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Hanlon Heads To Finland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Japers’ Rink found a report today stating Glen Hanlon will be coaching in Finland next season.

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Kevin Allen on Fedorov, Other Potential Wing Moves

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and columnist for USA Today, agreed to answer a few questions regarding the trade deadline and this whole Fedorov situation.  Our questions and his replies are below.

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ESPN Experts Chime In On Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Barry Melrose and E.J. Hradek give their views on possible trades…

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Flyers Coach Points To His Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sielski of Philly Burbs,

“Subconsciously or consciously, we didn’t respect the game plan,” Stevens said. “We came in here trying to outscore the other team instead of checking the other team.”

Asked if there were anything he himself could do to shake his players out of this funk, Stevens didn’t hesitate to put the onus on them.

“In my opinion, we’ve got to show up and play,” he said. “Do what? Stop passing the puck to the guy in the other jersey? It’s ridiculous. We’ve got to come out with the kind of urgency we finish games with. We’re in a fight for our life.”

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The Sabres Economic Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WBEN,

WBEN hockey analyst Jim Kelley says the Campbell question comes down to a broader issue of money and whether Sabres owner Tom Golisano wants to make it or save it.

A shot at the playoffs mean a few more home games, and more money, but Kelley says the million dollar question is whether that is worth it, as part of the team’s economic plan.

“You make a couple of million bucks with a home win… and that’s a significant part of the bottom line, ” Kelley tells WBEN’s Steve Cichon, adding that the long term future of players like Campbell are directly tied to whether the team can afford to look long or short term….

“It comes down to what your priorities are, ” Kelly says, adding that the lack of a clear signal has started rumours churning, that say Golisano could be looking to sell the team.

He stresses that they are rumors only, but ones that raise the broader philosophical question about team spending.

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Islanders Attendance Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

In a trend both heartening and frustrating for the organization and its fans, the disparity in attendance between weekdays and weekends and holidays has become more glaring than ever.

Take this week. Tuesday, only 11,193 people bought tickets despite a promotion that discounted prices for women - and far fewer than that actually showed up during a winter storm.

This holiday weekend, though, games against Atlanta and San Jose are all but certain to be the eighth and ninth sellouts of the season, already three more than all of 2006-07.

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Canadian Schools May Join NCAA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the South Bend Tribune,

The Canadians are coming.

Thanks to a ruling at the NCAA convention last month, college hockey may see its next big expansion movement come north of the border.

NCAA officials voted overwhelmingly to allow Canadian schools to apply for NCAA membership in all sports. Canadian schools could begin play in the NCAA as early as next season, with Division II as the predetermined landing spot.

But since hockey doesn’t have a Division II, Canadian universities could jump right into Division I in that sport.

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NHL Players Active In Right To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

Ten players from the National Hockey League will be making every minute count when they step on the ice this weekend. By donating to Right To Play based on minutes played in one of their team’s games, NHL scoring leader Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton and others will be bringing the power of sport and play to children overseas who need our help the most.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to play hockey for a living and I love every minute of it,” said Ovechkin, a leading candidate for NHL most valuable player honors. “This is a way for us to give something back to children in parts of the world who have not had the same opportunities to grow and develop through sport as we have. Right To Play is bringing hope and happiness into children’s lives and it’s an organization I’m proud to support.”

continued

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Show Some Love Mats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

If Mats Sundin is to be taken at his word, that he truly bleeds blue and white, then in the best interests of the Maple Leafs he must act accordingly.

He must waive the no-trade clause in his contract and allow Cliff Fletcher to trade him at the Feb. 26 deadline.

That way, he can impact the next decade of the Leafs, just as he impacted the past decade. That way, he can enable the Leafs to build for next season and beyond, and if he chooses to return as a free agent in July, then he returns to a team that has a Steven Stamkos or a Drew Doughty, a team with fresher, younger legs, a team he can resume his captaincy and leadership of, while surrounded with a better cast and crew.

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Decision Time For Jim Hughson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

frm William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Both the CBC and Rogers Sportsnet are bidding for the services of Hughson, the play-by-play veteran who will be a free agent in the summer.

Hughson, based in Vancouver, has for several years been employed by both the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Sportsnet, but that will change in his next deal.

“I’ve pretty much determined it will be Sportsnet or Hockey Night in Canada,” Hughson said this week. “But I can honestly tell you I don’t know which way it’s going.”

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