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A Look At The Canadian Teams Missing The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,


The bad moves are piling up on GM Peter Chiarelli, and the bad metrics, particularly historically awful penalty killing, aren’t complimentary to head coach Todd McLellan. Nobody expected the Oilers to take such a massive step backward this season, and somebody, you figure, has to pay the price.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins needs to move on. Problem is, the Oilers felt the same about Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and the trades involving both of those players look pretty bad right now for Edmonton. The Oilers have historically been one of the NHL’s fastest teams, and now they’re one of the slowest. As said many times, that Milan Lucic contract is going to haunt them.

The key question is whether the Chiarelli/McLellan combo can return, or whether they need to wipe the slate clean in Edmonton. Again.

Tough call for owner Darryl Katz. Connor McDavid’s cap hit, don’t forget, jumps to $12.5 million from $925,000 next season.


The Canadiens can’t blame the absence of Carey Price for this debacle. He’s been a big part of it. There’s no No. 1 centre, and you’d have to be an eternal optimist to believe Jonathan Drouin is going to become that guy....


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Team Canada Defeated By Team Czech Republic

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet,

Three-on-three overtime on the international-sized ice is flat-out bonkers, especially since the teams don’t change ends and face the long change the way Canada and the Czech Republic did Saturday at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The pace is frenetic, the transitions are immediate and the space to operate appears even more endless than it does in the NHL.

Andrew Ebbett thought he might get off on a breakaway during the crazed stanza but was out of juice, so he sprung Mat Robinson, who started the play by stealing the puck and hustled his way onto the attack. But on the messy ice the defenceman lost the puck before he could fire a shot away, another in a series of opportunities the Canadians couldn’t covert.

"Ugh," Robinson said afterwards. "I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight."

The same surely extends to some of his teammates after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic at Gangneung Hockey Centre in a very physical and tremendously entertaining contest, a result that may cost the two-time defending Olympic champions a chance to advance directly to the quarter-finals.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

Philadelphia 2, COLUMBUS 1 (OT)

NY Islanders 3, CAROLINA 0

WINNIPEG 6, Colorado 1

DALLAS 2, St. Louis 1

Continue Reading »

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Report- Meet The New CEO Of The Ottawa Senators

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Rather than hiring a replacement for recently departed president and chief executive officer Tom Anselmi, the Senators owner will leave his cozy nest in Barbados, set up an office in the nation’s capital and assume the CEO duties of his own team, a well-placed source inside the organization says...

Melnyk came to town earlier this week and held a staff meeting, at which point he presented his new plan. The boss would become hands-on, directing the staff and running the business.

It is not known whether Melnyk will hold a news conference to share what strategy he has devised, if any, to increase the number of ticket-buying customers. But the odds of that happening appear to be slim, if his most recent means of communicating with the fans are any indication.


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Two Sides To A Trade

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit Nrws...

Sure, it’s fun to conjure potential trades, some of which could come close to happening.

But, fans have to be realistic.

Consider the opposing side, the other team potentially you’re dealing with.

Look, they may or may not want Jonathan Ericsson or Trevor Daley, or as Pete in Wyandotte so creatively composed the trade possibility, Tomas Tatar (something about Tatar’s lack of scoring).

But that team likely isn’t going to give up a first-round draft pick, or multiple first-round draft picks, to do so.

They want to win, too, and are looking toward their own future. Nobody is going to be giving up 1st-round draft picks for talent you deem expendable.

Kulfan goes on and answers some fan mail...

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A Six-Year Contract Extension For Mikael Backlund

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed center Mikael Backlund to a six year contract.

Backlund, a native of Vasteras, Sweden, was drafted in the first round – 24thoverall by the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Backlund made his Flames debut on January 9, 2009. Since then, Mikael has skated in 519 games for the Flames notching 104 goals and 158 assists for 262 points. Backlund had a breakout year in 2016/17 notching career highs in goals with 22, assists with 31, and points with 53. Recently, on November 25th, Backlund scored his 100th career NHL goal and on December 31st he played in his 500th career NHL game.

Term: 6 Years

AAV: $5.350M

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Upcoming Olympic Hockey Schedule

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If in the eastern time zone, subtract 14 hours to get the ET puck drop.

Rachel G. Bowers on the USA/OAR game..

If the US beats Russia, in regulation or overtime, it will win the group and receive a bye into the quarterfinals. If Russia beats the US in regulation, it could have a shot at winning the group, pending the outcome of Slovakia-Slovenia. If Russia wins in overtime, it will tie the US in points with 5. If two teams are tied in points after group play concludes, the winner of the head-to-head matchup wins the group. If there is a three-way tie, however, this five-step tiebreaker is applied until there is no longer a tie.


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Those Were The Days

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Pete Weber at the Predators' website,

I am putting myself on the record here. I really miss the frequent meetings between the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings that we had over the course of the Preds' first 14 seasons.

Nashville and Detroit were members of the same division for a decade and a half, so they played as many as eight regular-season (not to mention preseason and playoff) games during a single campaign. At the start, the Predators were decided underdogs. The Red Wings were two-time defending Stanley Cup champions when the Predators first took the ice. In other words, there were quite a few teams that didn't fare well against them.

The powerful Red Wings, with a $75 million payroll (in those days there wasn't a salary cap or floor) versus the $12 million for the Predators. The Red Wings power-play unit alone surpassed the Nashville payroll!

At the outset, it really was a David versus Goliath matchup. Former Preds Head Coach Barry Trotz was concerned that his team might want autographs from all of the Detroit Hall of Famers.


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Teams Showing Interest In Luke Glendening

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Afternoon Line- David Poile

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"I think we’re closer to doing nothing than to do something."

-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators.  Adam Vingan of The Tennessean has more.

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