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Prospect news: Kadeikin registers 2 assists in playoff win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In playoff action, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin had 2 assists in 14:49 of ice time as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl won 7-2 over Dynamo Minsk, taking a 2-0 lead in the teams' first-round series;

In regular season action, in the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo had an assist in 8:37 of ice time as TPS Turku lost 2-1 to the Lahti Pelicans;

And in the OHL, Filip Hronek finished at -1 with a penalty taken in the Saginaw Spirit's 4-1 loss to Windsor;

In the AHL, in player reassignment news, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:

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Video- NHL Action From Thursday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It will take you two minutes to watch...


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What To Do With Evander Kane?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Three months after nobody wanted him, with the NHL trade deadline approaching, Kane’s value has reached an all-time high. He’s performing like the dominant player Tim Murray envisioned when he traded for him two years ago. Rest assured several teams would take him off the Sabres’ hands before Wednesday....

The disparity between the Sabres’ demands and bids they receive is likely too wide to complete a deal, but you never know. Murray holds Kane in high regard after making him the central figure in the blockbuster to acquire him from Winnipeg. But it also would be a disservice to the Sabres for him to overvalue Kane without considering all variables.

Murray should listen to offers. Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988 after leading the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup in five years. It’s not as if Kane is untouchable. The same is true for any player, including Jack Eichel. If Murray can improve his team for the foreseeable future, he should pull the trigger. It makes for a tricky situation.

Kane has scored 21 goals over the past 36 games, including 20 at even strength. He’s been one of the NHL’s best forwards in recent months. Effort is not an issue. The guy plays hard even when he’s not playing well. Kane’s simple style and knack for finding soft spots in defensive coverage complements Eichel and fills a need.


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Grading The Contracts

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Past salaries aren't relevant and there's plenty of time in the offseason to think about the future. With that in mind, we're going to look at this year's contracts and decide whether they're good, fair or poor. You can do the same in the comments section.

Justin Abdelkader

Age: 29
Contract status: Signed through 2022-23
Salary cap hit: $4.75 million
Analysis: Some say Abdelkader is overpaid and that's hard to argue given his production this season – four goals, nine assists and a minus-13 rating in 42 games. But the biggest issue with Abdelkader's deal might be its length. By the time the deal expires, he'll be 37 and what will he have left in that final season given his physical style of play?
Verdict: Poor

Danny DeKeyser

Age: 26
Contract status: Signed through 2021-22
Salary cap hit: $5 million
Analysis: Like some of his teammates, DeKeyser has regressed after showing such great promise during his first four seasons. His deal might not have seemed like a bad one when he signed it last summer had he continued to make progress. But he's struggled all season, making it look like the Red Wings potentially overpaid while committing for too many years.
Verdict: Poor


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
NY Islanders 3, MONTREAL 0
NY Rangers 2, TORONTO 1 (SO)
Calgary 3, TAMPA BAY 2
NASHVILLE 4, Colorado 2
CHICAGO 6, Arizona 3
Boston 4, LOS ANGELES 1
Patrick Kane (3-0—3) earned the third hat trick of his career (regular season) as the Blackhawks (38-18-5, 81 points) improved to 8-1-0 in their last nine games, moving within three points of the Wild (39-14-6, 84 points) for the top spot in the Western Conference.


* After Jonathan Toews recorded 3-2—5 on Tuesday vs. MIN, Kane’s three-goal effort marked the first time Chicago players have posted shutouts in consecutive games since Alexei Zhamnov and Eric Daze did so on April 11 and April 13, 1997, respectively.
* Kane (23-40—63), the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner, moved into a tie with Nicklas Backstrom (18-45—63) for fourth place in League scoring, five points back of leader Connor McDavid (20-48—68).
* Toews (4-7—11) and Richard Panik (4-4—8) each extended their point streaks to a season-high five games.

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Three things: On an aggressive deadline, Jensen’s value and Sheahan’s goal-less slump

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article suggesting that a "salary dump is in order," and given the fiscal commitments of many of the Wings' long-term deals, I'm not quite sure how the Red Wings' management could accomplish Gregg's goals. For example:

Two seasons ago, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist looked ready to replace some of the offense that would eventually be lost when Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk retired. Now, they are fading assets.

Tatar and Nyquist have slumped badly enough that their return value is diminished. Holland should not fail to pull the trigger if an offer hold a promise of improvement, even if only long range.

Nyquist may go first. His no-trade clause kicks in next season.

The rest of the lineup contains no untouchables.

Krupa believes that the Wings could and perhaps should move everyone not named Mantha, Larkin, Athanasiou, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Mrazek or Howard; it's going to be hard to do that, and I sincerely question the Wings management's desire to move that aggressively.

2. To the positive, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness penned an article about pleasant surprise Nick Jensen, who's made himself an indispensable part of the lineup:

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on numerous teams interest in Kevin Shattenkirk, Western Conference teams inquiring about Martin Hanzal, which player is drawing the most attention out of Vancouver, the Flames scanning the goaltending market and much more.

Watch at TSN, no geo-blocking...

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Arizona Senate Rules Committee Passes Coyotes Funding Bill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Next step the full Senate next week...

via Ben Giles tweets,

In GOP caucus, @bob_worsley explains how his SB1149 would help the Coyotes build a new stadium in Arizona.

Sen. @bob_worsley trying to allay fears that the Coyotes would soak up existing tax revenues in a TIF situation.

Wherever the Coyotes build a new arena, would have to be a "greenfield" site, Worsley said. That means a site with no current tax revenue.

Sen. Peterson asks if relationship with Glendale/Coyotes can be repaired. Worsley: “For Glendale, the Coyotes are gone one way or the other"

Worsley said taxpayers won't bear burden if Coyotes fail in new arena. Team will be responsible for paying the bond that funds construction.

Worsley estimates $15M in annual tax revenue from a new Coyotes arena. Half of that, $7.5M would go to pay construction bond. Rest to the GF

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Video- The Anaheim Ducks Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the TSN YouTube page,

Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Nate Thompson hand their teammates awards based on a handful of the 2017 Best Picture Nominations at the Academy Awards. Awards based on the movies "Arrival", "Moonlight", "Hidden Figures", "Manchester By The Sea" and "Fences" are given and the players deliver acceptance speeches that ends with a mic drop.


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Afternoon news: On the ‘Bye Week,’ trade talk and expansion draft talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. In "coming soon" news, concrete version: DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with the Red Wings regarding their attempts to come out of the "Bye Week" up to speed with the rest of the NHL:

The Red Wings managed to take advantage of the Washington Capitals last week when the Capitals were coming off their bye.

Now it's the Wings' turn. Following Tuesday night's game, the Wings won't play again until next Tuesday in Vancouver.

They will have just Monday's practice before that contest. Teams have gone 4-12-4 in their first game after their bye.

"I don't think there's any magic plan," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We're going to have to come up with the right approach, have the right type of practice. What's our pre-game skate going to look like on that Tuesday? You can't make up for five days with a pre-game skate and a practice, so we got to be careful there. The No. 1 thing is we're going to have to have lots of energy in Vancouver. I bet you lots of those games (teams coming out of break) are close. The one we won against Washington, them coming out of the break, was a shootout game. So we got to make sure we find a way to win a hockey game."

Wakiji continues...

2. In "coming soon" news, theoretical version: ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry discussing 20 trade deadline targets, and 3 of his targets are Red Wings players:

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