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Fans Love AO

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

“We know him through really bad times. We’ve been through fire together,” Leonsis said. “I couldn’t think of a better face for our franchise.

“Our fans love Alexander Ovechkin. Our fans didn’t love Jaromir Jagr.”

Whether the fact that Ovechkin is a home-grown talent, or the fact he signed on for a 13-year tour of duty with the Caps of his own volition, makes any difference to a hockey market that has distinguished itself with its own indifference, is unknown.

The only thing that is for certain is that Leonsis won’t have to worry about second-guessing himself, even if it cost him $124 million for that satisfaction.

“You can talk to me after we win a Cup,” he said.

much more...

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ted+leonsis

Is The End Near For JFJ?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

It appears John Ferguson will not serve out the final months of his contract as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In light of the Maple Leafs’ most recent losing streak, which culminated in a 5-2 loss Thursday night to the last-place team in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie said Friday morning that the board will be discussing Ferguson’s future very soon. His contract expires in June.

continued

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr.

A Shake-Up Perhaps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blue Notes at Newsday,

With all facets of the Rangers game falling apart, if GM Glen Sather or his right hand man Jim Schoenfeld has a trade on the table to be made, he should pull the trigger in the next few days.

Too bad Dominic Moore was grabbed by Toronto off waivers. His d-presence and fondness for New York would’ve been valuable.

With seven games (five at home) before the All-Star break, the Rangers desperately need to regroup and pull out of the slide.

read on for a suggestion that Lundqvist go back to Sweden during the ASG break.

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Continue Losing Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

..No, right now the best thing the Leafs can do is stay the course and continue to lose games with staggering regularity. If they keep it up, they’ll be in the draft lottery for the first time ever; and perhaps even in a position to select No. 1 for the first time since the Wendel Clark draft in 1985. That didn’t turn out so bad, did it Leaf Nation?

Forever and ever, no matter who is running the show, the temptation in the Maple Leaf front office is to go for the quick fix, which results in the mess you’ve seen lately. They end up with a team good enough to tease and flirt with success, without ever really having the talent to legitimately challenge for a championship.

much more

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Wild Fans Deserve Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

As it happens, Minnesota can make a fairly respectable claim to being the state of hockey, even though there would be some dispute from Michigan and Massachusetts.

Still, there’s no disputing that Minnesota is definitely a hockey hotbed and that people in that area are passionate fans.

But they lost their original NHL team when Norm Green found a way to make a mess of that great market.

They got Bob Naegele, who talked a good game but never got around to backing up his words with on-ice achievements.

And now they’ve got Craig Leipold.

They deserve better.

read on

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  Tags: craig+leipold

Curtis Joseph Talk Down To Two Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Interest from at least five teams is believed to have been narrowed to two with Curtis Joseph contemplating the resumption of his NHL career in either San Jose or Calgary.

Sources tell TSN both the Flames and Sharks are keenly interested in bringing the 40 year old goaltender on board, with Joseph expected to make his decision this weekend, if not sooner, perhaps as early as today.

continued

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  Tags: curtis+joseph

Toronto Claims Dominic Moore Off Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has activated center Mikko Koivu from injured reserve and that center Dominic Moore has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

added 1:27pm, from TSN, the Leafs have recalled goaltender Justin Pogge.

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  Tags: dominc+moore, mikko+koivu

Your Eastern Conference All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Check out the Eastern Conference roster at NHL.com!

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After 41 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

• Disappointments? Who else? Boston. While their resurgence this year may seem passable, remember where they live. Oh, you’re in third place in your division are you? That’s nice dear. Mr. Brady, you were saying…

• Teams to watch out for? Just one: Philadelphia. Have you seen what they do to guys with their heads down?

• I must also admit I’m pretty upset with the National Hockey League about a couple of things.

What ever happened to the easy accessibility of the old ice-time stat? Where has it gone? It’s harder to get than a cheerleader’s phone number.

more

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Blues Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a live Q & A with John Davidson and Blues fans….

Do the blues have any interest in acquring a more experienced Goalie like Curtis Joseph to backup goaltender Manny Legace if he would go down with an injury? Thanks for your time.

Jeremy Rutherford (typing for J.D.): No. We feel stronogly about Manny finishing the season the way he’s played all season. We feel that Hannu Toivonen has earned the opportunity. He’s a great teammate. He’s above .500.

much, much more…

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  Tags: john+davidson

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