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Leafs Prepare For A Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Leafs have sent down skilled rookie forward Viktor Stalberg to the American Hockey League’s Marlies in order to call up pugilist Jay Rosehill, whose muscle likely will be front and centre against the modern-day version of the Broad St. Bullies tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre.

In 23 games with the Marlies, Rosehill has two points and 122 penalty minutes. It’s easy to see he hasn’t be recalled for his playmaking skills.

The Leafs obviously are attempting to send a message after their fight-filled 6-2 loss to the Flyers in the City of Brotherly Loathe seven days ago.

The primary target for most of their bitterness was Flyers superpest Dan Carcillo, who irked the Leafs when, after scoring a beautiful goal, looked at them in a mocking fashion as he skated past their bench.

read on

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No Matter How You Look At It, We Are In A Cap World

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“Ultimately, a cap league is a cap league no matter what sport,” said Holland. “And if you look at the NFL, Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl last year and missed the playoffs this season. It’s hard to stay good for a long period of time. It’s designed for parity, it’s designed for competitive balance.”

Just four years removed from that thrilling Edmonton-Carolina final, the Oilers and Hurricanes find themselves ranked 29th and 30th, respectively, in the overall NHL standings. Just three years removed, the teams from the 2007 Cup finals have also seen better days; the champion Anaheim Ducks are life and death to make the playoffs and the Ottawa Senators already missed them last season.

Free agency and limited cap space has been a toxic force that has forced dramatic turnover on many NHL rosters, and certainly the first four Cup finals teams of the post-lockout NHL.


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IF You Can’t Fire The Goalies…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Ottawa Sun,

With their goaltending in tatters and the team on a five-game losing streak, the Senators have fired goalie coach Eli Wilson.

The club has yet to give any official reason for the move, or say who might be taking over, but Wilson is packing his bags from New York, where the team is preparing to play the Rangers on Thursday night.

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  Tags: ed+wilson

Pending UFAs Performance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet, I

t’s not all doom and gloom for pending UFAs though, clearly. Some players have managed to take full advantage of their opportunities.

Maxim Afinogenov signed a one-year deal with Atlanta and he’s been money, soon-to-be literally, for this team with 40 points in 45 GP. He’s actually only eight points shy of matching his production from Buffalo over the past two years. Amazing what not being buried in the line-up can accomplish.

Calgary’s Rene Bourque is only four points shy of reaching a new career high and the undrafted winger is setting himself up for a nice raise on his current $1.35M cap hit. He has 37 points in 40 GP with a strong 53 PIM for his standard league owners too.

Vaclav Prospal was bought out of his contract with Tampa Bay and he turned that frown upside down by channelling his vengeance with the New York Rangers, where he has mostly played alongside Marian Gaborik. Prospal just came back from injury in last night’s double shutout tilt against the Devils and he has 32 points in 39 GP. All in all, he’s been a great value for both the Rangers and poolies.

Perhaps the biggest success story amongst the pending UFAs is Patrick Marleau…


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Surgery For Khabibulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

EDMONTON - Edmonton Oilers’ General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will undergo surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Khabibulin, 37, has appeared in 18 games for the Oilers this season with a 7-9-2 record, 3.03 GAA and .910 save percentage.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Afternoon Line

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Versus NHL Coverage (@VersusNHL) is now following our tweets on Twitter but we can’t follow their broadcasts on @DirecTV #fail

-OnFrozenBlog on their Twitter.

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Georges Laraque’s demise as an NHL enforcer

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

Once upon a time Georges Laraque was one of the most feared enforcers in the NHL. He was even unanimously awarded the ‘Best Fighter’ award from The Hockey News in 2003. In 2008, Sports Illustrated named him the number one enforcer in the league. During his days an an Oiler, Laraque racked up the penalty minutes, 826 in 490 games, while scoring the occasional goal here and there. Also known as “Big Georges” or simply “BGL”, Laraque even scored 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points in 2001-01 with Edmonton.

BGL’s good old days:

Georges Laraque’s fight compilation

After short stints with the Phoenix Coyotes and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bob Gainey signed BGL to a 3-year $4.5M contract on July 3rd, 2008. Gainey needed to add toughness to a small corps of forwards as his team had been outplayed physically in the 2008 playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: bob+gainey, edmonton+oilers, georges+laraque, jacques+martin, montreal+canadiens

Addressing The Issues Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Two completely unrelated incidents. Two major migraines for the NHL.

In Vancouver, Alexandre Burrows alleges Stephane Auger influences the outcome of a game to get back at him. In Pittsburgh, the Penguins’ television producer hides a replay that would have given Philadelphia a goal.

Let’s do the Canucks story first:

Vancouver fans will hate to hear this, but the best thing Alex Burrows could do for himself and the organization is apologize


One question I have about the Burrows claims.  I wonder if he would have said anything if the Canucks would have won the game?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Is The Red Wings Playoff Run Over?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Could we really be heading towards a post-season sans Wings? This is the 20th anniversary of the last time it happened, but certainly no one predicted it in 2009-10.

Injuries, of course, doomed Detroit in the first half of the campaign and continue to hurt, with Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams and Johan Franzen still on the shelf. Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula and Dan Cleary have also missed games.

Goaltending was also shaky early on, though with the exception of Tuesday night’s debacle, Jimmy Howard has taken the reins in net.

But you know who doesn’t care about those excuses? The cold, unfeeling standings box: The one that shows Detroit in ninth place in the Western Conference right now. With 37 games to go and an Olympic break that will see a cadre of Wings playing through it in Vancouver, there is no rest for the wicked.

read on

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The Backes Plan - Taking On Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael of The Common Room,

David Backes is an American professional hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues. On New Years, David had the privilege to be named to the USA Olympic Hockey Team.

Since then, he has shown what it means to be a true American hero.

The night after he was named to the Olympic Roster, Backes and the Blues took on the Chicago Blackhawks. During that game, David fought Canadian Olympian Jonathan Toews.


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  Tags: david+backes, team+usa

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