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Morning Line - Jonas Hiller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’m definitely excited to have a fresh start. Talking to the coach [Bob Hartley], talking to management, they want me to have success, and that definitely makes your life easier. It keeps your mind free to just go out there and play as good as you can, instead of worrying about giving up bad goals and having to prove yourself every night – not just to the public, but to the coaching staff and everybody else. That’s definitely a nicer way to feel comfortable, if you know they have your back.”

-Jonas Hiller of the Calgary Flames.  More on Hiller from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Hockey Thoughts On The First Day Of October

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- One exec, watching to see what Chicago does, on Stan Bowman: “Just like Scotty, he believes you’d rather trade a player a year early than a year late.”

- Boy, that Stars’ power play. It had some sensational moments Monday against Florida. There were times we saw three right-hand shots on the left (Ales Hemsky, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza) and two left-hand shots on the weakside (Jamie Benn, Trevor Daley). Seguin scored once on a one-timer from the middle of the ice and a second when he went backdoor as Benn moved higher in the slot, taking the defence with him. Benn barely missed another after a ridiculous pass from Spezza to the crease. Coaches say you have to decide which two things you want to take away from your opponent’s powerplay. Good luck with that.

- One scout on Stephen Weiss: “The biggest question will be his stamina. He’s played 43 games in two years. I’ve seen him start strong and slow down in later periods. Can he get up to speed?”

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A Key Question For Eastern Conference Teams

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Boston Bruins

Who will replace Jarome Iginla's 30 goals? -- Iginla was a perfect fit in his one season with the Bruins, tying Patrice Bergeron for the team lead in goals. Ironically, his success wound up triggering his departure; Iginla earned more than $3 million in bonuses that cut down on the space available under this season's salary cap. He wound up in Colorado, and general manager Peter Chiarelli had to do a lot of juggling to get Boston under the cap. Loui Eriksson, who averaged more than 29 goals in his last four full seasons with the Dallas Stars but struggled in his first season with Boston, could get the first chance to take Iginla's spot with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

Buffalo Sabres

Where do they go from here? -- The Sabres brought back Matt Moulson, and added Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges, but any future success rests with their core of talented young players and the slew of high picks they'll have in the next two drafts. However, after finishing a distant last in the overall standings in 2013-14 and scoring fewer goals than any team since the mid-1950s, the Sabres have a long way to go. The Sabres hope top draft pick Sam Reinhart can make the jump to the NHL and young players like Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons are ready to become impact players. There's nowhere to go but up, and though the Sabres figure to be improved, they're still likely to be a lottery team.

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Oilers lose prospect Vladimir Tkachev due to technicality

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This certainly sucks for Edmonton. From TSN:

Vladimir Tkachev's entry level contract signed with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.

According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Tkachev wasn't qualified to sign a contract as he is still eligible for June's NHL Entry Draft.

Players who go undrafted are eligible to sign only if they played a full year in North America. While waiting for his transfer, Tkachev played two games with Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and spent the remainder of the season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Tkachev will go back into the draft after this season.

The 18-year-old appeared in three preseason games with the Oilers, posting three assists and a plus three rating.

Update: The Score's Thomas Drance has more on the situation:

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Red Wings early overnight report: on Smith, the Wings’ young defensemen, Alfredsson and Callahan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with stories and well, art from SlapShotgoal...At 1:24 AM: The Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins in their final home exhibition game on Wednesday night (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1 FM [edit: also ROOT and the NHL Network U.S. /end edit]), and according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jason Mackey, we shouldn't expect to see Robert Bortuzzo, Evgeni Malkin or Olli Maata in tomorrow's game, but Sidney Crosby will play in the game after attending his grandmother's funeral in Nova Scotia.

The Penguins were in town a day early as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild on Monday, and I know that Darren Dreger's report about Mike Babcock's contract negotiations received the most comments today (and yes, TSN's Dreger and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun addressed the report in the latest Insider Trading video)...

But there were some stories in the practice post in which Babcock made some telling remarks, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted that Babcock issued significant praise in regards to Brendan Smith's performance during last night's 3-0 win over Toronto:

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The Influence Of HNIC On Rogers/Sportsnet

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from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

This is the curious thing about “the new home of hockey,” as Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties, described it: It’s a lot like the old home. The CBC’s influence is everywhere, including a production staff of about 20 that will work on Rogers-produced hockey broadcasts. There are even red armchairs for Strombo. All of this familiarity is by design. And it speaks to a broadcaster in Rogers that spent an extraordinary amount of money on NHL rights — the $4.5-million invested in the new studio is 0.086% of what it paid to lock up Canadian broadcasts for a dozen years — and is very aware that its audience might not care for a great deal of change.

“We’re not going to do a glowing puck,” as Moore told me in an interview, standing on a studio floor that can light up like a video wall, allowing analysts to demonstrate tactics on the virtual ice. Some degree of continuity for Hockey Night viewers, he says, was always part of the plan.

“I’d like to think we’ve kept that in the back of our heads from day one,” Moore says. “From the first discussions with the NHL, we talked about how could we keep the Saturday night tradition? How could we keep the CBC involved?”

“I think you’ll see us advance storytelling, advance the technology, but not wipe the board clean of what’s been done in the past.”

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Waiting On Malkin

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from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The injury keeping Evgeni Malkin out this preseason is one the franchise center suffered in the United States — not Russia — according to Penguins coach Mike Johnston.

And with four scheduled practices left before the Penguins' first regular-season game Oct. 9, Malkin doesn't have a lot of time left to prepare....

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the day before the first camp practice, Johnston said he expected Malkin's absence from an undisclosed injury to be “fairly short.”

Johnston said a week later that no additional tests or evaluation had been required; they're simply “waiting it out.”

On Friday, Johnston amended the original timetable, setting it another four to five days.

It has now been five days since that point, and Malkin is showing no signs of a return.

read on plus more on the Penguins...

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John Davidson Updates The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

Davidson said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, but Davidson did not have an update because he was in meetings here. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito were handling the negotiations from Columbus' side....

Asked Tuesday if the organization favors a shorter term deal at this point, Davidson said, "A deal would interest us.

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BOG Approves The Sale Of The New York Islanders

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from Newsday,

The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Islanders from Charles Wang to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday.

The deal, which Bettman said has not been finalized, calls for Ledecky and Malkin to own a minority stake in the team once the deal is complete. They will assume majority control of the team in two years, with Wang remaining a minority owner.

Bettman told reporters the deal "provides an orderly transition, which was important to Charles."

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added 7:02pm,

NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 2014) -- The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today unanimously approved the purchase of a minority stake in the New York Islanders by Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky. The purchase remains subject to completion of documentation and further League review before the transaction can be closed.

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Talking about (Griffins) assistant coaches

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There's no polite way to say this, so I'll say it impolitely (after a day spent doing practice post stuff and prospect catch-up stuff):

Wings fans tend to find the most details about the team's assistant coaches on the days that they're hired and the days that they leave the team for other coaching opportunities. For whatever reason, while the coaches are on the job, they're more or less verboten in terms of interviews, and given both the magnitude of the changes that the Wings underwent this summer (losing both "bench assistants" and the assistant coach working video) as well as the ever-increasing importance of said coaches...

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