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Wings Player Wants The Puck More

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

It is almost Friday evening so instead of the usual I am changing it up a bit...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I need the puck more. I can't be chasing it around the ice a lot.  I have to have a quicker release and be ready to shoot the puck when I get it. I can't be afraid to shoot it. Sometimes you're always looking to pass; just shoot it on net and see what happens."

now find out who said it and more on the player too...

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Another Cup On Marian Gaborik’s Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Gaborik made $7.5 million each of the past five seasons. But no one makes that much in L.A. – defenseman Drew Doughty’s average salary is $7 million and center Anze Kopitar’s is $6.8 million – and the Kings also wanted to re-sign defenseman Matt Greene under the salary cap. Gaborik’s average salary will be $4.875 million.

“Let’s face it, he could have made a lot more money if he went out on the market,” Lombardi said. “Here’s the rock star that could have gone out and got a lot more. Obviously that bodes well.”

Why not cash in on success?

“I’ve made enough money in my whole career, so it wasn’t about money,” said Gaborik, whose career earnings total $71.379 million according to capgeek.com. “To get a taste of that Cup, I think that gives you motivation to repeat and to be hungry again.

“That is that motivation – to go back there and to do it with this team and to play in this environment, to play in this state. It’s an awesome mix. I didn’t want to leave.”


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Mike Babcock On A Few Players After Three Preseason Games

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

... how much can you tell after three preseason games, especially because it means some guys have played only one?

“It’s been good,” Mike Babcock said. “We’ve got one team that’s won both games and another team that’s lost in overtime. So, they’ve got to hold serve tomorrow.”

He ran through a list, using some nicknames, for players like Andersson, Luke Glendening, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist, Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss.

“I think Andy’s been really good,” Babcock said. “I think Glenie’s been really good. I think Sheahan and Jurco had their best games.

“Nyke’s got to get going. Mule’s got to get going. Z’s got to get going.

“Now, you can say all that — (but) they’ve played one game.

“So, it’s a process to get yourself to where you feel real good. That’s what they’re trying to do.”


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Afternoon Line - Ted Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We do everything in our power to stop an offensive guy from scoring goals,. We do things to break a system, yet when we have fighters on another team we want to fight him? I don’t know why. …

“There’s a purpose for aggressive play, but there has to be a purpose (for fighting) — without it there’s no reason to do it.”

-Ted Nolan, head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.  More from Nolan and a few other coaches by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

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Steven Stamkos Getting His Game Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,

When Lightning captain Steven Stamkos takes the ice tonight for his first exhibition action, he'll do so looking - and feeling - more like his old self.

Stamkos said his surgically-repaired right leg feels much better than he did late last season, when he returned after missing 45 games following surgery to repair a broken tibia. While tonight's game against the Stars will provide a better barometer, he's already seen a big difference in practice and scrimmages.

"I think it's that first couple steps, that explosiveness that is a big part of my game," Stamkos said. "I definitely feel a lot more comfortable in that regards. We'll have to wait and see until the game, but in practices and scrimmages the skating is an asset of mine and I thought I was kind of a step back last year even when I did some back. I'm feeling good, feeling confident and mentally I'm in a much better state as well. You don't realize how much that has an affect on your game until you go through an injury like that and you find yourself protecting that spot a lot of instead of thinking maybe the next play, which I usually do. I'm in a better state that way as well."

The coaches have noticed it,, too.


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Jacob Markstrom Placed On Waivers By The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks have placed goaltender Jacob Markstrom on waivers.

The 24-year-old netminder was acquired from the Florida in March as part of the trade that sent Roberto Luongo back to the Panthers.

Markstrom appeared in four games with the Canucks last season, posting a 1-2-0 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage.

Originally selected in the second round (31st overall) by the Panthers, Markstrom has appeared in 47 career NHL games, posting a 12-27-0-5 record with an .896 save percentage and a 3.19 goals-against.

The Swedish netminder has one year remaining on his current contract worth an average annual value of $1.2 million. he is slated to become a restricted free agent at season's end.

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The Canucks’ Physiotherapist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Trevor Linden and his crew made a lot of interesting moves in the off-season in hopes of helping the Vancouver Canucks’ fortunes, but one of the best — which may have slipped under the radar — was bringing in physiotherapist Rick Celebrini as a consultant.

Celebrini is tremendously well known already in this city for his work with Steve Nash for many years and more recently with Kevin Bieksa, and of course as a consultant to the Vancouver Whitecaps as well as co-founding Fortius Sports, and his best work often comes without anyone really knowing it’s happening.

While everyone knows that he works with individuals after they’ve been injured or are looking to better overcome an injury, one of the mainstays of his work with the Canucks is expected to be injury prevention, something he feels can be tackled with some success.


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Video- NBCSN Rivalry Night Promo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Loving You!


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From the Dub: Welcome to the new world

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Here in the WHL, the long wait for the new season is over. The regular season is underway across the league. With nine players away at NHL Camps or injured, the Winterhawks found themselves in unfamiliar territory with two consecutive losses to the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Prince George Cougars last weekend. But It didn't dampen the excitement of a new season, nor did it lessen the thrill of seeing seven new players suited up in a Winterhawks jersey, one of whom is already a fan favorite (16-year-old Skyler McKenzie). It's a brave new world here in the Dub, and not just in Portland. It's that festive time of year when my thoughts shift to how our new players see the season to come. 

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Wings’ Practice Update

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Two practice sessions today, one at 10:00am and the other at 11:30am.

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings first practice group (those who didn't play last night) on the ice. Helm (broken nose) is skating.

Helm not taking part in line rushes, so he doesn't appear ready to play tomorrow.

Wings skating with these lines: Franzen-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Frk-Weiss-Ferraro, Porter-Glendening-Callahan, Barnes/Hoggan-Zengerle-Pulkkinen

No game today but on Saturday, the Bruins visit with puck drop just after 7:00pm.

added 10:30am, also via Khan,

On defense, DeKeyser-Kindl, Quincey-Smith, Lashoff-Backman. Extras: Paetsch-Evans. Gustavsson and Mrazek in goal with Coreau rotating in.

added 11:46am, via Khan, the second group is skating....

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