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Scott Hartnell Looking Forward To Playing In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The task of meeting his new teammates has already begun for Hartnell, who said he had dinner in Columbus recently with center Brandon Dubinsky.

It was Dubinsky's arrival two years ago with center Artem Anisimov and defenseman Tim Erixon in a trade that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers that effectively launched the turnaround in Columbus. It continued last summer with the seven-year, $37.1 million contract signed by forward Nathan Horton, who was limited by injuries to 36 regular-season games.

With Horton expected to be healthy in training camp this season, Hartnell is looking forward to getting started with the Blue Jackets, who still have yet to name a captain two years after trading Nash.

"You add a healthy Horton into the mix and bring myself in, it's almost two new players to come in and be effective," Hartnell said. "It's a great team. On paper we match up against anybody in the East. I don't think anybody expected the Rangers to go to the Final last year, so the East is pretty wide open. After a couple of days of mulling this whole thing over, I've had a smile ever since saying I was going to be a Blue Jacket."


Hartnell met with the Columbus media today, you can watch below...

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Peter Mueller Signs A Two-Way Contract With The St. Louis Blues

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Afternoon Line

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“Does he want to play with Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg? I don’t know. Other than that, where’s he going? [Toronto] only works if they move Reimer.

“Listen. If I’m Marty, I’ve played a long time. My first and last name is all over the record books. I’ve made a ton of money. I’ve had an impact on the game.

“He’s been the guy the whole time; he’s always been the guy. He wants to be the guy every night. He doesn’t want to back anybody up. So where’s he going to play?

“It’s all about weighing the fit versus the opportunity. I don’t see it. That’s not to say it can’t present itself. Heaven forbid, there’s an injury or someone has a slow start. Maybe. Aside from that, right now, I don’t really see it. And that’s not a slight against him. It’s just the marketplace.”

-Retired NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes on Martin Brodeur.  More from Weekes at Sportsnet on some goaltending duos around the league...

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Red Wings mid-day news:on controversy, Abdelkader, Samuelsson, the brain drain and charity Whalers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The "breaking" news (as it were) resulted in several posts this morning, so:

1. Regarding Paul's posting of Charlie LeDuff's report on the Ilitches' water bill (they weren't the only "corporate scofflaws" who the City of Detroit simply weren't collecting from), I try not to worry what the local NHL team or its ownership thinks about anything I post, but when I watched LeDuff on last night's Fox 2 newscast, I thought, "Erm...If I post that, I'm going to get in trouble if I mention that," and I don't think that way.

The criticism of the rink project has hit overdrive mode--and some reporters and internet sources are simply reporting inaccurate information (an article suggesting that City of Detroit workers' pension cuts are what's funding the rink subsidies was plain old BS), and LeDuff is...Bombastic...But his criticism was warranted, especially given that the City's chosen the ass-backwards, "Let's shut off water and then tell people to pay their bills" method upon their non-corporate residents.

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Mikael Samuelsson signs with Djurgardens IF

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

TMR reader Bjorn Broden tipped me off to this one:

Earlier this morning Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg reported that former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson was going to sign with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish SHL, and Djurgardens IF's website confirmed the signing. He's gainfully employed at least...Still waiting to find out whether Jordin Tootoo will latch on with an NHL team (or Todd Bertuzzi for that matter).

Quick update: Good news travels quickly?

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Justin Abdelkader Suspended Three Games By IIHF

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Updated with a second video and a note at 11:56 AM, and yes, the hit was awful--Abdelkader left his feet, he launched himself into Sobotka's head and he deserves the suspension--George's note:

from IIHF.com,

The IIHF Disciplinary Committee recently dealt with several cases from the past championship season. Among the suspended players are Justin Abdelkader and Nikolai Antropov following incidents occurring at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck area of Czech player Vladimir Sobotka at 6:41 of the second period in the teams’ quarter-final encounter on 22nd May.

Supported by the video and the report of the championship’s disciplinary panel, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board concluded that after Sobotka had shot the puck, Abdelkader did not alter his path nor attempt to play the puck but followed through with what appeared to be a lunge, leaving the ice with his feet and delivering a very forceful check striking Sobotka in the head and neck area with his shoulder. Sobotka immediately fell to the ice. He was escorted from the ice by his team’s medical staff and did not return for the remainder of the game but did return to play in the two following games. 


Watch the hit below [edit: and if you don't recall the incident, George wrote about it in February]

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The Hard Working Andrew Shaw

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from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,

Andrew Shaw hasn’t forgotten the lessons he learned in his Belleville, Ont., upbringing, be it from the town’s working mentality — or his father’s putting him to work in the summers.

“I did all the brutal jobs, the jobs you pay a guy five dollars an hour to do,” Shaw told Pat Boyle. “As a kid I’d be carrying lumber, holding stuff in a pail. But I think it was good. It made me grow (into) who I am today.”

Shaw talked of his blue-collar upbringing and how it shaped him with Boyle for an Inside Look, which will air at 5 p.m. Thursday on CSNChicago. For Shaw, life in Belleville (pop. 49,500) had its fun and its hockey. It also had its work. His father, Doug, a contractor, made sure Andrew always had that put-the-work-in mentality, and it resonated through the years.

“I always saw my dad work extremely hard for me and my brothers to play hockey,” Shaw said. “Just (to) have the average job, punch in at 7 in the morning, they worked hard and I think it wore off on me. I saw what it takes to get by in this world and I've always push myself to work as hard as I could.”


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Homer Hockey Play-By-Play Men

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from Luke Winkie of Extra Mustard at Sports Illustrated,

MIKE HAYNES, Colorado Avalanche

Listen to how excited this grown man gets when a player on the Colorado Avalanche beats up a player on the Chicago Blackhawks. I mean, it's Doug Gilmour so I get it BUT STIILL. I don’t know much about Mike Haynes, but what I do know is that he shouted “HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES” to an opposing hockey team. That will live on forever.

JACK EDWARDS, Boston Bruins

Look, we don’t want to harp on Boston too much, but it’s really hard to write a list about homer broadcasters without returning to Beantown fairly regularly. I love Jack Edwards, he’s got that old stony voice that tends to elevate the viciousness of hockey, and I love that he wages all-out verbal warfare against the Canadiens every time they play the Bruins. It's fairly clear that Jack Edwards likely has never met a French-Canadian he didn’t want to punch in the face.

read on for a video on each plus other non-hockey homer announcers....

thanks to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated for the pointer

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Eric Staal Had Recent Surgery For Core Muscle Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury suffered during off-season training. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

“Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated,” said Francis. “By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.”

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Video- The Detroit Water Issue And The Billionaire (Ilitch Family)

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via FoxDetroit,

You've seen the protests; angry residents demanding that the Detroit water shutoffs come to an end. They say clean water is a human right whether you can pay the bill or not.

This edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff is a tale of two cities: One where the poor see their taps go dry and the other where the rules may not apply to the super rich.

watch the video below...

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