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Fixing The NHL Point System

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

So now the NHL has a standings system in which 22 of the 30 teams had more "W's" than "L's" going into Saturday's games. It's an optical illusion. It's false and misleading propaganda.

I realize it's futile to propose a "solution" to a problem the NHL isn't just tolerating, but gladly perpetuating, but one of two things should be done. Either every game is three points — three for regulation win, two for an overtime or shootout win, one for an overtime or shootout loss — or shootouts are expanded to a five rounds, emphasizing they're important in determining two points, and you either get two points for a win and nothing for a loss.

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Losing Streak Hits Nine For The Toronto Maple Leafs

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

It has become pretty clear that Maple Leafs management dropped the ball when they fired Randy Carlyle on Jan.6.

That’s one victory in 11 games since Carlyle was axed.

Say what you want about the Leafs under Carlyle, but at least they were in position to make the playoffs, or at least fight for a playoff spot. Why didn’t Dave Nonis and Brendan Shanahan wait until the end of the year before deciding on what to do with their coaching situation?

Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers — a team that certainly doesn’t look like world beaters — represents the Leafs’ ninth straight loss, and fourth time in January they were shut out. Some fans are taking some kind of pathetic joy in the defeats, something about how it’s all a big tank job to get a better draft pick.

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added 9:01am, from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

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Morning Line- Michael Russo On Martin Brodeur

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Brodeur deserved the same grand sendoff that Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom got in Detroit, that Mike Modano got in Dallas even after leaving for the Red Wings, that Daniel Alfredsson got in Ottawa even after an apparent fracture with management and ownership.

Maybe Brodeur’s ego was still hurt that he wanted to play one more year and Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t make it happen. Maybe Lou was just being stubborn Lou and didn’t feel it was important enough to make sure Thursday’s event was in Newark, not St. Louis.

But it’s a real shame it did. It was the most unemotional presser you’ve ever seen for a player as great as Brodeur. The Devils were barely mentioned, his Hall of Fame career almost glossed over.

-Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Martin Brodeur.  Read more from Russo plus other hockey topics...

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How Did Jonas Gustavsson Do Last Night?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Grand Rapids lost 4-0 to Milwaukee last night...

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

"It's been a long time since I played and so I was excited," said Gustavsson, who has been working out with the Red Wings for about a month. "The longer the game went on I felt better and better, and it was a good test for me."

The third shot he faced went through his legs just 90 seconds in. It also came with the Griffins short-handed after defenseman Nathan Paetsch went off on a slashing call. He allowed two more goals in the second - on a tip and deflection - and had a quiet third.

In all, Gustavsson faced 32 shots, including 27 through two periods. A fourth goal came on an empty net.

Gustavsson said he will be play with the Griffins on Wednesday in Toronto and then, if all goes well, catch a plane and join the Red Wings in Colorado for Thursday's game.

"He's had his injuries a little bit, but he's an NHL goalie," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought he did a good job."

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Video- Henrik Lundqvist Is Okay After Taking A Puck To The Throat

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For this was the night Henrik Lundqvist was able to survive taking a puck in the throat at 3:02 of the second period when Ryan McDonagh’s stick inadvertently lifted his goaltender’s mask just as Brad Malone had uncorked a rising drive from the right circle.

“I could feel the stick hit my chin and pull up my helmet so I lost my vision of the puck,” Lundqvist said. “I had a bad feeling because I could kind of see the puck coming and then I lost track of it.

“When I got hit, it’s obviously extremely painful and hard to breathe for a couple of minutes,” said The King, who fell prone on the ice immediately, kicking his legs, writhing in pain as trainer Jim Ramsay and a club physician attended to him. “I got very light-headed and a little worried the first couple of minutes, but they told me just to breathe and slowly I started to feel better.”...

“It wasn’t a concussion, so I didn’t need tests,” Lundqvist said. “I had the headaches because I didn’t get air for that time.”

Behind the Rangers’ bench, coach Alain Vigneault later would admit to having flashbacks of a previous incident while coaching the Canadiens 15 years ago when winger Trent McCleary suffered a fractured larynx and collapsed right lung when struck flush on the throat at point blank range while trying to block a slap shot from Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien.

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Watch the incident below...

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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

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Few of the topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were the bad goal Bernier gave up a few days ago, sticking up for a teammate and few more...

 

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Video- Recap Of The 11 NHL Games Yesterday

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Almost seven minutes of highlights from the NHL games on Saturday.

 

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Garrioch discusses the Coyotes’ fire sale and Anaheim’s attempts to snag Myers

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is  on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:

In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.

For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.

For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.

Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.

“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”

Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:

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Evening Line- Larry Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So good for the league that additional and advanced statistics will be available soon on NHL.com.

But if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it will introduce a salary cap component featuring information that essentially has been unavailable since the invaluable web site, capgeek.com, went off the grid at start of the calendar year.

Upon further review, if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it would eliminate “cheerleader” from the job description of anyone and everyone working for the NHL Network.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more topics including the salary cap and the Canadian dollar...

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Saturday Night Hockey Talk

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Keep hearing that San Jose will deal Antti Niemi before the trade deadline and have a different approach in goal heading into the playoffs.

- No succession plans have been announced in Ottawa for the eventual replacement of Bryan Murray but word around is that fired Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero has the inside track here.

- Department of bad ideas: The American Hockey League in California.

- The Todd McLellan Watch has begun around the National Hockey League.

And there is a lineup of teams — including the Maple Leafs — interested to see what becomes of the coach of the San Jose Sharks.

McLellan and general manger Doug Wilson haven’t exactly seen eye to eye with the Sharks and the suspicion is this is likely his last season in San Jose.

But if he wants, he won’t be out of work for long....

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