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Matt Beleske Recalled By Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled left wing Matt Beleskey from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Beleskey, 20 (6/7/88), scored 6-9=15 points with 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 18 games with Iowa this season. Among active Iowa players, Beleskey paced the team in points-per-game scoring with an average of .83 per game. In addition, he ranked fourth on the Chops in goals and points, fifth in assists and first in power play goals (5).

Selected in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Beleskey played four seasons with Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2004-08, recording 98-191=289 points with 467 PIM in 257 career games. Last season, Beleskey collected 41-49=90 points with 106 PIM in 62 games, finishing 13th in OHL scoring and ninth in goals. He led the Bulls and finished fourth among league leaders in postseason scoring (12-21=33) en route to appearances in the OHL Championship Series and the Memorial Cup.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Beleskey has never appeared in an NHL game.

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Stop Dreaming Of Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Amid growing speculation throughout the NHL community that the Tampa Bay Lightning may be preparing to trade captain Vinny Lecavalier, the player’s agent says he has been assured by Lightning ownership that big No. 4 will be a member of the Lightning for life.

“I’ve been hearing a lot of the (trade) talk out there, but I was assured by (Lightning owner) Oren Koules within the last hour that it’s nothing more than speculation and rumors and there’s absolutely nothing to it,” agent Kent Hughes said. “Vinny Lecavalier fully expects to be a Tampa Bay Lightning for life and no one from ownership or management in Tampa Bay has given us any reason to believe otherwise.”

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Weight Room Waiting For Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

So, this is what the Lightning has in store for Steven Stamkos, according to coach Rick Tocchet.

The team wants the 6-foot-1, 184-pound rookie forward, last summer’s No. 1 overall draft pick, to strengthen both his upper body and lower body. To do so, Stamkos will hit the weight room more, have one-on-one on-ice training sessions with assistant coach Wes Walz, especially on days when Tampa Bay has several clustered off days. But Stamkos also may sit out games to make that schedule work, and the first of those games is tonight against the Ducks for which Stamkos is a healthy scratch.

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SI Experts Look At The First Half

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SI.com’s NHL writers will periodically discuss the latest news and address hot topics from around the league. This week: a look back at the first half of the season and a look forward to the stretch run.

1. Who is your mid-season MVP?

Michael Farber: Alex Ovechkin. He scores. He hits. He does everything but, like the carney barkers say, crawl on his belly like a reptile. While we have our shorts in a knot over the Bruins and Sharks, Capitals have quietly, it seems to me, been lurking. Ovechkin’s crazy skills and infectious passion are the biggest reason.

Darren Eliot: Zach Parise has been consistent from the outset and given the Devils, according to head coach Brent Sutter, the type of season that was needed by his team.

Allan Muir: I gave serious thought to Parise. I don’t think he’s getting the acclaim he deserves for the magical season he’s putting together. But as much as I wish I could give the nod to someone off the beaten path, how could it not be Ovechkin?

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Another Blue Jacket May Be Hurt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Just spoke with GM Scott Howson in the lobby restaurant of the Blue Jackets team hotel. Goaltender Steve Mason is questionable for tonight’s game vs. Washington with upper body “tightness.”

update 7:10pm, Mason is in the lineup.

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When Facing The Stanley Cup Champions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

In light of last night’s spanking in Motown I thought we’d revisit my premature blog posting prior to the first meeting in Dallas. The Stars followed my 10 step program much more closely in the latest shellacking at the Joe.  Note: Additional editorials from last night’s outcome are in parenthesis….

• Win as few face-offs as possible as a way to set up your “checking game”. (37% on the dots, mission accomplished)

• Pay no attention to overrated forwards Datsyuk and Zetterberg - they’re so one-dimensional. Same goes for that free agent flop Marian Hossa. Instead, focus a lot of your effort toward ensuring Valtteri Filppula doesn’t “beat you by himself”. (All three scored, all three helped set up another goal, and all three dominated. Filppula was held scoreless and 0 for 4 in the faceoff circle)

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Senators Recall Goaltender Brian Elliott

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators today recalled goaltender Brian Elliott and assigned defenceman Matt Carkner to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

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AO Fighting Talk

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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Later, I briefly asked Ovechkin whether he was really trying to pick up fighting tips from Brashear, and he clarified, saying he wants to be prepared just in case anything happens, but that he has no intention of becoming a brawler.

“Show me how I have to do something if somebody grab me,” he said he asked Brashear. “It’s normal thing. I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to get hurt. I’m terrible fighter. Probably worse than Sasha.”

Earlier, Ovechkin had joked that Semin “hits pretty cool, actually,” but when another media person now asked jokingly about Semin’s fight, Ovechkin bristled a bit.

“Well, he do it for our team,” he said of Semin. “And he fight. I want to see if you go over there and fight with Staal, and how you’re gonna be fighting.”

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Jagr Happy In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

As Jaromir Jagr got ready for the latest unique experience in a season already full of them, he said he has no regrets about leaving the N.H.L. to play in Russia, despite watching a teammate die on the bench, having his coach quit in the middle of a game and playing in a league whose financial situation is said to be faltering.

“You could write a book about it,” Jagr said of his season during a telephone interview from Moscow. “But I’m fine. I’m doing good. I’m happy.”

On Friday, Jagr was getting ready to take center stage for the Continental Hockey League, or K.H.L., All-Star game on Saturday at an outdoor rink in Red Square. There, Jagr is the all-star of all stars, the biggest name in a league marketing itself around him.

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added 5:33pm, from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux.

“I was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‘I’d like you to play for our team,’ I would think about it a lot,” Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. “I would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am…besides my parents.”

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Prepare For A Fire Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

...One has to give credit to the cagey Burke for escaping a team that is already over the cap (Anahem is at $58 million thanks to Burke) and seizing control of a team that is well under the cap (credit to Cliff Fletcher). From his grave, Niccolo Machiavelli tips his hat to Burke, the master of fortuna (good luck) and skillful machinations.

This year, Toronto’s cap number is $47 million, while Los Angeles is at $45 million. There’s room for both teams to pick up one or two stars.

So don’t be surprised if you see an NHL superstar making his way to the Kings or the Leafs in coming months.

And don’t be surprised if fans in the numerous cities that are right up against the cap—such as Edmonton, Chicago, New York, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Washington, Anaheim, Calgary and Detroit—find themselves waking up and looking with great envy at Los Angeles, where Lombardi might soon be hailed as the smartest head in hockey for the way his team has recently shed salary, positioning itself perfectly for the the NHL’s coming fire sale.

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