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The Man Who Wants To Buy The Coyotes

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from Stephanie Myles of the Montreal Gazette,

The best day of Steve Stotland’s business and sports life was Dec. 5, 2000 - the day he thought he and his partner had acquired the fabled Canadiens.

The worst days came after that, when the franchise ended up going to George Gillett.

But if a mountain man from Colorado can come to Montreal and be an exemplary NHL owner, why can’t a Montrealer go to the Arizona desert and do the same?

Stotland says that the Phoenix Coyotes are a worthy consolation prize.


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Here Comes Heatley

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, Injury, meet insult.

If the beaten and bedraggled Edmonton

Oilers can lift their faces out of the muck long enough, they’ll look up and see Dany Heatley tonight.

The same Dany Heatley who held the organization’s pride hostage for 30 uncomfortable days last summer. The same Dany Heatley who has a league-leading 18 goals for the league-leading San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers took a terrible PR beating for publicly kowtowing to a guy who never wanted to come here, for letting their own guys twist in the wind for a month while giving a petulant winger the keys to their dignity.

And now, as they stumble around rock bottom searching for their fifth win in 17 games, along comes the prima donna on the first place team who said ‘I told you so.’


This is like running into an ex-girfriend a month after she dumps you—she’s holding hands with a Tom Cruise-looking fighter pilot and you’re asking if they’d like fries with that.


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Redden Out 5-7 Days

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from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,

Since the start of the season, coach John Tortorella has been consistent in reminding everyone that defense is the toughest position to teach to a young player.

Well, his job just got tougher as one of the youngest backlines in hockey will get younger tonight at Tampa Bay.

Yesterday, the Rangers called up 21-year-old rookie defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti from Hartford (AHL) to replace 12-year veteran Wade Redden. Redden left Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers with a right arm/shoulder injury just 4:50 into the first period and will be out five-to-seven days.


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Pavel Bure Will Be Watching The Olympics

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from the CP via NHL.com,

The Olympic men’s hockey tournament in Vancouver is going to be a different experience for Pavel Bure.

It will be the first time since NHLers started participating in the Games that the Russian Rocket won’t be involved with the national team. Bure played for Russia in 1998 and 2002 and served as the team’s general manager in 2006.

With Vladislav Tretiak now in charge of the Russian squad, Bure’s role in 2010 will be that of a spectator. And just like most hockey fans, he’s already looking forward to the event.

“I think it’s the best tournament,” Bure told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “All of the best superstars can go and participate, that’s why it’s really hard to win this tournament. All the teams are pretty even. You need a little bit (of) luck in this tournament and all the games are really important because you lose one game and you’re out.

“It’s really interesting for fans and it’s a great promotion for hockey in general around the globe.”


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Looks Like No Action Will Be Taken On The Ovechkin Hit

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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alex Ovechkin won’t be suspended or receive an additional fine by the NHL for his hit on Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Wednesday night, I’m told.

After the Caps’ 2-0 victory over the Sabres, Ovechkin said he won’t let the ejection - the second of his four plus seasons in the NHL - affect the aggressive manner in which he plays the game.

“I can’t do nothing about it,” he said. “I just play my game. I’m not going to change. It’s me.”

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A Very Improved Power Play

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I have never fully understood power play numbers.  My line of logic is that a team that has a very good group of talented offensive players (including a power play point man) should have a very good power play and teams that do not have the appropriate talent do not.  The situation is complicated when some teams may have better special teams coaching and be better able to play successful systems.  Following that line of logic, one might expect Calgary, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Washington to be among the best power plays in the league.  That logic does not hold up well in reality.  Calgary is 16th, Chicago 11th, Detroit 7th, Philadelphia 1st, Pittsburgh 27th, San Jose 3rd and Washington 6th. Aside from Pittsburgh (who had injury to Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin this season), those teams are among the top half of the league and tend to be among the top, but it is not a method that is overly successful in finding top power plays. 

One team that has had success this year that I cannot easily explain is the Columbus Blue Jackets.  They have the second best power play in the league; with a 26.1% success rate (they were first in the league until last night when the Flyers passed them going 1 for 2 on the power play versus the New York Islanders).  The main reason I cannot account for the Columbus success so far this year is they had the worst power play in the league last year with a 12.1% success rate.  What has changed?

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Talking Sweater Colors

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There was a time, not too long ago, when black became all the rage in the NHL.

After The Great One was traded to Los Angeles in 1988 and the Kings took on their new optical identity, ‘The Darkness’ became the shade of choice and slowly swept across the landscape:


With this post I am done for the day unless something major breaks in the NHL world.  Again, have a great Thanksgiving.

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Sherry Ross With The Call

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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils radio color analyst Sherry Ross became the first woman broadcaster to provide play-by-play for a full 60-minute NHL game in English during tonight’s 3-1 Devils’ win over Ottawa on WFAN-660 AM.

Ross filled in for Matt Loughlin, who missed the game because the death of his father in law. She did the play-by-play for one period during a 1993-94 game in Washington. Gary Thorne, the Devils’ TV play-by-play announcer at the time, was late arriving because of travel problems so Chris Moore shifted from radio to TV and Ross did the play-by-play on the radio for the first period.

This was the first time she did the full game as the play-by-play announcer, though. Former Devil Rob Skrlac filled in as the color analyst.

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It Started 92 Years Ago

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Here’s another reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving: The National Hockey League was founded 92 years ago today.

Its predecessor, the National Hockey Association, was on its last legs due to players joining the Canadian Forces in World War I, decreased attendance and warring owners. One of the teams, the Toronto 228th Battalion, had been inducted en masse.

A group that included S.E. Lichtenhein of the Montreal Wanderers, G.W. Kendall of the Montreal Canadiens, T.P. Gorman of the Ottawa Senators and M.J. Quinn of the Quebec Bulldogs, along with NHA secretary-treasurer Frank Calder, met at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel. The NHA owners had had repeated problems with Eddie Livingstone the owner of the Toronto Blueshirts, and decided to exclude him from the NHL.


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Happy Thanksgiving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is the turkey in the oven yet?

Did you fill the propane tank if you are deep-frying the bird?

No matter which route you choose to cook your dinner, the most important part is sitting down with family and friends.  Please enjoy the day, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

Oh yes, there is hockey tonight too…


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