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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Afternoon

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The options for Tavares will be many. San Jose and St. Louis are thought to be at the top of the list of suitors should he make himself available. Teams with cap space and potential need for a No. 1 centre such as Vancouver, Vegas, New Jersey, are almost certain to be all over the first line superstar.

Montreal has forever been in need of a first-line centre and even though the Rangers require a star forward, they say they won’t jump into the Tavares fire. And it’s hard to imagine Detroit and Carolina not taking a run at Tavares.

And while it probably makes little sense position-wise or salary-cap-wise, the Maple Leafs will juggle numbers to see if this is in any way doable. Tavares is only 27. In nine NHL seasons, he’s only played in 24 playoff games, only once in the second round.

more on Tavares plus notes like these...

-  So what will be announced at the end of the season? Joel Quenneville has been fired as coach of the Blackhawks or Quenneville has chosen to resign?

- Department of dumb team rules: Not letting assistant coaches in the NHL talk to the media. Especially goalie coaches. Most head coaches know next to nothing about goaltending 

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Hockey Paralympic Gold Medal Game Is Tonight

from USA Hockey,

The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team meets Canada today in the gold-medal game of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The two teams enter today's game undefeated with matching 4-0 records. Puck drop is set for 12 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET, March 17) at Gangneung Hockey Center and will be broadcast live on NBCSN as well as live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.


When the puck drops today, it will mark the first time since sled hockey was introduced in the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games that the United States and Canada will face-off in a Paralympic gold-medal game. Combined, the two teams have won the last four gold medals in Paralympic play, with the U.S. capturing three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014) while Canada has won gold once (2006).

Puck drop at Gangneung Hockey Center is slated for 12 p.m. local time, making it an 11 p.m. ET puck drop on March 17 back in the United States. The contest will be televised live on NBCSN and also streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.

continued and in Canada, CBC will be streaming the game.

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Left Wondering About The Chicago Blackhawks

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Before the season, NBC rightly claimed Bruins-Blackhawks on March 11. The network deployed its varsity team of Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, and Pierre McGuire to call the game because of its projected significance. The Blackhawks are rolling on a nine-year run of postseason appearances, with three of their dashes stretching into Stanley Cup-winning marathons. They are a ratings behemoth, the perpetual well the league and NBC seemingly tap as often for Winter Classics (Bruins-Blackhawks at Notre Dame on Jan. 1, 2019) as regular-season matinees.

The nine-year streak will end soon. Only the Oilers, Canucks, and Coyotes are worse than the Blackhawks in the West. It is unfortunate when Chicago fans scream the loudest for anthem singer Jim Cornelison. They are more used to cheering wins and Cups. Instead, they are left to wonder whether GM Stan Bowman can pull enough bunnies out of his bowler to complement stars who are aging.

more plus other hockey topics...

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Looks Like The Carolina Hurricanes Will Pause Their GM Search

Two or three of the names mentioned recently politely declined for one reason or another.


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Video- The Best From The NHL Games Played On Friday

Five minutes to catch up on the action.


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NHL Short Notes

NHL Morning Skate


Home Team in Caps

WASHINGTON 6, NY Islanders 3

OTTAWA 3, Dallas 2 (OT)

Nashville 4, COLORADO 2

San Jose 7, CALGARY 4

ANAHEIM 4, Detroit 2

Minnesota 4, VEGAS 2

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Video- A 4 Goal Night For Evander Kane

San Jose beat Calgary 7-4.

Kane now has 25 goals for the season.


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31 Coaches Started The NHL Season And It Looks Like They Will All Finish It

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Job security has never been better for National Hockey League head coaches.

There hasn’t been one in-season NHL head coaching change this year for the first time since 1966-67 when there were just six jobs to go around, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It’s a record likely to stick with just three weeks remaining in the regular season – though hockey’s version of Black Monday is looming on April 9 when teams that missed the playoffs clean out their lockers for summer....

In fact, there have never been fewer than two in-season coaching changes going back to 1967-68. There were seven alone in 2011-12. The in-season record for firings is 10 in 1981-82, but there were also nine changes in 2000-01 and eight in 2002-03....

“I’m encouraged that hopefully the league is taking a breath, trying to find other alternatives before pulling the trigger,” said former NHL head coach Dallas Eakins, who was a midseason casualty in 2015. “That’s great. It’s good to see no one is being let go. I think everyone is being given a real good, fair chance to do something great. Sometimes it takes time.”

read on

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Audio/Video- Colin Campbell On Goalie Interference

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Campbell joined Hockey Central at Noon on Friday to talk about goalie interference reviews, and was asked about the league’s stance to keep that level of disagreement out of the press.

The main point of contention is that the current rule and process is in place because teams pushed so hard for it in the first place.

“Coaches and managers were requesting that we extend video review in a number of places in the game and we settled on two goal situations,” Campbell said. “Not puck over the glass or other areas, but just situations where goals occurred.

“Having said that, I reminded the managers at our Montreal meeting in November that it was their request … I pointed out in the GM minutes over the course of five years when they kept requesting it and we would warn them, particularly Gary Bettman: ‘Be careful what you wish for guys.’ Now it’s our problem and our fault that these things are difficult.”

more includes audio/video of Campbell on Hockey Central.  You can also listen/watch below...

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Hand Surgery For Kevin Bieksa, Out 2-5 Weeks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced that defenseman Kevin Bieksa will undergo surgery on his left hand today to remove scar tissue. He is expected to be out of the lineup for 2-5 weeks.

Bieksa has appeared in 59 games this season, earning eight points (all assists). The 36-year-old defenseman appeared in his 800th NHL game on February 11 vs. San Jose and played his 200th career game as a Duck on February 5 at Toronto. He posted a season-high +3 rating on December 31 vs. Arizona and earned a career-high seven blocked shots on December 29 vs. Calgary.

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