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Video- Wrapping Up The All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here, all 29 goals in 1 1/2 minutes.

End of ASG story, regular season play resumes on Tuesday.

Time to feel like a hockey fan again and not apologizing to friends about the "game" yesterday.

 

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Why Ovechkin wanted a Honda

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

In case you were wondering, per the Washington Post's Alex Prewitt:

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Habs at the break

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Travel has gotten in the way of writing the past two weeks, but the Canadiens are looking good. If things hold, they've got a shot at the conference title, and given that Carey Price is the key cog in the wheel, that may actually come to pass. Price has been lights out, playing some of the best hockey of his life. He singlehandedly kept the Canadiens in their game against the Predators last week, and has come through on many occasions, keeping the Habs in many games they had no business being in. 

His most impressive displays have most often come early in games, as the Habs battle a starting issue. Time after time, the Canadiens give up the first goal, despite different strategies employed to get ready for games. Michel Therrien has commented that it is an issue they are dealing with, but one can't help but wonder why the team can't get a handle on it. Would more veterans in the dressing room help conquer the issue?

PK Subban and Andrei Markov are having great years on the backend, and Max Pacioretty has been a force up front. Alex Galchenyuk is coming into his own, Brendan Gallagher is turning into an irreplaceable sparkplug, and Tomas Plekanec is having his best season since he played with Alex Kovalev. The Habs could still use a top-six forward to fill out the right wing, and another solid number two/three defenceman would help solidify the defence. That said, the Canadiens roster is more rounded out than it has been in a decade, and the Habs look like a solid team heading into the home stretch. 

Which begs the question, who might Marc Bergevin look to add before the trade deadline? Two names I would focus on: 1) Ryan O'Reilly - a talented, two-way centre to complete the top six, and 2) Cody Franson - a defenceman the Habs targeted in the off-season and who may once again be available. Add either of them, or a player like them, and it would go a long way towards making the Canadiens a serious contender heading into the spring. 

We shall see if Bergevin acts, or if he sticks with his roster, but the last 30+ games should be very engaging for Habs fans. It will be a fight to the finish, and happily, Montreal is in it. 

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The All-Star Game was odd, but there were some bright moments

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Those of you who like goals might have found the record-breaking 17-12 tally tolerable, and those of you who dislike the fan voting may have found Ryan Johansen's naming as the game's MVP on a night that Team Toews defeated Johansen's Team Foligno--via a 4-goal performance from John Tavares, a 3 goal-plus-3-assist performance from Jakub Voracek and 5-point nights for Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron (1 goal + 4 assists)--to be the ultimate, "This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter" exclamation point...

But Tavares spoke glowingly of the experience of being named an All-Star having grown up watching the games and being honored by and grateful for the opportunity of playing among the league's best, and there was this:

So the All-Star Game was an event in itself, and now it's over, with all of us expecting this come a year from now:

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Gave: Wings don’t expect Howard or Gustavsson to return until early February

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' situation in goal isn't particularly complicated over the short haul. According to Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave, Jimmy Howard (groin) and Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) are at least a week or two out, so Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum will continue to take the reins for the next week or two...

"With Gustavsson, the plan right now is for him to practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then we'll sit down on Thursday and have a conversation about what to do," [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said, acknowledging that if Gustavsson is cleared to play there's a good chance he'll get a game or two with Grand Rapids before returning to the Detroit roster.

"With Howard, we're hoping he's to a point where he could do some off-ice work with our trainers," Holland said. "He just had five days off for the All-Star break. If he didn't go to Florida, he'd be looking at 9-10 days by himself. I would think he'd come with us so we can slowly start ramping him up."

And as such, Jared Coreau and Pat Nagle will tend the net in Grand Rapids. That works for now, as Gave notes...

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Open Post- 2015 NHL All-Star Game From Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Feel free to discuss the ASG or anything else hockey related.

The NHL games start again on Tuesday with 11 games on the schedule.

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World Cup Plans

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A big announcement yesterday was the NHL is going to hold a "World Cup" in 2016.  It will run in pre-season from September 17th to October 1st.  The problem with a tournament at that time is it doesn't seem likely that the KHL will stop its season (which is already underway at that point) for the tournament.  Thus it isn't exactly a best on best tournament.  Several players who should make the European teams will likely be unavailable. 

The plans are that the 2016 tournament will have eight teams.  There will be Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden representing single countries.  In order to fill out the tournament there will be a "Team Europe" which consists of players from other countries that are not represented.  It is expected that even players from Asian countries such as Kazakhstan would be invited to play on this team.  There will also be an under 23 North American team - the North American YoungStars.  In fact all Canadian and American players who qualify for that team would not be eligible for the Canadian or American teams; they could only play for the YoungStars.  That is a problem.  In fact, there were times when Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby were the best player in the world and they would not have been eligible to play for Canada.  This takes away from the World Cup concept.

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Video- Steven Stamkos, Rich Nash And Drew Doughty Sit Down With George Stroumboulopoulos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, New York Rangers forward Rick Nash and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty to talk about their experience in the NHL.

Good way to spend nine minutes of your time today...

 

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Red Wings TV posts parts 2 and 3 of Western Canadian chronicle

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings posted an "opener" of a behind-the-scenes set of videos that will chronicle their Western Canadian road trip on Friday...

Yesterday, they posted a behind-the-scenes clip of the team's visit to Vancouver...

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Time To Demand Participation In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Now is the time for the best players in the NHL to stand up the way they do when the Stanley Cup is on the line. Because if they don’t push the issue on Olympic participation, the NHL will be more than happy to trash the entire concept.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the details of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played in Toronto Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016. Both sides spoke of the event in glowing terms and there was much singing from the same songbook. That’s because both sides stand to gain a mother lode of money from a World Cup. The profits for the event are split 50-50 between the NHLPA and the league, meaning they will not be part of Hockey Related Revenues and will have no bearing on the salary cap. Each side is free to take its money and do with it whatever it wants.

So it comes as no surprise that Kumbaya will be used as the national anthem for the Young Stars under-23 team and We Are Family will be the anthem for the Pan-European team.

But make no mistake. When it comes to the Olympics, the two sides are completely opposed. 

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