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Last Night The Flyers Announced The Signing Of Carlo Colaiacovo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo,  according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Colaiacovo, 31 (1/27/1983), is a veteran of 401 NHL games over 11 seasons.  He most recently was with the St. Louis Blues, where he posted a goal and three assists for four points in 25 games last season.  Colaiacovo played a total of five seasons with the Blues, who acquired him from Toronto on November 4, 2008 with Alex Steen in exchange for Lee Stempniak.  He spent the 2012-13 season with Detroit, appearing in six games, before re-signing with St. Louis before last season. 

In those 401 games with Toronto, St. Louis and Detroit, Colaiacovo has posted 31 goals and 133 assists for 144 points, along with 211 PIM.  He was drafted by Toronto in the first round (17th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.  

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The overnight report: On Mr. Hockey, Larkin, Mantha and Halloweeny Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst this morning's Red Wings notebooks and stories of of Red Wings-related note (I ran out of room in the Wings-Kings set-up):

Let's start with the Gordie Howe stuff. The Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Howe's status with one Steve Yzerman...

"I was walking in the hallway outside the locker room at Joe Louis Arena," Yzerman said Wednesday. "He introduced himself to me and I was kind of in awe. I was 18 years old. He was very nice and very humble and down to earth. You're talking, at the time, to the best player ever to play. It was a neat thing, at that time, for me."

The next summer, Yzerman and Howe were at a charity event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when Yzerman realized he'd under-packed.

"I'd forgotten my shin pads, and he let me wear his," Yzerman said. "Then he left before I could give them back, so I carried them around for quite a while. That's Gordie Howe — very humble, very down to earth. Just a really nice person."

 

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Red Wings-Kings set-up and catching up with Thursday’s practice news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm going to start this entry with honesty: I'm sorry about the lack of a full recap last night and my absence from the practice news cycle today. I'm still trying to get my mental shit together after what happened last week, and apparently the body wasn't a fan of getting back to working 14-to-16 hours on game days.

I am incredibly grateful that Paul's been helping keep TMR going--not everybody has a boss who's both a mentor and friend--and I'm grateful that you've (generally) been willing to stick with me this month. I'd hoped to go to some Griffins games and do things like the Hockey Writers' Tom Mitsos did on Thursday in interviewing Anthony Mantha, but sometimes life throws you knucklepucks.

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Prospect news, a survey of the Red Wings’ professional prospects and a special wish fulfilled

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm going to combine two entries into one to catch up a bit.

First, in the prospect news department:

In game action, in the SHL, Axel Holmstrom won 100% of his faceoffs and played 6:48 in Skelleftea AIK's 3-2 win over Lulea;

Mattias Janmark went 50% on his faceoffs and played 21:47 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 shootout win over Vaxjo;

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Rochester gambling ring leader reaches plea bargain, pays w/ check from Thomas Vanek’s Isles salary

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's Mark Craig, as a follow-up to Craig's Tweets about Thomas Vanek possibly being involved with the gambling ring ran out of a restaurant he was an investor in:

A bookmaker pleaded guilty Thursday to laundering a $230,000 gambling debt — a payment his attorney said was made with a New York Islanders check.

That payment — apparently a salary check that was endorsed and handed over to cover wagers — was made at the same time hockey superstar Thomas Vanek played for the Islanders, said local attorney James Wolford.

Wolford declined to say whether the payment came from Vanek, who has been linked to the alleged Rochester-based gambling ring. Vanek has acknowledged testifying before a grand jury and sources say his name turned up in records seized from the alleged bookmakers.

Still, Wolford said he was surprised that Vanek's agent said in an interview that Vanek was not involved in any wrongdoing.

And it gets worse from there:

Wolford said after the plea that the $230,000 was a small portion of the overall debt owed by the gambler who paid with an Islanders check. The total of the debt was more than $1 million, he said.

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The Hockey Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When I hear the combined words 'hockey lottery', I not only think of the teams at the bottom of the NHL standings but also think of teams which have benefited from a past lottery pick.

For those teams who have made the right choice after winning the draft lottery, their future looks much brighter than those who some how missed with the pick.

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Habs look to end Western swing on a positive note

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The 3-0 loss to the Oilers was, without a doubt, a clunker. Boring game, team didn't show up, looked tired - it is going to happen. Calgary, well, that was another story. The team showed up, somewhat, but primarily the guy who showed up was Carey Price, who put on a clinic.

Tonight, the Habs head into Price's home province to take on the Vancouver Canucks and look to end the trip with a good performance. Jiri Sekac looks likely to get back into the lineup, while many fans continue to debate the defensive side of the lineup. Nathan Beaulieu may be out again, but many fans will want to see Tom Gilbert sit in favour of the kids, though Gilbert had a fairly solid game on Tuesday and chipped in with a goal.

If Price stands on his head, the Habs take this one. No doubt he'll want to put on a show for his family and friends. It's a late start, but it will be a good one. Hope you can catch it. 

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TSN Insiders Discuss No-Goal Against The Wings, Scott Stevens May Join DoPS And More

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The TSN Insiders discussed the no-goal in the Wings/Capitals game last night and also mentioned Scott Stevens may join the Department of Player Safety.

Also discussed was the cap issue with the Kings and NHL Safety meeting with NHL teams.

Watch it here...

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Teams Showing Interest In Chris Stewart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It’s not a matter of if, but rather when the Buffalo Sabres flip pending UFA Chris Stewart.

There’s nothing imminent as far as we can tell. We reported earlier that the Boston Bruins have him as one of their targets and another Atlantic Division team the Ottawa Senators had talks earlier this month with the Sabres. The Senators tried to trade for him before the trade deadline last spring. They spoke again to Buffalo a few weeks back but nothing came of it for now.

The Bruins, meanwhile, have been hammered on defense by injuries, so perhaps their need would be best served there, but a source said Thursday that Boston’s plan right now is to ride this out, knowing that within a month or so most of their injured blueliners will be healthy. No panic trade in store. 

more hockey topics including the Kings' salary cap issues and the Carolina Hurricanes...

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Report- Thomas Vanek’s Name Linked To Alleged Gambling Ring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via tweets of Gary Craig, a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle,

Thomas Vanek has been linked to gambling with alleged Rochester ring.

Over next few Tweets I'll detail gambling allegations that could point to hockey superstar Thomas Vanek.

Records seized from alleged bookmakers show payments from Vanek, sources have said. He testified before grand jury in Rochester.

Read more from Craig's recent timeline...

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