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Leafs’ Future Leader In Waiting- Nazem Kadri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

The word “future” carries more meaning to Nazem Kadri now than the immediate concern of signing a long-term deal with the Leafs.

Kadri and his agents remain in talks with the Leafs regarding a new contract, and if those talks finish with a multi-year extension, they will bear an added responsibility for the 24-year-old centre — leadership.

In fact, leadership has been a mixed bag for the Leafs over the past few seasons, and it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to put Kadri in line for a role as an assistant or even team captain if he signs long term in Toronto.

“It’s something you think about a bit right now,” Kadri said as the Leafs wrapped up a third straight day of practice Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s home game against the Flyers.

“Being a young guy, you want to take steps in the right direction. I’ve had that (leadership) role before in junior, so if it comes, I hope I’m in the right shoes to do it.”

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The Equipment Manager At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

With the Coyotes falling into the "sellers" category at this year's trade deadline, which expires at 1 p.m. Arizona time Monday, the team could once again be busy in reshaping the roster. That, undoubtedly, creates uneasiness for players, but it's also a trying time for the equipment staff.

During any road trip, the team carries three-to-four blank jerseys and a kit of letters and numbers should they need to be sewn on the jersey. The Coyotes also have jerseys with them for every player from their American Hockey League affiliate in case any one of them gets recalled while on the road.

Wilson prefers to have jerseys for new players crested at the shop the Coyotes have used since the franchise relocated to the Valley in 1996, Artcraft Sports Apparel. And when a new nameplate is needed, he has AlphaGraphics whip one up for him.

If both can arrive the next day, great. But same-day courier service is a possibility, Wilson said.

A traded player will arrive with his own sticks, skates and underneath gear but requires new gloves and a helmet that reflect team colors.

Wilson carries the most popular brands, but he'll have equipment shipped to wherever the team is if a player uses something different — a list of which is swapped between equipment managers once the trade is consummated.

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Video- Recap Of The Three NHL Games On Wednesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It will take you 2 1/2 minutes to watch the highlights.

 

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Flames lose Giordano to…shoulder injury?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons:

Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano suffered an undisclosed injury in the final seconds of Wednesday’s game when he was knocked down to the ice awkwardly by New Jersey Devils forward Steve Bernier.

Giordano headed right to the dressing room after T.J. Brodie helped seal a 3-1 victory for Calgary with a shorthanded empty-net goal.

It looks...weird...

From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale's recap:

The Flames received a scare at the end of the game when captain Mark Giordano, who scored his 48th point on an assist, appeared to sustain an injury in the final seconds after getting tangled in the stick of Devils forward Steve Bernier.

Flames coach Bob Hartley said Giordano would be re-evaluated on Thursday. The defenseman was walking and moving in the locker room at the end of the game.

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A rant/ramble about the Wings’ probable lack of trade deadline moves

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Every once in a while one needs a good rant, and I find the machinations surrounding the trade deadline (and especially the treating of players as chess pieces) as rather aggravating, so here comes my rant:

1. Sometimes trade deadline prices remind you what you have, and as Wings fans discuss adding a "rental player" that Ken Holland has stated he will not add because he's looking for a meaningful, long-term upgrade, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson reminded us that the Red Wings wouldn't exactly be paying chopped liver for Jeff Petry's services:

Detroit GM Ken Holland is loathe to trade first-round picks, but he has the requisite young defensive prospects the Oilers would want. In a perfect world, the Oilers would want Xvavier Ouellet for Petry, but that’s probably a non-starter.

Offensive defenceman Ryan Sproul, playing in Grand Rapids, is on their radar, for sure. So, probably, is Russian Alexey Marchenko, currently playing for the Red Wings.

Ouellet plays a solid two-way game, while Sproul, a former teammate of Darnell Nurse in the Soo, can hammer the puck and Marchenko plays a heavy game.

While Petry will be looking for a $5 million-plus contract in the summer, the Wings face a "flat cap" summer simply trying to find a way to fit both Marchenko and Ouellet into the lineup at what would be a total cap hit of about $1.5 million (per NHL Numbers, Sportrac and the Production Line's "Chart," which all make superb Capgeek substitutes).

2. And about a salary cap that might rise to $70 or $71 million if the NHLPA agrees to have massive amounts of escrow withholdings withdrawn from their paychecks next season? Remember two-time 20-goal-scorer Gustav Nyquist? Or Brendan Smith? Or Tomas Jurco? They're all restricted free agents this summer, and subtracting Daniel Cleary's $1.5 million cap hit ($1 million bonus not included) and Jonas Gustavsson's $1.85 million cap hit MIGHT allow the Wings to "break even" this summer trying to extend Nyquist for $3.5-4 million on a long-term deal.

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Video- Battle At The Bench, Pittsburgh And Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Resulted in four roughing penalties, two to each side.

 

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What Will It Take To Get Jeff Petry?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With the defending Cup champion Los Angeles Kings giving up a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a blue-chip prospect to acquire solid Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Andrej Sekera, the gauntlet has been thrown down at the feet of their rival, the Anaheim Ducks.

Can Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish squeeze a first-rounder out of the Ducks now for Jeff Petry? Maybe.

Petry is the best available rental defenceman on the board now, unless you are a Zbynek Michalek fan from Arizona, and the dominoes usually start to fall in the West when one Cup threat makes a bold move.

Montreal, Detroit, Tampa, Washington, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and the Ducks are all looking for one more defenceman, and Sekera, 28, who plays hard and can make a good first pass and might sign with L.A. after the season, may have set the price for rental defencemen.

The feeling has long been that the Oilers were looking for a second-round pick and a solid blue-line prospect for teams, but maybe Sekera has changed MacTavish’s game plan somewhat. 

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Video- Darren Dreger Talks Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Dreger was on the NHL Network today and discussed the future of Jaromir Jagr, the Blackhawks without Patrick Kane and the Boston Bruins.

The next topic was James Wisniewski and will he be moved and then Dreger talked about UFA goaltender Matt O'Connor from Boston University.

Watch below...

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Confirmed- Ryan Miller Out 4-6 Weeks With A Sprained Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via ESPN,

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller will be sidelined four to six weeks while he recovers from a lower-body injury, general manager Jim Benning confirmed to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday..

Miller left Sunday night's game against the New York Islanders with an apparent leg injury sustained early in the second period of his team's 4-0 victory.

Jim Benning, GM of the Canucks says sprained knee for Miller, 4-6 weeks.

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Stand-up coach

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have had more than enough reason to complain regarding some...interesting...interpretations of the rulebook by NHL officials of late, but Wings coach Mike Babcock and his players chose to keep a stiff upper lip about the "unique" goals-against in Dallas, they were understated in speaking about Jamie Benn's punch to Henrik Zetterberg's face, hoping that the league would take care of it (whoops!).

Last night, Babcock was particularly incensed by a delay-of-game call that turned to be a deflection of stick instead of puck, and he told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan that he was going to work to make things right:

Babcock was seen arguing with officials over a late delay of game against the Red Wings, but admitted after the game he was wrong. He saw video confirming Luke Glendening shot the puck over the glass with no Kings player touching it first.

"It was our fault, I got some misdirection," Babcock said. "I'll have to talk to those officials. We work together all the time. You have to treat them better than that."

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