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Doug Weight In Charge

from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,

“Here we go,” he said while approaching the waiting throng of television cameras and reporters.

The pressure is instantly on Weight, 45, a Stanley Cup winner with Carolina in 2006 who started his career with the Rangers and finished it with the Islanders in 2011. Since then, Weight had been an assistant under Capuano, who led the team to the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

But with the squad enduring an inconsistent first half, squandering leads and losing games late, General Manager Garth Snow made the coaching switch, putting Weight in charge on an interim basis.

“When it comes down to it, we have to play better,” said Weight, a native of Warren, Mich., who served as the captain of the Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers during his 19-year playing career. “I’ll just be standing a little more to the right on the bench. Guys have to play better, and I’m going to let them know when they’re not.”

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Jonas Brodin Out At Least A Month With A Fractured Finger

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a fractured finger suffered in last night's 4-3 loss to New Jersey.

Brodin, 23 (7/12/93), has tallied 16 points (3-13=16) including five power-play points in 43 games with Minnesota this season. He has already surpassed his point and assist totals from last season and owns a career-high two game-winning goals. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, ranks second on the team in blocked shots (68) and third in TOI/game at 19:46. Brodin has collected 70 points (18-52=70) and a plus-21 rating in 306 career NHL contests with the Wild.

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Team Needs And Wants

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With six weeks to go until the NHL’s 2017 Trade Deadline, here’s an early look at each team’s needs, wants and wishes:

BUFFALO

Top priority: Future assets
Scoop: GM Tim Murray has been one of the trade deadline’s biggest sellers over the past few years and he likely will be again this season. Buffalo has extra second and third-round picks this June to show for it. They can probably add to that total with pending UFAs Cody Franson and Brian Gionta. Maybe another team can rehab pending RFA Zemgus Girgensons into the 30-point scorer he was two seasons ago.

DETROIT

Top priority: Shed salary
Scoop: The lights are likely to go down at Joe Louis Arena for the final time this spring without a Stanley Cup playoff appearance for the first time since 1990. Detroit already has $68 million committed for next season, plus they need to re-sign RFAs Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. Keeping Tomas Vanek not only doesn’t help for the long-term future but only complicates the cap crunch.

ST. LOUIS

Top priority: Walking the tightrope
Scoop: The Blues gambled last year and let David Backes and Troy Brouwer walk for nothing on July 1. They need to get something before Kevin Shattenkirk does the same. The difficulty is in finding a fit that won’t do a disservice to the Blues’ current crop, even if they aren’t as strong as in years past.

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Wednesday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- When it comes to Paul Maurice, my thoughts are this: 2017–18 is the final year of his current contract and I do believe it was always Winnipeg’s plan to discuss an extension with him after the season. Sometimes, the ground shifts underneath our feet, throwing our best-laid plans out the window. In a perfect world, that’s what I think the Jets would still like to do. The organization is loyal and patient. They gave Claude Noel a longer rope than most other teams would have, and you always look for patterns in behaviour.

One of the reasons I think Winnipeg likes Maurice: He plays their young players. The Jets want to know what they have. It’s not always easy to find coaches comfortable with that, especially since being a bench boss is not exactly a stable profession.

- A year ago, it’s unlikely Shane Doan would have thought about waiving his no-move protection. Finishing his career with one franchise was very important to him (and I suspect still is). What changed? The Coyotes would like to see someone else grab the mantle of leadership, recognizing even he cannot play forever.

Monday in Edmonton, Arizona had five power plays. Doan did not get time on the first four. It’s not hard to see where this is going, and the team is losing. That’s why his outlook is different. He’ll have to accept a depth role, but I could see three of the California teams taking a look. As Doan said himself, “It’s going to have to be a perfect situation.”

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Video- Chris Kreider Fined For Hitting Cody Eakin With His Helmet

 

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Morning Line- Mark Hermann On The New York Islanders

The Islanders need an updated blueprint and a broader vision. They missed their chance to build on having finally won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years. It is hard to keep thinking of them as a team of the future, what with John Tavares in his eighth season and the wave of young players behind him never having flourished.

-Mark Hermann of Newsday where you can read more on the Islanders.

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Comparing The Toronto Maple Leafs And Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Leafs are already in a playoff spot -- and with so many games in hand they're likely the second-best team in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres hit town off a solid win over Dallas but still last in the division.

Asking Babcock how surprised he was to have accelerated past the Sabres made him recoil after the morning skate.

"I never said that, you just said that right?" Babcock said. "Sometimes when you ask those questions then the next thing that comes out in the media is like I said that. Just so we know, I did not say that."

The room broke up because Babcock made sure to emphasize each of the last four words. He then proceeded to explain himself further.

"To tell you the truth, I don't spend a whole lot of time concerning myself on the other teams. We're building our own product here. We have a lot of work to do. I tried to say that yesterday. I told our players the same thing. We're 41 games in. Let's just try to get better every day. We do that, we have a chance to be a good team moving ahead. That's what we're trying to do."

Now obviously, the biggest thing in the Leafs favor is they tanked for half a season (Garrett Sparks in goal, anyone?) and were lucky enough to win the draft lottery to take Auston Matthews. The Sabres put together two of the worst seasons back-to-back in recent NHL history and didn't get the little ping pong ball bounce either time.

Jack Eichel is a terrific young player. But he's no Matthews. No shame in that. But it's the reality.

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Videos- What Goal Impressed You More? James van Riemsdyk Or Jared Spurgeon

 

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A Goalie Problem For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...If there was one constant on Broadway, it was Lundqvist’s consistent excellence through which he infused his team with confidence night after night after night and allowed the Rangers to overcome deficiencies anywhere and sometimes everywhere else.

Until now.

In words that have most assuredly never been previously typed: Lundqvist has allowed 16 goals on 76 shots in 138:18 (.789/6.94) over his last seven periods after being torched for seven in 40 minutes Tuesday night at the Garden before being mercifully pulled for Magnus Hellberg in the Rangers’ 7-6 defeat to the Stars.

This is a crisis of confidence for the goaltender, who no longer looks at ease in making even the most routine save. And this is a crisis for the Rangers, who seem to be suffering a concurrent collective nervous breakdown of their own in front of the team’s signature athlete.

Lundqvist was both figuratively and literally helpless in this one, with his teammates appearing to have only the most casual acquaintance with the concept of playing defense in falling behind 7-3 by the 17:40 mark of the second period before a furious push in the third period produced a 25-4 shot advantage and several last-ditch chances to get at least a point.

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Video- The Nashville Predators Could Have Used This Goal In A 1-0 Loss To The Vancouver Canucks

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

A lengthy review ensued despite such a play not being reviewable by NHL rules, making the situation even more peculiar. The explanation of the overturned call — or lack thereof — didn't set well with Predators coach Peter Laviolette.

“I don’t know understand myself,” Laviolette said. "I don’t understand any explanation I got tonight. None. It’s frustrating. We’re in a playoff battle, so we need every point. We’re walking away with none tonight.”

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It would have looked a lot better if the ref waved off the goal instead of pointing out the puck crossed the line since it was probably his intent to blow the play dead.

 

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