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Shootout Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportscentre counts down the most creative to the downright best shootout goals from the first half of the season.


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Sign It In Montreal

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I think it would be nifty if Tick Tock Kenny Holland decided to call a press conference in Montreal this weekend and announce that Henrik Zetterberg had just signed a ten-year contract extension with the Wings, for about three million less than he could have made per season if he’d gone the free agent route this summer.

Zetterberg and his agent and Tick Tock could all say a few words about the importance of team and personal sacrifice for the sake of The Dynasty.

And Emma could be there.  With Jimmy D and maybe a circus clown on loan from Little Gary.  But just for a few minutes before he has to get back and officiate the skills competition.

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Flyers Salary Cap

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in a situation where they would be forced to make some moves to fit under the salary cap.  Their highest paid player Daniel Briere was about to return from the long term injured reserve and this would put the Flyers well above the salary cap.  Although a trade to reduce salary might have been the best move, the Flyers could have been under the salary cap with a series of internal moves.  Josh Gratton and Jon Kalinski have both been placed on long term injury reserve.  Lasse Kukkonen would be waived and sent to the minors, one of Darroll Powe or Claude Giroux would be sent to the minors and Luca Sbisa would be returned to junior.  This would leave the Flyers with a 21 man NHL roster that is salary cap compliant - at least until another of the long term injury players return.

That move has been put on hold when Daniel Briere re-injured his groin.  He did so after a three game conditioning stint in the AHL (where he scored five points).  He was about to re-join the Flyers (as soon as the salary cap problem was fixed) and he was pulled from the lineup.  Briere will now have further surgery and miss at least a month.

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All Star Game Injury Replacements

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

So far, there have been only two players who were chosen to the NHL All Star Game who have decided not to play.  Pavel Datsyuk suffered a hip pointer in his Tuesday night game against Phoenix and teammate Nicklas Lidstrom is sitting out due to a longstanding elbow injury he has been fighting.  Their spots in the All Star Game will be taken by Patrick Marleau of San Jose and Stephane Robidas of Dallas.  If this turns out to be all of the injury replacements in the All Star Game, this will be a low number compared to recent years.  The entire East Conference team as originally chosen is planning to play in the game.  There are reports that Pittsburgh would like Sidney Crosby to skip the game but this has not been officially decided.  It is also possible that an All Star may suffer an injury of some sort in the final day of play before All Star break, which is currently concluding.

NOTE:  It is confirmed Sidney Crosby will also miss the game.  Martin St Louis will fill his spot.

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Chatting With Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to ESPN.com earlier this week about a wide range of topics, including the economy, the Phoenix Coyotes, the New York Islanders and the future of the league’s participation in the Olympics.

The Olympics
There is a perception Bettman is anti-Olympics or anti-NHL players in the Olympics, but the commissioner likes to point out he was the one who put the NHL and the Olympics together back in 1998 in Nagano. “I’m the guy that made it happen,” he said.

That said, after the 2010 Vancouver Games, there’s going to be time for some soul-searching about whether the NHL and the Olympics are a fit going forward. After three visits to the Olympics (Nagano, Salt Lake City and Torino) and with a fourth on the way, “there are aspects of this endeavor that are problematic,” the commissioner said.

read on

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Couple Of Capitals Enjoy Their Golf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PGATour.com,

Jeff Schultz and Eric Fehr, who play for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, left frigid D.C. during the All-Star Break to come to sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and play THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

PGATOUR.COM: What did you think about the 17th hole? I hear you had a 10-foot birdie putt there.

SCHULTZ: It wasn’t as hard as I thought. But I guess if you’ve got a couple of stroke lead coming down the last day and everybody watching you, I can see why they call it one of the hardest holes in golf. It’s a tough green to read. I was able to par it. It was the highlight of my day.

PGATOUR.COM: What similarities do you see between golf and hockey?

FEHR: I think it’s kind of the swing—a slap shot and a golf shot. To me I putt like I’m playing hockey. I put my hand on the bottom of the putter.



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A Night With No Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Enjoy the night folks, hockey will soon be back but in the meantime, the KK Hockey section will be in relax mode.

The site will still be updated, but maybe at a little slower pace than usual.  Time to kick back just a bit.

Now, off to the couch to watch, what else, the NHL Network - Live From Montreal!

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The Season So Far

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Competitively, the fight for the Cup promises to be a fierce one, with defending champion Detroit having all but withdrawn its players from All-Star Game consideration as it prepares its title defense against a horde of tough challengers.

With much left to be unfurled, these have been the attention-grabbing story lines so far: 

The game’s hottest new rivalry
It’s the Sharks and the Red Wings, a new rivalry made more intriguing by the fact former Detroit assistant coach Todd McLellan has crossed over to the San Jose side and made the Sharks the Western Conference’s best team so far. The Sharks have won two of three meetings, including a terrific 6-5 home-ice triumph last Saturday in San Jose. The two clubs meet next Feb. 25 at The Joe.

many more story lines…

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Chicago Should Move Khabibulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Fornelli of NBC Chicago,

Nikolai Khabibulin has also played well while minding the net this season, but he’s in the last year of his contract, and the team actually tried to move him before the season. The fact he’s in the final year of his contract will make him more appealing to teams looking for somebody to help them make a playoff push—not to mention the fact he’s already won a Stanley Cup in Tampa—and that means the Hawks can get something they need in return. Whether that would be another scorer or a center—preferably someone whose both—or another enforcer to help protect Patrick Kane, we’d have to wait and see.

Losing Khabibulin wouldn’t be that big of a blow to the team either, as Corey Crawford has played very well for the Hawks AHL affiliate Rockford Icehogs this season, and would be more than capable as a backup.

The point is that while moving Khabibulin would be somewhat risky, with a young team losing a player with a lot of playoff experience, the Hawks really have nothing to lose.


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Crosby Out Of ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

For the second straight year the NHL All-Star game will be without one of the game’s biggest stars as Sidney Crosby has pulled out of this weekend’s mid-winter classic in Montreal.


added 4:37pm,

MONTREAL (Jan. 22, 2009)—Martin St. Louis takes the place of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who received a record number of votes in All-Star fan balloting but will not participate due to injury.

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