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Red Wings ISP issues report: Babcock ‘selling’ MacLean? On realignment and other tidbits

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

No internet service and no TV make George something something…So my apologies for the delayed “overnight” report. We’ll kick off this little round-up of Red Wings-related news from the last 16 hours with an eyebrow-raiser from the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, who suggests that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s encouraging a scenario in which he’d have to replace both assistant coaches:

Saw Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes in Vancouver last Tuesday and asked him who he thought would get the coaching job in Ottawa. He said, “Paul MacLean.” Think Ian’s nailed this one. And, just like Mike Babcock helped sell Guy Boucher to Steve Yzerman, he’s selling MacLean to his old boss, Bryan Murray.

At this point, educated guesswork would point the Wings’ coaching search toward Bob Boughner (if he’s interested) and probably promotion from within, with video coach Keith McKittrick in the running for a job as he does quite a bit of on-ice work. I’m not sure if the Wings would consider promoting Jiri Fischer, Griffins coach Curt Fraser or Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek given how superbly they guide the Wings’ prospects toward the NHL.

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Flames Make Two Additions To Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that Craig Hartsburg has been named associate coach while Jamie Pringle has been added as the senior video analyst.

“We are thrilled to welcome Craig and Jamie to the Flames organization and Brent Sutter’s coaching staff,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Both individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a track record of success. Just as importantly, both have worked with Brent in the past and, as a group, have won a championship together. In assembling Brent’s new coaching staff, one of our primary objectives was to enable Brent to select the people in whom he had the most confidence and the personnel he felt would help us achieve the success we strive for in Calgary, and I am pleased to say that both Craig and Jamie fit that description.”

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Julien Discusses The Taunting Bite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,

During a scrum in the third period of Game 2, the Canucks’ Maxim Lapierre was taunting Bergeron by sticking his finger in his face.

Julien was asked Monday morning about Lapierre’s gesture toward Bergeron.

“I can’t really talk about their team,” Julien said.

Then he did.

“I don’t handle those players. I don’t deal with those players on a one-on-one basis. It’s not up to me to comment on it and if that’s acceptable for them, so be it,” he said. “Certainly wouldn’t be acceptable on our end of it. There’s not much I can say about that.

“The NHL ruled on something and (the Canucks) decided to make a mockery of it. It’s totally up to them. If that’s their way of handling things, so be it. We can’t waste our time on that sort of stuff. We have to focus on what we have to do. Last time I looked, we’re down two games to none, and all our energy has to go towards that.”


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Canucks Adjust To Travel Schedule Thanks To The Sleep Doctor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Keating of Reuters,

While the Bruins might struggle with jet lag, the Canucks will not be losing any sleep over the challenge in front of them.

“For us it is not a problem, we fly a lot during the season,” Daniel Sedin, told Reuters. “Starting at home every series has been huge for us, not having to go to another city for the first game of a series that has been key.

“That is why it is important to win your conference, you’re always going to be at home when you start series. It’s big.”

With one of the worst travel schedules of any professional sports team in North America, the Canucks recognized they would need to find ways to keep the team sharp on the road if they were ever to challenge for a Stanley Cup.

So they turned to a sleep consultant that works primarily with businesses in the airline, trucking and rail industries to prevent fatigue related accidents.


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Blues Re-Sign T.J. Hensick

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward T.J. Hensick to a two-year contract extension.

Hensick, 25, played in 13 games for the Blues last season, recording three points (one goal, two assists) and played in 59 games for the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Peoria Rivermen, registering 69 points (21 goals, 48 assists).  The 5’10”, 190-pound forward’s 69 points led the Rivermen and ranked 10th in the AHL while his 48 assists led the team and tied for fifth in the AHL.  Hensick played in his third AHL All-Star game when he represented the Western Conference at the 2011 AHL-All Star Classic.

The Lansing, Michigan native was acquired by the Blues from Colorado in exchange for Julian Talbot on June 17, 2010 and was originally drafted by Colorado in the third round (88th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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All eyes on Bruins’ response

Blog: KK Hockey By pcoffey


The Vancouver Canucks have held serve, that’s all, winning the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

That needs to be the Boston Bruins’ mantra heading into Game 3 Monday night in Boston.

But that being said, the pressure is squarely on the Bruins’ collective back now. A home loss in Game 3 or 4 conjures up talk of the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and no team wants to discuss coming back from the dreaded 1-3 deficit.


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Penguins Have Some Moves To Make

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,

So, up front, the Penguins have — for certain - Malkin, Matt Cooke, Nick Johnson, Chris Kunitz, Mark Letestu, James Neal, Jordan Staal and Eric Tangradi. That isn’t much. Johnson will be a low-paid fourth-liner. Tangradi has to play. That’s good. Give him decent linemates and some rhythm.

Where does Shero go from there? He has $55 million committed to 17 players. Depending where the cap falls, he can spend about $5 mil more.

Tyler Kennedy wants too much. Max Talbot will get more elsewhere. Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams seem 50/50. Mike Rupp will return.

There just aren’t many quality forwards available in free agency, and certainly no sleepers at an affordable price.

A relatively big trade wouldn’t be shocking. The Penguins have depth on defense, especially with Simon Despres, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2009, ready for prime time. Perhaps Shero moves Paul Martin, who makes about a million per year too much and disappointed this past season.


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No Whiteout For Winnipeg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Winnipeg Free Press,

A story making the rounds Sunday about the new Winnipeg NHL team’s name missed the mark. The website http://www.sportslogos.net posted a story Saturday that True North had registered the name “Whiteout” and proposed it was the only thing the new team could be called.

A few media outlets reportedly bit on the story but it was discounted Sunday by True North’s Scott Brown.

True North, in fact, has registered the name “Whiteout” with the Canadian Trade-marks Database of the federal government. It did so on May 4.

But it has done so, Brown said, only to protect future use of the phrase or term if and when it’s needed. The whiteout was the mark of playoff fever in the NHL’s previous stay in Winnipeg.

Brown said that Whiteout will not be the new name of the Winnipeg NHL team.

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Travel Not An Issue For Boston Or Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Emily Kaplan of NHL.com,

Vancouver has already advanced through three long-distances series in the playoffs: Chicago in the first round (nearly 2,200 miles), Nashville in the second round (a little more than 2,500 miles) and San Jose in the Western Conference Finals (about 1,000 miles).

In comparison, the Bruins have had only one series this postseason—the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay—where the journey was more than 1,000 miles.

In fact, Julien said most of his players “seem to feel pretty good right now. They said they really didn’t feel it.”

A lot of that is due to the Bruins’ calculated travel plan. The team departed Vancouver early Sunday morning because they wanted to get back on Eastern Standard Time as quickly as possible.


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Watching Game 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Overnights from NBC show ratings for Game 2’s thriller were down significantly. According to TV By The Numbers, “the preliminary 1.2 adults 18-49 rating for the prime-time portion of the Canucks/Bruins game was down 50 per cent from the preliminary ratings for last year’s Game 2 (2.4 adults 18-49 rating for the prime-time portion). It was also down 33 per cent vs. the preliminary ratings for the prime-time portion (1.8 rating) of Game 1 this season.” Part of the lower number is the Saturday night slot – traditionally the weakest night for prime time in the U.S. We’ll wait to see the full numbers over the series before making judgments, but no one can complain about the drama or refereeing in Game 2.

more including the two teams in the running for the next 24/7…

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