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Talking Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Here’s what we know.

As is the case most years, veteran defencemen are a hot commodity.

The Boston Bruins are anxiously trying to improve their blueline with a player who can play in their top four.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes are also among the many teams scouring the market for help on the backend.

The Carolina Hurricanes have at least three defencemen Canes general manager Jim Rutherford would be willing to deal.

Joe Corvo, Aaron Ward and Andrew Alberts are attracting attention, with the return for Corvo expected to be high.

read on

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NBC Sees Big Numbers For Gold Medal Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a John Buccigross tweet,

NBC earned a 17.6 overnight Nielsen rating for Sunday’s Canada-U.S. Gold Medal men’s hockey game.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Russia’s President Not Happy With Olympic Performance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russia Today,

President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to make sure Russia’s Olympic team learns a bitter lesson from Vancouver, where it had one of its worst performances in the history of the winter games.

Medvedev said the Olympic Games revealed flaws in the training system which must be addressed before Sochi 2014.

“Taking into consideration all that happened in Vancouver, we have to change our methods of training drastically. We’ve been living on Soviet resources for a long time, but it’s over now. We do make a huge investment in sport, but money’s not everything. Those responsible for preparing Russian athletes for the Olympics have to make a brave decision and resign. And if they don’t, we’ll help them to do it. But the most important thing now is the preparation for the 2014 Olympics,” Medvedev said.

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  Tags: dmitry+medvedev

Report- Ott Agrees To Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I’m hearing this morning that Steve Ott and the Stars have agreed to the terms of a four-year contract extension.

The contract hasn’t been signed yet, but they agreed to the terms late last night and it’s expected to get done today.

added 10:09am, It is official.

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  Tags: steve+ott

GDT - Game #62: Red Wings at Avalanche (9:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

With the Olympics over, it is time to resume the NHL regular season, which has just rounded the 3/4 pole.  Congratulations to Canada.  Congratulations also to the Red Wings brain trust.  Under incredible pressure to win, they delivered in the clutch and clutch is everything,  they are the creme de la creme of the NHL.  Team USA rocked, they played to their potential and then some. Michigan has definite reason to be especially proud of their native sons.  Ryan Miller, was named Olympic MVP, and Brian Rafalski named the tourneys best defenseman.  Both are on the tourney All-Star team.

Now, however, it is time for the Wings to focus, with laser intensity, on the remainder of the regular season.  The Wings currently sit 10th in the Conference, tied with DAL at 68 points, CGY are in 8th with 69 points, DET have a game in hand on CGY.  But DET do need to get on a roll, they are only 3-3-4 in their last ten tilts. 

Good news for DET on the injury front, the Red Wings are as healthy as they have been all season, only forward Kirk Maltby is out. “The Pylon” will once again be patrolling the blue line, for the first time in over a year.  Also, Dan Cleary said he was o.k. after taking a shot off his foot in practice.  The Swedes were at practice Sunday, and both Franzen and Kronwall said they felt good.

Game On Bitches, and tonight it is the only game in town, the quest for 19 continues.  If you are in the neighborhood, Justin has an extra ticket ($20, upper level, end/corner seat, in the Wings attack zone twice).  Leave a comment in the GDT, and he will contact you with details.

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Burke Proud Of Team USA Players And Coaches

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“Losing a hockey game is like getting kicked in the groin.” - Brian Burke

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If The Wings Make A Trade, It Will Be A Minor One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings could get help in the form of a depth forward if the right trade presents itself for general manager Ken Holland. The Wings have eight defensemen (making Brett Lebda or Derek Meech expendable) but are short up front after placing Kirk Maltby on injured reserve. Holland will work the phones through Wednesday’s trade deadline, but he said any trade made will only be a minor one.

The onus, in other words, is on the guys already in uniform—but they do at least have a favorable schedule to get their mission accomplished.

“We have one long road trip coming up, but besides that, we have a lot of home games,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “It’s a pretty good schedule we have from here on in. We just have to continue to dig in and work hard.”

more on the Wings…

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Predators Could Use Some Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

What do the Predators need most?

This is the first step, since the more moves you make, the more you have to surrender.

Is it vital that the Predators add some offensive depth, considering that they have been spotty in goal-scoring at times, have the league’s 24th-ranked power play and will be relying on some aging veterans during a compressed schedule?

Or is someone who can boost the penalty kill and aid in the faceoff circle even more of a priority, considering that the penalty kill — normally a Nashville strength — is currently ranked 24th and that the Predators are ranked 20th in face-off percentage?

How much salary are they willing to take on?

more

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Canucks A Better Team With Luongo Winning Gold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Vigneault knows, perhaps better than anyone, how much Luongo was craving this opportunity to help Canada win gold at home.

“Louie has been wanting this for such a long time,” Vigneault said. “And for him to get it and to go through the adversity they went through in this tournament, with him starting and then not getting the third game, then their back is against the wall and they went with Louie all the way, I think it is going to mean so much for his confidence.

“It’s also going to help our team. He’s going to be able to bring that back, share it with his teammates, let them know there’s never an easy ride and I think it’s going to make him so much better and it’s going to make our team a lot better.”

more

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Did You Sleep Well?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Less than 56 1/2 hours until the trade deadline expires.

I expect trades to start today and slowly build-up as we approach Wednesday.

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