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Tom Rowe Still Hot After Loss To The Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe was still unhappy about 18 hours after he felt his players weren’t, “mentally or physically,’’ prepared in a deflating 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and warned them against a similar effort in the final seven games of the regular season.

Even though the majority of the Panthers’ young core has long-term contracts, Rowe said while they may not be playing for jobs in the NHL, they are playing for a possible change of address.

“Just because guys don’t have contracts, doesn’t mean they can’t get traded either,” Rowe said before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. “They got to perform. Last night was unacceptable. We beat Chicago 7-0 playing good, then we got into Buffalo for a very, very big game and we come up with a 4-2 loss and they didn’t compete the way they were supposed to.

“At the end of the day, contracts are great. We did it for salary-cap reasons, but it doesn’t mean guys are going to retire [with the Panthers] if they keep playing like they did.”


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on NHL players participating in the Olympics, how the decision could impact NHL television exposure, Ron Hextall being a candidate for Team Canada's GM at the World Championships, how an injury is complicating Jets prospect Tucker Poolman and more.

Watch at TSN...

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Third Time’s A Charm

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Good things are supposed to happen in sets of three. So with that in mind, on this third game in three nights, I'm expecting a regulation win. And, the best thing about tonight's game will be our three shiny young players. Mantha, Athanasiou, and Larkin.

Since the third time is the charm, I'm going for broke now and calling a hat trick, for any Wing's player on the ice tonight.

Curly fries. It's a Live Blog! Bitches!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- One other thing about NFL and NHL “worlds colliding” in Las Vegas: the NHL’s research indicated Sunday games were the way to go. How much does football’s arrival alter that, especially in the first three months of the season?

- The NHL’s top two scorers since Feb. 1 are Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov (36 points) and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel (34). Maybe that’s not a coincidence. “He is probably my favourite player in the league,” Eichel said of Kucherov during a conversation last Friday. “The subtle plays he makes. One thing he does really well is shoot through a screen. He can pick a small corner through both the screener and the goalie and put it there. That’s something I’d like to do, too.”...

- Don’t know how things will shake down in Dallas and prefer not to guess. But I wonder if Ken Hitchcock will end up there in some role. Some connections remain.

much more

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Video- Drew Doughty On Playing The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Kings’ Drew Doughty says it’s about time we show up against Edmonton, calls out past Oilers’ forwards for not playing defence, and is still pissed about getting beat one-on-one by Connor McDavid.


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  Tags: drew+doughty

Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside On Hockey In China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL will have to commit resources to support that infrastructure in helping to coach the coaches and administrators who might oversee a fledgling hockey culture in China.

It's the kind of grandiose plan that will need the support of business leaders in North America and China to make a reality. It is the kind of plan with a million moving parts, a million things that could once again leave NHL powerbrokers wondering if it was all worth it.

But if it's done right, it does represent the kind of magic the NHL envisioned when it first sent its players to the Olympics in 1998 and which has, in many ways, eluded the league.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.

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With Seven Games Left, Will Mantha And Athanasiou Hit The 20 Goal Mark?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In what bodes well for next season, young Detroit Red Wings Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou are finishing this one with flourish.

Mantha is coming off of a two-goal performance and Athanasiou off of another overtime goal as the Wings prepare to play the Carolina Hurricanes for a second straight night at PNC Arena (7, FS-Plus).

Both could hit 20-goal marks by the end of the season. Athanasiou is at 18 and Mantha 17. To see them provide a push from below is vital to the Wings returning to playoff race as soon as next season.

“It is extremely important,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We need some of these young players that are good players to be guys that we can win hockey games with. Our record is reflective of the group we have, and they are a big impact on it. They are playing important minutes.

“Ultimately, as we win games here, and they play big minutes, that means they not only are good players in the league but can help us win, and that is the most important thing. We want a winning group here.”


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Andrej Nestrasil Doesn’t Seem Very Happy With The Carolina Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian LeBlanc of Canes Country.

In an interview with Czech newspaper Blesk, Nestrasil blasted the Hurricanes organization, expressing his displeasure with the lack of opportunity given to him after returning from his injury. The interview was translated from Czech by Reddit user doytch33. Below are some quotes from the interview:

I'm on the farm team, maybe it's all because of my injury. That bothers me. Right now I have the capability that I had last year. It's not even my fault I'm on the farm team, it's more the organisation's changes and decisions. They did, what I think, is best for them. And I'm down here.

They didn't give me much a chance after the injury. It's a big learning experience for me, that when it's about business and money, everyone starts caring about themselves and no one wants to help. Obviously exceptions exist, but I haven't run into any. When I first got hurt, they wanted to help and were promises me things all over the place. But when it came down it, they weren't willing to actually do anything.

I think Ron Francis likes me as a player. But the coach didn't want me. And now they're happy that I'm on the farm.

I'm done here, 100%, and I don't want to stay here. This was such a frustrating and mentally draining year that I'm not going to repeat it. Still fifteen games left, so we'll see. The worst part is that I'm playing for people and a team that doesn't want me. And now I don't want to play for them.

more and do remember, at time, quotes get lost in the translation...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: andrej+nestrasil

Video- It’s Another Game Day Preview From Raleigh

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ken Kal does what he does...


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Deal Close Between USA Hockey And U.S. Women’s National Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The United States’ women’s national team is close to ratifying an offer from USA Hockey which would put an end to 15 months of negotiation and their boycott of this week’s IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The 23 members of the women’s national team began procedures to vote on the latest offer from USA Hockey just before noon ET on Tuesday, according to sources.

The two sides left not a moment to spare, with the United States set to face Team Canada on Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., to open the tournament.

While details of the latest offer from USA Hockey remain unclear at the moment, the women’s national team program is believed to have won an increase in compensation, including in non-Olympic years, as well as other important working condition benefits for which they have been fighting.


I will update this post as needed.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: team+usa

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