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Practice post: Jurco iffy for Tuesday tilt, Howard traveling w/ team; Panthers need 4-point game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red WIngs took part in a less-than-revelatory afternoon practice in Taylor prior to flying to Miami to take on the Panthers (Tuesday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus) and Lightning (Thursday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD).

Ahead of a trio of "trap games" (Saturday's home tilt against the Islanders included) and a very early 4 PM-scheduled flight for the Wings, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and the Free Press's George Sipple added some intriguing twists to the mix.

Sipple revealed that Jimmy Howard's going to travel with the Wings...

Jimmy Howard said he skated for 15 minutes today and will go on trip.

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Howard said he hasn't watched replay of injury.

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Sounds like Jimmy Howard is still a couple weeks away from playing.

And that Tomas Jurco may or may not supplant Daniel Cleary from the Pulkkinen-and-Franzen-less lineup:

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Toronto Maple Leafs Say Dion Phaneuf Week-To-Week With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 3:50pm, Reports say Phaneuf was injured on Ottawa, perhaps in a fight.  Watch below...

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Kyle Okposo Out 6-8 Weeks With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Buffalo Sabres Will Suspend Nikita Zadorov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 26, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today’s practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break. 

“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray

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Practice Tweets: Wings get back to work minus Howard

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 2:38 PM: The Detroit Red Wings got back on the ice a little late, but they did return to work on Monday afternoon--ahead of a week of "trap games," starting with tomorrow night's tilt against the Kryptonite, I mean Florida Panthers (7:30 PM on FSD Plus)--and I'd gather that they're practicing in Taylor because the Joe was used for the auto show.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Wings' goaltending situation remains the same for the present moment...

No sign of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard on the ice at Taylor SportsPlex. It's Mrazek, McCollum and Gustavsson.

Xavier Ouellet on the ice. That most likely means Kindl still isn't ready to play and Ouellet will be in the lineup Tuesday in Florida.

(I'm just glad that Ouellet's sore wrist has healed faster than Kindl's elbow)

Tomas Jurco on ice. In White.

White jersey = bottom-couple lines jerseys, red = top lines jerseys, black = defensemen, goalies, gray = no-contact.

And this, we've talked about:

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A rare speculatory post: Are concussions catching up to Johan Franzen?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So Wings fans are having a discussion on Twitter, and I suppose it's worth discussing here as well.

You know I don't like speculation--I'd rather discuss facts and educated guesses, and issue an honest, "I don't know" when we delve into the land of speculation, but now is as good a time as any to have this conversation.

Mike Richards is on waivers with a nearly immovable contract, and in a month, we might be calling what's happening with Richards (Kings tried to trade him, could find no takers) the "treatment" given to a waived, AHL-bound Jakub Kindl...

The 29-year-old Richards has "comparables" in terms of duration of contract and inconsistencies in one Johan Franzen, who's signed through the 2019-20 season (per SporTrac), and at 35, has increasingly missed time due to concussion-related issues over the past 3 years.

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Sabres Should Avoid Richards

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Mike Richards has been placed on waivers, and the 30th-place Sabres can have him if they want him.

As is pretty much the case lately when any recognizable player is on waivers, a number of Sabres fans openly campaign for him to be picked up.

Those rumblings are a bit louder today with a guy like Richards available.  I say "no thanks".

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The Red Wings’ ‘Western Canadian’ road trip video chronicle concludes with ‘Calgary’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have posted the fourth and final installment of Dan Mannes and Kyle Gajewski's videos chronicling the team's Western Canadian road trip, and as so many of you have stated, while these videos are of brief duration, they're sure as hell better than anything from the 24/7 experiment. Far, far, far superior quality and quantity here:

Off to Vancouver!

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SporTrac’s not Capgeek, but it’s a solid alternative

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I know that Matthew Wuest's departure--and his stunning decision to pull the plug on Capgeek's data--have yielded a massive hole in terms of dissecting the NHL's contract puzzles (and you can be sure that there were as many NHL teams' employees peeved about the loss of Capgeek as anyone else).

There are some other options, however. NHNumbers offers a solid set of cap breakdowns, and Draglikepull on Twitter pointed me toward SporTrac, and while they're mostly focused on the NHL, they have a near-Capgeek quality breakdown of team-by-team contracts, daily-basis cap space, free agents-to-be and even signing and performance bonuses. There are no notes on no-trade and/or no-move clauses as of yet, no indications of waiver-exempt status and no "calculators" to play "Armchair GM" like Capgeek, but this is the best site out there for the present moment.

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Mike Richards On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

 

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