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Ben Bishop loses his two front teeth

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Ben Bishop lost his two front teeth on a nasty shot to the mask from Peter Holland:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes quick take: a little sporty, but we’ll take it

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 5 games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening, while the Hurricanes attempted to wrap up a 6-game road trip on a winning note. The Red Wings faced familiar faces in Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk as well.

The Red Wings may have had to work a little harder than they wanted given that the Hurricanes never gave up, and had a particularly good third period, but Detroit built up 3-0 and 4-2 leads and did a fine job of out-working and out-detailing the Hurricanes to a 4-2 margin of victory, earning a fifth win in a row.

According to Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Wings have earned 10 of their first possible 14 points, and they'll need to play a little better on Thursday in St. Louis, but this was an excellent effort against a rope-a-dope of an effort by a surprising Hurricanes team.

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Shea Weber And The Habs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This summer Montreal traded away PK Subban to bring in Shea Weber.  Most people looking at the trade (including me) said Nashville clearly won the deal.  Nashville won the deal because although both players involved are among the top defencemen in the game today, Subban is younger and less battle-worn and is almost certain to have a greater value in the years to come. 

It is early in the 2016/17 season and Montreal has looked very good.  Shea Weber has been one of their top players.  Going into tonight's games he leads the league with a +10 +/- rating.  This has some people saying wait a minute.  The pundits were wrong.  Weber is better than Subban.  Look at the results so far.

One big problem with that statement is sample size.  We have hardly had any games yet to draw a meaningful opinion.  However the bigger problem is that the games we have seen so far do not address the problem the pundits had with the trade.  The problem is Subban is a younger player.  He projects better as we look into the future.  It may be that he shows he is a better player now by the end of the year, but even if he doesn't it is almost certain that he will in the future.  He is further from the decline phase of his career than Weber.

Montreal may be off to a fast start.  Shea Weber may be a big part of that fast start.  None of that addresses the problem that Subban is younger than Weber and that will cost the Habs in the future.

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Larkin scores his first 2 goals of the season

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Dylan Larkin scored his first two goals of the 2016-17 season this evening, first tucking a breakaway between Cam Ward's legs...

And then firing a flickering wrister off a Canes defenseman and through Ward:

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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- With Matt Murray returning to Pittsburgh’s lineup, one has to think Mike Condon will be back on waivers. I could see Boston bringing home the Massachusetts native, since both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin are banged-up.

- Don’t look now, but looming large over Winnipeg’s goalie situation is Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets have allowed 19 goals in five games. There are conflicting reports on how seriously they talked to Los Angeles, with some sources indicating they wanted to get rid of the contract and others saying they always intended to keep him as an insurance policy.

- One goalie coach on Toronto’s Frederik Andersen: “Everything stems from the fact he can’t get his feet set.” Mike Babcock likes his goalies to be aggressive, and Andersen is still getting used to that. All of the difficulties (including trouble catching the puck) stem from the footwork.

- From a friend of mine who is a gambler: “Best bet in the NHL? The Ottawa Senators and the ‘over.’”


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Prospect news: European results and the Griffins’ weekly press release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo remained absent as TPS Turku defeated HPK 4-1;

In the KHL, Christoffer Ehn played 15:50 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-1 win over Malmo IF;

And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Evening news: A Game-Day preview video; on Larkin’s bobblehead, Sproul and scraps

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video with Ken Kal:

2. Here's WXYZ's Brad Galli talking about Dylan Larkin bobblehead night:

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Game 7: What Team Is This?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

How could they possibly look so disgusting the first two games (plus the Ranger game), then so damn good the other three?

Are we allowed to get our hopes up? Larkin still hasn't scored.  Zetterberg either. Datsyuk is still in Russia even though Tony, Rocky's trainer, is dead so he's not winning chess games in that stinky barn Balboa trained in like a damn mule before his unbelievable victory over Drago that essentially saved us all from nuclear winter and the Politburo isn't there and Putin is but Putin is probably related to Peter Straub who wrote the book Gorky Park which turned out to be a pretty good read considering he's always been kind of a JV Stephen King who is from Maine and, hey, so is Nyquist, kind of, or at least he knows some chicks from there like Hudler knows chicks from down river and he, Nyquist, is on fire.

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A New Arena Plan In Seattle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times,

The saga of a proposed arena project for Sodo District took a dramatic twist Tuesday with entrepreneur Chris Hansen now saying he’s prepared to do an all-private proposal.

Hansen’s project had been in limbo since May, when the Seattle City Council turned down his request to vacate a part of Occidental Avenue S., so the land could be used for the facility. A funding deal between Hansen, the city and King County called for up to $200 million in municipal-bond funding for the project if an NBA franchise was first obtained.

But now, with the all-private proposal, that money no longer would be in play. In return, Hansen, who also says he’ll kick in money for an overpass that would potentially ease Sodo traffic congestion, says he wants the city to give up the portion of Occidental needed for arena construction to begin....

As well, the NHL has expressed interest privately about putting a team here as well several times over the past few years.

By going all-private, Hansen would eliminate the need to acquire an NBA team within a specific time period. His Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the city and county had required the team to be in hand by November 2017.

But by using private money to build, that clock stops ticking and frees Hansen’s group to apply for an NBA team when the league is ready to set its expansion plans in motion. Hansen also could acquire an NHL team in the interim and wait until the NBA is ready to follow.


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Angelo Esposito Still Playing The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

One game with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. That's all it took for Angelo Esposito to decide he was done.

It was a fun game too, in which the Komets scored four third-period goals to force overtime against the Indy Fuel before winning in a nine-round shootout. Not a bad way to kick off the 2014-15 season. That is, unless you had been tabbed for greatness as a teenager but found yourself still toiling in the minor leagues seven years later.

Esposito let his coach know the next day that he was going back home to Montreal. With that, one of the top prospects in the 2007 NHL draft was ready to call it a career after a nomadic, injury-plagued pro run that never included a regular-season NHL game.

"I went to the East Coast, and [during] that first game I didn't feel comfortable anymore playing. I thought to myself, 'Maybe it's time I moved on,'" said Esposito, now 27. "Honestly, the first month [off], I did absolutely nothing. I didn't step on the ice until December, and then I started playing with my buddies in their beer league just for fun."

He ultimately decided to come back, and his return to pro hockey last year helped him gain a new perspective on hockey and life.


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