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TSN, Sportsnet: Flames to sign T.J. Brodie to 5-year extension today

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per TSN...

The Calgary Flames are expected to complete a contract extension with defenceman TJ Brodie on Monday.  The deal is believed to be for five years, in the range of $23 million, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

The 24-year-old has three goals and four assists in seven games this season for the Flames, as well as a plus-5 rating.

The Flames selected the Chatham, Ontario native with the 114th pick in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Brodie made his NHL debut during the 2010-11 campaign and posted a career best four goals and 27 assists in 81 games last season.

And Sportsnet:

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Red Wings prospect news: Bertuzzi stars in battle against Paterson; Melen posts 2 assists

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sunday was a "relatively quiet" day by weekend prospect standards. However:

In the KHL, Adam Almquist finished at -1 and played 21:38 in Severstal Cherepovets' 3-2 shootout win over Avtomobilis Yekaterinburg;

Alexander Kadeikin (or Kadeykin, depending on how you transliterate his name) didn't play in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;

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The Marketing Campaign Begins In Brooklyn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,

The Islanders opened with four straight wins for just the third time in franchise history, and that momentum to begin their last season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum — despite their first loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday — made Brett Yormark happy.

Yormark, the chief executive of the Nets and Barclays Center, the Islanders’ new home starting next fall, could not ask for better timing to embark on an extensive marketing plan to attract new fans in Brooklyn.

On Monday, Barclays Center will begin a “Brooklyn Scores” campaign through direct mail, social media, cable television commercials and print advertising to persuade potential fans in the city’s most populous borough to try live hockey next season. About 20,000 direct mailers — 75 percent in Brooklyn with the rest in Manhattan and Queens — will be sent out periodically over the next four months, with an emphasis on season-ticket sales.

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Video- He “Just Wanted To Look Up To Someone”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Hometown Hockey,

Most Canadian boy’s dream of one day playing in the NHL, even Jermaine Loewen has that dream. Born in Jamaica, Jermaine was adopted by a family in rural Manitoba at the age of 5. Got his first pair of skates at age 6, played his first hockey game at 10 and remarkably made the Kamloops Blazers at the age of 16. He hasn’t been drafted into the NHL yet but Jermaine’s rise in the hockey world is certainly dream like.

 

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Evening Line - Thomas Vanek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1.  The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Jonathan Drouin And Luke Witkowski

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. 

Drouin, who was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning on Thursday, October 16, played in two games with the Crunch this past weekend, recording a goal and two assists with a plus-4 rating.  Drouin was assigned for conditioning after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning’s training camp. Drouin, 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, has played in all four games this season for Syracuse, recording an assist and 15 penalty minutes.  In his first professional season in 2013-14, Witkowski appeared in 76 games with Syracuse, notching two goals and 12 points with 204 penalty minutes.

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Video- Jason Zucker Escapes Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

But did get calle for tripping on the play.

He has returned to the game...

 

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You Can’t Do That LA Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A CLOSER LOOK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
* Eight of 11 games were tied or within one goal in the final five minutes of regulation, including four that required extra time (TOR-DET, FLA-WSH, NSH-CHI and PHI-DAL).
 
* Three captains scored in overtime: Henrik Zetterberg (DET), Jonathan Toews (CHI) and Claude Giroux (PHI).
 
* Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (500 assists) and San Jose’s Joe Thornton (1,200 points) achieved career milestones in victories.
 
* Four teams -- San Jose (4-0-1), Chicago (3-0-1), Nashville (3-0-2) and Washington (3-0-2) -- extended their season-opening streaks without a regulation loss.

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Mike Yeo Wants More Penalties Called

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

In explaining what his speedy, relatively small Wild team needs to beat large teams like the Anaheim Ducks (who beat Minnesota 2-1 Friday) and the Los Angeles Kings, Yeo said it's important referees don't let the bigger teams take liberties against the smaller Wild.

In the Wild's loss to Anaheim Friday, Yeo felt referees didn't call as many penalties against the Ducks as they deserved.

"We're a team that's built on speed and I think that style of hockey, that brand of hockey is very exciting for the fans," Yeo said. "I just felt in the game there were times where our speed was very frustrating for them and creating a lot of momentum for us, and there were times where they started to do things that should have warranted power plays for us.

"This is not to get into the whole debate of having tough guys and how many tough guys (do you need). I love toughness, too, but there's no question it's hard to build your team only around speed if that stuff isn't taken care of by giving us a chance to go on the power play when that happens."

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