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Afternoon Line- Adrian Dater On Matt Duchene

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here’s what I think will happen: I think if the Avs continue to muddle along with a mediocre record, Duchene will be traded somewhat soon. I would bet by Christmas. If they have a good record, a playoff record, then I think you’ll see them wait closer to the trade deadline and thereby get the most of his playing talent until then. Either way, I think Duchene is gone by the deadline at the latest.

-Adrian Dater of BSN Denver on Matt Duchene.  More from Dater on Duchene and other Avalanche topics...

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Back Surgery For Zach Parise Is Being Contimplated

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from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

After exhausting all options in an attempt to overcome a debilitating injury and make his season debut, Wild veteran Zach Parise is contemplating back surgery that would sideline the winger up to two months, three well-place sources told The Athletic.

Parise was diagnosed with a herniated disk during the 2015-16 season and missed the entire 2016 playoffs due to an injury that caused numbness and a lack of strength in one of his legs.

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Articles from the team meeting: Wings determined to address shortcomings (and bad ice at LCA)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings rather surprisingly didn't practice the day after their 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, choosing to hold a lengthy team meeting instead.

MLive's Brendan Savage penned an article regarding coach Jeff Blashill's decision to not "bag skate" his team...

"For me, the more important thing was the meeting," Blashill said. "I walked in my coaches' room last night and I sat in disgust with our coaching staff for a long time. I wanted to get two things done.

"One I wanted to make sure and send a message to our team that last night's approach and effort wasn't good enough and two, I want to put us in the best position to win tomorrow night, which we obviously need a win. When I did that, I said to myself probably the best way to accomplish both of those things is to have a meeting, which we met for a good amount of time.

"I thought that was better than an hour practice where I would have got the message across like I did get it across through my meeting without maybe the physical exertion where we'll need the energy tomorrow night."

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Tweets from lack of practice: Wings hold a lengthy team meeting (and other stuff)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took part in their morning-after-the-Canucks-debacle practice...Well, actually, the team didn't practice, holding a team meeting instead.

Danny DeKeyser took his turn on the ice, but he was the Wings' lone skater:

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Oct. 23, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 22.

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On Waivers Today

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Saarijarvi reassigned to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned rookie defenseman Vili Saarijarvi from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In his first full professional season, Saarijarvi, 20, has accounted for one assist and a plus-one rating in three games with the Walleye.

Detroit’s second choice, 73rd overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Saarijarvi scored 31 points (11-20—31) in 34 regular season games with the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads in 2016-17 before leading all team defensemen with 15 points (5-10—15) in 20 playoff appearances. Saarijarvi has represented his home country of Finland at the 2017 and 2016 World Junior Championships and won the gold medal in 2016.

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound blueliner ranked third on the OHL’s Flint Firebirds in scoring with 43 points (12-31—43) in 59 games during the 2015-16 campaign before making his pro debut later that season with the Walleye, totaling four points (1-3—4) in five appearances.

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Video- It’s Slow Motion Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Super slow motion highlights from week 2 in the NHL.  Just over 4 minutes long.


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In What Direction Will The Wings Go?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

If the Red Wings come out and have a hard practice and then a successful road trip in Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Florida this team gets a mulligan and everyone moves on.

If the Vancouver game effort and not the opening week of the season is an indication of how the Red Wings will play this year, it will be abundantly clear the issues extend well beyond the defense.

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The Situation In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

The sniper isn’t scoring, the all-world goalie can’t stop a puck, the defence is a mess.

Meanwhile, Mikhail Sergachev is heating up in Tampa Bay, Andrei Markov has four goals and 11 assists for Ak-Bars Kazan in the KHL and the one true bright spot in the Canadiens organization is undersized 19-year-old defenceman Victor Mete.

There comes a point when the tension around a team has reached critical mass — when the sheer weight of criticism aimed at a coach or a GM equals the square of the energy expended in hating the man times the speed of the team’s descent in the standings.

At that point, something has to give. But the individual making the decisions has to remain cool, calm and collected and avoid a Ron Corey disaster. The Canadiens have faced a brutal early schedule with a remade defence and a popgun offence. The worst thing the organization can do now is to panic and replace Bergevin with an inexperienced GM who is going to deal Price for prospects, plunging the team into another two decades in the wilderness.

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

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