NHL / Sports

Drew Miller Hoping He Will Be Traded

Feb 22 9:40am Kuklas Korner
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive, Drew Miller likes how he has integrated himself with the Grand Rapids Griffins, but, no offense, the veteran hopes his time with the team is short. With the NHL trade deadline looming March 1, the former Detroit Red Wings forward wants a trade and a fresh opportunity elsewhere. That's what they've been trying to do is just wait to see what teams may be looking to add and have a good fit, Miller said. No one's really making a move yet, but I would think that will change as we get closer. Hopefully, I get traded. I want to be in the NHL - everyone wants to be there - so we'll see how it goes. continued...
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The Auston Matthews And Patrik Laine Battles Are Just Starting

Feb 22 8:39am Kuklas Korner
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Let this be a reminder about why there’s so much hype when Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are due to face one another. It’s not so much a showdown between top picks from the 2016 draft, with personal stakes or a determination about who is ahead in some mythical race without a finish line. No, it’s an event. Pure and simple. These are two of the three best players in the NHL’s next generation and when you get them in the same arena the odds of seeing something magical dramatically improve. “(They mean) a lot to the league, but maybe more to Canada,” Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said before Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss against Toronto. “This is such a passion across the country and (there’s) appreciation for young players. For stars, for gifts, right? “We’ve all...
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Minnesota Wild: What The Wild Learned from Lineup Experiments

Feb 22 8:00am Gone Puck Wild
The Minnesota Wild have spent the last month experimenting with their lineup and roster to evaluate their organization to see what they have and what needs they should address.  The results seem to suggest the future is bright for the Wild who have a lot of flexibility for possible moves heading into the trade deadline. […] Minnesota Wild: What The Wild Learned from Lineup Experiments - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Rise Of Misha Donskov

Feb 22 7:39am Kuklas Korner
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, The tour bus pulled to a stop in a Westerville neighborhood early in September. One by one, some of the biggest names in the NHL — Toronto coach Mike Babcock, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, Washington coach Barry Trotz, Detroit general manager Ken Holland, to name a few — filed onto the curb and into the Donskov family home. Misha Donskov quit a lucrative job with Dublin-based Cardinal Health in 2009 to pursue his dream of a career at the highest levels of hockey. Only seven years later, Team Canada's staff gathered at his home on the eve of an exhibition game against Team USA. It was surreal, Donskov said, who served on the coaching staff for Team Canada in the World Cup. And to be able to share that with my family, it was pretty awesome. Paul Donskov, the family patriarch, shared a back-porch beer with Bab...
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Toews The Terrific

Feb 22 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
In the Razzball realm, the panel of writers (total of one) has been down on Jonathan Toews since I've been writing in this space. There were plenty of questions about his overall place 10 days ago when he had 33 points in 46 games. Whatever Toews has been doing over the last four games, he needs to keep that routine going. Toews has been coming on but had the game of the season on Tuesday scoring a hat trick on four shots while adding 2 assists and a +5 rating in the 5-3 win over the Wild. Let's just say the Wild trying to use Matt Dumba against him didn't work well. Now, Toews has 42 points giving you the value you hoped for taking him in the early to middle rounds. The new wingers with Toews (more on them later) have brought an offensive surge that Toews owners can only hope continues. Here's what else happened around the league the last two nights:...
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What The Canadian Census Means For NHL Expansion (And CFL)

Feb 22 1:48am Not Your Average Hockey Blog.
Nobody cares about a United States census as far as NHL expansion is concerned because there are too many large American cities without NHL hockey to count. But for Canada with its limited population, the results of the 2016 census that were released on February 1, are critical. First the established NHL cities in terms […]...
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The overnight report: Red Wings-Islanders wrap-upBye bye bye Week

