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Video- Game Day Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ken Kal speaks with Tom Wilson, Danny DeKeyser and Jeff Blashill.



added 5:10pm, Paul Harris at NHL.com with his game preview...

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The Latest On Contract Talks Regarding Anze Kopitar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Let me be crystal clear on this: Anze Kopitar's contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings is not done.

But hands up anyone who thinks it's not going to get done?

That's what I thought, although I might have seen just one or two hands hesitantly raised at the back of the room, and what if one or both belong to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi and/or Kopitar's agent Pat Brisson? What then?

It's been an odd dynamic on this Kopitar negotiation – not as odd as Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that's another story for another time.

Honestly, we all figured Kopitar's deal would be done by now. Actually, way, way before now. It's almost December.

I do believe it's "close," though using "close" in a negotiation that isn't "done" is a mug's game.


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Afternoon Line- Ted Leonsis

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“I’ve been around the game now for a long, long time,” Leonsis said, in response to a question about meddling. “And there are certain things that you do learn and you do see. But if you break the hierarchy — you have a general manager, you have a coach, you have assistant coaches, you have a captain, you have players — the moment you break that hierarchy, I think you inject needless chaos into the system.

“And truthfully, it means you should fire your general manager or your coach. If you’re making the decisions and you think what you know is more than your coach and general manager, then they can’t work for you. Because the general manager and the coach need to be the end-all and be-all, and be in that cocoon, if you will, with the players.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.

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Bill Daly Today On Numerous Topics

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via Sportsnet,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly talks to Hockey Central @ Noon about chief operating officer John Collins leaving the organisation, the timeline to find a replacement, how Collins’ departure affects the growth of the game internationally, the latest regarding expansion, financial issues with the Arizona Coyotes & Florida Panthers, updating the drug testing policy, and the initial response to the new overtime format.

Listen to the interview...

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Ryan Johansen On The Trade Rumors

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

 Ryan Johansen did not seem all that surprised on Wednesday his name had been linked to trade rumours, but said his mentioning on Insider Trading threw his parents for a loop back home in Vancouver.

“It’s new,” Johansen said. “It definitely catches your mom and your dad’s attention. You know, they’re always thinking about their boys. It is what it is. I haven’t been down this road, but a lot of players have been down this road. It’s my job to play hockey.”

TSN Insider Darren Dreger reported Johansen, 23, is not being actively shopped by Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, but that Kekalainen is not “dismissing the interest” and will listen to offers.

It’s a lot different of a situation than Johansen being untouchable, which is the reason for some surprise. Johansen is a bona fide No. 1 NHL centre, a franchise building block the Blue Jackets yearned for so long to acquire. 

Johansen refuted the notion that whatever move might come next from the Blue Jackets would be because of his holdout from training camp last October. Sources indicated there has been lingering discord between Johansen’s camp and Blue Jackets’ brass, but Johansen denied that on Wednesday.


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Video- Real Sports HBO Feature On ‘Doc’ Emrick

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Top Defenceman

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

  At the end of October I made my first Norris Trophy pick.  At that point, PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was the leading defenceman so far in the season. He has been surpassed since then.  Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is the top defenceman so far this season.  Karlsson has 23 points in 21 games and is posting a +9 +/- rating.  This places him sixth in the NHL in scoring.  He is doing this while playing a big role with the Sens.  His ice time per game is fourth in the NHL.

Another candidate at this point is John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars who has one more point than Karlsson in an extra game played but with a lesser role and lesser ice time on his team.

 Erik Karlsson has won the Norris Trophy twice in the past.  He won in 2012 and in 2015.  Everyone who is Hall of Fame eligible who has won the Norris Trophy twice is inducted in the Hall.  Yet I do not consider Karlsson a Hall of Famer yet.  This is because it is still early in his career.  He is only 25 years old and has played slightly over 400 career games.  It is still possible that his career could fall apart.  This is becoming less and less likely as the season continues.  Should this season be a success - as it looks like it will be - I will likely consider him a future Hall of Famer.  Karlsson is very close to that threshold.

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Audio- A Rift Between Sidney Crosby And Mario Lemieux

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Matthew Barnaby and Steve Kouleas talked about a possible rift between Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux today on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

You can listen to the short blurb below...

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Kari Lehtonen May Miss A Few Days With The Dallas Stars

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Why?  Watch below...

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A Multi-Year Contract Extension For Marc Bergevin In Montreal

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MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO, Geoff Molson, announced today that the Club and executive vice president and general manager Marc Bergevin have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him with the organization until the end of the 2021-22 season.

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