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Wings Can Beat Any Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Count on the Red Wings making a 17th straight playoff appearance as this team is driven to win its first Stanley Cup since 2002. And come June they certainly could be living that dream.

Detroit, which broke from the gate by winning 12 of its first 15 games, has the right pieces in the right places. The Red Wings don’t fear any opponent, and if the playoffs started today they could beat any team. On coach Mike Babcock’s roster are the best all-around forward and best defenseman in the game plus a whole lot of other talent.

continued

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

What Is Your Team Worth?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Forbes,

In the two seasons since team owners canceled the 2004-05 campaign to force a salary cap on the players, the 30 NHL franchises have increased an average of 23% in value, and the league has gone from an operating loss of $96 million to a profit of $96 million.

The average hockey team is now worth $200 million and last season posted a profit (in the sense of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $3.2 million on revenue of $81 million. Even small-market hockey teams are hot properties: Tampa Bay Lightning owner William Davidson, who bought the team, the operating lease to the arena, and 5.6 acres of surrounding real estate for $115 million in 1999, is on the verge of selling that package for $206 million.

much more and should be a must read for every hockey fan…

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Downey On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Habs Inside/Out, the Wings have placed Aaron Downey on waivers.

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  Tags: aaron+downey, detroit+red+wings

Wild Release Statement On Walz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Minnesota Wild,

“Wes Walz has requested and been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team.  We have no further details at this time.”

 

 

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, wes+walz

Emery Goes Into Quiet Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators goaltender instituted a new policy today of not speaking with his good friends in the media on game day as he prepares to start tonight against the Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Place.

Emery, making only his third start of the season, has to win tonight if he is going to have any chance of wresting the No. 1 job from goalie Martin Gerber, who has emerged as the club’s clear-cut top man in the net so far this season.

“I don’t care what (Emery’s) like to you guys (in the media),” said coach John Paddock this morning at the Senators’ game-day skate. “The people he’s responsible to are his teammates and the organization. You have a certain standard you have to live up to, but who says that has to be happy all the time ... It’s good to be surly.”

read on

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  Tags: goalies, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators, ray+emery

Kapanen Day-t0-Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Sports Network,

Philadelphia Flyers forward Sami Kapanen is day-to-day with a mild knee sprain and will miss Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

To take Kapanen’s spot on the roster, Philadelphia recalled forward Stefan Ruzicka from the Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers, sami+kapanen

The Best Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber at ESPN,

One month into the season, the Rangers are hovering around .500 and dead last in goals scored (26). So far, those moves haven’t paid off. What offseason moves have already proved their worth? We count down the best, in reverse order, in this week’s 10 Degrees.

10. Peca signs with Columbus

The move has paid instant dividends for first-year GM Scott Howson. Peca, who is one of the game’s premiere defensive forwards and faceoff specialists, has the Blue Jackets leading the league in penalty killing.

read on

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Two Key Leafs Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have two more familiar faces back in the lineup when they travel to Buffalo to play the Sabres on Friday night.

Forward Darcy Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe are each ready to return from injury.

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, darcy+tucker, toronto+maple+leafs

Bergeron Has a Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron held a press conference Thursday to send a message about hitting from behind.  In a nutshell - don’t do it.

He said he wanted to send that message not just to kids, but to his fellow NHLers.

continued…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, hitting, injuries, patrice+bergeron

Looking Back At The Life Of Yanick Dupre

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

When those closest to Yanick Dupre speak of his life, it’s the person, not the player that dominates the conversations.

It’s been over 10 years since Dupre, the 50th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers, succumbed to leukemia….

“He was a lot of fun to be around,” said Eric Lindros, who played alongside Dupre in Philadelphia. “He was always entertaining. He was also the type of person who stood up for what he believed in.

“I remember how fired up he’d get when we’d play in Montreal. He always loved to play there!”

read on

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  Tags: eric+lindros, philadelphia+flyers, yanick+dupre

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