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Video- Hockey Central At Noon Talks Dion Phaneuf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The Hockey Central at Noon guys wonder why Leaf fans are quick to jump all over his mistakes, but not credit him for his positives and for still being the club’s best defenceman.

 

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The Latest On The Thomas Vanek Gambling Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has testified in as the government’s prime witness, the Wild forward likely won’t face league discipline unless he faces criminal charges or bet on hockey.

Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that “Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.”

Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett.

Vanek’s in the news again because a defense attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday alluded to the fact that the check his client helped launder came from Vanek while he played for the New York Islanders.

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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Kings: No changes for Wings, no skate for LA; Weiss on IR

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 11x at 2:56 PM: The Red Wings hope to keep their momentum going against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/Prime Ticket/TVA Sports/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and to some extent, no news is good news on the Wings' front, as MLive's Ansar Khan reports:

Everyone skating today for Wings except Weiss (groin). Looks like same lines and power play units.

LA Kings Insider's Jon Rosen stated that the Kings won't skate today as they didn't get into town until 12:30 AM, havingr dropping a 3-0 decision to Pittsburgh yesterday evening:

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The Columbus Blue Jackets And Their Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded.

That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them.

The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice after a freak collision with a linesman, franchise goalie Sergei Bobrovsky suffer a fractured finger during practice and defenceman James Wisniewski suffer the exact same injury in a game.

If that was the extent of the issues, a team could cope.

But then you remember that there are serious questions about Nathan Horton even playing this season because of back issues and that Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Mark Letestu and Matt Calvert are also on the shelf.

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Ticket Demand for the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championships Predicted to Double

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Shackil,

Since 1930, the Ice Hockey World Championships have been held as an individual event to determine the top hockey team in the world. In that inaugural year, only 12 countries participated, but now the tournament features a minimum of 40 teams in at least three different groupings. With such massive global participation, Ice Hockey World Championship tickets are demanded all over the world on the secondary market.

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Michigan Radio: Gordie Howe’s pull helped Red Berenson, 14 other Saskatchewan natives pick Michigan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Michigan Radio's John U. Bacon, Red Wings legend Gordie Howe's place of NHL employment heavily influenced the establishment of a college hockey dynasty:

With Howe leading the Red Wings, rinks and little leagues sprouted all over Detroit.  Howe’s wife Colleen started the junior Red Wings, which produced hundreds of world-class players, including their sons, Mark and Marty.  Mark starred for the Red Wings, too, and is a Hall of Famer himself.

But I never fully appreciated Gordie Howe’s power until I researched my first book, on Michigan hockey.  I learned just a few nudges from Howe helped Michigan’s hockey program rise to the top – and stay there.

Gordie Howe was one of nine kids born in a farmhouse in Floral, Sasketchewan – a town so tiny, it’s not even on the atlas index.  When he joined the Red Wings, the entire province pulled for him.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota Will Host The 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been selected to host the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The 10-team event, which features the top players in the world under the age of 18, will be staged in April 2016, with final dates to be announced in the near future. Ralph Engelstad Arena, on the University of North Dakota campus, will be the main venue for the championship, with Purpur Arena, a municipal facility in the city, serving as the secondary venue.

“We're thrilled to be bringing another world championship to Grand Forks," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Jody Hodgson and his group at Ralph Engelstad Arena put together an outstanding plan and with the support of the city and state and the great hockey fans of the Red River Valley, we look forward to an exceptional event."

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Buffalo Sabres Assign Sam Reinhart To The Kootenay Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 31, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Sam Reinhart to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

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Sabres Observations: “Moral Victories”, Defending HarborCenter

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Some Sabres observations the day after watching a game in a section of First Niagara Center that was infested with Bruins fans (although I will say they were a friendly and polite group):

-   The Sabres can put a spin on it and say they played better last night in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins, but comparing their performance to the Toronto game is setting the bar pretty low.  Getting outshot 37-15 against any NHL team, including a Boston club that's fighting it right now and trying to find their game, doesn't entitle Buffalo to play the moral victory card.

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  Tags: 716+food+and+sport, buffalo+sabres, ellen+kennedy, harborcenter+subsidies, jim+heaney

Wings/Kings Notes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The Kings arrived at their Detroit hotel around 12:30am after losing to the Penguins 3-0 last night and will not hold a morning skate.

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions today..

Q: There is obviously a problem (on the power play), but they can't seem to figure it out. Could it be the single defenseman power play setup? I know they've used it in the past, but it doesn't seem to be working. What do you think is the problem, and what could they do to fix it? -- Dalton

A: I don't know if the single defenseman set-up is an issue. The problem is they don't have many other power play options on the blue line. I think they should try Brendan Smith, but coach Mike Babcock is reluctant to do that, for reasons he will not specify.

I think the problem is just what Babcock and players have talked about - they need to attack more. They need more shots (they have only 40 shots in 55:49 with the extra man), they need to be better at retrievals and they need a better net presence. Players acknowledge this, but haven't acted on it.

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