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Video- Recap Of The 11 NHL Games Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost seven minutes of highlights from the NHL games on Saturday.

 

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Garrioch discusses the Coyotes’ fire sale and Anaheim’s attempts to snag Myers

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is  on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:

In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.

For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.

For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.

Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.

“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”

Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:

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Evening Line- Larry Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So good for the league that additional and advanced statistics will be available soon on NHL.com.

But if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it will introduce a salary cap component featuring information that essentially has been unavailable since the invaluable web site, capgeek.com, went off the grid at start of the calendar year.

Upon further review, if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it would eliminate “cheerleader” from the job description of anyone and everyone working for the NHL Network.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more topics including the salary cap and the Canadian dollar...

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Saturday Night Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Keep hearing that San Jose will deal Antti Niemi before the trade deadline and have a different approach in goal heading into the playoffs.

- No succession plans have been announced in Ottawa for the eventual replacement of Bryan Murray but word around is that fired Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero has the inside track here.

- Department of bad ideas: The American Hockey League in California.

- The Todd McLellan Watch has begun around the National Hockey League.

And there is a lineup of teams — including the Maple Leafs — interested to see what becomes of the coach of the San Jose Sharks.

McLellan and general manger Doug Wilson haven’t exactly seen eye to eye with the Sharks and the suspicion is this is likely his last season in San Jose.

But if he wants, he won’t be out of work for long....

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Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

At the end of November, I picked Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators as the top goalie so far in the season.  Rinne was having a very good season until he sprained his knee a couple weeks ago.  This has given the other goalies in the league a chance to catch up.  Carey Price has caught up and passed him.  Price is now the Vezina Trophy leader.  He is posting a .933 saves percentage and a 2.03 goals against average.  No goalie who has better numbers has played as many games or faced as many shots as Price.

Carey Price at age 27 is developing into the top goalie in the NHL.  If he can add a Vezina Trophy win to his previous success including backstopping an Olympic gold medal, he is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career. 

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Islanders: Mrazek rebounds, Nyquist hits 20 goals, Wings rebound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Fox Sports Detroit, the Red Wings' 4-1 win over the New York Islanders was the Wings' 1,700th at Joe Louis Arena, and it wasn't exactly pretty--Detroit was out-shot, dominated in the faceoff circle and took almost 40 minutes to really shake off the defensive funk and turnover bakery that plagued the team in Tampa Bay...

But the Wings got their asses to work, Petr Mrazek was far better and far "stickier" than he was in the previous games, Alexey Marchenko was rock-solid and the Quincey-DeKeyser pairing and Helm-Datysuk-Tatar line were exemplary as the Wings out-ground a rather vicious Islanders team to rebound, to re-set and to out-work, out-hustle, out-smart and out-discipline an Islanders team that clearly dislikes Detroit, making the teams' rematch on March 29th an intriguing one to watch.

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Gino Odjick Has More Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Nine months ago, when his heart was operating at 28 per cent of its capacity, doctors were telling Gino Odjick he might have a year to live.

Today, his heart is operating at 58 per cent of its capacity and the doctors are saying he might have three years left, possibly more.

So those numbers tell a story; a significant story. But what they don’t tell, what they can never tell, is the life that’s in Odjick’s eyes and the strength in his being. He’s still trying to take all this in and sort out what it means — “I don’t know if it’s a gift,” he says. “I still have to get used to this situation” — but he knows one thing.

He can now talk about a future and the things he can do.

He used to take that for granted. He doesn’t anymore.

“I’m just starting to feel better and better,” says the former Canuck. “I want to get used to this.”

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Riger: Don’t expect a depth move from Holland or the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger will be speaking with Ken Holland during the 1st intermission of the Wings-Isles game (you can listen to the intermission report here), and Riger's broaching an intriguing subject:

Also: Leaf director of player personnel Mark Hunter is in the building, but:

No way, the Wings don't need a Franson (who's not that much of an upgrade), and Detroit doesn't need to pay a within-division premium to get a player that's not a major improvement.

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I’m All In

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

The game the other night was a stinker, so, a lesson learned from that fiasco should be to let it go. (Among other things)

Today we are up against the Islanders, and, since they have not lost at the Joe since 2003 it's high time to change the trend.

I'm all in.

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Khan: Lashoff clears waivers, heads to GR; Gustavsson to start for Griffins tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff has appeared in 11 games this season (no goals, two assists, plus-4 rating), but none since Dec. 29.

The move allows the Red Wings to activate goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who will start for the Griffins tonight in a conditioning stint against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena (7 p.m.).

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Lashoff has one year remaining on his contract at a $725,000 salary-cap hit ($850,000 actual salary). That likely factored in the club's inability to trade him.

Update: Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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