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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

With John Tavares' future looming over the Islanders, should the team consider trading their captain if they aren't making progress on a long-term extension by a certain date? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss, and also touch on the Sens' dilemma in signing prospect Colin White, the Canucks' plans for prospect Brock Boeser, Brian Elliott's interest in sticking long-term with the Flames, and more.

Watch the segment at TSN...

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Red Wings-Canadiens pre-game chatter: Howard starts, Street likely an ‘extra’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings spoke with the media around 5:30 PM as the team did not hold a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet East/RDS/97.1 FM), as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Howard confirms he is starting.


#RedWings Blashill said Street will only play if the player in question cannot play after warmups.

MLive's Brendan Savage...

Jimmy Howard confirms he's in goal for #RedWings tonight in Montreal


Blashill says #RedWings didn't call up young player in case he doesn't get to play. Didn't want parents to fly in for no reason

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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The Latest On The Olympics From Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

As more players and owners are speaking up with their opinions on the NHL’s involvement in the 2018 Olympics, commissioner Gary Bettman was the latest to comment on the stand-off.

Speaking to Reuters Tuesday at the Sport Business Summit in New York, Bettman said there were no negotiations currently ongoing between the league, IOC and IIHF and that perhaps people should start thinking about the very real possibility the league stays out of the Pyeongchang Games.

“As things stand now people should assume we are not going,” Bettman said.

The NHL has raised a few concerns with going to the 2018 Games, not least of which is that the league has to shut down for two weeks and send its best players to an event they don’t control. Just last week, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was recalling the 2006 Games when his goalie, Dominik Hasek, went to play for the Czech Republic as Ottawa looked poised to go on a Cup run. Hasek was injured at the Games and never played for the Senators again.


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Steve Ott reflects on his tenure as a Wing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Montreal Canadiens' Matt Cudzinowski, Steve Ott addressed his short tenure with the Red Wings while speaking with the media this morning, and Ott stated that his physical game will be on full display when the puck hits the ice tonight:

"Going back to Dallas or Buffalo or St. Louis, you play against your friends. They expect you to be you. That's the thing, I can be friends with them after the game, or still later on in life, but when the puck drops they expect you to play how you play the game," said Ott, who has one assist in six appearances with the Canadiens. "They would expect that, and I hope they would do the same thing."

Growing up in Windsor, ON just across the river from Detroit, Ott's childhood hockey heros were Hall-of-Famer Steve Yzerman and tough guy Bob Probert, so his connection to the Red Wings runs deep. Seeing the club struggle and be on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90 is particularly tough for him.

"I know those guys over there are really taking it hard. It almost feels like you're letting down the city or the jersey or the players before you. They take a lot of onus on that. There's a proud dressing room over there with some great leaders with [Niklas] Kronwall and [Henrik] Zetterberg and Abby [Justin Abdelkader], and there's a lot of guys who've been there for a long time like Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard," said Ott, in reference to the Red Wings' remarkable run of 25 straight postseason appearances likely coming to an end soon. "When you have guys like that, that put a lot of pride into that streak, it's extremely disappointing and I know they feel it's a tough situation all around."

Cudzinowski continues, noting that Claude Julien appreciates Ott, and the Canadiens' website posted a clip of Ott's morning skate remarks:

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Prospect Report

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Button of TSN,

Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads continue to occupy the top two spots in the March edition of Craig’s List.

Patrick has done nothing but solidify his spot at the top of our rankings for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. After missing much of the first half of the season due to injury, Patrick’s game is rounding into form (20 goals and 26 assists in 33 games). He’s showed he has all the attributes and potential to become a top centre at the next level.

Patrick combines high-end sense and feel for the game with considerable skill and size, leaving no doubt that he belongs on the top of the list.

Hischier (38 goals and 48 assists in 57 games) remains firmly in second. While the Swiss centre has been pushing Patrick for first overall, he hasn’t done enough to surpass him.

Martin Necas, who has played the entire season with Brno in the Czech Extraliga, the highest league in the Czech Republic, moves one spot up from our January rankings to land in third.


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Filip Hronek named Saginaw Spirit’s MVP

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Saginaw News's Hugh Bernreuter:

Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek took home several pieces of hardware Monday as the Saginaw Spirit named their award-winners from the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League season.

Hronek was named the team's Most Valuable Player after finishing as the No. 4 scoring defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League. He also was named the team's best defenseman after finishing the season as the team's leading scorer and top-scoring defenseman.

In voting by the OHL Western Conference coaches, Hronek finished third as the top offensive defenseman.

Hronek finished the 2016-17 season with 14 goals, 47 assists and 61 points in 59 games played.

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Tom Anastos Steps Down As MSU Hockey Coach

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News,

Tom Anastos is stepping down as hockey coach at Michigan State, the university announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, athletic director Mark Hollis said the move is effective immediately and longtime assistant coach Tom Newton would serve as interim head coach while a national search is conducted.

“I want to thank Tom Anastos for the guidance he’s provided Spartan hockey over the last six seasons,” Hollis said in the statement. “He would be the first to admit that he wished there were more on-ice victories, but he built a program that was a great value to our community. His student-athletes were successful in the classroom and were great representatives of the athletic department and the university as a whole with their commitment to community outreach.”


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Red Wings-Canadiens game-day articles: Montoya vs. Howard; on Street’s call-up; Ott on Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings face the Montreal Canadiens this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet East/RDS/97.1 FM), and the Habs' morning skate revealed that Al Montoya will start against Jimmy Howard, with Steve Ott skating against his former team.

The Wings didn't hold a morning skate, and their lineup won't be determined until warm-ups, adding a little intrigue to Ben Street's call-up from Grand Rapids on an emergency basis, but it's assumed that Frans Nielsen, who blocked a shot with his ankle last night, may not be able "to go" this evening.

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's MLive's Brendan Savage's game-day update:

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All Duncan Keith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

ESPN.com: As one of the leaders on this team, what do you do with the younger players when they come in for the first time? Is it more by osmosis, leading by example, or do you sometimes take a kid aside and talk to him?

Keith: It's a little bit different for everybody. You get a guy like [Ryan] Hartman, who had played in the minors for a couple of years. I think he was ready to make that step this year. He's got good habits already. Maybe with other guys, you notice that they're young and need to learn, whether it's taking them aside or just showing them or saying, 'Hey this is what you need to be doing here. This is a big step from college.' But a lot of it is on the individual, too. It's up to them. It's like the old saying, 'You can lead the horse to the water, but you can't make him drink.' We've been lucky to have guys who come in and want to be part of a winning team.

ESPN.com: Do the core guys, the original group, ever take stock of what you've accomplished so far together?

Keith: I spend a lot of time with Seabs, obviously. I think we're both proud to have played with the same organization as long as we have and to play in a city like Chicago, and for these fans. There are times when we reflect how lucky we are to be in this situation, and how much fun we've had in this city. It wasn't always the organization that it is now. I's been quite a turnaround. We just feel lucky to be part of it.


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The Red Wings honored their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship on Monday night

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings commemorated their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship last night, via a video, ceremonial puck drop and poster giveaway:

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