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Boston Coach States Media ‘Twists’ His Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Claude Julien is apparently tired of seeing his critical words about members of the Bruins get, in his words, “twisted” by the media, so he told reporters Tuesday he will no longer talk about individual players.

It could be for the time being, or it could be for the rest of the season.

Without referencing specifics, the Bruins coach said his words have been “twisted” and that he’s been criticized by media members for “throwing players under the bus” when he talks critically of them.

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Establishing The Value Of Souray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

The second (Jim) Matheson item that caught my attention was his speculation on where Souray might end up, and what the Oilers might get in return. It seemed a rather optimistic piece of reporting to me, as all kinds of fine young prospects were mentioned as possible pickups for the Oilers, players such as Jamie Benn of Dallas, Brandon McMillan of Anaheim and Adam Henrique of New Jersey.

All this astonished me as I believe Souay has close to negative trade value, in that if the Oilers want to move him, they would actually have to eat some nasty contract for a marginal player in return. Now, that contract would be for less money and less term than Souray, but it wouldn’t be some promising kid with a cheap contract.

To me, there’s a huge risk in any team picking up Souray, as he’s still coming back from a major injury (concussion), his play has been extremely spotty (even if he was excellent last season), he’s old for a defenceman of his type (big, slow, offensive skills, physical style), and he’s got two years left on a massive contract.

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No Complaining In Vancouver Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The morning after Alex Burrows’ famous rant, a Globe colleague posed some constructive questions.

Is Burrows a brilliant reverse psychologist? And would his tirade against NHL referee Stephane Auger buy the Canucks the benefit of future whistles?

The latest returns: yes and yes.

Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff was in a huff Monday, after an indigestible defeat to the Canucks at GM Place. The Sabres looked to have tied the score 2-2 late in the second period, but referee Kerry Fraser made an early, decisive call to disallow a bang-bang goal.

At full speed, the goal looked fishy. Upon review, it looked legit.

continued and if you missed the call in question, watch it here...

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Detroit Welcomes The Frozen Four

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press,

The 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit might not have the sports cachet or instant name recognition of a Super Bowl or basketball Final Four, but it’s got some very cool stuff going for it:

• A couple of high-profile cochairs who can actually lace up their skates and handle a stick—Bill Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch….

“It’s going to be an electric atmosphere in downtown Detroit,” Ilitch said Monday of the Frozen Four week.

On April 7, the Red Wings are to host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game with possible NHL playoff implications. On April 8, the Frozen Four NCAA semifinals are to be played at Ford Field. Next door on April 9 the Tigers’ baseball home opener is scheduled. And on the 10th is to be the Frozen Four Championship game.

read on & the official web site for the 2010 Frozen Four.

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With No All-Star Game, Here Is Your All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In the absence of an All-Star weekend thanks to the Olympics, here are our All-Star teams if the game had been held:

Scott Burnside’s Team
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Forwards
Sidney Crosby
Nicklas Backstrom
Steven Stamkos
Alexander Ovechkin
Ilya Kovalchuk
Zach Parise
Marian Gaborik
Tomas Plekanec
Martin St. Louis
Evgeni Malkin
Nathan Horton
Daniel Alfredsson

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Franzen ‘Runs’ Lilja

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He’s been practicing with the team for months, but Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja hasn’t had any contact. Now that he sees a light at the end of the tunnel—he has been headache-free for 14 days—he wanted to see how he would react to a hit.

So he asked Johan Franzen to run him after practice.

“I had Mule run me yesterday in practice. He picked up all his 230 pounds and threw it at me,’’ Lilja said. “My body hurt, but my head was really good. It felt real good.’’

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GDT - Game #52: Red Wings host Coyotes (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Deja’ vu all over again?  Once again, thanks go out to the F(lame) for their continuing exercises in futility.  The Conk-block was in net for the Blues last night, and pitched a 34 save shutout.  CGY suffered their sixth straight loss, and as a result, DET are once again 8th in the W.C.

There is joy in Motown(!)  Not only are DET in the midst of playoff contention, but Nick Jr. is set to lace up his skates and hit the ice for his first game in Nine 1/2 Weeks.  But wait, didn’t we see this terrible movie this past Saturday?  The plot was strikingly similar.  The home-team has the opportunity to make a statement, against a team they are chasing in Conference, that they are serious W.C. contenders.  And this past Saturday, DET came out guns a-blazing, and played competitive hockey - - for a whole 20 minutes. Foiled once again by their nemesis, obscene turnovers in their zone, and an apparent antipathy towards any semblance of a killer-instinct; DET surrendered 3 consecutive goals against.  It was disgusting to watch, and the majority of the team and staff were proper subjects of much derision by the “19”.

Alas, many of the “19” (myself included) have perceived this as a time to “lower expectations”; and based on Winged Wheel’s performance against the Kings, perhaps rightly so.  Then again, “it ain’t over till its over.”  A convincing win against the ‘Yotes, and a “Kronwalled” against Shane Doan; well that just might go a long way to putting things right in A2Y nation.

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What Tampa’s Financial Situation Says About LeCavalier

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the hottest rumors for over a year is that the Tampa Bay Lightning are about to trade Vincent LeCavalier.  No trade has happened yet, but as we approach the 2010 trade deadline speculation about a LeCavalier trade is rising.  Coupled with any potential trade is the uncertain financial situation of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The NHL has likely taken over the team on some level.  They have fronted money to the team to help them make payroll.  The Lightning are in default on the initial loan used to purchase the team.  Current owner Oren Koules was required to have a privately financed loan through previous owner William Davidson to buy the team, since he couldn’t secure funds from more traditional means.  Koules has been unable to keep up with the payments.

In the meantime, Davidson died.  This leaves his widow Karen Davidson as the major creditor to the Lightning. She also inherited the Detroit Pistons of the NBA and has made it clear that she wants to sell the team.  She has no desire to be stuck with the Tampa Bay Lightning as well, but may wind up with them or may choose to stay removed from the team and leave them with an uncertain future.

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Try Out GameCenter Live Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Zubov Humiliated By Being Included As A Substitute Player For Team Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussiaToday,

Ex-NHL star Sergey Zubov was outraged by the coaches’ decision to choose him as a substitute player for Russia’s Olympic hockey team, calling the move “a spit in the face”.

“The administrator of the national team has just called me and said that I am included in the list of substitutions for the Olympics. I actually did not know what to say. The situation surprised me a lot,” the 39-year-old told Sport-Express newspaper.

Zubov currently plays for SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL, being the top-scoring defender in the regular championship.

“And earlier I was amazed and even offended by the words of the president of the Russian Hockey Federation, Vladislav Tretyak, and head coach of the national team Vyacheslav Bykov, who uttered in an interview: that in order to get to the national squad one must gnaw the ice, and that they would not take you for your previous merits,” the veteran stressed.

“All these statements have extremely disappointed me. This is humiliation of me as a personality and a sportsman. I do not owe anything to anyone and I have honestly earned my name in ice hockey. I am not 25 years old and have proved my high level with seventeen seasons in NHL. I am not going to prove anything anymore,” he added.

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  Tags: sergei+zinoviev, team+russia

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