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Dougie Hamilton For Travis Hamonic- Nope

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

As a team shopping perhaps the most desirable trade bait in the NHL, it’s no surprise the New York Islanders asked the Calgary Flames for T.J. Brodie in exchange for Travis Hamonic.

No go.

However, a far more interesting question thrown Calgary’s way makes for a delicious debate amongst Flames fans.

A source close to the team told the Calgary Sun that Islanders GM Garth Snow also inquired about the services of Flames newcomer Dougie Hamilton as part of a trade for Hamonic....

For the record, the Flames aren’t.

Very few front office-types believe the Isles will find a suitor anytime soon as the asking price for Hamonic is sky high -- as it should be for a highly sought-after commodity who shoots from the right side, eats up 23-plus minutes nightly, relishes the physicality of the sport and is proficient at both ends of the ice.

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The Detroit Red Wings Will Be Playing On Wednesday In Front Of Another Sell-Out Crowd

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings will celebrate a tremendous milestone with their fans Wednesday night.

“It’s remarkable,” said forward Justin Abdelkader when asked about the current sellout streak that will reach 200 consecutive games this week. “We have such great support here in Detroit, the best fans, I believe. “It’s a credit to the organization, the success that the management group and the ownership has put on ice and just the loyalty of the fans.”

The sellout streak, which includes postseason games, began in the second quarter of the 2010-11 season when the Red Wings hosted the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19, 2010. Detroit suffered an overtime loss in that contest, but since then the Wings have compiled an impressive .628 winning percentage with a home record of 98-52-30 through the regular season.

The streak also includes the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and 18 postseason games at Joe Louis Arena. With the record crowd of 105,491 that braved the snow and frigid temperatures at the New Year’s Day game in Ann Arbor, more than 4 million fans have attended Wings home games in nearly five seasons.


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Is Shot Blocking Worth It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

What value do blocked shots actually provide?

Which is different than asking the value of having players willing to block shots. It’s a dangerous game and having more players on your roster prepared to take a hit to be first to a puck or fight their way to the front of the net to have a chance at tucking in rebounds likely translates into team success.

Blocking shots is a highly visible example of an overall ethic that likely correlates strongly with winning hockey, that’s hard to argue.

But it wasn’t long ago that having players willing to fight on your roster was an important element of building a winning culture. As recently as a couple of years ago, former Leafs coach Randy Carlyle explained to me that when someone like Colton Orr was willing to trade punches with John Scott, it was a handy example to use when demanding other players to make physical sacrifices in different ways. But we’ve seen that way of thinking proven wrong as teams across the league have embraced the value of having quality skaters throughout the bottom of their lineups.

Does actually blocking any given shot (outside of goal mouth scrambles and the like) really help the cause of winning? And is it worth the risk of injury to presumably hard-to-replace talent?

more, using the Brendan Gallagher shot block/broken fingers as an example...

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Wings take optional practice, not much news develops

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings didn't hit the ice until 3 PM this afternoon, and they "took an optional":

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed...

Late optional skate for #redwings today. About a dozen players on the ice.

As did the Wings...

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Red Wings reveal Stadium Series jersey

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here's the Red Wings' Stadium Series jersey.

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An update on Gordie Howe’s health

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:

Gordie Howe's son, Mark Howe, said his father has his personality back and has been living comfortably with his brother Murray Howe and Murray's wife at their home in Sylvania, Ohio.

Brothers Mark and Marty Howe were here to represent the family on a float that will be part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. They spoke to NHL.com about the health of the legendary Hockey Hall of Fame member Monday.

"I talk to [Murray] frequently and dad is eating and sleeping a lot in the early-morning hours and spending quality time during the afternoon and evenings," Mark Howe said.

Mark Howe said he plans on visiting his father, brother and sister-in-law, Colleen, after Thanksgiving.

"The most difficult thing for him right now is probably his speech," he said. "He's getting around pretty well and he knows who you are. I do a lot a lot of Facetime [communication] with him and he knows me. When he's speaking, every so often it disappears so he does a lot of hand gesturing. Other than that, from where he was a year ago to now it's just amazing how well he's doing."


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Video- Real Sports HBO Feature On ‘Doc’ Emrick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

Andrea Kremer joins Emrick on opening night, visits his home in Michigan and gets his thoughts on some of hockey’s most pressing issues.


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Patrick Roy On The Current State Of The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

"We're certainly not happy about the way we've been playing all year," Roy said, despite the fact the Avs began their seven-game road trip 3-0. "We're not happy to be dead-last in the NHL. This is something we talk about and we're certainly not proud of that."

He added: "We should not try to find excuses."

Roy was then asked about goalie Semyon Varlamov, who will return from a seven-game absence and start at Winnipeg. Varlamov missed the last five games with a groin injury. He is 3-6-1 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .890 save percentage — three of the league's worst numbers for a No. 1 guy.

Varlamov is making $5.9 million annually.

"Varly needs to be the Varly of two years ago. For us to win games he needs to be our best player," Roy said. "This is how we view our team."


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Sometimes Goalies Use Incidental Contact To Their Advantage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

We received a number of questions on this play. I attended the game at the Barclays Center and was sitting in the press box just over Carey Price’s right shoulder when the goal was scored. I observed the contact and tweeted out that the goal would likely be contested even before Michel Therrien initiated a coach’s challenge.

I wasn’t able to see a replay (terrible press box facility) but purely based on the actions of the players involved in real time, I thought the contact might ultimately be deemed incidental and Brock Nelson’s goal would stand.

Referee Dean Morton reviewed the play and determined that, based on the degree of contact, the push didn’t sufficiently impair Price’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.

As I watched the play in real-time, like the referee, I didn’t feel the grazing push by Nelson was significant enough to cause Price to lose his set position inside the paint. Instead, my gut told me that Carey attempted to use the contact to his advantage and moved backward in a controlled slide more of his own volition.


If you wantg to review the goal, perhaps for a 2nd or 3rd time, watch it below...

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Afternoon news: Walleye at the Joe; good on Jurco; fantasy hockey news, power rankings & moustaches

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik


1. The Toledo Walleye are practicing at the Joe this afternoon...

2. The Red Wings Alumni are playing against the NTDP in Plymouth, MI tomorrow at 7 PM EST, raising funds for the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band's trip to the Rose Bowl, and Detroit Sports 105.1 FM is going to be broadcasting from the rink:

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