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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Are the Buffalo Sabres waiting to see what the Washington Capitals do with Barry Trotz before naming a head coach? That does make some sense if somehow the Caps let Trotz go.

- Buffalo will be better next season. Tampa Bay will be better. Florida will be better. Carolina will be better. Philadelphia should be better. The challenge next season in the Eastern Conference: Making the playoffs.

- Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL “will get past” not participating in the 2018 Olympics. Sure, the league will. The fans won’t. And the players who don’t get to go, won’t. But why worry about them? 

- If I’m GM Bob Murray in Anaheim, I’m having an uncomfortable conversation with Corey Perry at the end of the playoffs. Yes, Perry has scored a bunch of overtime goals this post-season. But I’m asking him to waive his no movement clause so he could be available to be claimed in the expansion draft. Odds are, because of his high salary the Vegas franchise would not touch him. But would you have that conversation? Same with Kevin Bieksa.


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Video- A Look At David Poile

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Elliotte Friedman with the feature....

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

On July 9, 2017, David Poile will mark his 20 year anniversary as Nashville’s GM. This piece looks at Poile’s history, and how his willingness to make heavily scrutinized trades have shaped the current Predators roster.


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Jake Paterson takes part in a roundtable Q and A

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The ECHL's website held a roundtable with the four goaltenders taking part in Conference Final play, and Jake Paterson took part. Among Paterson's questions and answers:

As a goalie in the ECHL for a few years, what has helped you most in your preparation for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs?

Paterson:  What has helped me for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs is the preparation that the coaching staff and the players bring to the rink every day throughout the season. With the leadership we have on this team they really teach you how to prepare the right way no matter the circumstance.

Talk about the transition from regular season to playoffs as a tender. Are there any drastic changes in your opinion? Pace? Mindset? Ritual or Superstitions? Is it the same game or completely different?

Paterson: I would say the transition from regular season to playoffs is simple. At the end of the day it’s still hockey and as a goalie all you can focus on is giving your team a chance to win on every night.

What surprised you most from the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs?

Paterson: I wouldn’t say this has come as a surprise to me but the most exciting part of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs has been how loud and electric our Walleye fans have been.

The roundtable continues...

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Prospect news: Sambrook scores a goal as Otters win at Memorial Cup

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

At the Memorial Cup in Windsor, Jordan Sambrook scored a goal and finished at +1 with 1 shot and a minor penalty in the Erie Otters' 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. You can watch highlights from the game here.

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Open Post- Game 5 Western Conference Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Feel free to comment on tonight's game.

Nashville @ Anaheim, series tied 2-2, 7:15 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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A Griffins Game-Day Preview and Griffins-Barracuda notes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ahead of tonight's Conference Final-opening game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and San Jose Barracuda (9 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and The AHL Live), the Grand Rapids Griffins posted a superb game-day preview video...

And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned a "What to Know" article listing seven items to watch for this evening:

Continue Reading »

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Before The Puck Drops On Game 5 Anaheim/Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The news cycle went into overdrive between Games 4 and 5. And we’re not talking about affairs of state.

Most of it concerned the leftovers from Anaheim’s overtime win in Nashville Thursday.

In ascending importance, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got fined $10,000 for an epithet he delivered to the officials from the Anaheim bench.

It was a homophobic expression, approximately the same as the one used by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw last year in Game 4 of a first-round series against St. Louis.

Shaw was suspended for that Game 5. Getzlaf was not suspended for this Game 5. So we’ll hear a lot of byplay about that.

It was already on the minds of Canadians because Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar got a one-game suspension for the same type of thing, delivered toward an Atlanta pitcher.

Shaw also was asked to attend sensitivity training sessions. Sounds more like he and Getzlaf need vocabulary adjustments

Referring to someone as a body part or a descendent of an animal is presumably more appropriate.

Maybe we should expand our definition of an obscenity. There are certainly things in life that are universally despised.

The next time an official makes a bad call, the players should be trained to yell, “You telemarketer!”

Or maybe, “You son of a Madoff!”


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Hockey Topics Today

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Leon Draisaitl’s contract will expire on July 1. Connor McDavid, meanwhile, has one more year on his entry-level deal. Even so, Draisaitl will have to wait until his captain re-ups before he finalizes his extension with Edmonton. McDavid, appropriately, is the Oilers’ priority, even if the timing isn’t critical. Soon after July 1, the first date he’s eligible to re-sign, McDavid will put pen to paper on an eight-year extension at megabucks money. Only then will Edmonton turn to Draisaitl, whose deal will not be cheap, even compared with McDavid’s. The wide-shouldered forward — coach Todd McLellan can use him as McDavid’s right wing or as the No. 2 center — has a first-line ceiling. Draisaitl scored 29 goals and 48 assists in 82 games, then followed it up with 16 points in the playoffs. GM Peter Chiarelli has pledged to match if any rival signs Draisaitl to an offer sheet.

- Dion Phaneuf’s seven-year, $49 million contract does not expire until 2021. Four more seasons of Phaneuf’s play at $7 million annually, however, do not seem as odious as before. The 32-year-old remains overpaid, but the left-shot defenseman is no longer the albatross of earlier. Phaneuf has been a very good fit in Senators coach Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 system, which has him playing a defined shutdown role. One of Phaneuf’s baffling tendencies in Toronto was to roam and strand himself more than Thurston Howell III. Boucher gives Phaneuf the green light to step up in the neutral zone when he’s the strong-side defenseman to blunt opponents’ advances. Otherwise, he’s been tasked to stay at home in the defensive zone, use his stick and reach, and play forwards physically. Other teams used to take advantage of Phaneuf’s aggressiveness. That doesn’t happen as much anymore.

- The Penguins had 60 percent of their regular-season games played by NCAA alums, a record high, according to College Hockey Inc. Phil Kessel (Minnesota), Nick Bonino (BU), and Ian Cole (Notre Dame) were three of the ex-collegians appearing in 80 or more games. The 2014-15 Rangers had the previous record (54 percent). Pittsburgh’s number has risen to 65 percent in the playoffs.

many more topics...

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Ryan Getzlaf Fined $10K For Inappropriate Remark

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NEW YORK (May 20, 2017) – Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $10,000, the maximum permitted under the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, for directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant in Thursday’s Game 4 of the team’s Western Conference Final Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Nashville Predators, the National Hockey League announced today.

Getzlaf’s comment is a violation of the League’s policy which prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures in the game.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 2:05pm,


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Afternoon Lines- Bill Daly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Liz Mullen tweets at a Sports Lawyers Conference,

NHL's Bill Daly: 1 thing they will look at in next CBA "our definition of hockey related revenues."

"From an owner's standpoint, anything that generates revenue is of interest."-- NHL's Bill Daly

NHL's Bill Daly wouldn't answer if players who go to the Olympics will be fined.

Bill Daly said sending players to Olympics is a cost-benefit analysis. "In this case we felt the costs outweighed the benefits."

added 12:47pm,

NHL's Bill Daly on hockey-related revenues in next CBA: Not a matter of expanding or shrinking but making definitions "more precise."

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