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Winnipeg To Make Floor

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Almost a week ago I asked how the Winnipeg Jets will make the salary floor next year.  The Jets have the smallest payroll in the NHL.  General fanager has them at $59.8 million this year.  Two of their more expensive players Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd were scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer and it seemed a reasonable guess that they would leave as free agents.  It turns out that isn't what will happen.  Dustin Byfuglien just resigned with the Winnipeg Jets.  He is signed for the next four years with a $7.6 million salary cap hit.

I didn't see how Winnipeg could make good hockey decisions and make the salary floor.  It turns out that a big part of doing this was signing Byfuglien for more than he will be worth.  Does anyone imagine that at age 34 he will be worth a $7.6 million salary cap hit?  I think it is quite a stretch.  It is almost certain that this is a bad contract that Winnipeg will regret.  Byfuglien will be ery hard to move given his salary cap hit.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Senators set-up: Wings hope to sustain streak vs. Phaneuf’s Sens

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings take on the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:00 PM EST start on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to build upon a 2-game winning streak while facing a puzzling opponent:

Before the Dion Phaneuf trade, the 25-23-and-6 Senators were attempting to nudge itself back into contention for a Wild Card spot, and the Senators served notice that they were warming up over the weekend, defeating the Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday and the Lightning 5-1 on Monday.

Those victories serve as more than enough notice to the 3rd-in-the-Atlantic Wings that they're going to face stiff opposition this evening.

This is also the 4th game of 5 regular season meetings between the Wings and Sens this season: the Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to Ottawa on Friday, October 30th and defeated them 5-3 on Saturday the 31st, and Detroit defeated Ottawa 4-3 in ovetime on November 15th. These teams are familiar with each other, and they tend not to like each other very much.

All of that being said, the media spotlight will be squarely on Dion Phaneuf on Wednesday, and the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch breaks down the deal:

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Panthers still very upset with Abdelkader’s hit on Barkov

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You may take this for what you will, from the Miami Herald's George Richards...

[Aleksander] Barkov was sent back to South Florida after being knocked out of Monday's game by Detroit's Justin Abdelkader. As part of the NHL's concussion protocol, Barkov was automatically out of Tuesday's game and is expected to miss Friday against St. Louis as well.

One member of the Panthers' front office said Barkov was sent back only because he wasn't playing Tuesday and isn't scheduled for any more neurological tests. The Panthers hope to have Barkov back Saturday against Nashville.

As for Abdelkader, not only did he not get a penalty for the hit on Barkov but he won't face any supplemental discipline from the league either. With no hearing scheduled, Abdelkader is expected to be in the Wings' lineup Wednesday against Ottawa.

"That's our best player and my good friend so maybe I'm looking at the situation differently,'' said Jussi Jokinen, who has had a beef with Abdelkader since last week. "But in talking to others around the league, it was a dangerous hit. He needs to be suspended. ... After seeing the replays, the league needs to do a better job."

Said Shawn Thornton: "My understanding of the rule is, if a player is vulnerable, it's the player's obligation to not throw that hit. He did."

And the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:

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Video- Martin Brodeur’s Number Goes To The Rafters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,


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Report- A Few Regulars In Calgary Will Not Be Playing Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

While the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing their first game since trading captain Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames are expected to be missing stars of their own.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Flames forwards Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are expected to be out against the Leafs for disciplinary reasons.

According to the Calgary Herald, Flames head coach Bob Hartley called practice after just 25 minutes on Monday, the morning after the players were given Super Bowl Sunday off.

The Herald also reports “a couple of regulars” in the Flames lineup showed up shortly before the start of practice, but did not name the players, and Hartley declined to comment when asked, stating he wasn't "going to clean his laundry in public."


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TSN Insiders Talk The Trade Today And More Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun break down what the Dion Phaneuf trade means for the Senators and Maple Leafs, and discuss what could be next for Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello, as well as how the move affects the trade market for defencemen.

watch here, no IP limitations...

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Prospect news: Ehn, Frolunda Indians capture Champions League title; Griffins file weekly release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the Champions Hockey League, Christoffer Ehn didn't register a point as his Frolunda Indians defeated Karpat Oulu 2-1 to capture the Champions Hockey League title;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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D-Boss Talks

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Yes, he says snip in the video, not snipe (cut him some slack, he was 13).

Reporters caught up with Larkin following Tuesday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena to ask him about the video and his alter ego, D-Boss.

“When we were 13 we were hoping that it would blow up and get a bunch of views. So it's fun,” Larkin said, referring to the video. “Looking back, yeah, it's a little bit embarrassing, it makes me cringe a little bit but I was a kid. I was young.”

Larkin’s Red Wings teammates definitely had some fun at the rookie’s expense, of course.

“It's been funny, I guess,” he said. “They're all having fun with it. I guess I have to own it. It's already out there."

The beginning of the video, shot in his friend’s basement, shows Larkin draped in an American flag and wearing a rally cap (that’s a baseball cap turned inside out), as he introduces what’s about to go down.


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The Cost Of A Rental

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A year ago, rental players such as Antoine Vermette and Andrej Sekera netted first-round picks to their respective selling teams, while a pile of other pending unrestricted free agents went for second-round picks.

The question this year is whether the rental market has gone down a notch, as is the prevailing wisdom three weeks away from the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

"There's no chance you're seeing first-round picks go out for rental players this year," one Western Conference hockey executive said Tuesday. "Those days are over."

Well, we've heard that before, so maybe it's just wishful thinking from the buyers.

Having said that, the premise has some merit.

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Caputo: Petr Mrazek the Wings’ M-V-G

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo:

Mrazek’s leads the NHL in save percentage (.933) and goals against average (1.97). No Red Wings’ regular goalie has been under two for a full season since Sawchuk in the ‘50s.

The Red Wings won four Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2008, and they were backstopped by three different goalies, Mike Vernon (1997), Chris Osgood (1998 and 2008) and Dominik Hasek (2002).

Perception is the Red Wings’ championship drives were fueled by overall team play rather than the goalie.

It’s why Osgood, despite posting obvious Hall of Fame statistics, hasn’t been inducted yet. Vernon isn’t in the Hall, either, Hasek is, but his resume was build primarily playing for Buffalo.

This is different. Mrazek is THE dominant force for the current Red Wings.

The Red Wings struggle to score goals. They will be without their best defenseman, Niklas Krowall, for an extended period.

Yet, they keep rolling – mostly because of Mrazek. He is their great elixir.

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