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TMR evening line: Brian Lawton on Zetterberg and Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the NHL Network's Brian Lawton:

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Video- The Toronto Maple Leafs Add Four More Players To Legend Row

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A 9 1/2 minute clip.

 

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Claude Julien Should Send A Thank You Note To Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

feom Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Claude Julien owes a tip of the cap and maybe a whole lot more than that to his friend, Mike Babcock, for the $25-million deal he just signed with the Montreal Canadiens.

And he’s not alone in the coaching fraternity.

When Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings for Toronto, he did so with more than one intent in mind. He wanted to change the salary structure for the head coach in hockey. He wanted it more in line with what coaches are paid in the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball. He wanted to be the difference maker — not just behind the bench — and he did considerable research to establish a new paygrade for a coach in the National Hockey League.

Babcock is paid $6.25-million US salary per season with the Leafs and in signing that deal, he absolutely obliterated the previous marks. And with it has come a difference. 

continued plus a few NHL topics...

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Evening Line- Stu Cowan On The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canadiens fans who were so excited by the return of Julien to replace the fired Michel Therrien ended up booing the team off the ice Saturday.

Welcome back, Claude. 

-Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on the Habs...

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George McPhee Is About To Get Real Busy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

McPhee’s phone is already buzzing with GMs trying to make deals in principle. He is permitted to eventually make expansion-draft trades with teams. In other words, McPhee says, “Maybe we take a pick or prospect to promise not to take this player from a team or to take a player from that team.”

“I’ve built high-flying teams in the past, offensive, entertaining teams and would like to do the same thing,” said McPhee, the Washington Capitals GM for 17 years. “What we do with the expansion draft hasn’t been settled yet because until we see the entire universe of what teams want to do, who they want to protect and expose, we don’t know which way we’re going to go.”

more plus other topics

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Red Wings-Capitals quick take: squeaky shootout win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap their 5-game winless streak against a white-hot Capitals team coming out of a "Bye Week." The Wings hoped to add to the 3-9-and-1 record of teams coming out of their week without hockey, while the Capitals simply hoped to continue refining their game ahead of a playoff push.

The Wings weren't able to pull away from Washington despite taking a 2-0 lead, eventually surrendering goals at even strength--and taking 3 3rd period power plays that really wore the team down--but the Wings survived OT and won its 7th straight shootout win, taking a 3-2 decision.

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What To Expect As The Trade Deadline Approaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The March 1 trade deadline is less than two weeks away. It’s possible that Cup chasers such as Washington, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota look into roster-finishing rentals for depth purposes.

But based on chatter around the league, the deadline is not shaping up to be a locus of activity involving first-round picks, prospects, and players with term changing teams. The refrain that executives are parroting around the league: The draft-and-develop blueprint is not negotiable.

Part of this is because of current circumstances. The $73 million salary cap is not expected to rise significantly in 2017-18, if at all. The only committed sellers are Colorado and Arizona because of the parity promoted by the cap and the points system. Teams are pursuing compliance for the expansion draft out of fear of losing a first-round pick for not meeting the league’s criteria.

But teams also are finally wising up to the fact that drafting and developing is the most effective team-building approach. If trades happen, they take place before the draft when picks are in play and budgets have yet to be filled. The deadline is more for complementary acquisitions. 

more plus additional hockey topics...

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Wings will play without Mike Green today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

FYI:

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Today Is Not The Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interns from Saginaw Vallety State are chiming in via text and MySpace: the weather is spring-like in SE Michigan.

You know what that means. Playoffs are in the air. You walk outside, smell something nice, do a little stretch and you're thinking the playoffs are almost here.

Well, they're not, Kenny.

They are most definitely not. 

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Barry Trotz on ‘The Joe’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan penned her pre-game notebook, and Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave a great quote about his memories of Joe Louis Arena, as well as the building's legacy:

Said Trotz: “To me, it was always about the tradition. When I was in Nashville, especially in the early years, you look across, and they were in they heydays. One time I remember looking across, and you’ve got Scotty Bowman on the bench and they have nine Hall of Fame guys on their bench, all at the same time. But the Joe has character. It has a lot of character. They’ve won a lot of games in that building. As a visitor, it was a tough place to come into. It’s sort of iconic. You don’t really call it Joe Louis Arena. It’s ‘The Joe.’ It’s probably time for ‘The Joe’ and for Detroit to get a new building.”

Khurshudyan continues...

Update: Here are a few more Capitals on the Joe, per WashingtonCapitals.com's Mike Vogel:

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