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Where Will Sundin Land?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I posed that question via email to a few media types yesterday.  Their response follows and I will add to it if I receive anymore responses.

Helene Elliott, columnist for the LA Times,

I’m not sure he knows what he wants to do.

i think Anaheim intrigues him because the Ducks have a legitimate shot at contending this year. But they can’t pay him a lot, so that could drive him away.Tthe Ducks would have to move a lot of bodies to get the cap space…..I’ll be crazy and say Vancouver.

Terry Frei of the Denver Post and ESPN.com,

Put me down for Montreal.

Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Sundin? Toronto. Why? Because it makes the least amount of sense for both the player and the team, and that’s more or less the way things have gone for this hockey team the last 40-odd years.

Keivn Allen of USA TODAY,

Anaheim, that’s his best fit and best chance to win a Stanley Cup. But he would have to take less money.

Jim Kelley of Sportsnet and Sports Illustrated,

My choice is the New York Rangers, creditable team, excellent goaltending, big city environment, easy travel, lots of endorsement opportunities, American dollars.

Rangers have a need for a veteran play-making center or centre and though it is New York, it still offers an opportunity to avoid the endless media obsession that he has endured in Toronto for years.

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Rangers or Leafs. if I can only pick one, I’ll take New York.

added 12:22pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Montreal: Sundin will want to play with a Stanley Cup contender and will ultimately prefer the lighter travel schedule of an Eastern Conference team which rules out Anaheim and Vancouver. The Canadiens fit the criteria, although I wouldn’t rule out the Rangers either.

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Nabokov May Have Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

Evgeni Nabokov appeared to sustain a left knee injury on the final play of Thursday night’s shootout, a 5-4 win over the very game St. Louis Blues. After remaining face down on the ice as teammates started to celebrate around him, the goalie eventually got to his feet with assistance and hobbled off the ice, finally walking alone down the narrow hallway to the locker room with a noticeable limp….

We’re probably not talking about a Martin Brodeur injury here, but anyone with Brian Boucher on their fantasy team could get a little boost here in the next week or two. It would appear Nabokov sustained a twisted left knee, a strain or as much as possibly a sprain.

more on the Sharks shootout victory of the Blues…

added 10:38am
, Video of the shootout below, scroll to the end to see the possible injury to Nabokov.

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Orr Came To Play Every Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Knee injuries may have robbed Bobby Orr of the flawless skating stride that changed the very face of hockey, but they haven’t had any impact on the Boston Bruin legend’s heart.

“I hope that I am remembered as a player that brought it every night,” Orr told NHL.com. “As hockey players, we are performers and we putting on a show. I want to be remembered as a player that came every night.”

That legacy will never be threatened. Orr is still celebrated throughout the hockey world as the best defenseman to ever lace on a pair of skates, even 30 years after he played his final NHL game.

continued & watch a video when the Bruins retired the #4 at the Boston Gardens below…

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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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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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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

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