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Video- Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Topics discussed during the Saturday Headlines segment- Claude Julien was in negotiations with another team besides Montreal and it was not the Vegas Golden Knights.  Next up was Alexander Radulov's next contract.

Also discussed was the mandatory five day break, what's going on with Curtis Lazar and the Antoine Vermette suspension.

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Coach's Corner was dominated by Hockey Day in Canada talk but other topics discussed included Claude Julien in Montreal and the play of Blake Wheeler and Mike Smith.

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NHL Short Notes

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, St. Louis 2
DETROIT 3, Washington 2 (SO)
Winnipeg 3, MONTREAL 1
Edmonton 3, CHICAGO 1
NEW JERSEY 3, NY Islanders 2
Ottawa 6, TORONTO 3
San Jose 4, ARIZONA 1
DALLAS 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Nashville 2
Florida 3, LOS ANGELES 2
VANCOUVER 2, Calgary 1 (OT)
 
WILD MOVE WITHIN A POINT OF LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS
Jason Zucker (2-1—3) factored on three of five goals as the Western Conference-leading Wild improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

* At 39-13-6 (84 points), the Wild moved within a point of the Capitals (39-11-7, 85 points) for the top record in the League.

Devan Dubnyk (37 saves) improved to 32-10-3 this season (1.97 GAA, .934 SV%, 5 SO) and reclaimed sole possession of the League lead in wins.

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Stars salute Strader

The Dallas Stars saluted Dave Strader as he returned to the booth despite battling bile duct cancer, both during and after the Stars' 4-3 OT win over Tampa Bay:

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Will the Blues still move Shattenkirk?

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports that the Blues are considering moving Kevin Shattenkirk even though St. Louis is in the thick of the Western Conference's playoff race:

Doug Armstrong is facing a deadline dilemma. Since deciding he’d send head coach Ken Hitchcock packing in favour of Mike Yeo on Feb. 1, the St. Louis Blues are back in a playoff position and heading into Saturday’s action they were five points ahead of the Nasville Predators for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.

Now, the Blues’ GM has an even bigger decision to make regarding unrestricted free agent defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk.

He is regarded by many in league circles as the biggest chip available at the March 1 trade deadline, but Armstrong is facing the reality that the Blues are in the thick of the playoff race in the West. Can he really afford to send Shattenkirk elsewhere just because he won’t sign a deal?

The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams that have shown interest.

Right now, the asking price for Shattenkirk, 28, who has 11 goals and 42 points, has three elements: a high-end prospect, a first-round pick and another piece. Teams don’t want to pay that for a rental and the Blues are willing to do a sign and trade. However, a deal fell through recently.

“If they can get a good deal I think they’ll take the assets,” said a league executive Saturday.

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Video- The Toronto Maple Leafs Add Four More Players To Legend Row

A 9 1/2 minute clip.

 

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Claude Julien Should Send A Thank You Note To Mike Babcock

feom Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Claude Julien owes a tip of the cap and maybe a whole lot more than that to his friend, Mike Babcock, for the $25-million deal he just signed with the Montreal Canadiens.

And he’s not alone in the coaching fraternity.

When Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings for Toronto, he did so with more than one intent in mind. He wanted to change the salary structure for the head coach in hockey. He wanted it more in line with what coaches are paid in the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball. He wanted to be the difference maker — not just behind the bench — and he did considerable research to establish a new paygrade for a coach in the National Hockey League.

Babcock is paid $6.25-million US salary per season with the Leafs and in signing that deal, he absolutely obliterated the previous marks. And with it has come a difference. 

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Evening Line- Stu Cowan On The Montreal Canadiens

Canadiens fans who were so excited by the return of Julien to replace the fired Michel Therrien ended up booing the team off the ice Saturday.

Welcome back, Claude. 

-Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on the Habs...

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George McPhee Is About To Get Real Busy

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

McPhee’s phone is already buzzing with GMs trying to make deals in principle. He is permitted to eventually make expansion-draft trades with teams. In other words, McPhee says, “Maybe we take a pick or prospect to promise not to take this player from a team or to take a player from that team.”

“I’ve built high-flying teams in the past, offensive, entertaining teams and would like to do the same thing,” said McPhee, the Washington Capitals GM for 17 years. “What we do with the expansion draft hasn’t been settled yet because until we see the entire universe of what teams want to do, who they want to protect and expose, we don’t know which way we’re going to go.”

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What To Expect As The Trade Deadline Approaches

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The March 1 trade deadline is less than two weeks away. It’s possible that Cup chasers such as Washington, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota look into roster-finishing rentals for depth purposes.

But based on chatter around the league, the deadline is not shaping up to be a locus of activity involving first-round picks, prospects, and players with term changing teams. The refrain that executives are parroting around the league: The draft-and-develop blueprint is not negotiable.

Part of this is because of current circumstances. The $73 million salary cap is not expected to rise significantly in 2017-18, if at all. The only committed sellers are Colorado and Arizona because of the parity promoted by the cap and the points system. Teams are pursuing compliance for the expansion draft out of fear of losing a first-round pick for not meeting the league’s criteria.

But teams also are finally wising up to the fact that drafting and developing is the most effective team-building approach. If trades happen, they take place before the draft when picks are in play and budgets have yet to be filled. The deadline is more for complementary acquisitions. 

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Celebrate Hockey Day In America On Sunday

STAMFORD, Conn.  – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features that explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.  

Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBC’s HDIA presentation continues at 3:30 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings.

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