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Jay Pandolfo Announces His Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

Jay Pandolfo announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) today after 15 NHL seasons.

Pandolfo, a native of Burlington, MA played 899 NHL games, scoring 100 goals and 126 assists for 226 career points. His career was highlighted by two Stanley Cup championships (2000, 2003) with the New Jersey Devils, the team he spent the first 13 seasons of his career with. After playing one season with the New York Islanders, he played last season with the Boston Bruins. Over the course of his career, Jay also saw action in 131 playoff games, scoring 33 points.

“I was very fortunate to live my dream of playing in the NHL. I was lucky to be part of three great organizations and would like to thank the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins,” said Pandolfo. “I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches and staff for all the memorable experiences together. I'd especially like to thank my family for all the support they have given me throughout my career.”


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Zetterberg Had A Good Day, Datsyuk Still Skating On One Leg

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan after practice today...

Zetterberg skated for the second day in a row, his first practice with the team since he tweaked his back last Friday against Montreal.

“Had a good day today; it’s fun to skate again,” Zetterberg said. “Hopefully I’ll feel good tomorrow after the morning skate and we’ll go from there.”

He said this back injury is a little different than the slightly herniated disc that forced him to miss 11 games in December.

“We’ve done everything we could so it doesn’t get worse and now just hopefully stay on this path and it keeps getting better,” Zetterberg said.

He said he’s not concerned that it will keep reoccurring.

Datsyuk will miss his 12th consecutive game due to an unspecified lower-body injury. He practiced again on Thursday, after which coach Mike Babcock said, “He was still one-leg skating today.”


added 1:30pm, Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front has more...

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Time For Some Roster Changes In Vancouver

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

You can say that this is still the best of Canada’s seven National Hockey League teams — at this moment. But it won’t be for long if general manager Mike Gillis stands pat with this roster. Suddenly it’s obvious what needs to be done here: find a way to move some of these veteran assets, despite the fact almost every pertinent veteran here has some form of no-trade clause.

Calgary sat on Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla too long, never won anything, and didn’t get enough back for the assets. So the Flames had to start from scratch.

Gillis has way more assets — defencemen like Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis; forwards like Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins; Roberto Luongo — but he’s hamstrung himself by giving them all no-trades. And suddenly, those clauses aren’t the worst thing about a few of these deals.

Alex Edler is in his second year of decline, but received a six-year, $30 million deal this past summer anyhow. Daniel Sedin has become a 20-goal man where once he was good for 35. He and Henrik were given four-year extensions at $7 million per, while San Jose GM Doug Wilson got Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau for less money and less term.


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NHL Short Notes

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Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves and Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal at 4:36 of the third period to power the Rangers to a sweep of their two games at Yankee Stadium as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

* Lundqvist earned his third regular-season outdoor NHL game victory, passing Ty Conklin for the most such wins. He has compiled a 2.00 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his three outdoor appearances.

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The Wings Are Skating Now

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Chuck Pleiness informs us via Twitter both Zetterberg and Datsyuk are on the ice.

More will be added to this post as needed.

added 11:01am, Khan tweets saying no Franzen but Weiss on the ice.

added 11:22am,. Khan,

Based on how they're skating it doesn't look like Datsyuk is ready. And it looks like Bertuzzi will be scratched again.

Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Andersson-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves. Emmerton skating, too.

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Enhance Your Game With EyeBlack

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

EyeBlack, the official EyeBlack of Athletes, is proud to announce the use of eye black in professional Hockey. Both of EyeBlack’s patented and proprietary glare reducing products, grease tubes and adhesive-strips, were utilized by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, NY Rangers, NJ Devils and NY Islanders in their outdoor hockey games. This introduction signifies a breakthrough into Hockey, a major sport where eye black is not traditionally worn.

The Detroit Red Wings Head Equipment manager Paul Boyer commented, “The eye black was very effective in keeping the glare from the lights on the ice out of our player’s eyes. Our players especially liked the fact that it didn’t rundown their faces as the snow pounded away at them all game.”


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Montreal’s Coaching Style To Blame For The Decline Of Carey Price?

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from Chris Boyle of Sportsnet,

On Jan. 7, Carey Price was named to the Canadian Olympic team. At the time of the announcement, he was 20-11-4 with a .927 save percentage and the odds on favourite to be the starter in Sochi. I had recently endorsed him for the starting job based on his impressive work since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. But since Jan. 7, Price has been a statistical disaster registering an .886 save percentage while winning only three of eight starts.

At times over that span he has appeared spectacular, but the eye test has always been unreliable. Could the blame possibly lie elsewhere? Like, say, with the coaching system?

A goaltender’s performance relies on the amount of shots they face with the ability to set. When forced into transition or dealing with a change in puck-direction, save percentage drops.


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Gino Odjick On His Mental Illness

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from Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun,

For the first time in a public forum, however, the former Vancouver Canucks enforcer acknowledged that he has a mental illness, a condition he suspects is linked to the pounding he took as an NHL player. Odjick provided powerful testimony Tuesday at a sports-related concussion symposium at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education at B.C. Children’s Hospital....

“I remember, in the last two years of my career, getting a concussion, going into Philly and walking around,” Odjick explained. “People just looked like Martians. They looked like they were from another planet. I couldn’t remember how to get to the rink for half the season. I was totally forgetful. I couldn’t remember what time it was, what I was supposed to be doing. It was just one turn to the right, one turn to the left to get to the rink, but I got lost just going there. Everybody (players) wanted to play me in the simplest of card games because they knew they could beat me.”

Odjick related how his hockey fights developed into a strange addiction. He craved the blows, both in delivering and receiving them, because it confirmed his worth as a hockey player.

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No Decision Yet On Vanek Staying With The Islanders

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Thomas Vanek is nearing a decision, according to his agent. Which means the Islanders are nearing a decision on whether Vanek, their big early-season acquisition, will be on the move again before the March 5 trade deadline.

"I don't think any final decision has been made yet," Steve Bartlett, Vanek's agent, told Newsday on Wednesday. "We continue to have what I consider very good and constructive conversations with the Islanders. But we're not there yet."

Garth Snow is believed to be gauging the trade market for Vanek, according to a league source, given that there are only eight days until the Olympic roster freeze, which runs from Feb. 7-23, and then only 10 days until the trade deadline.


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“I See Great Things Coming”- Mike Babcock

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

“One of the best things that might have happened to this organization is us being so injured,” Babcock said. “What I mean is, we get to see these kids on the ice, so you know what’s in the cupboard. They’ve been way better than I thought. I’m optimistic now that we don’t have to fall off the map and go through misery for 10 years like others do. I see great things coming.”

With all he’s accomplished, Babcock reasonably could be hitting the age of entrenchment and entitlement. He’s the best coach in Detroit sports since Bowman, and he’ll guide Team Canada in the upcoming Sochi Olympics, hunting for a second gold medal.

But the transition here just might invigorate him. He’s trying to change as his team changes, a delicate process. He’s demanding in a high-pressure environment and some players don’t like it, but no coach survives on fear without being fair.

“If you walk in our dressing room today, a lot of guys are (ticked) off at me, and they’re probably different than the ones (ticked) off last week,” Babcock said. “Normally, they’re the ones that aren’t playing. One thing I can’t do is confuse the player with the person. I love the people, but they don’t pay me to evaluate that. They pay me to evaluate the player. I have to base my decisions on what I see, shift to shift, game to game.”


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