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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

• OK, here are Bucci’s top four power rankings for each conference. Keep in mind, my rankings are not so much based on performance thus far; they are based on who I see are the toughest teams to beat in a best-of-seven series come playoff time.

Eastern Conference: 1. Pittsburgh; 2. Washington; 3. Montreal; 4. New York Rangers

Western Conference: 1. Detroit; 2. San Jose; 3. Minnesota; 4. Anaheim

• From a strategical standpoint, I still believe that a player should skate to the bench, and another player should hop on, when he breaks his stick. This saves time from a stick handoff scenario and saves me the frustration of watching a forward on the ice without a stick.

much, much more...

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Anaheim’s Defensive Challenge

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the best teams in the NHL for the past couple years.  Their peak occurred with their 2007 Stanley Cup victory.  One of the main reasons for this has been a strong defence built around former Norris Trophy winners Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer.  Along with Francois Beauchemin, these three defenceman have played a tremendous amount of minutes for the Ducks.  No team depends upon three defencemen as much as the Ducks depend upon these three.  In terms of total ice time, Niedermayer is second in the league this season (behind Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames), Pronger is fourth and Beauchemin is 10th (despite having missed a game to injury). 

This situation is forced to change now that Francois Beauchemin tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.  Beauchemin is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.  Does Anaheim have the defensive depth to recover?

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No Issues With ASG Voting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No one has been able to make the NHL All-Star Game a meaningful exercise for going on two decades now, no matter how much they tweaked and adjusted and tried to convince you that the light-hearted shinny they play bears even a reasonable facsimile to the way the game is played, night-after-night, through a gruelling 1,230-game regular season.

Given how that is not going to change this year either, even though the All-Star Game is being played in the cradle of hockey – Montreal – in January, I have little issue with the fact that Canadiens’ fans are doing such a good job of guaranteeing that all six of their candidates for the All-Star team may crack the starting line-up.

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Central Scouting Report

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The National Hockey League released its preliminary rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft on Tuesday, with Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares leading the Ontario Hockey League’s rankings and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman ranked No. 1 among European skaters.

Tavares, in his fourth season with the Generals, has scored 174 goals and 191 assists in 214 OHL games. This season, he has 17 goals and 36 points in 23 games.

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Blues Claim B.J, Crombeen

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has claimed forward B.J. Crombeen on waivers from the Dallas Stars.

Crombeen, 23, has appeared in 15 games with Dallas this season, posting five points (one goal, four assists) along with 26 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 212-pound right winger has skated in 23 career NHL games, recording seven points (one goal, six assists) and 65 penalty minutes.
The Denver, Colorado native was originally Dallas’ second round selection, 54th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Crombeen’s father, Mike Crombeen, played five seasons with the Blues from 1978-83.  Mike Crombeen scored one of the biggest goals in Blues history when he netted a series clinching double overtime goal against Pittsburgh in the first round of the 1981 playoffs. 

B.J. and Mike would be the third father and son combination to play for the Blues. Bob and Brent Johnson were the first and Peter and Yan Stastny were the second. 

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Waive Goodbye To Mac

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated:  Tick Tock, on the Fan 590, just said that if Mac clears, he’s staying in Detroit.

I’m sure the emperor has beaten me to this, and if you’re reading this on the main page for the second time, I feel real and sincere shame.

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.

McCarty, 36, signed a one-year contract with the Wings in the offseason after re-joining the club last winter and helping lead the team to its fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.

More from our Diggers as I get it.

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Wings Waive McCarty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.

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Salary Cap Making Trades Complicated

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

This is the main reason we are not seeing many trades early in the season—the cap situation prevents it.

You may say, “But my team is way below the cap, they can afford so-and-so.” True, but do remember, teams have established their own internal cap figure and may not want to go above it for budgetary reasons.

So, the first thing that should be in your mind when you think of or read about a possible trade is, does it fit within the cap. If not, move on and start thinking of a trade that not only will make sense, but also fit within the salary-cap structure.

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Gaborik Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There is a rumor out there that the Minnesota Wild are on the verge of trading Gaborik. As in any hour or day now, it’s that close.

Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a reach.

Gaborik, after all, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Gaborik, thus far, has rejected all contract offers from the Wild and it doesn’t look like he’s about to put pen to paper in the Twin Cities any time soon.

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added 1:36pm, via Russo’s Rants,

Risebrough, by the way according to multiple sources, was at last night’s Ottawa-Rangers game — two teams I said weeks ago made sense for a potential Marian Gaborik trade. Bryan Murray, Ottawa’s GM, loves making blockbusters, and Rangers GM Glen Sather is buddy buddy with Risebrough

Clarification: Doug Risebrough was on the Ottawa-Rangers press box seating chart, but he never made it to the game. He planned to scout the game, but flight problems forced him to detour to Pittsburgh. He was in Pittsburgh by 4:45 yesterday..

added 2:24pm, Mark Hermann of Newsday wonders if the Rangers could fit Gaborik into the lineup…

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Koules Talks About Melrose Firing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendssen of Bolts Report,

I had the opportunity earlier today to submit some questions to Lightning co-owner Oren Koules to get some of his thoughts about the direction of the team since Barry Melrose was let go on Friday….

Q: What can you say to fans who may be soured by the start of the team on the ice and the issues off the ice? Do you still believe you have a good hockey team or do more changes need to be made?

OK: In talking to many players coaches and general managers around the league, most feel we have a very good hockey team. And as I said above, I still very much believe we will make the playoffs. In fact, with 65 games left to play, we are three points out of the playoffs. So I feel pretty good about things the way they are now.

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