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Bruins May Want To Acquire Kovalchuk To Play With Savard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Is Ilya Kovalchuk, who has 323 goals but is minus-86 in his Atlanta career, a better trade rental than Marian Hossa was in 2008 when Pittsburgh got him and got to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final? I don’t think so. I may be in the minority, but I think Hossa is a better player (he actually can check) and, in his prime all he fetched was centre Erik Christensen, winger Colby Armstrong, suspect draft pick Angelo Esposito and a 2008 first-round draft pick -stocking stuffers really, although Hossa was 29, and Kovalchuk is only 26, so maybe he’d be worth more.

I still think the Boston Bruins are the short-term destination, although they don’t have long-term cap room, because Marc Savard and Kovalchuk have a history from Atlanta, and the Bruins can give up Blake Wheeler, their first-round pick (not the one they got from Toronto for Phil Kessel) and, say, centre Joe Colborne, who is a sophomore at University of Denver.

more plus Western and Eastern Conference notes…

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Hejduk Out After Arthroscopic Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Milan Hejduk out 2-4 weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.

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Wings May Vacate Joe Louis Arena

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

Mike and Marian Ilitch, owners of the Red Wings, have not renewed their lease at Joe Louis Arena beyond this season, and face more than $10 million in structural repair at the dilapidated arena this summer if the team is to play there next season.

Going back to the Joe, it seems, is a last resort. So the Ilitches have been looking for a temporary home while they sort out, if, when, where and how they might build a new arena in downtown Detroit.

The Wings and Palace Sports and Entertainment, overseers of The Palace, have been working on a lease agreement for over a year. The Ilitches toured The Palace in December 2008. The Palace submitted a five-year lease offer to the Ilitches, who made a counteroffer—presumably for fewer years.

The Palace is still sitting on that counteroffer.

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CHL Top Prospects Game

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The CHL Top Prospects Game is this Wednesday in Windsor, Ontario.  It pits two teams of the top players who are draft eligible in 2010 who play on teams in the three CHL leagues.  The teams are coached by Don Cherry and Bobby Orr and are thus called Team Cherry and Team Orr.

Here are the rosters for the CHL Top Prospects Game:

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Live Blog It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No songs today.  No Hangover lines or nifty little catch phrases.

If the Wings have one “statement” game this year, today’s the day.  It’s not the games against Pittsburgh.  Those were late last Spring and will be again this June when the trifecta is complete. And it will be. 

Shut out three of the last four games against little brother.  Shafted by Gary’s lemonade stand of a league again yesterday.  Pissed off and hopefully frigging frothing.

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Who Needs Football When We Have Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four NHL games on the schedule today, highlighted by the Chicago/Detroit game as the NHL returns to NBC for another 1/2 season.

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GDT - Game #48: Red Wings host Blackhawks (12:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Cannot comment on the game yesterday, I did not see it.  I went shopping with my wife, Shannon.  Fortunately I have Sirius/XM radio, so as I chauffeured the gang around, I caught bits of the game.  I was amused as Razor described Big E as a “turnover machine”, and that in spite of Rafffi’s goal, his game was awful.  Missed the OT, but was shocked to read that Ott was somehow controversial.  George is more steamed (to put it politely) than shocked. 

The Kings won yesterday. Chicago won too, although Huet was a sieve (0.807%).  Important points are at stake as DET is losing ground.

Did you know that CHI have shut out DET in three of their last four regular-season meetings (all three by 3-0 scores), including each of the last two.

However, today is Shannon’s 40th Birthday, good mojo, and big plans are taking shape.  GDT is light, and updates are uncertain, but may catch some of the game.

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Souray Could Be A Fit With The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The 33-year-old blueliner entered the weekend with 12 points (3-9) and a minus-14 rating in 30 games this season, not the kind of return you’d expect for a $5.4 million cap hit. On the other hand, he’s surrounded by the 2009-10 Oilers, not the 1986-87 Oilers. A change of scenery could very well bring out the old Souray, not to mention the fact his actual salary goes down to $4.5 million for the last two years of his deal (starting next season).

One NHL team I believe has interest is the New York Rangers, a club that could certainly use his offensive touch from the back end. I also think Souray would welcome a move to New York. But to make it happen, the Rangers would need to create cap room by shedding the contracts of either Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit; will earn $4 million next season and $3 million in last year in 2011-12) or Wade Redden ($6.5 million cap hit; four more years left after this season at $6.5 million for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and $5 million per year in 2012-13 and 2013-14).

more plus, Penguins, Predators, Senators and Stars talk…

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Vigneault Not Happy With HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.

“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Shades Of Roy In Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Unlike Patrick Roy, his number doesn’t ever figure to hang from the rafters of a hockey rink in Denver. Nobody confuses him with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, owner of more wins than any goaltender in NHL history. But as the Colorado crowd chanted “Andy, Andy!” in the closing seconds of the third period Saturday, there was no doubt who was the man in the Avs’ 3-1 victory against the Devils.

Craig Anderson is the No. 1 reason Colorado stands proudly in first place of the Northwest Division. In a year of shocking success by the Avs, who qualifies as the most pleasant surprise of all? Say it loud:

Andy, Andy, Andy.

Which made me wonder: What in the world was Team USA general manager Brian Burke thinking when he picked a 23-man squad for the Olympic tournament that did not include Anderson?

“It’s a small wedding. Only 23 seats,” Burke said Saturday, responding to my question by e-mail.

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