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Predicting The 1st Round Of The 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NHL Central Scouting will meet next weekend to compile its final rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft, giving NHL front offices and fans a first look at how things might shake out come late June in Montreal.

NHL.com decided to beat the scouts to the punch, tasking three of its draft experts to come up with their own thoughts on how the first round of the draft might play out.

Adam Kimelman, Brad Holland and Shawn P. Roarke all took the challenge, consulted their notes, called their contacts, and came up with their thoughts on the first 30 picks come June 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

continued and check out their mock draft on the right sidebar.

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NCAA Hockey Tournament TV Schedule

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from College Hockey News,

All NCAA tournament games will be televised exclusively by ESPN and its sister stations this season, unless the games conflict and cannot be carried live.

ESPN is emphasizing its college sports channel, ESPNU, now.

continue for the schedule which starts today.

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IIHF President & Bettman Talk 2014 Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via the Globe and Mail,

Speaking at the SportAccord convention, Fasel and Bettman had a frank and sometimes heated exchange that underscored the difficult negotiations ahead for the NHL to remain part of the Olympics.

“It can be a challenge or a nightmare (bringing the NHL, IIHF, NHLPA Players’ Association and IOC together) and I take it as a challenge, a fantastic challenge and I will work day and night to have them (NHL players) in Sochi,” said Fasel.

The 2014 Games will be held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi following next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

But Bettman said: “It’s not so easy to simply say ‘Let’s go to the Olympics’. We shut down our season for two weeks to 17 days and there is a momentum to our season that is lost…it all comes to a screeching halt and we go off to the Olympics.

“No other league stops to go do this. In fact, baseball doesn’t do it and it’s no longer an Olympic sport. This is hard, it’s not always a good experience and the benefits we’ve sometimes seen were not always worth what we’ve had to sacrifice.

“I don’t think we get enough credit and I don’t think the IOC (International Olympic Committee) tends to recognize how difficult it is.”

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The Playoff Race Is Still On

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NHL games scheduled for tonight and below find an expended NHL Standings chart.

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Top 30 Free Agents

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With the American economy in turmoil and future salary cap projections clouded in uncertainty, NHL general managers are all cautioning that it would be best to tiptoe rather than bull-rush into any more long-term contracts. But even with all of the warning lights flashing, the expectation is that this summer’s free agent signing season will be as busy as usual. With July 1 less than 100 days away, it’s not too soon to window shop.

Here’s a look at my top 30 potential unrestricted free agents for the summer of 2009:

30. Defenseman Derek Morris (New York Rangers): There seems to be mixed reviews about Morris around the NHL, and his playoff performance will dictate how much interest there will be in him.

29. Defenseman Jordan Leopold (Calgary): He’s a 20-minute defenseman with offensive skill. He has scored on a penalty shot and in the shootout this season.

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GDT - Game #75: Red Wings host Islanders (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The race for Best in the West appears to be a sprint to the finish, and it could become important if the Wings eventually play the Sharks in the WCF.  The Sharks, as good as their record indicates, do not enjoy swimming outside their home tank.  At home, SJS own an obscene record of 30-3-4; however their road record is a more mortal-like 18-12-7.  SJS have lost their games in hand against DET as they are coming off an OTL at CHI on Wed., and a 2-3 L against NSH last night.  DET and SJS each have 107 pts, but DET now sit atop the WC by virtue of their win total.

DET begin a four game homestand tonight against the NYI, and will play 6 of their remaining 8 games at the JLA; where they are 26-5-4 overall and 10-1-2 since February. Mule is en fuego; he has four goals and eight assists and is riding a six-game point streak, DET are winners of five of those games.  Hank’s next goal will give DET four players with 30 for the first time since 2001-02.

DET are attempting history tonight, trying to join BOS (1970-74) and MTL (1975-79) as the only teams with 50 wins in four straight seasons. Mike Babcock would become the first coach with four consecutive 50-win campaigns since Scotty Bowman did it while with the Canadiens in 1979.

NYI have given up 16 goals during a three-game slide, and are perilously close to their worst finish since their 52 point total in 2000-01.  The Isles are 8-26-3 on the road.


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Sabres Need To Make The Playoffs

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With the Sabres having missed the playoffs last season and in danger of doing it again, no one knows the importance of reaching the post-season this time around more than Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

It means increased revenues. It means more demand for season tickets. And it means keeping the Sabres relevant in a city where the Bills have become Boss once again.

“It is extremely important we make the playoffs,” Ruff said during a phone interview last night. “We are sometimes the heartbeat of the city and have been, given that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs (since Jan. 8, 2000).

“We NEED to make it.”...

The Sabres needed a huge third-period comeback Wednesday to defeat the Florida Panthers 5-3, a turnaround that Ruff feels could ignite his team on a much-needed winning streak.

“I think those types of periods can give you momentum,” Ruff said. “And so does having Ryan Miller back.”

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Oliers Lose A Game They Needed To Win

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from Robet Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

You have to look far and wide to find a more damning loss than the one they pitched last night.

By the time the game was 30 minutes old you couldn’t tell which team was second last in the West and which team was fighting for its playoff life. The Desert Dogs looked like the playoff team and the Oilers looked like something a dog leaves behind on the neighbour’s lawn.

They’ve got eight games left and can’t afford to lose many more.

“We’re running out of defeats, that’s the problem,” said head coach Craig MacTavish, whose club lost for the third game in a row to fall into ninth place. “You don’t want to spend one here today.”

But they did.

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Florida GM Still Believes In The Panthers

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

General manager Jacques Martin said Thursday night that he has no regrets in deciding to keep pending free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. Since Martin’s decision, neither Bouwmeester nor the team has played very well.

Bouwmeester has a goal and two assists in his past 11 games.

‘‘It’s not just Jay; since the trade deadline, our team hasn’t played as well,’’ Martin said before Thursday’s victory. ``When you make a decision, you have to be confident in it. And I am. I like this group of players. I still believe in this group, still feel confident we can achieve our goals and make the playoffs.’‘

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Tocchet Wants A Win

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from the Tampa Tribune,

Tocchet is not necessarily interested in seeing some form of retribution against Ovechkin. He wants a far sweeter form of revenge.

A victory.

“That’s something where you’d like to see your players react,” he said. “But reacting is playing and beating Washington by playing abrasive, it’s not being stupid.”

Tocchet says he wants to win the game so badly, he might resort to chopping his bench down to ridiculous levels.

“I would think guys would be ready to play that game. I’ll go with two lines if there are some guys who aren’t ready to play,” he said. “Right now we’re evaluating our players, and that will be a big part of our evaluation.”

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