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Kings Losing Streak At Five

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

At some point, it just becomes counter-productive to discuss all of these dreadful losses. The worst part about it, from the Kings’ perspective, is that these aren’t even close losses. The Kings have now trailed at the end of 10 consecutive periods. If they could even put together ONE solid period and generate some momentum, it might get something going, but they have been unable to achieve that since London, really.

Michael Cammalleri is a one-man team at this point. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but not much. When you’re looking for a second-best forward, and your eye is drawn to John Zeiler’s name, that’s not a good thing. And that’s no disrespect toward Zeiler, but he shouldn’t be the team’s second-best forward.

continued

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings

No Fireworks Yet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Although the 57-year-old bench boss had himself proclaimed he was much more mellow than his reputation would have you believe, most were skeptical.

There’s no better witness to ask for testimony than Craig Conroy, who spent some time under Keenan in arguably his most volatile tenure in St. Louis, when a feud with Brett Hull eventually led to the coach’s dismissal.

“Oh yeah. I definitely think, so far, very mellow—especially with that record the way it was, without getting a win the first three,” said Conroy, whose Flames took the day off to travel to Denver yesterday after stringing together a pair of wins on the road in Dallas and Nashville.

“I was expecting a lot—fireworks.”

more

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  Tags: calgary+flames

Rangers Need Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Through five games, the Blueshirts’ best players have been: 1. Henrik Lundqvist; 2. Fedor Tyutin; 3. Dan Girardi. In his role, the best forward has been Blair Betts. Uh oh.

In other words, is there any wonder why the Star Spangled Blueshirts have scored all of seven even-strength goals (and 10 overall) in a 2-3-0 getaway?

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

One Liners: Minor, Major, Does It Matter?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Kris Draper’s a frigging rebel.  On a night when the boxscore could have made an emphatic statement, he had to go and throw a shorty in there. If not for his unassisted goal in the second the entire scoresheet would have been dominated by the to this point unnamed Zetterberg, Homer and Datsyuk line.

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  Tags: bertuzzi, datsyuk, deep+diggers, drake, draper, holland, holmstrom, kopecky, maltby, markov, samuelsson, zetterberg

Debut for Downey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aaron Downey’s in tonight.  The Kings’ announcers just informed us Samuelsson’s out with a groin.  Hadn’t heard that until then.  Teddy Kulfan blogged earlier tonight that he was out, but couldn’t offer a reason.

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  Tags: deep+diggers, downey, samuelsson

Groundhog Day

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

For those of us who’ve been laughed at as “conspiracy theorists” and league-critical cynics of a Larry Brooks-like pedigree, Saturday was our Groundhog Day.

As in, we got to peek out of our little bunkers, point at our long shadows, and say, “We told you so.”

We told you that the lockout was about franchise equity, and the concept that a franchise’s bank value would increase exponentially when viewed as an entity with “cost certainty”—theoretically capped costs in terms of salary expenditures, directly tied to league-wide revenues, which effectively renders whether an individual team makes or loses money at the gate, in terms of ticket sales-vs.-expenditures, irrelevant.

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  Tags: nhlpa

Voloshenko and Wild May Part Ways

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

Roman Voloshenko’s stint as a Wild prospect appears over after he quit the club’s top minor league team to play in Russia.

“I told him, ‘I think if you go home, you’ll never play in the NHL,’ ” Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said Saturday.

Voloshenko was the Wild’s second-round pick in the 2004 entry draft, 42nd overall. A 6-foot-1, 200-pound wing, he made a splash in his debut with the Houston Aeros, earning 33 goals among 60 points in 69 games in 2005-06.

continued…

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, roman+voloshenko

Havlat Will Not Require Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

While not quite official, it’s appearing more and more likely Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will not require surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The team has the opinion of four doctors and awaits a fifth and final one before making a final decision, but coach Denis Savard said he expects his star forward back in a matter of weeks, not months.

continued

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Showcase The Helmet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Faithful reader Jim Burrows believes the NHL is missing out on a huge marketing/branding opportunity.

Burrows wonders why the league doesn’t mandate the use of team logos on player helmets, making them as much a part of the uniform - and, more important, team identity - as they are in football.

“Can you imagine where the NFL would be if they had taken the same approach?” said Burrows. “Imagine the Colts playing away [games] with a blue helmet! The helmet is central to the brand in football.”

more plus Kevin’s weekly tour around the NHL and a good feature on Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

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Talking Las Vegas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

“I think it’s a very viable location,” Buffalo-based Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told the Boston Globe. “I think the league would be interested if the time came when it made itself available.”

Early estimates suggest expansion costs, which were $80 million a few years ago, could soar to $250 million or more. The money would be distributed among the 30 teams, minus the 54 percent for the players, not a bad take. Bettman doesn’t see the gambling issue as a major obstacle because hockey makes up such a small percentage of bets.

“We’re small potatoes on the sports book,” Bettman told reporters in Florida. “If we were going to Vegas, we would have to focus on that issue. But I don’t think it’s nearly the issue for us as it may be for [another league].”

read on plus much more NHL talk…

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  Tags: expansion, las+vegas

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