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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.”

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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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Bob Murray On The Health Of Ryan Kesler And Patrick Eaves

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via Kyle Shohara of the Ducks website,

With the season winding down, Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager and Interim Head Coach Bob Murray today gave injury updates to Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves.

Kesler has missed the past seven games with a hip injury and has been limited to 60 games this season. The 34-year-old center appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on March 5 at Arizona. "We're going to meet with the doctors tonight, Kes and I," Murray said to reporters today. "Kes has to get everything in his life in order as to what he has to do in order to play. It's not exactly good for his body, the things he puts himself through. We need to take full inventory of where he is in his life and go forward from there. The agent and I have talked a bunch."

Murray wasn't optimistic when asked if there's a chance the former Selke Trophy winner suits up over the final two weeks of the season. "I doubt strongly you'll see him again this year."

Eaves hasn't played with the Ducks since Feb. 4 vs. Toronto and has been limited to seven games this season. The 34-year-old forward has also appeared in seven games with the AHL's San Diego Gulls, most recently on Feb. 23. Eaves played just two games last season because of post-viral syndrome.

"He's had a setback," said Murray. "Texted with him yesterday. There is no new diagnosis or anything. This is a very troubling situation, and everybody is doing the best they can with it. There is no diagnosis, and he's just struggling again with everything. Like Kes, we hope he gets better so he can have a normal life. I don't want to speak for him, but he's just struggling. It's more like what he had last year.

"He's experiencing some of the same issues as last year. Let's just leave it at that."

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A Few Players On The Ice For Practice

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via Dana Wakiji tweet,

Houda gives the instructions to the group taking part in optional practice. The rest are doing off-ice workouts.

In other news, I am going to take it easy for the day/night in about an hour or so.

Burned out a bit, need a little down time until tomorrow morning.

If anything big breaks, I will post it while putting whatever I am watching on pause.

 

added 3:37pm, If interested, and update from the Vegas side is below.

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Afternoon Line- Scotty Bowman

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"Vasilevskiy, to me, is the key. Whoever Tampa plays (in the playoffs), the goaltender at the other end is going to have to really rise to the occasion. You don't win in the playoffs unless your goalie outplays the other guy. That's historic."

-Scotty Bowman.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has much more from Bowman, including talking about his Montreal and Detroit teams.

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Video- Brian Burke On Eugene Melnyk And The Ottawa Senators

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via Sportsnet,

The Hockey Central at Noon panel discuss the consistently problematic actions of Eugene Melnyk.

 

 

Melnyk made a radio appearance today and again made some controversial comments...

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GIF- Michael Kempny Out Indefinitely

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from NHL.com,

Michal Kempny will be out indefinitely for the Washington Capitals because of a lower-body injury.

The defenseman was injured during the second period of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Coach Todd Reirden said Friday that Kempny was having more medical testing done to better determine how long he would be out.

"I'd say we're going to have to be without him for an indefinite amount of time right now," Reirden said.

Kempny has NHL career highs in goals (six), assists (19) and points (25) in 71 games this season playing mostly on the top pair with John Carlson.

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Watch the injury below.

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Mike Babcock On His Relationship With Kyle Dubas

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added 12:37pm,

added 12:57pm, Video of Babcock speaking below.

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Yanni Gourde Will Be Meeting With DoPS Today

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Watch the hit here from last night.

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