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Oilers Should Stay Away From Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

The most excellent sources of Journal columnist Dan Barnes have told him the Oilers will make a go at Hossa this July, but we can only hope this effort is met with failure, or that it’s reconsidered. Even if Hossa wants top dollar, and even if did choose to sign in Edmonton, the Oilers would be committing salary cap suicide if they offered him $8 or $9 or $10 million a year.

Last summer, this pursuit of Hossa apparently took the focus off of the signing of Curtis Glencross, who could have been had for tens of thousands more, not hundreds of thousands, and certainly not millions. But Glencross was precisely the kind of small move the Oilers needed to make last summer. It wouldn’t have been a home-run signing, but it would have been a sharp double to right field.

There’s no quick fix in this modern NHL, no way for a bottom team to sign up that star player to a massive deal and challenge for the Cup, because the top player won’t make a salary sacrifice to play on a bottom or mid-level team. He will only do that, maybe, to play on the right Stanley Cup contender.

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While on the Hossa subject, check out Eric Duhatschek’s story at the Globe and Mail on Marian and his time with Detroit.

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New Selke Trophy Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

From the beginning of the season, I have been picking Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild as the Selke Trophy leader.  In the last little while, his lead has been shrinking.  Koivu continues to play in all the toughest defensive situations for the Wild, but his success in preventing goals is dropping as the Wild struggle to make the playoffs.  When he suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Edmonton it looked like a reasonable time to pick a new leader.

My selection is Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Like Koivu, Richards plays a lot of minutes (Richards is fourth among forwards in ice time per game and Kivu fifth).  Richards is successfully playing against his opponent’s top players and preventing them from scoring.  Despite playing against the toughest quality of opposition of any Flyer player with significant ice time, Richards has a team leading +22 +/- rating.

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Leafs Coach On The Ovechkin Celebration

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),

With the high-spirited Ovechkin set to invade the Air Canada Centre tonight, (Ron) Wilson was asked to weigh in on the merriment exhibited by the Capitals forward. Wilson agreed with Cherry that Ovechkin took his celebration too far, but unlike the television commentator, Wilson doesn’t mind lively postgoal festivities.

“I didn’t like what he did in the Tampa game,” Wilson said in reference to Ovechkin’s controversial actions last week. “When it’s orchestrated, I don’t think that is right. Being exuberant and happy when you score or a teammate scores, I think we need more of that.”

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Standin’ On The Corner At Midnight?  We’ll Still Have About Ten Minutes Left

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And that’s thanks to you Gary, you little elf. 

Hey.  This comment hit close to home.  I felt like, well, I felt like I could have written it myself.

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Ruff With The Tough Answers

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from Bucky Gleason at Sabres Edge,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was candid today when facing questions about all the criticism he’s been getting and scrutiny he’s been under over the past several weeks. Ruff expected as much and acknowledged that it comes with the territory.

“When you’re not playing well, they’ll point at the coach,” Ruff said. “I think it’s fair. We’ve had some players who haven’t performed to where we want, and that’s my responsibility. I don’t think there’s any ducking that.”

continued and watch the post-practice interview with Ruff below…

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Like Watching In The Good ‘Ole Days

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The NHL waived the blackout of the Hurricanes/Panthers game tonight and allowed it to be shown on Center Ice.

The audio source is coming from the Panthers radio network and there are no graphics on the screen.  No score, no time, no commercials popping up, just a screen of hockey and it is actually refreshing to see the game like this.

added 8:10pm, Ha, I just noticed David’s post.  I guess I am old school and remember fiddling with the rabbit ears to get a clear picture.  It just brings back some great memories for me.

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It Will Cost You To Attend The NHL Awards Show

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via the Las Vegas Sun,

Tickets for the 2009 NHL Awards ceremony at the Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms Hotel go on sale Tuesday at noon.

The NHL hands out some of hockey’s most cherished prizes including the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies at this ceremony. But the $500 price tag might be too steep for most hockey fans.

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Gainey Doing Whatever He Can

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

What is scary is that Gainey, who added coach to his resume earlier this month, has spent every bullet to try to right a sinking Habs ship this March.

The GM is down to promoting Sergei Kostitsyn from the minor leagues, and then the coach moves him directly to a prime spot on the second line at Monday’s practice.

Gainey has fired Guy Carbonneau, changed assistant coaches, held Alexei Kovalev home from a road trip, gone back to the struggling Carey Price in goal and then replaced him with his former backup on Hockey Night in Canada, no less.

Gainey is playing the piano as fast as he can. The song emanating from Montreal this season is, however, neither quick nor innovative. It sounds more like the last waltz for a town that is already talking about next year - despite the fact the Habs were still in a playoff spot prior to Monday’s games.

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A Typical Travel Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver is the fifth stop for Hordichuk in an eight-year NHL career and before signing with the Canucks last summer, he had heard all the horror stories about how tough the travel is out on the West Coast.

So far, the most difficult thing has been deciding which of the three entrees to order on the team’s charter airplane, a custom-fitted Air Canada jet that is the Canucks’ home away from home.

A typical travel day goes something like this, once the players and coaches board the 60-seat aircraft, where all the seats are first-class and legroom is most definitely not an issue.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Hordichuk says. “We get on board and they have some appetizers, some fruit and maybe some salads and vegetables and whatever kind of snacks you want. Then you have your main entree, which is usually a choice of three different meals.

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Coyotes Recall Al Montoya

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Al Montoya from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In addition, the Coyotes have re-assigned goaltender Josh Tordjman to the Rampage.

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