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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The NHL - always craving for attention - should create a similar event to baseball’s winter meetings where front-office staff and media converge to create an amazing buzz for fans.
Here’s my proposal: use the February NHL GM meetings as the basis for a trade deadline bonanza.

For example, this year’s meetings run Feb. 18-20 in Naples, Fla., with the trade deadline a week later on Feb. 26. There likely won’t be any deals at this year’s meetings, just like there weren’t last year even though the GM meetings were also just a week before the trade deadline. Sure ‘‘the foundation’’ for deals were laid (if I hear that one more time I’m going to vomit) but the real moves didn’t happen until the 48-hour period leading up the actual deadline.

read on

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Tigers and Wings:  Same Course, Same Result?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I would bet that traffic on most Wing blogs is down a bit today and I’m going to take a huge leap and guess the reason would be the biggest trade the city of Detroit has seen since the Wings opened the 1996 season with Brendan Shanahan at left wing.  Interesting piece at the Sporting News that effectively compares the similar routes two Ilitch-owned teams have taken with one goal in mind.

...the similarities between the two franchises are striking. The Red Wings had a highly respected coach in Scotty Bowman, and the Tigers have a highly respected manager in Jim Leyland. Both had won championships with other teams.

Both teams failed to win championships after historic, seared-into-everybody’s-memory events. Magglio Ordonez’s walkoff homer in Game 4 of the ALCS sent the team to the World Series, but they lost. And Yzerman’s double-overtime 60-foot slapshot gave the team a 1-0, seven-game win over the Blues in 1996, but they lost the next series to Colorado.

More...

 

 

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Belak is the Key to Leafs Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP,

“When Wade Belak gets a point, we win,” Belak said. “It’s been proven.

“You look back at all my goals and see if we won or not. Usually it’s a bad night for the other team.”

He was asked if the stick he used in practice was the same one with which he’d scored his rare goal.

“No, no. That’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame now,” he replied.

more… *an entertaining read as Belak gets on a roll with the one-liners. As the writer notes, “That’s Wade Belak: often lost near the net but never lost for words.”

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs, wade+belak

Always Good With The Quotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

The interview finally wound around to how Lightning players were quite down on themselves after the game; glad for the victory but upset that they let the third period get away from them by allowing two goals in 36 seconds with under two minutes remaining.

Said Tortorella: “The team has always been that way,’’ meaning good at self-assessment. “Some of the (media) clowns around here don’t understand it. Not you two,’’ he said of me and Erik.

Tortorella didn’t say at whom he was upset. But something certainly got under his skin somewhere between the morning skate and the end of the game.

read on... you will find out who are not the clowns…

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Laperriere Back for Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche activated forward Ian Laperriere from the injured reserve list Wednesday.  He missed nine games after suffering a knee injury during a game on Nov. 11 against Minnesota.

*numerous other Avalanche players are still having injury/illness issues however, including Joe Sakic

 

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, ian+laperriere, injuries

What Can We Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Winwood at the Guardian,

It’s my belief that no set of fans care more about the health of their game than those attracted to hockey. This is why the mood that surrounds the game is one of despondency and fear. Your team may be doing well, but the league in which it plays is not. It’s not in spite of Bettman’s actions that the NHL is in a worse place now than it was 15 years ago, but because of them….

I suppose this is the point where I’m supposed to call for the Bettman’s head - that’s how these things normally end. But to be honest, I’m not sure how this column should conclude. So I’m going to hand it over to you. What should be done?

more and remember, Ian wanted to ban fighting 2 months ago…

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Could Columbus Get…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

One third of the way into the season, trade rumors and other forms of player movement seem to be picking up. Blue Jackets fans—a few of them, anyway—are clamoring for GM Scott Howson to make a move.

Our opinion: Read the play and show a little patience, as the best deals may be a couple of weeks (or months) away.

continued... Lecavlier, Jokinen and Stoll talk plus a little Recchi…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, trade+rumors

Tale of Two Hockey Towns

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Discouraging story from the Globe and Mail, if you’re a Hab fan.  Also discouraging to consider what the crowd at the Joe would have been last night had this game taken place in Detroit.  Possibility of a sell-out?  Sure.  I wouldn’t have bet on it though.

Heading into Tuesday night, Montreal had a record of 269-197-96-1 against Detroit. The Canadiens have 24 Stanley Cup banners hanging from their rafters, compared with the Wings’ 10.

And yet, Les Glorieux have not been to the final since they last won Canada’s last Stanley Cup championship in 1993. Detroit, on the other hand, has been the NHL’s team with the most wins over the past decade and can claim three Cup titles in those 10 years

More...including some great quotes from the legends attending the game.

 

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Surgery For Boucher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Philippe Boucher on the injured reserve list and have recalled right wing Junior Lessard from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Boucher, 34, is set to have shoulder surgery today and will be re-evaluated in four weeks

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  Tags: dallas+stars, injuries, philippe+boucher

Who Knew

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

The National Hockey League is very good at letting people know about its latest deal with any of the seemingly thousands of new media companies or any minor percentage jump in attendance or its D-list celebrity blogs.

However, when it comes to getting the word out about a special hockey night in a particular city, the league isn’t quite as adept.

That’s why most fans probably had no idea the Canadiens were having a very unique ceremony prior to Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings.

continued... E.J., you should have made a stop at KK yesterday, you would have known about it!

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