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Nichols’ Notes: Jagr Thinks Domi is “(Bleeping) Unbelievable”

Jaromir Jagr delivered effusive praise for Max Domi when asked about the most under-the-radar star on his own Panthers.

“Well, I think I’ve got two of them on my line (Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov),” said Jagr. “Flying under the radar is good. It’s good for everybody. Sometimes, if someone doesn’t have a big name, it doesn’t mean they’re not a good player.

“For example, look at those two rookies this year everybody is talking about – McDavid and Eichel. But I watched Arizona for a little bit. I saw Max Domi. He was (bleeping) unbelievable. Nobody’s talking about him. Why?

“How about the guy in Detroit? Larkin. Good player, already plays on the first line, making plays. Who else? The big guy on the Rangers: Lindberg.

“Then I watch Domi. It’s not even the goals. I like the way he played, one-on-one. He won battles. He made passes and got open. That was impressive, too, mostly because he is Tie Domi’s son. (laughing)”

Source: Seravalli/ TSN

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LOVE this blurb from Elliotte Friedman’s latest edition of 30 Thoughts.

In a conversation last week, Henrik Zetterberg confirmed (sort of) a story I’d heard about him. In 2013, as the Detroit Red Wings scraped to prolong their two-decade playoff streak, word was that, down the stretch, he launched into a passionate, slightly profane speech during a team meeting, basically saying that missing the postseason “was not going to happen on my watch.”

True?

“I didn’t use the language you described,” he said last Thursday. “But I didn’t want to be on the team that missed the playoffs. The standard that was set by the players before me. Stevie [Yzerman], Nick [Lidstrom], [Kris] Draper, [Chris] Chelios. Playing with them, I learned how much it meant. I wanted the new guys to know it matters.”

Zetterberg revealed it happened before the final game of the season, a must-win in Dallas. Detroit shut out the Stars, 3-0.

Source: Friedman/ Sportsnet

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Zdeno Chara on the similarities between hockey and cycling:

“It’s one of those things, like in sports and other situations in life, you’re going to have some adversities and some challenges that are similar to the race,” Chara said. “You go uphill one moment and then you go downhill, but that’s life too. You’ve got to be willing to sometimes take it slow but keep going. A lot of times life is spinning so fast around you that you kind of think it’s out of control and that’s when you need to slow down a little bit and take a break. It’s similar to a life situation.”

Source: McDonald/ ESPN

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There’s a reason why Mike Babcock and Jeff Blashill have each seen the benefit of playing Justin Abdelkader with skilled stars one of the top two lines in Detroit.

“I think every player has different assets, and I think he’s got great combination of physicality and skill set and he’s got offensive smarts to go with it,” Jeff Blashill said. “I think one of those things of having a physical type presence on a line, sometimes those guys don’t have offensive smarts to play with elite offensive thinkers. He does.”

Source: Harris/ NHL.com

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The Dallas Stars were one of the best offensive teams in the NHL last season, but there is a specific emphasis for the franchise this year.

“I want this team to be a no-excuse team,” Lindy Ruff said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a winger or a center man — defend, defend with passion.”

Source: Heika/ Morning News

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Damon Severson on how confidence, of which he has an abundance, can be misread as cockiness:

“I think so. There is obviously that line between confidence and cockiness. As soon as you go over that line to the cocky side, that’s when you start getting people questioning you and saying you’re not a team guy and stuff,” Severson said.

“I’ve never really crossed the line. As long as you stay on the confident side rather than the cocky side, you’re going to be in good shape. That’s the side I like to go on.”

Source: Chere/ NJ Advanced Media

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Ryan Johansen, on if he sees himself as one of the top centers in the league:

“You know what? I see myself, and I think hockey people and fans around the game, view me as a guy on the verge and they want to see a little bit more, a little bit more of that consistent, high-level of play. For me, that’s what I am excited about going into this year. What drives me is being able to prove to everyone that I am at that level and I should be recognized with the best in the League. I see myself on the verge too. I’m just trying to stay humble with it as much as you can. You want to have that swagger of being one of the top guys in the League, and with the linemates I have right now there’s no reason I shouldn’t have my game at that top-end level.”

Source: Rosen/ NHL.com

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Canadian Prime Minister than Stephen Harper on the Chicago Blackhawks:

“In this day and age, the fact that an organization has won the Cup three times in six years is an incredible testament to two things,” Harper said. “First of all, obviously the Blackhawks as an organization, but also the leadership on the ice. I think Jonathan Toews is an incredible leader.”

Source: Campbell/ The Hockey News

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Jonathan Quick on goaltending stats:

“No, that’s for people that don’t know the game,” Quick said. “Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”

Source: Rosen/ LA Kings Insider

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Dallas Eakins is coaching the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego, and he expects his squad to have a healthy dislike for the Kings’ AHL squad, which operates San Bernardino County.

“It’s amazing what’s gone on here since I guess the Gretzky trade, right?” Eakins said.

“In Southern California, the rivalry is intense,” he said. “We like that. We like that we formed this division out here and it contains a lot of the teams that are involved in the same rivalry that’s going on in the NHL. That’s important for the players. We want them to highly dislike these other teams because it’s going to translate at the NHL level.”

Source: Wilson/ Associated Press

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Daniel Winnik: “I know about analytics and that stuff, but I couldn’t tell you what my Corsi was last game or anything like that. I’ve been told that I’m a good analytics player and possession player. You see articles.

“It’s probably because I’m good defensively. Whatever line I’m on, we do a good job of getting quickly out of the D zone and trying to maintain O-zone time.”

Source: Mirtle/ Globe and Mail

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