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Waivers Kick-In Today At Noon

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from CapFriendly,

When a player is reassigned from the NHL to the AHL, they must pass through waivers (unless exempt). Waivers allow any of the other teams to claim the rights of the player.
This tool determines when a player will no-longer be waiver exempt.

Age is defined by the following:
If a player turns 18 between January 1 and September 15 on the year of the entry draft, they are considered 18
If a player turns 19 before December 31 of the year on the calendar year of the entry draft, they are considered 19
If a player turns 20 before December 31 of the year on the calendar year of the entry draft, they are considered 20, and so on.

continue to search a list of exempt and non-exempt players...

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Skating With Riley Sheahan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Watching, there was no way of knowing Zack shouldn’t have been on the ice in the first place, at least not holding a hockey stick. A few days earlier, he’d made an ill-fated leap on the monkey bars according to his mom, one rung too far before he came crashing to the ground. His wrist snapped. He was in a cast.

But he wasn’t going to miss this. Skating with Sheahan, who in this session taught him how to make plays with one good hand, was now a yearly ritual he looked forward to more than anything else.

It's a tradition Sheahan and Zack enjoyed even before tragedy struck Zack’s young life, changing it in a way he has no way of comprehending, even as the months have passed from the moment that changed everything.

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Pay Now Or Pay Later Calgary Taxpayers

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Calgary will get a new downtown arena.

The question is whether city hall will ask taxpayers to pay for a reasonable part of it now, or pay much more for it once the Calgary Flames leave.

That is the bottom line on what is at stake here.

World-class cities need a world-class venue to host hundreds of events annually, be it major sporting events, concerts, We Day or even monster truck jams.

Nobody likes threats, but the reality is if the Flames owners eventually feel a deal simply can’t be made with the city to replace the aging Saddledome, they will sell to an ownership group in either Seattle or Quebec City.

The Flames now-dormant offer of $275 million, unveiled Thursday via newspaper ads, would obviously disappear with the team.

What would remain is the need for a new arena and a ravenous desire to try luring an NHL franchise back immediately.

Want proof?


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Kevin Stevens On His Opioid Addiction

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from Fox25Boston,

A man who entered the darkness of opioid addiction is traveling around sharing his story with hopes of stopping others from following his path.

“If you're an opiate addict and stuck in addiction bad things are going to happen,” Kevin Stevens said.

And bad things did happen to Stevens, a former NHL all-star who went from winning the Stanley Cup twice, with the Pittsburgh Penguins to facing jail time in a federal court.

“I was at the bottom. I couldn't see no purpose in my life. There really was no purpose,” he said.

Stevens’ life had fully unraveled in May 2016 when federal agents busted down his door and arrested him for conspiring to sell oxycodone.

For more than twenty years, Stevens, who had a brief stint with the Bruins, struggled with addiction to opiate painkillers after incurring a devastating facial injury during a game. 

continued with video...

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Stephen Walkom On The Slashing Calls

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from Mike Sawatzky of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The NHL’s crackdown on slashing isn’t even a week old, but the league’s director of officiating believes the tougher approach is already having the desired effect.

"It’s early, but so far there’s a real buy-in," Stephen Walkom said over the phone Thursday morning. "Even the players on the competition committee were concerned about this area.

"I think (the referees are) applying the standard we want them to apply, relative to the hacking and whacking around the hands. And I’m already seeing player conformance and a lot of players haven’t even played two games yet. The players seem to be adapting and thinking out there, but old habits die hard."...

The safety issue is real. Most fans can remember a slash from Minnesota’s Eric Staal breaking Johnny Gaudreau’s finger, sidelining the Calgary Flames star for 10 games last season, or Sidney Crosby’s slash in which the Pittsburgh Penguins captain nearly severed the pinky finger of Ottawa Senators defenceman Marc Methot.

"I would think those two incidents were the tipping point," Walkom said. "It was something that had slowly crept into the game since the restart in ’05-06, when players weren’t allowed to hook anymore. They started to walk that line of tapping and reaching out to touch someone. Playing the same way but not hooking the guy and over time, not that they weren’t calling slashing penalties, but players were getting the benefit of the doubt when it was around the hands.

"It got to the point where players took advantage of that grey area in the game."


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Videos- Recap Of Detroit’s 6-1 Loss To The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Marlowe Alter of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings first-round pick Michael Rasmussen scored his first NHL goal Thursday night in Chicago. That was about the only bright spot, as the Wings were smothered by the Blackhawks, 6-1, in their third exhibition game of the preseason.

Rasmussen scored off his own rebound in the second period to cut the deficit to 4-1.

Petr Mrazek was in net for the Wings (0-2-1), and stopped just 34 of 40 shots.


Below, watch the Rasmussen goal and complete game highlights...

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Tonight’s Game Against The Blackhawks

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Tonight's game will be joined in progress by the NHL Network after the conclusion of the Bruins/Flyers game which starts just after 7:00pm ET.  The puck drops in Chicago around 8:35pm.

Below you can find the lineups for the game.

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$600K Gap Between Athanasiou And The Wings

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How Are You Feeling Jonathan Ericsson?

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from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

It's probably the most anticipated exhibition game for Jonathan Ericsson since he was a rookie.

The veteran Red Wings defenseman will be playing in his first game since Feb. 9, when he suffered a broken wrist on a hit by Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.

"It's been a long process," Ericsson said. "But I feel like it's feeling pretty good. I got cleared a week and a half ago, two weeks ago maybe."

Ericsson said he was very limited in what he could do, especially with that arm. Doctors didn't even want him on the ice.

"I didn't skate until August," Ericsson said. "I couldn't do anything with a stick anyways, so I stayed off and let the hip rest."

Ericsson also has a chronic hip ailment that he has been dealing with for the last few years.

continued for more from Ericsson and more topics...

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Detroit Adjusting To The Slashing And Faceoff Crackdown

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“Last night’s (violations) were a little bit different; they called it a little bit different (from Tuesday’s game), we’re all getting adjusted to it,” Blashill said.

Blashill said he heard a good point from center Darren Helm regarding the rule enforcement.

“In effect, he said it’s black and white now — they have to call it 100 percent,” Blashill said. “Last night it wasn’t called 100 percent. It’s a heck of a responsibility they put on the linesmen. I get it, it’s hard as it can be. But if it’s going to be called once, it has to be called 100 times if it happens 100 times.”

As for the slashing, Blashill felt officials gave a good description of what will be penalized.

“The top half of the stick is the red zone. It’s going to get called every time, one- or two-handed, it doesn’t matter,” Blashill said.

more, inlcuding Blashill on Hicketts...

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