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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* Like the Islanders of last Spring Columbus has given Pitt the heebie-jeebies but, in the end, the Blue Jackets just can't keep up with Sidney, Inc.

* Miller vs. Crawford looked like a win for St.Lou but it only goes to prove that Chi has the better goalie and the Blues have a fading star.

* I’m worried for San Jose.

* Biggest disappointment so far? How about the Flyers captain? Come out, come out wherever you are, Claude Giroux.

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Happy we have another day to complain and speculate day!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with a Chris Osgood interview and Tomas Tatar revealing that he's heading to the World Championships at 3:50 PM: I'd been assuming all along that the Red Wings would just want to get their locker room clean-out done and over with, as they have in past seasons, so I've written three very lengthy and comprehensive entries attempting to frame the next steps as Red Wings fans prepare for the longest offseason in a long time.

I tried to channel a few slow days due to a stomach virus and no sleep last night into preparing for an onslaught of Wings news from the people whose opinions tend to determine the course of April, May, June, July and August in the Red Wings coach, GM and players...

But I've been out of the media loop in terms of the particulars of said clean-out day--I will explain this to you in more detail and perhaps ask for your support in a certain initiative to change the terms of engagement, but this is not the week to engage in such an endeavor--and a kind-hearted soul informed me that the Wings will in fact meet the media for the final formal time tomorrow at Joe Loius Arena, not today.

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Live Stream- Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Operations Announcement

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The press conference was scheduled to start at 12:00pm ET but it looks like they are running a bit behind.

added 12:29pm, Press conference is over.

added, the Canes have made the press conference available so you can watch it at any time.

 

added 12:14pm, Official press release below..

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Red Wings prospect catchy-uppy post: Griffins take 2 from Heat; Bertuzzi to play for OHL title

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst the prospect stuff that transpired between Stomach Virus, Commence! and today:

On Friday, in Major Junior hockey, Tyler Bertuzzi was held off the scoresheet, but his Guelph Storm defeated Erie 5-0 and advanced to the OHL Championship in 5 games. Bertuzzi (8 goals, 6 assists and 14 points in 13 playoff games played) will battle the North Bay Battalion for the OHL title starting on Thursday, May 1st;

Also on Friday, in the WHL, Michell Wheaton and Marek Tvrdon's Kelowna Rockets dropped a 7-3 decision to the Portland Winterhawks, and they were eliminated by the Portland Winterhawks in 5 games. Portland will battle the Edmonton Oil Kings for the WHL championship, and Wheaton, a 6'5" defenseman, registered 5 assists in 14 playoff games played, and Marek Tvrdon registered 5 goals, 8 assists and 13 points in 14 playoff games played.

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Your James Norris Memorial Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 28, 2014) – Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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A few more post-elimination Red Wings musings, assessing blame

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I regrettably have to take a sedative medication as part of my antidepressant-and-anxi-anxiety cocktail. Every once in a while, about once in every 90 days, my body informs me that the medication that usually puts me to sleep (and it's a medication whose brick-subtle tendencies I only put up with because it works quite well) informs me that it's simply not going to "take," and as a result, I don't sleep.

On top of battling that stomach bug and preparing for locker room clean-out day, not-so-subtle hints from the GM prior to his and Mike Babcock's end-of-season speeches included, I'm in just a lovely mood this morning.

So, a certain not-so-friendly voice has weighed in on the future of the Red Wings, and as this person seems to believe that the team has no viable prospects to "replace" the "aging core" players who plan on playing for a few more years at least in Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, the blogger who shall remain nameless but you all know by name issues the following conclusion as to the team's "future"--despite making some rather cogent points along the way:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DUCKS RALLY LATE TO ELIMINATE STARS
Trailing 4-2, the Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation – including Devante Smith-Pelly’s tying goal with 24.2 seconds left on the clock – to force overtime, where Nick Bonino potted the series-clinching goal at 2:47.

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Calgary Flames Have Found Their GM

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added 1:04pm, The Flames will hold a press conference today at 3:00pm MT.

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What Will Washington’s Front Office Look Like?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

... the larger, unanswered question is whether the Caps will stick with a traditional NHL front-office model – McPhee was vice-president and GM for the past 17 years – or switch gears like the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs and hire someone as the head of hockey operations to select the new general manager and coach.

If they go that way, there really aren’t a lot of people with superstar ties to the Caps organization, who could theoretically be their Trevor Linden or Joe Sakic - or even Ron Francis, who will be elevated to the Carolina Hurricanes general manager’s job later this week.

You can't imagine Peter Bondra or Olaf Kolzig stepping into that role because realistically, the most identifiable Caps player in history still plays for them today – Alex Ovechkin, the four-time winner of the Rocket Richard trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader.

Some would argue Ovechkin is running the show already, from that dot on the left-wing offensive zone face-off circle where he scores most of his goals, mostly on the power play, but clearly he’s not ready to join the suit-and-tie brigade just yet.

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The Blue Jackets Are Staring At Elimination

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The grim reaper will be roaming the concourses in Nationwide Arena when the Blue Jackets play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6.

If the Blue Jackets win, the series goes back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 on Wednesday night.

If the Blue Jackets lose, they will shake hands with the Penguins after the final buzzer and clean out their locker stalls on Tuesday.

“It’s a do-or-die game,” center Brandon Dubinsky said. “Throughout my playoff experience, the toughest game for any team to win is the fourth one because the other team is so desperate to stay alive.

“That’s where we’re at. We have to have a good start, a fast start, and we have to take the action to them.”

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