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Perfect Time For A Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

This would be the perfect time for GM Scott Howson to make his first big deal.

Howson probably agrees, but it wouldn’t behoove him to acknowledge it publicly, so he won’t. Right now, it’s a difficult time in the NHL to make deals. It’s even harder for Howson and the Blue Jackets.

The entire NHL has found it difficult to swing trades in the “salary cap” era. The fact that the standings are so murky—everybody’s in the hunt—makes it hard, too. Both of these are affecting the Blue Jackets, but so is something else, something much more sobering, maybe downright depressing for Blue Jackets fans.

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Scandinavian Showdown

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at THN,

European federations have no problem losing their best young players to the NHL; they’ve grown to accept that as a fact of life. But what they’re finally fed up with is losing top young players and seeing them play in the American Leauge. This season, for example, 64 European players signed their first NHL contracts, but only seven of them are playing in the NHL.

That’s why the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation recently reported it is likely going to pull out of the IIHF’s agreement with the NHL and the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation will probably follow suit. Under the terms of the four-year agreement reached last spring, individual European federations have the right to terminate their portions of the agreement prior to Dec. 31 of this year.

Should the Swedes and Finns pull out of the agreement, it will leave it in shambles. The Russian federation has already opted out of the deal and losing two more federations would make it worthless.

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  Tags: finland, iihf, sweden

Gary’s Gonna LOVE This

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thanks to Ken Campbell at The Hockey News for pointing this gem out.

You know the flagship network here in the states?  Versus?  Are you wondering what game they’re airing on New Year’s Eve?  Of course you are.  Let me help.

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Richards A Game Time Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

...coach John Tortorella, who seemed confident center Brad Richards will play tonight against the Canadiens, but said the final decision would be made at game time.

Even if Richards doesn’t play, it does not sound as if the injury to his left knee is as severe as it seemed it might be Monday night, when he left the game midway through the second period after slamming into the end boards with Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle on his back.

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  Tags: brad+richards

Sid Is Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at ESPN,

Nobody’s the next anybody,” Gretzky had contended last week on the night his Phoenix Coyotes visited the Igloo in Pittsburgh. “Sidney’s Sidney. Wayne’s Wayne. Mario’s Mario. And that should be good enough. Comparing is part of the fun of sports. I understand that. I do it myself. But I don’t know how relevant it is.”

At the moment, not very.

Crosby only needs four Stanley Cups, eight more Hart Trophies, nine more miniature Art Ross statuettes, three Canada Cups (or the equivalent of), five Lady Byng Trophies, 17 more All-Star Game appearances and nearly 2,600 more points to catch up to Gretzky. Come back in a decade or so and we’ll talk discuss the matter further.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

No More Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At my NHL.com blog today, I go on a “no more changes” rant.

Enough, play the game the way it was meant to be played.

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Ted’s Changed His Tune

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow. It’s an all skate today.  The old stand-bys are coming out of the woodwork to give us so much to work with.  I’m truly thankful.  Earlier today we had the Diggers editing (or just deleting) blog posts to hide their shortcomings, now we have our boy Ted jumping into the fray.

Hey…remember this?

The Red Wings seem vulnerable, the Predators won’t go away without a fight, and St. Louis and Chicago are both much-improved. Even Columbus, with its talented goaltender Pascal Leclaire, seems poised to make a move. Stay tuned … the balance in this division could shift immeasurably.

Sure you do.  That’s Teddy Montgomery of USA Today fame on 15 October. 

 

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Crosby Named Canada’s “Outstanding Athlete”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is the winner of the Lou Marsh Award.

The honour, decided by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star.  Other finalists in a close vote were Steve Nash, Erik Guay, Adam van Koeverden and Steve Molitor.

The Lou Marsh Award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: lou+marsh+award, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Don’t Forget Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Then one could argue that in a league in which five-on-five goals are once again difficult to come by, Kovalchuk leads the league with 17 even-strength tallies while Lecavalier has 13 and Crosby 10. Kovalchuk also has more road goals (15) than he does home goals (eight) while Lecavalier has 14 at home and a mere five on the road and Crosby is split at seven and seven.

And while I would argue that all three players make the players around them better, we are talking about individual talents here and Kovalchuk’s shooting percentage bests the other two by a wide margin. He has hit on 21.1 percent of his offerings. That’s a far sight better than Lecavalier’s 16.0 and Crosby’s 15.4

In addition, Kovalchuk has twice netted a hat trick on the road this season.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Rumors Shot Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella dismissed speculation of the club shopping Martin St. Louis to Dallas for Marty Turco as “absolute s**t”. He also went on to dismiss the possibility of St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards being dealt, citing their importance to the team and suggesting management threats of possible roster changes aren’t connected with those three.

Spector breaks it all down, more trade talk too…

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, trades

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