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Problems In Edmonton Plus More Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- On Tuesday, Edmonton faced off against Los Angeles without injured top-liners Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Predictably, the Oilers fell short, even though the Kings were missing Marian Gaborik and Jake Muzzin. But they didn’t just lose. They got hammered, 6-1. The next night, the Coyotes hung seven on the Oilers.

As usual, it’s a mess in Edmonton. Injuries happen. It doesn’t help when they hit two of your best players. But management is responsible for providing depth when the inevitable takes place. Edmonton’s top two centers against the Kings were Mark Arcobello and Leon Draisaitl....

- What do Chris Kelly, Kris Letang, Matt Carle, Nicklas Grossmann, Dan Girardi, Stephen Weiss, Brandon Prust, and Nathan Horton have in common? Two things: They played for the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams last season, and they are overpaid within the context of their rosters and job descriptions. The point is that just about every management team is carrying an inflated salary. It happens. No GM is immune to this issue. There are reasons. Carle, Weiss, Prust, and Horton won their paydays as unrestricted free agents. Letang has the coveted puck-moving skill set. The Bruins like Kelly’s versatility and presence. Girardi, when he’s on, is a good shutdown defenseman. It’s better to have the player at a higher price than to lose him to a competitor.

more on the Oilers plus additional hockey topics including how teams deal with the second contract of a player...

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Sunday Morning Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I’m glad Nazem Kadri has good analytics. I’d be even more impressed if he was in better support position when he played in the defensive zone and didn’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone.

- Somehow Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish must have forgotten that when they won Stanley Cups, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford or Mike Richter were in goal.

- From the department of weird stats: Evgeni Nabokov has more career shutouts (59) than Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Ed Giacomin, Rogie Vachon and Curtis Joseph. That list includes three Hall of Famers, one passed over Hall of Famer and one maybe someday Hall of Famer.

more including some Mike Babcock talk which does not include any mention of him coaching in Toronto next year...

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The Life Of The Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Manager

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Pouring coffee with Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze can be a revealing experience.

First, grab a Styrofoam cup, black or gold with the Penguins logo on the side. Heinze packs these for road trips and insists the Penguins are the only NHL team that travels with logo-covered cups.

But don't dare put cream at the bottom and pour. That's an inadequate mix. Instead, dump one into the other, then repeat.

Spill a little? In an instant, there's an outstretched arm offering a paper towel.

“It's the little details that set us apart,” Heinze said. “People might think it's excessive or extreme, but I think it makes a difference.”

Heinze, 46, is a master of details. The 2014-15 season is Heinze's ninth in his current role, each more obsessive-compulsive than the last.

The man who outfits the Penguins, who fixes equipment, who sharpens skates, who ensures players are offered their preferred hair product and who organizes the locker room, leaves no box unchecked.


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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Montage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think of the new look montage which played before the puck dropped last night?


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Video- Victor Hedman Injured In Tampa’s Win Over Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

...defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an upper-body injury in the second period, forcing him to miss the rest of the game, and likely the rest of this five-game, 10-day road trip, coach Jon Cooper said.

Hedman, the team's top defenseman, is heading back to Tampa to get re-evaluated for what's believed to be a hand injury. Considering how well Hedman was playing, entering Saturday among the league leaders with seven points, it's a huge loss. But Cooper said he has "complete confidence" his team can shoulder the load, and with Radko Gudas (lower body) expected back soon, they won't need a call-up.

"We're hoping for the best," Cooper said. "It's unfortunate, clearly. We're going to test our depth. It just puts a little more pressure on our d-core as a whole. I just really feel for him. It's just too bad."

Said captain Steven Stamkos: "That's obviously a huge loss. He's playing so well this year. He's a horse for us."

more on Tampa's win over Vancouver and below, watch how the injury occurred...

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The overnight report: Babcockian overload; on Howard, Nyquist and the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After four days' worth of chasing down Mike Babcock rumors at a much higher clip than has been usual since he made nebulous comments regarding his future last April--mostly because Detroit coming to Toronto all but seemed to yield a Toronto media assumption that the Wings would just leave Mike Babcock on Brendan Shanahan's doorstep or something.

I sincerely hope that both the Red Wings' ownership and the Red Wings' coach have endured enough of the unpleasant realities of operating within the Toronto Media Hype Machine to see that this little "dry run" illustrates how personal and dirty things can get in Hogtown, and how very quickly things degenerate into pondering what might happen when Mike Ilitch dies.

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up, round 2: From Gustavsson to Zetterberg, the OT win was pretty sweep

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This has been a weekend of embracing the insanity that is the great Maple Leaf Hype Machine, so let's get the most insane parts of the Red Wings' 1-0 OT win over Toronto and the past three days' worth of nonsense out of the way.

Nick Kypreos said this to George Strombolopolous during the second intermission, and I'm paraphrasing his comments suggesting that the Red Wings may or may not be comfortable with the concept of paying a coach more than they pay their GM:

After the game, Henrik Zetterberg did speak with Fox Sports Detroit's Lindsey Hayes, but Fox Sports Detroit cut off the end of his message, so did he say his "heart" was to his wife in the stands, or his wife and son?

We'll have to wait and see, I suppose. In any case, it was Sweetest Day on Saturday, and Zetterberg delivered a present for every Wings fan:

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Red Wings prospect news: Pulkkinen leading Griffins in back-to-back wins; Walleye drop home opener

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects continue to experience high highs and low lows.

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins swept their weekend series against the Charlotte Checkers, taking Friday's game 2-1 and defeating the Checkers 4-1 on Saturday. The Griffins' website posted a game recap:

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Quick take: Red Wings-Maple Leafs, round 2: Gustavsson, Zetterberg deliver love-ly performance

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From @Whoabot...

Nice goal with 10 seconds remaining in OT, captain:

The Detroit Red Wings were far from elegant, less than perfect and occasionally terrifying as they started incredibly strongly, deked and dangled themselves out of oodles of scoring chances, blew their power plays and got pushed around--and in Darren Helm's case, butt-ended--but the Red Wings persevered despite their mistakes, Jonas Gustavsson was occasionally terrifying but sometimes brilliant, Jonathan Bernier was incredibly frustrating as he foiled so many Wings chances...

But the Wings held tough and prevailed.

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From the Dub: The Choice Is Ours

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

For the past four seasons, Portland Winterhawks fans have been immune to the cyclical nature of junior hockey, in which teams rebuild every few years. On Mike Johnston’s watch, the Winterhawks didn’t rebuild each season; they simply reloaded. We all knew the day would come when Mike would leave and things would change. He told media on a regular basis that his ultimate goal was the NHL, so it’s not like we weren’t warned. But there were no warning signs that the team would fall so quickly to last place in both the US Division and the Western Conference. One of the great mysteries of hockey, however, is how quickly the game can change. Last night, the Winterhawks broke out with a 6-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors, the same day they named Nic Petan Captain and welcomed overage goaltender Bolton Pouliot (cousin of Derrick) to the team. It’s a long way back to the top, but it’s a start. It all got me to thinking: as a fan, just how loyal am I? The choice about whether to stand by the team is mine; which way do I go?

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