Feb 22 1:39am Kuklas Korner
The Detroit Red Wings' 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders was an incredibly frustrating end to a pre- Bye Week schedule that saw Detroit defeat the Capitals and Penguins, but come home and lay an egg--if not a pancake--and I'd argue that this goal may symbolize the Red Wings' season in a nutshell: Individual player gets mis-direction, tries to do too much himself right away instead of waiting for a better play, flub, goal against, there's your 2016-17 campaign (and Mrazek redeemed himself with some superb saves, too). If you can't out-score your mistakes, you're not going anywhere but the golf course come April, and now the Red Wings' players will go on their Bye Week vacations with some wondering whether they'll return to Detroit to do more than gather their belongings and head out to play for another team. Our friends from Brooklyn were delighted to spoil the Wings' eve...
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Cotsonika speaks with Ken Holland, seller

Feb 22 12:39am Kuklas Korner
NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the Red Wings' trade deadline plans, and while Holland is most likely going to sell, it doesn't sound like he's going to clean house: The Red Wings squeaked into the playoffs last season with 93 points, breaking a tie with the Bruins with one more win in regulation or overtime. Just to reach 93 points this season, they would need 35 points in their final 22 games. Are they going to go 17-4-1, 16-3-3, 15-2-5 or 14-1-7? By simple math, Holland said, we're going to have to have an incredible finish to make it. Holland has started working already. The last week or so, the phones have been busier, both from me receiving calls and me making calls, Holland said. The question is what Holland has to sell, however. We know that Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Brendan Smith (and, as Cotsonika n...
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Khan, Savage: Jared Coreau to head to GR during Bye Week; Howard still sore

Feb 21 11:39pm Kuklas Korner
MLive's Ansar Khan and Brendan Savage report that the Red Wings will reassign Jared Coreau to the Grand Rapids Griffins for the Griffins' back-to-backs against Milwaukee this weekend, but their news about Jimmy Howard isn't as encouraging (though it solves some cap problems): Coreau headed to @griffinshockey for conditioning during break. Howard not ready to play. #RedWings — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 22, 2017 Blashill says Red Wings anticipate sending Coreau to Grand Rapids to play during bye week — Brendan Savage (@BrendanSavage) February 22, 2017 Jimmy Howard still not responding as Red Wings hoped. Blashill compared his injury to Carey Price last year — Brendan Savage (@BrendanSavage) February 22, 2017 Update: Here's more from Khan:...
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Canadiens Slow Rangers Surge With Shootout Win

Feb 21 11:03pm NYT > Hockey
Coming into Madison Square Garden with a 1-6-1 mark in its previous eight games, Atlantic Division-leading Montreal got the decisive goal from Paul Bryon and sent the Rangers to their second loss in nine games.
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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: self-inflicted wounds doom the Wings, as usual

Feb 21 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to stretch their winning streak to three games at the expense of the New York Islanders, who opened a massive 9-game road trip at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday evening. The Red Wings came out and laid an egg, coughing up the puck on each and every one of their goals en route to a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders that stung, stung and stung some more going into the Bye Week. ...
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Evening Line- Michael Arace

Feb 21 9:39pm Kuklas Korner
It would have taken minimal effort to flash a picture of Johansen on the Jumbotron and have the PA announcer say, Fans, welcome back Ryan Johansen, before the game, or during an intermission. It would have drawn some cheers and a few boos, and it would have been done, no sweat. Johansen's contention: He received no thank you because Jackets management is still hot about the vicious contract negotiations that took place in the summer of 2014. If he is right, it speaks to a certain pettiness on the Jackets' part. I would hope that management here is not so small-minded. It would be bad for business. Yet, Johansen's plea for martyrdom does not come off well, either. He has the size and skill to do his talking on the ice, he should have been supremely motivated, and he played one of his average games — which is why he was traded in the first place. -Michael Arace of the...
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Video- Petr Mrazek Now A Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Feb 21 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
Right on his stick...  ...
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Philadelphia Flyers Well Represented In TSNs Prospect Rankings

