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The Detroit Red Wings Are Skating At The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Erik Cole and Marek Zidlicky on ice for first practice with new team.

Marchenko left ice at start of practice. Didn't see Helm (also oblique strain) out there.

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Early look at line combos at practice. Cole is with Zetterberg and Abdelkader; Weiss with Nyquist and Shehan; Datsyuk with Tatar and Jurco.

Fourth line is Glendening, Andersson and Miller.

added 12:16pm, via Khan,

Defense pairs:
Kindl rotating in

added 12:24pm, Ted Kulfan tweet,

Zidlicky getting looks with several different pairings

added 12:30pm, via Pleiness,

Power play units: Datsyuk, Nyquist, Sheahan, Tatar, Zidlicky -- Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Cole, Weiss, Kronwall


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The Tomas Tatar Line

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Royal Oak, Michigan (PRWEB) March 03, 2015- PUCK HCKY, LLC have collaborated with Detroit Red Wing star, Tomáš Tatar, to launch the Tomáš Tatar Signature Series, a collection of custom-designed hockey fashion items, accessories, and more.

The Signature Series goes beyond your typical corporate-licensed hockey apparel to offer fans an exclusive and more personal connection to Tomáš Tatar. “We’ve co-developed high-end, designer hockey-wear that incorporates Tomáš’ personality, interests, and background,” said Matt Marini, CEO and co-founder of PUCK HCKY, a Michigan-based hockey brand development firm. “The Tatar Signature Series has a wide variety of designs, including a hand-drawn image of one of Tomáš’ tattoos and an abstract likeness of Tomáš that is already a fan favorite; each image was designed to reflect Tomáš’ fun-loving, charismatic personality and Slovak heritage.”

To view the entire Tomáš Tatar Signature Series collection, visit www.puckhcky.com


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The Calgary Flames Are Without Their Leader

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The third-period comeback wins won’t be the biggest test of the Calgary Flames and their ability to persevere through adversity.

It’ll be how they fare the final 20 games while in a playoff push without their heart-and-soul captain Mark Giordano.

The worst possible fears regarding Giordano’s injury suffered in last Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils were realized when the team announced on Monday Giordano had suffered a torn biceps tendon requiring surgery, and will be out for the remainder of the season.

“He was devastated. It’s devastating for all of us,” GM Brad Treliving said Monday at the team’s hotel in Philadelphia. “The next message to the team is this is what we’ve been dealt. We respond one of two ways: You hang your head or you pick your head up and you say, ‘What’s next?’


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four different players found the back of the net to lift the Rangers past the League-leading Predators and to their ninth victory in their past 11 games (9-1-1).
* At 39-17-6 (84 points), the Rangers leapfrogged the idle Islanders (41-21-2, 84 points) to reclaim first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 36, NYI: 34), but the Islanders lead the season series (NYI: 3-1-0, NYR: 1-3-0). The teams face off one more time in 2014-15, next Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.
* The Rangers extended their home point streak to nine games (7-0-2), their longest such run since Feb. 16 – April 4, 2008 (8-0-3). They have won 16 of their last 21 contests at Madison Square Garden (16-3-2), including four consecutive victories.
* The Rangers also extended their point streak against Western Conference opponents to seven games (5-0-2); Elias says that is their longest such streak since Nov. 26, 1996 – Jan. 21, 1997 (8-0-2).

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How Do You Feel After The Trades Have Been Made?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

What are your thoughts on the trades the Wings made?

Okay with them, could have done more, should have traded for ....?

And one last report on the Wings/Toronto deal which did not happen...

via Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs did not offer Dion Phaneuf for Detroit D-man Brendan Smith at the trade deadline.

It was the Red Wings who made that proposal.

They were the supplicants, the Star has learned. But Toronto brass wasn’t sufficiently keen about the other features in that particular package, which included eating part of Phaneuf’s salary, and thus took a pass.

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Cody McLeod And Gabriel Landeskog Fined For Altercations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 3, 2015) -- Colorado Avalanche forwards Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each have been fined the maximum amounts allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for their respective actions during the final seconds of NHL Game No. 930 in Denver on Saturday, February 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

McLeod has been fined $3,091.40 for entering the game on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Directly off a face-off at center ice, McLeod launched into a bodycheck against Minnesota center Mikael Granlund and then engaged in a fight with Wild forward Charlie Coyle. McLeod was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major penalty for fighting and a misconduct penalty.

Landeskog has been fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu while both players were on their respective benches with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Landeskog was assessed a misconduct penalty.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Watch the altercations below...

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  Tags: cody+mcleod, gabriel+landeskog

$50 Could Be Yours In The Free BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note- original post was on 2/3/15 at 6:30pm, just moving to top of page so all can see and participate.

$50 to the winner of the free BoltDraft/KK fantasy game on Tuesday.

Ten NHL games on Tuesday so you have a very good selection of players to pick for your roster.

You just need one forward, one defenseman and one goalie, then sit back and see how the night plays out.

If you are registering for the first time, remember to use passcode kukla22 and then set your roster.

It's a fun quick game to play and more and more KK members and guests are joining in.

Give it a try and you won't be disappointed and make sure your roster is set by 7:00pm ET on Tuesday.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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  Tags: boltdraft

Oiler’s GM MacTavish Has A Funny Bone

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was relatively quiet trade deadline day. Trading only the expected player, Jeff Petry to the Montreal Canadiens for a couple of picks in this year’s draft, MacT started the day off doing what was expected. What wasn’t expected came at his press conference Monday afternoon.

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, jeff+petry

Mats Zuccarello Takes A Hometown Discount

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Once was the time, and not so very long ago at all, the Rangers had to bribe players to come to play for, and then stay with, their Original Six team in the world’s greatest city.

But those days are history. Blue bloods are willing to take less in order to remain a part of the culture club that has been constructed in midtown Manhattan.

Mats Zuccarello became the latest to spurn his chance to become a free agent and maximize his value on the open market — just as Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal had done over the preceding 15 months — by signing the Rangers’ take-it-or-leave it (and town) offer of $18 million over four years.

There’s no doubt the Norwegian could have commanded more on the market in July, perhaps a significant amount more when factoring in the difference in taxes from one locale to the next, but the promise of additional riches did not sway No. 36.

“I told [my agents] enough is enough, I’m happy with the offer and it’s important for me to stay here for a long time,” Zuccarello told The Post following Monday’s two-assist performance in the Rangers’ convincing 4-1 victory over the first-overall Predators at the Garden.


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Future Looks Bright For The Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Is it to early to conceive of an Arizona Coyotes’ line of Connor McDavid in the middle with fellow world junior teammates Anthony Duclair and Max Domi next season?

Not now, not after the Desert Dogs, who have very little bite left, losers of nine in a row and close to the worst team in the league today, shipped their second-best defenceman, Keith Yandle, Sunday afternoon to the New York Rangers. Glen Sather’s team has no interest in any lottery picks, only the Stanley Cup after getting to the final dance but falling to the Los Angeles Kings last June. So they sacrificed tomorrow for today, giving up gifted young winger Duclair, along with first (2016) and second-round (2015) draft choices.

It’s the biggest close-to-trade deadline deal so far because Yandle is only 28 years old.

Duclair, who plays for the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts, and Domi, the MVP of the world junior who plays for Dale Hunter’s London Knights, were starry linemates at the world junior over Christmas.


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