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Dale Weise Meeting With The Department Of Player Safety Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dale Weise will have a hearing today with the Department of Player safety for this hit last night.


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Very Sad News Today, Drew Sharp Dead At Age 56

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

Drew Sharp, a Detroit Free Press columnist since 1999, died this morning at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 56.

Sharp, a Detroit native, joined the Free Press in 1983 and covered high school, college and pro beats before becoming a columnist. He formerly was the beat writer for Michigan State and the Detroit Pistons. He was a 1978 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central and 1982 graduate of the University of Michigan.

In January 1999, at the age of 38, Sharp was promoted to a full time columnist to replace the retiring Charlie Vincent.


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Henrik Lundqvist Has Noticed How The Game Has Changed

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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

More than 800 regular-season and playoff games and a locker full of records and endorsements later, Lundqvist has witnessed the game’s latest transformation from a net-front perch.

“When I entered the league [in 2005-06], it was still big and strong [players],” he said. “In the last three, four years, there’s a lot more shorter players. It’s about skating, it’s about speed, it’s about balance and skill. The rules changes helped, there’s a lot less holding, grabbing, hooking [allowed]. So it’s a faster game for sure, a lot of odd-man rushes, that’s really where you get hurt, but that’s also where you cash in.”

The new generation — think of the 24-and-under Team North America squad in the World Cup and dazzling players such as Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie Patrick Laine — has made goaltending tougher.

“It’s more challenging,” said Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12. “They can shoot better, and in one-on-one situations against top players, they can pick the corners. You need to be square, you need to read the situation quicker. It’s challenging, but fun.”


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Video- Lindy Ruff Not Happy With LA Kings OT Goal

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"I think that was a terrible call at the end of the game. I thought our goaltender was interfered with, he was elbowed in the head before the puck went in the net. Terrible. Someone is going to have to explain why that goal counts. I want an explanation. He's in the paint, he's elbowed in the head before the puck gets there and it goes in our net. They look at it for five seconds and they call it a goACod goal. Take a look at the replay. Elbowed in the head, in the paint before the goal was in. I got a call in London, in preseason, where the referee came over and said, he's in the paint, it's no goal and we didn't even touch the goaltender. Terrible call.

-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff.  Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more post-game talk from Ruff.

You can watch the goal below at the 3:00 mark of the video.  Video of just the goal doesn't show a replay but the game recap video does, so that is what I used.

Also, watch the hit on Patrick Sharp below   Ruff says Sharp will be out and evaluated today.

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Two Types On NHL Teams This Season

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Under normal circumstances, NHL teams will slot into one of four categories as a season unfolds.

At the bottom there will be the truly wretched, the no-hopers who are destined for the league’s cellar. Above them you’ll find the mediocrities, teams who’ll bluff at the playoffs before their true nature is revealed. Then there’s the above average — teams that are good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to win a Stanley Cup. And finally there is the aristocracy, those few teams who legitimately have the stuff of champions.

True, there might be sub-categories within each group: the over-achieving mediocrities who sometimes make the playoffs, the above-average who are sabotaged by injuries. But at about the time they put the red line into the game and took the rover out, the NHL has adhered to this pattern.

Until this season.

OK, it’s still early but when you study the 2016-17 NHL landscape, it seems the league is divided into two camps: playoff teams and young teams. No one is truly wretched. No one is truly dominant. There are just some pretty good teams. And then there’s a whole bunch of teams who’ve committed to building through the draft.


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NHL Topics Of Interest

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from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,

... In the meantime, Trouba is losing money with each passing day. But his camp is taking a big-picture view on things. "This is a career decision, one which was deliberated upon," Overhardt said.

This is an interesting negotiation because both the agent and Cheveldayoff are patient guys. I believe the Jets GM when he tells other teams he’s not making a deal for the sake of it. Other GMs have said as much. His price -- a young, top-four, left-handed defenseman -- must be met. And he has the full backing of ownership, which is no small thing.

Other items of interest from around the NHL:

- Teams continue to inquire with the Anaheim Ducks regarding the availability of defenseman Cam Fowler because of word that the Ducks have to move money eventually, but I don’t think that’s a front-burner issue just yet. And maybe he'll never be traded at all. My read here is that priority No. 1 for Anaheim remains getting top defenseman Hampus Lindholm re-signed and I think both sides have moved on that front over the past few weeks. Still, no deal yet. The recent signing of Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year deal worth $5.4 million per season, the same contract that Seth Jones got in Columbus, is certainly a comparable. But so is the contract of Morgan Rielly from the Maple Leafs (six years times $5 million per season)....

more on Trouba and Fowler plus many more hockey topics...

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Videos You May Have Missed Last Night

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Two videos via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

A cell phone rings...


Barry Trotz on Daniel Winnik's ear via the Toronto Sun,

"Yeah, he didn't know what was going to happen,” Trotz said. “He got the puck sort of in the ear hole and it sort of pinched off his ear. The trainers looked at him and he was just fine. He was just missing a part of his ear. He got chewed up a little bit so .... Yeah, it’s just a small piece, but it got chewed up."

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NHL Short Notes

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Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1-0—1) scored his first goal of the season and 750th of his career to become the third player in NHL history to reach the milestone, joining Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).


* At age 44 and playing in his 1,633rd career game, Jagr is the oldest of the trio at the time of his 750th career goal. Elias notes that Gretzky reached the milestone on Jan. 8, 1993 at age 31 in his 1,001st career game, while Howe hit the mark on Feb. 8, 1970 at age 41 in his 1,598th career game.
* Elias adds that Jagr is the seventh player in NHL history to score at least one goal in 23 or more different seasons, joining Howe (26), Mark Messier (25) and four others at 23 – Dave AndreychukJohnny BucykAlex Delvecchio and Ron Francis
* Jagr recorded his 1,870th career point to move within 17 of tying Messier (694-1,193—1,887) for second place all-time, behind Gretzky (894-1,963—2,857). Jagr also ranks among the all-time leaders in game-winning goals (133; 1st), assists (1,120; 6th) and games played (1,633; 8th).

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ESPN’s ‘Ultimate Standings’ drop Wings 30 spots

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From ESPN's "Ultimate Standings":

Detroit Red Wings

Overall: 44
Title track: 15
Ownership: 9
Coaching: 82
Players: 52
Fan relations: 22
Affordability: 61
Stadium experience: 92
Bang for the buck: 71
Change from last year: -30

Once deemed the gold standard for NHL franchises, the Red Wings dropped 30 spots in our fan ratings this year. Despite their 44th overall ranking, the team's ownership remains beloved by the Red Wing fans due in part to their relentless loyalty and drive to win. There's hope that the team's shift from the Joe Louis Arena to Little Caesars Arena can help make the Red Wings one of hockey's top franchises again.

Continued, and it's a little bizarre to drop a franchise 30 spots for one more year at the Joe--and losing Pavel Datsyuk...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Predators set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a set of two games in two nights against the Nashville Predators this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Tennessee/NHL Network U.S./TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

In many ways, the Red Wings and Predators feel the same dissatisfaction about their respective teams' levels of play; the big difference between the teams' outlooks involves the fact that the Wings are coming off a win over the Rangers, while the Predators have lost two straight games.

The Predators sit at 1-2-and-0 after their most recent loss, a 2-1 decision to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, and while the Predators may feel some nostalgia for Joe Louis Arena, the Predators' hope to earn 2 points at the Joe by playing...Well, by playing the same way the Red Wings said they want to play after rope-a-doping their way to a win over the Rangers.

NashvillePredators.com's Brooks Bratten found Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette stressing better 5-on-5 play after Thursday's practice:

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