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Sabres Prospect Sets A Team Record

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From The Portland Press Herald,

While rewriting portions of the Portland Pirates’ record book, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani is building a great resume for winning a job in the NHL.

Gragnani, who turned 24 last Friday, last weekend established team records for most points (54) and most assists (43) in a season by a defenseman.

“He has the ability to dominate both ways if he really puts his mind to it. He’s been more conscious of it.” - Portland (AHL) assistant coach Eric Weinrich


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Red Wings-Capitals wrap-up and Wings-Blue Jackets set-up: refresher course

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings took a midnight flight to Columbus, where they’ll play against the Blue Jackets tonight (7 PM EDT, FSD/FS Ohio/WXYT) feeling as good about themselves as they have in a long time thanks to a tightly-contested 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. The Wings played a determined and genuinely enthusiastic game against a novel and highly-skilled opponent, rising to the occasion of stifling the Capitals’ offense while answering with clutch goals of their own, and by playing a solid 60-minute game in the first time since what seems like forever, they snapped the Capitals’ 9-game winning streak while pushing the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks further behind them in the Western Conference standings.

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Just Like Old Times

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It had been a while since I’d seen the standings.  Oh, I knew…because adorable baby Jesus promised me…that the Wings were doing well in terms of points.  I get emailed the scores and sometimes I hear echoes of happy barks and giggling hookers.  They’re faint, but growing louder.  By June the Spaniels will be frolicking and the med students just “working their way through school” will be raking in the cash because business booms when the Wings win. Proven fact.

But for all the signs above, signs that all is well with the world?  Nothing is better than this:  60.  And that would be the total number of points earned by that “young, fast, dangerous” team out in Denver.  I’m not kidding.  After 68 games, they suck that bad.  Awesome.  Thank you.

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Devils Don’t Want To Feel Disappointment By Missing Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of The Record,

They’re close enough to the seventh-place Rangers and eighth-place Buffalo that if they don’t make the playoffs, it will be a disappointment.

The Devils are eight points back of the Rangers with two games in hand, and six points back of Buffalo with one game in hand. They have one game left against each of those teams – March 26 in Buffalo and April 9 at Madison Square Garden.

“You have to be disappointed if you don’t make the playoffs,” Brodeur said. “The first goal of the regular season is to get into the playoffs. I know that we came from a long ways to be in that position and definitely now we’re getting closer and closer. Hopefully the next two weeks will give us a good idea of where we’re going to stand in the last weeks to come. Definitely a lot closer we get, the disappointment level will kick in.”


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Lecavalier Returns To Montreal Without The Swirling Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Everything got better when new owner Jeff Vinik hired general manager Stave Yzerman, who publicly declared he was not trading Lecavalier.

Lecavalier rumors were constant the previous two years. And though Lecavalier had assurances from then co-owner Oren Koules and GM Brian Lawton he would not be moved, there was speculation he nearly was traded at the June 2009 draft to Montreal for goaltender Carey Price, center Tomas Plekanec and defenseman P.K. Subban.

Lecavalier, who in July 2008 signed an 11-year, $85 million deal with Tampa Bay, declined to talk about it. And all agent Kent Hughes would say was, “An individual who goes to work under less than ideal conditions is more likely to be distracted, less likely to feel part of the team solution.”

At this point, more important is what is happening on the ice.

“He’s using his body. He’s coring goals. He’s creating chances,” center Steven Stamkos said. “He’s got that confidence, and that’s the No. 1 thing as a player.”


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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Video- Can You Send A Ref To The Penalty Box?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Referee Francois St. Laurent with an elbow to the face of Joffrey Lupul.

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Anyone Want To Buy The Blues?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are on the open market.

Blues chairman Dave Checketts has decided to put the team and Scottrade Center lease up for sale.

Since May of 2010, Checketts has sought investors to replace the roughly 70 percent of the franchise owned by TowerBrook Capital Partners. Checketts said he’d lined up financing to take over TowerBrook’s shares but negotiations reached an impasse.

Checketts and TowerBrook were unable to agree on the value of the shares held by TowerBrook.

“The bottom line is I’ve been unable to make a deal with them. As a result, I’ve got to turn from being a buyer to a seller,” Checketts said late Wednesday afternoon.


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Red Wings-Capitals live-blog: streak-breakers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Chris Osgood-less Red Wings tangle with the Washington Capitals tonight (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/Comcast Sportsnet Washington/Versus/WXYT) hoping to detail the Capitals’ 9-game winning streak while both shutting down Washington’s dynamic offense and emulating the Caps’ attention to defensive detail. 

As we wait for the game to begin, there’s good news on at least one front: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan that the Wings’ team physician isn’t worried about Osgood’s “soreness,” so it appears that he’ll return this weekend, and as we already know, the Wings will have Brian Rafalski back in the lineup tonight, which should immediately improve the team’s transition game.

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Heatley Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Heatley got suspended 2 games by NHL fot elbow on Ott

added 7:17pm,

TORONTO (March 16, 2011) – San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars player Steve Ott in NHL game #1049 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Heatley’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 15:54 of the third period and Heatley was assessed a minor penalty for interference.

added 8:25pm, Scroll to the 40 second mark of the video below to see the elbow…


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Video- Three Spins On The Spin-A-Rama Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve Yzerman, Brian Burke, and Ray Shero seem to have different views of the shootout move.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+burke, ray+shero, steve+yzerman

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