Feb 21 8:33pm Broad Street Buzz
Philadelphia Flyers prospects well represented in TSN’s prospect rankings TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button released his top 50 prospects not in the NHL Philippe Myers #10 Philippe Myers signed an entry-level contract with Philadelphia following the 2015 training camp as a free agent. Meyers has played in 85 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies since […] Philadelphia Flyers Well Represented In TSN’s Prospect Rankings - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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TSNs McKenzie discusses possible Brendan Smith trade talks

Feb 21 7:40pm Kuklas Korner
While I was out getting pop, TSN's Insiders talked trade scuttlebutt (as Paul noted), and there was some Red Wings-related news. Per Chris Nichols... McKenzie: #RedWings are getting lots of calls on defenseman Brendan Smith. 1/2 — Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) February 21, 2017 McKenzie: Before #RedWings potentially trade Brendan Smith, they're going to talk to his reps this week about cost of poss. extension. 2/2 — Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) February 21, 2017 And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa (McKenzie says the Wings are getting calls on Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott as well):...
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Videos: Wings honor Alex Delvecchio; Grand Rapids Griffins hold Lego Night

Feb 21 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
Of multimedia-related note this evening: 1. The Red Wings are honoring Alex Delvecchio this evening, and they posted a Twitter video of the tribute they'll play at the rink this evening: Tonight we honor one of the #RedWings all-time greats, Alex Delvecchio. #Farewell2TheJoe #LGRW pic.twitter.com/BdUWhbLQt6 — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 21, 2017 2. The Grand Rapids Griffins recently held Lego night at Van Andel Arena, posting three stop-motion videos...
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Why Did The Boston Bruins Allow Claude Julien To Go To Montreal?

Feb 21 5:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Question that would be rhetorical except that it is not: In what world would a team allow its just-fired, universally respected coach to be hired within a week by not only a blood rival, but one that it could very well meet in the playoffs? Answer: In the world of Jeremy Jacob$, the Boston owner who allowed Claude Julien to skip to Montreal so the B’s wouldn’t be on the hook for the approximately $1.5 million due on his contract for this season. And that $1.5M? Wouldn’t that be less than the value of a single home playoff gate? Please don’t suggest that the Bruins granted Julien permission to go to the Habs because of their respect for him. There were other places for Julien to go and would have been still more for the 2011 Cup winner to land this offseason. continued...
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New Jersey Devils Need Push Back When Play Goes Bad

Feb 21 4:42pm Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils have had several issues throughout the season. At the beginning of the year it was blowing leads, then it became straight up bad goaltending, then their scoring dried up, and their latest issue has been their inability to stop the bleeding when their opposition is on a roll. Look no further […] New Jersey Devils Need Push Back When Play Goes Bad - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Philadelphia Flyers: Prospect Profile Robert Hagg

Feb 21 4:01pm Broad Street Buzz
Philadelphia’s Flyers Prospect Profile, Robert Hagg Robert Hagg a member of the Philadelphia Flyers stellar stock of defensemen prospect, has spent the last three seasons in Lehigh Valley crafting his game. Hagg has played in 190 games in his AHL career scoring 49 points, adding 136 penalty minutes. A Uppsala, Sweden native Hagg left home […] Philadelphia Flyers: Prospect Profile Robert Hagg - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Rating The Ice

Feb 21 2:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Joe McDonald of ESPN, There's a growing concern among players about the ice conditions around the NHL. In an attempt to help fix the issues, the NHL and NHLPA Playing Environment subcommittee recently initiated a joint project to better identify and resolve ice-condition issues throughout the league. This process began on Feb. 1. Players and on-ice officials are asked to fill out a one-page form after every game in order to quickly rate the ice. Players rate the ice either excellent, good or fair based on the three periods. The survey also asks is the ice hard and fast, and does it have good glide, or is it chippy, soft or sluggish. Players are also asked whether or not the shoveling of snow during television timeouts is suitable or not. NHL's deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to an email from ESPN.com, asking about the success of the new rating process. ...
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Boston Bruins: Victory Brings Confidence

