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Dan Renouf’s Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Renouf is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman who the Red Wings signed as an undrafted college free agent out of Maine in March 2016.

You’re not going to get flash and dash from Renouf. But judging from scouting reports, Renouf is the poster child for a defensive defenseman, who also doesn’t mind to play a physical game.

“It’s something, I think, is the biggest part of my game, being gritty and that physical part of the game,” Renouf said.

In 58 games this season, Renouf had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) with a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes.

“I had a chance to watch him play earlier in the season and got chance to watch him last summer, and he’s good sized defenseman who plays fairly efficiently, skates well and makes good decisions with the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Efficient is a world that he’s going to want to be.

“He’s got a toughness to him. I’m interested to see him. You don’t know for sure you until you get chances to watch guys play.”


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Henrik Zetterberg On Schedule To Play His 1000th Game In The Last Game At The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 27, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 26.

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An Optional Skate For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul



On another note, George is still ill and at this point I have no idea when he will return.

I will try to keep up with any Wings news but it certainly won't be as thorough like George does.

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The Latest From The IIHF On The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation remains hopeful for an NHL Olympic resolution but again made it clear that skipping the tournament in South Korea in 2018, then coming back to play in Beijing in 2022, is not the way to go.

"We have previously stated that the NHL can't just pick and choose which Olympics to participate in," Rene Fasel said in a statement to ESPN.com from the IIHF on Monday. "Our discussions are focused on going to Pyeongchang, and any discussion about Beijing can wait until this has been settled.

"Building ice hockey's profile in Asia is one of the top mandates of my current presidential term. There is a rising interest in the sport within Korea, and we would miss a huge opportunity to grow the game if we didn't have a best-on-best showcase in this country."


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Video- Everyone Seems To Be Moving Kind Of Slow Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Three plus minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.


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Sabres Fans Unfairly Criticized Yet Again

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

They've been blamed for the poor atmosphere at KeyBank Center, scorned by fans and even Sabres players for booing, and mocked by many for leaving games early.

As if that isn't enough, now many of them are getting unwarranted flak regarding Saturday night's tilt against Toronto.

It was a great game in front of a packed house. Nearly half in attendance were Leafs fans. It was Hockey Night in Canada, except that it was in Buffalo. There was plenty of blue and white and not as much blue and gold.

The fact that a large number of season ticket holders had the audacity to resell their seats, for enough money in many cases to make a car payment or feed a family of four for a week, did not sit well with the hockey-is-holier-than-thou crew.

There were non-paying Sabres fans spewing venom via twitter from the comfort of their living rooms in front of their televisions. Hard-working fans were being shamed and tagged as money grabbers. It was even suggested that cashing out for this game should be grounds for season ticket account revocation.

This whole act is just ridiculous and deplorable. Being trolled by visiting Leafs fans pales in comparison to all of the garbage criticism that loyal Sabres fans who financially and emotionally support this heartbreaking team have had to put up with year after losing year.

Conform. Stand up and cheer despite your team being doubled in shots and looking lost. Even when the players you paid to see are clearly taking the night off, no booing is permitted. Regardless of when you have to get up in the morning, you stay until the final horn. And don't you dare resell your tickets.

Enough already.

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Morning Line- Jack Todd On Andrei Markov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Markov is in the final season of a three-year contract that pays him $5,750,000 per season — a much-maligned deal when he signed that now looks like a bargain. Given his level of fitness and his stellar play, he has surely earned at a two-year deal that will likely be signed in the off-season. Markov has made it clear in the past he doesn’t want to play anywhere else, and the Canadiens don’t want him playing elsewhere, not with Mikhail Sergachev a couple of seasons away from top-pairing duties and Nathan Beaulieu still wildly inconsistent.

At the end of that contract, Markov should be a solid contender for a spot in the Hall of Fame. And I, for one, can’t wait to hear what he has to say the day he’s elected.

-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on Markov.

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Elbow On Brian Dumoulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the play and Dumoulin went the the dressing room but did return.


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A Not So Hot Return For Henrik Lundqvist And A Brendan Smith/Corey Perry Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If Henrik Lundqvist wanted to be tested in order to prepare for the playoffs upon returning from a seven-game absence covering nearly three weeks, The King surely was that here on Sunday in a 6-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Ducks.

“It was a challenging game,” Lundqvist said with a wry smile after surrendering five goals on 33 shots in 58:37. “You hope for maybe a little easier game, but there are no easy games in this league.”

It is impossible for there to be an easy game with the Rangers making it as difficult as possible on themselves and their goaltender. Despite being tied 3-3 entering the third, the Blueshirts were guilty of a multitude of bleeps, bloopers and blunders in their decisions, puck-movement and coverage all night long.

“Too many guys brought their ‘C’ game and that’s not good enough,” coach Alain Vigneault said following the defeat that prevented the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot. “It was not an easy game for Hank, but if I know him the way everyone does, he’s going to get better.”


Below, watch Corey Perry and Brendan Smith go at it...

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  Tags: brendan+smith, corey+perry, henrik+lundqvist

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