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Video- Top 10 Shootout Moments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Oilers Break it off with the Barons

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

From Mike Johnston at Sportsnet:

The Oklahoma City Barons, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced Thursday it will cease operations at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The decision comes after the Barons were unable to complete a new affiliation agreement with the Oilers. The Barons have been the Oilers’ AHL affiliate since the 2010-11 AHL season.

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Ready For Another CBA Battle?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

There are still another seven seasons remaining in the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement and the league’s business is booming to the point of serious and public expansion discussion. But as far as NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr is concerned, once the CBA ends after the 2021-22 campaign, the league’s labor history will repeat in the most unfortunate of ways.

That’s right. Prepare yourself for another lockout.

“If you put baseball to the side where there’s no cap, I don’t see anything yet which suggests any of the other three (North American) leagues are likely to break out of the phenomenon of a lockout every time, because a salary cap produces that phenomenon on the management side,” Fehr told THN Wednesday in an interview for a feature that appears in THN’s upcoming People of Power And Influence special edition. “(Owners) think they’ve got nothing to lose: “Let’s just go see what happens, and maybe we’ll get a little bit more.”

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What’s Lou Lamoriello Trying To Say?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Lamoriello: "I have a lot of feelings about where we're at, but that's for another time."

Lamoriello: "I don't think anybody is happy with where we're at. but right now we have to deal with where we are today..."

Lamoriello cont: "... not where we were yesterday. That's all I have to say."

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Winnipeg Jets Announce Mark Stuart Out Until February With Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Paul Maurice announced defenseman Mark Stuart is out until February with a lower-body injury.

This via Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Stuart got into a fight Tuesday night late in the third period with Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers. Deslauriers rocked Stuart with two hard punches to the head that knocked Stuart down and he left the ice in obvious discomfort. The game ended with Stuart still serving a fighting major and he never did return.

Here is the fight...

 

 

That makes four defensemen out for the Jets, Trouba, Bogosian, Enstrom and now Stuart.

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Practice post: Franzen will return to Red Wings’ lineup Friday; on Babcock, Callahan, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 3:53 PM: On Wednesday, Todd Bertuzzi began to pursue a post-hockey-playing career in coaching (though he's still hoping to get a call from some NHL team) taking in the practices of Tyler Bertuzzi'sGuelph Storm, and you and I discussed the Red Wings' shootout issues, Mike Babcock's future, the Mattias Backman issue and the consistency of a certain general manager's points of view.

Thursday, the Red Wings got back to work after taking Wednesday off, preparing for a 3-games-in-5-nights pre-Christmas, home-ice stretch against the Islanders (on Friday; the Isles are tied with the Wings' 41 points but have 4 more wins than the Wings do), Avalanche (on Sunday) and surging Sabres (on Tuesday).

There was good news from the beat writers in that Johan Franzen--whose bad play apparently coincided with a physical illness--skated and proclaimed himself good to go on Friday, and that Stephen Weiss skated hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday.

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Shane Doan Not Even Thinking About Leaving the Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs since that Cinderella run, and barring a midseason revival, the team seems poised for a third consecutive absence.

This trajectory has led many to wonder if now is the time for Doan to cash in those 19 years of unwavering service, request a trade and seek a championship with a different team.

Apparently, though, Doan isn't one of them.

"It hasn't even crossed my mind," he said. "It's not even something I'm thinking about. I don't foresee me ever making that decision."

Doan and the Coyotes are about as interchangeable as it gets, so it'd be tough to see him slip on a sweater of another color. But no one could blame him for tagging out to chase a personal ambition after being a pillar of optimism through ownership drama and relocation rumors — especially at the age of 38.

But, believe it or not, it's that commitment to the Coyotes that gives Doan plenty of reason to stay.

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added 1:24pm, More on Doan from Pierre LeBrun below...

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All Nick Foligno

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

STRANG: How different is it in the room these days than it was the first few months?

FOLIGNO: Oh, the confidence is there. You can see it. I think the younger guys have come along really nicely and we've had a lot of new faces, so I think they've found their roles with the team and I think it's allowed us to play more cohesive as a team. [Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky] has been playing great for us. That always helps any team, when you have a hot goaltender. We've got to keep that going. We're finding a lot of good ways to play good hockey right now and we need that to continue.

STRANG: You're a pending unrestricted free agent, so I'm sure you'll be getting asked this a lot in the near future, but what's your expectation about how this will go and what would you like to see happen?

FOLIGNO: It's funny. This is my first time kind of going through it. I'm kind of green but obviously my first priority is to want to sign with the [Blue Jackets]. I love it here. I feel like I've really started to build something here and I want to see this team through because I think we have a lot of key components to being a winning team. I want to help in that regard, so that's definitely the case, but it's a business and you realize that the longer it goes. It's definitely somewhere where I want to invest time in and hopefully get a deal done, but I know that you have to look out for family as well and do what's right for you personally.

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Do You Boo Your Home Team?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Patrik Elias, back from a groin injury and desperate to help the Devils get back into the playoff picture, heard the boos from the Prudential Center crowd of 15,379.

Although the Devils lost their fifth straight home game (0-3-2), Elias thought the booing was inappropriate.

“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Elias said after the 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”

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Go Huskies Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Hockey rules this remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where it is played by everyone from children to those in their 70s and 80s. All through the long winter it is always game on — in modern arenas, outside (into the wee hours of the night) and in two of the oldest hockey rinks in the world.

Professional hockey was born here in Copper Country in 1902, 15 years before the N.H.L. was formed. Even before that, the game was king in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet and nearby towns when they were at the center of a mining boom.

The mining is gone, the woods dotted with abandoned buildings and ghost towns. Only about 44,000 live in the area now, but the love affair with hockey endures. And the Michigan Tech Huskies are winning again, at last.

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