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Stars Get Zubov Back, Parrish Makes Debut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,

Defensive partner Matt Niskanen said it best at Thursday’s practice: “Everybody had a smile on their face today, and he’s got a lot to do with it.”

That’s the effect that Sergei Zubov has on this team. He should make his season debut tonight, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The Stars need his calm during this stormy start. They need his veteran leadership on and off the ice. And they definitely need his fantastic play….

Newly acquired right wing Mark Parrish said he couldn’t wait to get into a game situation, and he’ll get his chance tonight. He’s someone who wants to prove he has a place in this league, and that could lead to some good work fast.

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  Tags: mark+parrish, sergei+zubov

Renney Calls For Smith Suspsension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Also feeling his oats was Aaron Voros who battled Ryan Malone in another excellent toe-to-toe bout in the first period and later traded punches with Tampa’s belligerent goalie Mike Smith at 18:19 of the third. Voros also took an ankle chop from Smitty preceding the bout.

“I think he (Smith) should be suspended for that,” says Renney.

more on the Rangers win against Tampa last night and watch the Smith/Voros battle below as captured by HockeyFignts.com…

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  Tags: aaron+voros, mike+smith

Did Tucker Attempt To Injure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Late in the second period, Tucker and defenseman Nick Schultz clashed deep in the Wild’s zone. After the pushing match, the two lined up next to each other and Tucker began screaming at him as the Wild was on a penalty kill. Schultz was called off the ice on a line change and as he skated by, Tucker continued barking at him.

Then, 6:33 into the third, in a despicable act but one he’s done often in his career, Tucker came in way late on Schultz, bent down and went right for the knees. He was called for clipping.

I got Schultz alone in the locker room, and he was still fuming. Here’s his comments:
“My concern is at the end of the second, he tells me he’s going to come and take out my knees, and then he actually does it. It says everything you need to know about that guy.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, nick+schultz

A Look At Ron Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Wilson is a modernist, in the way he applies technology and statistical analysis to the game of hockey, and he is a traditionalist, in the way he believes his players ought to feel a special responsibility donning the uniform.

He does not suffer fools, he is expansive in conversation, he is confident of being the smartest guy in most rooms (or at very least, dressing rooms), he has won more than 500 games in a sport where anyone resembling an egghead is met with a degree of suspicion, he has taken one team to the Stanley Cup final and been fired three times.

And Wilson talks in a way the Toronto sports crowd is still trying to process.

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Penguins escape with 5-4 win over Oilers

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

Well, um, they won.

That’s the important thing, isn’t it ??

To borrow a phrase from the late great Pirates’ announcer Bob Prince, the Penguins came within a knat’s eyelash of blowing a 5-goal lead within the last 21 minutes of the game but hung on for dear life to barely defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 at the Igloo.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Talking Canadian Logo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

While officials debate what jersey Team Canada will wear at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, it’s clear that player loyalty to the Hockey Canada Maple Leaf logo in question runs deep.

‘‘Simply put, a lot of us wore that jersey, wore that logo - we won a gold medal in that jersey,’’ said Steve Yzerman, executive director of the 2010 men’s team. ‘‘It does have some special significance to us.’‘...

For Eric Staal, seeing his name on a Canadian jersey at the world under-18 championship in 2002 meant that he was getting closer to achieving his dream of playing in the NHL.

‘‘I still remember putting it on the first time and seeing that logo and knowing that I was one of the elite players of that age in the country,’’ said Staal, now a forward with the Carolina Hurricanes. ‘‘It’s something I’ll remember forever.’‘

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Will Sundin Leave Money On The Table

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If Mats Sundin truly wants to play for one of the teams with a better shot at winning a Stanley Cup, he will have to leave a wad of money on the table.

Currently, the three teams that seem like the most logical fit for Sundin would be the Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens and none of those teams have any significant room under the salary cap.

The Rangers and Ducks essentially have no room, and the Canadiens have approximately $1 million.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Rangers Want A Compensation Pick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are seeking a compensatory selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft for the loss of Alexei Cherepanov, The Post has learned.

Glen Sather raised the issue at the general managers’ meeting in Chicago two weeks ago, citing CBA Article 8.3 (b) that stipulates that compensatory picks be awarded to teams unable to sign first-round draft picks.

Sather is submitting that the Rangers should receive the 17th selection in the second round of June’s draft as compensation for losing Cherepanov, the 17th overall selection in the 2006 Draft who died in Russia on Oct. 13 while playing for Omsk.

“At this point, the league has taken no position on the Rangers’ request,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Post. “The matter is in front of the league’s general managers, who will address the subject at their next meeting in March.

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov

Injuries And Buyouts

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Hockey is a rough game.  Anyone who plays regularly for many years will have a sore shoulder, knee, back or some other body part.  This would be a recurring injury or a degenerative condition. This is especially true at the NHL level.

In the current CBA, teams can buyout players during a period in the summer.  Generally, underperforming players get their contracts bought out.  Teams save money in this process.  They pay out 2/3 of the remaining money on the contract to a player over a time period of two times the remaining time on the contract.  This reduces the annual salary cap hit to 1/3 of what it otherwise would have been and allows teams (with this salary cap penalty) to use the remaining salary cap room to pay for other players.  Problems can come in this arrangement when players are injured.  Injured players cannot be bought out - although they can be placed on long term injury exemption lists to free up salary cap space.  The problem is most players who have had lengthy careers will have recurring or degenerative injury conditions and can use these to claim that they are injured and cannot be bought out, if they believe they will not get another NHL contract.

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Could The New Shootout Goalie Cheat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Now I don’t expect a goalie will slip some netting between his pads or anything like Tony Esposito was alleged to have done way back when, but is it outside the realm of consideration to think a netminder might have an equipment guy go back and get that “favourite” glove or blocker, the one that wasn’t quite up to stuff at the start of the season when measurements were made?

Who’s to determine whether the incoming goalie’s stick is extra long or has a paddle that is just a shade wider than the league allows (after all, poke checking is less of an art and more of an advantage if the stick is longer than the rules allow)?

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