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The San Jose Sharks Will Have Decisions To Make On Their UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Whether Wilson decides he wants to add to the team or trade some pieces for future assets is unclear, and could depend on how the Sharks perform leading up to March 2. The Sharks have a number of pending unrestricted free agents, like Sheppard, Kennedy, Desjardins and Niemi that could draw some interest on the trade market.

What Wilson has made clear is that he won’t trade a young prospect or high draft pick for a veteran rental. There have been no indications he’ll waver from his plan of transitioning his team away from older veterans such as Joe Thornton – who is still performing at an elite level – and Marleau, who hasn’t been, although neither of those two franchise icons is expected to be dealt at this point.

If the Sharks are going to become a contender, they will likely have to achieve it with the players that are already here.

much more on the Sharks and their fight for a playoff spot...

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All Quiet On The Trade Front

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Johnston of the Buffalo News,

With the March 2 NHL trade deadline fast approaching, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray says the market might not be as busy as people think.

“It’s been quiet, to be frank. It’s been very, very quiet. We’re fairly close to the deadline and I didn’t expect it,” Murray told Buffalo radio station WGR 550 Wednesday. “I don’t expect every team to be active, but there usually are a small amount of teams that don’t wait for the deadline, that like to get it done before the deadline…It has, to me, been surprisingly quiet. People aren’t even kicking tires.”

The Sabres are currently dead last in the NHL standings and are expected to be sellers at the deadline. A number of Buffalo players’ names have been out there in trade rumours this season, including forwards Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell, plus defenceman Tyler Myers and pending UFA goalies Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth.

Murray said nothing is immanent on the trade front and that deals are more difficult to complete than many people think.


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Wings Need To Tighten Up Defensively

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

... the Detroit Red Wings continue to find ways to win, even when they're not operating at peak efficiency, which has been the case the past three games, victories over Buffalo (6-4), Minnesota (5-4 in a shootout) and Florida (5-4), clubs not currently in a playoff position.

That's too loose defensively for coach Mike Babcock's liking. The Red Wings face a much greater challenge Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

"Not enough details to my liking," Babcock said following practice Wednesday at Amalie Arena. "We got to improve our penalty kill, get on our toes. We got to shoot the puck more. We're going to have a real challenge tomorrow, no question about it, just the skill level and talent (on Tampa Bay).

"The other thing I like is Riley Sheahan is really becoming a player. That's important for us. I think we're getting better as a team; we have to continue to get better. We got to be much more mistake-free and tighter defensively and with our execution than we have been in this last little bit."

read on with more Detroit tidbits...

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The AHL With A Major Announcement Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. 

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  Tags: ahl

Video- Almost Six Minutes Of The Best Goals, Saves And Hits From The NHL Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Check out the best hits, goals and saves thus far from 2014-2015 NHL season.


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$50 To The Winner Of The BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

moving this to the top of page so everyone has a chance to see and participate. original post was 1/28/15 at 10:48am.

Two days late with this week's game.  Due to the weather warnings in the northeast, we decided to postpone this week's game until Thursday, so here we go.

Here is your chance to win $50 in this free fantasy game presented by BoltDraft.  Just register and/or play, use passcode kukla17 if needed, then pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 22 NHL teams in action on Thursday.

Then sit back and watch how the games play out.

Easy to play and fun to compete against other KK members and readers.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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  Tags: boltdraft

What Have The Leafs Done?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

On January 6th, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired coach Randy Carlyle.  At that point, they would have been a playoff team.  The media had been promoting a coach firing, but since the Leafs had done acceptably and coaching was not the issue, it made no sense.  The Leafs eventually buckled to pressure when they lost a few games after a six game winning streak in December.  There was no good prospect to hire as a coaching replacement; however Peter Horachek was an assistant coach.  He had failed in a partial season coaching the Florida Panthers.  He was hired.

Since then, the Leafs have played eight games.  They have won only one of them.  They have seven losses in that time period.  The Leafs have fallen to 11th place in the East Conference.  They are ten points back of a playoff berth.  Obviously the coaching move has failed to produce any short-term success.

Usually even bad coaching changes produce some short-term success.  A new coach with a new system creates some uncertainty.  Players are uncertain if they will remain in their roles with the team.  It often motivates a short-term push as players try to maintain their spot or earn more ice time in the new system.  That hasn't happened in Toronto.

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Wings Skating In Tampa

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Cleary rotating in

No changes on defense:
Lashoff-Kindl (IR)

Khan also noted earlier all four goalies were on the ice earlier.

added 2:10pm, via Khan,

Gustavsson looks close to returning. When he's cleared he'll go to Grand Rapids for a game or two of conditioning.

added 2:53pm, via Helene St. James tweet,

Babcock said Jurco ready to play Thursday, Kindl too but Babcock sticking with Ouellet on back end

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Video- Cal Clutterbuck Fined For Embellishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Watch the incident below...

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  Tags: cal+clutterbuck

Video- Hockey Central At Noon Talks Mike Babcock’s Future

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean discuss the chance of Mike Babcock leaving Detroit, thinking it’s more and more likely that he re-signs with the Red Wings at the end of the season.


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