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My own problems with Yzerman started as a result of him mistreating my teammates. He was abusive to linesmen, and it made my protective instincts kick in and tell him off in no uncertain terms. The spark was lit after he belittled and verbally abused longtime linesman Mark Pare on an icing call in Detroit. It went way beyond simply yelling about a blown call. He treated Mark and other officials like they didn't even belong on the same ice as he did.

My next run-in with Yzerman came as a result of a disallowed goal in Minnesota. The dialogue won't be repeated on a family-friendly blog but suffice to say he wasn't a big fan of my style nor I of his. He made it personal and then escalated it when he elected to gripe to the media about me.

Retired NHL referee Paul Stewart.  Read more from Stewart at the Huffington Post.

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Dwight King Settles For A Three-Year Deal With The Los Angeles Kings

His scheduled arbitration date was this Friday.

 

added 12:34pm,

 

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P.K. Subban Asking For $8.5M In Arbitration

 

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Scott Hartnell A Great Fit In Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hartnell is happy to be here only because he believes the Blue Jackets have a chance to be good for several years, and he sees himself playing a key role in that. That starts with beating a Pittsburgh team that knocked the Jackets out of the playoffs.

“The Pens are not my favorite team, probably by far,” he said. “I think they’re only a couple hours drive from Columbus, so I’m excited to stir that pot a little bit and get under Crosby’s and Malkin’s skin and frustrate them like I usually do.”

He grinned.

More than two months before the start of the season, the trade of R.J. Umberger to the Flyers for Hartnell looks like a home run.

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Brad Marchand On Tomas Plekanec

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the B’s dressing room, and a national hockey audience got a taste of why when he repeatedly snapped his head back in embellishment during phantom high stick encounters against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The blatant play-acting even spawned the hash tag #Plekanecing on twitter where fans snapped selfies in mock pain and head-snapping embellishment.

During the 2014 Phoenix House Champs for Change dinner in Halifax, Marchand was asked by AHL President Dave Andrews during a panel discussion which NHL player irritates him the most. Surely it’s a long list with an agitator like Marchand, but there wasn’t much hesitation in his answer (YouTube video).

“There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”

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Chad LaRose returns, signs an AHL deal with Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate

This isn't blockbuster news, but Chad LaRose basically disappeared off the hockey map for a year (kind of like what Ian White's done now), and this evening, it appears that LaRose is going to attempt to make an NHL comeback the old-fashioned way, via an AHL deal with the Hurricanes' developmental affiliate. Per the Charlotte Checkers:

The Charlotte Checkers have signed former Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose to an AHL deal. LaRose, 32, spent parts of three seasons in the ECHL and AHL before breaking into the NHL and becoming part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2006. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound LaRose has played 508 games in his NHL career over eight seasons, all with the Hurricanes, accumulating 180 points (85g, 95a) and 286 penalty minutes.

The undrafted Michigan native has also appeared in 125 career AHL games with the Lowell Lock Monsters, most recently in the 2005-06 season, totaling 83 points (41g, 42a) and 71 penalty minutes. LaRose has not played at any level since posting four points in 35 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“For us, he’ll be a top player," Checkers coach Jeff Daniels told CarolinaHurricanes.com. "He’s a guy that has scored at the NHL level. I think we’re getting a hungry player. We’ve got a guy who’s going to play with a purpose and show not only Carolina, but all of the NHL, that he’s still a young guy and still has a lot of hockey left in him. He’s going to need to prove that he still has it, and I’m sure it will take some time to get the timing in game situations back, but he’s a guy that competes. He’s hungry, and he wants to get back to the next level.”

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Tuesday One Liners

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* The Reimer signing has had collateral damage for Martin Brodeur because Mister Goalie has but one NHL team remaining that might sign him: Minnesota.

* David Clarkson ranks among the Ten Most Likeable NHL Guys. That's why it's so tough putting the rap on him for his -- so far -- failure in Toronto.

* You want other Most Likeables; Nabby Nabokov; John Tavares, Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty, Henrik Lundqvist, Adam Henrique, Willie Mitchell, Scott Hartnell and Brian Gionta.

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A New Deal For Jake Gardiner In Toronto

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Report- Bryan Trottier Will Be Named Assistant Coach In Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of Sabres Edge,

The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to hire Hall of Fame forward Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach under Ted Nolan. Sources with close ties to the organization said the move could be announced sometime within the next week.

Nolan has been looking for help since firing assistant coaches he inherited when he took over for Ron Rolston last season. Teppo Numminen and Jim Corsi were not hired back while Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton were reassigned. It left Nolan with filling their jobs with his own people.

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Video- P.K. Subban Talks About Meeting Magic Johnson

via Sportsnet,

 

 

Magic Johnson's tweet is below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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