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Four-Year Extension For Jason Spezza In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has signed center Jason Spezza to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Spezza, 31, has posted 18 points (4-14=18) in 20 games played during his first season as a Dallas Star. His 14 assists are tied for ninth in the League and first on the Stars. On Nov. 8 vs. San Jose, he appeared in his 700th career NHL game and recorded career point number 700. He became just the second player to do that, joining Ilya Kovalchuk who was selected first overall in Spezza's 2001 NHL Draft class. In 706 career regular season games, he has posted 705 points (255-450=705).

"Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas," said Nill. "The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team."

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NHL Short Notes

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CLOSE GAMES HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY'S ACTION
Of the 11 games contested Thursday:
 
* Nine were tied or within one goal entering the third period.
 
* Eight featured one-goal margins, including two that went past regulation (ANA-VAN and FLA-SJS).
 
* Five saw the game-winning goal scored in the third period (MIN-PHI, DET-WPG, ARI-DAL, WSH-COL, CHI-CGY), including Jason Zucker’s deciding goal in the final minute of MIN-PHI.
 
* Three players scored their first NHL goal: Chicago defenseman Adam Clendening (NHL debut), Dallas defenseman John Klingberg (6 GP) and Vancouver forward Bo Horvat (7 GP).
 
* The Eastern Conference went 5-2-0 against the West. In the 123 inter-conference games this season, the West has won 63 times, the East 60.

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Nick Bjugstad Heating Up

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from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Fantasy owners, take note: Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad's stock is steadily rising.

The 22-year-old appears primed for a breakout season this year and has been brimming with confidence during a stretch of stellar play recently. Thursday night, the former University of Minnesota standout tallied twice in the Panthers 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks and got the difference-maker on his first shootout try of the season. Just two games prior, Bjugstad recorded a career-high four points.

With seven points in the last three games, he appears to have put the lengthy scoring drought he went through to open the season in the rearview mirror. Look for big things from him in his third year as a pro.

read on for more topics from the ESPN hockey writers...

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Friday Morning Hockey Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- If the NHL debates three-on-three overtime at the March GM meetings, will the format be slightly different? The AHL uses a seven-minute extra period. The switch from four-on-four comes at the first whistle after three minutes of play. It’s possible the NHL stays at five minutes, meaning the switch comes at the first whistle after 2:30.

- Video review for goaltender interference is going to be a tough one. At last week’s get-together, eight disputed situations from this season were shown. After several angles, 28 GMs voted on whether it should be a goal or not. (The two teams involved were excluded.) I don’t have the final tallies, but some of them were extremely close and none were unanimous. The league understands it cannot allow any system that creates more problems than it solves.

- There were reports a couple of weeks ago that the NHL was considering the return of the glowing puck. As far as I can tell, that’s not correct. I do believe the league is considering a chip inside the puck for tracking purposes, just as it is considering tracking players. Maybe that’s the confusion.

much more including a look at the Jack Johnson situation...

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Eric Lindros And John LeClair Enter The Flyers’ Hall Of Fame

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from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,

Eric Lindros and John LeClair are years removed from their playing days, but they are still teammates.

The two made that clear Thursday night as they were inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame. They didn’t say it, but they didn’t need to. Lindros and LeClair remain fiercely defensive and supportive of one another, nearly 20 years after they dominated in the game of hockey.

LeClair, for instance, still doesn’t understand all the criticism his linemate and friend faced during his tenure in Philadelphia. To LeClair, Lindros always went “above and beyond.” He was one of the greatest players to play the game, LeClair said, one of the greatest he ever played with.

“What hype did he not live up to?” LeClair asked. “I mean, he won a Hart Trophy. He scored 100 points. I never got that. He had the respect of his teammates and carried the Flyers for five years or however many years he was here. How many?”

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FYI, the NHL Network showed the complete ceremony last night along with the game.  The ceremony started at 7:00pm ET and the game started around 8:00pm.

I do hope this sets a precedence for the network and as we know, they have not shown these types of ceremonies in full in the past.

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Wrapping Up The Wings Win Over The Jets

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"We were really confident going into the third period," Tatar said. "I think we took the game from there."

Tatar had a big hand in that, scoring the winning goal after Abdelkader outworked his man off the boards and threw the puck to Tatar's stick. Tatar also had the Wings' first goal, and Johan Franzen also scored to give Mrazek the win he so deserved after the Jets were allowed to roam freely for 40 minutes.

"They were better than us early," coach Mike Babcock said. "They came out and they were physical and we were kind of standing around watching them, didn't want to get involved in the game. Our goaltending was good and our penalty killing was good and kept us in the game, and then we got upset, and we got playing.

"Once we got executing, we had lots of opportunity. In the end, it's a big road win for us."

 

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

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Morning Line- Todd McLellan

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“We’re pleased that we got the point. Obviously it didn’t look too good with 30 seconds left, so we’ll take the point. Would have preferred two. Find a way to get one in the shootout, but when we look at the game. . .

“We get scored on in the first 30 seconds and the first shot coming home from that road trip, we could have responded differently. At least we responded positively. I thought we found our game after that.

“We’re pretty good through about 36 minutes, and then they scored and I thought after that, well into the third period, we were kind of on our heels. Maybe the fear of losing crept in a little bit. Got desperate at the end and scored.”

-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at home.  More from McLellan from David Pollak of Working The Corners.

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Video- Four And A Half Minutes Of Highlights From The Games Last Night

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Highlights from the 11 games last night.

 

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Video- Dan Hamuis Leaves Game With Apparent Injury To His Leg

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No update on the extent of the injury and it will be tough on the Canucks if Hamuis is lost for a lengthy period.

 

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Leafs Win, Skate Off The Ice Without A Stick Salute

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Most notably, the Maple Leafs decided to buck tradition by skipping the customary salute to fans following a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the last couple seasons every win at Air Canada Centre has been celebrated in the same way: With players skating to centre ice and raising their sticks in the air.

At least every win until this one.

While one member of the team told me afterwards that the group was simply looking to change things up and didn’t intend to offend the paying customers, the gesture certainly left plenty of room for another interpretation.

It has been a trying season in Toronto, with fans often booing the team and throwing sweaters on the ice repeatedly during games. Already the Leafs have been beaten by three or more goals in their building on four occasions.

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added 9:41pm, Well okay then, a semi-stick salute.

 

added 10:00am, Oh, and then there is this...

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