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Eugene Melnyk Already Knows The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

If only it were that simple.

Many believe the Senators are in dire need of fresh, new ownership, but fans aren’t going to chase Eugene Melnyk out of town overnight by putting up a few billboards.

All it might do, is aid what may well be a long, drawn-out process.

You’d like to think the “#MelnykOut” signs would embarrass the team owner/CEO/president into selling the Senators for the half billion dollars he could probably get in return, and that it would happen while they still have an exciting superstar such as Erik Karlsson and hope of a sparkling new facility at LeBreton Flats.

But then you’d also prefer things had never reached this stage, where what was once a proud hockey market is now the home of a building where seats are covered in tarp.


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What Happened To The Calgary Flames?

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames are done.

There’s a better chance the team will broker a deal for a new arena by the spring than there is of seeing playoff hockey here this April.

The players have no choice but to point out that mathematically they still have a chance, but they’ve stopped believing it.

While fans have been bracing of late for the possibility their squad wouldn’t be able to pull a rabbit out of its hat, there’s still an element of shock involved.

This team, most of the time, seemed too good to miss the playoffs.


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Video- The Goalie Interference Talk At The GM Meetings

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via Sportsnet,

David Amber, Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman report from the NHL general managers meetings in Florida where a major topic was goaltender interference.


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Craig Button’s Latest Prospect Rankings

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from Craig Button of TSN,

Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin continues to be far and away the top prospect in the March edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2018 NHL Draft, but London Knights captain Evan Bouchard has forced his way into the top five of our rankings and could be the second blueliner off the board.

Bouchard, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Oakville, Ont., sat in 23rd place in the September edition of our rankings. The right-shot blueliner then turned in a stellar regular season in London, racking up 87 points (25 goals, 62 assists) in 67 games to lead all OHL defenceman in scoring.

Along the way, he climbed to No. 20 in our November list, to No. 10 in our January rankings and now sits fifth.

The highest-ranked Canadian on our board, Bouchard is a fantastic passer who projects as true power-play quarterback at the next level. He has also been counted on to log north of the 30 minutes a night for a Knights team that traded away a number of key veterans during the season.


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The Dallas Stars Are Now Offensively Challenged

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from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

With just nine games to go, the Stars are outside the Western Conference playoff picture looking in. This thing has unraveled quickly and in embarrassing fashion. Ken Hitchcock has successfully transformed last year’s free-wheeling, risk-taking club into a defense first squad that is efficient in its own end.

But the Stars can’t score goals.

At least no one beyond the top line really scores goals any more. The Stars rank 18th in the league in scoring. They had one night on this trip where they rediscovered their scoring touch and nearly ended Toronto’s home winning streak that was close to two months in length. But veteran Patrick Marceau tied it with 16 seconds to go, and the Leafs won in overtime, 6-5. It was the only game in their last eight in which the Stars posted a number bigger than 2 on the scoreboard.

Colorado and Los Angeles now hold the keys to the two wild-card spots at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race. The Stars remain in the hunt, but their challenge is significant and it comes on two fronts.


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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (March 19, 2018) – St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 18.

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Petr Mrazek May Well Start In Detroit Tuesday Night

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from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Petr Mrazek’s eyes lit up and he showed a wide smile each time he was asked about his old team.

He wants the revenge game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

What he did Sunday night, getting a win that dramatically changed the Flyers’ playoff outlook, probably earned him the opportunity.

“It’s gonna be nice to be back but when the game starts, it doesn’t matter who is on the other side,” Mrazek said. “We are going there to get some good result and we have to go from there. It’s gonna be nice to be back in the town where I spent my first five or six NHL years.”...

“When you get traded away or that team doesn’t want you (any)more, obviously you have something to prove personally but I think it will be pretty exciting for Petr to be back in Detroit,” Shayne Gostisbehere said. “It should be fun.”


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Video- Slowing The Action Down

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Highlights from the past week in the NHL, all in super slow motion.


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Time To Play The Youngsters In Vancouver

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Now, it’s hard to know how management is going to attack this off-season but, as this campaign approaches its depressing conclusion, one thing is clear. The faithful are ready for whatever comes next as long as it’s something different. The Trevor Linden-Jim Benning management team has failed miserably in their stated goal of providing a supporting environment for their younger players, but if they’re waiting for the perfect time to start integrating prospects into the lineup, we might not see Thatcher Demko play a game until he’s 27.

For the Canucks, the future has arrived and if that’s not consistent with, ahem, the larger plan, too bad. The organization can’t possibly expect their fan base to sit through another season like this with the same cast of veterans delivering, presumably, the same results. Those fans want to see what tomorrow looks like. They want to see if there’s any reason to believe in this management team. Whatever runway the Canucks were hoping to build for their prospects has been torn apart by these last three seasons.

The faithful aren’t expecting much. At the very least, they expect to see the kids in the lineup next season.

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Morning Line- Justin Bourne

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In his last two full seasons with Columbus, Karlsson played in 162 game, 15 goals and 45 points combined.

This year with the VGK, 39 goales and 65 points.

added 9:49am,


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