Feb 21 2:18pm Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins are riding their season high four-game win streak as they continue their west coast road trip. It’s been two weeks since the Boston Bruins made their coaching change. Bruce Cassidy got to work at once, putting the team through a series of practices where he pushed the tempo to a high level. […] Boston Bruins: Victory Brings Confidence - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Brendan Smith speaks with St. James, Khan about trade rumors

Feb 21 1:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings' morning skate and game day news cycle ahead of tonight's game against the Islanders (7:30 PM on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM) offered few surprises or scoops, but Brendan Smith did address the possibility that he might be traded, as noted by the Free Press's Helene St. James in text and video form... “I only know Red Wings hockey and I like it,” Smith said after the morning skate. “That’s all I can say. I’ve loved every moment here, good and bad. They have made me a better player. I would like to continue to stay on the Wing path, but there is a business, and you never know what happens.” The Wings have five defensemen under contract for next season, and Nick Jensen and Xavier Ouellet are restricted free agents this summer. Smith might not be back anyways, so trading him now to a team looking to go on a playoff run (Pittsburgh, for exampl...
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Red Wings-Islanders game-day articles: Mrazek vs. Greiss; Howard recovering, Smith talks trade

Feb 21 12:40pm Kuklas Korner
The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM), and the Wings' morning skate revealed few surprises (including Jimmy Howard not being quite ready to head down to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint), as the Free Press's Helene St. James noted: The Wings have a bit of swagger after a weekend that saw them topple the two best teams in the East in Washington and Pittsburgh. Petr Mrazek has been hot his last four starts, earning save percentages of .923, .944, .964 and .949, respectively. Mrazek will likely start against Thomas Greiss as the Islanders open a 9-game road trip... Mike Green was back with Danny DeKeyser at the morning skate after missing two games because of illness. Niklas Kronwall is with Xavier Ouellet and Brendan Smith with Nick Jensen. Up front, Henrik Zetterberg is with Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha (...
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Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy Using Players Correctly

Feb 21 11:47am Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy Using Players Correctly Following His Promotion The Bruce Cassidy-era in Boston has been successful through four games. The Boston Bruins look like a rejuvenated team, and that’s including their first game back following their bye-week. Despite the overwhelming odds that teams have faced playing following their week off, the […] Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy Using Players Correctly - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Red Wings-Islanders morning skate Tweets and articles: Mrazek to start for Wings; talking trades

Feb 21 11:40am Kuklas Korner
The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM) with the Red Wings hoping to earn a pre- Bye Week win and the Islanders hoping to start a 9-game road trip on a positive note. The Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for their morning skate just after 10:30 AM, per MLive's Ansar Khan... #RedWings on ice for morning skate. Mrazek in starter's net, as expected. pic.twitter.com/hk8S5rVbvc — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 21, 2017...
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New Jersey Devils Could Keep P.A. Parenteau Past Trade Deadline

Feb 21 11:30am Pucks and Pitchforks
With the Trade Deadline approaching, many are pinpointing who is expendable on each NHL team. Many New Jersey Devils fans have pointed out P.A. Parenteau as an obvious trade choice. The New Jersey Devils are still in a very tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference. That fact is making the team’s stance come next […] New Jersey Devils Could Keep P.A. Parenteau Past Trade Deadline - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic Proving Critics Wrong

Feb 21 11:01am Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic is Proving Critics Wrong With a Breakout 2016-17 Season at Wisconsin When the Boston Bruins drafted Trent Frederic in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, there was criticism. This isn’t uncommon with teams at the draft – it’s impossible to please everybody. Still – it seemed like […] Boston Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic Proving Critics Wrong - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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All Heidi Browning - Chief Marketing Officer For The NHL

Feb 21 10:40am Kuklas Korner
from Alexanda Bruell of the Wall Street Journal, WSJ: You recently left a sexy digital music business to join a 100-year-old sports league. What’s your mandate? MS. BROWNING: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman gave me one clear goal, and that’s to grow our sport. Our mission is to modernize our approach and take a fresh look at the marketing mix to find new ways to engage new and future fans. The real focus here is extending the reach of the NHL brand—driving viewership, digital audience, engagement with the app, increasing social followers. How does that drive our NHL TV sales, merchandise sales and ticket sales? The commissioner encouraged me to take a blank-canvas approach to growth. WSJ: Who are your current fans and some of the new fans you’re looking to reach? MS. BROWNING: We need to broaden beyond hard-core fans and expand to casual fans. Mille...
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Video- Highlights From The Two NHL Games Played On Monday Night

