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What Could The Edmonton Oilers Do With The Second Pick In The NHL Drat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Teams know the Oilers have already drafted centres Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl from 2011 on, so why does he need another one?

Maybe they feel (and rightly so) the Oilers need a defenceman at the draft more. Maybe they’re even wondering if MacTavish also really likes McDavid’s centre teammate Dylan Strome, the OHL scoring champ who had four goals and six points in his final league game Sunday, and if he can get him later for a flip of picks, he’d take that.

There are lots of scenarios in play for the No. 2 pick, such as:

- What if the Nashville Predators called and offered defenceman Seth Jones and Finnish goalie Juuse Saros? The Preds don’t have their late first-rounder because they traded it to the Leafs for Cody Franson, which gums things up somewhat. But Jones can be a top-two defenceman. Saros played in the world junior and is in the top Finnish league right now, and Jari Kurri, the former Finnish national team GM, was raving about the 19-year-old at the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup reunion last fall. We all know the Preds will be riding Pekka Rinne in net for years to come. All those years, the Predators had a terrific defence but couldn’t go deep in the playoffs because they had no first-line centre.

- What if the Toronto Maple Leafs call, with the cupboard bare at centre, and offers to flip their No. 5 selection for the No. 2 for defenceman Morgan Rielly, another player who most scouts feel will be a top-pairing defenceman in short order?

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Vincent Lecavalier May Be Tradable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

Despite a feeling around hockey that Lecavalier is untradeable because of the length of his contract and declining offensive statistics, there does seem to be a way to work a divorce that will make both sides happy.

The Flyers, in fact, came very close to trading twice Lecavalier last summer, NJ Advance Media has learned. Lecavalier almost was moved to the Florida Panthers in June, and he twice almost was dealt to the Nashville Predators in July.

The reason neither trade was completed, according to sources, is that Panthers and Predators ownership called off the otherwise done deals.

"I think there are enough people in hockey circles that know that the deal was awfully close with Nashville," Kent Hughes, Lecavalier's agent, told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview. "I can't comment on specifics. Unfortunately, it didn't materialize for reasons other than personnel."

There's reason to believe that Lecavalier could be tradable this summer as well, despite very disappointing 2014-15 stats: seven goals, 17 points and a minus-10 rating in 51 games, almost all of them coming with the natural center playing right wing on the Flyers' fourth line.

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A Look At Eddie Lack

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

Midway through a physical 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack was beckoned to center ice by opposing goaltender Jonathan Quick, who had just ignited a skirmish by throwing two right hands at Canucks captain Henrik Sedin. Lack made it only as far as his own red line, offering a sensible explanation after the game.

"I may have a reach [advantage on Quick]," the 6-foot-4 Lack joked. "I think he's a little meaner than me."

It was a classic moment of levity after a big win for the affable Swede. In a season that has seen Lack, 27, emerge as a force in the Vancouver crease, his teammates have used all kinds of words to describe the quirky goaltender. But "mean" definitely isn't one of them.

"He's goofy," Canucks winger Nick Bonino said in describing Lack.

"Easy going, fun loving, always happy," teammate Chris Higgins said. "Almost to a fault sometimes."

"I would say he's one of those interesting goalies," forward Radim Vrbata added.

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Details regarding construction of ‘Detroit Entertainment Center’ revealed at City Council meeting

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:59 PM: After announcing that 25 of the first 30 contracts awarded for the construction of the "Detroit Entertainment Center" were awarded to Detroit businesses, and then stating that the Eddystone Hotel will be renovated with 1 of 5 units designated for "affordable housing," Olympia Development of Michigan appeared before Detroit's City Council on WXYZ reports that the Ilitches revealed a new aspect of their project...

Olympia told council it plans to have a park  similar to Campus Martius next to the arena for outdoor events. It will be open to the public.

There are also plans to renovate the historic Eddystone hotel, and turn it into about 100 homes.

