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Custance weighs in on Howard trade scenarios

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've been answering more than a few questions regarding Jimmy Howard's trade status, and I've been blunt in my responses: I don't believe that the Red Wings are going to trade Howard before the draft, and I don't believe that the Wings can afford to trade Howard without getting a back-up goaltender in return, at least during the regular season. I've also tried to remind fans that Howard's $5.29 million cap hit comes with a full no-trade clause, so Howard gets to say where he might go.

ESPN's Craig Custance fielded a question about Howard as part of his Friday mailbag:

@CraigCustance asked you about DET moving Howard earlier in the season. Still think it won't happen? If not, where? #CustanceCorrespondence

    — Joe Plaza (@jeplaza14) February 11, 2016

Here's Custance's answer:

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Afternoon Line- Radko Gudas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Roman Jedlicka tweets,

#Flyers D Leo (Radko) Gudas about his hit for TV NOVA, Czech republic: "My hands were down. I tried my best not to give a reason to anyone for (1)

bringing me to Supplementaly Discipline. This is my style of hockey and as long as they want me to play like this, i will." (2)

If you missed his hit last night, watch below and the NHL has decided no further action needed...

added 12:41pm,



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Red Wings-Avalanche game-day articles: Green, DeKeyser return; Mrazek starts; Roy, Sakic practice

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 3:14 PM: The Red Wings received good news from the morning skate ahead of tonight's game between the Wings and Colorado Avalanche: Detroit will welcome Mike Green back into the lineup, and Danny DeKeyser will play after suffering a bruised knee on Wednesday.

It's believed that Petr Mrazek will oppose Calvin Pickard in the nets this evening, but the Avalanche didn't hold a morning skate after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Thursday night.

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji Tweeted some comments from coach Jeff Blashill's morning skate remarks...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eleven players registered three or more points during Thursday’s games to set or equal a number of career highs:
Connor McDavid (EDM): 2-3—5*^
Jordan Eberle (EDM): 3-1—4*
Logan Couture (SJS): 1-3—4^
Benoit Pouliot (EDM): 0-4—4^
Patrick Eaves (DAL): 3-0—3*
Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 3-0—3
Jarome Iginla (COL): 2-1—3
Sam Bennett (CGY): 1-2—3^
Brad Marchand (BOS): 1-2—3
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH): 0-3—3
Brett Connolly (BOS): 0-3—3^
Career high for goals
Career high for assists
 Career high for points

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Red Wings-Avalanche morning skate Tweets: Green, DeKeyser skating with team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 11:25 AM: Green and DeKeyser are in, Mrazek starts:

The Detroit Red Wings hope to extend their home-ice winning streak to four games when the Colorado Avalanche visit this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/Altitude/97.1 FM).

The Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just before 10:30 AM for their morning skate, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose delivered good news on the injury front:

Niklas Kronwall (knee surgery) and Mike Green (groin) are on the ice for the #RedWings morning skate.


Danny DeKeyser, who left game in third Wednesday after taking shot to right leg from Phaneuf, appears fine this morning.

MLive's Ansar Khan checked in...

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Could Steven Stamkos Be Moved By The Trade Deadline?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet with his views on the Stamkos situation.

The more this goes along, the more it looks and sounds like Steven Stamkos is heading towards a breakup with the Tampa Bay Lighting.

It might even come by the end of the month.

No one is saying that, not exactly. But there’s something about the way the “no comments” are flowing with a little more than two weeks left before the Feb. 29 trade deadline that makes you wonder if the situation is coming to a head.

When veteran agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports appeared on Prime Time Sports earlier this week it was notable when he responded to a question about Stamkos and the deadline by saying: “Well, I think it’s a sensitive issue.”

Then Stamkos met reporters on Thursday and declined to rule out the possibility of waiving his no-movement clause to help the Lightning facilitate a deal.

“I haven’t even thought about that,” said Stamkos, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “I think the answer is, ‘we’ll cross that bridge at the time, and I don’t think it’s that time now.’ So I continue to come to the rink everyday as the leader that I am and the teammate that everyone in this room knows that I am, and give my best effort.”

He added: “The trade deadline is coming up in a couple weeks, I’m sure everyone will have some answers in a couple weeks when that comes.”


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Video- First Period Hat Trick From Patrick Eaves In 4-2 Win Over The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Eaves scored on a great shot from a hard angle just 3:19 in to get things started. He followed with a fantastic redirection of a one-hand pass from Tyler Seguin at the net for goal No. 2, and he then batted in the rebound of a Seguin shot on a power play in the final minute of the period.

Eaves has been placed on the top line with Seguin and Jamie Benn because he goes hard to the net and can create distractions or tip pucks. He did exactly that Thursday.

"I'm playing with some pretty special players, and things happen fast out there, usually at the net, so I try to go there," Eaves said.

more on the game...

Watch all three 1st period goals from Eaves below...

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Video- Karri Romo’s Injury Doesn’t “Look Good”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Sun,

The drama continued with Ramo’s injury which, according to Flames head coach Bob Hartley, does not “look good.”

He indicated Ramo would not play Friday night at Phoenix which means they may summon an American Hockey League goalie (Joni Ortio?) as a replacement.

more on the Flames 6-5 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks.


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Morning Line- Mike Yeo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s hard to keep pointing to bright spots and positives right now, but if you fall down seven times, you get up eight. That’s what we have to do right now, and there are good signs. The power play got another one tonight, I know we want more than that, but the power play has been starting to get goals for us. Our big-name guys are starting to find the back of the net to get points. That’s another good sign, but we need wins. Generally we’re a team that we preach the process and we’re better that way for sure but we’re beyond that.”

-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.  Michael Russo of Russo's Rants has more.

Watch the game highlights below...

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Video- Radko Gudas With A Very Unnecessary Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

As Sabres rookie Dan Catenacci was bent over looking for a puck, Gudas barreled in to drop the forward. The referees issued a five-minute major for charging and five minutes for fighting when Jake McCabe exchanged punches with Gudas.

“The guy’s an idiot,” Foligno said. “He’s dirty, goes after a rookie, goes right for his head. He’s an idiot.”

Catenacci, who had to be helped off the ice, underwent concussion testing after the game.

“There’s no question it’s a head hit,” Bylsma said. “I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”


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