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Jussi Jokinen Could Fit In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

No one is going to convince Nashville fans that Jussi Jokinen would be an adequate replacement for the loss of Alexander Radulov.

But the truth is that Jokinen could end being Nashville’s most attractive Plan B next week when it will be forced into suspending Radulov for violating his contract by agreeing to play in the souped-up Continental Hockey League in Russia.

continued

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Players Headed South

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

Lowe’s sweet tooth is for players who are heading into the non-peak years of their careers.

In recent times, Lowe has ardently pursued such players as Laraque, Michael Nylander, Ryan Malone, Marian Hossa and Sheldon Souray.

These players have two things in common:

1. They were all, once, outstanding contributors in the NHL. 

2. They are all either on the wrong side of 30, or are soon going to be, and thus are heading into the years of their NHL careers where they are much more likely to be broken down and injured, playing far below their peak level of play.

If you look closely at Hossa’s play, he is already falling off, as Jonathan Willis reported at Copper & Blue. At even strength, Ales Hemsky outscored Hossa on a per minutes basis last year. “This is a guy talked about as an elite producer, and he simply isn’t,” Willis said of Hossa.

more as related to the Oilers…

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Babcock Talks Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance’s Blog at the Sporting News,

When you’re hunting elephants, lions and leopards, where you’re going to skate Marian Hossa probably isn’t your top priority. I’m guessing staying alive takes precedence. But Detroit coach Mike Babcock is back from a hunting trip to Tanzania and he must have thought about Hossa somewhere along the way because he told me today he has a good idea how the lines will shake out in Detroit.

“I’ll start Hossa with [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Tomas] Holmstrom and [Johan] Franzen, [Henrik] Zetterberg and [Jiri] Hudler will start together,” Babcock said. “Then you go [Dan] Cleary, [Valtteri] Filppula and [Mikael] Samuelsson. That’s as good as any third line in hockey.”

continued with more NHL topics…

added 4:13pm, Ken Holland was on Fan590 a few hours ago.  A 15 minute interview, talking numerous topics.  Listen here.

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Meszaros Negotiations At An Impasse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent defenceman Andrej Meszaros are still far apart in discussion about a new contract.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray spoke to the media at the Bell Sensplex on Thursday and addressed the impasse.

“We’ve tried to make presentations with a variety of offers and terms, but they’ve been rejected at this point and time,” Murray told reporters.  “So there’s nothing more.”

continued

Update 5:49pm ET: Reports that Meszaros has signed an offer sheet.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My view is that it is difficult for some of those teams, particularly in the American sunbelt, where they don’t have the establishment of hockey at a youth level. I grew up in Boston and there were youth hockey leagues everywhere. Every town had two or three rinks in it, and the game was and is part of our upbringing there.

But if you’re in Phoenix or you’re in Florida, it’s really tough for those teams to put people in the seats and sell the game. We understand that and maybe the revenue-sharing system is part of the answer. But our view is that if teams in any region suffer (financial) losses three or four years in a row, then stop complaining about it in a (business) system you created and imposed here, and start asking the question whether you’re in the right place.

-Paul Kelly in a continued interview with Adam Proteau of the Hockey News.

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Is 2009 the Year of the Shark?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From FoxSports.com,

Since 2005-06, the Sharks have failed to advance beyond the Conference semifinals, falling in six-game series to the Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars.

It was that postseason failure that forced general manager Doug Wilson to fire Ron Wilson as head coach, replacing him with Todd McLellan, who earned his spurs as an assistant coach with the defending Cup champion Red Wings.

McLellan’s first order of business will be to mold these playoff underachievers into the genuine contender they appear to be on paper. He’s had no previous head coaching experience in the NHL so it’ll be interesting to see if he can transfer the Cup-winning lessons he learned in Detroit to San Jose.

Wilson also addressed a long-time need for experienced puck-moving defensemen during the offseason by acquiring Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and signing former L.A. Kings captain Rob Blake.

continued…

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Stu Barnes Retires & Joins Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Dallas Stars announced today that center Stu Barnes has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after a 16-year career, and has signed a two-year contract to join the Stars’ coaching staff as an assistant coach. In addition, the club announced two-year contract extensions for Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb, whose contracts were set to expire after the 2008-09 season and will now reach through 2010-11.

“We congratulate Stu on an outstanding playing career and we are very excited that he will now join our coaching staff,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Stu was a consummate professional on and off the ice throughout his career, and was the type of player who always exhibited the qualities you would associate with a future coach. Stu will be an excellent addition to our staff, which we feel is among the best in the league. Rick (Wilson) has played a major role in building the Stars franchise into the perennial contender that it is today. We believe Mark Lamb is one of the top young assistants in the game and a major asset to our organization.”

“I was truly fortunate to play as long as I did, and I knew this was the time for me to wrap up my playing days,” said Barnes. “A great opportunity to become an assistant coach was presented to me by the Stars, and I look forward to making that transition and learning a new part of the game.”

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Soon It Will Be Hockey Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ah, the last holiday weekend before the hockey season really gets going.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, please be safe and remember, pass the keys if you have had a bit too much to drink!

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What Are They Waiting For

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Five Hole Fanatics,

Here’s my list of 8 curiosities that should have been taken care of weeks ago.

1.) Flames cap issues.

Sutter waived Nilson, Warrener and Eriksson in the first week of July, ostensibly for the purposes of allowing other clubs to take them for free or, failing that, buying one or more of the bad contracts out. Neither happened and Sutter has instead gone about stocking the roster beyond it’s fill point, both in terms of number of players and total cap hit.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Bell Hopes To Fill Void In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Brendan Bell is glad to be home.

“I’m really looking forward to this chance because I really felt there was an opportunity here,” said Bell. “They stressed after the contract negotiations the importance of coming in and really competing for a job because, like everybody is saying, there is some opportunity here.”...

“By no means, am I a Brian Campbell or somebody that they may be looking for, but I feel I may be able to fill that void if I play as well as I can.”

more

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