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Insight From An Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.

Yesterday was different. Why?

To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.

The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts

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Deadline Day From the Players’ Side

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks answers the question at his Chicago Sun-Times blog today.

A lot of people have asked, “What’s it like on the trade deadline, what do the players think?”

I’ll give you an idea about what goes on. As a lot of you know, this past Wednesday was the NHL Trade Deadline. Every year, around 20 to 30 players are typically traded by 2 P.M. (Central). To say the least, it is a different day.

Last year we had practice on this day. You get to the rink and everything is the same, some guys are in the weight room, some guys getting treatment from the trainers, but everybody is talking to one another, saying, “What’s going to happen?” or “Who’s going to get moved, who are we going to bring in?” The scary part is we have no idea.

Guys hear the rumors. We also have some “internet” guys on our team like Duncan Keith. They read all the insights people give on the web, so they will give us the scoops that they are hearing.

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Coyote Curse

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Bickley at The Arizona Republic:

Shane Doan is the eternal optimist. There are always better days ahead.

But lately, he isn’t so sure.

“Maybe the problem is me,” the Coyotes’ captain said.

It sounds funny. Doan is the remaining link to the team’s days in Winnipeg, a windy, frosty city where the franchise last won a playoff series. That was way back in 1987, when a ghastly mural of Queen Elizabeth II hung inside the arena. So that’s it. Maybe he’s the curse.

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Kenny Holland: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh…yes I did.  I dropped a LeCarre reference on you.  What? You think all I read is Judy Blume?

Tick Tock Kenny Holland told us something yesterday.  He said that the Wings have enough skill to win it again. Enough experience to handle whatever’s thrown at them. Enough grit to stand up to whoever they happend to face.  He told us, and he told them, that he believes they can do it.  He told them that no matter what Calgary did, the Wings are better.  No matter what San Jose did? His Wings are better.  And Chicago?  Not yet kids.

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Holland Talks Competition & Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Holland said he wasn’t surprised there wasn’t more activity from Central Division rivals—except for Columbus—that are chasing the Red Wings but he was impressed with what Western Conference rivals San Jose and Calgary did.

“Calgary brought in a No. 1 center (Olli Jokinen) and a defenseman (Jordan Leopold) who helped them get to the Final in 2004,” Holland said. “Every year, they assess at this time and they had a huge day. Every year, there is one team that has a huge day and the others make little moves for depth.

“I’m looking for San Jose to get a boost because they added a defenseman (Kent Huskins) and two guys (Huskins and Travis Moen) who have won the Stanley Cup.”

Holland also thought the Blue Jackets helped themselves by acquiring Antoine Vermette from Ottawa for goalie Pascal Leclaire.

“Antoine Vermette will help Columbus, without a doubt,” Holland said. “We play Columbus a lot through the year and they play us tough. They’re building a big team, they’re very organized under Ken Hitchcock and they have a great, young goalie. In the last week or two, they’ve added Jason Williams and Vermette so they’ve added more skill.

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A Minnesota Fan’s View on Wild’s Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Derek Felska at The State of Hockey News:

Any team more or less makes a covenant with its fans to do the absolute best it can.  In the case of the fans, they have shown incredible devotion and dedication to the Minnesota Wild selling out every home game in team history up to this point.  The fans have made its merchandise amongst the top selling teams in the league, and have filled the arena to over 100% capacity for the last few seasons.  That covenant is a trust between fans and ownership.  The actions or in this case the inaction of this team is a huge betrayal of that trust.  With the team’s fortunes this season clearly heading south, the Wild opted not to be a big seller and chose not to trade soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Stephane Veilleux, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Kurtis Foster, or star winger Marian Gaborik.  It seems strange a team that will likely not qualify for the post season did not even attempt to trade off assets with the hope of acquiring picks or prospects for the future.

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At the Star-Tribune, Michael Russo notes there was some action in Minnesota yesterday, but it fell apart:

While the Wild won’t confirm what “major deal” it was involved in until Wednesday morning, sources say General Manager Doug Risebrough continued his longtime quest for Jokinen, the former Florida Panthers captain who was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Calgary Flames.

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Should You Choose To Accept It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Morning Wing fans.  You’re first place in the conference, first place in the league, first place in the world.  A glorious day. 

Naturally, with a three-games-played deficit to make up…that lead probably won’t last long.  We probably need to discuss that a bit.  And we need to talk about yesterday.  I’ll tell you right now I’m not pleased with the last minute deals from San Jose or our little brothers in Chicago.  No sir.  I’m not. 

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Downie Gets 20 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for twenty (20) regular-season games as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Feb. 28.

At the 19:48 mark of the third period, Downie was assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick.

Downie has already served three games of the suspension. He is scheduled to be eligible to return to the Norfolk lineup on Apr. 11.

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Avery’s Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How do you think the return of Sean Avery to the Rangers will impact the team play?  The Rangers do play tonight on Long Island.

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Trades With Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside ad Pierre LeBrun break down the trades and grade the impact the trades will have.

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