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The New York Islanders Should Have Listened To Butch Goring

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bosotn Globe,

Butch Goring, let go as the Islanders’ coach late in the 2000-01 season, met with then-owner Charles Wang in an exit interview. “He asked me for an appraisal of his team,” recalled Goring. “And I told him, point blank, ‘I know you are thinking of trading [Zdeno] Chara. Do not do that. It will be the biggest mistake you make in your life. Do not trade this guy.’ ” And with a hearty chuckle, Goring added, “He didn’t listen to me.” Then-GM Mike Milbury wheeled Chara to the Senators in a deal that also sent Bill Muckalt and a first-round pick to Ottawa for Alexei Yashin. Ottawa used the pick, No. 2 ovearll, to claim Jason Spezza in the 2001 draft.

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The Wings Had An Optional Skate Today

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Howard will be in the net for Detroit.

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Video- “You Have To Start Getting This Right NHL” - Flyers/Islanders

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Certainly the wrong call.


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Ilya Kovalchuk On Willie Desjardins

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from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

After being left out of the Los Angeles Kings‘ lineup for the second time in three games, Ilya Kovalchuk has spoken — and he didn’t mince words.

The veteran forward, listed as a healthy scratch under interim head coach Willie Desjardins last Saturday against the Florida Panthers and again Thursday versus the San Jose Sharks, openly questioned his coach’s strategy and wasn’t afraid to voice his displeasure about sitting out.

“It’s horrible,” Kovalchuk told The Athletic‘s Lisa Dillman on Friday (subscription required). “That’s the worst. But [Desjardins] didn’t play young guys. He plays seven D. That’s his new strategy.”

Desjardins’ decision to ice an extra defenceman in place of Kovalchuk was a bit of a head-scratcher, considering the usual motivation for scratching veterans at the end of a lost season typically centres around wanting to get a closer look at some AHL call-ups.

“What you can do? That’s his decision and he’s the head coach – 10 more games. What else we can do. Just practice hard and show the young kids that that thing can happen to anybody. You just have to keep going,” said Kovalchuk.


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A One-Year Deal For Zdeno Chara

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BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 23, that the team has signed defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 season worth $2 million, plus an additional $1.75 million in performance-based incentives.

Chara, who is in his 21st NHL season and 13th with Boston in 2018-19, has appeared in 55 games this season, recording four goals and seven assists for 11 points with a plus-16 rating.

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The Minnesota Wild Find Themselves In A Playoff Spot After Win Against The Washington Capitals

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from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

After Friday’s impressive win, the Wild are back in a playoff position, one point clear of the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes, both of which have a game in hand.

“It means temporarily we’re in a playoff spot,” Boudreau said. “That’s what that means.”

He placed tons of emphasis on the word “temporarily” and for good reason. After all, the Wild have made a habit of looking like Stanley Cup contenders from time to time, only to follow it up with a wretched performance akin to that of a Pee Wee game.

“I think we’re trying to figure it out, too,” Zach Parise said, trying to explain the Jekyll and Hyde charade to no avail. “Just like we’ve been doing for a little while, we got ourselves right back in the mix, so it was a good win.”


Catch the game highlights below.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

Minnesota 2, WASHINGTON 1

ANAHEIM 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

NHL Morning Skate – March 23, 2019

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Yanni Gourde Suspended Two Games

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Follow the link for the video.


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Video- Hirose The Topic Of The Day Plus Blashill With A Health Update

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Well, I hit the couch for the night in 5 minutes so one last update.

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s far too early to make any bold predictions about new Red Wings forward Taro Hirose. The undrafted free agent out from Michigan State has played in just two NHL games.

But he has already made a nice impression on teammates and Detroit’s coaching staff.

Hirose earned an assist in both games, saw time on the power play, and didn’t look out of place on a line with veterans Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen.

“Poise, vision, it looks like he wants to make a play every time he has the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after Thursday’s 5-2 loss in St. Louis. “We made a comment to him about spreading the zone and right away the next shift, he goes out and he spreads the zone.”


Below, Blashill after today's practice.

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KK- A Mental Break Tonight

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Yes, I am mentally drained and with only two NHL games tonight, a good time to become a couch potato.

I will post if anything major happens, otherwise see you in the morning.

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