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A Two-Year Extension For Jay McClement In Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

added 10:09am, Carolina press release is below...

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From The Nashville Point Of View

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Matt Solvin of The Tennessean,

At times Saturday, it felt like the Detroit Red Wings never had left the Central Division. They hooked, obstructed and roughed .. and ultimately beat the Predators 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd.

read on for more on the game...

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Morning Line- Dave Hodge On The Toronto Maple Leafs And Philadelphia Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Every time I decry the supposed virtues of the salary cap, I'm surprised to hear from fans who think it's the best thing the NHL and Gary Bettman ever did.

Sorry, but "thumbs down" - yet again - to that belief.

The level playing field the cap is supposed to create shows a current gap of 46 points between first and last place in the NHL standings. It figures to grow larger.

In the season (2003-04) before the advent of the salary cap, the first and last-place teams were separated by 50 points. A small-market club or fan that needs a way to make sure teams like Toronto and Philadelphia don't bury the opposition with unlimited spending should realize the obvious - the way to keep the Leafs and the Flyers from becoming superpowers is to encourage and allow them to spend as much as they wish.

Because look how they spend it.

-Dave Hodge of TSN.

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A Wild Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Mayhem in Denver as the Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 to gain a three-point cushion on eighth and move a point from Winnipeg.

In a nasty, physical, action-packed, playoff-like affair, the Avalanche tried to run the Wild out of the building.

“I’d probably be frustrated too if we played a team and hadn’t scored on them in four games except on a dump-in,” Zach Parise said, grinning (you’ll understand what he’s referring to in a few paragraphs). “They’re taking their frustration out on us. We played a good game in spite of what they were trying to do.”

Twelve periods and 240 minutes of hockey now this season, and the only goal the Avalanche has scored against the Wild in four losses (outscored 12-1) arguably should have been wiped out by referees Chris Rooney and Dean Morton tonight.

Just 1:32 into the second period, a Maxime Talbot dump-in ricocheted awkwardly off the glass, into the crease and pinned under Devan Dubnyk’s right pad. Cody McLeod came charging in trying to jam at the puck and pushed Dubnyk over the goal line.

The ref blew the play down signaling no goal. But they went to review, and the NHL Situation Room correctly determined the puck lodged under Dubnyk’s pad when it went over the line. Tying goal.

However, Dubnyk’s pad only went over the line because McLeod pushed him over the line. Before it got to video review, Rooney and Morton probably should have disallowed the goal. That part of this was not reviewable.

continued inlcuding Cocy McLeod being Cody McLeod...

Watch the disputed goal below...

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Congratulations, You Are Ken Holland

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The trade deadline closes on Monday at 3:00pm ET on Monday.

You've called around the NHL to find out what players are available, you are watching the Western Conference teams in the playoff race get stronger.

Teams have called you about Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and I am sure many other prospects along with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

What will you do?

Also, before the six game road trip I asked you of your expectations.  One of the 19, aerodude nailed it with 9 points.

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Wayne Gretzky Should Be The Next Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There’s no reason to waste time getting to a point this big, so here goes: The Sabres should hire Wayne Gretzky to be their next coach.

The philosophical differences between Tim Murray and Ted Nolan have raised questions about the coach’s future. Using football injury terms, Nolan ranges from questionable to doubtful. Some have already downgraded him to out.

If the coach is axed, Murray remains fond of Luke Richardson, hired by the general manager in 2012 to coach Ottawa’s minor-league team.

Gretzky is a better idea.

The Great One’s friends say he would coach again in the right situation. Buffalo is the right situation.

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Michael Del Zotto Playing With Confidence In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MArc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Del Zotto now has seven points (3 goals, four assists) in his last eight games.

“I thought he played a really good game,” coach Craig Berube said. “He’s doing an all-around great job.”

Then Berube expanded on the subject.

“He is playing against top lines, defending well and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Berube said. “You know, he’s defending well and then he’s jumping in the play when he can and making good plays with the puck.”

Del Zotto, who turns 25 in June, says this is possibly the most confidence he has had as an NHL player.. He was with the Rangers beginning in the 2009-10 season until being traded to Nashville on Jan. 22, 2014.

In the offseason he signed with the Flyers.

“In the past couple of days the coaching staff has showed a lot of trust in me, throwing me in all situations, the first penalty kill, power play, 5-on-5,” he said. “Anytime that happens it helps with your confidence and it’s going well right now”.

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An Interesting Advanced Stat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

According to research conducted by Harvard PhD student Stephen Pettigrew, the average NHL goal increases a team’s chance of winning by 17 percent. To that end, Pettigrew, who presented his research at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, concluded that some players have a greater impact on their teams’ likelihood of winning than others.

Loui Eriksson, Pavel Datsyuk, Kyle Okposo, and Daniel Briere are examples of players whose goals — maybe they took place in the third period or overtime — had more than a 17 percent impact on their teams’ wins. In contrast, Antoine Vermette was below the 17 percent threshold. In conclusion, Pettigrew presented Matt Duchene (16-23—39) and Nazem Kadri (15-19—34) as comparable players based on standard statistics.

But based on Pettigrew’s statistic of added goal value, Duchene (plus-40.2 percent) had a bigger impact on win probability than Kadri (minus-42.2 percent), meaning the Colorado center is a better clutch player.

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Video- Recap Of The 10 NHL On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In just under five minutes...

 

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LeBrun: Avs won’t be trading O’Reilly

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:

[Joe] Sakic and the Avs rarely tip their hand, but it's clear regarding O'Reilly because he has just one more year on his contract after this season and a big decision has to be made this offseason. He either gets signed long-term or he gets traded. O'Reilly's name has been out there in trade rumors all season, but the reality is that it's an offseason decision, not a Monday decision.

"Ryan is part of our core," Sakic said. "My intention is that at the end of the year I want to try and re-sign him. That will be the goal with Ryan. That being said, we're not going to want that same distraction going on all year next season, either. But he's a guy I want to have here. And hopefully we can work something out this summer."

Continued, and there were some...shenanigans...at the end of the Wild's 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday, with Cody McLeod in the spotlight again...

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