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Mr. Hockey continues to improve as ‘last public appearance’ draws near

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Gordie Howe, his sons Mark, Marty and Murray, his daughter Kathy and the extended Howe family--Wayne Gretzky included--will be attending a combination dinner to raise funds for the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon and something of an impromptu family reunion on February 6th. The event was billed as Howe's final public appearance, but Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave reports that Dr. Murray Howe believes that his father's post-stem cell replacement progress may yield more public appearances.

In any case, Howe is more like himself than he's been in a significant period of time, and that's what matters:

The 86-year-old hockey legend is now stick-handling beanbag pucks around his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. He can throw and catch a football with either hand (like he could before a serious stroke on Oct. 26 robbed him of mobility along most of the right side of his body).

He can form short sentences, respond accurately to basic questions and tell "little three-minute stories," son Murray Howe said. Recently, Gordie pushed a shopping cart around the grocery store. And on another day, he and Murray walked about a half-mile at a local mall -- stopping several times for short breaks.

And best of all, Gordie Howe absolutely knows who he is as well as his role in the hockey universe. Ask him about "Mr. Hockey," Murray said, and Gordie points to himself.

So the Saskatoon appearance, once thought to be impossible because of his poor health, is definitely on. Howe will travel from Lubbock to Saskatoon in a private jet and sit among other VIPs for the 55th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner before a sold-out crowd.

Gave continues at extended length, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff has more...

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Video- “Kick Their Butts”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Here’s a behind the scenes look at all the best sights and sounds from the NHL All-Star weekend.


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Dean Lombardi On Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi talked to reporters about the decision to put Mike Richards on waivers. Here's what he said...

(on how Richards took the news…)

LOMBARDI: ``You can ask him. The process isn’t done, obviously, because he still has to clear tomorrow, so we’ll probably talk again tomorrow. I’m sure it’s not easy on anybody, but these are the tough decisions you’ve got to make.’’

(on not buying out the contract…)

LOMBARDI: ``We expect loyalty from our players, and I think it’s a two-way street. Under the circumstances, with what he had done for us, I thought he deserved a chance to get back to where he knows he’s capable of. That’s a hard balance. Obviously I thought about that a lot, but there’s the new-wave thing about there where players are commodities, and things like passion and loyalty are values that I thought made sports special. Commodities guys will tell you that doesn’t matter. Well that’s been a big part of the success of this team, I certainly believe. That’s kind of the way I came down on it. If you’re going to expect loyalty from your players, then you, at times, have to show loyalty to them....


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  Tags: dean+lombardi, mike+richards

Practice post: Jurco iffy for Tuesday tilt, Howard traveling w/ team; Panthers need 4-point game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 7:47 PM: The Red WIngs took part in a less-than-revelatory afternoon practice in Taylor prior to flying to Miami to take on the Panthers (Tuesday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus) and Lightning (Thursday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD).

Ahead of a trio of "trap games" (Saturday's home tilt against the Islanders included) and a very early 4 PM-scheduled flight for the Wings, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and the Free Press's George Sipple added some intriguing twists to the mix.

Sipple revealed that Jimmy Howard's going to travel with the Wings...

Jimmy Howard said he skated for 15 minutes today and will go on trip.


Howard said he hasn't watched replay of injury.


Sounds like Jimmy Howard is still a couple weeks away from playing.

And that Tomas Jurco may or may not supplant Daniel Cleary from the Pulkkinen-and-Franzen-less lineup:

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Toronto Maple Leafs Say Dion Phaneuf Week-To-Week With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 3:50pm, Reports say Phaneuf was injured on Ottawa, perhaps in a fight.  Watch below...

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Kyle Okposo Out 6-8 Weeks With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Buffalo Sabres Will Suspend Nikita Zadorov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 26, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today’s practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break. 

“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray

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  Tags: nikita+zadorov

Practice Tweets: Wings get back to work minus Howard

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 2:38 PM: The Detroit Red Wings got back on the ice a little late, but they did return to work on Monday afternoon--ahead of a week of "trap games," starting with tomorrow night's tilt against the Kryptonite, I mean Florida Panthers (7:30 PM on FSD Plus)--and I'd gather that they're practicing in Taylor because the Joe was used for the auto show.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Wings' goaltending situation remains the same for the present moment...

No sign of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard on the ice at Taylor SportsPlex. It's Mrazek, McCollum and Gustavsson.

Xavier Ouellet on the ice. That most likely means Kindl still isn't ready to play and Ouellet will be in the lineup Tuesday in Florida.

(I'm just glad that Ouellet's sore wrist has healed faster than Kindl's elbow)

Tomas Jurco on ice. In White.

White jersey = bottom-couple lines jerseys, red = top lines jerseys, black = defensemen, goalies, gray = no-contact.

And this, we've talked about:

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A rare speculatory post: Are concussions catching up to Johan Franzen?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So Wings fans are having a discussion on Twitter, and I suppose it's worth discussing here as well.

You know I don't like speculation--I'd rather discuss facts and educated guesses, and issue an honest, "I don't know" when we delve into the land of speculation, but now is as good a time as any to have this conversation.

Mike Richards is on waivers with a nearly immovable contract, and in a month, we might be calling what's happening with Richards (Kings tried to trade him, could find no takers) the "treatment" given to a waived, AHL-bound Jakub Kindl...

The 29-year-old Richards has "comparables" in terms of duration of contract and inconsistencies in one Johan Franzen, who's signed through the 2019-20 season (per SporTrac), and at 35, has increasingly missed time due to concussion-related issues over the past 3 years.

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Sabres Should Avoid Richards

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Mike Richards has been placed on waivers, and the 30th-place Sabres can have him if they want him.

As is pretty much the case lately when any recognizable player is on waivers, a number of Sabres fans openly campaign for him to be picked up.

Those rumblings are a bit louder today with a guy like Richards available.  I say "no thanks".

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  Tags: mike+richards+sabres

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