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Leading Up To The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Below is a live running timeline I use for some of the Twitter accounts I follow in the hockey world.

Keep and eye on it for the latest trade deadline news. This post will remain sticky through March 1st.

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Watching The 2017 NHL Stadium Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 27, 2017 – NBC Sports’ primetime presentation of the 2017 NHL Stadium Series on Saturday on NBC, featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field, was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in three years, excluding Winter Classics, according to data provided by The Nielsen Company.

The Penguins’ 4-2 win against the rival Flyers (8-11 p.m. ET) averaged 1.917 million viewers, up 13% vs. last season’s primetime NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche (1.698 million; 2/27/16), and was the most-watched regular-season non-Winter Classic game since the 2013-14 season (PIT-CHI; 2.759 million; 3/1/14). The game delivered a 1.12 household rating, up 17% vs. Red Wings-Avalanche (0.96).

Locally, the Penguins’ victory delivered a 16.3 rating in Pittsburgh, up 137% vs. the Penguins 2015-16 NBC regular-season rating (6.9). Philadelphia produced a 5.1 rating, up 12% vs. last season’s NBC average (4.6). NBC was the top network in both markets during the game. Digitally, the game set Stadium Series records for uniques (56,000) and live minutes (2.3 million).

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Jordie Benn To Montreal

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added 4:22pm, Montreal press release is below...

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Alex Burrows Could Soon Be In An Ottawa Senators Sweater

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With Ottawa...




added 5:01pm, Vancouver release is below.

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Looks Like Brian Boyle Is Heading To Toronto

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added 3:45pm,



Tampa Bay release is below...

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All Dale Tallon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This weekend, Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com's sat down with Tallon at the BB&T Center to get his thoughts on Florida's current lineup and what trades, if any, the club will look to consummate ahead of the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday, March 1.

FloridaPanthers.com: Now that the Panthers have clawed their way right back into the thick of the playoff picture, what sort of moves, if any, can fans expect at this year's trade deadline?

Tallon: We're looking and listening to everything.

There's not too much going on for us right now. There are too many teams still involved, believing they have a shot [at the playoffs]. With few teams selling, there's a trickledown effect and the prices are high. We're not going to mortgage our future just to get a Band-Aid.

We like our team, we have a very good team and the team is playing very well. For us to move forward (on a potential trade), it has to make a lot of sense. It can't disrupt the chemistry of our team, which is terrific. And it has to be a fair deal that doesn't have a negative effect on our future.

FloridaPanthers.com: This year's playoff race seems to be especially tight as we approach the final of stretch. From your perspective, what kind of effect will this have on the trade deadline?

Tallon: There are still 27 or 28 teams that have a chance to make the playoffs.

I think the combination of that - and what might happen in the expansion draft in June - has made teams reluctant to take on long-term deals because they might have to protect that player and lose another player they have a better liking for.

We're in a good position though and we've talked to a lot of teams. There are some deals that might make sense and others that don't....

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Wild Trade Teemu Pulkinen To The Coyotes

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations.

The 25-year-old Pulkkinen has registered 1-0-1 with two penalty minutes (PIM) in nine games with the Wild this season. He has also collected 18-18-36 and 36 PIM in 47 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) in 2016-17. Pulkkinen was selected to participate in the 2017 AHL All-Star Game.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Vantaa, Finland has totalled 12-9-21, a plus-six rating and 28 PIM in 79 career NHL games with the Wild and Detroit Red Wings.

Pulkkinen was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (111th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

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Nick Jensen speaks with MLive’s Savage regarding his contract extension

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 3:43 PM: Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen was signed to a 2-year contract extension this morning, and he spoke with MLive's Brendan Savage regarding inking the deal after finding out about it while on "Bye Week" vacation in Las Vegas:

"It's been quite an adventure this year obviously," said Jensen, 26. "I started off the year going through waivers, getting sent down to Grand Rapids, just part of being a professional hockey player. But I just stuck to it down there, do what I had to do, just kept playing like I wanted to play in the NHL.

"I eventually got the opportunity and I took advantage of it, I feel. From the first game on out I think every day I was just going in there just trying to make my way back into the lineup every game, just proving myself every game trying to get in there. It's led to a two-year contract that I'm really excited about."


Jensen credited his time in Grand Rapids with helping prepare him for the NHL. In 228 games with the Griffins, he had 10 goals, 51 assists and a plus-51 rating.

"Absolutely, I think the time I spent in Grand Rapids was immense in my development," he said. "It can be frustrating at times being down there for four years and seeing some guys called up over you but that's part of the development they wanted, mentally tough people. If you're just going to give up and quit because one bad thing happened to you, you don't want a player like that, really. I think the mental part of it is a big part of it, too, and that's what I went through in Grand Rapids and I think it helped out a lot when I got up here."

Savage continues, adding Jeff Blashill's take on the signing, and he posted a video of Jensen's remarks:

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Salary Cap Not Helping The Arizona Coyotes

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

On a conference call Sunay night, Coyotes GM John Chayka said the word “miserable” three times and basically summed up the franchise’s annual fire sale by saying he was, “just trying to make the best of a bad situation.” He also talked about “never, ever, having to do this again.”

Good luck with that one, John. More than any other thing, sports teams sell hope and no team has done that better than the Coyotes have over the years. Fulfilling that hope has been another matter entirely. Two years ago, they peddled hopes and dreams in the form of Keith Yandle and Zbynek Michalek. Last year it was Mikkel Boedker and this year it was Michael Stone and Hanzal.

And with the exception of Michalek, all those players who were dealt away were players who were drafted, developed and cultivated by the Coyotes. So the scouts did their jobs and the minor league and NHL coaches did their jobs, but these players who were franchise fixtures were dealt because the organization couldn’t afford to keep them. And here’s where the big ruse comes in. Remember when we all missed a season of NHL hockey in 2004-05 because the NHL was intent on forcing a salary cap on the players? Of course you do. And what was one of the NHL’s primary justifications for ensuring cost certainty? Well, a huge component was that small-market/non-traditional teams such as the Coyotes were supposed to be able to hang onto the talent they had worked so hard to cultivate when it came time for those players to be paid.


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Vanek, Smith weigh in on the deadline

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 3:13 PM: NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika posted some intriguing Tweets of comments made by Thomas Vanek and Brendan Smith ahead of the trade deadline...

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