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‘Sticky’ Budget

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The odds that the hockey world would ever go back to wood sticks are probably on a par with goalies everywhere going back to pads stuffed with horsehair.

But it sure gets frustrating, night after night, to see NHL ice surfaces littered with shattered pricy carbon shafts, which seem to have a way of vaporizing just as a point man puts the hammer down on a 40-foot slapper. Imagine the pain felt by parents who shell out $100, $200, or more for a stick, only to take home two halves to stake tomato plants in summer gardens.

“It’s a big point of contention among GMs throughout the league, I’ll tell you that,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “The stick budget for every team keeps going up.”

According to Chiarelli, the Bruins spend some $400,000 per annum on the lightweight sticks.

more plus other hockey notes including who the Bruins may be targeting at the trade deadline…

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Simmons Hockey Talk On Sunday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The betting here is that Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Pavel Kubina and Matt Stajan will not be Maple Leafs by the time the NHL trade deadline passes. And if Brian Burke can find teams who want the contracts of Jason Blake, Lee Stempniak and Ryan Hollweg, he’ll move them too. Where things get interesting are with injured defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who Burke likes but understands he has the most market value of any of his players.

• The more I watch Jay Bouwmeester the more I’m convinced that a) some team is going to overpay for him at the trade deadline or b) some team is going to way overpay for him in free agency this summer. He’s good. He’s not great.

more hockey notes among other sports observations…

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Sharp Out With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Hawks leading goal scorer Patrick Sharp left Saturday’s game with Dallas 39 seconds into the first period with what appeared to be a left knee injury.

Sharp was unable to put any pressure on his leg as he was helped to the dressing room.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks’ 6-2 win that Sharp would not be going on the road trip this week to Tampa, South Florida and Dallas and that more details would be announced on Monday.  Several Hawks acted as if Sharp would be out for a long period of time.

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Not Enough Sellers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Too many teams in the NHL playoff race means not enough players will be available at this year’s trade deadline.

With a little more than two weeks to the March 4 deadline, only Toronto, Atlanta, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and the Islanders appear to be out of the chase.

In the Western Conference, all 15 teams still have a realistic chance of making it to the post-season, with only 10 points separating fifth place to 15th as of yesterday.

The closest teams to being sellers in the West would be the Blues and Avalanche.

continue on for some trade talk…

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Get Avery To New York Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Today would be as good a time as any even if Avery, who played his first game for the Wolf Pack in last night’s 4-1 loss to Manitoba, might need another game or two to build his stamina, After claiming Avery on re-entry, the Rangers could assign him to Hartford for conditioning.

“I think [the NHL] is where I belong; that’s the type of player I am,” said Avery, who had last played 11 weeks ago today for the Stars in Edmonton. “But in saying that, I’m just happy to be playing here and I’ll worry about [the NHL] when the time comes.”...

Two NHL teams with the right to claim Avery on re-entry before the Rangers - Tampa Bay and Toronto - had scouts at the match, though neither is believed interested. Unless there’s a shocker, he’s the Rangers.

more

Also from Brooks,

Wade Redden is Glen Sather’s Folly. That has become painfully obvious fewer than 60 games into a six-year, $39 million contract that stands as the worst in the history of the NHL, if not in the history of hard-cap pro sports.

With skills declining so precipitously over the last three seasons that if he played baseball, one would deduce that he had built his previously admirable career resume on PED’s, the 31-year-old defenseman is the GM’s Greatest Mistake, far more substantial than Stephane Quintal or Theo Fleury or Bobby Holik, or any of those pre-lockout signings that all came with erasers.

continued

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Time to Fire Michel Therrien!!!

Blog: KK Members Blog By Kevin182

Seriously, how long will it be till we see Michel Therrien fired? How many more excuses will we see? I saw the meltdown begin during Stanley Cup Finals calling the Wings cheaters with obstruction, diving, acting, and so on.

Yes he did coach the Pens to the SC Finals but now this is a different team with different players and you have to adjust. The excuses continued this season but last season it obviously worked. Michel has called out plenty of players and there were more excuses in interviews. Come on, when will you start coaching instead of making excuses and calling out your players.

After watching last night’s game against Toronto, I feel he needs to go. No more excuses after leading 2-0 and giving up 6 unanswered goals. If the playoffs started today; Therrien = FAIL. Hmmm maybe I need to make an excuse for writing this blog….

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How Good Has Green Been?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Mike Green of the Washington Capitals has been playing very well lately.  He broke Mike O’Connell’s record for most consecutive games played by a defenceman with a goal tonight, when he scored in his eighth straight game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  I am picking him as the Norris Trophy leader at this point in the season.  Despite those accolades, I think many people do not realize how good he has been lately.  Since January 1st, Mike Green has 27 points.  That is the second highest total of anyone in the entire league (Pavel Datsyuk has 28).  Among only defencemen, he leads second place Scott Niedermayer by eight points.  Those numbers are amazing.  If these numbers could be kept up an entire season, he would be a serious Norris Trophy (and Hart Trophy) candidate.  Even accepting that he doesn’t have the toughest defensive assignments, a defenceman who was second in league scoring would be amazing.

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Green Scores In 8th Straight Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

Washington’s Mike Green made NHL history on Saturday becoming the first defenseman in league history to score a goal in eight consecutive games.

Green, who leads all defenseman in goals, notched his 22ndh of the season at the 5:33 mark of the second period with a power play marker

continued

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Brodeur Talks After Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Here’s how Brodeur’s informal meeting with the media went today.

Were you nervous for your first practice with the full team?

“No, not really. I knew was not going to get as much work in practice time. They said we were going to practice only for 20 minutes, so I said, ‘All right. I’m going ot have to some work after.’ So, I wasn’t really nervous. I was anxious to get going and see the speed of the shots, speed of the guys. It’s totally different than just making drills when guys are coming at a high pace. That’s why I need to practice, just to get used to that. It was good.”

Through the process of your recovery have you had any setbacks?

This one time—I don’t think I was on the ice yet—doing some of my rehab, I tweaked it pretty hard. It was the first time that broke scar tissue, so that panic. I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ And that was catching a lacrosse ball. We stopped right away and put ice (on it). I talked to (the doctor) and (he) was like, ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s going to happen.

much more

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Gretzky The Highest Paid Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Phoenix Coyotes are among the poorest teams in the NHL, but head coach Wayne Gretzky makes far more than any other coach in the league.

Gretzky earns between $7-million and $8-million (all currency U.S.) per year on a five-year contract, or more than seven times the average annual salary for an NHL head coach, according to several sources. The contract is so generous that even though Gretzky was said by one source to have agreed to defer up to half his salary this season, he would still be the best-paid bench boss in the league.

The huge compensation came based on the notion that Gretzky would help sell tickets at the Jobing.com Arena in suburban Glendale. But now, in Gretzky’s fourth season behind the bench, that does not appear to be the case.

continued

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