Feb 21 9:40am Kuklas Korner
Look out, NHL, the @FlaPanthers are coming. Check out everything you missed last night in the @LGCanada Morning Catch Up pic.twitter.com/4WQ4mFwJrq — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 21, 2017...
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Philadelphia Flyers Taking Calls On Their Captain?

Feb 21 9:00am Broad Street Buzz
Will General Manager Ron Hextall take calls on his Captain? The 29 year old Giroux has scored just twice in past 25 games and still has six years left on a $66,200,000 million dollar deal which carries a annual cap hit of $8,275,000 plus a full no movement clause. Sam Carchidi of Philly.Com floated out […] Philadelphia Flyers Taking Calls On Their Captain? - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Vincent Trocheks Goal With 4.6 Ticks Left Gives The Panthers 5 Consecutive Wins

Feb 21 7:39am Kuklas Korner
As you can see, Jake Allen had a tough time picking up the puck.   Almost had it! pic.twitter.com/KcQMjyDpWt — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 21, 2017   Below is a video of the goal....
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Re-Introducing the Pairwise Probability Matrix

Feb 21 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
We often like to say around here that it's silly to write an article about what the NCAA Tournament bracket would look like if the season ended today, because it does not end today. So, we put our money where our mouth is and created a simulator that plays out the entire rest of the season, and then we show you the results. We call this the Pairwise Probability Matrix. We rolled this out in beta last ...
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Reids Triumphant Return

Feb 21 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
Hey everyone! Reid is back this time around running down the recent developments around the league. We start off with the Michael Stone trade and discuss if there's a comparable to what the Kings did with DeMarcus Cousins. From there, we rundown injuries, discuss Claude Julien going to Montreal, Florida's amazing road trip and the unlikelihood of Antoine Roussel's hat trick with Michael Haley's two point game. Afterwards, Reid and I help you out through this week by highlighting the teams with bye weeks and running down each team's holds and cuts. As always, we wrap things up with the Three Point Challenge. Be sure to make your picks below. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by SeatGeek, Draft and FanPicks!...
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Prospect news: Hronek 1+3 in Saginaw Spirit win; Walleye to sell playoff tickets Friday

Feb 21 12:39am Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note: In the OHL, Filip Hronek had a goal and 3 assists on 6 shots as his Saginaw Spirit won 6-5 over the Sarnia Sting; Givani Smith took 4 shots and a penalty in the Guelph Storm's 5-1 loss to Flint; Jordan Sambrook finished at +1 with 2 shots in the Erie Otters' 4-3 win over Oshawa;   And in the ECHL, it's good to be the Toledo Walleye: their record is so good that the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the ECHL-leading Toledo Walleye are going to start selling playoff tickets on Friday, February 24th.
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Nikita Zadorov Injured In Practice Today And Is Done For The Season

Feb 20 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Ryan Boulding of ColoradoAvalanche.com, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced. The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill. He got tangled up with Mikko, head coach Jared Bednar said after practice. He actually fell on top of Mikko, but his leg got trapped underneath Mikko and he fell awkwardly. While Zadorov's status is a tough blow for the club, the Avalanche appears closer to getting two other players back in the mix. continued...
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Winning = Wings morale improving, theyre defending the streak one game at a time

