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Thoughts On Hockey

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Vancouverites went loco last weekend after Sportsnet’s Luke Fox published a Q&A with Trevor Linden. Linden took heat for one particular comment, saying about the Sedins:

“I don’t know how I walk into the room and tell these guys, ‘Strip it down.’ I’m not sure it’s fair to these guys.”

Here’s where I think he’s going with that. When Linden and GM Jim Benning took over, I believe the plan was to make one more run with the Sedins at the end of those contracts — next season. Now, you can certainly make the argument the team is not good enough, but that was the goal.

Considering Vancouver doesn’t seem interested in trading its veteran pieces, it might still be.

- The Senators are very much in it, but thin up front with injuries. Bobby Ryan is going to try to play hurt on the West Coast. If they could add another player, it would do them a world of good — but that’s Eugene Melnyk’s call.

Say what you want about Ryan, but he’s tried to play through a lot of injuries.

more including Olympics talk...

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Wings Assign Nosek And Coreau To Grand Rapids And Howard Returns

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John Scott’s Life In Hockey

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from John Scott at The Players' Tribune,

It was like something out of The Godfather.

Just as I was all alone in my dark hotel room, the phone rang.


I had just arrived in Nashville for the 2016 All-Star Game. After I landed, I went out with a few of the guys. We hung out on Broadway at the honky-tonk bars and had a blast.

I was lovin’ it.

I had been traded under some pretty suspicious circumstances two weeks earlier, and my life had been turned upside down, but hey, I was an All-Star. I was reunited with some of my old Sharks buddies. My wife was about to have twins. All the drama was behind me. In my mind, it was all good.

But just as I get back to my hotel room to lie down and watch TV, the phone rings. Not my cell phone. The hotel room phone with the loud, old-school brrrrrring.

Cue the mafioso music.

I pick up, and a mysterious voice says, “Hello, John. Mister Bettman would like to meet with you.”

I’m like, “What?”


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Time To End The Olympic Participation For The NHL

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When the game is played on NHL-sized ice, as was the case in Vancouver, rather than on an Olympic-sized rink, the game is more enthralling. It's as simple as that.

When we talk about the Olympics in terms of growing the game, what game are we talking about growing? The NHL game and the Olympic one are sometimes mutually exclusive. Forget the time difference and the difficulties of scheduling Olympic games during North American prime time. The more important question -- and ultimate incentive for owners -- is: Did the Olympic games in Japan, Italy and Russia do anything to promote the NHL game globally?

The answer is pretty simple: No.

Olympic games played on international-sized ice, which is 15 feet wider, are not NHL quality. It's not even close. To be blunt, it's often unwatchable.

Can you name memorable moments from those non-North American Olympic tournaments?


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Winning The Faceoff Is Just Step One

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hockey is the most unscripted of major sports, but it doesn’t mean the game lacks strategy, especially on faceoffs. Blue Jackets fans might have noticed this season their players talking more before draws and occasionally huddling.

The club is making a concerted effort to create more offense from faceoffs. Assistant coach Brad Larsen leads the campaign and offers a few set-play options before every game.  Boone Jenner’s goal scored 13 seconds into Saturday night’s 3-2 shootout win over Arizona was a play Larsen presented to the squad in a pre-game meeting.

“First shift of the game we had a play we wanted to do and it worked to a T,” said Dubinsky, who won the opening faceoff to set a play in motion that caught the Coyotes napping. “It’s a rare chance to say, ‘Here’s the tendency of another team. They forecheck this way, they come out to the points that way. We’re going to try this and see if it works.’”

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Jiri Hudler Continues To Battle Some Sort Of Virus

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Jiri Hudler is as confused as anyone.

The veteran forward has been disabled by a mystery virus this season, and has seen his own doctors in addition to Stars team doctors. But while nobody really knows what he has been battling, they do believe he is on the road to recovery.

"It's been a long time and frustrating, but it is coming along. I hope I am going to be playing as soon as possible," Hudler said. "I just felt really bad for the past five or six weeks or whatever it was. I've never been in this situation before, and I never want to be again, that's for sure."

Hudler, 32, has played just four games this season and has spent the rest of the time just trying to diagnose the problem. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the team believes Hudler's problems are similar to those suffered by Travis Morin in training camp.

"Just a virus, some type of virus, which really can't be answered," Ruff said. "I guess there's hundreds of them out there."


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Troubling Signs For The New York Rangers

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After the Rangers lost 4-2 to the Islanders...

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers competed. They put pucks to the net. They were punished physically for much of the contest by a more physical team that played with a growl, but never backed down. And yet, the Blueshirts made critical mistakes in the neutral zone and in front of the net.

They also could not capitalize on a majority of even-strength zone time (50-40 attempts) or on sustained power-play pressure during a four-minute advantage in the first period that produced nine shots, all sent on Halak with purpose. Not only were the Rangers kept off the board by Halak, they yielded a two-on-one immediately thereafter when Brock Nelson — who had concussed Matt Puempel to draw the double-minor — joined the rush on which Jason Chimera scored for a 2-0 lead at 17:24.

Puempel never returned. Nash left the game for good at 6:38 of the second cutting short his shift after nine seconds. The Rangers, who started the game without Michael Grabner (attending his grandmother’s funeral in Austria) were down to 10 forwards. They competed, but could not get it done.

And so, the wave of enthusiasm generated by that unexpected 13-4 bolt out of the gate is in the past. The Rangers are in deep, maybe in deep trouble, having won just four of their past 10 (4-5-1) and facing life without their prime difference-maker up front and with their prime difference-maker, period, struggling in nets.


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NHL Short Notea

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Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
NEW JERSEY 3, Vancouver 2
NY ISLANDERS 4, NY Rangers 2
PHILADELPHIA 3, Florida 2 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
NASHVILLE 4, Colorado 3
Detroit 4, WINNIPEG 3 (SO)
CHICAGO 4, Arizona 0
Calgary 2, DALLAS 1
Wayne Simmonds (2-0—2) scored both Flyers goals in regulation and Jakub Voracek potted the game-winner with just nine seconds remaining in overtime to propel Philadelphia to their sixth consecutive victory.
* The Flyers have won six straight games for the first time since a seven-game streak from Dec. 2-15, 2011.

* Simmonds, who leads the Flyers in goals and points with 15-11—26 in 28 games this season, ranks tied for third in the NHL in goals and holds sole possession of first in power-play goals (8).
Steve Mason made 42 saves to extend his personal winning streak to five games (5-0-0, 1.74 GAA, .947 SV %), allowing no more than two goals in each of those contests.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Jets wrap-up—two points are better than one

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets was their 2nd OT-or-shootout win in three nights and the team's 4th win in 5 tries on the road, and it represented two very, very necessary points as the Red Wings attempt to rally from their November struggles.

Detroit rallied from a 3-1 deficit and managed to earn one point before Henrik Zetterberg worked some magic in the shootout, affording the Wings a happy flight home despite a dreadful 1st period; the Jets felt that they let the Wings off the hook, or, as Andrew Copp suggested to CJOB's Christian Aumell, up off the surface of the ice:

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Prospect news: Griffins drop OT decision to Cleveland; Elfstrom scores 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins opened a 4-game week on an unfortunate note, surrendering 1-0 and 2-1 leads en route to a 3-2 OT loss at the hands of the Cleveland Monsters.

The Griffins received a goal and an assist from Kyle Criscuolo and a goal from Evgeny Svechnikov, but not even a 39-save performance from Eddie Pasquale could save the Griffins from surrendering a point to their nemesis.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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