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Screw ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hofman of the Philadelphia Daily News,

You can’t measure our success whether or not we’re on ESPN,” (Ed) Snider said. “Screw ESPN. Most of our television is local and we do very well in our local markets.

“We could have gone to ESPN. They offered us bupkus. Then they acted like they had us over a barrel, that we had no place else to go. I never liked the way they treated us . . .

“Gary Bettman has done an absolutely fantastic job,” Snider said. “There is no equivocation on that at all.”

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Will Mac Get His Shot?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 0809 EST with more hard-hitting analysis below.

Look. I’m completely objective.  I think you all realize that by now.  It’s who I am.  Neutral. Geneva-like.  So, I post this picture with no agenda.  Like Gene Hackman said in “Hoosiers” while Jimmy Chitwood was draining jumpers pretending not to listen, “Because it’s what I believe, I don’t care if you play for the team or not.”

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Report: Phaneuf on Verge of New Flames Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

It looks like the Calgary Flames are close to locking up one of their cornerstone players.

Sources tell TSN that Dion Phaneuf is on the verge of signing a contract extension with the club, with only a few minor details to be worked out.

added 8:27am, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

For those of you obsessed with those silly Dion Phaneuf rumors being spread by the uninformed, TSN is reporting tonight that he’s on the verge of signing an extension with the Calgary Flames. That should put an end of all of the speculation.

By the way, I’ve been told that a certain blogger has been taking Devils’ info off of this site and posting it on his site without attribution. I hope it isn’t true because that would be unethical.

Well stated Tom!

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  Tags: calgary+flames, contract, dion+phaneuf

Kronwall Sustains Shoulder Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Niklas Kronwall was checked into the boards and his left shoulder was trapped against the glass. 

Babcock in his post game presser said it appears he has a slight separation, but will know more tomorrow.

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Kovalchuk Injured

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via USAToday,

The Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak, but Atlanta’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night might have been costly as leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk left the game with an apparent knee injury.

Kovalchuk scored his 38th goal, but was forced out of the game for good in the second period. He was injured in a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu and made a brief return later in the frame for one shift, but didn’t return.

Kovalchuk was leveled by Ruutu 3:21 into the second period. The collision left Kovalchuk laying on the ice in obvious pain in front of Atlanta’s bench before he limped to the locker room.

Updated 11:55pm ET: Video of the incident below.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, injury, jarkko+ruutu

Take a Seat Nik, It’s Almost Spring

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: 2310St. James checks in with a quote from Lidstrom.

Wings trainer Piet Van Zant specified the injury was to the joint that connects the sternum to the clavicle. In past seasons Kronwall has been sidelined by a fractured sacrum, torn knee and broken leg.

“It didn’t look good for him the way he went into the boards,” Nicklas Lidstrom said.

Update: 2251. Some more of the Diggers are chiming in, while other Diggers appeared to have stayed home.  Khan(!) has a bit here.  George Malik, not a digger..good on ya, has even more here.  Helene St. James still hasn’t made good on her promise to udpate and that makes me sad. 

Ted Kulfan?  Still hanging on to his post-All Star Game euphoria from Monday.  Take it slow Ted.  Gonna be a long second half.

 

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Kenny’s Goal: Keep Sundin Out of Anaheim

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So you’re thinking Rob Blake may be a possibility in Dynastic Red and White?  Oh yes, you are. 

Me? I don’t think we need him all that much. But the discussion around the former piece of trash Dive has me reminiscing about some not so pleasant trade-deadline evolutions.

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The Dallas Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

So in the next three weeks, we are going to see if that can be done without the use of outside help. If it is clear it cannot, the Stars will attempt to make a trade for a shoot-first scorer who can play on Modano’s wing.

The co-GMs have made it clear they will not risk their future (top prospects or draft picks) to get said player. So what they have to deal from, probably, is a group that includes backup goalie Mike Smith, defenders such as Philippe Boucher, Mattias Norstrom and Trevor Daley, and forwards such as Ott, Halpern, Miettinen and Jokinen.

The plan is to try to compete for the Stanley Cup without doing anything too drastic. Some might say that is fence-sitting and that any fence-sitting plan is doomed to fail.

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Hockey in the Shredder

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Most press releases sent out by the NHL’s hockey teams are simple and dry updates, as you’d expect—but the minor leagues come up with some rather creative promotions sometimes.

The University of Michigan’s new football coach Rich Rodriguez has become enemy #1 in Wheeling, W.Va., and so The Wheeling Nailers (the “AA” affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers) decided to take advantage of the hard feelings.

Below is the full text of the team’s official press release from a couple days ago:

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  Tags: football, hockey, rich+rodriguez, u+of+m, wheeling+nailers

Arrest Warrant Issued For Lafleur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canwest via the National Post,

An arrest warrant has been issued for former hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur over testimony at his son’s trial this year according to his attorney Jean-Pierre Rancourt.

Rancourt said an arrest warrant was issued for Lafleur for contradictory statements made during testimony in the trial of his son Mark. He said Lafleur was “devastated” by the warrant and could not understand why a summon had not been issued instead.

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