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Evening Line- Michael Arace

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It would have taken minimal effort to flash a picture of Johansen on the Jumbotron and have the PA announcer say, "Fans, welcome back Ryan Johansen," before the game, or during an intermission. It would have drawn some cheers and a few boos, and it would have been done, no sweat.

Johansen's contention: He received no "thank you" because Jackets management is still hot about the vicious contract negotiations that took place in the summer of 2014. If he is right, it speaks to a certain pettiness on the Jackets' part. I would hope that management here is not so small-minded. It would be bad for business.

Yet, Johansen's plea for martyrdom does not come off well, either. He has the size and skill to do his talking on the ice, he should have been supremely motivated, and he played one of his average games — which is why he was traded in the first place.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this...

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Mike Smith Not A Fan Of The Concussion Protocol

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McManaman of azcentral,

 Mike Smith didn’t allow a single goal that counted in practice on Tuesday, but the Coyotes goalie was still hopping mad a day after being removed from Monday night’s game against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Shortly after stepping off the ice following a brisk workout at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Smith told azcentral sports that the NHL’s concussion protocol system needs an overhaul.

“I think there’s a lot of flaws in the system, especially with the goalie position, and it needs to get fixed,” Smith said, adding, “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.”...

“When your helmet comes off in a game and you’re the goalie and the whistle hasn’t gotten blown, I think your first instinct is to probably protect your face,” Smith said, explaining what happened Monday night. “I think that was the reason why I did what I did and it has nothing to do with you being injured. It was more to protect myself before the whistle got blown. I didn’t agree with the call at all.

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watch the incident below...

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Video- Petr Mrazek Now A Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Right on his stick...

 

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Top Prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Button of TSN,

Who is the best hockey player currently not skating in the NHL?

Clayton Keller, the creative centre with Boston University, tops our list of the Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects. Keller’s sleight of hand is matched by a creative mind that allows him to be dangerous every time he’s on the ice. The Arizona Coyotes prospect is an electrifying player who is highly productive.

Second on our list is Buffalo prospect winger Alex Nylander (Rochester, AHL), who reminds me so much of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski because of his ability to excel in any situation.

Ottawa defenceman Thomas Chabot (Saint John, QMJHL) is coming off a great performance at the World Junior Championship. No. 3 on our list, his progression this season has been impressive.

Our top five is rounded out by Arizona centre Dylan Strome (Erie, OHL) and Minnesota winger Kirill Kaprizov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL).

continued, includes Top 50 list...

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TSN’s McKenzie discusses possible Brendan Smith trade talks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

While I was out getting pop, TSN's Insiders talked trade scuttlebutt (as Paul noted), and there was some Red Wings-related news.

Per Chris Nichols...

And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa (McKenzie says the Wings are getting calls on Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott as well):

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie have the latest on how Patrick Eaves' $1 million cap hit makes him sought-after, teams calling the Wings about defenceman Brendan Smith, Ryan Miller's five-team trade list, the Sens being unhappy with the NHL's 'no apparent injury' language regarding Mark Stone and much more.

Watch at TSN... no geo-blocking...

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Prospect news: Kadeikin, Lokomotiv in playoffs; JvP wins; Griffins post weekly release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, the playoffs are already underway, and Alexander Kadeikin had 3 shots and played 14:43 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 win over Dynamo Minsk;

And in the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe stopped 16 of 17 shots in HC Davos' 4-1 win over Ambri-Piotta;

And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Videos: Wings honor Alex Delvecchio; Grand Rapids Griffins hold ‘Lego Night’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of multimedia-related note this evening:

1. The Red Wings are honoring Alex Delvecchio this evening, and they posted a Twitter video of the tribute they'll play at the rink this evening:

2. The Grand Rapids Griffins recently held "Lego night" at Van Andel Arena, posting three stop-motion videos...

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This Is How It Starts…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's one of my favorite movie lines.  From "Training Day". Denzel Washington, noticing a particularly subtle but aggregious maneuver from a street tough, mutters "that's how it starts."

After a weekend that featured two startling wins over "the best teams in the East", we're seeing all sorts of blissful commentary from the Wings.

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Why Did The Boston Bruins Allow Claude Julien To Go To Montreal?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Question that would be rhetorical except that it is not:

In what world would a team allow its just-fired, universally respected coach to be hired within a week by not only a blood rival, but one that it could very well meet in the playoffs?

Answer:

In the world of Jeremy Jacob$, the Boston owner who allowed Claude Julien to skip to Montreal so the B’s wouldn’t be on the hook for the approximately $1.5 million due on his contract for this season. And that $1.5M? Wouldn’t that be less than the value of a single home playoff gate?

Please don’t suggest that the Bruins granted Julien permission to go to the Habs because of their respect for him. There were other places for Julien to go and would have been still more for the 2011 Cup winner to land this offseason.

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