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Video- The Carolina Hurricanes Celebrate Their 2006 Stanley Cup Victory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

They stood at center ice with the Stanley Cup above their heads one more time, just as they did 10 years ago under very different circumstances. Mike Commodore wore his famous robe. Doug Weight and Kevyn Adams lifted the Cup without the pain of wounded limbs this time.

Rod Brind’Amour spoke for those members of the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes who joined him this weekend to celebrate that triumph, and his words carried the weight not only of then but now.

“As an organization, you can’t live in the past, but you have to look back at the successful past because it gives you a blueprint for the future,” Brind’Amour said, the captain of that team and an assistant coach of the current one.

For the fans in attendance Saturday night, those memories of the Stanley Cup remain as fresh as ever.


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The 4th Line

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The ideal fourth line is hard to play against, responsible defensively and chips in the occasional goal.

The Detroit Red Wings haven't gotten that from their fourth line this season, but coach Jeff Blashill hopes the recently formed trio of Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan can be a much-needed energy line.

"We put it together with the idea that we wanted an identity on that line," Blashill said. "They all play a similar-type game, they're all real good defensively, they can be physical, they have offense in them. They're a good, grinding-type line."

Blashill said the inspiration for that line came from watching the Tampa Bay Lightning's Valtteri Filppula, J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan play well against the Red Wings on Feb. 3.


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How About Steven Stamkos To Buffalo?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Tim Murray needs Steven Stamkos. He thought he needed Mike Babcock too but that ended up with the Detroit coach simply leveraging Buffalo on his way to Toronto. The Babcock affair comes to mind with all the chatter on Canadian sports giant TSN in recent days after the Dion Phaneuf trade opened a lot of cap space for the Leafs.

Suddenly, the thinking is that Stamkos may actually find it more palatable to sign in Buffalo come free agency if he doesn’t stay in Tampa Bay, than to head home to Toronto.

Something tells me this is going to end up the same way. If Stamkos doesn’t work out an extension with the Lightning, it seems hard to imagine any team trading for him as a rental and then losing him anyway come July 1. If not Tampa, it has to be Toronto.

The Sabres certainly have more to offer Stamkos. They’re far closer to winning than the Leafs are and already have core pieces in place. How would Stamkos look alongside Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart, for instance? You want more money than the $10.5 million per year that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are making? No problem. Terry Pegula can easily come through with $11-12 million a year, even with the need to pay Rasmus Ristolainen now and Eichel and Reinhart in a couple of years.

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  Tags: steven+stamkos

Video- Marian Hossa Hurt In Loss To The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The lack of depth scoring, the lackluster efforts in home games, the sluggish starts of late — all those quibbling concerns that have troubled the Blackhawks recently looked awfully minor late in the second period Saturday night when Marian Hossa lay crumpled on the ice in the corner, writhing in pain.

A Hampus Lindholm hip check sent Hossa tumbling into the boards, where his left leg appeared to get jammed. Hossa was slow to get up, and was putting little, if any, weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice and back to the dressing room. He did not return.

“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks, their third loss in as many home games. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”

When asked if Hossa could be out weeks, Quenneville said, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”...

Quenneville called the Lindholm check “on the borderline.”

“Not much you can say about those hip checks,” Jonathan Toews said. “I think they’re always risky. A guy takes a hit low like that, if your skate gets caught in a rut or can’t quite give out the way you want it to, something’s got to give there. More often than not, it doesn’t end well.”

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watch the hit below and also the game recap...

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Video- Happy Valentine’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Have fun today folks!


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Video- Recap Of The Ten NHL Games Played On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just over four minutes of hghlights from the NHL games played on Saturday.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins set-up; on Richards’ 1,100th game, the GSH line & interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings face the Boston Bruins today (3:00 PM EST on NBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) both facing up at the Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings--where the 30-19-and-6 Bruins sit one point ahead of the 28-18-and-9 Wings' 65 points--and facing an uphill climb as the Wings haven't beaten the Bruins in six games.

When did the Wings last defeat the Bruins? Game 2 of the 2014 playoffs. Before and after that game, Boston's won 10 of 11 meetings between the two teams.

The Bruins are coming in with an impressive 6-game road winning streak as well, having most recently defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday, and the ever-charming Brad Marchand has goals in 12 of his past 12 games.

In front of Jonas Gustavsson, and minus Patrice "body injury" Bergeron, the Bruins delivered Claude Julien's 500th coaching win on Saturday; the B's credited their absent captain for bearing down on the Wild, as BostonBruins.com's Caryn Switaj noted:

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Waiting for the market to set prices

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:

Perhaps, it’s the calm before the storm.

The NHL trade deadline is set for Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. EST and while it will be tough to see a deal bigger than former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf being moved to the Senators in a blockbuster Tuesday, there’s still a sense among league executives it’ll be busy enough between now and the cutoff date.

The issue right now is the market is flooded with forwards and that needs to sort itself out because nobody is sure just who will move and who won’t. Naturally, the biggest question mark is Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, but the betting money is he won’t be going anywhere.

After his name, people are eyeing the likes of Carolina’s Eric Staal, Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd, Boston’s Loui Eriksson, Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell, Kyle Okposo of the Islanders and Tampa holdout Jonathan Drouin.

“Right now, there’s a lot of forwards out there,” said a league executive.

Sooner or later, someone has to move to set the market.


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Brooks: Tavares might ‘bolt’ from Islanders’ identity crisis

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:

So, no, I don’t believe that there is the slightest correlation between [Steven] Stamkos’ looming availability this summer and Toronto’s excise of Dion Phaneuf’s $7 million cap hit that runs through 2020-21 via last week’s stunning trade with Ottawa.

The deal does indeed create oodles of projected space for the Leafs down the line, albeit with a skeleton roster, following the 2017-18 season. And who might become available as a 27-year-old free agent on July 1, 2018?

Why, none other than John Tavares.

It is more than two years down the line, and the steps that might take the Mississauga native — for whom Greater Toronto has lusted since ever before this other No. 91’s junior career commenced in Oshawa a decade ago — from here to there cannot be plotted at this early date.

But the Islanders have work to do here with not only Tavares, working on the fourth year of a club-friendly six-year deal worth $5.5 million per season, but with their entire team in making the transition from Long Island to Brooklyn.

Maybe it will change upon this summer’s transfer of ownership, but the franchise thus far has attempted to straddle the two locales, in essence refusing to acknowledge the reality of where the team plays and to whom it belongs.

Brooks continues...

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, john+tavares, new+york+islanders, steven+stamkos, tampa+bay+lightning, toronto+maple+leafs

Prospect news: Griffins win in Iowa; Walleye defeat Brampton; Marsh scores 2, Saarijarvi 2 helpers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Colin Campbell had 2 assists, 4 different Grand Rapids Griffins players scored, Jared Coreau stopped 28 of 31 shots, and the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Iowa Wild 4-3. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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