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TSN’s Insider Trading segment addresses Yakupov’s future, Stamkos’s status and more

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

TSN's Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun offered a slate of scoops on the latest episode of TSN's Insider Trading, and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's GM's meetings blog entry (it's a blog entry, not a blog, Mr. LeBrun), and the gents covered oodles of issues, starting with Nail Yakupov...

Is there any chance Nail Yakupov ends up being traded out of Edmonton?

Dreger: Not this year. The Oilers have no intentions of trading him. What they need from him, given the fact that he's played 65 NHL games, is to figure it out. He needs to start being a better defensive player, he needs to mature a little bit, work on the issues in his game and be ready for the time when Ales Hemsky is traded by the Oilers so he can take a more predominant role. As for the Igor Larionov story, Craig MacTavish spoke to him and there are no issues there.

And they continue, discussing Vernon Fiddler's future in Dallas, a possible Hiller-to-Nashville scenario, the Florida Panthers,' "Almost Everyone Must Go" sale, P.K. Subban's contract status, and, as you might expect, Steven Stamkos' situation:

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Red Wings-Jets quick take: Wings play like they ‘can,’ lose like they have

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is getting old. The Red Wings absolutely dominated possession and control of the puck against the Jets, they out-shot Winnipeg by a wide margin (43-21), the Wings' power play went 2-for-3, and save some bad back-passes from Daniel Alfredsson and a deke that both Kyle Quincey and Jimmy Howard bit upon, the Wings all but out-classed a clutchy-grabby-happy (and rewarded for it) Jets team...

But only Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Alfredsson and  now Franzen can score for the Wings, and the Wings still managed to trail the game two times...

So the Jets were able to play for a shootout--really since the last 5 minutes of regulation--and the Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Winnipeg, dropping their sixth straight at the Joe (albeit via an 0-1-and-5 record) because their goalie and scorers are in the shootout what they are not in regulation or overtime: plain old awful.

I'm sick, I'm tired, and this one has me baffled.

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Sabres Honor Veterans With Stellar Pregame Ceremony

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

A nice pregame ceremony in Buffalo honoring veterans:

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  Tags: "buffalo+sabres", "sabres+honor+veterans", "sabres+veterans+pregame"

Video- Rick Jeanneret Gets Closer To The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Elevator problems in Buffalo forced Jeanneret to call the game from ice level...


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Video- Stephen Walkom On What Was Discussed In The GM Meeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VP and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom discussed some of the topics which were brought up in the GM meeting.

Things like how is hybrid-icing working, fights, use of video review and coach's challenge.


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Red Wings-Jets pre-game skate: Holland at the GM’s meetings; on fighting, Glendening and Hasek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ahead of toight's game between the Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN Jets/1270 AM), Red Wings GM Ken Holland made some noise of the non-personnel variety, as noted by the Canadian Press...

Overtime was one of many of topics discussed at Tuesday's annual general managers meeting after Hockey Hall of Fame induction night, along with fighting, hybrid icing and the playoff format that was introduced for this season. No formal rule changes came about, though the purpose of this get-together is more to set up the next meeting in March.

Forty of the first 262 games this season have gone to a shootout. GMs have been discussing making overtime 10 minutes to cut down on shootouts "to some degree," according to Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings. Holland proposed five minutes of four-on-four and then three minutes of three-on-three, while Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and others want simply 10 minutes of four-on-four.

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Okay, NOW It’s Time to Get Serious…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By RedMenace

First and foremost, this urgent announcement: Have you seen this man?

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Hard To Replace Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

... Now, he’s gone, with 14 goals (riding a six-game scoring streak), with 23 points–a guy who figured in44 percent of his team’s goals. Tampa talked a good game about other guys stepping up, but Marty St. Louis, bless his soul, is 38. He is more of a passer than a shooter. Val Filppula, who played in Pavel Datsyuk’s shadow in Detroit, is now the default No. 1 centre there. Little Ryan Johnson moves up to No. 2. Good players but Stamkos is a great player, a great player who was hurt on a back-checking mission against Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton–an awful visual on YouTube.

Stamkos’s injury likely opens the doors wide-open for Olympic team berths. Canada has a couple of natural RWs in St. Louis  and Corey Perry who will probably be in Sochi but that’s it. Centres were moving over. Maybe centre/winger Claude Giroux in Philly pops back into the Olympic picture now, same with the versatile Patrick Sharp, who’s always under the radar. Some guys who didn’t get summer orientation invites like Patty Marleau and Jamie Benn and Joffrey Lupul might now get a longer look.

There’s only one Stamkos though and today he’s sitting in a hospital bed with a plate or a rod and screws in his broken leg. It’s a crying shame, for him, and all hockey fans.


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  Tags: steven+stamkos, team+canada

Successful Surgery For Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery this afternoon in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia. He is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to begin rehabilitation immediately, the team announced.  A prospective timetable has not yet been set for his return to the ice.

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MacTavish Not Happy With Report From ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at Sportsnet,

Craig MacTavish isn’t taking too kindly to comments made by Nail Yakupov’s agent about his client’s role with the Edmonton Oilers.

A day after Igor Larionov told ESPN.com that he’d be open to a trade from the Oilers, MacTavish accused the reporter (Craig Custance) who wrote the story of "manufacturing it" and defended the team’s treatment of Yakupov.

"There’s nothing changed from our perspective on Yak," MacTavish said after the NHL general managers meeting in Toronto. "The only thing I will say is that adversity in my mind is something that helps spur development. Yak’s facing a little bit of adversity, but there aren’t too many players of that age that haven’t. That’s really all I have to say about it."

continued with more from MacTavish...

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