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Evening Line- Bob McKenzie On Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The entire hockey community is rallying around this.  You can't find a more revered individual, he and Jean Beliveau are the gold standard for gentlemen off the ice and well, Gordie on the ice not so much a gentleman.  Jean Beliveau probably was but just in terms of the way they carried themselves away from the game, everybody in the hockey community has thoughts for Gordie Howe right now.

-Bob McKenzie on NBCSN NHL Live pre-game show.

added 6:58pm,


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Calgary Flames Recall Markus Granlund, Matt Stajan Goes On IR With Knee Injury

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Markus Granlund from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Granlund, a 21-year-old native of Oulu, Finland has played in eight games with Adirondack this season where he leads the team with three goals and has a pair of assists for five points. He played seven games with Calgary last season scoring his first two NHL goals and adding one assist.

The Flames also announced that centre Matt Stajan has been placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) with a knee injury (approximately six weeks) and Joe Colborne is day-to-day with an upper body injury

If you missed the Stajan injury, watch it here..

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Video- How Did Torey Krug Suffer A Broken Finger?

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In case you missed it earlier today, Krug will miss 2-3 weeks.


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Video- John Moore Suspened Five Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL announced John Moore has been suspended for five games.

Patrick Burke with the explanation. Note, videos from NHL.com are loading slow for me just in case you experience the same issue.

added 5:23pm, Using the YouTube video now.

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Barry Trotz On Mike Babcock

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Mike Vogel of Dump 'n Chase,

Trotz started coaching in the NHL in 1998-99 and Babcock came into the league a few years later. Trotz says he gets up a little bit more for games against other elite coaches in the NHL, but that layer of competition is in the background.

“Yeah, you do a little bit,” answers Trotz when asked whether he relishes the competition against the league’s established, elite coaches like Babcock. “That’s probably further down the line a little bit than just trying to get the two points for our team tonight. But I enjoy talking to Babs and we talk over the summer sometimes, or there are situations that come up in the league, and we’ll talk about it and we’ll pick people’s brains.

“The one thing I’ve learned from Babs is he always wants to get better. He’s a teacher by trade, so he’s an educator. But he’s also looking at the next best thing; trying to look at the game in a different way, where it’s going, why it’s going that way and how can you use it to your advantage. That’s a good quality for any coach. You don’t just stand still, you look at different ways of doing things.”

Over the years, Trotz has a 29-26-7 record against Babcock in their 62 previous NHL meetings. Trotz was 4-3-1 against Babcock when the latter was in Anaheim, and he is 25-23-6 against him as the Detroit coach.

more on the Capitals...

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Howe Family Trying To Be Supportive Of Gordie Howe

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from Stephen Whyno of the CP,

Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community....

"It's a difficult time for Dad," Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. "It definitely impacted his life, so we're dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits."...

Howe said his father would require "a lot of work in order to be able to recover." For now, the family is just enjoying spending time with him.

"It's a beautiful, sunny day," he said. "If dad hadn't been through this, he'd probably be outside going for a little walk or something."


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Afternoon Line- Patrick Roy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"You win two, three, four games in a row and you're back around .600. That should be good. But we need to do that. It's hard to believe today, because there are holes in our game, but it will help us tremendously and I think we're going to win those games."

-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.  More on the Avs from Nick Groke of the Denver Post.

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Ron Hextall And Dave Nonis Talk The Fight Game

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"The games are so close," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told ESPN.com Wednesday. "I think we all weigh on our top players a lot, and at points I think too much, so I think giving your so-called fourth line a couple of extra minutes, or maybe an extra 3-4 minutes, is becoming bigger and bigger. The guys there have to be good hockey players. I'm not saying our guy [Rosehill] that we demoted wasn't a good hockey player, but we were just looking for a few more minutes from those fourth-line guys." ...

"Colton (Orr) worked hard and brought other elements besides fighting," Leafs GM Dave Nonis told ESPN.com Wednesday. "He did a good job for us, and did play in the playoffs when fighting wasn't part of the game. But the actual minutes that we’re trying to pull out of our fourth line and the combinations that we want available for the coaches has lent itself to a different style of player right now." 

more including Ken Holland on the topic...

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The Brett Hull Auction

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from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

When you play over 1200 games in the NHL spanning over nearly 20 seasons, win two Stanley Cups, and make a living scoring goals, you’re bound to pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Thanks to one of the most iconic goal-scorers in hockey history, now you can own a little piece of hockey history.

Brett Hull, he of over 700 NHL tallies and nearly 1400 points, has teamed up with Classic Auctions to put up for bidding a selection of incredible hockey memorabilia ranging from game-worn jerseys to trophies presented to Hull during his illustrious career. And for the next six days, hockey fans, collectors, and all interested parties can place bids on pieces from the incredible assortment of hockey mementos.

Of the 88 pieces up for auction, some of the most astounding include Hull’s trophies for reaching the 400- and 500-goal plateaus, including the silver stick he was given upon reaching the half-millennium mark.


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Red Wings release statement from Gordie Howe’s family

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:


The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded, although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.

For those wishing to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:

Gordie Howe
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423

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