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Victor Fasth Receives A Two-Year Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward.”

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St. James calls out underachieving Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I spent a significant chunk of last night's recap wondering whether Valtteri Filppula's playing his way out of town given his status as an unrestricted free agent-to-be, the salary cap going down this summer while several of the Wings' top prospects are coming off their entry-level deals, given the NHL-readiness of players like Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar, and especially given that the struggling Filppula could be parlayed into part of a package for a much-needed top-pair defenseman.

Today, the Free Press's Helene St. James calls Filppula out , suggesting that he may have been the non-Jakub Kindl-centered target of Wings coach Mike Babcock's suggestion that several players didn't show up prepared to play, and she wonders where FIlppula's future lies with the Wings, and whether he can salvage his career in Detroit before it's too late:

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Sharks Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevn Kurz of CNSBayArea,

“Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play,” Dreger said of the Sharks. “Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenseman – Dan Boyle's name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.”

Dreger went on to say that even captain Joe Thornton’s name was even mentioned as a trade chip, although he thought that didn’t make much sense (and neither do I). As long as the Sharks are in a playoff position and the bottom doesn’t drop out on the season, the Sharks will almost certainly keep their core players together. Not to mention Thornton, Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart all have some form of no-movement clause, either full or limited.

Trading Boyle for a forward, even though he's the elder statesman at 36, would be playing with fire. He's still arguably the Sharks' best and most valuable defenseman, and if this team has any legitmate shot at a championship, Boyle is going to be a part of it. He leads the team in ice time again, with more than 23 minutes per game, and the Sharks simply have no one on their roster to replace those minutes.

The Sharks do need another forward that can put the puck in the net, though.


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Roenick: Time To Fire Sabres Coach Ruff

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From Luke Fox of Sportsnet.ca,

I know Lindy Ruff is a great hockey coach, and he has been a great hockey coach for the Buffalo Sabres for a long time, but it’s stalling again. And it’s not working,” Roenick said. “It’s time for a coaching change. I don’t know if the players think so, but the record shows it.”


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"It's more intense than anything I had in the Western Conference.  Anaheim was our biggest rivalry when I played with L.A. But last year, when I stepped on the ice, it felt like both teams wanted to take each others' heads off. It definitely makes for exciting hockey for the fans, and as a player, these are the type of games that I like to play in. I can't wait to get it started tonight."

-Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More on tonight's game from Sam Carchidi of Broad Steet Bull.

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Video- CBC Picks Their Top 5 Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Red Wings’ Samuelsson out for 2 weeks w/ broken finger, Howard is…Iffy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 1:39 PM: Not good not good, from the Free Press's Helene St. James:


Update #2:

Update #3:

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How Do You Feel About A Coach’s Challenge?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

If the league looks at employment of a coach's challenge, there would be so many dynamics to consider.

How many challenges would a coach have in a game? Would a challenge be limited to certain types of plays? Would a failed challenge result in a penalty? Would a challenge be allowed in the closing minutes of a game? If so, coaches may use a challenge as a delay tactic to rest up his star players.

There is no harm with a trial and error period in the preseason in order to tinker with all these components. There is no harm in trying to get it right. But I'm not sure the NHL is ready for such an undertaking as a coach's challenge.


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No news is no news regarding Red Wings’ Mikael Samuelsson and Jimmy Howard (and other stuff)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ugh. The Red Wings lost Mikael Samuelsson to a possibly broken left hand before yesterday night's loss to Nashville, and Jimmy Howard had to leave the game due to "blurry vision, yielding a boatload of worry for Red Wings fans. At this point, we'd all just like to learn what's going on with said players, but, via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Brendan Savage reports that Wings GM Ken Holland has no timeline in terms of finding out what ails both players:

"I don't even know when they're going to see the doctor. Some point in time today," Holland said. "The way it usually happens is if there's anything significant that happens, they usually call me. If it's not significant, I usually hear tomorrow morning. I don't know when I'm going to know."

Holland said if he hasn't heard anything by this afternoon he'll reach out to trainer Piet Van Zant to get an update. Samuelsson said after the game in Nashville that his hand was painful, more so when he moved it than when he did not.

"The hand ... with Mike Samuelsson, whatever it is today it is tomorrow," Holland said.

Two more Red Wings-related stories popped up this morning, and they might as well be squeezed into this entry. RedWingsCentral's Matthew Wuest took note of Landon Ferraro's resurgent play with the Grand Rapids Griffins in his weekly prospect report (which is big news given that the injuries Ferraro suffered as a junor-aged player reduced his status to something of an afterthought in many scouts' eyes)...

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The Next, Big Revenue Stream?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),

Leafs TV, owned by the team, was launched in 2001 and immediately added leverage to negotiations to televise Maple Leafs games and helped raise the value of the franchise.

"What I can tell you, the television deal prior to Leafs TV arriving and the first contract after Leafs TV -- the rights fee per game doubled," said John Shannon, who was the vice president of programming at MLSE and now an analyst for Sportsnet.

During his time running LeafsTV, Shannon said three NHL teams approached the Leafs directly about setting up their own network, much like the Leafs did with the Yankees and their YES Network.

With teams like the Leafs, Rangers and now the Capitals leading the way, it threatens to create a gap between those NHL teams adding significant revenue through television deals or their own networks and those unable to do so.

"It drives up the revenue for the league and it drives up everyone's salary cap number," Leonsis said. "So if you're not generating more revenue while the league's revenues are going up, it means you're paying more in salary without have the additional revenues. There's this real drive to try and find more revenues so that you can keep up."

Which led to the creation to the Monumental Network. The problem for teams that don't also own an NBA team or arena, is it's a little tougher to create a network that would add leverage to local television deals. The infrastructure costs alone would take a good 10 years to recoup and a hockey team doesn't provide nearly enough content to fill a channel.

read on if an ESPN insider...

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