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Stars Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 1, 2015) – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.

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Ken Holland tells Duff that the Wings don’t want to make a ‘lateral move’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff posited a trade deadline update from Red Wings GM Ken Holland today, and Holland's comments echo the ones he made to MLive's Ansar Khan last night:

“We’re exploring if there’s players out there that would make our team better,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re not looking for a lateral moves. If there’s only lateral moves or the price is higher than we’re prepared to pay, we won’t do anything.”

(Lateral moves are bad during the trade deadline but OK during the summer. Hm.)

Prior to the start of the season, members of the Detroit brass quietly acknowledged that if Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk regained their health and enjoyed big years, if goalie Jimmy Howard rebounded from a poor 2013-14 season, if depth players like Helm again became factors and the Wings’ younger players took another step forward in their progress and the club was a legitimate contender in the East, then they would look to do something dramatic prior to the trade deadline.

In past seasons, when they were certain that they had a chance to win it all and they’ve been afforded the opportunity to make a major move to acquire a difference maker, the Wings haven’t hesitated to pull the trigger – think Chris Chelios, Dominik Hasek, Robert Lang, Brendan Shanahan.

“If we can find a player to upgrade us, to give us another dimension, we’ll do it,” Holland said.

Duff continues, and MLive's Brendan Savage posited an annotated photo gallery of trade targets as well...

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Afternoon Line-Terry Frei On Cody McLeod

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 What Cody McLeod did last night at the end of the game was, to me, as much a stupid outgrowth of the North American game’s code and culture as it was a single despicable act. I’d ask anyone expressing outrage: Flip it 180 degrees or put the skate on the other foot … however you want to put it. How would you react?

-Terry Frei of the Denver Post where you can read more on McLeod.

What did McLeod do?... watch below...

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Khan: No news is no news regarding Darren Helm

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Darren Helm may have been concussed [edit: yes, I believe that he may be concussed despite the, "It's not a head injury!" line /end edit], he may have lost some teeth as he went cheek-first into the boards via that Seth Jones smear, the Wings might be afraid about a broken jaw or broken cheekbone/orbital bone, or Helm could've simply gotten his shoulder, elbow, a rib or wrist jammed into the boards as he took a rough ride yesterday.

In any case, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Wings won't know what ails Helm until practice tomorrow:

Update #2: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James' report:

The Detroit Red Wings got 61 games out of forward Darren Helm, more than the previous two seasons combined. Now it's again murky when he might play next.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that Helm will have an MRI Monday to evaluate an upper-body injury sustained during the first period of Saturday's 4-3 victory at Nashville. "We won't now anything until we get pictures," Holland said.

Holland wouldn't specify Helm's injury, but did say it is not a head injury.

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Curtis Glencross Traded To The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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added 3:49pm, Washington release is below...

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Waiver Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Several NHL clubs have taken to the waiver wire Sunday as they attempt to prepare their rosters for potential trade deadline moves.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames added a player each via the waiver wire Sunday.

Toronto claimed defenceman Tim Erixon from the Chicago Blackhawks while the Flames added defenceman David Schlemko from the Dallas Stars....

However, a few teams placed players on waivers as well.

Those players include Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque, Boston Bruins forwards Craig Cunningham, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie, Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Carey and San Jose Sharks forward Tye McGinn.


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Yeah, James Neal did butt-end Brendan Smith in the face yesterday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Presented without comment, other than to say that I couldn't believe this happened:

Update: Here's what Smith had to say about the butt-end and Logan Couture's slew-foot to MLive's Ansar Khan:

The play with Neal happened at 9:42 of the third period in the Red Wings' 4-3 win. Neal was penalized for high-sticking.

"I haven't seen it, but I felt he knew I was there and that was kind of intentional," Smith said.

Speaking after the game, Smith was still upset about Couture taking his feet out from under him in front of the Detroit net two days before.

"I personally didn't like the play," Smith said. "I can't defend myself. That's the biggest thing. When somebody can't defend themselves, that's when there's an issue. Obviously, it was intentional."


"I couldn't put any hand down to protect myself and I did land pretty hard on my head and that's why I had to go off and get an assessment," Smith said. "That makes me upset because there's a chance I could be out for a long time. You've seen it with Mule (Johan Franzen, out with a concussion). He hasn't been back since then (Jan. 6). Those head injuries are dangerous. At least the league saw it as it was and we'll keep going. Everybody is trying to battle for space. Things like that we got to crack down on."

Khan continues...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First-year netminder Andrew Hammond stopped 28 shots and rookies Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman each found the back of the net in the third period to rally the Senators to their fifth straight victory, their longest stretch since Apr. 5-13, 2014. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it also marks the first time that Ottawa has defeated the Sharks, Ducks and Kings (in any order) on the same road trip.
* At 27-23-10 (64 points), the Senators sit seven points behind the Bruins (31-22-9, 71 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa owns two games in hand, but Boston owns the ROW tiebreaker (BOS: 29, OTT: 24). The Senators and Bruins will go head-to-head twice in March, with both contests at Canadian Tire Centre on Mar. 10 and Mar. 19.
* Hammond has been in net for each game during the winning streak, becoming the first goaltender in Senators history to win his first five career starts. He is the second goaltender in the past three seasons to begin his career with wins in five straight team games (also Martin Jones with LAK, Dec. 3-14, 2013).

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The Boston Bruins Are Still Shopping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Peter Chiarelli is still looking for a right winger with some physicality, a depth defenseman and potentially a backup goaltender, and wants to acquire any and all these things without dealing away the team’s first round pick, or any of their top young players.

For the players in the B’s clubhouse, it’s a nervous time where they hope to still be in Black and Gold when things have settled on Monday. There were vague, suspicious reports that a deal was imminent for the Bruins on Saturday, but a Bruins source insisted to CSNNE.com that nothing was about to break in the hours following the Saturday night win over Arizona....

Veteran names like Dennis Seidenberg and Loui Eriksson had been mentioned as potential trade targets should the Bruins look to shed some salary, and there are a large number of players the B’s could bring into the fold. Chris Stewart and Erik Cole are at the top of the list as true power forward-types with the ability to generate offense, and Curtis Glencross remains a possible fit if Boston is one of his desired NTC destinations.

There was plenty of chatter in B's circles this weekend about 5-foot-7 Columbus forward Cam Atkinson as a potentially interesting target as a restricted free agent. Given that Atkinson is a young RFA, scored 21 goals last season and is only 25 years old with a price tag that would be rightfully steep, it will be a challenge for the B's to reel in the former Boston College standout.


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A Two-Year Extension For Jay McClement In Carolina

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added 10:09am, Carolina press release is below...

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