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What Do You Think, Will Nestrasil Still Be A Wing After 12:00pm Tomorrow?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Will be interesting to see if players on waivers today -- TOR Matt Frattin and DET Andrej Nestrasil -- get claimed tomorrow.

Another year to go on contract, with cap hit of $800K, may work against Frattin but Nestrasil is 23-year-old on one-year deal at $550K.

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Detroit Red Wings Recall Xavier Ouellet, Brendan Smith On 7 Day IR

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

added 6:32pm,


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Video- Yeah Baby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I apologize for not posting this earlier today, just been a very busy last few days.

Last night the Calgary Flames celebrated the broadcasting career of Peter Maher who was the voice of the Calgary Flames for thirty-three years..

Here is a short highlight video of Maher and below is the ceremony from last night.


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Video- Dave Nonis Talked With The Toronto Media Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It doesn’t sound like any massive change is coming any time soon to the Maple Leafs, despite the team’s three-game losing streak.

Leafs GM Dave Nonis addressed the media, saying coach Randy Carlyle’s job is safe and no trades are in the offing.

“No one was here after the Boston game when we were 6-1-1 asking about his job security,” said Nonis. “We’ve got some things to work on. We just need to get back to where we were a week ago.”

Nonis said he was frustrated and embarrassed at the Leafs’ 9-2 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night.

continued and you can watch Nonis meeting with the media below...

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Refs Keeping An Eye On Brendan Gallagher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. 

Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!

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Top +/- Rating

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is still rather early in the season, but we have a significant +/- rating leader in Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators.  He has a +20 +/- rating in 18 games played.  This gives him a five point lead on anyone else in the league.  Forsberg is the leading Calder Trophy candidate.  He has 22 points, which places him in a tie for fourth place in the NHL.  That is a very good start to a career.

It is hard to make accurate predictions about the direction of an NHL career when it is only 18 games into his rookie season, but it appears Forsberg could be a superstar.  This certainly is a better start to a career than many future superstars have.  Forsberg actually has 36 NHL games played, as he has played partial seasons in the past.  He has 28 points in that time and a +7 +/- rating (he had been a significant minus player beforehand).  Although it is not uncommon for players to make significant improvements in their games as they are as young as Forsberg (20 years old) and adjusting to the NHL, his improvement this season seems too good to be true.  This is probably a hot streak and when scouts have a chance to analyze his game players will be better able to play against him.

It is possible at this point in his career that Filip Forsberg is going to be the best player in the league in the future.  The odds are against it.  Probably he will be an NHL star and probably he will be on a Hall of Fame track.  At this point he has been very impressive.  He is a big part of the reason that the Nashville predators have been a much better team this year than they were last year.

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Anthony Mantha speaks with WDFN’s Matt Sheppard

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha spoke with WDFN's Matt Sheppard on Tuesday, discussing what we'll call his delayed NHL debut, his recovery from his first major injury in the broken leg suffered during the team's prospect tournament and his self-improvement targets as he "turns pro" with the Grand Rapids Griffins:

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Adam McQuaid Out 6-8 Weeks With A Broken Thumb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager announced today, November 19, that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb.

The injury was sustained on November 18, during the Bruins/Blues game at TD Garden.

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Pascal Dupuis Out For At Least Six Months For Treatment Of Blood Clot In His Lung

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will be out of the lineup for at least six months while undergoing treatment with blood thinners.

The clot was identified during testing Monday, after Dupuis had complained of discomfort in his chest.

“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal. The treatment is at least six months of blood thinners, during which time he will not be able to play hockey. Other than that, his condition is stable.”

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The Montreal Canadiens Having Trouble Winning The ‘Big’ Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The Canadiens have but six losses this year, including one overtime setback versus the Vancouver Canucks. But in four of their five regulation-time defeats, Montreal got absolutely waxed. The teams that did the slaying are the Tampa Bay Lighting, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and, most recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three of those outfits, as of Wednesday morning, were top-six clubs in the standings. The fourth, Chicago, could get the last playoff berth in the West and still win the Stanley Cup.

The combined score of those four losses was Other Teams 22 Canadiens 3. In other words, just the kind of crazy discrepancy required to pick on a squad that has more points than any other in the NHL.

If the Habs want to prove they truly belong with the big boys, they won’t have to wait long for an opportunity. The skilled, surly St. Louis Blues (8-2-0 in their past ten) visit the Bell Centre Thursday night.

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