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Hit Of The Night- Cal Clutterbuck On Brad Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 10:49pm, Another hit from Clutterbuck from Travis Yost at PeteProse.

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Your History Lesson For The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stan Fischler talks all-time sweaters with a little background on each jersey.

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Let’s Start This Party Early

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Paul here, posting for Voox who is posting for IwoCPO.

Big game tonight, Wings could use some breathing room since they head to Anaheim tomorrow night.

Hoping Datsyuk brings his dangle/dangle game with him tonight.

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A Trip To The Calgary Stampede Kicked-Off Babcock’s Coaching Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Beacon of the CP at CTVOlympics,

When Mike Babcock landed his first full-time job as a hockey coach, what he was really looking for was a free trip to the Calgary Stampede.

It started in 1988 when then 25-year-old Babcock returned home to Saskatoon for the summer after a season as player-coach of the Whitley Warriors in England.

“I wanted to go to the Calgary Stampede and a free way (to get) there was to apply for a job coaching at Red Deer College, so that’s what I did,’’ he said during a recent interview. “I went to the Stampede and then I had my interview at Red Deer and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to get the job.’

“That’s what happened, and it went from there.’‘

continued

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Tough decisions coming for the Wings:  perhaps loyalty is overrated in the cap era? Perhaps not.

Blog: KK Members Blog By perfection

So with the return of Johan Franzen, barring any other injuries, the Wings are going to have to trim salary to stay under the cap. As was pointed out yesterday in this MLive Article , there are only a few ways out of the financial thicket and it’s starting to seem obvious what Ken Holland is going to do… waive (or trade, but I’m not sure what other GM would want to bale out the Wings) Ville Leino.

Well, I am here to say that I think it would be a mistake. (did I just dare question the greatest GM in professional sports?!). It’s true that his options are very limited. I think it’s clear that Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves are off the table. They have more than earned roster spots on this squad and will both likely be resigned. And if only waiving Brad May were enough, because he is not likely to be picked up and we will not really need him in the playoffs (I realize how controversial this last statement is to the “protect our stars at all costs” crowd. But the thing is, when’s the last time Brad May was on the same line as a star anyway? How do you protect Datsyuk when you aren’t on the ice with him? Staging a fight with the other team’s goon in your 6 minutes of playing time?). Regardless, if he were to clear waivers, we could recall him for the playoffs anyway (or next injury, which we all know is right around the corner). But as most of us are aware by now, waiving Brad May still leaves the Wings around $100k over the cap. Enter Ville Leino…

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All The Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Dreger of TSN answers some fan mail regarding the trade deadline and all the rumors that surround it.

What effect do you think the Olympic trade freeze will have on NHL teams? Will we see almost all the deals in the days leading up to the freeze or will it be fast and furious on Mar. 3?

Darren Dreger: It’s always difficult to predict how much action we are going to see on Trade Deadline day. However, the roster freeze is definitely influencing trade discussions because there are teams on the outside of the playoff picture looking in that believe they’re still a contender. I think we’ll see a few more deals before Feb 12.

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Rangers Steal From The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

In plain Brooklynese, the Blueshirts got something for nothing. Actually, you can make that plural; SOMETHINGS for zippo. Zero. Zilch.

Face it, the total value of Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins to New York was something akin to minus-the-radical-50. Translated: nothing!

Kotalik was so deep in John Tortorella’s doghouse, AK couldn’t even smell the biscuits.

As for Long Islander Higgins, Christopher arrived on Seventh Avenue with appropriate fuss and fanfare and simply proved to suffer a build-up to a letdown. No more; no less. He failed the club in every possible way and the fact that the Rangers could obtain two appropriate assets in exchange borders on the astonishing.

In the proper setting – which is The Big Apple – Jokinen will thrive, as he has in the not-too-distant past.

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Komisarek’s Season May Be Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek is facing the possibility of having his season come to a premature end, with his immediate future hinging on another meeting with medical personnel Wednesday.

The 28-year-old has been sidelined since Jan. 2 with an undisclosed upper-body injury, which has been widely reported as a shoulder. His spot on the U.S. Olympic team is also hanging in the balance.

“I’ve tried not to think too much about it,” Komisarek said Tuesday. “If you dwell too much on something like that, you sort of lose track of the focus and what you need to be doing. I’ve been working hard with the strength coach and been talking with the doctors a lot, doing exactly what I need to do to get back.”

He acknowledged the possibility of having to end his season.

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  Tags: mike+komisarek, team+usa

GDT - Game #56: Red Wings at Sharks (10:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

I’m Back in the Saddle Again, after a ridiculous ice storm left me Whiskey Dicked (sans power = powerless, get it?) for over 100 hours.  It appears Homer will be back in the saddle tonight too. Wait, it gets better, Mule sightings on the horizon for February 9th - - and the Pylon (now assigned to the Griff’s for a conditioning stint tomorrow) maybe (hopefully) next week - - Holy rose-colored glasses Batman.

Alas, a replenished roster does not a winning team make.  DET are 3-3-4 in their last 10 games, 3 wins with a roster that is steadily returning from LTIR.  It is only CGY’s continuing ineptitude (1-7-2) that gives DET a sniff of a playoff spot.  Of the teams in the WC top 10, only CGY has a worse record in the last 10 games - - i.e.  DET are losing ground to everyone else.  9 points now separates DET from the 4 spot.  With only 26 games left, DET making claim to that 4 spot appears out of the question.  STL sit in 13th, but only 5 points back.  ANA and DAL are only 3 points back, and CGY are tied with DET in points.

It certainly appears that it will be a fight to the finish for DET just to make their 19th consecutive playoff appearance. So the Captain Obvious question that the “19” will be assessing is this:  Are DET strong enough to answer the bell?  It is a very tall task starting tonight against Todd McClellan’s obscene hockey machine.

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Lightning Sale Is Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Meetings that went through Monday and into Tuesday morning at the NHL offices in New York apparently have brought Boston hedgefund manager Jeff Vinik to the brink of buying the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Details are sketchy, and it was unclear how much more work has to be done. But Lightning co-owner Oren Koules apparently attended the meetings and at least representatives for co-owner Len Barrie and Vinik.

The deal would include the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5-1/2 acres around the arena.

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  Tags: jeff+vinik

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