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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Sharks: Wings stuck with it in spite of themselves

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The San Jose Sharks have won so very regularly over the Detroit Red Wings over the past four years, especially at home, and the Wings have been able to dent Antti Niemi so very irregularly over the course of his career that the Wings-Sharks tilt had, "First back-to-back regulation losses" written all over it, and when the Wings surrendered both 1-0 and 2-1 goals, responding with all the urgency of paint drying, I could only shake my head and go, "Well, this is gonna be one of those games where the WIngs will only win if they win in spite of themselves."

Detroit kept firing single, unobstructed shots directly at Antti Niemi, sans screens, sans changes of position, sans rebounds, minus backhands, and they were never skating directly toward the Sharks' goalie, instead deferring to drop or lateral passes, and as a result, the incredibly desperate and incredibly physical Sharks seemed destined to extend their playoff hopes by continuing to hammer a shaky Jimmy Howard.

The game slowly but surely pivoted away from the Sharks thanks to dogged, determined work by the few Wings who were urgent and determined, like Teemu Pulkkinen and Pavel Datsyuk, and by sticking with it--and getting a little lucky--Detroit emerged with a surprising 3-2 win.

Update: FYI:

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Going Fishing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Yes, it's another late nighter, but, it's what the 19 do. Not much to add. The Wings need to reel in the two points and head back East.

We're going fishing, and the Sharks are biting.
 

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Evening Line- Scott Cullen On The Clarkson/Horton Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Maple Leafs got rid of Clarkson's contract and the only thing it costs them is money, which they seem to print no matter what is happening with the team on the ice. That's an easy win and the Leafs haven't had a lot of wins, easy or otherwise, on the ice, so they might as well celebrate this one. All shots aside, though, it's a smart move for the Leafs to use their financial wherewithal to their advantage. It can't happen as often under a salary cap system, but it worked in this situation and it's a pretty good sign that the Maple Leafs were creative enough to find a way to escape their biggest contract mistake.

Scott Cullen of TSN where you can read more on the trade.

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The Florida Panthers Get In The Game Acquiring Jaromir Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialov of the Sun-Sentinel,

After years of selling off their top players before the trade deadline, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon sent a strong message to the fans and his young team that he is committed to make the playoffs this season when he acquired nine-time All-Star forward Jaromir Jagr from the  Devils Thursday afternoon.

Jagr, 43, the active leader in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), plus/minus (+284) and power-play goals (202) cost the Panthers a second-round pick in June and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. This season, Jagr, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, has 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games.

“That we’re buyers and committed to winning,’’ Tallon said was his message. “[Owner Vinnie Viola] and we all said we want to win a championship. We’re putting the pieces together step by step. Hopefully, Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It’s a win-win for us."

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Finally, the Detroit News reviews ‘Red Army’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On a day that news that Sergei Fedorov's $20 million lawsuit against a former financial advisor has been dismissed due to a statute-of-limitations technicality...

We've done a whole helluva lot of talking about the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army over the last year. Polsky appeared on WDFN this morning because the film is premiering at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak--the only theatre in Michigan that will carry the film--on Friday.

The Slava Fetisov-centered documentary's been getting reviewed all over the damn place, but if I trust one person to tell me whether a movie is good or a movie is dreck, it's the Detroit News's Tom Long. Long gives the film a strong "B":

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It ain’t an asset-for-rental-throwing derby, at least not in Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sometimes I think the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson gets a little ahead of himself, and especially given that Mike Babcock's latest--get this--praise for the Wings' slow-but-steady approach to developing prospects came from this afternoon's "morning skate" scrums, I think that one of the NHL's greatest minds and best writers...Is getting a little ahead of himself here:

- I know NHL teams always say ‘we’re not moving that prospect for a rental,’ but let’s get serious here. The East is totally wide open this year with the Habs, the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals all thinking they can get to the Stanley Cup final in the here and now with a tweak, so yes, Jeff Petry is a valuable. Oilers asset. But is he first-round-pick-as-compensation valuable?

