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It Could Be The Summer Of Offer Sheets

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from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the Arizona Coyotes believe the single most important move they can make as an organization is to bring Matthews home. Matthews is the only home-grown player in Arizona history and would be a marquee attraction like no other, not to mention a dominant scorer who still has an upside in his game. Strategically, how could a team manage it? Well, one possibility would be to begin by signing Marner to an offer sheet first and offer a max contract. The Leafs would almost certainly have to match.

If they did, then at that point, the Coyotes could turn around and sign Matthews to a max offer sheet as well. At that point, the Leafs could be boxed into a financial corner, after spending $11-million per season to sign John Tavares away from the New York Islanders and then recently, signing William Nylander to an extension for just under $7-million per season.

Similarly, a team could target Laine and Connor. Laine is showing signs of being a consistent 40-plus goal scorer in the NHL and he doesn’t turn 21 until this coming April.

much more ($$$) plus other hockey topics...

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Notes Before Tonight’s Game Against Ottawa

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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

"Mike Green is out, I'm going to use the timetable 3-5 weeks. I think all those are always flexible. But right now, we're looking at 3-5 weeks for Mike Green," Blashill said. "We'll call Filip Hronek up. We're going to end up sending Brian Lashoff down, so that Lash can play.

"The reason we're making that switch is Fil's skill set obviously, is much more similar to Mike Green in terms of a skater, puck mover, potential power-play guy, although (Niklas) Kronwall will spend some time on the power play in Green's spot as well. So, we're going to make that switch. Johnny (Jonathan Ericsson) looks like he's going to play. And then Wade Megan is still out."...

 Detroit and Ottawa were not expected to be in the playoff hunt this season since both clubs are in a rebuilding phase.

However, the Wings and Sens have exceeded expectations and each team is within reasonable striking distance of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit, 14-14-4, has 32 points, while Ottawa, 13-15-4, has 30 points.

The Wings trail Montreal by five points for the final wild-card playoff berth and the Senators are seven points behind the Canadiens. All three teams have played 32 games....

more on each of the above topics...

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Video- What’s Going On With The St. Louis Blues?

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss the recent rumours surround Alex Pietrangelo and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Then, the guys try and figure out what's going on in St. Louis, why aren't they winning? Is Vladimir Tarasenko on the way out?


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Video- Before The Puck Drops Tonight At The LCA

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As you probably know by now, Mike Green is out 3-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, Hronek has been recalled and will play tonight.

Ericsson is questionable and reports state Lashoff is headed back to Grand Rapids.

In the video, Bertuzzi, Ericcson, Frk and Blashill after today's skate.


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Evgeni Malkin’s Slump

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from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune,

Evgeni Malkin has one goal, three assists and a minus-9 rating in his past nine games. He has scored one even-strength goal in his last 20 games. He was a minus-4 in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Geno tends to be a streaky guy, and sometimes all it takes is one goal and then he’s off to building momentum again,” coach Mike Sullivan said optimistically. “I think part of it is just simplifying his whole overall game. If he does that, he’s going to be fine.”

What does Sullivan mean when he says Malkin needs to simplify his game?

“Slowing his skating down and supporting the breakout. Stopping on pucks. When he has an opportunity to shoot the puck, shoot the puck. Don’t look for the next play,” Sullivan said. “We think he’ll come out of it.”

Malkin’s longtime teammates came to his defense after morning skate as well.

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Mike Green Out 3-5 Weeks

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 added 11:26am,


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Trade Talk Before The Holiday Freeze

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The NHL’s holiday roster freeze sets in on Dec. 19, prohibiting trades, waiver transactions and minor-league demotions through Dec. 27....

One team clearly open for business is the 28th-place St. Louis Blues, with GM Doug Armstrong reportedly saying he will listen to offers on any of his players with the exception of Jaden Schwartz and his recent top picks.

That’s why Blues defenceman Colton Parayko has risen to the top of the latest TSN Trade Bait board.

A lot of the attention has been on the future of sniper Vladimir Tarasenko or (now injured) captain Alex Pietrangelo, but there are teams ready to line up to acquire a player like Parayko, who can bring back a significant return.

Parayko, 25, is no stranger to the Trade Bait board. He spent time on the board last season. He checks a lot of boxes for teams as a still young, right-shooting and minute-eating defenceman with a booming shot and cost certainty for years to come....

Another defenceman in Jake Muzzin follows behind Parayko at No. 2 as the 31st- place Kings try to find a way forward. Either Muzzin or the injured Alec Martinez (No. 16) are prime candidates to be part of the shakeup.

Ditto Kings centre Jeff Carter, who doesn’t have a formal no-trade clause, but wields all the power to pick his next destination by way of a retirement hammer.

read on with more names plus 30 players on the trade list...

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From The Ottawa Side

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,


OTT: PP 21.8% (13th); PK 72.8% (30th)

DET: PP 17.6% (20th); PK 78.2% (19th)


Colin White versus Dylan Larkin: With Matt Duchene injured, White has moved into the role of the club’s top centre. His line didn’t do a whole lot against the Predators on Tuesday in Nashville. Of all the young players, White has shown the most progress and, in many ways, the most consistency. He has been strong at both ends of the ice. Larkin has been a bright spot for a Detroit team that’s rebuilding and he has to be shut down.


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The Winnipeg Jets Need To Improve Their Record Against The Top NHL Teams

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun (written before the Winnipeg OT win over Edmonton last night),

The Jets have had the luxury of playing the Blues four times already, the Blackhawks twice – and have scored 30 goals in those six games alone.

Toss in two games against the Devils and one each against the Kings and Flyers, and Winnipeg has enjoyed 10 games against the NHL’s bottom-feeding five.

Their record against them: a sparkling 9-1. Combined score, 48-25.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Jets have played just five games against their fellow top-six teams.

They have yet to play No. 1 Tampa Bay, but have squared off with No. 2 Toronto (twice), third-ranked Nashville, Calgary at No. 5 and sixth-ranked Buffalo.

Their record: 0-4-1. Combined score, 8-18.


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