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Video- Highlights Of Wings/Leafs From Saturday Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Missed the Wings 1-0 OT win over the Leafs last night?

Maybe you were unable to watch and forgot to set the DVR.

Well, how about 9 minutes of action from the game?

Watch below...

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Videos- Paul Stastny And Curtis McElhinney Injured On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Stastny was hit by Arizona’s Martin Hanzal along the boards and then was bumped again later in his shift. He headed to the locker room just 59 seconds into the game and didn’t return due to what the team labeled an “upper-body” injury.

“He’s not going to play (Sunday) and then we’ll just see,” Hitchcock said. “He took a hit there and he’s kind of day-to-day and then we’ll just see where we’re at.”

 

Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney was also injured last night and no update on his condition. 

Watch how the injury happened below...

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Video- The Key Goals From 11 Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little over three minutes of action from last night.

 

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You Want Rumors?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is most certainly on the hotseat. The new owners are demanding that this team be competitive and the Panthers are mired in the same old mess. Yes, they have good young players, but the older veterans brought in by Tallon haven’t done the job. Many believe he’s the guy on the hotseat. The Panthers need to win if they are to have a footprint in Florida.

- The Oilers, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Bolts, Flames and Sharks are looking for a defenceman in some way, shape or form. Perhaps they should give the Flyers a call, there’s some talk Nick Grossman and Luke Schenn are available.

- A name to watch: Calgary defenceman Dennis Wideman. He has three years left at $5.25 million per season and his name is out there. He has a “no movement” clause so he would have to agree to a deal.

- If the Panthers are to move defenceman Brian Campbell, they want a top prospect in return.

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Problems In Edmonton Plus More Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- On Tuesday, Edmonton faced off against Los Angeles without injured top-liners Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Predictably, the Oilers fell short, even though the Kings were missing Marian Gaborik and Jake Muzzin. But they didn’t just lose. They got hammered, 6-1. The next night, the Coyotes hung seven on the Oilers.

As usual, it’s a mess in Edmonton. Injuries happen. It doesn’t help when they hit two of your best players. But management is responsible for providing depth when the inevitable takes place. Edmonton’s top two centers against the Kings were Mark Arcobello and Leon Draisaitl....

- What do Chris Kelly, Kris Letang, Matt Carle, Nicklas Grossmann, Dan Girardi, Stephen Weiss, Brandon Prust, and Nathan Horton have in common? Two things: They played for the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams last season, and they are overpaid within the context of their rosters and job descriptions. The point is that just about every management team is carrying an inflated salary. It happens. No GM is immune to this issue. There are reasons. Carle, Weiss, Prust, and Horton won their paydays as unrestricted free agents. Letang has the coveted puck-moving skill set. The Bruins like Kelly’s versatility and presence. Girardi, when he’s on, is a good shutdown defenseman. It’s better to have the player at a higher price than to lose him to a competitor.

more on the Oilers plus additional hockey topics including how teams deal with the second contract of a player...

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Sunday Morning Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I’m glad Nazem Kadri has good analytics. I’d be even more impressed if he was in better support position when he played in the defensive zone and didn’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone.

- Somehow Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish must have forgotten that when they won Stanley Cups, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford or Mike Richter were in goal.

- From the department of weird stats: Evgeni Nabokov has more career shutouts (59) than Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Ed Giacomin, Rogie Vachon and Curtis Joseph. That list includes three Hall of Famers, one passed over Hall of Famer and one maybe someday Hall of Famer.

more including some Mike Babcock talk which does not include any mention of him coaching in Toronto next year...

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The Life Of The Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Manager

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Pouring coffee with Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze can be a revealing experience.

First, grab a Styrofoam cup, black or gold with the Penguins logo on the side. Heinze packs these for road trips and insists the Penguins are the only NHL team that travels with logo-covered cups.

But don't dare put cream at the bottom and pour. That's an inadequate mix. Instead, dump one into the other, then repeat.

Spill a little? In an instant, there's an outstretched arm offering a paper towel.

“It's the little details that set us apart,” Heinze said. “People might think it's excessive or extreme, but I think it makes a difference.”

Heinze, 46, is a master of details. The 2014-15 season is Heinze's ninth in his current role, each more obsessive-compulsive than the last.

The man who outfits the Penguins, who fixes equipment, who sharpens skates, who ensures players are offered their preferred hair product and who organizes the locker room, leaves no box unchecked.

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Montage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think of the new look montage which played before the puck dropped last night?

 

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Video- Victor Hedman Injured In Tampa’s Win Over Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

...defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an upper-body injury in the second period, forcing him to miss the rest of the game, and likely the rest of this five-game, 10-day road trip, coach Jon Cooper said.

Hedman, the team's top defenseman, is heading back to Tampa to get re-evaluated for what's believed to be a hand injury. Considering how well Hedman was playing, entering Saturday among the league leaders with seven points, it's a huge loss. But Cooper said he has "complete confidence" his team can shoulder the load, and with Radko Gudas (lower body) expected back soon, they won't need a call-up.

"We're hoping for the best," Cooper said. "It's unfortunate, clearly. We're going to test our depth. It just puts a little more pressure on our d-core as a whole. I just really feel for him. It's just too bad."

Said captain Steven Stamkos: "That's obviously a huge loss. He's playing so well this year. He's a horse for us."

more on Tampa's win over Vancouver and below, watch how the injury occurred...

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The overnight report: Babcockian overload; on Howard, Nyquist and the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After four days' worth of chasing down Mike Babcock rumors at a much higher clip than has been usual since he made nebulous comments regarding his future last April--mostly because Detroit coming to Toronto all but seemed to yield a Toronto media assumption that the Wings would just leave Mike Babcock on Brendan Shanahan's doorstep or something.

I sincerely hope that both the Red Wings' ownership and the Red Wings' coach have endured enough of the unpleasant realities of operating within the Toronto Media Hype Machine to see that this little "dry run" illustrates how personal and dirty things can get in Hogtown, and how very quickly things degenerate into pondering what might happen when Mike Ilitch dies.

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