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Jonas Gustavsson Will Play In Grand Rapids Tomorrow

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Lawsuit Against The CHL

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The Canadian Hockey League consists of three members - the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.  It is big business.  It is the pipeline that feeds much of the talent into the NHL.  Some of the better markets make their owners millions of dollars each year.  They are facing a lawsuit, which if it has merit, will significantly change the leagues. 

A series of class action suits have come together demanding that players in the CHL get paid minimum wage.  The CHL has avoided this so far as the players are considered student athletes.  They receive a small weekly stipend and room and board is paid.  They have a promise that they will have their education paid for in an academic or trades program after they finish in the CHL.  The problem is that education is conditional.  Players who are injured and do not have full CHL careers, players who do not make CHL teams and play junior B or players who do not get their education within a limited amount of time do not get the same benefits.

It would significantly change the financial make-up of the CHL if they had to pay minimum wage.  Some of the smaller markets might not be able to succeed.  The problem is under the current system, the players are making far below their market value.  In some cases this is okay because they are on their way to the NHL.  However most players never make the NHL.  The promise of an education is valuable to some players - if they can get it.  Some other players may not be inclined to pursuing education.  These players are not getting the promised benefits from their CHL student-athlete status.

Here is an ESPN article that talks about this lawsuit.

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Alexey Marchenko Getting A Look By The Wings

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Ken (general manager Holland) and guys who go watch him play and Blash have said is that he's a big body," Babcock said. "We think he's a good player and we're going to give him an opportunity to see what he can do as we try to figure out how to have the best possible lineup we can to help win every game."

Goaltender Petr Mrazek, who played with Marchenko in Grand Rapids, said, "Marchy is a great defensive player, smart guy, right-handed, so I think he's really good. He can jump in the (rush) and then be back on the D."

Marchenko's season ended in late February following surgery for a high ankle sprain.

"I think Marchenko has played well in the AHL," Holland said. "We need to give Marchenko an opportunity. We had the opportunity to look at (Teemu) Pulkkinen and Ouellet. We might take a look at one or two more kids so we know what we got."


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Your Hockey Viewing Options For Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We have five NHL games on the schedule tonight plus a few alternatives too...

from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,

Friday Night Hockey makes its way back to Kingston for an OHL tilt pitting the Erie Otters up against the Kingston Frontenacs. It’s also a match-up of world junior gold medalists Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.

Erie’s win-streak came to an end on Thursday when they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Peterborough Petes. The Otters have still won six of their past seven. The high-scoring trio of Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat got a boost when Remi Elie and Jake Marchment were brought in from Belleville to add depth to an already potent lineup.

continued and this game will be on the NHL Network US starting at 7:00pm ET tonight.


DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment has announced that tonight’s “Duel in the D” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Joe Louis Arena is sold out. College hockey fans can catch all the action of tonight’s game between the inter-state rivals on FOX Sports Detroit at 7:30 p.m.

Michigan and Michigan State have met at least once per season at Joe Louis Arena since 1990, with the Wolverines holding the series advantage at The Joe with a 14-9-4 record. 

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San Jose Sharks’ Burns Offering Experiences to Benefit Military Families

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by Mike Shackil,

In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.

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Xavier Ouellet Back To Grand Rapids, Alexey Marchenko Recalled

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added 1:19pm, via Khan tweet,

Holland the moves aren't a reflection of Ouellet's play. They want to see what Marchenko can do.

added 1:43pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland didn't rule out Ouellet, who has played very well, being recalled in time for next week's trip to Denver and Arizona. Ouellet told the Free Press that he'd been given the OK to bring his father on the trip, but Holland said he hadn't approved that.

Last year, the Wings traded Calle Jarnkrok at the deadline without having gotten a good look at him with the Wings. This year, there's more emphasis on seeing more of the prospects, with the possibility that Mitch Callahan could also be called up over the coming month.

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Brian Lashoff On Waivers

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NHL Short Notes

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Rookie Cedric Paquette recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Lightning to their franchise-record ninth consecutive victory at Amalie Arena dating to Dec. 11.
* At 31-15-4 (66 points), the Lightning leapfrogged the Red Wings (28-12-9, 65 points) to move back into first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
* The Lightning improved to 20-4-1 this season at Amalie Arena. Their 20 home wins and 41 home points pace the NHL.
* At 21 years old, Elias says Paquette became the fifth player in Lightning history – and second this season (also Nikita Kucherov on Oct. 28 vs. ARI) – to register a hat trick before his 22nd birthday. The others: Steven Stamkos (5x), Chris Gratton and Jason Wiemer.

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Playoff Feel In Two Games Last Night

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from Craig Custance of ESPN,

There were two games on the schedule last night that definitely felt more like games in April than late January.

The first was in the East, where the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers played to a scoreless tie until a late Max Pacioretty shot finally beat Henrik Lundqvist in the third period. It wasn't a great goal for Lundqvist to allow, but until that moment the goalies were perfect and the tightness of the game was a reminder of just how entertaining another playoff series between these two teams would be.

In the West, watching the St. Louis Blues battle back against the Nashville Predators definitely looked like another matchup we might see in the spring. The Blues won in a shootout, and there was nothing cooler than seeing the dads celebrate their sons in the stands when Brian Elliott pushed aside a James Neal shootout attempt to seal the win. After the All-Star break, the games definitely take on a different flavor. You can tell the playoffs are starting to creep into the minds of these players.

read on for reports on the Ducks, Bruins and Lightning...

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Buffalo Sabres Scouting Grand Rapids Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Friday morning.

On what he’s working on for Saturday:

“A lot of the teams are finishing up their scouting meetings. I understand that Buffalo has been scouting Grand Rapids, which is Detroit’s American Hockey League team, quite a bit. So who knows what’s going on there. But a few people who have been through and around Grand Rapids have been saying they’ve seen a lot of Buffalo guys there. In the past, the Sabres and Red Wings have kind of been linked on talks, so you never know what that’s about.”

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