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The Avs At The Trade Deadline

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Here’s what I think is going to happen: As the March 1 trading deadline approaches, whether that means in the final weeks or the final minutes, the Avalanche will have decent — not great — offers on the table for Duchene and Landeskog.

By “not great,” I mean a package that doesn’t qualify as a mouth-dropping difference maker. A great “offer” is: Did they really offer that? To qualify as great, it would have include an eventual long-term, standout defenseman for the franchise. And more.

I’ve brought this up before, but I feel stronger about it than ever.

Then will come the acid test for Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic.

Does he make an inadequate deal for the sake of making a deal, for the appearance of doing something major to avoid leaving the impression he is fiddling while Rome burns … to the ground?

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Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Topics of discussion on Saturday Headlines include the future of Sam Bennett in Calgary, Brad Treliving on the last year of his contract, Patrick Laine is now cleared for practice and the decision to shut down Clarke MacArthur for the season.

Also discussed were the St.Louis Blues including Kevin Shattenkirk and their goaltending issues and other topics including the size of goalies.

Watch at Sportsnet.

On Coach's Corner, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry talked about "The Russian" on the Leafs, Jeff Carter, don't shoot the puck too hard on a dump in along the boards, and small pucks for youth hockey.

Cherry then pointed out the play of a few players and talked about Henrik Sedin.

The segment can be watched here.

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NHL Short Notes

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 5, St. Louis 3
COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2
Ottawa 3, TORONTO 2 (SO)
Buffalo 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
ARIZONA 5, Tampa Bay 3
Washington 4, DALLAS 3 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Anaheim 3
Edmonton 7, CALGARY 3
SAN JOSE 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
 
LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS RALLY TO EXTEND POINT STREAK
Washington overcame a 3-1 deficit and Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime as the League-leading Capitals (31-9-6, 68 points) extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2).
 

 

 
Philipp Grubauer turned aside 32 shots – including an incredible blocker save on Stars forward Tyler Seguin in the third period – to extend his personal point streak to nine games (7-0-2). Grubauer improved to 9-1-2 overall (2.05 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO).
 
Nicklas Backstrom (4-12—16 in 9 GP), Alex Ovechkin (4-8—12 in 7 GP) and Andre Burakovsky (4-3—7 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks.
 
* Washington earned their first win vs. DAL since Oct. 25, 2008 (6-5 OT W), snapping a nine-game slide (0-8-1).
 

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Video- Robin Lehner With The Save Of The Night

Possibly the save of the year too.  The save was in OT and the video also contains the game winning OT goal by Buffalo.

 

 

Below, Carey Price made two key saves near the end of regulation to force OT.

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Video- Two Minutes For Clipping On Radko Gudas

Eadko Gudas gets 2 for clipping

Wayne Simmonds 2 for unsportsmanlike

The Devils scored 16 seconds into the 5 on 3.

Gudas may be a marked man by the refs.  He has not been the same player since his return from suspension, although he said he would not change his game.

 

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Questioning The Top 100 NHL Players Of All Time

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend.

And as such, I would expect current toss-ups — including Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, Carey Price and maybe John Tavares or Steven Stamkos — to be named at the expense of others long retired and out of the public eye.

That’s OK, it is about promoting the league. But by the way, if Price is named, then Henrik Lundqvist most certainly should be on the list of honorees as well. Current bias is one thing, Canadian bias would be another.

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No Quit In Claude Julien

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The losses pile higher, the hope of a playoff berth grows slimmer, and Bruins coach Claude Julien said Saturday that he is fully aware of the ongoing rumors that have him on the verge of being cashiered from Causeway Street.

Sounding somewhat philosophical about his future, and resolute about his commitment to improve his club’s faltering record, the 56-year-old Julien made clear that he’s committed to the job and intends to remain here until or unless told otherwise.

“My job is to coach this team and do everything I can,” said Julien, less than 24 hours after his club fell again at home, 1-0, to the Blackhawks. “And if I become one of the reasons that we are not doing well, then I think management has to make that decision — it’s not my decision to make.

“So I am not quitting on this team. I am not quitting on anybody, I am not quitting on management.

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Saturday Afternoon Hockey Notes

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, 

- Tough break for the Wild, who will be without second-pairing defenseman Jonas Brodin for at least one month. The left-shot defenseman was diagnosed with a broken finger after Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday. Through 43 games, Brodin had three goals and 13 assists while averaging 19:46 of ice time. It had been a much better season for Brodin. Last year, he fought through a 2-5—7 line in 68 games. But under first-year coach Bruce Boudreau, Brodin has recovered to the point where the Wild face a tough decision regarding expansion. The Wild are not likely to use the 7-3-1 format to protect three defensemen....

- If the GMs are serious about improving their rosters, they would not hesitate to accelerate next year’s trade deadline by at least two weeks. This year’s deadline is March 1, which likely means another month of inactivity while teams debate whether they’re buyers or sellers.

Five weeks of regular-season play isn’t enough for deadline acquisitions to assimilate with their new teams. But the bigger issue is how the lousy points system creates massive clusters in the standings until it’s too late.

The Red Wings, for example, still believe they can extend their playoff streak to 26 seasons, even though they’d have to vault over five teams. More than a half-season of stagnant rosters does nothing to engage trade-hungry fans. Owners fume over gear-grinding while their executives have their hands tied. The solution seems simple: make the deadline earlier.

- As tempting as it might seem for Detroit to re-sign Thomas Vanek, the wiser decision would be to sell the UFA-to-be to the highest bidder. Given Vanek’s resurgence (12-19—31 in 34 games), the rebuilding Red Wings could ask and receive a good return. GM Ken Holland’s problem is the preexisting condition of long-term dough on his books: Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Justin Abdelkader, and Jimmy Howard. Bringing back the 33-year-old Vanek would only compound the problem.

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Video- Bo Horvat Took A Puck To The Back Of His Head Last Night

 

 

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Underperforming Stars

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Jamie Benn, a scoring champion in 2014-15 and 41-goal scorer last season, has 11 goals in 43 games this season. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, averaging 28 goals per season in his career, has seven this season.

Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton has scored only three goals and each one has been an empty-netter.

“There are quirky things going on,”  Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill told USA TODAY Sports. “Why are some of the best players in the game struggling right now? It’s hard to believe.”

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar only has four goals in 39 games. Corey Perry, who netted 50 in 2010-11, only has eight goals, putting him on the lowest scoring pace of his career.

Is this is a coincidence, a World Cup hangover or just another natural changing of the guard? Young players such as Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Toronto’s Auston Matthews, Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers are all thriving this season.

Calgary Flames president Brian Burke doesn’t believe anyone should read too much into it.

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