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Simmons: Crosby might carry Canada’s flag in Sochi

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons weighs in on Nazem Kadri's possible trade value for the Maple Leafs, and Simmons also reveals that a certain Pittsburgh Penguins general manager wants to make Sidney Crosby available to the Canadian Olympic Committee should they want to counter Zdeno Chara's status as Slovakia's flag-bearer in his Sunday column, and, well...

Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Toronto Sun by email Saturday that he agreed with the Boston Bruins move to allow captain Zdeno Chara to miss a National Hockey League game so the captain could carry the Slovakian flag in the opening ceremony on Feb. 7.

But what about his captain?

“Hard to turn down that opportunity,” Shero wrote. “Agreed with Boston on letting (Chara) go.”

Crosby would be an ideal choice to carry the flag, which will likely be decided among bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, hockey’s Hayley Wickenheiser, skier Erik Guay and speed skaters, Christine Nesbitt and Charles Hamelin. That didn’t seem in any way possible until the Chara move was agreed to by the Bruins.

Now that the way has been cleared it is up to the COC to make the call: The flag bearer will be announced Thursday. Is there time to make it Crosby? And does he want to do it?

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, ray+shero, sidney+crosby

The post-game presser that wasn’t

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Vancouver Caucks coach John Tortorella, issuing a fine slate of non-answers:

Thanks to the whole game-starting brawl and his own indiscretions, which TSN's Bob McKenzie believes will result in a fine and suspension for the coach who asked to not be "pushed," Tortorella kept it simple and composed, though one wonders why someone did not find a CF-18 to ensure that Larry Brooks could make it to Vancouver before the Canucks-Flames game ended...

Meanwhile, outside the Flames' locker room (via CalgaryFlames.com's Torie Peterson), Bob Hartley held court, and tossed off his own half-ton of BS:

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McKenzie weighs in on Saturday night’s controversies

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

After a player-brawl and coach-attempting-to-visit-opponents-scrap-filled 3-2 Vancouver Canucks shootout win over the Calgary Flames, coach John Tortorella played it by the book during his brief post-game presser:

He more or less built an impenetrable, "I'm not answering that" and/or, "I won't talk about fights with anyone who didn't play the game" facade (the latter, he did not say literally), with the initial summary of his comments reading as follows (and yes, he blamed Bob Hartley for starting 4th line versus...eventual 4th line):

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  Tags: calgary+flames, darryl+sutter, detroit+red+wings, john+tortorella, los+angeles+kings, niklas+kronwall, vancouver+canucks

Matt Cooke on the receiving end of a dangerous elbow

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

While the Canucks and Flames were stealing the show, as it were, it turns out that one Matt Cooke received a possibly suspension-worthy elbow in the face from Jamie Benn, as noted by the QMI News Agency's Anthony Vasquez-Peddie:

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn could be looking forward to some quality time in the press box after this nasty check to Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke’s head Saturday.

Just seconds into overtime with the score tied 2-2, Benn carried the puck across centre ice and bowled over Cooke with his elbow extended.

It’s safe to say NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will have a good look at this one. Benn would be considered a repeat offender after having been fined $10,000 for a cross-check on Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones last March.

As if the hit wasn’t mind-boggling enough, Benn was not penalized on the play.

Here's a clip of the hit, and Cooke is OK:

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  Tags: dallas+stars, jamie+benn, matt+cooke, minnesota+wild

John Tortorella tries to visit the Flames’ locker room after Nucks-Flames brawl

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

As Paul noted, the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames got into quite the brawl to start their game off, and as the Flames left the ice, this happened:

That's John Tortorella visiting the Flames as they attempt to enter their locker room. I believe Mr. Tortorella will be suspended shorty, I mean shortly.

TSN has posted a video of the shenanigans, and the Sporting News's Sean Gentile has graced us with a .gif:

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Nice Start To The Calgary/Vancouver Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puck drops, then....

00:02 Calgary Ladislav Smid: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Kevin Bieksa: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Brian Mcgrattan: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Tom Sestito: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Blair Jones: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Dale Weise: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Chris Butler: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Jason Garrison: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Vancouver Kellan Lain: 5 minutes, fighting
00:02 Calgary Kevin Westgarth: 2 minutes, roughing
00:02 Calgary Kevin Westgarth: 5 minutes, fighting


added 10:39pm, Line brawl video is below...

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Red Wings-Kings quick take: deserve ain’t got nothin’ to do with it

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I said after the last game that I didn't know how ot describe what transpired between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, but by damn luck, the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles...

Was utterly bizarre.

After a scoreles and grab-y and grope-y first period, the Kings scored the game's first goal, surrendered the game-tying goal 41 seconds later, and were stupid enough to do this...

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Video- Kronwall Did Call ‘Net’ On This Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The goal tied the game up late for the Wings,  OT settled nothing and the Wings won in the shootout.

This type of play shoule be reviewable, but it is not.  Maybe next year?



added 10:12pm, Kings broadcast version below...

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  Tags: niklas+kronwall

AHL Scoring Race

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I last reported on the AHL scoring race about a month ago.  Travis Morin of the Texas Stars (Dallas affiliate) had re-taken the lead after losing it because of an NHL call-up.  Because many of the other contenders in the race have also had significant AHL call-ups, Morin has taken a significant scoring lead.  His 55 points is a ten point lead over Mike Hoffman of the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa affiliate) who is in second place.

Morin isn't the kind of player one might have expected to win the AHL scoring race.  He is a veteran AHLer, who is not seen as a significant NHL prospect.  Thus his chances of getting an NHL call-up for a significant amount of time are low - though he had a short one earlier this year.  He is 30 years old and has been bouncing around American minor pro leagues since 2007 when he left college.  He has had six NHL games with no points scored.  During his AHL time, he has never scored more than 66 points in a year.  This isn't a particularly high scoring track record for an AHL top scorer.

The AHL has changed in recent years.  The KHL has opened up another option for players who would have otherwise dominated in the AHL.  This cuts into the older non-prospect AHL veteran player who usually wins the AHL scoring title.  This reduces the talent available in the AHL and opens up an opportunity for players like Morin to win the AHL scoring title.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry is not happy with the OT goal celebration from P.K Subban a few night's ago.

That and more topics...

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