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Garrioch: ‘The heat is definitely on Hitchcock’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Staal, Myers, and more! The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch also offers the following rumors:

The St. Louis Blues could fire coach Ken Hitchcock if his team isn’t able to get its act together quickly. The heat is definitely on Hitchcock after an early playoff exit last spring and the club brought in Bob Gainey to act as a mentor. The Blues signed centre Paul Statsny in the off-season and expect to be better. If they don’t buy into Hitchcock’s program soon, you would have to think changes are coming ... With the World Cup of Hockey set to return in 2016 in Toronto, the committee has spoken with organizers of the Toronto International Film about overlapping their last week with the tournament. Not sure TIFF needs the exposure but it would be a good fit for the NHL and NHLPA to get more notice ... Confirm or deny: The Coyotes and the Senators had discussions about defenceman Jared Cowen ... A league executive said Friday teams will start to get nervous at the 20-game mark. “You don’t really know what you’ve got after 10 games. You have a pretty good idea after 20,” he said.

Garrioch continues and suggests that Martin Brodeur is still dead-set on being a #1 goaltender, and I don't want to post this, but I suppose I have to:

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, bob+murray, buffalo+sabres, detroit+red+wings, jared+cowen, ken+hitchcock, ottawa+senators, st.+louis+blues, tyler+myers, world+cup

Simmons on Voynov, the Oilers, Draisaitl, etc.

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the fates of Eric Staal and Tyler Myers in his weekly notebook, but he also makes a point regarding the Slava Voynov case that...Let's say the New York Post's Larry Brooks examines in greater detail...

Will be an interesting conversation around Lou Marsh time ... If Slava Voynov remains suspended until his Dec. 1 court date, he will have sat out 18 games, making his one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. What makes this so complicated is that he has yet to be formally charged with anything, his salary is counting against the Los Angeles salary cap and in the backdrop of the Ray Rice situation, the NHL is caught in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t circumstance.

Amongst Simmons' notes:

Now that they’ve won three home games in a row, the heat is off Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. For now. But had the wins not come in the homestand, the Oilers were preparing to make a coaching change. The man they were already sniffing around: Mark Messier

(have we ever heard that rumor before? Naaaaaaah)

This is why I remain skeptical of the Maple Leafs' ability to work as a functional sports team...

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, dallas+eakins, dave+nonis, edmonton+oilers, kyle+dubas, leon+draisaitl, los+angeles+kings, mark+hunter, mark+messier, slava+voynov, toronto+maple+leafs

The Cox-Friedman-stove debuts online

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Sportsnet's figured out that its Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman chit-chat is a smorgasbord of rumors and intrigue, and so they've decided to post it online AND to not geo-block it:

So, per Cox and Friedman:

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Time to help one of the 19

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Paul forwarded me this email, and there's no time to post it like the present. From Stonehands78:

I saw a post on Jen MacRostie's, aka jennyquarx (of the 19), FB page that her family had a house fire this week and they're staying at relatives until the adjusters come and things get fixed. I posted on the tonight's LB that maybe the 19 could help, then messaged Jen to ask aboot her PayPal address. Told her it may not be much but let us help if we can. And this was here reply (below).

She did A LOT of work for H2H and H2H2 and last year's Winter Classic get together, not to mention all she did for organizing contributions for the Children's Hospital.

I'm not sure where to go with this but will mention her PayPal on tonight's LB; then maybe you can post something, too? Just a thought.

*#$%@& yes. Jen's one of the nicer human beings I've met, and she, her husband and son are good eggs.

Paypal. jennyquarx at gmail.com. Get 'er done.

Update: There's a GoFundMe page, too. http://www.gofundme.com/gaxz08

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Quick take: Warts in Red Wings’ play apparent in loss to Philly

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

A power play that couldn't put a golf ball in the ocean from a dighy in the middle of the Pacific. A set of stand-and-stare plays at both ends of the ice that doomed Jonas Gustavsson (yeah, he gave up a couple squeakers, but he got NO support) and Detroit's offensive players, a stunning lack of jam from players who seemed afraid to skate the puck to the net instead of passing it around the perimeter and a power play that absolutely must abandon a "diamond" formation that's encouraging more passing around the perimeter.

And yes, in the 3rd period, especially when the Flyers got the lead, Grossmann tossed a broken stick at Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist was hog-tied and held down by the same player, Wayne Simmonds hacked Datsyuk in the face and another half-dozen plays were ignored.

But it's about *#$%@& scoring goals here, and the Red Wings' confidence is so fleeting that a team that's very inexperienced looks incredibly young far too regularly in front of both nets. So the Wings blew a 1-0 lead, had to rally to tie things 2-2 in the 3rd and then blew that lead, losing 4-2 to a team they out-shot 37-17 and out-attempted SEVENTY-FIVE to forty-two.

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Don Cherry pays tribute to Nathan Cirillo, Patrice Vincent and Canadian armed forces members

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Paul and I have a little discussion if Don Cherry gets to "Canadiana-ish" in his Coach's Corner segments, because sometimes it's a bit much.

Tonight, it wasn't too much. It was just right:

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Video- Canada Sings “O Canada”

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening

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No words needed tonight.


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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

January 25, 1997. Some of you were wee children, some of us were adults, some of you were 17. 17 years is exactly how long it has been since the Wings have won in Philly during the regular season. 17 years and counting. Since the last Century, we haven't been able to beat the Flyers on their Home ice. Yes, there was the glorious Stanley Cup on June 7, 1997, but that was the Playoffs. And still, 17 years ago.

 This is the regular season, and, although many will say it doesn't matter, I think it does.

We need to pile up some more points and show the Flyers that they can't win em' all at home against the Red Wings. Anymore.

 The Flyers are hungry, and are looking for their first win at Home so this is bound to be ugly.

  On a personal note, Philly is not the most friendly place for fans from opposing teams. Heck, they get stabby within their own ranks, even after a win.

 That is why I'll be watching from the safety and comfort of my living room tonight. So, bring it on! 

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Video- An Emotional Mike Babcock On His Father

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

"I'm from Saskatoon."- Mike Babock in a small preview of Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey which is in Saskatoon tomorrow.

You will be able to watch the Hometown Hockey preview show starting at 6:30pm ET Sunday on the NHL Network US.

Then Ottawa at Chicago starts at 7:00pm ET Sunday on the NHL Network US with many features coming from Saskatoon during intermissions.

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