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Antoine Vermette Traded To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 9:38pm,


added 9:39pm,


That Klas Dahlbeck.

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Pre-trade deadline ‘headlines’ from Cox and Friedman

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

added 9:31pm, Watch the segment below...

Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.

Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.

Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.

According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;

Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The segment started with Cherry pointing out teams are laughing at the Leafs.

Then the problem with nets tipping over.

The main topic discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean was star players getting injured and nobody riding shotgun for them.

Of course there were other topics too, watch the segment.


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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

The Los Angeles Kings Are Still Fighting For A Playoff Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register,

Life is tough in the NHL. The Kings’ recent eight-game win streak did little more than get their heads above turbulent water in the Western Conference playoff race. Now the Kings have to start swimming.

With 21 games remaining in the regular season, the Kings are fighting simply to make the postseason. They did it to themselves, largely because of an awful January. The good feelings built up during the winning streak have now dissipated after consecutive losses to Ottawa and the Ducks.

The Kings, who play Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg, suddenly find themselves back in regroup mode.

“We’ve just got to keep winning,” defenseman Matt Greene said. “I think we’ve got ourselves in a position where we’re back in the hunt. Now we can’t let our foot off the gas. These last two games haven’t been to the level that they were at and we’ve got to get back to that level in a hurry here with two more on the road.”

Kings captain Dustin Brown laughed sardonically after Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the Ducks when a media member asked him about consistency issues. An eight-game win streak is fairly consistent, indeed.


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The New York Islanders May Be Quiet On Monday

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Monday at 3 p.m. will come and go quietly for the Islanders, who have been steadfast in their desire to move to the postseason with the same roster they began this very successful regular season.

Team sources told Newsday, as they have repeatedly over the past six weeks, that nothing has altered the plan, not even the long-term injury to Kyle Okposo and shorter-term injuries to Casey Cizikas and Mikhail Grabovski.

Here are the main reasons why the Islanders won't be active before Monday's trade deadline:

- Lack of movable assets. Garth Snow basically set the course for this trade deadline with his moves in October 2013 and October 2014. In acquiring Thomas Vanek from the Sabres early last season, Snow gave up a conditional first-round pick that ended up being this coming June's selection, plus this coming draft's second-round pick.

continue inlcuding the latest on Johnny Boychuk contract talks...

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Video- Jaromir Jagr Talks After His First Game With The Florida Panthers

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via Sportsnet,

Watch as Jaromir Jagr addresses the media following his first game as a Panther.

Jagr says he was kind of shocked the Devils did not consult him regarding the trade.


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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Predators: Wings snap Predators’ streaks, go 4-1-and-1 on 6-game road trip

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings appeared to be skating en route to yet another loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena halfway through the game and going into the 3rd period, when Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber's consecutive goals wiped out Detroit's 2-0 and 2-1 leads, and Detroit was hacked, whacked, checked, smashed and otherwise mashed (including a Darren Helm injury) into appearing to hopefully look to earn a point out of the team's 6th and final road game of their massive 6-game Murderers' Row affair...

But Alexey Marchenko tied things up 3:56 into the 3rd, Tomas Tatar scored a "fluky" but earned power play goal and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 37 of 40 Predators shots as the Red Wings snapped Nashville's unbeaten-in-the-afternoon and unbeaten-more-than-once-in-regulation streaks (only the Wings have dropped no more than 1 regulation loss at a time), defeating Nashville 4-3 and wrapping up their 6-game trip with a 4-1-and-1 record against the Dallases, Chicagos, Anaheims, Nashvilles, San Joses and Nashvilles of the world.

Oh hey, by the way:

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Trade Motivated By LTIR Fraud

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I wrote about the David Clarkson/ Nathan Horton trade which is an LTIR fraud.  Toronto is interested in Nathan Horton for no reason other than the fact they can keep him on the longterm injured reserve indefinitely as he never makes an attempt to return to the NHL.  This is something that should not be allowed in the rules.  A player developing an injury (or more often than not a longterm problem that can be exploited as such) should not allow a team to get out of the salary cap implications of a bad contract.

Neffernin does a good example of explaining why this is a fraud on the team's side with his hypothetical example:

Last year, Alfredsson signs a 5 year contract with Detroit at 2m/year instead of a 1 year @ 4m.  He knows he doesn’t have 5 years left, potentially 2 left in him.  He’s had recurring back issues, something easily leaned upon when going on LTIR.  So instead of a year or two of a 4m cap hit, Detroit gets a cap hit of 2m instead.  After Alfredsson retires…. erm goes LTIR, Detroit gets the 2m credited back to them (added on top of the cap amount) instead.  During the time Alfredsson is playing, Detroit is getting a discount on the cap due to abusing LTIR.

This time the trade is not directly an LTIR fraud, but it was motivated by a failed attempt at it.  This trade is Philadelphia's trading Kimmo Timonen to Chicago for a 2nd round draft pick.

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Khan: Helm out with upper-body injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik



The Wings don't play again until Wednesday's tilt with the Rangers; the Griffins play in Chicago tonight.

Update: FSD showed Helm getting smeared into the boards by Weber and then going cheek-first into the boards when Seth Jones hit him, and then Helm left the game...

Update #2:

Update #3:

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The Task at Hand

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

After a pretty good bounce back on the West Coast the task at hand is to go into Nashville and grab two more points. This will be no easy task as the road weary Wings take on the Preds, who are #1 in the league right now.

Not to worry though, we have a Magic Man, with the Magic Hands, when it comes to playing the Preds.

None the less, everybody has to show up today. On time!

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