Feb 20 5:40pm Kuklas Korner
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Mike Green, Thomas Vanek and Jimmy Howard regarding the Wings' winning weekend and its effects on team morale: In all honesty, the Wings' success this past weekend in beating Washington and Pittsburgh, didn't 'shock the Hockey World,' but it did provide the Wings with a confidence boost, which was needed as Detroit goes down the home stretch of their schedule. It's huge, defenseman Mike Green said. More importantly, we're really playing good hockey. If we can continue that after the break here and finishing with the game tomorrow night, we'll go on a run, we'll create some points and we'll put ourselves in a good position. Right now we're playing good and we need to continue. After Tuesday, the Wings will have their five-day break and return to action February 28 at Vancouver. I think there's a sense of confidence that's...
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Philadelphia Flyers Prepare For Approaching Trade Deadline

Feb 20 5:00pm Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers have less than two weeks to address the elephant in the room. Will they be buyers at the trade deadline? Or, will there be an attempt at a last ditch effort of the bloated contracts on hand? The Flyers Numbers (UFA & RA 2017-2018) The Flyers have 7 Unrestricted Free Agents for […] Philadelphia Flyers Prepare For Approaching Trade Deadline - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Calgary Flames Get Michael Stone From Arizona

Feb 20 4:40pm Kuklas Korner
Sounds like ARI has traded Michael Stone to CGY. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 20, 2017   Calgary sends 3rd and conditional fifth to Arizona for Michael Stone. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 20, 2017   Michael Stone is going to CAL for a third and a conditional 5th, pending no surprises — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 20, 2017...
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The Evgeni Malkin Hit On Mark Wheeler

Feb 20 3:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Bob McKenzie of TSN, For what it’s worth, and it’s not much, I didn't like the Malkin hit on Wheeler. I like to think I like hitting in hockey as much as anyone, but Malkin's hit struck me as unnecessary. The puck was gone. Outside of fulfilling the time-worn “finish your check” mantra or protecting the sky-is-falling chorus of “there's going to be no hitting in the game,” I'm not sure what purpose Malkin's hit served, especially weighed against the contact to Wheeler's head. But I have also come to realize everyone's threshold for this type of hit is different, and if the GMs on opposite sides of the debate haven't figured it out yet, I don't like our chances for resolving it here today. I get that Jets fans are angry, and I wouldn't want to be dismissive of them, though let's be honest: How many of them would be outraged if it had b...
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The NHLs Bye-Week Woes

Feb 20 1:53pm Stars and Sticks
Im going to keep hammering it down everyone’s throat, the NHL’s bye-week is a problem. It’s no secret by now, the bye-week has been a fail for the NHL. The Capitals in particular felt the bye-weeks impact, after two back-to-back losses. It’s a great concept, an 82-game season is grueling on players. With the high […] The NHL’s Bye-Week Woes - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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New Jersey Devils: Fans Need to Be Patient With John Hynes

Feb 20 12:55pm Pucks and Pitchforks
Going through a rebuild is always tough. The fans and players alike have the same point of view on losing: they hate it. While John Hynes isn’t going to be a Coach of the Year candidate, its worth taking a look at his resume and why he’s perfect for the Devils rebuild. Devils fans were […] New Jersey Devils: Fans Need to Be Patient With John Hynes - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Los Angeles Kings Will Oversee Operations Of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey

Feb 20 12:39pm Kuklas Korner
BERLIN / LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings will now oversee all operations of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey, it was announced today at a news conference at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League are owned and operated by AEG Sports, a division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The LA Kings will now begin leading all hockey operations and administrative matters, directing the day-to-day leadership of Managing Director Peter John Lee. Lee will report directly to LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.
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BU adds Alex Vlasic, 01 defenseman from Chicago area

Feb 20 12:31pm The Boston Hockey Blog
Another day, another big-time commit for the Boston University men’s hockey team. This time, head coach David Quinn and his staff have secured the services of Alex Vlasic, a blueliner born in 2001. The 15-year-old, who hails from Wilmette, Illinois, currently plays for the Chicago Mission. As of now, he clocks in as 6-foot-3 and ... Read more...
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Philadelphia Flyers Trade Target: Ben Bishop

