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Ruining The Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

One week into training camp and so far all the talk has been about how the referees are ruining the game of hockey.

Boston’s Brad Marchand called the NHL’s crackdown on cheating in the faceoff circle “an absolute joke.” Toronto’s Leo Komarov is upset that if he chooses to wear a visor, it must actually be low enough to protect his eyes. And there have been so many slashing penalties called that Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock joked he hasn’t been able to evaluate anything other than the power play and penalty kill.

The hockey might be sloppy for this time of year. But when it comes to criticizing the men in stripes, everyone seems to be in mid-season form.

Do they have a point? Well, kind of.

Prior to Wednesday night’s games, there were 91 slashing minors and 16 faceoff violations called in the 19 exhibition games in which off-ice officials kept real-time statistics. It seems excessive. And yet, this is the time to be excessive.

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Erik Cole Signs Ceremonial Contract With Carolina, Named Team Ambassador

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed left wing Erik Cole to a ceremonial contract. Cole subsequently announced his retirement from his playing career in hockey.

Following Cole's announcement, Hurricanes President Don Waddell named him as team ambassador. 

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Frans Nielsen In A Comfortable Spot

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

 So far, this preseason is shaping up to be a great one for Frans Nielsen.

Not only are the Wings in their swanky new digs at Little Caesars Arena, Nielsen is feeling far more at home in Detroit than he did a season ago.

"To be honest, it wasn't easy coming in from the World Cup and basically knew a couple guys in the room and the puck was dropped a week later in Tampa," Nielsen said. "It almost felt like getting traded, coming in and it's a completely new team.

"So absolutely, it was good, even training camp helped me a lot this year to really get away with all the guys and really get to know them. I for sure wish I had that last year. So everything is just more comfortable."

Nielsen also said he had a good offseason of preparation.

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Training Camp Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With training camps in full swing in 31 different markets, and two teams preparing for the season 9,000 kilometres away in China, a lot is happening in the NHL at once.

Luckily for you, we have 10 important training camp developments:

The Coyotes have...

…one of the NHL’s better defence corps? That definitely isn’t a sentence you would have read at any point in the last handful of years. GM John Chayka has nicely rebuilt Arizona, whose backend includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alex Goligoski, Jakob Chychrun, Luke Schenn and now Jason Demers after last week’s trade for forward Jamie McGinn. That is going to make new netminder Antti Raanta’s transition to the desert smoother, plus shows Ekman-Larsson the team is serious about improvement, as OEL can sign an extension beginning next July 1.

9 more developments...

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Evgeny Svechnikov Working On Being Quicker

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Exhibition season provides a perfect time for Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov to work on areas in which he needs to improve: Speeding up and slowing down simultaneously.

The 20-year-old first-round pick from 2015 is entering his second season of pro hockey on a comfortable and confident note after reaching 20 goals last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He spent the offs-eason working on his skating.

“I needed to get quicker and get my feet moving,” Svechnikov said Wednesday. “I was working a lot to get my feet moving and those areas where I need to get quicker, especially neutral zone. I was trying to work on that.”

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The China Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game times in ET are- 9/21/17 at 7:30am and 9/23/17 at 3:30am.

HANGHAI (Sept. 19) – The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are set to face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging. On Sept. 21, the Kings will play host to the Canucks in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shanghai will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Wukesong Arena on Sept. 23, where the Canucks will play host to the Kings at 3:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NHL Network™ in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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Over/Under Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bovada,

Over/Under Point Totals (Alphabetically)
Anaheim Ducks - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points   
Over/Under                   106

Arizona Coyotes - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points  
Over/Under                   75

Boston Bruins - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points     
Over/Under                   92½

Buffalo Sabres - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points     
Over/Under                   88

Calgary Flames - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points    
Over/Under                   95

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So You Are Now On An Expansion Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Ferraro of TSN,

You don’t have the luxury of being picky when you’re an almost 35-year-old hockey player coming off multiple knee surgeries. If you want to keep playing you have to be willing to go wherever there’s an opportunity. Every team is on your radar. That’s how I ended up in Georgia for the inaugural season of Atlanta Thrashers hockey.

Free agency came and went for me in the summer of 1999 after four years with the Kings. I knew no one was going to sign me the first week, and my agent was still talking to a bunch of teams into early August. Despite my knee issues, I knew I wanted to keep going. I trained that summer as if I was going to play. Atlanta ended up offering a two-year deal, which was good for me. I felt like I was going to need part of the first year just to get healthy again.

Usually there were 40-45 guys at the start of training camp. We had about 75. It was an enormous camp and none of us had any idea what to expect. We just showed up in Orlando. You might think a blank slate like that makes it easy to build your own team chemistry, rules and culture, but the problem was the roster was so transient. I couldn’t even tell you how many different guys were on the team at some point that first year. Guys that I’d never even heard of were showing up at morning skates. It was a complete mishmash from start to finish.

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  Tags: ray+ferraro

For Sale- Melted Ice From The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

$85.

 

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Alexander Steen Out After Hand Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Alexander Steen will miss the remainder of training camp after suffering a left hand injury in the Blues' first preseason game Tuesday in Dallas.

Steen will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

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