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How About Calling It Fair

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via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The schedule for teams in the Eastern Conference will get tougher next season when the NHL adopts a new schedule….

“It’s going to be tougher,” admitted Devils coach Brent Sutter, “but there’s nothing I can do about it. When you’re a coach, someone gives you the schedule and you play the games.”

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brent+sutter, new+jersey+devils, nhl+schedule

No Goals Allowed - Is That Allowed?

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from the Vancouver Sun,

There is this thing in baseball about a pitcher carrying a no-hitter into the late innings: You never go near him in the dugout and you never, ever say the word “no-hitter.” Never. Ever.

So what are the Vancouver Canucks supposed to do with Roberto Luongo?...

He is shooting for his fourth straight bagel Sunday in Minnesota. The NHL record is five, set by Phoenix’s Brian Boucher four seasons ago.

“The old rule still stands about using the notorious ‘word’ before the end of a game,” Canuck goalie guru Ian Clark chuckled Friday. “Guys get into nicknaming it different things, but they don’t say the dangerous ‘word.’ They’ll use code or talk in various hushed tones, but they don’t want to be caught saying the naughty ‘word’ in case someone hears them.”

read on

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  Tags: goalies, ian+clark, roberto+luongo, shutout

They’ll Never Forget

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from TerryJones of the Edmonton Sun,

While the Oilers moved out of last place and into a tie with the Calgary Flames with the win last night, Brian Burke’s quote still looks good.

“We’re going to take three draft picks back and given Kevin’s recent performance I expect them to be excellent picks,” said Burke after Lowe signed restricted free agent Penner and sacrificed a first-, second- and third-round draft pick in a very good draft year. If the Oilers stay where they are in the standings, Burke will be picking very early indeed.

Then there’s the flip side of it.

When Lowe traded Mrs. Pronger and her husband to the Ducks two years ago, the Oilers ended up with Anaheim’s first-round draft pick. As the Stanley Cup champion Ducks struggle, the Oilers could be picking a lot earlier than they expected.

more on the Oilers…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, edmonton+oilers, kevin+lowe

1,000 Games For Tkachuk

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

However, as Tkachuk’s opportunities get fewer, he is beginning to appreciate the career accomplishments that are coming his way. One of the most significant will come tonight when he plays Game No. 1,000 in the NHL….

“When we came in, nobody thinks they’re going to be in the league that long ... it’s an amazing accomplishment,” Weight said. “But you know ‘Walt’ ... he’s too cool for school. You know, he’ll say, ‘Ah, it’s not that big of a deal.’ But deep down, Walt knows it’s a great accomplishment and he’s excited.”

more

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk, st+louis+blues

Simply The Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

The debate was interesting, but not terribly long when we were determining The Hockey News cover feature for our European issue, due to come out next week.

Nicklas Lidstrom is our cover boy, plain and simple. The best European-trained player ever in the NHL.

A case was made for Jaromir Jagr, the five-time scoring champion and destined to be the top-scoring European for long time to come. Jari Kurri had a lot of support, as did Dominik Hasek. But the more we studied the facts and figures, the more it became obvious.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nick+lidstrom

Buff-Daddy With The Natural Hat Trick

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from the Chicago Daily Herald,

Byfuglien tied two team records with his hat trick in the Hawks’ 6-1 rout of the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center.

“He doesn’t know how good he can be,” Tallon said.

Byfuglien became only the third Hawks defenseman in club history to score 3 goals in a game, joining Dick Redmond (1977) and Doug Wilson (1991). His 2 power-play goals tied another record for defensemen, last done by Dave Manson in 1988.

“I guess that’s an honor to be proud of,” said Byfuglien, who also had an assist. “It feels good.”

Watch his 3rd goal of the game…

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, dustin+byfuglien, hat+trick

More Money Doesn’t Mean More Ice Time

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from the Buffalo News,

No one in the NHL is getting a bigger paycheck this season than Vanek. His $10 million salary ties him with Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and the New York Rangers’ Scott Gomez. Yet of the 10 highest-paid forwards, Vanek lags way behind in time on ice.

Gomez (19:58) and Briere (19:13) are much busier. Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards, fifth on the pay scale, leads forwards at 24:56 per game — eight minutes more than Vanek. The only player in the top 10 of pay who’s relatively close to Vanek is New Jersey’s Patrik Elias, and he still gets 1:14 more per game at 18:02.

Vanek’s total ice time of 386:27 is tied for 139th among NHL forwards.

more

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, thomas+vanek

Walz Announcing Retirement Today

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from Russo’s Rants,

The Wild has called a 10:30 news conference for this morning at Xcel Energy Center where 37-year-old center Wes Walz, the Wild’s all-time leader with 438 games played, will announce his retirement from the NHL, two NHL sources confirmed Friday night.

Walz, one of two last Original Wild players along with Marian Gaborik, has been on indefinite leave from the team since Nov. 1. Walz’s 82 goals and 182 points rank second in franchise history behind Gaborik

continued

Update 12:27pm ET— Press Release from the Minnesota Wild:

  SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild veteran center Wes Walz, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, announced his retirement Saturday morning at an Xcel Energy Center press conference.

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, retirement, wes+walz

Weak Drafting Has Hurt The Leafs

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from Alex Shprintsen at the Globe and Mail,

It is patently obvious the Leafs have had an utterly incompetent collection of scouts during the past 20 years. That must change and quickly, but it’s not that difficult to do. For the $5-million a year the Leafs are paying Kubina, they could hire the best general manager in the business and complement him with the combined scouting staff of the Red Wings, Devils and Avalanche.

This could happen quickly or slowly. Quickly, if the Leafs management were to decide to blow up the current team, getting rid of everyone they could and securing draft picks along with cap space, rebuilding the Penguins’ way by getting high first-round picks for several years. The other — the slow or the very slow — way is to rebuild the team through attrition and gradual smart drafting.

Either way, ultimately, the Leafs’ simplest direct solution is to spend their money to raid the scouting staffs of the most successful teams.

read on to see how the Leafs have drafted compared to othe NHL teams…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+draft, toronto+maple+leafs

Preparing For China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

Wednesday’s game was a sort of dress rehearsal for Peng and Chang, veteran sports broadcasters based in New York. But today, when the Islanders face Atlanta, viewers who press the S.A.P. button on their remote controls will be able to hear Peng and Chang describe the action on Fox Sports Net.

The broadcast Wednesday, the second such dress rehearsal for Peng and Chang, apparently went so well that the Islanders have decided to take the next step in telecasting games in Mandarin.

By the end of the season, the Islanders hope to have at least one of their games telecast in China.

read on

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  Tags: china, new+york+islanders

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