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Havlat May Be On The Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

It’s interesting that Marty Havlat skated on the third line at practice Tuesday with Dave Bolland and Andrew Ladd.

Are the Hawks preparing for life after Havlat? Maybe. There are rumors out there that Havlat might be the guy GM Dale Tallon tries to move to create cap space. Havlat makes $6 million and is an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Do the Hawks need Havlat to make the playoffs? Not if they think of him as a third-liner. Besides, if they are able to trade him Tallon could turn around and use that cash on a top-six forward or a defenseman, or both.

More and more, this is looking like the way to solve the cap problem - as long as Tallon can find a team that wants Havlat and as long as Havlat stays healthy.

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Hey Scott, You Should Have Thrown Your Helmet Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Scott Hartnell was tired. He couldn’t catch Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, who was closing in on Flyers goalie Marty Biron. So he did the first thing that came to mind.

He threw his glove at Malone, giving the Lightning veteran a penalty shot with 16 seconds remaining in a tie game.

continued

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  Tags: scott+hartnell

Digging Homer and Even Sammy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Lost in the shuffle today?  Homer, Sammy and some hard-working Diggers.  They’re taking a backseat as men across two nations discuss the merits of sloppiness.

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Really?  For “Sloppy Seconds”?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For the love of God, Hippy Frigging Dave beat me to it.  Here’s what he had to say at 0039 EST, “Jack Bauer is gonna kick his ass.”

Exactly.  Haven’t the idiots out there learned that Bauer will take you down for slights far simpler than calling his daughter “sloppy seconds?”

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Augusta Lynx Fold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Augusta Lynx of the ECHL folded in mid-season today.

The team was affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

more from the AP via CBS Sportsline.

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What Could Have Been

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russell Brooks of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

The Coyotes put about 15 months of thought and hard work into their new third jersey, which they debuted on Nov. 28 against the Colorado Avalanche.

The process for creating the new black sweaters started in August of 2007 when the team approached SME Branding about an idea for a third jersey.

“We were looking for an alternate jersey that complemented our home and road jerseys, but that was unique and something the fans would like,” Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek said. “We hope our fans take as much pride in this jersey as our organization does.”

continued with a slide show of numerous prototype sweaters like the one below.

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What To Do With Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

“I put thinking in the future (on the back burner) because I love hockey so much,” Kovalchuk told On The Fly. “Sometimes I get frustrated, but it’s not like I go home and cry in my pillow. We’ll get through this and be a better team.”

The question: Will Kovalchuk be around to see it?

read on with some Oiler and Norris Trophy talk too…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Avery Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars’ forward Sean Avery indefinitely, pending a hearing with the league, and he will not be playing in tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames.

Avery is being suspended for disparaging remarks he made this morning in reference to Calgary player Dion Phaneuf and Phaneuf’s girl friend Elisha Cuthbert, who previously had a relationship with Avery.

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added 6:21pm, Watch the video at TSN that got Avery into trouble.

Update 6:27pm ET (by Alanah): From Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page:

“I completely support the league’s decision to suspend Sean Avery,” said Dallas Stars owner Thomas O. Hicks. “Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have. This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”

added 7:51pm, from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Two thumbs up for the NHL.

Its decision to suspend controversial Dallas Stars winger Sean Avery is both justified and a relief.

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added 9:10pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

If nothing else, you’d at least want to see if Avery backed up his macho statement on the ice, especially after Phaneuf leveled him. If Jarome Iginla didn’t flatten him first.

But, in its misguided effort to keep a squeaky-clean image, the NHL suspended Avery rather then let the drama play out on the ice.

Sports needs its villains, and the NHL refuses to play along with one of the best villains in any sport. It’s a mistake, especially for a sport that could use the boost of more mainstream attention.

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Avery’s Sloppy Seconds

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

Sean Avery just landed in Calgary and already he is stirring the pot:

“I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery told the media.  “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds.  I don’t know what that’s about.  Enjoy the game tonight.”
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Ouch. What a burn. Obviously directed at Dion Phaneuf who is now going out with Elisha Cuthbert, Avery’s ex-girlfriend.

Should be a good game tonight.

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The Instigators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MultiChannel News,

NESN Thursday will debut The Instigators, a weekly show featuring Boston Bruins’ studio analyst Mike Milbury, color analyst Andy Brickley and play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards debating and discussing the most controversial national hockey topics of the day.

The series drops the puck Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. ET on the regional sports network and will air at both 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each week….

NESN is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.

more

Note: Video at NESN.

 

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