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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It had been a while since I’d seen the standings.  Oh, I knew…because adorable baby Jesus promised me…that the Wings were doing well in terms of points.  I get emailed the scores and sometimes I hear echoes of happy barks and giggling hookers.  They’re faint, but growing louder.  By June the Spaniels will be frolicking and the med students just “working their way through school” will be raking in the cash because business booms when the Wings win. Proven fact.

But for all the signs above, signs that all is well with the world?  Nothing is better than this:  60.  And that would be the total number of points earned by that “young, fast, dangerous” team out in Denver.  I’m not kidding.  After 68 games, they suck that bad.  Awesome.  Thank you.

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Devils Don’t Want To Feel Disappointment By Missing Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of The Record,

They’re close enough to the seventh-place Rangers and eighth-place Buffalo that if they don’t make the playoffs, it will be a disappointment.

The Devils are eight points back of the Rangers with two games in hand, and six points back of Buffalo with one game in hand. They have one game left against each of those teams – March 26 in Buffalo and April 9 at Madison Square Garden.

“You have to be disappointed if you don’t make the playoffs,” Brodeur said. “The first goal of the regular season is to get into the playoffs. I know that we came from a long ways to be in that position and definitely now we’re getting closer and closer. Hopefully the next two weeks will give us a good idea of where we’re going to stand in the last weeks to come. Definitely a lot closer we get, the disappointment level will kick in.”

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Lecavalier Returns To Montreal Without The Swirling Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Everything got better when new owner Jeff Vinik hired general manager Stave Yzerman, who publicly declared he was not trading Lecavalier.

Lecavalier rumors were constant the previous two years. And though Lecavalier had assurances from then co-owner Oren Koules and GM Brian Lawton he would not be moved, there was speculation he nearly was traded at the June 2009 draft to Montreal for goaltender Carey Price, center Tomas Plekanec and defenseman P.K. Subban.

Lecavalier, who in July 2008 signed an 11-year, $85 million deal with Tampa Bay, declined to talk about it. And all agent Kent Hughes would say was, “An individual who goes to work under less than ideal conditions is more likely to be distracted, less likely to feel part of the team solution.”

At this point, more important is what is happening on the ice.

“He’s using his body. He’s coring goals. He’s creating chances,” center Steven Stamkos said. “He’s got that confidence, and that’s the No. 1 thing as a player.”

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Video- Can You Send A Ref To The Penalty Box?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Referee Francois St. Laurent with an elbow to the face of Joffrey Lupul.

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Anyone Want To Buy The Blues?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are on the open market.

Blues chairman Dave Checketts has decided to put the team and Scottrade Center lease up for sale.

Since May of 2010, Checketts has sought investors to replace the roughly 70 percent of the franchise owned by TowerBrook Capital Partners. Checketts said he’d lined up financing to take over TowerBrook’s shares but negotiations reached an impasse.

Checketts and TowerBrook were unable to agree on the value of the shares held by TowerBrook.

“The bottom line is I’ve been unable to make a deal with them. As a result, I’ve got to turn from being a buyer to a seller,” Checketts said late Wednesday afternoon.

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Red Wings-Capitals live-blog: streak-breakers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Chris Osgood-less Red Wings tangle with the Washington Capitals tonight (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/Comcast Sportsnet Washington/Versus/WXYT) hoping to detail the Capitals’ 9-game winning streak while both shutting down Washington’s dynamic offense and emulating the Caps’ attention to defensive detail. 

As we wait for the game to begin, there’s good news on at least one front: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan that the Wings’ team physician isn’t worried about Osgood’s “soreness,” so it appears that he’ll return this weekend, and as we already know, the Wings will have Brian Rafalski back in the lineup tonight, which should immediately improve the team’s transition game.

Live blog away.

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Heatley Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Heatley got suspended 2 games by NHL fot elbow on Ott

added 7:17pm,

TORONTO (March 16, 2011) – San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars player Steve Ott in NHL game #1049 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Heatley’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 15:54 of the third period and Heatley was assessed a minor penalty for interference.

added 8:25pm, Scroll to the 40 second mark of the video below to see the elbow…

 

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Video- Three Spins On The Spin-A-Rama Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve Yzerman, Brian Burke, and Ray Shero seem to have different views of the shootout move.

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To rant or not to rant, that is the question

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

I myself choose not to, but I was so amused and inspired by Paul’s fan email and Pierre LeBrun’s responses to his readers that I was moved to write an entry about the only thing fans love to do more than watch the sport. Sure, I’m a little perplexed by why the Edmonton Oilers, with all its young talent and Captain Cutie Pie Sean Horcoff, can’t get its act together and put together a few huge wins in a row. But if the Oilers up and moved to Portland, Oregon tomorrow I would be the first person to line up for season tickets and purchase a Jordan Eberle jersey, and I’d tell others to do the same. Maybe it’s just because I don’t live in an NHL town and you always want and appreciate what you don’t have. Or it could be because it’s just not in my nature to wig out over any sport. Which makes me wonder why so many people get so caught up and make such a simple game so complicated. Why is ranting as inherent to hockey as spitting, fighting, swearing and trash talk?

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Hello, This Is The NHL Calling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a supplemental disciplinary hearing with the NHL via phone tomorrow, Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont has confirmed.

The hearing is believed to be related to Marchand’s elbow to the head of Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger last night. Umberger told the Columbus Dispatch he wasn’t happy about it.

continued and watch the hit…

Darren Dreger tweets Dany Heatley has a conference call today at 5:00pm EDT for an elbow incident last night.

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