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19 Days Before The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Another week, another exercise in trying to put 10 pounds of fertilizer in a five-pound bag.

It’s T-minus 19 days and counting to the NHL trade deadline, so let’s try to size up some of the situations/players we’ll be watching and talking about between now and then.

In honour of the Dustin Byfuglien signing in Winnipeg and Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, let’s start with a trio of defencemen:

Travis Hamonic: The sense I’m getting from teams that would like to trade for Hamonic is that New York Islander general manager Garth Snow would really rather prefer to put this whole thing off until the summer.

The Islanders are all about a) making the playoffs, and b) trying to make a splash in the playoffs. Unless an incredible offer comes across Snow’s desk in the next couple of weeks, which is certainly possible, those interests are likely best served by keeping Hamonic for the rest of the season and trying to deal with his closer-to-home (Western Canada) trade request (for personal reasons) in the off-season.

That doesn’t preclude a deal between now and Feb. 29, it just means it’s going to have to be perfect for Snow to radically alter team chemistry now when he isn’t under any real pressure to do so.

continue for more on Hamonic and more possible trade notes...

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Shanahan’s Leaf Legacy

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Toronto Maple Leafs traded their captain Dion Phaneuf.  The return is nothing that should excite the Leaf fans.  It looks like Milan Michalek who has 10 points so far this year is the best player in their return.  This is a move that further tears down the Leafs.  Their goal was to get rid of Phaneuf because it isn't clear how this trade makes the Leafs a better team  in the near term or in the longer term since they don't bring in any significant prospects.

Toronto is currently a last place team and this move makes them worse.  It isn't a sensible move under the premise of tanking for a better draft pick because there is a draft lottery and Toronto already has a good chance at being the team with the best chance of winning.

If we look back a little over a year, Toronto was in a playoff berth when they opted to fire coach Randy Carlyle.  Brendan Shanahan made a conscious decision to change course and tear things apart.  As a result, Toronto lost last season.  They have also lost this season so far and it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.

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Ken Holland On Detroit’s Goaltenders

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


added 4:11pm,

Holland did an interview on TSN1200 in Ottawa, talking goalies, Larkin, Phaneuf and more.

Listen here.

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Duff: Wings proud of their ‘D-Boss’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 1:15 PM: From the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, via RedWingsFeed: The Red Wings may be razzing Dylan "D-Boss" Larkin after that old YouTube video hit the web, but Henrik Zetterberg and Jeff Blashill assured the press that the Wings are going to take care of their master of the "snip show":

“Yeah, D-Boss is going around here in the locker room,” confirmed Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. “I think he was a little rattled when it came out at first but he’s young, he was even younger when that video was made.

“I just keep telling him that it will work out in his favor in the long run.”

That Larkin has chosen to see the good-natured fun in the ribbing he’s been getting from his teammates is just another sign of how quickly this kid has grown up.

“That’s an important part of being comfortable in your own skin – which is the ultimate sign of maturity – being able to laugh at yourself a little bit and understanding we’ve all done different things in life,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “All of us, you have to be comfortable in your own skin and that’s one thing he’s good at.”

Blashill isn’t joining in the festivities at Larkin’s expense.

“I won’t call him D-Boss,” Blashill said. “I’ll call him Dylan.”

Upate: Here's more from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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The Washington Capitals Have It All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

“Thumbs up” to the Washington Capitals, because … can you think of a reason why not?

They lead their division by a whopping 17 points, the Eastern Conference by 12, and they sit atop the full league standings with the second-place Chicago Blackhawks six points behind.

It follows that the Caps win wherever they play, so both the home and road records are best in the league. And so is their power play and the penalty killing ranks 4th.

Alex Ovechkin has his 11th straight 30-goal season. Evgeny Kuznetsov is this year’s breakout player. T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams were “just what the doctor ordered” off-season acquisitions that could make Brian MacLellan the NHL’s top executive.

continue for more on the Capitals plus a look at the Phaneuf trade...

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Red Wings-Senators game-day articles: Road ‘simple’ execution, revamped lines keys to defeating Sens

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 9x at 2:28 PM: The Red Wings held an optional morning skate ahead of the Dion Phaneuf show, I mean a crush of Canadian media interviewing Dion Phaneuf before tonight's game between the Red Wings and Phaneuf's Senators (7 PM EST start on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and while the spotlight was squarely on Phaneuf...

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Video- Welcome To New Jersey Mr. Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Booing then Louing...


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McKenzie: Canucks lose Edler, Sutter to injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Bob McKenzie (again):

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  Tags: alex+edler, brandon+sutter, vancouver+canucks

Kings waive Ehrhoff

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Ehrhoff's earning $1.5 million this season, per General Fanager.

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Was the Boston Bruins’ rout at the hands of Los Angeles a ‘time for a trade’ indication for Boston?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From ESPN's "Morning 3 on 3":

Scott Burnside: Well, that was quite a homecoming for Milan Lucic, no? The former Boston Bruins power forward and key member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team returned with his new team the Los Angeles Kings, and they put a big-time hurt on the Bruins in a 9-2 trouncing. Ouch. Nine different Kings scored, including Lucic (who also added an assist). We have often suggested these teams are mirror images of each other in terms of style and identity, but maybe Boston's reflection has more than a few cracks these days. While Lucic has fit seamlessly with the Kings, purveyors of heavy hockey who have rediscovered their mojo, the Bruins continue to meander through the Eastern Conference. Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in? More to the point, how does rookie Bruins GM Don Sweeney approach his first trade deadline? Add or subtract? Both? Neither?


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  Tags: boston+bruins, don+sweeney, los+angeles+kings, milan+lucic

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