I don’t think so (a second for sure), but short of Montreal giving up Nathan Beaulieu or Detroit Xavier Ouellet or Pittsburgh Derick Pouliot or the Islanders Griffin Reinhart, are there other prospects in play here? I believe the Habs want Petry the most to play with Alexei Emelin on a shutdown pairing. Could they get Jared Tinordi from Montreal?

Ryan Sproul, an offensive defenceman who has buffed his defensive work up in Grand Rapids from Detroit, Scott Harrington from Pittsburgh, world junior member Madison Bowey from the Caps? Maybe. In the West, the Anaheim Ducks, who have been one-upped by the Los Angeles Kings for a D-man (Andrej Sekera) definitely won’t deal Canadian junior puck-mover Shea Theodore, but what about Josh Manson? The Chicago Blackhawks have Klas Dahlbeck and Stephen Jones ripening on their American Hockey League farm.

That's not how it works in Detroit. They don't toss assets at rentals willy-nilly, and Ken Holland's bluntly stated that unless the Red Wings find a way to legitimately upgrade their team over the long haul, they're not going to make a move.

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Red Wings-Sharks ‘morning skate’ articles: on Zetterberg, slow and steady winning the race, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings face a particularly difficult task in trying to snap a 2-game winless streak against the playoff-desperate San Jose Sharks this evening (10:30 PM on FSD/CSN California/97.1 FM), and as you know by now, the fact that Henrik Zetterberg took a twirl toward the end of the Wings' "morning skate" stole the spotlight, so that's where we're going to start.

We'll begin our survey of "morning skate" articles with this from the Free Press's Helene St. James, who duly notes that nobody's stated the obvious--that Jamie Benn's punches concussed Zetterberg--and nobody's stated that Zetterberg's clearly going through a concussion protocol. St. James also wisely notes that it's going to be very hard to track Zetterberg's progress given that Detroit is flying to Nashville on Friday and won't practice on Sunday:

Thursday, he was doing much better, describing it as "fun to be out on the ice again. That's a step I'm going to take and hopefully I can do more tomorrow.

"I'd hoped to be back a few days before, but obviously it's fun to be able to be on the ice again and be allowed to be on the ice again. Just got to see how I respond to this and take it from there."

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Talk Around The Hockey World

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- The Capitals are looking for a third-pairing rental to go with John Carlson, Mike Green, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner. Washington is more interested in a winger to play with Ovechkin and Backstrom, though. I’d give Chris Stewart a look as a rental.

- It’s no secret Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray loves Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly, who could easily be moved this summer because the Avs don’t want to pay him $6 million a season. As Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News surmises, Avs coach Patrick Roy used to coach Sabres first-round centre Mikhail Grigorenko in junior in Quebec City; he’s yet to make an impact in Buffalo. The Sabres are also growing exasperated with big Russian teenage defenceman Nikita Zadorov for off-ice issues (missing a flight, sleeping in for a practice).

- Sounds a little screwy, but there are some scouts who feel the one young defenceman the Ducks might trade is Cam Fowler, who doesn’t have Hampus Lindholm’s all-around game or Sami Vatanen’s offensive bang. Fowler is good, for sure, but scouts wonder if Canadian junior team star Theodore could replace Fowler in time, and they might consider moving Fowler for a forward who could play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First topic was the Jagr trade to Florida then what will the Blackhawks do.

Next up was the Capitals looking to add offense.

The Leafs were brought up and what can they do (segment was taped before the Clarkson trade).  Then the Bruins were the next topic.

Up next was the Jeff Petry situation in Edmonton.

Next was a spitting incident with Cal Clutterbuck, the league looked into it but no evidence.

Watch here...

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Toronto Trades David Clarkson To Columbus For Nathan Horton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired right wing David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Clarkson, 30, has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 955 penalty minutes in 544 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, while adding 5-9-14 and 79 penalty minutes in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has collected 10-5-15 and 92 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.

“David Clarkson has been a 30-goal scorer in the NHL who will bring added character and leadership to our group and we believe he will be a valuable contributor to our team,” said Kekalainen. “While we are excited to welcome David to the Blue Jackets, it is also difficult that Nathan’s time here has ended prematurely due to his injury situation. He is a tremendous person and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Toronto release below...

added 6:26pm,

 

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