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Columbus Did Make An Offer For Kaberle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas Kaberle, the Dispatch has learned. This is hardly surprising given that Kaberle had only one season remaining on his deal. (Some of the projected proposals—i.e. Jake Voracek—were entertaining.) It’s believed the Jackets’ offer was centered around draft picks and prospects. While Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said he was looking for a top-6 forward—hey, there’s nothing wrong with putting that out in the media, right?—it’s thought he was amenable to draft picks or prospects or a combination of both.

Clearly, Burke did not get what he wanted from the Jackets or anyone else. Who knows what happens next, but Kaberle holds the hammer with his no-trade clause. Remember, last season at the trade deadline, when given a chance to play for a playoff contender, Kaberle reportedly submitted a list of three teams where he would agree to be traded. Three teams. Kaberle is like George Costanza refusing to leave Play Now no matter how hostile a work environment management creates.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Blunt Objects Vs. Scalpels

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The 19 are inundated with trolls daily.  And yet none of them are ever clever enough to really understand us and stick around.  After a while it becomes like picking on the slow kid.  You start to feel sorry for them because they will never get it.  Ever.

When I read certain comments in this post, I get pissed.  As always, I’m not one to refrain from telling anybody off. 

Especially when the trolls come out to play. 

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Willie Mitchell On The Workout Circuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet that after working out with the Los Angeles Kings last week, Mitchell has apparently showcased his health to the San Jose Sharks and his club for the last four seasons, the Vancouver Canucks.

Mitchell is trying to make a comeback after suffering a season-ending concussion last January.

The workouts have reportedly gone well, and now the 33-year-old is expected to visit the Washington Capitals.

It is believed Mitchell will make up his mind on his future by the end of the week.

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+mitchell

Is Bieksa A Fit In Dallas?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The problem with Bieksa is that Vancouver needs good, young cheap players or draft picks because they are close to the salary cap and they cannot take salary back. Bieksa has one year left at $3.75 million, so the Stars would have to be able to fit in Bieksa, move out one of their current defensemen, and give up some prospects.

I just don’t know how you make that work on their current budget, or if it’s worth it to get one year of Bieksa.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: kevin+bieksa

Making the Most of Mistakes

Blog: KK Members Blog By Michael Smith

I won’t pretend that I’m too well-versed on the inner-workings of the human brain.

For that matter, I don’t think I even bought the book for freshman year Psychology. 

But, without any real research or reading, I think I can say fairly definitively that different parts of the mind control learning from mistakes and finding ways to bury them.

A prime example: Glen Sather.

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  Tags: donald+brashear, glen+sather, scott+gomez, wade+redden

Cedrick the Entertainer goes to Norfolk

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

The Habs just dealt their top goaltending prospect,  Cedrick Desjardins, to Tampa Bay for the rights to Karri Ramo.

Karri Ramo, he of the KHL and the sub-.900 save percentage in every NHL try. Ramo, he of the currently-under-contract-in-the-KHL.

Cedrick Desjardins, he of then stellar AHL numbers and all star appearance last year.

Why did Pierre Gauthier just do this?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Habs fans, there are some things we just aren’t meant to understand.

This is one of them.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, karri+ramo, things+that+don't+make+sense

The Team USA Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Harder at the Ottawa Citizen,

Have the Americans found a better way to bring along their skilled young hockey players? Is it a system Canada should be emulating?

The people at Hockey Canada say they have the highest regard for the American way, but they’re not about to do more than tinker with a system they don’t believe is broken.

“There’s no question the U.S. system and the players are better today than they ever have been,” says Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer. “They have more elite athletes playing their sport and their centralized program has helped them, especially at the under-18 level, where they play all year together.”


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Let’s Take A Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sit back and watch the preliminary auditions for the Panthers Ice Dancers.

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Waddell Remains Busy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

With all that going on, Thrashers president Don Waddell still finds time to watch a little hockey. It’s in his blood after all.

Waddell moved full-time into the duties of team president in April after serving as the franchise’s general manager since its inception. While it’s been a busy offseason, , Waddell recently traveled to Lake Placid to watch three of the team’s prospects compete in evaluation camps for the 2011 World Junior Championships.

“I’m not going to lose that,” Waddell said. “I’m going to go out and watch games. You are going to see me take team trips.”

Waddell’s biggest challenge this summer, he said, has been trying to capitalize on the excitement generated by the team’s busy offseason. Rick Dudley was promoted to general manager, a new coaching staff is in place and there have been significant roster changes through trades and free-agent moves.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+waddell

Things You’d Like To Ask Li’l Gary And Something You’ve Never, Ever, Heard Said About Rosby

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Ahoy, bitches, it has been a long time since I’ve had a chance to post an entry.  Between the Chief shotgunning entries and Malik, the showoff, blogging at Kukla’s Empire now, there won’t be much pressure on your bartender to post.  Which is good, because the bar business has been very busy these days and I’ve been redolent in not posting.

The Emperor decided enough was enough.  If he was to justify my extremely high salary as a faux-fessional journalist, he wants me to get to work.  So Paul is sending me on a roadtrip… to Traverse City.  Wait… that’s the Showoff, not me.

The Emperor has other plans for me, and somehow he’s convinced the NHL that I am a legitimate blogger and not merely an enabler to a train car full of drunks and reprobates.  Their folly is our opportunity. 

Carpe fuching diem, bitches.

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