're either a hockey fan or you're not. Drop the puck Sept. 20 and don't worry about what the other sports are doing. No games in June!

-Pierre LeBrun of ESN on what he would do if in charge of the NHL.  Read on for more ideas...

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Video- It’s A Slow Motion Monday, Last Week’s Action Slowed Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost four minutes of slow motion action from week 3 of the NHL season.

 

 

There once was a time you could only listen to the NHL.  With that in mind, the best radio calls from week 3, listen below...

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