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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (January 11, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 10.

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Who Let The Idiots Out Over The Weekend?

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Update at 1544: Thanks to the reader who pointed out the Kovalchuk SNAFU in the prose below. Fixed.

What. The. Faux.  The guy with the ball-gag from Pulp Fiction?  I thought he was confined to Denver but I was wrong.  The frigging idiots are all over the place.  They’re ruining my internet experience is what they’re doing.  What we have is a dumbass, a cutter and paster of dumbass stuff, a Wing hater who’s even dumber and then a smart guy who’s got a contest about another dumbass. 

Oh, and then there’s the other dumbass who dedicated 19 minutes to actually using the words “Wings”, “trade” and “Lidstrom” in the same paragraph.  We’re going to touch on all those ditties.

Ready? Oh, I knew you would be.

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Talking Trades

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from Spector at FoxSports,

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli recently told the Boston Globe that trade talk amongst his peers was picking up, which only lends credence to the theory of increased player movement prior to the Olympic break.

For now, only the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers would be considered certain sellers as their chances of climbing back into the postseason race are pretty much non-existent.

Ignore Wild internet speculation of the Hurricanes shopping franchise players Eric Staal and Cam Ward as the players they’ll likely move are impending unrestricted free agent forwards Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The final insult to Thrashers fans will come when Kovalchuk is traded by Waddell, a good hockey man who has run desert-dry of excuses and should’ve been replaced one or two years ago.

Unfortunately, the franchise’s still-festering ownership battle has allowed Waddell to stay in power. If he is permitted to retain that power once Kovalchuk departs, it will be impossible to blame any and all remaining Thrashers fans for abandoning ship as well.

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.  Read more from Adam on this topic.

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Monday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• One NHL Governor said that, at the December BOG meetings, an owner got up and said, “We should have six outdoor games a year.” Thank God that had little support.

• If Kovalchuk does leave, the number one reason will be the mess that is Atlanta ownership. Those guys have fought in court for five years, with no sign of a resolution. That uncertainty is the number one reason he may bolt. What is the future? What if they move to a city he doesn’t like? I do agree with Mike Milbury, though, that Kovalchuk should tell the Thrashers if he intends to leave. He’s been good for them, but Waddell has also been very good to him.

• Jimmy Howard should teach every NHL team and fan the value of patience. How many times during his four-year AHL run did people give up on him? Now, at 25, he is saving the Red Wings’ season.

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Central Scouting Rankings

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The battle for the top spot at the 2010 Entry Draft has turned into a three-horse race. And like any good horse race, this one currently is too close to call.

In NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters, Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall currently leads the Plymouth Whalers’ Tyler Seguin and Windsor defenseman Cam Fowler by a nose. And there’s a lot more time before the stretch run, meaning a lot can change between now and April, when the final rankings are released, and it could last all the way to the draft in Los Angeles, to be held June 25-26 at Staples Center.

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Attention Made-Up Rumor Guys

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In a high-tech world in which fans have endless outlets to turn to for sports news, how is it someone hasn’t started a website to track all those who start trade rumours?

Given that 99% of all swap scuttlebutt is little more than baseless bunk, why not hold the source that starts each fabrication accountable?

It would be a great way to separate the real insiders from the pretenders who often float manufactured material to gain attention for themselves, their media outlets or their makeshift websites.

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Blue Jackets Winning Again

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from Michael Arace at Puck-rakers,

Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has been under fire here in Columbus, fielded scads of questions from large media hordes during the recent Western Canadian road trip (which began with a 7-4 loss in Vancouver). The questions were variation of “Are you worried about getting sacked?” Hitchcock needed to escape. He saw some old friends in Edmonton, his hometown, and they provided a mental lift. Then came the victory over the Oilers.

“The whole season changed with the third goal in Edmonton,” Hitchcock said. “It made a difference on the bench, a difference in the locker room, a difference in the feel. The tension was everywhere. Oh, no, here we go again. Something bad is going to happen. When we (Kristian Huselius) scored the third goal in Edmonton, the whole season changed.”

Hitchcock was asked whether the 2008-09 Blue Jackets have entered the building. They have allowed two goals or less in seven of the past nine games.

“Yeah,” he said. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t play like this the rest of the year. The players were comfortable with it. Obviously, it’s winning hockey. We’re grinding it out with some really good teams. Every night, if we play this way, we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win. Seventy-five to 80 percent of scoring chances are coming off the check, which is what good teams do. Rather than looking for space, we’re fighting for space.”

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Top Pranksters

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,

They remain little boys inside the hockey uniforms of grown-ups, not unlike playground gradeschoolers who get their jollies out of shoving a snowball down another kid’s pants.

Pranks and practical jokes have been a part of hockey forever, from house-leagues to NHL dressing rooms.

They can be craftily conceived and executed with skill:

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame defenceman and then Calgary Flames assistant coach Guy Lapointe, the ruler-for-life in hockey’s Kingdom of Prankdom, was sitting in the sauna when he got wind of Flames trainer Brian Patafie coming his way with a bucket of ice water. So Lapointe beat Patafie to the punch, turning a hose from head to toe on his approaching fellow joker. Only then did he realize that Patafie’s pail was empty—and that the trainer was wearing Lapointe’s expensive new suit.

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Rangers Should Be Sellers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.

Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.

To that end, no matter the standings, no matter the “game with points streak,” no matter the revenue the Garden would stand to derive from a few playoff home dates, Sather has the responsibility to be a seller rather than a buyer as the trade deadline approaches.

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