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Ryane Clowe Needs To Be Medically Cleared Before He Can Practice With The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound St. John’s, Newfoundland native says he is “feeling pretty good” following the concussion that ended his season last March 31, but does not know yet whether he’ll be cleared medically for the start of  camp. He plans to visit a concussion specialist again before he takes his training camp physical next Thursday and is hoping he’ll get the go-ahead from everyone to practice with full contact.

“I feel pretty good,” Clowe told me today. “I’m not going to say if I’m ready to go or not because I’ve got to get cleared to play and I’ve got to see the doctor again before the season starts. But I feel good. I, obviously, haven’t done any contact. I’ve been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I’ve been on the ice and stuff.

“The biggest thing with me is, when we start practicing, if I get some contact in then and just go from there. I’ve been feeling pretty good. I’ve been working out pretty normal the last, I guess, month.”

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Nino Niederreiter Agrees To A Three-Year Contract With The Minnesota Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League club has agreed to terms with RW Nino Niederreiter on a three-year contract.

Niederreiter, 22 (9/8/92), recorded 36 points (14-22=36), a plus-12 rating and 44 penalty minutes (PIM) in 81 regular season games during his first season with Minnesota in 2013-14. He established career highs in every statistical category and ranked second on the team in hits (175), tied for third in goals, fourth in plus-minus rating and fifth in shots. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Chur, Switzerland, added six points (3-3=6) and led the team with 40 hits in 13 playoff games. Niederreiter tallied the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 at Colorado on April 30 to become the third player in NHL history to register his first two playoff goals in a Game 7 and the second youngest player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to record an overtime goal in Game 7. He also netted the game-winning goal in Game 4 vs. Chicago on May 9. Niederreiter skated in four games with Switzerland at the 2014 Winter Olympics.



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Ken Holland On Anthony Mantha As The Prospects Tournament Begins Tomorrow

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I don't want expectations to be unrealistic for Anthony Mantha," Holland said. "He's a really good prospect, and we're going to give him every opportunity over the next month to show where he's at with his career. But it's tough to score in NHL.

"We've had other players who have left juniors with impressive resumes, and some make it quickly and some need two or three years," Holland said. "It's not only about talent, it's how mature is the player mentally. The NHL is a very demanding league. I'd rather err to be cautious. I don't want to do damage to anyone's confidence. We're going to do what's right for Anthony Mantha and the Detroit Red Wings."


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Video- Wednesday Night Rivalry Promo For NBCSN

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David Booth Feels Playing In The East Will Help His Game

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from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

It’s no secret David Booth struggled during his time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Much of that can be attributed to various injuries—Booth missed a total of 68 regular-season games in less than three seasons with the Canucks after being acquired from the Florida Panthers in 2011—but being on a Western Conference schedule also had its drawbacks.

The Detroit native thinks playing in the Eastern Conference again will benefit his game.

“It really is tough [playing in the West], and for me personally the amount of rest I get is the most important thing for the way I feel, the amount of energy I have,” Booth told The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday. “Travel kind of wears you out. Those are things every team has to deal with. I just think some guys adjust to it differently, and I think that’s one of the reasons I’m excited to be in Toronto and to be in the East. Hopefully [travel fatigue] doesn’t play such a big role as it did in Vancouver.”


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NHL Rule Changes For The 2014-15 Season

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NEW YORK (September 11, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association:

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Responsibility on us, is always on us. Coaches, trainers, the head guy [team owner Ted Leonsis] give us a wake-up call, say, listen, you have to do something, you guys have to win or you guys going to be next. I’m pretty sure this organization and the fans is tired to losing and not show exactly what we can do. That’s why we made the changes.”

-Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ovechkin by Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.

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Report- Goodbye 24/7 On HBO

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Greg Brady tweets,

Sources tell me HBO is done w/ the NHL in terms of producing a 24/7 Series, revolving around Winter Classic or otherwise

Told doubtful that changes - NHL & NHL Network may work on some sort of behind-the-scenes show/series, but HBO has walked. Was a good run.

added 3:06pm,


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Ryan Malone Signs With The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 2:07pm,


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Red Wings mid-day news: on the prospect tourney & Captain’s Practice quips from DeKeyser & Andersson

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 2:21 PM: At Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings' players are still engaging in Captain's Practices...

Some 230 miles to the northwest, however, as Paul noted, there's quite a bit of "star power" about to hit the ice in Traverse City. NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale penned an article discussing the caliber of competition at the Red Wings' prospect tournament, and the list of current and former participants is impressive:

In the tournament's history, 440 players who participated have skated in at least one NHL game, including six with the 2013-14 Red Wings: Tomas Jurco, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan and Ryan Sproul.

"[The Traverse City tournament] always carries a lot of weight," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "The best players at that tournament usually make the NHL right away. Guys who are ready or close to it usually rise to the top and you can see it. It's a great tournament to evaluate players."

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