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Ken Holland did two things today. He put (or will be putting soon) Drew Miller on waivers and he gave Helene St. James permission to write a story suggesting Petr Mrazek may be trade bait. 

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Drew Miller Will Be Placed On Waivers Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


added 11:09am,


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Kronwall In And A Game Day Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Jeff Blashill tells the media Niklas Kronwall will play today and has yet to announce starting goaltender.

Remember, 12:30pm ET start today on NBC.

Ken Kal with the game day preview.


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The Avs At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Here’s what I think is going to happen: As the March 1 trading deadline approaches, whether that means in the final weeks or the final minutes, the Avalanche will have decent — not great — offers on the table for Duchene and Landeskog.

By “not great,” I mean a package that doesn’t qualify as a mouth-dropping difference maker. A great “offer” is: Did they really offer that? To qualify as great, it would have include an eventual long-term, standout defenseman for the franchise. And more.

I’ve brought this up before, but I feel stronger about it than ever.

Then will come the acid test for Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic.

Does he make an inadequate deal for the sake of making a deal, for the appearance of doing something major to avoid leaving the impression he is fiddling while Rome burns … to the ground?


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Should The Detroit Red Wings Consider Trading Petr Mrazek?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

If Mrazek, who turns 25 in February, has a hold on the starting job by then, good for him and good for the Wings. The thinking within the club is that Coreau is ready for the NHL full-time, and he may well end up being the goalie the Wings protect in the expansion draft this summer. If Mrazek gets on a roll – remember last year around this time, he was playing so well that by mid-February he’d generated a .933 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average that both ranked first among NHL goaltenders who’d have played at least 25 games – then maybe the Wings are in the playoff picture when their bye week arrives. That, conveniently enough, falls Feb. 22-26, meaning the Wings will know a week before the March 1 trade deadline whether they have a realistic chance of making the playoffs, or whether they will be sellers.

If it is the latter, don’t be surprised to see Mrazek in play. It's what makes sense, as Coreau has impressed better than his numbers (3.04 GAA, .901 save percentage) and Howard (1.96 GAA, .934 save percentage) has played the best hockey of his career. Coreau is young (25) and cheap (signed through 2017-18 with a cap hit of just $612,500). Howard turns 33 in March, and would be hard to move with two more seasons at a cap hit of $5.3 million. If Mrazek gets playing, he either helps the Wings into the playoffs, or helps increase his trade value. Either way would be going in the right direction.

more on Mrazek...

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Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Topics of discussion on Saturday Headlines include the future of Sam Bennett in Calgary, Brad Treliving on the last year of his contract, Patrick Laine is now cleared for practice and the decision to shut down Clarke MacArthur for the season.

Also discussed were the St.Louis Blues including Kevin Shattenkirk and their goaltending issues and other topics including the size of goalies.

Watch at Sportsnet.

On Coach's Corner, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry talked about "The Russian" on the Leafs, Jeff Carter, don't shoot the puck too hard on a dump in along the boards, and small pucks for youth hockey.

Cherry then pointed out the play of a few players and talked about Henrik Sedin.

The segment can be watched here.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 5, St. Louis 3
COLUMBUS 3, Carolina 2
Ottawa 3, TORONTO 2 (SO)
Buffalo 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
ARIZONA 5, Tampa Bay 3
Washington 4, DALLAS 3 (OT)
MINNESOTA 5, Anaheim 3
Edmonton 7, CALGARY 3
SAN JOSE 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
Washington overcame a 3-1 deficit and Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime as the League-leading Capitals (31-9-6, 68 points) extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2).


Philipp Grubauer turned aside 32 shots – including an incredible blocker save on Stars forward Tyler Seguin in the third period – to extend his personal point streak to nine games (7-0-2). Grubauer improved to 9-1-2 overall (2.05 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO).
Nicklas Backstrom (4-12—16 in 9 GP), Alex Ovechkin (4-8—12 in 7 GP) and Andre Burakovsky (4-3—7 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks.
* Washington earned their first win vs. DAL since Oct. 25, 2008 (6-5 OT W), snapping a nine-game slide (0-8-1).

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Video- Robin Lehner With The Save Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Possibly the save of the year too.  The save was in OT and the video also contains the game winning OT goal by Buffalo.



Below, Carey Price made two key saves near the end of regulation to force OT.

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Video- Two Minutes For Clipping On Radko Gudas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eadko Gudas gets 2 for clipping

Wayne Simmonds 2 for unsportsmanlike

The Devils scored 16 seconds into the 5 on 3.

Gudas may be a marked man by the refs.  He has not been the same player since his return from suspension, although he said he would not change his game.


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Questioning The Top 100 NHL Players Of All Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend.

And as such, I would expect current toss-ups — including Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, Carey Price and maybe John Tavares or Steven Stamkos — to be named at the expense of others long retired and out of the public eye.

That’s OK, it is about promoting the league. But by the way, if Price is named, then Henrik Lundqvist most certainly should be on the list of honorees as well. Current bias is one thing, Canadian bias would be another.

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