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The Race Between San Jose & Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dickie Dunn at SanJoseSharks.com,

As for the breakdown between San Jose and Detroit, there is one difference in how they’ve reached their 96 points. The Sharks have reached the total in two more games. What does that mean? Let’s say San Jose finds three of four points in those two extra games and goes 10-5-0 the rest of the way. That would mean the boys from Hockeytown would have to win at a 12-3-0 pace to surpass the Sharks. In addition to the one point lead both have on Boston, Detroit has one game in hand and San Jose has three.

When looking at their respective schedules, it would appear San Jose could have the upper hand. In their 15 remaining contests, Detroit has nine games left against playoff squads and six against those currently on the outside looking in. San Jose’s 17 games contain only five against current playoff teams and 12 against teams who wouldn’t make it if the season ended today.

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He Did Edmonton Wrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

As I’ve suggested, the news of Pocklington’s arrest will come as no surprise to people in Edmonton, as Pocklington’s reputation was, shall we say, not the best in these parts. He was known to be a hard man to get to pay his bills, and that’s putting it kindly.

If I’m being a bit careful here in my description of Pockington, well, Canada has strict libel laws and, to be fair, in regards to these new U.S. charges, he’s innocent until proven guilty.

But in regards to Pocklington’s destruction of the Edmonton Oilers, there’s no doubt in my mind, the man is guilty. He ruined the best hockey team in the world. He traded Wayne Gretzky away like a piece of meat, as Paul Coffey so aptly put it back then. Then he “traded” away Mark Messier (I’ve always wondered if Pocklington got money in that Messier deal, too. I wonder if we’ll ever find out. I don’t know).

read on

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  Tags: peter+pocklington

Doubtful Radulov Would Join Predators This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Agent Jay Grossman said Wednesday he doesn’t see it happening.

“There’s really nothing to report as far as a return at this point in time,’’ Grossman said. “I don’t think we’d be talking about it in days or weeks here.

“While we’ve talked to some guys (with the Predators) that clearly feel he could help them and what have you, it’s not in the cards for him to come back now.’’

more

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

The New Economic World

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Judging by comments made at Wednesday’s annual general managers’ meetings, there’s no question that there is a new world economic order coming to the NHL.

I don’t want to say that they’ve been in a Fool’s Paradise for the last three or four years in this new salary cap world, but in some ways that’s what it has been. The cap has gone from $39 million to almost $57 million. Whatever difficulties teams have had in terms of navigating around the cap have been negligible compared to what they’re going to face going forward….

A team like the Detroit Red Wings knows that they can’t sign Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler, so they’re going to have to make hard decisions and say goodbye to some of these players. There’s going to be some real pain and suffering for NHL teams as they try to build their clubs going forward.

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The Top Ten Players From Finland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

In our ongoing quest to name the top-10 current NHL players from each European hockey power – we began with the Czechs and the Swedes – this week we’re running down the best Finns still active.

10. Tuomo Ruutu, Right Wing, Carolina
The 26-year-old is having the best year of his career, mainly because he’s managed to stay healthy for the first time since his 2003-04 rookie season. Good health means Ruutu-the-younger is now more valuable than older brother Jarkko. He’s logging 18-plus minutes of ice time per night and, with 20 goals and 45 points, is on pace to smash his career bests.

continued

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Sedins Contract Talk Going Nowhere

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Six months after a dinner summit meeting when each side pledged its devotion to the other, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks seem no closer to agreeing on contract extensions as negotiations are about to be adjourned.

The National Hockey League franchise and its top scorers — or at least their representatives — appear to be inhabiting different worlds economically, and player agent J.P. Barry said Tuesday he’ll soon shut down talks so neither the players nor their team are distracted during the stretch drive and playoffs.

If this happens,the Canucks will have only weeks after the end of the season to re-sign the Sedins or risk losing their best forwards to unrestricted free agency on July 1.

continued

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Penguins On A Roll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

If you’re an Eastern Conference team and you’ve seen the Pittsburgh Penguins lately, fear may be a survival instinct. Simply put, the Pens are hot right now – seven wins in a row hot. And for opponents, it’s that clicking-on-all-cylinders mojo that makes the Penguins a dangerous post-season foe.

Momentum is everything in the NHL, but timing is a close second. Don’t forget, at different points in the season the New York Rangers were an elite squad, the Dallas Stars were a dangerous playoff team and the Los Angeles Kings were challenging for a post-season berth.

For most of the year, the Penguins were kneecapped by key injuries (Sergei Gonchar and the now-departed Ryan Whitney the most crucial early on), but things really seem to be coming together now.

read on

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GM Meetings Conclude

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers concluded their annual meeting here on Wednesday by passing one minor item and fretting about the economy.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, though, maintained the sunny outlook he has held all year about the league’s prospects in the recession.

Once again, he claimed the NHL will experience “five per cent real growth” next season but what lies beyond that is unknown.

At least some of the general managers, though, were considerably less optimistic, especially about the 2010-11 season.

continued

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If you hack a guy on the back of the leg and he lets you do it, you know what you do, you do it again and pretty soon he is your girlfriend.”

-Mike Babcock on HockeyCentral/Fan590 this afternoon.  Listen to the whole interview.

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  Tags: mike+babock

Getting It Fixed

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Detroit’s best hockey writer, Craig Custance, spoke to a bunch of Wings about some stuff the Diggers didn’t dive into: how to win and how to win the right way.

Continue Reading »

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