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Ilya Kovalchuk Left Behind

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t travel with the Kings this week. Per Rob Blake, he remained back in Southern California, where he’ll get additional on-ice work with the team’s development and skills staff at Toyota Sports Center. That often happens when a player is coming back from an injury and isn’t quite ready to travel, and Brendan Leipsic (lower-body) will also skate with the on-ice group. That doesn’t apply to Kovalchuk, who is healthy but has been held out of the lineup for three of the last four games.

On the surface, the timing seemed particularly questionable because of Kovalchuk’s comments to The Athletic and the LA Times last week disparaging the opportunity afforded by Desjardins since the coach’s November arrival, but Blake didn’t give any indication that there were ulterior motives behind the decision to keep the forward home and forcefully shot down the suggestion that it was based on any sort of punitive measure, saying, “he wants to get better.”

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Afternoon Line- Drew Doughty

added 6:53pm, May as well give him the Evening Line too,

 

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Video- They Call Them Bloopers

Six minutes of them.

 

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President Trump Welcomes The Washington Capitals

added 3:57pm,

 

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Video- Goals Of The Week

Sportsnet style,

 

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Try Being A Fan Of The Edmonton Oilers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

It sucks to be Edmonton.

At least as far as the playoffs are concerned.

In what might be the most passionate market in the world, a city whose emotional well being has always been partially linked to its hockey team, fans in Edmonton have to the face the cold hard truth one more time.

The organization let them down again.

While other Canadian cities are gearing up for sunshine and playoffs, face-painting and more alcohol than should probably be consumed on a week night, Edmonton will once again be standing on the outside with its nose pressed against the post-season window, watching everyone else have all the fun....

Edmonton gets Year 12 in the Decade of Darkness. Another spring with no games to get excited about, no reason for fans to wake up with butterflies in their stomach because it’s the morning of Game 7. No reason to shake with rage because “how much %#$#%*! $#i$ are the referees going to let Perry and Kesler get away with!” No reason to high five perfect strangers for no other reason than they’re wearing orange and blue. No reason for bars and restaurants to make more money in a single series than they do in a month.

This is what fans follow hockey all year for — to come together and share in the anticipation, stress, excitement, controversy and emotion.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (March 25, 2019) – Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 24.

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Video- A Slow Motion Week In The NHL

A little over 4 1/2 minutes long.

 

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Former NHL Player Bert Marshall Keeping An Eye On The Seattle Hockey Group

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

The most quietly famous hockey resident of Poulsbo has a view of the Hood Canal from a home on five wooded acres of gorgeous Kitsap County property.

Bert Marshall also has some well-honed views on Seattle’s incoming NHL expansion franchise and the importance of hiring the right team builders, starting with the general manager and then the coach. During 15 NHL seasons, Marshall, a stay-at-home defenseman, played for some of the best and worst teams in league history: from Gordie Howe and the mid-1960s Detroit Red Wings, to the California Golden Seals expansion disaster, to a New York Islanders squad that grew into a dynasty.

But by the time Marshall got to the pre-dynastic Islanders, the architects of that squad were leaning on him to show younger players the work ethic needed to differentiate the best from worst.

“I like to say that I was the guy the stars had to play against before they could be stars,’’ said Marshall, 75, whose life here in Washington now on two-plus decades has been nearly as unassuming as his career. “I think I held my own.’’

He’s paying attention locally now to how NHL Seattle builds its own on-ice product. The group has considered hiring a GM this summer rather than next year, a decision hinging on the caliber of candidates expected to become available.

“That’s the one hire you’ve got to get right,’’ Marshall said. “Everything else will flow from that.’’

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All Brian Burke

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athletic,

- The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in June: What is Brian Burke doing that night?

Well, I’ll be working, hopefully. But afterwards? I’d go to a bar and join the party. I think it’d be great for the city. I think there’s this perception that when you get fired by a team you want them to do poorly, and that’s just not the case. I’m a season ticket holder here. I live here. It would be a wonderful thing for this city to have a Stanley Cup champion. I don’t think they’re going to do it. I don’t think they’re there yet. But I would be celebrating like everyone else.

- How long until we see you working for another NHL team?

I don’t see that. I like what I’m doing. I think I’m going to keep doing this. I like it.

18 more (paid subscription) Q & A with Brian Burke.

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