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Morning Line - Patrick Roy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Right now the way I look at, is we want an easy game. Until we’re where we want to compete at the level we were last year, we’re going to struggle. We’re not sharp mentally.”

-Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy after an OT loss to Florida.  More post-game reaction from Mark Chambers of All Things Avs.

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  Tags: patrick+roy

Videos- Those Goalie Interference Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No doubt, the refs have been told to make the calls.

Check this one on Nick Bjugstad...

 

 

Below, an incidental interference call on Justin Abdelkader...

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  Tags: justin+abdelkader, nick+bjugstad, pavel+datsyuk

Wings Lose 2-1 In OT To Montreal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Strong game by the Wings but the power play needs fixing and one goal is not going to win many games.

The Zetterberg goal is below along with the waved off goal by Datsyuk.

Discuss....

Game Recap from Ansar Khan,

 Pavel Datsyuk's return to the lineup Tuesday dominated the headlines for the Detroit Red Wings.

But their team defense and goaltending continues to shine.

On Tuesday, it was good enough to earn them two points, but they had to settle for one after David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory at Bell Centre.

Jimmy Howard was terrific, making 34 saves, but the Red Wings fell to 3-1-2. The Canadiens are 6-1-0.

continued

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McKenzie: Stewart “Much In Demand”

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

With so many pending unrestricted free agents on a losing Buffalo team, it was only a matter of time before trade rumors began popping up.

This one comes from the best of the best in reporting.

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  Tags: "bruins+chris+stewart", "chris+stewart+trade+rumors", "sabres+trade+rumors"

BONJOUR

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

 It seems appropriate since we are in Montreal tonight. Most consider the Habs to be the greatest of the "Original Six." 24 Stanley Cups. Rocket and Pocket Rocket, Beliveau, Boom Boom Geoffrion. Those are the old guard.

The Wings countered with Abel, Lindsay, Howe, Sawchuk. Our old guard. I realize some of you aren't too familiar with some of the old names. But, history is important.

Both teams have had the great Scotty Bowman behind our respective benches. That was then.

The future is now.  We are looking at two very talented clubs tonight. My two favorite actually. Of course, the Wings being my #1. Montreal is riding high right now with a 5-1-0 record second in the overall standings.

The Wings are riding high too. Just coming off a pretty good back to back series against Toronto. The Wings are currently sitting at 3-1-1. I'll take it.

Also, safe passage to our very own Chief.

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Nathan Horton Health Update Not Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets aren’t ready to move on without injured right wing Nathan Horton yet.

But optimism is fading that Horton will be able to play this season, and there’s growing concern that the 29-year-old’s career might be finished.

Horton, who signed a seven-year, $37.1 million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2013, has been diagnosed with “degeneration” of the entire lumbar region of his spine, or the lower back, sources told The Dispatch.

Surgery has not been scheduled or ruled out, but it is viewed as a last resort, sources said. It’s a delicate procedure, with no guarantee of relief.

“Nathan is a frustrated kid right now,” said his agent, Paul Krepelka. “This is normally a really easygoing guy, a happy guy, but he’s just so frustrated by all of this. 

“He signed with Columbus to make an impact, to play a big role on a team that’s on the rise. He was so excited about doing it. The fact that he hasn’t been able to make any meaningful contributions is just extremely frustrating to him.”

continued

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  Tags: nathan+horton

Dean Lombardi On The Slava Voynov Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Kings Blog at the OC Register,

After practice today, Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi met with a group of beat reporters in his office to discuss Slava Voynov’s arrest and suspension. 

Here is the first half of the transcript of what Lombardi said... 

DEAN LOMBARDI 

(On when and how he found out about Voynov...) 

"Yesterday morning, from (team executive Jeff Solomon). ... There’s phone calls going on. You’ve got NHL security and the league, Bill Daly, is calling. I don’t even know the time sequence." 

(On whether he has seen or spoken to Voynov...) 

"No. I think, obviously given the situation, you’ve got to let the process go through. I know Darryl went over there and spoke to him, as the coach. Right now, I think you’ve just got to let this process go through." 

continued and part 2 is here...

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  Tags: dean+lombardi, slava+voynov

Penguins GM Wants Marc-Andre Fleury To Be His Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer. 

But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury is going anywhere. 

"As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie," Rutherford told ESPN.com. "My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right. When that is, I don’t know, if it’s during the year or after the year, but I do want to re-sign him. I believe in him." 

continue on for more hockry talk including Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets...

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Babcock’s In Canada, You Know What That Means

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Babcock will talk to you about a lot of things: his team, his life’s credo, probably his favourite haunts in the McGill Ghetto, around the school where he played four seasons for the Redmen three decades ago.

But the 51-year-old would not be travelling down the contract road Tuesday noon, following his team’s morning skate at the Bell Centre a few hours before the Red Wings’ game against the Canadiens....

“Last year, every time the Wings were playing on the road, you were forced to answer questions regarding Canadian teams. Are you afraid that this year is going to be the same with your contract negotiations?”

“No.”

A few moments later, with a bit of a different approach:

“Mike, you’re a popular guy here, coming from McGill, obviously every time you come here, it’s an experience for fans and people that have known you. It took everybody by surprise here knowing that you’d go into the season without a contract. What can you tell hockey fans about the situation, your situation with the organization and…”

“I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. See ya.”

read on

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Video- Ken Kal Previews Wings/Canadiens

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

About half way through the video, hear from Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Babcock.

 

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