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from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
Over the coming month, if he has not already, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan will field calls from suitors courting the services of defenseman Mike Green. At that moment, MacLellan, his scouts and the coaching staff will judge whether the proposed haul outweighs, at worst, the potential for keeping Green until season’s end then watching him walk, unable to reconcile a contract extension given his demands and their salary cap room. And if the value of Green is being discussed, games like Tuesday night might come to the fore.
MacLellan hasn’t shied away from expressing his opinion on Green, all but proclaiming that only a win-now haul would entice the Capitals into parting with the blue-liner they raised as a 2004 first-rounder. Draft picks and prospects would send the wrong message to the locker room, MacLellan said. Upgrading the defensive corps, rejuvenated under assistant Todd Reirden and bolstered with the offseason signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, seems beyond the radar. But if an offer comes in that addresses an area of need in the forwards, MacLellan hasn’t ruled out considering that.
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By Mike Shackil,
Having two of the biggest stars in the NHL has helped propel the Chicago Blackhawks near the top of the standings annually, and towards the top of the secondary market ticket prices as well. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews might be the best one-two punch in all of hockey, and have revitalized hockey in Chicago, and the Blackhawks fan base. The crowd comes in to watch this team win, which it does often. They are currently 31-17-2 on the season. They have an interesting schedule upcoming for February. Here are the three most expensive games in February, according to TiqIQ.
TSN's Bob McKenzie appeared on NBCSN's Rivalry Night....activities...to discuss possible trades that the Predators and/or Ducks might make, diving and a host of other topics. It was quite interesting, and the clip from Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker isn't geo-blocked:
I really don't know what to think about this, so I'll let the Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless take it away...
After breaking a team rule, Evander Kane was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and that may be the end of this little saga. Or we may soon see signs of a much larger rift.
Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.
Jets coach Paul Maurice scratched Kane from the lineup and after the game called it a coach’s decision. This is the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons. The coach has rules and he expects his players to follow them and there are few exceptions. The margin of error for a repeat offender such as Kane is thin. So he got benched.
How Kane takes this treatment will be the subtext of the next chapter. If he accepts he made a mistake and is willing to move forward, we’ll see him back in the lineup as early as Friday night. If he’s miffed, and decides he’d like to swat back at the organization, Kane does have a card to play. He can elect to shut it down and have surgery on an undisclosed injury.
Continued, and we all know that Kane may demand a trade. Or not?
Former NHL linesman Ray Scapinello appeared on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports to discuss the Tim Peel situation:
You can also listen to/download the audio here:
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
One of the hardest things for Maple Leafs coach Peter Horachek to hear right now is talk he shouldn’t be the Leafs’ coach at all.
With his club 1-11 since he took over the coaching reins, Leafs Nation is rife with talk that, maybe, it wasn’t so bad under former coach Randy Carlyle after all.
Horachek’s mantra is to keep pressing forward with the process, but he’s not idling and hoping for a break from critics and a bone from the Hockey Gods in the form of a win.
Horachek is likely more frustrated than any of his players or fans; this is a coach who spent nine years as an assistant in a solid Nashville Predators program, took over a hopeless situation on an interim basis in Florida last year, then progressed to an equally untenable situation in Toronto as an interim coach at the moment.
For the moment, Horachek remains stoic for public consumption, but is pressing buttons with his players harder and harder behind the scenes.
AHL President Dave Andrews joined Prime Time Sports to discuss the new California Division and its affiliates and also the plan for the NHL to adopt the AHL’s overtime rules.
Slava Fetisov recalls the "Miracle on Ice" while visiting Lake Placid with his daughter in 2013. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men premieres February 8th, 9pm ET on ESPN.
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