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A Two-Year Extension For Ryan Murray In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Murray, 22, has tallied four goals and 13 assists for 17 points with 32 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. He ranks third on the team in time on ice average (22:27) and is second among club defensemen in goals and points. He is one of three Blue Jackets – Boone Jenner and Gregory Campbell – to have played in every game this season.

“Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed,” said Kekalainen. “Ryan has earned more ice time, showed steady improvement and contributed in all situations for us throughout the season. We look forward to his continued growth and development with our club.”


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Working The Phones Soon

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he expects to be working the phones as the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaches. But whether a deal happens depends on several factors.

"Before we do anything we got to get close to the trade deadline and see where we're at in the standings," Holland said on Thursday.

The Red Wings have eight games remaining before the trade deadline. If they're still in the playoff hunt, which seems likely, then Holland will see if he can upgrade the roster.

"For us to explore the trade deadline it has to be a player we think is a dramatic upgrade on one of our players," Holland said. "Then we have to get creative with the cap."


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About The Falling Canadian Dollar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eben Novy-Williams and Gerrit De Vynck of Bloomberg Business,

The NHL has a loonie problem. The Canadian dollar fell to 68¢ last month against the U.S. dollar, a 13-year low, and analysts think it could drop an additional 13 percent in 2016. The weakened state of the currency may cost the NHL hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The NHL does all its business in U.S. dollars, and all players are paid in greenbacks. The league also computes its total annual revenue in U.S. currency. Revenue for the league’s seven Canadian teams comes in the form of Canadian dollars, which is then converted into U.S. dollars. This season it’s going to take many more of the weak loonies to help the league reach its revenue target, estimated to be $4 billion. Chances are growing slim that the league will hit its mark.

That has implications for more than team owners. The teams and players split revenue 50-50. Money is withheld from each NHL player’s paycheck and kept in escrow. If league revenue at the end of the season doesn’t meet its target, money is taken from escrow to ensure an even split with the owners.

For the 2011-12 season, the players’ haircut was 0.5 percent of their annual salaries. At the start of this season, the players’ escrow accounts withheld 16 percent of salaries: That number just rose to 18 percent, as the Canadian dollar declined. Representatives are warning the players not to expect much back. “No one is happy about it,” says NHL players agent Allain Roy.


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Video- When The Wings Rode A ‘Mule’ In The Playoffs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via awood40 YouTube channel,

The Mule sets a franchise record for most goals by one player in a single series.

9 goals in 4 games against the Avs in 2008.


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Afternoon Lines- Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mark Lazerus tweets,

Gary Bettman says the NHL is "extraordinarily pleased" with the challenge system. Calls it close to perfect.

Gary Bettman says it's supposed to be a judgment call. Says the NFL doesn't do replay for pass interference, so it's a new idea.

Bettman brushes aside criticism of http://NHL.com , saying people always resistant to change. Says people need to "play with it."

added 5:17pm,


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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Host The 2017 NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Chicago Blackhawks® will host the 2017 NHL Draft™ at United Center, the Blackhawks, National Hockey League and city of Chicago announced today. The Draft will be held over two days – Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, 2017. NHL® club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend. 

The 2017 event will mark the first time the Blackhawks and the city of Chicago host the NHL Draft. 

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Malcolm Subban Out At Least Eight Weeks After Surgery To Repair Fractured Larynx

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins issued the following update on goaltender Malcolm Subban, who sustained a fractured larynx after being struck in the throat with a puck on Saturday, February 6 during the Providence Bruins game against the Portland Pirates in Portland, ME:

"Malcolm underwent successful surgery on February 8 at Mass Eye & Ear Hospital in Boston to repair his larynx fracture. He is doing well and has been released from the hospital. While there is no definitive timetable for his return at this time, he is expected to be out a minimum of eight weeks."

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Larkin engages in a Q and A with Sportsnet

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Sportsnet Magazine's Kristina Rutherford's Q and A with Dylan Larkin:

What’s been the biggest surprise for you this season? How close the league is. Every team, no matter where they are in the standings, is a good team. It’s so tight. It’s crazy, you know, you play college and there’re some teams where you know you’re gonna win that game. Here, every game’s a battle.

When you have questions, who do you go to? I live with Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan. They’re pretty young guys but they’ve been around for a few years, so they’re a good help. We share a house; it’s nice. They have two dogs, so it’s a full house.

What have they been teaching you? Are you cooking, doing laundry? Cooking a little bit, yes. They’re pretty good cooks. We do our own laundry. It’s been good to learn from them, things like paying rent, and we had to do the bills—the electrical bill and all that stuff. That’s one thing I’ve learned.

Rutherford continues, and if you missed it, Sportsnet posted a profile of Larkin last night, via Hockey Webcast:

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Jeff Blashill appears on The Fan 590’s HockeyCentral at Noon show

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon, speaking with Doug MacLean, Gord Stellick and Nick Kypreos for 12 minutes, and Blashill stated that:

  • He states that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg asked to play together last week, and so far, so good for the "Eurotwins'" synergy and execution;
  • The Red Wings "like their team," and in a league where parity is a rule and playoff spots will be earned by on-ice execution and health, he doesn't expect the Wings to add a player at the deadline. He believes that Ken Holland will explore adding to the team, but he feels that Niklas Kronwall's return in a week or so will be a big addition;
  • He lauded Petr Mrazek and Dylan Larkin as players with fantastic inner drive, hard workers who self-improve and players who must still continue to improve going forward;
  • He praises Mrazek as a "big moment" goaltender who's mentally and skillfully matured into a goaltender who's always ready for the next shot and next save;
  • He suggests that Jimmy Howard needs to be as prepared as possible for his next opportunity to start or come into the crease, and as such, his preparation is the biggest factor toward Howard rebounding and playing more strongly after some "tough luck" games;
  • He informs the gents that he's got the back-ups taking faceoff stats and more during games;
  • He's asked if there are differences between himself and Mike Babcock, and Blashill states that he feels that the Wings activate their defense a little more than they were under Babcock, utilizing the skating of their defense a little more actively in the rush, but Blashill and Babcock are similar in terms of their philosophies.

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Vezina Trophy Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Less than a week ago I posted that Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers had taken the Vezina Trophy lead.  He passed Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals who had led for a couple months.  Holtby has the league lead in wins and may set a wins record this year.  Holtby's problem is that his other stats are not on the level of his wins total.  He has a good saves percentage but some goalies have better ones.  Wins is a team stat and his win success is largely a product of playin oin the Washington Capitals.  Luongo has fewer wins but is a more significant part of Florida's success as they have less overall talent.  Luongo had a better saves percentage than Holtby so he was a better Vezina pick.  In the few days since then, Luongo's saves percentage has dropped a bit from .930 to .928.  This drops him among league leaders.  At the same time, Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings has an improving saves percentage which is up to .934.  Mrazek is the league leader in saves percentage among goalies who have played the majority of their team's games.

 The problem with Mrazek as a Vezina Trophy candidate is that he as fewer games played than most of the other candidates.  This is because he did not start the season as the clear number one goalie in Detroit.  He was essentially sharing the job with Jimmy Howard.  He has won the starting job outright with his play this season.  Mrazek has only five fewer games played than Luongo so the games played difference is shrinking, but Luongo still has almost 200 more saves this season.  Thus Mrazek still has a weakness of less hockey played, though that weakness is shrinking.  However his saves percentage lead is growing.  It is time to call Petr Mrazek the Vezina Trophy frontrunner.

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