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Montreal Must Be Prepared For John Tavares, Just In Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

One of the Canadiens’ most glaring problems is their lack of a first-line centre. An obvious solution would be New York Islanders’ star John Tavares, should he hit the open market this off-season. Dreger said that while Tavares leaving the Islanders is unlikely, the Habs have no choice but to be ready just in case.

“It’s a pipedream. I’m still in the camp that believes that Tavares and the Islanders are going to find that middle ground. He’ll stay and quite possibly finish his career with the Islanders.”

“In Tavares you have to be all-in if you’re the Canadiens, you’re so desperate up the middle of the ice. I had an NHL executive tell me earlier this week that he believes that if Tavares goes to market, someone is going to offer a seven-year term at $15 million per season. If you’re the Canadiens with $9 million in cap space right now, and that’s going to grow in the off-season, if he hits the market, you need to be one of those teams ready to pony up that kind of dough.”

more on Montreal trade options...

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GM Poll - Offside Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Ottawa Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Pierre Dorion’s phone has been ringing off the hook for seven weeks.

That doesn’t mean he’s ready to make changes … yet.

Addressing the media before Thursday’s home game against the St. Louis Blues, the Ottawa Senators general manager said he knew the odds were long, but he still wasn’t ready to throw in the towel on the National Hockey League playoffs.

Back from scouting department meetings in Florida last week, Dorion said the Senators had mapped out several possibilities for what direction to take depending on what happens before the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26.

“We have a plan in place and we have multiple plans in place depending on where this hockey team goes and the direction we need to go to,” Dorion said. “We know we’re in a tough position right now.

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Tweets from practice: Bertuzzi, Zetterberg ‘take maintenance days’ per Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' Thursday afternoon practice preceded the Toast of Hockeytown event, so it wasn't covered intensely. MLive's Ansar Khan posted the only Tweet from practice...

And the Red Wings posted a pair of player (Gustav Nyquist) and coach's comment videos:

added 5:43pm, some power play talk added below too..

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Defense Is A Problem For The Chicago Blackhawks

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from Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post,

Chicago is allowing 57 even-strength shot attempts per 60 minutes this season, its highest rate since 2007-08, the first year data is available. More troubling than the increased volume of shots is they are coming from the more dangerous parts of the ice, such as the slot and the crease. Once you account for shot quality, the Blackhawks are allowing shots that carry an expected goal rate of 2.5 per 60 minutes at even strength, the eighth-worst mark of 2017-18. Their expected goal rate against (xGA per 60) in their championship years, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2014-15 were 1.9, 2.0 and 2.3, respectively.

Among the 146 defensemen playing at least 500 minutes at even strength this season, Keith’s pair ranks 123rd for the quality of shot the team allows with him on the ice (2.7 xGA per 60), Brent Seabrook’s pair ranks 116th (2.7 xGA per 60) and Gustav Forsling’s pair ranks 143rd (2.9 xGA per 60).

more with graphs, charts, etc....

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Prospect news: Grifins lose to Milwaukee; ECHL ASG set for 2019 in Toledo; Cholowski posts 2A

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins gave up 3 3rd period goals en route to a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday. Matt Puempel and Ben Street had a goal and an assist apiece and Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots in the Griffins' loss.

The Griffins' website posted a recap, photo gallery, highlight clip and interview clip from the game, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner filed a recap noting that the teams battle again on Friday in Milwaukee;

Wallner also profiled former Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek, who's coaching the South Korean Olympic Ice Hockey team. WOOD TV profiled Paek as well:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye have announced the format of their 2019 All-Star Game, the team is holding a "Hockey Heritage Weekend" on February 23rd and 24th, and the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe penned a mid-season check-in with the Walleye, a note about Pat Nagle's participation in the ECHL All-Star Game and a profile of Connor Crisp;

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Red Wings’ Alums to hold two important games on Friday and Sunday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association is playing a pair of games of charitable note this week. The Wings' Alums will take part in a game to benefit the City of Novi Police and Fire Departments on Friday...

And the Wings' Alums will be playing in East Lansing against MSU Alumni on Sunday:

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The Athletic: Grand Rapids Griffins captain Matt Ford leading by example

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From The Athletic's Emily Waldron:

GRAND RAPIDS — Matt Ford has a consistent pregame routine, honed over the years of playing in the American Hockey League. This routine, which consists of the veteran right wing skating a round of sprints to accelerate his heart rate has, until this year, normally been performed solo. One day this season, however, it took a turn when Griffins 21-year-old defensemen Joe Hicketts ended up next to him.

“I'm pretty sure one day he stood next to me and he just started going, so I started going a little bit faster,” Ford said, grinning at the memory. “Then I noticed that he was trying to race me. It was a joke at first, but now we take a lot of pride in who's going to win that race.”

Hicketts, a self-proclaimed spark plug, readily shows his admiration for the 33-year-old captain,  but he’s also not one to let sentiment cloud any opportunity to come out on top, especially during their now-standard pregame competition.

“I don't like to lose,” Hicketts said with a smirk. “So, I'm not going to lose to the oldest guy on the team, that's for sure.”

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Top 10 NHL captains of all time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Floyd,

All through their historical backdrop the NHL teams captains and alternates have set up themselves as extraordinary pioneers and champions. What follows is a glance at the 10 biggest players that proudly wear a "C" on their chest. These players were always rated with the best ice hockey betting odds in history.

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Morning Line- Mike Heika On Tyler Seguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My guess is discussions are probably going land somewhere near the eight-year deal that Jamie Benn signed that averages $9.5 million a year. Like I have said before, a lot of where this goes will depend on how the Stars do in the playoffs and how Seguin does in the playoffs. He needs to create a playoff part of his resume in Dallas.

-Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News on Tyler Seguin re-signing with the Dallas Stars.  More from Heika on the Stars in Q & A format.

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