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Los Angeles Kings Will Now Receive Cap Relief Regarding Slava Voynov Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 21, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.

However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
 

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Daniel Alfredsson Retirement Announcement May Come On Monday

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets and it makes sense...

Little more on Daniel Alfredsson: hearing he would like retirement announcement to happen as soon as Monday when Senators are in DET...

But there is possibility of a larger send-off in Ottawa. After all, it is fitting that's where on-ice portion of his career ends.

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Dallas Stars Trade Brenden Dillon To San Jose For Jason Demers And A 3rd Round Pick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars continued to shake up their defense Friday, sending Brenden Dillon to San Jose for Jason Demers and a third round draft pick, according to an NHL source.

Dallas already traded Sergei Gonchar to Montreal last week and lost Kevin Connauton to Columbus on waivers this week, so this makes the third defenseman to leave in the first two months of the season.

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Dallas Stars release is below...

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Wings Not Skating Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

I know the Wings spent the night in Winnipeg last night and arrived in Toronto a few hours ago.

 

This from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Like a father who knows his child possesses great potential; Mike Babcock has been relentless in pushing Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar to achieve even more this season.

“I might be harder on Tats than anybody on the team just because I think Tats has a chance to be a real player,” Babcock said. “We’re going to hold him to that. We think he should be good every night because he‘s capable of being good every night and every shift.”

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Chris Pronger’s Hall Of Fame Eligibility

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Officially, the NHL calls Chris Pronger an active player.  He hasn't played a hockey game since 2011.  This will be his third full season without playing an NHL game.  He has been hired by the NHL in a non-hockey job in the department of player safety.  The only reason he isn't retired is so that the Philadelphia Flyers can circumvent the salary cap.  They signed Pronger to a front-loaded contract that will count against salary cap regardless of whether or not he plays unless he can be indefinitely placed on the longterm injured reserve.  He will be there until 2017 when his contract ends despite the fact he will never play another NHL and is no longer even trying to do so.  Philadelphia regains the salary cap space that would otherwise be used on Pronger with this fraud.

Had Pronger been retired for three NHL seasons he would be eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  However he isn't retired on paper.  He is effectively retired.  We it not for salary cap circumvention he would be retired.  Thus the Hockey Hall of Fame had to figure out exactly how to handle his case.  Instead of saying that a player needed to be retired for three full seasons to become eligible for induction, they are interpreting things as the player must have concluded his playing career for three full seasons.  This clearly makes Pronger eligible in the 2015 group.

Chris Pronger will be an active player who works for the NHL instead of playing and has been out long enough to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.  He will remain active for two more seasons after his likely induction.  Does that seem sensible to anyone?

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No Panic In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,

There are not many franchises in the NHL where a 10-7-1 start to the season would elicit varying degrees of panic amongst the fan base, but the Chicago Blackhawks live in that space in 2014.

The Blackhawks have been one of the best teams in the NHL for seven seasons now, winning the Stanley Cup twice and reaching the Western Conference Final twice in the past six campaigns. There is an expectation to be playing in June 2015, or this season will be considered a failure.

So 21 points in 18 games, which as of Thursday morning was only good enough for ninth place in the West, has set off warning alarms in some homes in the greater Chicagoland area. One person who is not concerned? That would be Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.

"I think we've played very well, probably better than our record shows," Bowman said Tuesday in Toronto after the League's general managers meeting. "I've been very pleased with our performance. One thing we haven't done until recently is scored a lot of goals, and that has always been a strength for us. We have essentially the same cast of characters back, so that will work itself out. We've been very good defensively. I think we've been No. 1 or 2 in goals against all year, and I think that is going to bode well for us down the stretch."

continued plus the Super 16 Power Rankings with the Blues and Blackhawks in the top 2 spots...

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Report- Daniel Alfredsson Won’t Play This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,

Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Daniel Alfredsson's comeback bid is about to end.

Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson. 

Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action. 

continued plus the Toronto stick salute debate...

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The San Jose Sharks Need To Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There are young players that have developed and are ready for bigger roles in the organization. While it’s almost certain they’ll have NHL jobs next fall, they might even have NHL gigs by January if the team’s topsy-turvy play continues.

What’s also in question, I would surmise, is the future of the coaching staff if the team’s play doesn’t improve through this important stretch of home games over the next few weeks.

Todd McLellan is tremendously respected around the league and he wouldn’t be out of a job long if something ever happened. But if the inconsistent play continues -- keeping in mind the losses to bad teams they've already had this season -- it wouldn’t be completely out of the question for Sharks management to consider a coaching change.

I think given the direction of a Sharks team that’s re-building, there are lots of possibilities to ponder if the team’s play doesn’t improve.

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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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