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Video- You Make The Call Pittsburgh/Toronto

Pens receive two for goaltender interference.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Some of the topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed: Leafs/Penguins 1st period, injuries stemming from the bench door being open, Brad Marchand and Patrik Laine plus a few more items.

via Sportsnet,


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Hockey Talk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- For the first time in 52 years and the first time ever, that is the history the Devils can prevent from happening by locking down a place in the playoffs.

Because if the team on the other side of the Hudson is unable to reverse the recent downward slides of 3-6 and 7-10 that threaten to spoil this unexpectedly pleasing season, it will mark the first time since 1966 without a New York/New Jersey presence in the Stanley Cup tournament and the first time ever without a N.Y./N.J. team in the playoffs in a year we had at least two teams in the league....

- So we — the hockey community — are told a primary reason Erik Karlsson wasn’t dealt at the deadline was because he (through his agents at Newport) refused to discuss a contract extension with interested parties.

But according to the CBA, Karlsson, working on a multi-year deal that runs through next season, is prohibited from negotiating an extension until July 1, just the way all players on multi-year deals are forbidden from talking numbers on an extension until July 1 of the year preceding free agency.

Unless, of course, the league had granted Ottawa/Karlsson a singular exemption to yet another asinine clause in the labor agreement that is meant to hamstring teams, and if so, the Rangers would probably have liked to get one too while engaging suitors for pending 2019 free agent Ryan McDonagh.

more on the first topic and other notes too...

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GIF- Not Sure If This Would Be Legal In The NHL?

What Do You Think?


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The Latest Corporate News On The Arizona Coyotes

from Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports,

Coyotes chairman and governor Andrew Barroway is exploring potential partnerships for his ownership of the franchise, and he is engaged in discussions with a handful of significant investors, a league source told Arizona Sports.

It’s unclear and undetermined what role or share the unidentified investors would have in a new ownership structure and there is no timeline on any potential changes to that structure.

Aside from the obvious infusion of money, the idea for bringing in additional investors would be to better position the franchise for its long-term goals in the Valley, such as building a new arena, building a practice facility, increasing its efforts to building the sport in Arizona and forging more partnerships in the community.


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Hockey Notes On A Saturday

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I wouldn’t replace Lamoriello if I didn’t have to. If he’s healthy enough, strong enough, willing to put in the work to do the GM job, and of complete sound mind, why make a move? Lamoriello has a lifetime of experience and success. Can anyone say with certainty that Dubas or even Hunter would have similar success. There’s no way of predicting that.

- It’s killing the analytics crowd that Arizona is last in the NHL and there are no more stories to be written about boy genius GM, John Chayka. Funny, you see stories on analytics when they pertain to success. But you don’t see many that pertain to failure.

- Oh, there have been other great combinations down the middle over the years. Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg in Colorado. Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis in Pittsburgh. Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov in Detroit. Stan Mikita and Phil Esposito in Chicago. Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard in Montreal.

But you have to wonder now: Where do Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the amazing Pittsburgh combination, rank all-time?...

more Lamoriello talk, keep reading for Crosby/Malkin and other topics too...

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Video- Brad Marchand Collision With Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair will not return to the game.


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The Drop-Back Pass On The Power Play

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

On March 3, as Paul Byron carried the puck through the neutral zone during a Montreal power play, Sean Kuraly almost paid the Canadien no mind. Kuraly practically skated behind Byron without even so much as a hint at attacking the puck carrier and denying him entry into the Bruins’ zone. This was by design.

Like many teams, Montreal runs the delay on its power play. Its intention is to drop the puck back to one of its two trailers — the wizardly Jonathan Drouin being the No. 1 option — and disrupt the penalty killers’ gaps. Because of this approach, they want the opposing forward to close on the puck carrier. Once that happens, the Canadiens will drop the puck back to Drouin and force F1 to re-gap. ...

For teams that like the delay, the first setup is to use two trailers. That way, if the first trailer runs into a roadblock once accepting the drop pass, he always has the second trailer as an option. The Bruins utilized the delay earlier this season. Torey Krug would carry the puck up the ice. David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner were the trailers. Krug would usually drop the puck to Pastrnak. If Pastrnak couldn’t gain the zone cleanly, he could dish to Spooner on the left.

The wrinkle that power plays introduce is when they only use one trailer. In those cases, F1 has to adjust his route and be more aggressive on his approach in the neutral zone.

more plus other topics including a look at Colin Larkin, Dylan's older brother...

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Hot Seat Coaches

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

An oddity of the 2017-18 NHL regular season is that not a single coach has been fired. Five coaches were fired in-season in 2016-17.

It may mean that several coaching changes will occur in the offseason.

Here are six vulnerable coaches:

Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have a personnel problem, not a coaching problem. The Red Wings have a new arena and selling tickets isn’t as easy as it once was. Firing a coach is viewed as a team embracing a new direction. No one is sure what is going to happen with general manager Ken Holland, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

If Blashill is fired, it will be under the banner that the team’s younger players need to listen to a different voice.

Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks: Quenneville has won three Stanley Cups since 2010. How could you consider firing him? You could if you believe the organization has grown stale and a fresh approach is needed. It isn’t fair, but it is the way teams conduct business. Wouldn’t he be a good fit as Connor McDavid’s coach in Edmonton? It would guarantee improved team defense.


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The Wrong Choice By The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

At a time when diversity matters, and when the #MeToo movement is bringing more attention to the treatment of women, specifically women in the workplace, the hall of fame was handed a golden opportunity this week to demonstrate it has its ear to the ground and understands the changing culture around it....

Scotty Bowman, one of the greatest coaches in NHL history, ended his 15-year tenure on the hall’s 19-member selection committee on Dec. 31. This was a tremendous chance for the hall, led by chairman Lanny McDonald, to change the mix of the committee, to add a new and different kind of voice.

A woman. A person of colour. Someone to reflect the changing demographics of this great sport, to broaden the hall’s appeal and send a strong message that the game welcomes everyone, and includes everyone at the highest levels....

So what did the hall do with its opportunity to make a powerful statement on diversity with the opening made available by Bowman’s departure? It announced on Tuesday that high-profile broadcaster Pierre McGuire, 56, would take the legendary coach’s place on the selection committee.

Another older, white male.

Let’s be clear. This is not McGuire’s fault.


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