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Sundin In The Winged Wheel

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from Bruce Garrioch of th Ottawa Sun,

For Sundin, the word is the strong Swedish contingent in Detroit—made up of Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Mikael Samuelsson, Andreas Lilja, Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall—wants him in the Motor City.
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There have been whispers that Sundin—who is fiercely loyal to the Leafs and hasn’t asked to be moved if the club doesn’t make the playoffs—has already been told by some members of Detroit’s Swedes if he’d like to come aboard they will talk GM Ken Holland into making the move.

more of this type of talk, league wide…

added 9:27am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

At what point does Mats Sundin go to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and say, “It’s been a good ride, but I’m 37 and I’ve never won a Stanley Cup, so help me out with a trade”? I think it’s a given they give him a choice of three teams and deal him in February, and I say the Red Wings, who lead the league in Swedes (Nik Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Nik Kronwall) get him for, say, centre Jiri Hudler, defenceman Jakub Kindl (their first-round draft pick in 2005), and a second-rounder in 2008. The Leafs, if they’re smart, should hold out for centre Valtteri Filppula rather than Hudler, but Detroit loves the Finnish kid.

more NHL talk…

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Kings Want The League To Look At Smyth’s Stick Work

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from Inside the Kings,

I’ve never seen Crawford so upset as after this game. He was frustrated with the team’s play and also livid with Ryan Smyth. He wants Smyth’s play jabbing his stick into LaBarbera reviewed by the NHL. LaBarbera injured his ribs on the play.

There’s a team meeting scheduled before practice tomorrow. It probably won’t be pretty.

continued with player reaction on the Kings 5-2 loss to the Avs…

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Blogging Away

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Could the NHL standings look like this in the next 10 years?

…….club (league)………………………..gp w/o d o/l pts pct rtng
..1. Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RUS)….32 25/0 x 3/4 78 .812 44.7
..2. HV71 Jonkoping (SWE)……..25 17/1 3 0/4 57.5 .767 42.2
..3. SC Bern (SUI)…………………….27 19/2 x 3/3 64 .790 41.9
..4t Slavia Prague (CZE)………….26 17/3 x 2/4 59 .756 40.8
..4t Slovan Bratislava (SVK)……30 20/3 x 2/5 68 .756 40.8
..6. Karpat Oulu (FIN)……………..28 16/5 x 2/5 60 .714 39.3
..7. Eisbären Berlin (GER)……….25 17/2 x 0/6 55 .733 38.9
..8. Detroit Red Wings (NHL)….26 15/3 x 2/6 53 .679 38.4

Nah, but it does introduce you to Slapshot, a hockey blog at the New York Times.

Oh yes, read on to find out what the rankings really mean.

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Schedule Wasn’t An Issue

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But in the NHL, if enough small-market teams complain about something, by Gary, the league gets right on it. And so, beginning next season, the schedule will change again. Divisional opponents will meet six times all year, meaning that divisional games will account for under 30-percent of the schedule. Even then, though, not every city will get a glimpse of Crosby.

The problem with the schedule these last three years hasn’t been the format, it’s been the careless and senseless manner with which it’s been structured. Why would the Rangers and Islanders meet four times within the season’s first 25 games and then four times in the final 57 games?

more

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Wilson Not Happy With Sharks Play

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from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Ron Wilson had the entire team standing near him, but not huddled together as players usually are when he’s providing direction. And as soon as I got within earshot, it was clear he was upset.

He talked about a lack of professional pride. He talked about being mentally prepared. He questioned why his players didn’t apply more pressure on the player with the NHL’s worst plus-minus rating, their former teammate Scott Hannan. And he clearly was unhappy with his team’s attention to detail — an important matter throughout the Sharks’ hierarchy — when it comes to things like short passes and clearing the puck out of the defensive zone.

much more...

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Liveblog Anyone?

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Last few have been uneventful, but we’ll give ‘er another shot.  Previews of tonite’s game can be found here and here.

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The Bloggers On HNIC

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Note: post is sticky to the top of KK for now.  Regular updates of hockey news will continue below.

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Great feature just on HNIC pre-game featuring many of the well known hockey blogs.  The mention was much appreciated and a great job by all the bloggers involved. We will have more in a bit.

 

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  Tags: bloggers, cbc, hnic, hockey+night+in+canada, media

5 Minutes of Datsyuk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Waiting for the game to start? 

This should tide you over for a while.

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  Tags: datsyuk, video

Schedules and stuff

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...we could always talk Army/Navy?  Nah.  First half’s almost done and this game’s over.  Scratch that idea.  We could talk Les Miles to Michigan, as Kirk Herbstreit reported on ESPN this morning?  Nope.  Miles has a presser at 1:45 to announce he’s staying at LSU.  One note on that: Michigan screwed themselves by opening their elitist idiot traps.  If they’d stayed quiet, Miles would be theirs…after today’s game.  Idiots.

Ok. The new schedule. The schedule we all wanted?  Yeah. Getting closer to it anyway. 

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  Tags: bertuzzi, central, downey, drake, fellow+bloggers, franzen, hasek, lidstrom, osgood

Could Tampa Bay Move One Of The Big Three

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Spector has an analysis on the talk that the Bolts may move Lecavalier, St. Louis or Richards.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, tampa+bay+lightning, trades

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