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Red Wings off-day news: Wings swap Andersson for Conner; Helm at Meijer and more Fake Henrik

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

2x at 3:30 PM: Gustav Nyquist was named to the AHL’s All-Star Game roster: Earlier this morning, the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema penned an article discussing Westland native Chris Conner’s attempts to regain his spot with the Red Wings after being assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins to earn regular playing time as he returns from a broken hand…

“You grow up playing the game, and obviously putting on that (Red Wings) jersey was a great experience,” Conner said after Griffins practice Tuesday morning at Van Andel Arena. “I definitely want more of it.”

There’s a good chance he won’t have to wait long to get his wish. Conner had been playing well with the Red Wings, providing tenacious speed and high energy, and likely will be recalled soon. After going scoreless in his first three games in Detroit, he had a goal and two assists in his past three games before the injury, playing with Danny Cleary and Darren Helm on the third line.

“It was awesome. I worked hard to get to that level and it was definitely exciting,” Conner said. “I embraced it, but obviously you want to keep going and now get back there and do the best you can.”

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Tortorella Apologizes For Winter Classic Post-Game Comments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

John Tortorella is still facing an NHL fine but before taking questions after his Rangers practiced today, the coach asked the media for a few minutes to address his post-game comments from Monday’s 3-2 win over the Flyers in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

After the victory, Tortorella, angered by some late game penalties and non-calls, particularly a penalty shot awarded to the Flyers Daniel Briere with 19.6 seconds remaining in regulation, suggested during his post-game press conference that the NHL and NBC met to see if they could take the game to overtime.

Tortorella issued a wide-ranging apology for what he called his “tongue-in-cheek” comments and lamented that he “tainted” a “first-class operation” in the Winter Classic “with my mouth.”


added 7:57pm, Numerous reports are a $30,000 fine for Tortorella.

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Green’s Return

Blog: F Street Faithful By Matthew Tate

With last night’s 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, the Washington Capitals remained perfect, with Mike Green that is.  Despite the fact that the Capitals currently sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, they are actually now 9-0 when Mike Green is in the line-up.  Last night marked his first game since taking a hit from Devils’ forward Ryan Carter on November 11, 2011. 

We learned last week that Green’s injury might never fully heal.  As such, it became important for his reinsertion into the line-up be as gradual as possible.  Hunter decided to ease the process by choosing to scratch Matthieu Perreault (Semin also scratched for injury) and dress 7 defensemen.  It definitely made for some odd line combinations at time, including a shift that put Ovechkin and Hendricks on the ice together.  Green spent the majority of his ice time (15:43) skating with rookie Dmitri Orlov.  With Orlov regularly joining the rush, Green was able to play a bit more passively, lowering injury risk.  He did see a little bit of PP time, but was kept out of penalty killing situations.

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Roloson for Khabibulin—Thoughts?

Blog: KK Members Blog By NHLJeff

So I was watching the highlights from the Lightning-Leafs game last night (7-3 TOR) and trying to think of a decent shakeup for TB, especially in net after watching what happened. 

What about Nikolai Khabibulin for Dwayne Roloson straight up (or maybe a pick going with Rollie given Khabby’s play this year)?  This would give Khabibulin the chance to return to a place where he has had success (‘04 Stanley Cup) and is comfortable and likewise with Roloson (‘06 Finals).  In addition, it would get Khabby’s (1 year remaining on his deal) $3.75M off next year’s books for Edmonton while giving Tampa the time to figure out a long-term solution.  The teams’ caps would barely be affected this year as Roloson’s cap hit on his one-year deal is $3.5M.

If Khabby can keep up his strong play upon his return to Tampa, it will give them a chance to turn things around a bit and possibly give them the shake up they need without having to rattle their core before they’re sure that’s necessary.  In addition, it would be good for PR bringing back the cup-winning goaltender (although I’m not sure how bitter people are about Khabby darting to the $$ in Chicago upon becoming a UFA).  This could give Tampa a good jolt without anything too drastic.

Does anyone else think this is feasible/a good way to shake things up in Tampa?