Feb 20 12:00pm Broad Street Buzz
Are The Philadelphia Flyers in the market for a goaltender on March 1st? With both Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason pending UFA’s this summer, will the Philadelphia Flyers look to acquire a goalie? Ben Bishop (who is currently at #8 on TSN’s bait board) would make a tempting trade target. The 30-year-old goaltender has split […] Philadelphia Flyers Trade Target: Ben Bishop - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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A Feature On Scott And Rob Niedermayer

Feb 20 10:39am Kuklas Korner
from Hometown Hockey, Scott and Rob Niedermayer did everything together growing up as kids in Cranbrook and since the brothers were just 16 months apart in age, they could also be teammates on several hockey teams.  When Scott and Rob went their separate ways to pursue hockey careers at the age of 16, they never thought they’d have the opportunity to play on the same team again. Not only did they end up playing together again, but they won championships together, including the Stanley Cup. Watch the five minute video feature at Hometown Hockey...
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Boston Bruins Earn First Four Game Win Streak

Feb 20 10:33am Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins earned their first four-game win streak of the season with a 2-1 road win over the San Jose Sharks. The Boston Bruins knew they were going to be rusty. They were coming off the bye week and would have to scrap that rust off quickly if they were going to beat the […] Boston Bruins Earn First Four Game Win Streak - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus Without Any Fanfare

Feb 20 8:39am Kuklas Korner
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean, On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade), remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly. At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards. I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that, Johansen told reporters. I think we all know who made that call, but whatever. It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny.  more...
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Video- Senators Thought They Had Tied The Game

Feb 20 7:39am Kuklas Korner
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Inconclusive replays of the close in shot taken by Pageau and the scramble that followed in the last second of regulation time wiped out any hope the Senators had of at least getting into OT, and picking up one all important point. “My blade was in the net, his glove was in the net, his pad was in the net,” said Pageau. “So there was a lot of stuff to cover the puck. There was no call on the ice. “It’s probably the angle of camera they had. It’s not like was an early whistle or anything. Maybe the ref was on the wrong side of the net. He was just trying to do his best. But I’m pretty sure that puck crossed the line, so it’s unfortunate for us.” Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck adamantly stated the right decision was made. That was guaranteed out,” he said. “My...
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Penn State's Kerr Out For Year

Feb 20 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Penn State sophomore defenseman Kevin Kerr will miss the remainder of the season, coach Guy Gadowsky said, as reported by The Daily Collegian. Kerr was injured in a game at Wisconsin two weeks ago. It was called a lower-body injury at the time. He was seen sliding feet first into the boards and was soon helped off the ice. Kerr had played all but one game as a freshman and every game this season ...
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The Lacher Story: Behind the Music

Feb 20 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
This is the behind the scenes true story of tracking down Blaine Lacher, and all that couldn't be told in last Friday's Q&A. OK, that's a bit melodramatic. But it's true that Mr. Lacher was not easy to find, not even by his old teammates and coaches, many of whom haven't seen him since 1994, when Lacher, as a junior, set the record for consecutive shutout minutes and helped lead Lake Superior State ...
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Prospect news: Walleye win in Missouri; Larsson stops 20

Feb 20 3:39am Kuklas Korner
In the prospect department: In the ECHL, Dane Walters had a goal and 2 assists, Mike Borkowski had a goal and an assist and Jeff Lerg stopped 25 shots as the Toledo Walleye defeated the Missouri Mavericks 4-1. The Walleye's website posted a recap:...
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A Shining Stone Is Struck

Feb 20 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
What looked like an amazing weekend for Mark Stone turned for the worst at the last minute. Stone had one of the biggest games of the year on Saturday scoring a goal and four assists with five shots in the 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs. Stone followed that up by scoring a goal and taking a penalty against the Jets on Sunday before a hit to the head from Jacob Trouba knocked him out of the game. As if a hit to the head wasn't concerning enough, Stone has already had a concussion in the preseason, an injury that caused him to become a value in drafts. Stone has been terrific this season with 22 goals and 25 assists through 56 games but now, his fantasy owners are in a tough spot as are the Senators who were decimated by injuries over the weekend. Look for some news to come out later today on Stone's status but here's to hoping it's nothing serious like another concussion. Let's take a...
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Mike Cammalleri Needs To Be Motivated By Benching

