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The NHL Heads To China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BEIJING (March 30, 2017) – At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today. The preseason games between the Kings and Canucks will be played on Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing, where today’s announcement was made. 

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KK- Break Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Time for a mini-break tonight.

Only four games tonight with three of them starting at 9pm ET and beyond.

If anything major pops up, I will post but other than that, see you in the morning.

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You Will Be Able To Know Which Players Have Been Protected Or Not For The Expansion Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 5:12pm,

 

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Florida Panthers CEO And President On The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBS Miami,

Florida Panthers President and CEO, Matthew Caldwell joined the Big O Show with Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM to discuss Florida’s back to back losses in Buffalo and Toronto, some of the upcoming events at the BB&T Center during Panthers games and the team’s search for a new head coach.

On the season so far- “Last year it felt like everything was going right for us and now this year it felt like everything went wrong.”

On tweaking the roster- “The fans are smart so you have to really look inside and make sure you’re making the right moves. With locking up the young guys, we tried our hardest to make this team competitive. It’s just about winning now. We want people to have a good experience. This season, it’s been tough. We’ve had flashes of brilliance this season.”

On the coaching search- “We said Tom Rowe would be the coach until the end of the season. We’ve had a lot of noise in the season this year. We want to get through the last six of games but rest assure we’ll make all announcements at the end of the year.”

listen to the thirteen minute interview...

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Video- Hits Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...

 

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Give the Hart To ‘Bob’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

Break out the Jay Onrait clips. Bobrovsky is neither off the case nor a disgrace to the department. To the contrary, he should win the Hart Memorial Trophy for his work this season.

The fine print says the Hart is awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team. But just as much that, in reality, this is an award for the best player in the NHL in any given season. This year, that’s Sergei Bobrovsky.

No other player has been as important to his team and its results as Bobrovsky has to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Take Bobrovsky off the C-bus and it’s not necessarily in the ditch but it isn’t nipping at the Capitals for the league lead. John Tortorella is having a fine season behind the Blue Jackets’ bench, but his greatest act of coaching every night is filling out the lineup card with Bobrovsky as his starter. Torts should bronze the pen he’s been using this season. 

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What A Run

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

On Tuesday night, it finally came to an end, the dagger delivered by ex-Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose Maple Leafs defeated Florida 3-2, thereby eliminating Detroit from the postseason for the first time since Nill and his buddies dejectedly packed up their belongings and walked out of The Joe some 27 years earlier.

Think about that. Qualifying for the playoffs 25 consecutive times. It’s an incredible accomplishment, one that an irked Nill feels doesn’t get its due. When he hears or reads about fans criticizing Detroit general manager Ken Holland and the Wings organization for allowing the on-ice product to decline this season, his blood boils. Are you spoiled? Don’t you understand just how remarkable 25 straight trips to the Stanley Cup dance really is?

“I sit back and shake my head,” Nill says. “The era that we live in right now, with social media and reading some of the comments about the franchise and Kenny Holland, I’m amazed at the lack of respect that occurred there. It’s an incredible feat and I don’t think it gets as much respect as it should.”

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Wings hope to minimize their playoff absences

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' current coach and players were asked to weigh in on the end of "the Streak" last night, and they offered blunt comments regarding the team's performance this past season--as well as takes on what needs to happen going forward:

"Our focus will continue to be on making sure this is a one-time deal, not an eight- and nine- and 10-time deal," [coach Jeff] Blashill said. "You do that by making sure you maintain the culture that's allowed that streak to continue for a long time: work ethic, attention to detail, selflessness, competitiveness. We've got to make sure that's there every single night. You can't let it slip whatsoever. Once you let it slip it's hard to get back. There's a lot of organizations around the league that will attest to that."

The Red Wings (31-33-12) are 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference. Only five teams in the league have fewer points. But they believe they could have been better. Offense was a major issue. Several players didn't step up as expected and the power play was ranked last in the league much of the season. The defense struggled. Goaltender Petr Mrazek didn't perform to the level he did the first half of last season.

The Red Wings, overall, were too inconsistent.

"That's probably the biggest reason," Zetterberg said. "When we've been playing well, we're a good team. And then what we saw the next game is totally opposite. That's something that we have to improve on for next year."

Khan continues...

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Wyshynski on ‘the Streak’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Paul posted the vast majority of what I would have shared in terms of media reports regarding the end of the Red Wings' playoff streak (in case you haven't noticed, TMR has been a "sick house" over the past 5 days), but Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski penned something of an ode to the Wings' streak, and it's quite good:

It began on April 4, 1991, in St. Louis against the Detroit Red Wings’ Norris Division rival Blues.

It was a victory, as so many playoff games over the next 25 seasons would be for Detroit. Steve Yzerman had a hat trick. Brett Hull had three points for the Blues.

And Dylan Larkin was over five years away from being born.

I thought a lot about Larkin this week, as the Red Wings’ 25-year playoff streak officially ended on Tuesday night when their tragic number hit zero, via a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Larkin is 20 years old. He grew up in Waterford, Michigan. The only Detroit Red Wings he knows are the Detroit Red Wings of annual playoff appearances and four Stanley Cups. Not ones that had two playoff appearance in 17 years from 1966-1983, featuring 15 different head coaches. The ones that had 25 straight playoff appearances from 1991-2016, and had a grand total of six coaches during the stretch, if you count Barry Smith’s five games in the interim in 1998-99.

So this is new to Larkin, this notion that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are sometimes held without the Detroit Red Wings in them.

It’s new to a lot of us.

But of course it had to happen now.

Wyshynski continues...

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Your predictable pre-Wings-Leafs inflammatory comment

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is the kind of crap that gets dug up prior to a Wings-Maple Leafs game to cause more controversy than usual. Wings assistant coach Chris Chelios apparently made an off-the-cuff comment regarding Mike Babcock's influence upon free agents during the latter portion of his tenure as the Red Wings' head coach, and Sportsnet's Luke Fox not only produced the comment...

Chris Chelios believes the Detroit Red Wings will have an easier time luring free agents now that Mike Babcock has moved to Toronto.

“It’s going to help even more now that Babs is gone, because those free agents didn’t want to play for Babs,” the Red Wings legend said on-air Friday night during a mid-game interview with 97.1 The Ticket.

Host Jeff Riger questioned the truth of that statement. Chelios holds a grudge against his last significant NHL head coach, for whom he played from 2005 through 2009.

“It’s very accurate. Ryan Suter [who chose Minnesota over Detroit as a UFA in 2012] is a good friend of mine. It’s nothing personal, but he’s a tough guy to play for if you’re a veteran. If you’re a young guy, I think it’s great because of the accountability. If you don’t play [properly], you’re not going to play,” Chelios said.

“I'm telling you: No veteran free agent is going to want to come in and play for Mike Babcock."

But Fox also posted a rebuttal:

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