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All The Best To Mattias Janmark Who Will Miss At Least 5-6 Months With Surgery On A Joint Disorder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars winger Mattias Janmark will have knee surgery to address an issue of osteochondritis dissecans and will be out a minimum of 5-6 months, general manager Jim Nill said Friday.

Janmark, 23, has been skating in camp and was expected to play in the Stars' preseason game in Colorado Wednesday when his knee locked up. Doctors examined the knee and discovered the problem which is described by Wikipedia as: "A joint disorder in which cracks form in the articular cartilage and the underlying subchondral bone.[1] ...OCD is caused by blood deprivation in the subchondral bone. This loss of blood flow causes the subchondral bone to die in a process called avascular necrosis. The bone is then reabsorbed by the body, leaving the articular cartilage it supported prone to damage. The result is fragmentation (dissection) of both cartilage and bone, and the free movement of these bone and cartilage fragments within the joint space, causing pain and further damage.

Nill said the condition is congenital and added that chances of full recovery are 80 percent.


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Chatting With Ken Hitchcock

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from Darren Dreger ot The Dreger Report at TSN,

I've covered Hitchcock teams since the 1980s when he had great success coaching the WHL's Kamloops Blazers and have always been impressed by his boundless energy and passion for the game. I, like many others, believed Hitch would have to be dragged from the bench, kicking and screaming, and didn't expect he would leave coaching on his own terms — at least, not yet.

This week, I circled back to check in on the Blues and to see how the 64-year-old coach was managing his final NHL training camp. We chatted about the depth of his team and some of the things he likes and doesn't like about his roster before the conversation inevitably got deeper. My search was for an emotional storyline; to talk about the things he will miss most about coaching in the NHL. Instead, Hitchcock opened the door, just a crack, to the possibility this may not be his final season. While his intention to step away remains the same, he won't know for sure until the end of the season.

“That [coming back] is possible, but that's in May or June and that's a long time off and you know I just don't think at this time...I don't think it's fair to do that,” Hitchcock told the Dreger Report. “I'm going to coach like crazy and I want to see how I feel and if I feel different then I will let somebody know. Other than that, I feel like I want to pour it all in now and then take stock at a different time.

“My vested interest is in coaching and in the coaches and in that fraternity. So for me, that's got to be a major focus until the day comes when I don't have my wits about me. My focus is in those people. It's working with the people who are on the firing line.”

read on

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Jeff Blashill With An Update On Detroit’s European Players

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Blashill said earliest Zetterberg and Kronwall might skate with team is Tuesday, but no guarantee. They've been skating on own.

Blashill said the plan is to get Europe World Cup players Tatar, Nielsen and Vanek into one preseason game next weekend.

 Blashill said Pulkkinen ahead of schedule. Might play more preseason games than expected.

Alexey Marchenko will join team for practice tomorrow and play next week.

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Morning Skate Tweets

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at morning skate:
G. Smith-Aubry-Campbell

defense pairs at skate:

Jimmy Howard is expected to play the full game which is on Fox SportsDetroit+ with the puck drop just after 7:30pm ET.

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Video- China Is A Country Full Of Tradition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The puck drop is not one of them.


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A New Atmosphere In Denver

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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche left wing Gabe Landeskog acknowledged Thursday that he was pleased to learn he will remain captain and that new coach Jared Bednar represents change from something that wasn’t working.

Landeskog, who is preparing for his sixth NHL season, and fellow Swede Carl Soderberg practiced under Bednar for the first time Thursday. Both were given a couple days off after Sweden was eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

“It needs to be said that I respected Patty on and off the ice and I enjoyed working with him for three years,” Landeskog said about former coach Patrick Roy, who abruptly resigned Aug. 11 after two nonplayoff seasons. “But I’m really exited about having Jared here. It feels like he brings in a lot of fresh air and comes in with a lot of optimism about this group. It feels like he believes in us.”

Under Roy, the Avs played too much in their own zone. Shots-against average was among the league’s highest, which limited time in the offensive zone. Bednar wants to push the pace with a north-south breakout that doesn’t allow the puck going backward.


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Zach Werenski On A Similar Path As Jack Johnson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zach Werenski met Jack Johnson several years ago on a recruiting trip to the University of Michigan. Details of that autumn afternoon were clear for one, a bit hazier for the other.  

Johnson was an established NHL defenseman hanging out at the Wolverines-Notre Dame football game with his younger brother, Kenny, also on an informal visit that day.

“Jack was someone I kind of looked up to growing up,” the 19-year-old Werenski said. “He went to the (USA Hockey National Team Development Program) and Michigan. It’s a similar path I went on.

“He probably doesn’t remember, but I remembered. I knew who he was.”

The two Michigan men were introduced as a pair to Blue Jackets fans on Thursday night in Nationwide Arena. How would a Wolverine tandem play in Columbus?

Quite well, actually.


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Report- Coming Soon, An Enhanced Mobile App For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago Business,

Major League Baseball's fingerprints are starting to show up more clearly on the NHL.

In one of the first major new product launches since MLB Advanced Media took control of the NHL's digital assets, the league next week is expected to roll out a new mobile app called "Arena" that is modeled after the "Ballpark" app that MLBAM introduced in 2012, according to sources close to the leagues.

Specific details of what the new app will include are under wraps, but it stands to be a substantial in-stadium smartphone tool if MLBAM puts as much emphasis on "Arena" as it has on its baseball version.

When MLBAM launched the "Ballpark" app in 2012 (then called "At The Ballpark"), it was designed to be a useful second-screen tool for fans in the stands with team and league content, social media and the ability to check-in at games. MLB has since beefed it up, adding the ability to purchase and manage tickets, upgrade seats and even buy food and beverages from your seats at some ballparks.

The "Arena" app will add features over time in a similar way and may not be used by all NHL teams to start, one source said.


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Morning Line- Steve Simmons

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“The best thing I saw, other than the kids, was (Sidney) Crosby’s first goal the other night. It reminded me of ’72 when Espo knocked the puck to Henderson. That and the three minutes of overtime between North America and Sweden. That was it for me.

“A lot of hockey this time. Not much that anyone will remember.”

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more, mostly on the 1972 Summit Series.

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Kraft Hockeyville USA Comes To Marquette

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan, was named winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016 in April, but because of a bad internet connection, it almost didn't happen.

Dr. Frederick Hoenke, who submitted the winning essay, almost didn't send it a second time after his first attempt accidentally was deleted.

"I voted for the rink, not knowing what exactly it was, and then it said 'Why your rink should win,' so I pounded out a quick little entry and hit send and it deleted," Hoenke said. "A few hours later, I got back to my office and something in the back of my head was bothering me, so I said, 'I'll try one more time.' I tried to remember from memory what I said, did it quickly and hit send. I still really didn't know what I had entered."

Marquette and Lakeview Arena finished ahead of more than 1,000 communities, including runner-up Rushmore Thunderdome in Rapid City, South Dakota. A total of $335,000 was awarded to the top 10 finishers, including $150,000 to Marquette, which also will get to host a nationally televised preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN)....

"I had never heard of [Kraft Hockeyville] before," Hoenke said. "I didn't even know what it was when I applied for it. Our hockey association sent a request to all the parents, 'Will you vote for this thing?' I said 'OK, fine.' I can click a button and vote for this thing like anyone else can."


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