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Western Canada Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Calgary Flames’ outlook for the deadline will depend entirely on how they perform between now and then. If they continue their surge and are playoff bound or still contending; only spare parts Steve Staios or Anton Babchuk will be shopped.

But if it looks like they’re falling out of the picture, interim GM Jay Feaster may re-stock a bare draft pick cupboard by moving rentals Alex Tanguay, Brendan Morrison and Curtis Glencross.

Feaster has been adamant on not moving core players Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano and Robyn Regehr, but if the Flames fall out of the race, we won’t be surprised if they consider dealing Regehr as there is interest in him, even with another two years at $4 million per year on his contract.

continue from some Edmonton and Vancouver talk…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I haven’t talked to all the teams, but I have kept in touch with a few guys. With our team I have a pretty good idea of what we want to do so I’m not contacting every team. You do that a week or two before the deadline to make sure you’re covering everything off, doing your due diligence, but it hasn’t been that active now. As you get through the All-Star break it tends to pick up and we’ll see that over the next few weeks of course.”

-Ray Shero, GM for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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The people’s Dino

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Of the many notable players who played for the Detroit Red Wings in the early-to-mid 90’s but departed before the Wings’ Stanley Cup run, I don’t think there’s any doubt that the Sarnia-born Dino Ciccarelli was perhaps the most popular player not named Bob Probert.  Ciccarelli even outpaced Paul Coffey in terms of the number of jerseys worn in the stands because Ciccarelli’s hard-working, scrappy nature and willingness to get the stuffing beaten out of him to stand in front of the net were adored by the Wings’ faithful (and there’s no doubt that Tomas Holmstrom plays the way he does because Scotty Bowman needed to find a player to succeed Ciccarelli in 1997).  The Washington Capitals are honoring a player who only played four seasons for the Wings tonight, and Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau summarized Ciccarelli’s fan appeal perfectly in speaking to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera:

Ciccarelli, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, only spent four seasons with the Capitals from 1988-89 to 1991-92, but even still he became one of the enduring icons of the franchise, particularly for a certain age group of fans. Ciccarelli finished his career with 608 goals and 1,200 points in 1,232 NHL games.

“When you’re a smaller guy and you play hard people love you,” Boudreau said. “Because they love the common man that works and that was him, add a few goals to that—not a few 600—and you’re going to get somebody who’s going to be very very popular with the people.”

Ciccarelli only played for four of his 21 seasons in Detroit, but around here, Dino’s a Red Wing first and foremost because he was a classic blue-collar player.

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In-flight Red Wings afternoon updates: tidbits and a world-class Lidstrom

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings are currently en route to Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier International airport, and as the Wings’ beat writers are clearly in tow as they hope to avoid the Snowpocalypse, the Red Wings’ website’s Twitter account gave us a preview of the focus of tomorrow’s Red Wings notebooks:

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Buffalo Sabres Announce Purchase Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

From the Buffalo Sabres,

BUFFALO, NY (February 1, 2011)—The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Tom Golisano has reached an agreement to sell the Buffalo Sabres and its related companies to Terry Pegula. The agreement, completed at 1 p.m. today, is subject to certain closing conditions including review and approval by the National Hockey League. It is expected the NHL review process will take several weeks to complete.

Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn will hold a press conference on Thursday at Noon in HSBC Arena. There will be no further comment until the press conference.

Terry Pegula will not be at Thursday’s press conference.

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Avs/Blues Game Postponed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues announced Tuesday that tonight’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche has been postponed due to severe weather conditions.

A new date for the game will be determined by the National Hockey League (NHL).

“Due to the concerns and safety of our fans, players and staff, in conjunction with the NHL and the city of St. Louis, we have postponed tonight’s game,” said Vice Chairman and CEO of St. Louis Blues Enterprises Mike McCarthy.

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Ruff Turned Down Sabres Extension Offer Last Fall

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

Things just keep getting more interesting in Buffalo in the midst of the pending sale of the team.

From Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News,

In the wake of today’s news that GM Darcy Regier received a two-year contract extension in the fall, it was natural to ask Lindy Ruff if he received the same treatment.

Ruff pulled a shocker after Tuesday’s practice in HSBC Arena when he revealed he also got an extension offer and turned it down. Understandably, Ruff wasn’t all that interested in the line of questioning so his answers were pretty cryptic when pressed by The News on the issue.

click here for the interview.

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Final Thoughts on Raleigh and All-Star Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

The intent of my trip to Raleigh for coverage of All-Star Weekend was simple: Get a feel for the experience from a professional perspective as well as monitor the pulse of the fans, chat up some players I don’t get to see all that often and also those I see on a regular basis in a different element, do some networking and, as Boss Man Paul continually reminded me to do throughout the weekend, have a little fun.

Looking back, that final component is exactly what I’ll remember most about the adventure and my guess is that most that attended All-Star Weekend – be they fans, players, media, league execs, sponsors or those belonging to some other miscellaneous category – would probably say the same thing.

Raleigh, as many others have opined before me, did a wonderful job as a host. The locals were as excited for the event as they were prepared, welcoming, happy and proud of their city, as well they should be. I’d never spent any significant time in these parts in the past but it will definitely be worth another stop in the future.

This being my first big league event, I had consulted with several people who have experienced something of this nature in the past in the weeks leading up to the trip and, while a few cautioned that an occasion of this magnitude could be slightly intimidating at times, I didn’t find that to be true at all for myself and I’m not sure many other first-timers would say otherwise. The vibe, from the moment I picked up my credentials on Friday morning, was light-hearted. At the same time, the entire operation throughout the weekend was first-class. Kudos to the NHL, the city of Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes for pulling everything off in fine fashion.

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Team Lidstrom’s fans’ U.S. ratings boom doesn’t take into account CBC effect

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

As Paul posted earlier this morning, the NHL’s All-Star Game was well-received by U.S. audiences, and Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski reports that Detroit’s TV market led the way with a 3.8 rating.  That doesn’t take into account that at least a quarter to a third of Red Wings fans tuning to watch Team Lidstrom, myself included, watched the game on the CBC.  So there, Terry Foster!

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Report- Devils For Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michele Steele tweet,

BREAKING: NHL’s Devils for sale - person familiar tells Bberg News Devils owner Vanderbeek has hired Moag & Co to oversee sale

Michele works for Bloomberg and more tweets on this story…

added 1:35pm, via Curtis Eichelberger of Bloomberg,

Vanderbeek has hired investment bank Moag & Co. in Baltimore to oversee the sale of the National Hockey League club, and has sent out letters to prospective buyers soliciting interest, said the person, who has seen the letter and requested anonymity because the team hasn’t given him permission to discuss it.

In an e-mail, Vanderbeek said he was traveling and wouldn’t be available to talk until later today

added 3:20pm, via Craig Custance tweet,

Have been told now by multiple sources that the Devils ownership sale story isn’t accurate.

added 5:35pm, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“As Managing Member of the New Jersey Devils, it is not my desire to sell the team,” Vanderbeek said in the statement. ” My partner, Brick City, and I have different visions for the franchise. While Brick City has a right, under our partnership agreement, to explore a sale and Moag and Co. has been retained to assist in these effort, I anticipate maintaining a controlling interest.”

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