Feb 20 2:44am Pucks and Pitchforks
Mike Cammalleri was benched for a home-and-home series over the weekend. Once he returns to the lineup, he needs to start scoring again. Mike Cammalleri came to the New Jersey Devils to become a serious scoring threat. The team gave him a five-year deal worth $25 million on the first day of free agency three […] Mike Cammalleri Needs To Be Motivated By Benching - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Philadelphia Flyers End Road Trip On Winning Note

Feb 20 1:35am Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers closed out their Western road trip on winning note, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. After two lackluster performances leading to two losses in Alberta Wednesday and Thursday, The Flyers came out firing opening up a 3-0 lead within the first 2:38 of the second period. Wayne Simmonds scored his 25th of the […] Philadelphia Flyers End Road Trip On Winning Note - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Keith Kinkaid Ruins Trade Value Against New York Islanders

Feb 20 12:16am Pucks and Pitchforks
Keith Kinkaid allowed six goals in possibly his last game with the New Jersey Devils. That is, if anyone wants him anymore. With the Trade Deadline less than two weeks away, teams are putting together its pitches to try and make them better. The New Jersey Devils are in a very weird spot, falling in between […] Keith Kinkaid Ruins Trade Value Against New York Islanders - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Rundown - Week 18

Feb 20 12:00am Hockey Blog In Canada
This week's edition of the Rundown will be shorter than most thanks to the fact that only four teams in Canada West women's hockey saw action. Two teams unfortunately did not acquire enough points to make the playoffs while those that had all too many points for their own good got a week off as a reward for finishing atop the standings. The four teams in the middle squared off in the opening round of the CWUAA Playoffs with their reward for winning being a road trip while losing would end their seasons. Who would move on? Let's find out on this week's episode of the Rundown!REGINA at SASKATCHEWAN: The fifth-place Regina Cougars traveled north to Saskatoon to meet the fourth-place Huskies in the battle of Saskatchewan with a trip to either Vancouver or Edmonton on the line. Like any good playoff series, this best-of-three saw the first period go scoreless as both teams began to feel one a...
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Boston Bruins: Every Point Is An Important One

Feb 19 11:12pm Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins find themselves on the verge of the outside looking in…again. The Boston Bruins were able to hold on to a playoff slot throughout their bye week. With the B’s back in action, they find themselves masters of their own fate again. As long as the Bruins continue to win, they’ll still be […] Boston Bruins: Every Point Is An Important One - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The overnight report: Red Wings wrap-up: Wings are buildingif only for prides sake

Feb 19 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
The Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins may or may not have anything to do with an incredibly unlikely playoff run, but it certainly felt good for Red Wings fans to see Detroit beat both Washington and Pittsburgh this weekend, and the way in which the Wings snapped a 5-game winless streak did wonders for the mood in Detroit's locker room. I don't know if the Wings are going to be able to make a dramatic, nearly vertical uphill playoff push--I doubt it, honestly--but at this point, as a fan as much as anything, I'm hoping that they finish the season playing their best, and I'm hoping that the team gives the younger players winning lessons to learn from as the next generation prepares to take over next season (Lordy, let that be the plan...). Whatever happens, especially at the deadline (see: selling), I hope that the team stays positive, win, lose or learn (hop...
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New Jersey Devils: Pathetic Defense Effort Against New York Islanders

Feb 19 9:57pm Pucks and Pitchforks
A six goal outburst from the New York Islanders show exactly what is wrong with the New Jersey Devils this season. A team with more talent is doing worse than last season. The New Jersey Devils scored four goals on Sunday night. It’s a milestone that the team doesn’t hit very often. It is a […] New Jersey Devils: Pathetic Defense Effort Against New York Islanders - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Jacob Trouba Two Minutes For Illegal Check To The Head

Feb 19 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
You make the call.  ...
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