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, nikolai+khabibulin

The Most Underappreciated Sabre

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Would you be interested, Sabres devotee, in seeing your team acquire a player who averages more points per game than Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Spezza, and Jonathan Toews?  How about considering a proven veteran who has been hovering near the top ten in league scoring all season?  And he’s talented enough to play on your top power play AND penalty kill units to boot.

Don’t bother firing up the #DoSomethingDarcy twitter hashtag for this one, because that player is already here.  His name is Jason Pominville, and he’s the most underappreciated talent on this team.

I’ve been hearing a lot this season from media people and talk show callers about who the current and future core players are in the Buffalo organization.  Give or take a name or two, it’s been pretty much the same list: Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Ryan Miller, Christian Ehrhoff, Brayden McNabb, Zack Kassian, and Marcus Foligno. 

It’s nothing short of inconceivable to me that Pominville wouldn’t be put into this mix.

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Dorsett Accuses Ovechkin Of Spitting In His Face

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets agitator Derek Dorsett practices his art at a high level.

The right shove or jersey tug, the witty insult, the thunderous body check — Dorsett knows the places and time when each is most effective.

So it was curious that Dorsett seemed especially preoccupied with Capitals star Alex Ovechkin during a 4-2 loss on Saturday, considering that Ovechkin wasn’t much of a factor during the first two periods.

“I haven’t told many people this, but he spit in my face,” Dorsett said. “That got me a little more mad.”

Dorsett said Ovechkin spit on him when they were face-to-face during a fracas in which both were given two-minute minors (cross-checking for Dorsett, roughing for Ovechkin) at 2:38 of the second period.

“That’s why I was yelling at the ref so much and yelling at him in the penalty box,” Dorsett said. “That’s probably one of the most disrespectful things someone can do, especially a guy who is the best player in the league. It’s classless. He’s supposed to be a role model for the game. It’s unbelievable.”


added 11:59am, via Katie Carerra of Capitals Insider,

After some confusion over what the word “spit” meant, Ovechkin denied Dorsett’s claim:

“No, no, no. I don’t know. Show me that moment, I want to see it. No.”

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, derek+dorsett

Red Wings-Stars wrap-up and overnight report: A little too ‘interesting’ (and Pulkkinen at WJC news)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took a late-night flight back to Detroit after their rather sloppy 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars, and they’re going to take a day off before preparing for the “Fathers’ Trip” weekend slate of back-to-back games against Toronto and Chicago. By the looks of the Wings’ fit and finish during Tuesday’s game, from Jimmy Howard on out, the Wings need a day or two to recharge their mental and physical batteries.

In a game which, as MLive’s Ansar Khan noted, featured no Wings power plays for the second time over the course of the past three games and one power play for Dallas, the line of Valtteri Filppula, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler in particular were nothing less than spectacular, but despite Hudler’s 2-goal performance, Filppula’s goal and 2 assists and Zetterberg’s 3 assists, the line finished at a collective +1 because they were also on the ice for three of the Stars’ four goals, and that may tell the tale for the Wings of late:

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Russian Around: Russia Beats Canada 6-5

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Talk about your let downs. With the eye of the nation on Calgary and Team Canada, the team suffered their most ill timed and disappointing loss in years. So much so that after the first period when the team was down by two, tickets for the Sweden vs Russia gold medal game could be found on online classified ads. Now that Canada is officially playing for bronze, the number of tickets available is alarming.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Islanders did win the game 4-3 over the Hurricanes.

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Video- Another Elbow To The Head?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carerra of Capitals Insider,

Near the midway point of the third period of Washington’s 3-1 win over the Flames on Tuesday, Nicklas Backstrom skated through the neutral zone, passed the puck to a teammate and then was elbowed in the head by Calgary’s Rene Bourque.

After Bourque struck Backstrom on the left side of his jaw, Backstrom skated toward the boards and leaned over into the space between the benches, then proceeded to the Capitals’ bench. He hunched over as he talked to head athletic trainer Greg Smith and a few teammates, but returned to the ice for the start of the power play that resulted from the elbowing minor Bourque received.

Backstrom took part in that shift on the power play and two more before he left the game with 3 minutes 19 seconds remaining in the third period.

“We removed him from the game, it was precautionary,” Coach Dale Hunter said. “He was getting evaluated right now. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

read on and watch the hit below…

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  Tags: nicklas+backstrom, rene+bourque

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