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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

‘‘We’ll stick up (for Malkin), like you would for any teammate.  They’re intense, physical games and as long as that’s the way they stay, that’s safe. But if there’s deliberate intent to hurt someone, you kind of step outside the line a bit, you have to make sure you stick up for your teammate.’‘

-Sidney Crosby speaking about the game tomorrow against the Washington Capitals.  More from the CP via TSN.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

No Love For The Hockey Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A list of the Top 50 sportscasters, as voted by the American Sportscasters Association.  Since it is U.S. based I did not expect to see many hockey names.

Maybe I am missing some other hockey guys, but Foster Hewitt is listed at #40, right behind Bill Walton (huh)!

I wonder if any of the voters ever heard of Danny Gallivan or Dan Kelly.  How about some of the current hockey broadcasters, Jim Hughson comes to mind and even Bob Cole.

Again, it is U.S. based, so the majority of voters may not even know what a puck is.

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Only In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The talent that surprised several opponents earlier this season is no longer getting the job done, according to head coach Ron Wilson. His team heads into its match against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night on a three-game slide and has dropped seven of nine outings.

“I know where our talent level is, and when you’re not blessed with a lot of talent there will be inconsistencies,” Wilson said.

read more and that story was in the morning edition of the Globe and Mail.

This afternoon, Don Cherry was on Fan590 and did not think much of Wilson’s words.

Listen here...

This feud has been going on since the moment Wilson was hired by the Leafs.  I wonder what the next chapter will bring?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+cherry, ron+wilson

Tampa Has Had No Conversation With Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

Montreal reporters have started following the Lightning closely because Lecavalier is akin to a hockey god there.

Funny thing about that, though.

“Zero people have called me from Montreal to ask about this,” Lawton said from the West Coast, where the Lightning are on a road trip. “I don’t mean one; I mean zero.”

Still, Lawton was quoted in another local media outlet Tuesday that no player is untouchable – including, presumably, Vinny. Lawton says that was taken out of context, so I asked him directly: In his opinion, will Vinny Lecavalier be a member of the Lightning at the end of this season?

“In my opinion, yes,” he said. “I don’t want to be coy and play games here, so I’ll just say yes.”

more

added 7:08pm, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

The Lightning are backtracking now, saying that if Lecavalier leaves, it will be his call. But agents don’t make special trips across the country because they want to see Tampa play the Kings. Clearly, Kent Hughes, who represents the captain, felt an immediate need for a face-to-face meeting. The Koules/Barrie era is one of almost total mismanagement, and alienating your franchise player isn’t exactly a great idea. Wherever this goes from here, a level of trust is gone.

more

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Boyle Faces Old Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle,

Threatened with the possibility of getting dumped on a last-place team if he didn’t comply, Boyle waived his no-trade clause to come to San Jose, but he felt betrayed because he had agreed to a $40 million contract extension to stay in Tampa earlier in the year. So pardon Boyle if he doesn’t have the fondest of feelings for his former club, which he will face tonight at HP Pavilion.

“It was pretty ugly, to be honest,” Boyle said. “I’d just signed there for six years, they told me a lot of things, and then a lot of stuff was done behind my back.”

Said teammate Jeremy Roenick: “The wrist thing and the way that team treated Dan left a bad taste in his mouth. The spat he had with the owners - I think he really wants to win the Cup and shove somebody’s nose in it.”

read on

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  Tags: dan+boyle

Minor Thrashers/Islanders Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Brett Skinner from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Junior Lessard, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

continued

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  Tags: brett+skinner, junior+lessard

Broken Finger Sidelines Todd Marchant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Todd Marchant will be out 2 weeks with a fractured finger on his left hand. Doctors tried to place a pin in the hand yesterday, but due to the nature of the injury it was not feasible.

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  Tags: todd+marchant

Bogosian Recalled By Thrashers

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled defenseman Zach Bogosian from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

Bogosian, 18, appeared in five games with the Wolves after being assigned for conditioning on Jan. 3. He scored his first professional goal in his first game with Chicago on Jan. 3 at Rockford.

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Knee Swelling Still Bothering DiPietro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Five days after the Islanders returned home from their Western Conference road trip and there’s still no update on the condition of goaltender Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee. There’s a good reason for that.

Indications are that DiPietro is traveling to visit specialists who might be able to determine why the knee still is swelling and hasn’t responded well to the latest surgery performed on Halloween.

continued

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

What’s Wrong, Dion?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Johnson of the Calgary Herald (via the Vancouver Sun):

For the first time in a meteoric rise to the front lines of NHL defenceman, though, Dion Phaneuf’s timing has betrayed him.

His minutes may be up. But his plus-minus is lagging, badly, and his goal and hits total are way down. After being feted a Norris Trophy finalist nod and first all-star team selection last year, he wasn’t even an addition for the Jan. 25th All-Star Game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

That couldn’t help but sting. During a half-season of astounding maturation for the Calgary Flames as a group, Phaneuf’s individual struggles have become a staple of Calgary Flames’ chat rooms. He’s on pace for six goals this season. He notched 20 a year ago. A minus-8 is second-worst on the team.

Inquiring minds want to know why.

read on

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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