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Sunday Morning Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I don’t know why this amuses me, but it does: Phil Kessel and Leo Komarov are tied in goal-scoring with seven apiece. Komarov’s career high in goals is eight ... There wasn’t a 100-point scorer in the NHL last season. So far, Patrick Kane, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are all scoring at well beyond a 100-point pace ... Sidney Crosby is getting hot. He’s now tied for 95th in scoring, tied with Tyler Bozak, one point ahead of Morgan Rielly, one point behind the great Cam Atkinson.

- Can we please stop referring to Eric Staal as a No. 1 centre? He isn’t anymore. He has 14 points this season, had 54 last year, 61 the year before that. He’s closer to being Vinny Lecavalier than Ryan Getzlaf.

- Boston Bruins are the latest example: If you have strength down the middle, and the Bruins do with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, a lot of the other pieces just fall into place.

a few more hockey items mixed in with baseball and the CFL...

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Evening Line- Fluto Shinzawa

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Old friend Johnny Boychuk broke two of Brendan Gallagher’s fingers on his left hand with one of his trademark blasts last Sunday. Gallagher will be out six weeks following surgery. It was unclear which of Gallagher’s digits were injured. But given the right wing’s feisty, in-your-face approach, it’s a good bet a middle finger was involved.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read many more topics in Shinzawa's Sunday Hockey Notes piece...

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Who Said It?

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I get along with most people, but there are some who I could not click with. Jacques Martin was one guy who made it pretty clear he had no use for me. Can’t explain why, but it happens and you deal with it. Darrell Walker and I had zero use for each other.

Pat Quinn and Brian Burke were challenging because, if you got on their bad side, it could be long-lasting. Quinn and I went a year without talking to each other when he was coach of the Leafs. But we sorted it out and had a strong relationship when he died. He was great to talk to.

Burke and I had a big blowup and went a long time without talking. But that thawed out, too. He and Quinn are challenging because they are good people, but they liked the whole us vs. them mentality and sometimes I was “them.”

To me, “challenging” is not necessarily a bad thing, because I don’t mind guys who do that. If you don’t like a question, say it. If you have a problem with me, tell me. We’ll sort it out. Mike Babcock is like that. He’s ripped some of my questions before, but it’s honest and makes for good TV. Bob Clarke, Bob Gainey and Steve Yzerman are others who’ve made it clear they haven’t always enjoyed some of the stuff I’ve done. That can be intimidating if you let it, because they are three giants of the game. But you deal with it and move on.

Who said it?

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Peter Chiarelli Won’t Make A Move Just To Shake Things Up

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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

... That’s a lot of talk about moving a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from a lot of Oilers insiders, enough for me to think that there’s some fire to this smoke.

But in a 10-minute press conference today, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli played down such rumours.

  • Chiarelli said he’s disappointed with the team but has seen progress with the structure in terms of breaking out of Edmonton’s end and defending the neutral zone. “Obviously I don’t like our record. We’ve had a number of one goal losses and I think there’s a certain attitude and way to play to win those games and we don’t have it. I haven’t seen progression there.”
  • “There’s been some disappointing performances,” Chiarelli said and later added the Carolina game was really disappointing “and that involves performances from players who should be better.”
  • Need to make a move? “No, the last thing you want to do is just to go out and force a move to shake things up. I’m not averse to making moves and I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last two weeks. It doesn’t mean we won’t make a move, but to think, ‘Hey, I’ve got make a move to shake things up,’ I think that’s the wrong way to approach it. I have to take a global perspective on this thing.”

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Practice articles: Red Wings will play Kindl on Sunday, start Mrazek; Jagr in for Florida

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 5:27 PM: Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill threw some curves on Saturday, informing the media that Petr Mrazek would start on Sunday and that both Tomas Jurco and Jakub Kindl would play against the Florida Panthers on Sunday (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

The Panthers will have Jaromir Jagr in the lineup as well, but pain-in-the-Wings'-side Dmitry Kulikov is out.

MLive's Ansar Khan filed a practice report, speaking with Jakub Kindl about his return to the lineup:

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Video- Brandon Dubinsky Suspended One Game

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Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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AHL Top Scorer

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I have yet to write about the players leading in the AHL scoring race, but I figured I had better get on it soon because the current leader may not be there for long.  William Nylander of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate) leads the league with 23 points.  This is a three point lead over the next contenders.

Nylander was the Toronto first round draft pick in 2014.  He was selected eighth overall.  He is a Swedish player who came to the AHL at the end of the Swedish season last year.  This year at age 19, he is leading a minor pro league in scoring.  That makes him a tremendous NHL prospect.  When his NHL club is a struggling one in the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is only a matter of time before he gets to play in the NHL.  When that happens, his AHL scoring lead will soon end.

Nylander is the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander.  His younger brother Alexander plays for the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL and is considered a top prospect for the 2016 draft.  I think both brothers will be in the NHL before long.  William may be leading the AHL in scoring now, but he likely will not win the scoring race this year because his NHL days are coming soon.

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Practice Tweets: Panthers will have Jagr in lineup Sunday; Jurco will play for Detroit, Mrazek goes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena today, preparing for Sunday''s game against the Florida Panthers (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

The 12-8-and-3 Wings sit 5 points ahead of the 9-9-and-4 Panthers in the Atlantic Division standings thanks to a 4-0-and-2 stretch punctuated by Friday's 4-3 OT win over Edmonton.

The Panthers snapped a 3-game losing streak  with Friday's 3-2 shootout win over the Islanders, and they too to the ice first at the BB&T Center in Miami, per OliveHockey's Jameson Olive...

Jaromir Jagr on the ice for #FlaPanthers practice.


Dmitry Kulikov is on the ice at #FlaPanthers pracitce. No sign of Alex Petrovic. Updates coming up later.


#FlaPanthers recall D Dylan Olsen. The 24-year-old defenseman has 2 points in 9 games for @PortlandPirates this season.

And the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:

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Red Wings recall Jurco from Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 3:10 PM: This is happening a game early:

Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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Alain Vigneault Responds To Claude Julien Remarks On Henrik Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Alain Vigneault fired back swiftly, directly and fiercely Saturday morning at Claude Julien, responding to the Boston Bruins coach’s Friday comments that Henrik Lundqvist had done “some acting” on a right knee to the head from Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”

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