“Restoring the Eddystone Hotel helps preserve an important piece of Detroit’s rich architectural history while creating much needed job opportunities and affordable housing for Detroiters,” said Rod Blake, Director of Development for Olympia Development of Michigan.

Once approved by city leaders and the Historic District Commission, work on the Eddystone Hotel could begin as early as fall of 2015.​

But given that it is entirely possible that baseball, football and hockey games might be taking place at the same time at Comerica Park, Ford Field and the "Detroit Entertainment Center," as well as concerts at the Fox Theatre and Filmore Detroit, there are concerns about parking...

And the Free Press's Joe Guillen reports that the City Council isn't thrilled about the fact that Olympia Development's plans involve razing the Hotel Park Avenue, or the fact that 4 of 5 housing units will be...let's say expensive...

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Red Wings-Sharks game-day articles: On ‘the starter,’ Datsyuk and Kronwall’s leadership

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 4:00 PM:

At the morning skate, the Wings' beat writers revealed that Pavel Datsyuk won't be playing tonight as his "lower-body injury" hasn't met Datsyuk's healed-enough-for-a-game threshold, that Erik Cole won't be playing tonight as his "upper-body injury" is still aggravating him, that Jakub Kindl won't be playing because Niklas Kronwall is ready to return, and Jimmy Howard will be playing as the Wings' "starter" because the Red Wings' coach is getting a little gruff regarding Howard's ahead of tonight's game against San Jose (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM).

I hate to play "read the tea leaves," but Howard might be "the starter until he's not the starter" for more than one reason this evening:

Howard's 12 years older than the "Brawl in Hockeytown" which turned 19 today (so he's 31).

The San Jose Sharks' morning skate didn't get the same Twitter treatment, so the Mercury News's Davd Pollak revealed the player who would oppose Howard...

First off ice for #SJSharks: Niemi.

Speaking of history, the Red Wings' Game Day Blog posited several historical notes...

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Video- Jared Boll Suspended Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL explanation of the suspension...

 

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

THURSDAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS
Three Eastern Conference clubs can clinch playoff berths today:
 
MONTREAL CANADIENS
* If the Canadiens defeat the Jets in regulation or overtime, they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in any fashion OR if the Bruins defeat the Ducks in a shootout.
 
* If the Canadiens defeat the Jets in a shootout, they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in any fashion.
 
* If the Canadiens get one point against the Jets (overtime or shootout loss), they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in regulation.
 
* The Canadiens cannot clinch a playoff berth if they lose to the Jets in regulation.

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Red Wings-Sharks morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard starts, Kronwall in, Datsyuk out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 11:37: Howard starts, Kronwall in, Cole, Kindl, Datsyuk out

With questions about both coaches' futures swirling (TSN's Travis Yost just posited a "fancy stats" explanation of why Babcock's the best coach slated to be on the market this summer), a City Council "reveal" of plans regarding the Wings' follow-on rink in the offing, and the Wings in a massive march slump, the Detroit Red Wings hope to get back on track against the San Jose Sharks this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM; it's an O'Halloran game, too).

NHL.com posted a pretty solid video preview of tonight's affair:

In the FYI and prospect departments:

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Happy March 26th!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

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Nick Boynton Will Be Facing A Few Criminal Charges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,

Nick Boynton, a former defenseman with the Boston Bruins and other NHL teams, might be a little delayed in getting to the announcer’s booth to give his commentary of action at Thursday night’s Sabres-Coyotes game at First Niagara Center.

Boynton is accused of causing a disturbance at the Buffalo Creek Casino on Wednesday night and fighting with Buffalo police officers assigned there to provide security.

“He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger,” a police source said.

Boynton, a 36-year-old native of Nobleton, Ont., was detained by police and will be charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment.

Boynton joined the Coyotes’ broadcast team prior to this season.

added 12:03pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes have issued the following statement regarding Nick Boynton.

"Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino. A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence."

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