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Ken Holland appears on The Huge Show, talking trades and more for 20 minutes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on WBBL's Huge Show with Bill Simonson on Wednesday afternoon, and Holland discussed the Wings' trade deadline acquisitions and much, much more over the course of a 20-minute interview:

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David Clarkson Out 4-6 Weeks With Torn Oblique Muscle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.

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Old School NHL- When Wings’ Trainer “Lefty” Wilson Played Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The obituary of Ross Ingram "Lefty" Wilson on November 9, 2002.  Written by Richard Goldstein of the New York Times.

Wilson was the long-time trainer for the Detroit Red Wings,

Wilson, who served as a Red Wings trainer from 1950 to 1982, exchanged his stitching thread for a goaltender's stick on the rare occasions when a goalie was hurt and could not stay in a game.

In the 1950's, N.H.L. teams carried only one goaltender. An emergency backup -- often an amateur goalie -- was kept on hand to complete games when either team's goalie was sidelined.

Wilson, who had played in the minors briefly and served as a goalie in Red Wings practices, made his N.H.L. debut on Oct. 10, 1953. He replaced Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk, a Hall of Famer, whose kneecap was slashed by one of Maurice Richard's skates in the third period at the Montreal Forum.

The Canadiens won, 4-1, but Wilson made two especially difficult saves. He entertained fans with his chatter and did not allow a goal in 16 minutes.

On Jan. 22, 1956, he substituted for ailing Harry Lumley of the Toronto Maple Leafs, another Hall of Famer, and played 13 minutes, again without permitting a goal. But he was on the losing side once more, this time a 4-1 Wings victory.

Wilson's longest stint came on Dec. 29, 1957, when he played for 52 minutes as a Bruin, replacing goalie Don Simmons, who separated a shoulder. Wilson allowed one goal in Boston's 2-2 tie with Detroit.

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Erik Cole Ready For His Game In The Winged Wheel

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

 Erik Cole expects a few anxious moments before he makes his Red Wings debut tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
“For sure. Absolutely,” said Cole when asked if he’ll be nervous before puck drop. “It’s an exciting moment for me to play for this organization. It’s just a great opportunity.”

One of the newest members of the team, Cole is familiar with joining a new team for the stretch run to the regular season. The 36-year-old Cole was part of two deadline deals since 2008-09 – first from Edmonton back to Carolina – the team that originally drafted him in 1998 – and to Dallas from Montreal.

“You know a bit more about what to expect, so that helps for sure,” Cole said. “Just being an older player and being comfortable with my surroundings, wherever that may be, you find your way and deal with it as it comes. When you get to the rink, lots of times that’s the easy part.”

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Report- Newly Acquired Brett Connolly Suffers A Broken Hand In Boston Practice Today

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added 3:36pm,

 

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Should Mike Babcock Win The Jack Adams Award?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We are three-quarters of the way through the season and beginning to get a pretty good grasp on who should take home the hardware. Now, I still reserve the right to change my mind come early April once the regular season is over, but at this very point, here's how I see the award leaders. Agree or disagree?

Candidates: Peter Laviolette, Nashville Predators; Michel Therrien, Montreal Canadiens; Jack Capuano, New York Islanders; Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues; Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers; Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings; Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals; Paul Maurice, Winnipeg Jets; Bob Hartley, Calgary Flames

The skinny: Laviolette has to be the favorite given where expectations were for the Preds in September. You could lump Capuano and Maurice in that group, too. It's funny how Therrien never gets any love for this award, even though he continues to do a great job and his Canadiens are in first place. Hartley deserves so much credit for taking a team many people thought would be in the Tank Derby this season and instead continuing to fight a playoff spot. The Giordano injury will likely do him in, but three-quarters of the way into the season, tip your cap to Hartley. But my pick? And I know he likely won't even be nominated, but I'm going with Babcock. Some people wondered in September whether the Wings might finally miss the playoffs this season. They looked at a blue-line corps that didn't impress anyone. They looked at a number of young players who lacked experience. But they forgot to look at the best coach in the NHL.

Winner: Babcock

read on for LeBrun's other hardware 'winners' at the 3/4 mark of the NHL season...

Also, rember voting is for regular season only, playoff results are not considered.

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Afternoon Line- David Booth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Florida Panthers May Need Some Goaltending Help

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via TSN,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is getting more imaging done on an apparent shoulder injury and will be meeting with an orthopedic doctor.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, if the prognosis is not good Florida general manager Dale Tallon may trade for a goalie. McKenzie noted in a tweet that trades are permitted post-deadline but the player is not playoff eligible.

Luongo was hurt during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Also hurt during the Leaf game was backup goalie Al Montoya. McKenzie says that Montoya is likely out for weeks.

The Panthers recalled netminders Dan Ellis from the AHL and Sam Brittain from the ECHL to attend the team's practice on Wednesday morning. Head coach Gerard Gallant said that Ellis will start on Thursday against the Dallas Stars.

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Video- Donald Fehr On The World Cup And More Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I found this interview more interesting than the interview of Gary Bettman which was just posted.

via Sportsnet,

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr joins Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the players perspective of the World Cup of Hockey and much more.

 

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Video- Gary Bettman On The World Cup And More Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the World Cup of Hockey, expansion to Las Vegas and much more.

 

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