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Who Won The Trade?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Considering that Philadelphia was very clearly dealing from a position of weakness, they paid a very reasonable price to fill a suddenly gaping hole in their lineup.

From Detroit’s perspective, maybe the goalie trade market isn’t offering much, but this would sure seem to indicate that the team just wasn’t sold on Mrazek as having any kind of future value. It’s not like they have great options in the organization and 33-year-old Howard has a contract that expires after next season.

For those reasons, the trade does seem like a win for the Flyers, who paid a reasonable price to address a position of need.


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Mrazek Traded To Philadelphia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul


added 10:10pm,



added 10:44pm, conditions added in the comment section.

Detroit release is below...

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Avs Down Two More Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Callie Parmele of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

The Colorado Avalanche finished its contest against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday without defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm as both rear guards suffered upper-body injuries in the contest. There is not a timetable on when they could return to action.

"They are both out indefinitely. I don't have a timeline on it," head coach Jared Bednar said after the team's optional practice at Family Sports Center on Monday. 

Johnson and Lindholm join rear guard Mark Barberio on injured reserve. Barberio has been recovering from a lower-body ailment since Jan. 25.


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All Mark Lazarus (NBC Sports Chairman)

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,

As he has done with this column at at multiple Olympics around the halfway point, NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus addressed some questions viewers have have had regarding NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang Games....

SI: How much has hockey viewership been hurt by the NHL players not being there?

Lazarus: A bit. It is early in the men’s tournament and we have not seen the big games yet but we are off roughly in the high 20s or low 30s. It has been affected. The [broadcast] windows are pretty similar so it is close to an apples to apples comparison. Listen, I think it is bad for hockey everywhere. Our numbers are off and if you look at the RSN numbers for every NHL team over this week-long period, at least when I looked at it, all but two teams were off versus a year ago in this window. So it is not good for anybody’s hockey ratings.

more on the Olympics

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Evening Line- Brian Lawton

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From the Dub: Neutral Zone

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

The Portland Winterhawks are currently on a seven day break, which is virtually unheard of except for the end-of-year holiday break. That meant no games this weekend. What's a local fan to do? It's an excellent time to catch up with the competition. And maybe brush up on WHL alumni making the headlines, including Mathew Barzal and Dominic Turgeon. There was plenty of action out there in the WHL this week. Now is the perfect time to keep the enemy closer. 

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The Chicago Blackhawks On The Incident From Saturday

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from Eric Lear of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

The Blackhawks organization, Head Coach Joel Quenneville and forward Anthony Duclair responded to Saturday night's incident at the United Center involving a few attendees making hurtful comments to Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

The Blackhawks have contacted the offending individuals and notified them that they are no longer welcome at Blackhawks home games.

"Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks," the organization said.

"Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society," Quenneville said. "We have to learn from something like that. (It) can't happen. I talked to (Capitals coach Barry Trotz) yesterday, apologized to the organization and the player, Devante. We're sorry about what happened and let's learn from it."


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Late Night And Early Morning Olympic Hockey Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All times are ET.

USA vs, Slovakia at 10:10pm tonight, winner will play Czech Republic

Slovenia vs. Norway at 2:40am Tuesday, winner plays OAR

Finland vs. Korea at 7:10am Tuesday, winner plays Canada

Switzerland vs. Germany at 7:10am Tuesday, winner plays Sweden

If you want to plan ahead, Woman's Final USA vs. Canada will be at 11:10pm ET on Wednesday night.

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The Anaheim Ducks Avoided Vegas For As Long As They Could

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register (Sunday edition),

Instead of flying Sunday evening, the Ducks will head to Vegas on Monday and scrap their morning skate. It isn’t unheard of – they’ve flown on game days in the past – but it is rarely done. This one was a touchy topic, with Carlyle not addressing it directly and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf saying, “You’d have to talk to the boss.”

The boss, in this case, is Ducks general manager Bob Murray. The Ducks went to Vegas in the first week of December and had a different plan then, playing in Nashville on a Saturday night and staying until Monday before flying that afternoon to Nevada for a Tuesday night game.

“It is what it is,” Getzlaf said. “They put the plan in place. That’s Bob’s call. A situation like this, Bob made the call. That’s what he wanted to do and we just live with it. If we win, he’s a genius. If we don’t, then it didn’t work.

“It’s the same as anything else. It’s a results-based business. That’s what he felt was best to prepare us for the game tomorrow.”


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2018) – New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 18.

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