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Betting odds suggest that we’re going to see a trade or thirty

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Bodog.com is betting that we’re going to see about 25 players change addresses on trade deadline day:

How Many Trades will occur on February 28th in the NHL?
Over/Under 25.5

How Many Players will be involved in trades on February 28th in the NHL?
Over/Under 46.5

I’m not a betting man, but 25-35 players tend to move on the deadline day and somewhere between 40 and 60 players tend to find new homes between January and the deadline…

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Red Wings mid-day notes: From Kid Rock to prospect news

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Update 3:50 PM: Of Wings-related note just after mid-day Wednesday: Fox Sports Detroit added a bit of star power to their “April in the D” contest:

Detroit native Kid Rock has joined local music experts and representatives from professional sports teams as part of an 11-member panel of judges to determine the 10 semifinalists for the FOX Sports Detroit’s April in the D song contest.  Among the panel members will be Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart. The individuals on the guest panel are working this week to narrow the overall field of 50 musical acts down to the top 10.

Beginning Feb. 21, Detroit’s sports and music fans can vote online at FoxSportsDetroit.com to determine the three finalists. The finalists will undergo another round of online voting to determine the grand prize winner, which will be announced April 1. The winning band receives $5,000 and the honor of delivering the song that will promote FOX Sports Detroit’s April the D campaign that celebrates the city’s passion for sports and the welcomed arrival of springtime. All three finalists receive a professional recording session valued at $1,000.

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Matt Duchene Out With Hand Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Matt Duchene will be out indefinitely due to a hand injury suffered on Monday against the Calgary Flames.

Duchene, 20, is the Avalanche’s leading scorer with 47 points (21g/26a) in 57 games.  He also leads the club in goals and shots (141).

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The Price For A Rental Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun debate the “trade-ability” of Alexei Kovalev, plus share the latest on Tomas Kaberle, Joni Pitkanen and John-Michael Liles:

Burnside: The player I’m most curious about in Ottawa is Alexei Kovalev. The enigmatic winger has been a dog in Ottawa, everyone knows that. But there’s still something about his skill set and the possibility he could regain his fire over a few short weeks (especially with his contract in Ottawa coming to an end) that will make him attractive to some GM.

I talked to a scout last night that thought he would be a nice fit in Pittsburgh (assuming Sidney Crosby returns at some point from a concussion), and I tend to agree. Can’t believe Murray would be asking for anything of value (fourth-round pick? fifth?) to get Kovalev and his salary off the books. Remember, in Kovalev’s last 22 playoffs games, all with Montreal, he had 21 points. Hmm.

LeBrun: With every trade, the market price adjusts. Kelly went for a second-round pick, which seems a little high. He’s not a rental, having one more year on his deal next season at $2 million. Once again, a non-rental moved yesterday. Francois Beauchemin, Versteeg, Joffrey Lupul, Mike Fisher and Kelly all have term left on their deals past this season. So, to answer your question on Kovalev, the market has yet to yield a price for rentals this close to the deadline.


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Red Wings’ 1951-52, 2001-2002 teams advance to Sporting News’s ‘fan bracket semifinals’

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

According to the Sporting News’s Craig Custance, both of the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup-winning teams listed in the Sporting News’s fan voting-determined listing of the NHL’s top 10 teams advance to the semifinal round:

n the NHL’s Greatest Team fan voting, Wayne Gretzky and company couldn’t even win one round. The 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings edged the [1983-84] Oilers and advance to face the 1964-65 Montreal Canadiens in the fan voting semifinals. On the other side of the bracket the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens square off against the 1951-52 Detroit Red Wings.

It’s the Canadiens team voted as the best team of all-time by Sporting News’ expert panel versus a Red Wings team that had one of the best lines of all-time –- The Production Line of Gordie Howe, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay.

“We studied the game, we knew each other and we knew where each other were on the ice at all times,” Lindsay said of the famed line. “We were good. I don’t say that bragging, we were that good.”

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Turn On The Red Light

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I want to welcome The Goal Light as a direct advertiser to Kukla’s Korner.

If you are a regular you have probaby seen the flashing red light ad that runs four days a week on KK.

I had a chance to ask co-owner Eric Stoneman a few questions about the product and now I say to myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”

How did The Goal Light come to fruition?

Last April, I was watching a playoff game with a good friend, Steve Dahl (Paul’s note, yes that Steve Dahl), and we started talking about a red lamp I had recently installed in the hockey room at our house.  We thought about how we could produce a light with a built in horn sound for other fans to enjoy when they are watching games at home.  I’ve been in the manufacturing business for the last 20 years so getting The Goal Light designed and produced would not be a problem.  Steve’s background is in radio and he had some really good ideas for promoting the product.  We decided to give it a shot and within 2 weeks we had our first design on paper.  We got the item designed, tooled up and produced in 5 months. 


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Vancouver Honoring Harold Snepsts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today the selection of Harold Snepsts for induction into the club’s Ring of Honour. The Canucks will celebrate Snepsts’ Ring of Honour Night, presented by HSBC, on Monday, March 14th during a pre-game ceremony at Rogers Arena prior to Vancouver’s game versus Minnesota. The former Canucks defenceman becomes the fourth Ring of Honour inductee after original franchise captain, Orland Kurtenbach, former goaltender Kirk McLean and former centreman Thomas Gradin were unveiled earlier this season in the ongoing ROH initiative.

Harold Snepsts was originally selected by Vancouver 59th overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft and wore a Canucks uniform for 12 seasons from 1974-75 to 1983-84 and again from 1988-89 to 1989-90. Adored by fans for a hard-working, physical style of play, Snepsts completed his career with Vancouver having recorded the most games played (781) and most penalty minutes (1,446) in franchise history.

Watch a video on Snepsts below…



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Joel Quenneville Hospitalized

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Numerous reports stating Coach Q suffered severe pain last night and went to the emergency room.  He is stable and not a cardiac issue.

added 11:52am, via Blackhawks.com,

Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Joel presented severe discomfort late last night at his home in suburban Chicago. He went to the emergency room and was admitted early this morning. He is currently in stable condition and is being treated for an undisclosed health concern today, not of cardiac nature. Further testing is ongoing and we will provide an update when possible.”

Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman:

“Acting as head coach tonight in Joel’s absence will be assistant coach Mike Haviland. We certainly wish Joel a speedy recovery and we will do everything possible to support him and his family throughout the process.”

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Atlanta Co-Owner Admits They Need Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Atlanta Spirit co-owner Michael Gearon said there is now a “sense of urgency” to find additional investors or a buyer willing to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta. If the ownership group does not get additional financial help in the near future the franchise could be sold and moved to another city.

“If we are faced with that as the only alternative, that’s what’s going to happen,” Gearon told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive interview Tuesday. “I don’t think there is an ability to stomach another $20 million in losses. We just can’t do it.

“The reality is we need fans showing up and we need investors, or a primary investor.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I wasn’t given an opportunity in some senses to fit.”

-Kris Versteeg of the Philadelphia Flyers talking about his time in Toronto.  More from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.

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