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Report- Selanne Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note: added the Selanne press conference video at the bottom of the post at 8:40pm.

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Finnish winger and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms on a contract for the balance of this season and Selanne will be re-joining the team this week.


added 4:18pm, via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that right wing Teemu Selanne has signed a one-year contract and will join the team for the remainder of the 2007-2008 season. Selanne, who was an unrestricted free agent, will practice with the team today and travel on the club’s eight-game, 15-day road trip (team departs Tuesday).

“It took Teemu several months to determine if he had the passion and determination to return to the NHL, and we are thrilled to have him back,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “This is a player who scored 48 goals last year and showed no signs of slowing down.”

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29 Teams Still In The Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Consider that last year, the gap between the No. 1 team at the break (for those with short memories, it was the Nashville Predators, believe it or not) and the 30th-place Philadelphia Flyers was 44 points. This year, it is 36 — pretty close in other words.

A more telling measure is the gap between second-best and second-worst teams at the All-Star break. Last year, it was 32 points.

This year, it’s only 21 points (from the No. 2 Ottawa Senators down to the No. 29 Tampa Bay Lightning). Normally, you’d think that a team lingering at the bottom of the conference standings such as Tampa wouldn’t be harboring any playoff thoughts whatsoever, with about a third of the schedule to play, but you’d be wrong.

read on

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Following Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sidney Crosby pauses as he walks down the hallway of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He hears the happy cries of a boy in one of the rooms just visited, so he stops, retraces his steps and disappears behind a curtain in the room.

“Hat fit OK, buddy?” Crosby asks the boy, who can’t speak.

A behind-the-scenes look at Sidney Crosby during a recent visit to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

There are more excited noises.


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Canes Trying To Get More Mobile On “D”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WRAL,

“I had one conversation with one GM - the same one I’ve had about five or six months now,” Rutherford said of his trip to Atlanta. “And it ended the same way it all ended.
“I would like to continue to work on trying to get more mobility on our defense. And that’s what we continue to work on but it’s not easy. You have to pay a high price if and when they are available.

“And if get them, they get into high-rent district on their salaries.”

Rutherford said the Canes will continue to see appealing defensemen come available and may look to address that in free agency in July.The trade deadline is Feb. 26.


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Nashville Joins The Top 6 Forward Club

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

If the Predators do make such a move, it will almost surely be to add an offensive-minded forward to an occasionally goal-challenged club.

“Our missing piece is a top-six forward,’’ Poile said. “We have one (injured Steve Sullivan), but he’s not playing. So we could add a top-six forward that could bring more offense, but — not to take myself off the hook — that’s a tall order.

“Because in my discussions all year long with most clubs, they’re looking for the exact same thing. Other than Ottawa and Detroit, almost every club would like a top-six forward.’’

Poile also isn’t willing to sacrifice large chunks of the future, as he did the last two seasons at the trade deadline.


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Commit To The Indian

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Commit to the Indian” has caught the eye and ear of one of the Blackhawks’ chiefs.

The phrase, uttered by Hawks coach Denis Savard during his postgame rant Thursday night, has popped up on T-shirts. Its popularity has made team President John McDonough take notice.

“It’s amazing how much life it’s got,” McDonough said Sunday. “I’m getting e-mails from all over the place.”


If you missed the Savard rant…

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A Magical Tale

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Adelson at ESPN The Magazine,

Its sounds like a fairy tale. Steve Yzerman, the legendary hockey hero, reaches out to Braxton Davis, a sick little boy. Think you’ve read this story before? Bet you haven’t.

The magical tale of the hockey hero and the sick little boy came to an end on a warm spring day in Detroit in 2006. Braxton Davis, the sick little boy, stood silently inside the Red Wings’ locker room as the players streamed out, the day before a first-round game against Edmonton. The room was empty, save for one man, Steve Yzerman, who lingered in khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. The Captain, holding a stick in his hand, walked over to Braxton.


*our thanks to a longtime KK reader for pointing out this story

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What’s Happening Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL trade deadline is four weeks tomorrow, the NHL general managers’ meeting is three weeks today and all across the league, there is much happening, some of which is going to dictate just how busy things are at the deadline. To wit:

Atlanta GM Don Waddell is expected to take one final stab at signing forward Marian Hossa to a long-term deal that would take him out of unrestricted free agency. If Waddell can’t sign Hossa on this next effort, it’s likely the Thrashers’ GM will initiate trade talks that would make the talented winger the highest-impact rental player available at the deadline. Atlanta is not likely to let Hossa skate into unrestricted free agency on July 1 without getting something for him at the deadline.

Buffalo GM Darcy Regier will try to get the Brian Campbell negotiations back on track. The Sabre defenceman publicly declared a week or two ago that there would be no more in-season discussions, but Regier will try to jump-start things to get a deal done. Like Hossa, if Campbell spurns the Sabres in this next go-round, he could become a big chip in the trade deadline dealings.


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Average Won’t Cut It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

To make the playoffs this season, the Blues will have to play extraordinary hockey down the stretch. Ordinary won’t cut it these days in the NHL’s Western Conference.

There is one great team on this side of the league, the Red Wings. One team, the Kings, appears to be a dead team skating.

And you can put the other 13 teams into a giant pile -– since very little separates them. Let’s take a quick look at the Blues’ competition:


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Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com,

Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending January 27.

Go here to check out their video highlights.


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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, daniel+alfredsson, pascal+leclair, stars+of+the+week

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