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John Collins Is Leaving The NHL To Pursue A New Business Opportunity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York (Nov. 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Chief Operating Officer John Collins is departing the League to pursue a new business opportunity.  Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.

“John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

Said Collins, “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years.  He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be. The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.”

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Khan speaks with Landon Ferraro regarding his ‘return’ to Detroit as an opposing team’s player

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with former Wing Landon Ferraro regarding his waiver claim by the Boston Bruins, who happen to be playing the Wings tomorrow night:

"The Wings are so deep right now," Ferraro said. "It was between me or Andy (Joakim Andersson) or Jurcs (Tomas Jurco), whatever they were going to do. They thought that (waiving him) was the best move. At the same time, you look and they've got AA (Andreas Athanasiou), (Anthony) Mantha, they have (Tyler) Bertuzzi, they have a ton of guys who are ready to go. It's so deep. I think this is a good fit for me, I'm excited and (Monday) was a lot of fun to get into a game again and get moving."

Ferraro drew his first career assist in his Bruins debut Monday, a 4-3 shootout victory in Toronto. He returned to Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, practicing with his new club, which plays the Red Wings on Wednesday (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit).

Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn't confirm if Ferraro will be in the lineup, but if he is, the 24-year-old forward said it will be "weird" playing against a team he was practicing with on Saturday.

"I've known some of these guys for 5-6 years, so it was going to be weird (anyway), but 2-3 days after is a little quicker than I thought it was probably going to happen," Ferraro said. "At the same time, it's a big game for us and we have to make sure we have these points to try and move ahead and get our season rolling here."

Khan continues, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman weighed in on the Wings' decision to waive Ferraro:

24. After the Detroit Red Wings lost Landon Ferraro to Boston, I looked through the roster. Barring a trade, it looks like they had two waiver choices: Ferraro or Teemu Pulkkinen. Not surprised the Red Wings chose to keep Pulkkinen — it fits their modus operandi. And Ferraro might be a better fit for the Bruins, anyway.

Update: Here's more from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Ticket Tuesday: New York Rangers Dominate Most Expensive Games List This Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Joe Sudberg,

It has been all smiles at Madison Square Garden this season. While the New York Knicks showcase rising rookie Kristaps Porzingis, the Rangers have skated to the best record in the NHL over the season’s first seven weeks. It comes as no surprise, then, that the team appears in three of this week’s most expensive games on the secondary market.

Below is a comprehensive list of the week’s top games, according to TiqIQ.com:

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The NHL Network And The World Junior Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NHL Network will provide exclusive live broadcasts of all U.S. games at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and up to 25 games total. The tournament is set for Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.

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A One-Year Contract For Dainius Zubrus In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract.

Zubrus, 37, recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 74 games with New Jersey last season. In 1,243 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Montreal, Washington, Buffalo and New Jersey, he has registered 584 points (225 goals, 359 assists) and 771 penalty minutes.

In addition, Zubrus has collected 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) in 92 career playoff games. He played for current Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer in New Jersey from 2011-2014.

The six-foot-five, 225-pound native of Elektrenai, Lithuania, was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the first round (15th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft.

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John Tortorella After Thirty Days In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Tortorella was asked to assess his first 30 days, personally and professionally, this afternoon. The Jackets are 8-7 since he replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21.

Forget the personal part.

“The only thing I worry about is the team,” Tortorella said. “Am I where I want to be with the team? No. We still have a lot of work to do. The biggest points – and they are two things you can control: We need to be consistently harder, and we need to play with pace. Those are two big points that we’re trying to get situated.”

There is always a push when a coaching change is made. Cliché, but true. It wasn’t readily apparent when Tortorella took over – the Jackets were 4-3 in his first seven games – but there has not been a pronounced drop when the newness wore off, either.

“It’s been up and down,” Tortorella said. “I don’t look at it as a lull. It’s been up and down. A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game. Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”


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Afternoon Line- Randy Carlyle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"I’ve been to a few Ducks games in Anaheim, although I stayed away when it was a little ugly for a while, I didn’t think it was right to go in that building when things weren’t going well and your name is floating around. So I stayed away for a bit."

-Rand Carlyle to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more on Carlyle and other topics too if you scroll down.

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Post-Practice News On The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Danny DeKesyer got hit in the face by a deflected puck during practice today, necessitating stitches.

Just another day at work for the rangy homegrown defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings.

DeKeyser had to go to the hospital for repairs, but coach Jeff Blashill expects him to be fine and available to play Wednesday, when the Wings take their two-game winning streak up against the Boston Bruins and their three-game winning streak (7:30 p.m., FSD).

Blashill said Petr Mrazek is starting in goal, and that is the only planned lineup change.

DeKeyser, who missed a few shifts Friday after taking a puck to the face, is coming off of one of his best games of the season, in Blashill's estimation, in Saturday's overtime victory at St. Louis.


added 1:41pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

added 2:17pm, Ted Kulfan below too...

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It Is Sweater Day- Minnesota Wild Stadium Series Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday Afternoon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- After the Detroit Red Wings lost Landon Ferraro to Boston, I looked through the roster. Barring a trade, it looks like they had two waiver choices: Ferraro or Teemu Pulkkinen. Not surprised the Red Wings chose to keep Pulkkinen — it fits their modus operandi. And Ferraro might be a better fit for the Bruins, anyway.

- Interesting that Patrick Roy made it clear Semyon Varlamov had to be better — and the Avalanche needed him to be better — when the goalie returned from injury. Not doubting Varlamov’s absence, but there was certainly a feeling in addition to getting healthy that he needed practice time to get back his confidence. Beating Winnipeg was a nice start.

- There’s some confusion over the longest points streak by an American-born player. Patrick Kane currently is at 16 games, and credit went to recent Hall-of-Fame inductee Phil Housley for the record. He went 19 in a row with a point, but that is not recognized by the NHL because he missed two games during that run. So the official record is 18, held by both Phil Kessel (2008-09) and Ed Olczyk (1989-90). So, if someone high in the rink starts throwing things to stop Kane, he’s probably in Chicago’s broadcast booth.

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