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“They’re A Handful”- Todd McLellan On The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

San Jose head coach Todd McLellan gives an update on his team, then talks Wings...

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Being there last time and knowing what it takes to win a gold and feeling like I was a good contributor to the group and someone that brings it when it counts—especially the end—I wanted that opportunity again. But obviously they felt other guys were going better here.”

-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes on not being named to Team Canada.  More from Chris Johnston of Sportnset.

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Wings Skating In San Jose

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Wings have hit the ice for their skate before tonight's game...

Khan tweets,

Wings morning skate at SAP Center. Datsyuk is skating, even though Babcock has ruled him out for tonight. Helm (possible) also skating.

More updates to come...

added 2:40pm, Khan again,

Helm not taking part in line rushes, so it looks like he won't be ready tonight but no official word yet.

added 2:42pm, Khan tweets,

Lines practicing with: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Miller-Abdelkader-Bertuzzi, Tatar-Andersson-Samuelsson, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves.

added 3:02pm, Khan...

Babcock confirms Helm is not playing tonight. DeKeyser in for Marchenko. Who will stay with team for the trip.

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Wade Redden Announces His Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (January 9, 2013) – After playing 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), Wade Redden announced his retirement today. 

Redden played a total of 1,023 games with four different NHL teams: the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. He amassed career totals of 109 goals, 348 assists and 457 points in the regular season, while appearing in 106 career playoff games, recording 49 points. Redden had a career plus-minus of +160 and he played in one All-Star Game (2002).

“I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support. I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career,” said Redden. “Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.”

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  Tags: wade+redden

Sabres Make The Right Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

It doesn’t matter that it took Pat LaFontaine two months to name the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres just as long as he found the right guy.

In fact, he may have found two.

Saying he’s “on a mission to bring the right people” to Buffalo,” LaFontaine announced today that he’d hired Tim Murray and, in a bit of a surprise move, Craig Patrick as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey ops department.

Murray was a dark horse when this process started, generating little buzz compared to candidates like Brad Treliving, Jim Benning and Mike Futa. He’s hardly a household name, but Murray has paid his dues to get to this point. He first got his foot in the door as a scout with the Detroit Red Wings in 1993. A year later, he went to Florida where he became the director of amateur scouting for the Panthers. In 2002, he joined the Anaheim Ducks as director of player personnel, before moving on to the New York Rangers and, finally, Ottawa, where he served as the Senators’ assistant GM as well as the GM of their AHL farm club in Binghamton, NY.


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Concern About NHL Teams That Have A Large Amount Of Olympic Players

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There's certainly an amount of pride attached to the fact you're an NHL team sending the most Olympians to Sochi.

That can only signal that you've got a lot of good players on your team.

But there's also the cold reality of what that entails: a large number of players traveling halfway across the world and coming back possibly fatigued after the Olympic break.

The Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues lead the NHL with 10 Sochi-bound players each. They're not ignoring the ramifications of that.

"It's a good question," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told ESPN.com Thursday. "People are asking us how we're going to deal with our team going into the Olympic break. I don't see that being a problem. What I say is, how are we going to be coming out of it? I think rest is going to be very important. Days off."


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The Rinks Of Sochi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Newcomb of Sports Illustrated,

Tucked within the cozy “coastal cluster” of venues for the Winter Games in the Russian resort town of Sochi, the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena sit less than 1,000 feet from each other. Of the two homes for hockey during the Olympics, American fans will first need to get a touch more familiar with the smaller Shayba, at least during the preliminary rounds.

Shayba, which means “puck” in Russian, is more than just a clever name: the puck also served as the inspiration for the arena’s architectural design. With its blue-gray roof meant to evoke movement as colors travel around the side of the cylindrical-shaped building, this arena will welcome 7,000 fans and host five of USA Hockey’s first six contests.

continued including some great pictures...

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Mini GDT: Detroit vs. San Jose

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Detroit Red Wings: Media Notes

- Tonight marks the 84th all-time meeting between DET and SJ
- Tonight is the second of two meetings this season between DET and SJ, only meeting in SJ
- SJ won the first meeting of the season, 1-0 in a shootout (Couture scored only SO goal)
- DET’s all-time record vs. SJ: 51-24-4-4
- DET’s all-time road record at SJ: 21-17-3-1
- DET was 1-1-1 vs. SJ in 2012-13
- Daniel Alfredsson has 14 points (5-9-14) in 16 games vs. SJ

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Sabres Announce The Hiring Of Tim Murray And Craig Patrick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 9, 2014) --- Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine today announced the team has hired Tim Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front offices, to serve as the club’s general manager. The team also announced that Craig Patrick, the longtime general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has been hired to serve as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey department.

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  Tags: craig+patrick, tim+murray

Our Growing Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Douglas of The Color Of Hockey,

Carolina Hurricanes center Manny Malhotra is currently the only Indo-Canadian player in the National Hockey League. But a next generation of players could be on the way in the near future, fueled by an interest in hockey that’s grown so large within Canada’s South Asia community that CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” airs broadcasts in Punjabi.

“This broadcast has really helped the Punjabi community to connect with the sport,” Harbs Bains, president of the Surrey (British Columbia) Minor Hockey Association, told The New York Times last April. “It allows someone whose first language is not English to connect with the sport and between generations.”

Hockey is even slowly gaining a foothold in cricket-crazed India. A member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1989, the country of more than 1.2 billion people has more than 900 hockey players. In March 2012, India captured its first international ice hockey victory, a 5-1 over Macau at the IIHF’s Challenge Cup of Asia tournament.


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