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The Slumping New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Remember those halcyon days of mid-October when the New York Islanders were everyone's darlings? Seems like only yesterday. After a 4-0 start that had everyone raving and talking playoffs the Islanders have landed with a thud, and it's the same old issues that plague the Isles. They were beaten 5-0 Thursday night by the Avalanche, putting them at 2-4 in their last six games having allowed 24 goals in that stretch.

Jaroslav Halak, the big offseason acquisition in goal, hasn't been very good and has lost three in a row, and backup Chad Johnson hasn't been much better. It's not all the goaltending (or team defense), either.

The Islanders are 3-for-27 on the power play in their last six games. And here's where it gets interesting: Thursday's loss in Denver was the first game in a stretch during which they will play seven of eight on the road. Oh, and their next three stops are San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. A trip like that has the potential to make those recent glory days seem like a hundred years ago.

read on for notes on the Blues by Custance, the Avalanche from LeBrun and more...

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Morning Line- Terry Jones On Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I tell people when I was selected winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award to make it into the writers wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, that Gordie Howe came to the luncheon to hear me make my speech.

He was there all right. But that was the year Mark was inducted into the Hall of Fame. And Gordie was there to honour Mickey Redmond, the former Red Wing who was the inductee as winner of the Foster Hewitt Award as broadcaster and was the other guy making his speech at the luncheon.

At the hotel Gordie talked with my son and would walk up to my wife, who had found herself briefly standing alone again, and start up a conversation.

Wayne Gretzky always maintained Gordie Howe was the greatest player in the history of hockey. He may have been the greatest guy.

Before he goes, we all should let him know.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun on Gordie Howe. Read more from Jones on Gordie Howe.

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Bill Peters On Alexander Semin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes coach Bill Peters shut down Semin’s ice time soon after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the forward. After Thursday’s practice, Peters talked more about Semin, whose slow start – no goals, two assists, a minus-seven rating in eight games – mirrors that of the Canes and is a factor in it.

“He’s not moving his feet, not playing with the pace the league is at,” Peters said. “The league is at a very good pace, there’s guys with trap pressure, there’s no time and space, so if you’re not moving your feet you’re going to get caught from behind. If you’re going to make a slow-developing play, guys who were open are going to be covered eventually and everything closes off. So you have to play quicker.”

Asked why Semin had not gotten up to speed, Peters said he wasn’t sure and said he and Semin had discussed the issue.

“We’ve talked. We’ve talked a lot. We’ll see,” he said.

more on the Canes...
 

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Video- Recapping The Games From Thursday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

4 1/2 minutes of highlights...

 

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Video- What Do You Think Of The Alexandre Burrows Hit On Alexei Emelin?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Replays from multiple angles showed the puck long gone from Emelin’s stick when Burrows, coming cross-ice, belted the Canadien who never appeared to see him coming. Emelin left the ice with assistance from head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.

“Instead of having a five-minute power-play, the puck was in our net,” head coach Michel Therrien said.

There was no penalty called – linesman Darren Gibbs, working his 1,001st NHL game, was feet away – and incensed Therrien discussed the matter during a TV timeout with a referee. But Emelin returned to take a regular shift in the third period.

Therrien called it “a dirty hit to the head” but said that Emelin visited the dark room and passed all the tests, cleared by the doctor to return to action.

Watch the hit below...

added 9:24am,

 

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, alexei+emelin

Last Night The Flyers Announced The Signing Of Carlo Colaiacovo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo,  according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Colaiacovo, 31 (1/27/1983), is a veteran of 401 NHL games over 11 seasons.  He most recently was with the St. Louis Blues, where he posted a goal and three assists for four points in 25 games last season.  Colaiacovo played a total of five seasons with the Blues, who acquired him from Toronto on November 4, 2008 with Alex Steen in exchange for Lee Stempniak.  He spent the 2012-13 season with Detroit, appearing in six games, before re-signing with St. Louis before last season. 

In those 401 games with Toronto, St. Louis and Detroit, Colaiacovo has posted 31 goals and 133 assists for 144 points, along with 211 PIM.  He was drafted by Toronto in the first round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.  

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The overnight report: On Mr. Hockey, Larkin, Mantha and Halloweeny Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst this morning's Red Wings notebooks and stories of of Red Wings-related note (I ran out of room in the Wings-Kings set-up):

Let's start with the Gordie Howe stuff. The Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Howe's status with one Steve Yzerman...

"I was walking in the hallway outside the locker room at Joe Louis Arena," Yzerman said Wednesday. "He introduced himself to me and I was kind of in awe. I was 18 years old. He was very nice and very humble and down to earth. You're talking, at the time, to the best player ever to play. It was a neat thing, at that time, for me."

The next summer, Yzerman and Howe were at a charity event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when Yzerman realized he'd under-packed.

"I'd forgotten my shin pads, and he let me wear his," Yzerman said. "Then he left before I could give them back, so I carried them around for quite a while. That's Gordie Howe — very humble, very down to earth. Just a really nice person."

 

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Red Wings-Kings set-up and catching up with Thursday’s practice news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm going to start this entry with honesty: I'm sorry about the lack of a full recap last night and my absence from the practice news cycle today. I'm still trying to get my mental shit together after what happened last week, and apparently the body wasn't a fan of getting back to working 14-to-16 hours on game days.

I am incredibly grateful that Paul's been helping keep TMR going--not everybody has a boss who's both a mentor and friend--and I'm grateful that you've (generally) been willing to stick with me this month. I'd hoped to go to some Griffins games and do things like the Hockey Writers' Tom Mitsos did on Thursday in interviewing Anthony Mantha, but sometimes life throws you knucklepucks.

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Prospect news, a survey of the Red Wings’ professional prospects and a special wish fulfilled

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm going to combine two entries into one to catch up a bit.

First, in the prospect news department:

In game action, in the SHL, Axel Holmstrom won 100% of his faceoffs and played 6:48 in Skelleftea AIK's 3-2 win over Lulea;

Mattias Janmark went 50% on his faceoffs and played 21:47 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 shootout win over Vaxjo;

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Rochester gambling ring leader reaches plea bargain, pays w/ check from Thomas Vanek’s Isles salary

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's Mark Craig, as a follow-up to Craig's Tweets about Thomas Vanek possibly being involved with the gambling ring ran out of a restaurant he was an investor in:

A bookmaker pleaded guilty Thursday to laundering a $230,000 gambling debt — a payment his attorney said was made with a New York Islanders check.

That payment — apparently a salary check that was endorsed and handed over to cover wagers — was made at the same time hockey superstar Thomas Vanek played for the Islanders, said local attorney James Wolford.

Wolford declined to say whether the payment came from Vanek, who has been linked to the alleged Rochester-based gambling ring. Vanek has acknowledged testifying before a grand jury and sources say his name turned up in records seized from the alleged bookmakers.

Still, Wolford said he was surprised that Vanek's agent said in an interview that Vanek was not involved in any wrongdoing.

And it gets worse from there:

Wolford said after the plea that the $230,000 was a small portion of the overall debt owed by the gambler who paid with an Islanders check. The total of the debt was more than $1 million, he said.

Continued

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