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Penguins GM Wants Marc-Andre Fleury To Be His Goalie

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer. 

But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury is going anywhere. 

"As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie," Rutherford told ESPN.com. "My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right. When that is, I don’t know, if it’s during the year or after the year, but I do want to re-sign him. I believe in him." 

continue on for more hockry talk including Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets...

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Babcock’s In Canada, You Know What That Means

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Babcock will talk to you about a lot of things: his team, his life’s credo, probably his favourite haunts in the McGill Ghetto, around the school where he played four seasons for the Redmen three decades ago.

But the 51-year-old would not be travelling down the contract road Tuesday noon, following his team’s morning skate at the Bell Centre a few hours before the Red Wings’ game against the Canadiens....

“Last year, every time the Wings were playing on the road, you were forced to answer questions regarding Canadian teams. Are you afraid that this year is going to be the same with your contract negotiations?”

“No.”

A few moments later, with a bit of a different approach:

“Mike, you’re a popular guy here, coming from McGill, obviously every time you come here, it’s an experience for fans and people that have known you. It took everybody by surprise here knowing that you’d go into the season without a contract. What can you tell hockey fans about the situation, your situation with the organization and…”

“I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. See ya.”

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Video- Ken Kal Previews Wings/Canadiens

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

About half way through the video, hear from Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Babcock.

 

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Last Chance On Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

“Every team’s going to go through spells throughout the year when they lose some games, but the good teams find a way to not lose three, four in a row,” Okposo said. “They find a way to eliminate that, and they find a way to get points. That’s one thing that we have to learn from. It has to be this year. We have to learn now, because not playing in the playoffs isn’t fun. We want to get back there.

“Last year was tough. Once you get in the playoffs, you never want to go back (to missing them).”

Only one more chance to get back to the playoffs in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Only one more chance to cram the fans into the old barn, to feel the shake.

“I love playing there,” Okposo said. “I love it. It’s loud. It’s intense. It’s not like some of the buildings that are brand-new and kind of dull and quiet. It’s got a lot of character.”

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Alex Galchenyuk Should Have Been Given A Penalty, Not A Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Alex Galchenyuk had only touched the ice with one skate after exiting the penalty box and therefore was not deemed legally on the ice when he stole the puck off the stick of Nathan MacKinnon. 

By the letter of the law Alex Galchenyuk should have received an additional minor penalty for interference (56.2) and no goal would have resulted in what turned out to be a 3-2 Montreal victory in regulation time.

Two rules reference this play in determining when a player is deemed to be legally on the ice from either the players' bench or penalty box. First, 56.2 states that a minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players' bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, interferes with the movements of the puck or any opponent on the ice during the progress of the play. In addition, should a player about to come onto the ice, play the puck while one or both skates are still on the players' or penalty bench, a minor penalty for interference shall be assessed.

continued and watch the goal below...

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Randy Carlyle On Nazem Kadri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Shawn McKenzie tweets,

Carlyle on Kadri "Is it confidence? Is it overconfidence? Is it cockiness? Is it all of those things?" Thats what you ask yourself"

Carlyle cont'd "I look at it as a strength. When you are able to not just talk it, you have to live it."

Carlyle "I'm sure he'll (Kadri) get some shifts tonight against John Tavares, so we will let the tale of the tape prove that"

If you missed what Kadri said earlier, you can read it here.

added 3:32pm, Watch Kadri talking after practice, below...

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The Detroit Red Wings Get A Big Boost With The Return Of Pavel Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Pavel Datsyuk is returning to the Red Wings lineup.

Datsyuk will make his regular-season debut Tuesday night when the Red Wings play the Montreal Canadiens.

"It's a big boost for us," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who'll skate on a line with Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader. "He's been skating pretty good in practice, it looks like he's ready to go.

"He's important player for us."

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added 1:18pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I was kind of embarrassed the other day," Nestrasil said today at the Bell Centre, hours before the Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m., FSD). The game marks Datsyuk's season debut, coming four weeks after he suffered a separated shoulder during exhibition play.


"We played one-on-one after practice, and I didn't touch the puck in, like, five minutes," Nestrasil said. "He's a special guy. He's got some special skills; it's unbelievable."

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Observations On The San Jose Sharks

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from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Ten random thoughts on the Sharks...

There hasn’t been a single player more noticeable from shift to shift than Brent Burns, and it sure seems like no one on the ice has their stick on the puck more than Burns through the first five games other than maybe Joe Thornton. He’s obviously done some good things so far with seven points, but he’s also gotten caught out of position several times, has had some nervous moments while defending in open ice, and is just so unpredictable out there. I know his transition back to D in a work in progress, and I noticed Burns having a long chat with Jim Johnson at the pregame skate in New Jersey, but the Sharks seem like a much more dangerous team with him at forward. Maybe they give it another couple weeks, but I bet the Sharks end up putting the “wrecking ball” back where he belongs – up front on Thornton’s right side.

more thoughts...

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Afternoon Line - Pavel Datsyuk

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The Wings Morning Skate In Montreal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Pavel Datsyuk is taking his normal spot on the first line and..

 

Also reports state Cleary and Weis are not taking normal shifts.

 

added 11:59am,

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