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The Winnipeg Jets Need A Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Jets are now down three of their top defencemen; Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Jacob Trouba.

Cheveldayoff has proven effective in the patience game, but this may be the time for him to be more forceful.

The Jets need help on the blue-line and short of finding an out-of-work free agent, it will fall to Cheveldayoff to manufacture a trade. No one should expect a blockbuster, or for Winnipeg to overpay.

Giving more than fair market value would be foolish and this team hasn't shown it's worthy of the GM paying a heavy price to get them over the top.

There is, however, something to be said for rewarding these players for what they've accomplished to date this season.

This group has done all coach Paul Maurice has asked of them. They've adopted a defence-first style and they've played for one another.

Now they need some help. They need a booster shot only Cheveldayoff can deliver.

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Video- With Less Than A Second Left In OT, The Edmonton Oilers Lose To The Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

“Point three seconds,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked up, thinking it would be five seconds, 10 seconds. Of course, it has to be under a second left.” ...

With just three tenths of a second left on the overtime clock, Martin Erat slipped around Nugent-Hopkins with the puck and before the Oilers could say shootout, Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Ben Scrivens with the winner.

“Heartbreaker,” said (Todd) Nelson. “I think there were five seconds left, the play was on the wall near our bench, and all of a sudden, they have a rush and Larsson makes a great shot.” 

“It sucks. It really does. It’s just like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” said captain Andrew Ference. “Those plays are extremely frustrating, but you can’t toss the positives out of the window. We were playing for the win.

“Yeah, the final play of the game sticks with you, and it’s hard to shake off, but you can’t constantly beat yourself up about it.” 

more on the game and watch the Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal below...

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Morning Lines- Darryl Sutter And Milan Lucic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On St. Louis capitalizing on momentum:
I didn’t really see it like that. I think that we’ve got to get a save in there somewhere. It’s frustrating.

On the team having been strong at protecting leads:
It’s not the same team. It’s quite a bit different team on the back end, and I’ve said all along we need great goaltending.

LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter after losing 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues, via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

"things aren't coming easy for us--have to find a way to get some wins here. You look at the standings, we're behind the eight ball"

"hasn't been an easy year at all and we need to find ways to grind it out, start getting wins & start feeling good about ourselves"

-Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins after losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in a shootout.  Quotes via the Boston Bruins twitter account.

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Video- Judges, What Score Would You Give Ryan Getzlaf For This Dive?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

6.5 out of 10 for me.

 

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The Minnesota Wild Are Not Happy After Losing To The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Well, the star got the call.

Many in the Wild dressing room was spitting mad after tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild rallied from 3-1 down in the third to tie the mighty Hawks, then superstar Patrick Kane got the benefit of a referee’s call on what the Wild felt was a ticky-tack penalty that should not have been called that late in a tie game.

In a game where Brent Seabrook got away with a blatant elbow on Justin Fontaine that basically caused the Wild to be short a man when Seabrook scored the tying goal in the second, in a game where there was reaching and hooks uncalled all game long, Erik Haula was called for hooking Kane at the blue line with 4:35 left in a 3-3 game.

Kane, one of the game’s great puck-handlers, lost the puck out of the zone, then motioned exasperatedly.

Referee Dan O’Rourke’s arm went straight up.

continued

Below, watch Mike Yeo post-game...

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Video- What Do You Think Of The LA Kings Stadium Sweater?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider has pictures and a fan poll too and at this point 39% of the voters strongly dislike the look.

Watch below as Luc Robitaille points out some of the finer details of the just released LA Kings Stadium Series sweater and pants.

note, the video below is autoplay....

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Video- What Exactly Is Claude Giroux Doing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Anyone care to comment?

 

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Video- Just In Case You Missed The Eleven NHL Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here is a six minute recap of the action from Tuesday night.

 

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Healthy Hockey Viewing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Jenna Smith,

Hockey fans love to spend some quality time on the couch watching the sport with friends while slugging down some snacks. There are few more relaxing ways to spend an afternoon or evening.

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The overnight report: on Babcock, Howard’s mask, Abdelkader and tidbits

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So we're talking about Mike Babcock's contract this morning, and it's the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa doing the talking, suggesting that Babcock headed the Toronto media off at the pass last Thursday, by basically laying out the terms of continuing his employment in Detroit:

After saying he and Holland agreed "not to do this" during the season, he did it — he discussed his contract. But the very next thing he said was, "Our team's going good. Our team's playing good. I like the way they're playing. ...

"I'm happy here. I like the general manager. They treat me good. I don't know what else I can tell you."

Those were his words. His intention? To make clear that if the team keeps playing well and if they can get a couple of other key pieces while guys like Tomas Jurco and Anthony Mantha mature, why would he go anywhere?

He is satisfied and enjoying the gig, he said. The implication, heavy in the air, is that when he is not, he might be gone. Then he explained succinctly what satisfies him.

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