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Washington’s Playoff Chances

from Neil Greenberg of Capitals Insider, Since the 2005-06 season, the biggest deficit overcome in the East to make the playoffs with 35 games left has been four points. Right now the Capitals are five points out of playoff contention and with no inter-divisional play, the teams ahead of them will always be getting points from somewhere. Take Tuesday night, for example: 12 Eastern...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall partnering with autism charity

The Macomb Daily's Jerry Wolfe reports that Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's going to donate tickets for Red Wings games to families affected by autism, starting this season, in association with the Autism Alliance of Michigan: Kronwall, 32, was turned onto AAoM after hearing Anthony Ianni speak about awareness and safety training for those with autism who face...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Keeping An Eye On Iginla And Smyth

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, They are the same guy, in so many ways. Jarome Iginla and Ryan Smyth. A northern Alberta kid who captains the Calgary Flames; a Southern Alberta kid playing most of a 1,200-game career with the Edmonton Oilers. One, the face of the Flames franchise and favourite son of owner Murray Edwards. Another, whose flowing mullet and oversized...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Blues game-day updates: nothing new on the injury front as Wings prepare for Rivalry Night

Updated at 11:29 AM: Patrick Eaves is in tonight: The Detroit Red Wings are preparing to face off against the St. Louis Blues tonight (7:30 PM EST, NBC Sports Network/TSN/97.1 FM) knowing that they face something of a wounded, angry animal in the winless-in-February Blues. The Wings' morning skate hasn't brought much in the way of news in the injury department.... ...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Columbus Names Jarmo Kekalainen As Their New GM

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Jarmo Kekalainen to serve as the club’s general manager, Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced today.  Kekalainen, who has been the president and general manager of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League since 2010, becomes the third general manager in Blue...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

GDT - Game 13: Red Wings (7-4-1) host Blues (6-5-1) 7:30

Six nights ago, the Wings went into STL on a damn ugly two-game skid, and the prospects for the Wings season were dire.  DET looked like world-beaters at STL, winning 5-1 and starting a season high three game win streak they skate into The Joe with tonight.   Things couldn't be worse for STL.  The Blues stormed out of the gate, 6-1 in January, but since that time are 0-4...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Spending Less On The NHL

from David Friend of the CP at The Score, Consultancy firm Brand Finance, which tracks the clout of brand names in the real world, estimates that the NHL will lose nearly US$328.2 million in brand value in 2013 as fans spend less money on hockey in the coming year. Much of the fallout comes from casual hockey fans who have decided to look elsewhere for their entertainment...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Blues set-up and overnight report: it’s a trap game!

I don't generally get too nervous about the Red Wings' opponents (nervous about everything else? Yes), but tonight's game against St. Louis (7:30 PM EST, NBC Sports Network/TSN2/97.1 FM) scares the hell out of me. The Red Wings have won three straight games coming into their 3rd meeting with the Blues this month (the Wings beat St. Louis 5-3 on February 1st and 6-1...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- The First National Blind Hockey Tournament Starts Friday In Toronto

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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Columbus Fires GM Scott Howson

Today the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they have fired GM Scott Howson.  I have been publicly calling for this move for about a year.  Howson has not done a good job in Columbus and there were questions when he was hired. Howson had been the assistant general manager in Edmonton.  He helped to build the team that was so poor that got the first overall draft pick three...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers Still Reaching for the Stars

A one sided rivalry, isn’t really a rivalry at all. No, we call this a situation of nemeses, at least in the case of the Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars. For the Stars, it’s just a guaranteed two points. Continue reading "Oilers Still Reaching for the Stars"
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Does The Goal Count? Dillon Did Not Call ‘Glass’

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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

TSN Hockey Insiders Address A Few Issues

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the firing of Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, the Ryan O'Reilly situation with the Colorado Avalanche and realignment in the NHL. Why was Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson fired and who will be hired...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Report- What The Avalanche Want For Ryan O’Reilly

As we discussed in Insider Trading initial trade talk has Colorado requesting a roster player and top prospect for O'Reilly. #TSN — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 13, 2013
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Howson Done In Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced this evening that Scott Howson has been relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League club.  Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Davidson.  “This...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Working On Realignment

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, "The last two weeks we’ve been in constant communication with the NHLPA on realignment issues," deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Tuesday. "We’ve been exchanging information and we’re trying to get to a resolution as soon as possible."  Time is of the essence because the league’s schedule-maker needs to get...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Scoring Decreasing

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, During the first two weeks of the season, NHL games produced an average of 5.55 goals, which is slightly up from the past three seasons. However, starting Feb. 1, games are producing only 5.13 goals per game. Goal-scoring typically drops during the course of the season, as games become more important and power plays decline...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Babcock Talks Wings On NHL Live Today

While watching the video, I continue to wonder if Babcock will ever learn how to pronounce Filppula?  
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

End of an Era: NHL’s New CBA Closes Player Contract Loophole

In 2006, Rick DiPietro was poised to become the next great American goaltender.  Just six years (and countless injuries) later, his fifteen-year contract has become a sterling example of the type of contract the NHL now forbids.  Aside from absurd duration, under the previous collective bargaining agreement (CBA), teams could also aggressively structure these multi-year deals to...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Frustration Builds As Brian Boyle Benching Continues

from Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork, Rangers forward (and Boston native) Brian Boyle will be scratched for the third straight game Tuesday against the Boston Bruins and he's not happy about it.  Venting his frustration, the struggling center wants back into the team's lineup and feels he can still contribute to his Rangers squad.  "I didn't play as...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Bird-Brained Idea

Ridiculous promotions are a staple of minor league hockey, but this one may take the cake. On Friday night, the marketing staff for the Bakersfield Condors decided it would be a good idea to bring a live condor to center ice for a pre-game ceremony following the national anthem.  Not surprisingly, hilarity ensues:  
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Gillis On His Goaltenders

from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet, The Canucks president and general manager has been thrilled with the play of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider but says it may be unrealistic that both will be on the roster beyond the shortened 2013 season. "I really think there will come a time where the right thing for both of them is (for us) to only have one and develop another...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings support mental illness awareness via ‘Do it for Daron’

Mental health issues are coming to the fore this week in Canada, where Bell Canada's donating 5 cents per Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk to mental health charities and research, and the Red Wings are voicing their support both the Bell Let's Talk campaign and Binghamton Senators (the primary AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators) coach Luke Richardson's Do it for...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Next Contract On The Mind Of Andrew Ference

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, “I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this team,” Ference said. “The makeup and the fabric of this room – the environment.” Ference’s time in Boston, however, may be ending. He is in the final season of a three-year, $6.75 million contract. Ference, Nathan Horton, and Anton Khudobin are scheduled to become...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

And The Award Goes To

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, And so, without further ado, some first-quarter superlatives and, well, whatever the opposite of a superlative might be: Dominating Performance By A Non-Star Player David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils Clarkson might have played in the shadows of Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur as the Devils went to the Stanley Cup finals in...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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