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The Value Of Marian Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Thrashers Blog,

Anytime I’ve asked Waddell about trading Hossa, he says it’s something that doesn’t even cross his mind. He said negotiations with Hossa’s agent are right where they need to be right now. “There’s no timetable, no rush.” Waddell said last week about the Hossa negotiations.
But I see that hasn’t stopped the trade speculation. So I’m curious - where do you fall in a possible Hossa trade? And when do you think he’d have more trade value - right now or at the trade deadline?

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A “Note Of Thanks”

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from Darren Eliot at Sporst Illustrated,

Dear Mr. Lowe,
I’m writing you on behalf of all current and future NHL players and their agents. First, let me commend you on your brilliant use of the Collective Bargaining Agreement mechanism known as the offer sheet. In tendering both Thomas Vanek and, most recently, Dustin Penner you not only demonstrated keen insight into the minutiae of the binding agreement between players and management, you also exhibited an astute assessment of talent.

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Make Way For Khan(!): DD Captain Cracks The Kronwall Code

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just when you’ve recovered from the last riveting “Wings Scouting Report” Ansar Khan(!) punches you in the face with another one.  Today….Nik Kronwall.  Check out some of these outlandish statements:

“The hard-luck defenseman has sustained a significant injury in each of his three NHL seasons (he broke his leg in 2004 and tore a knee ligament in 2005).”

“Kronwall will need a new defense partner after Mathieu Schneider signed with Anaheim. He’s never played with Nicklas Lidstrom for any length of time.”

“The Wings have no doubt Kronwall will be an impact player. It’s why they locked him up to a five-year, $15 million contract extension last season. He’s going to be a top-four defenseman in Detroit for years to come.”

Outside the box.  Daring.  Courageous.  Khan(!).

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Dammit!!  Hammond Strikes Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Christy Hammond, founder of Behind The Jersey, has continued her disturbing trend of making the rest of us Wing bloggers look like fire watchers. 

Her latest?  This.

Probably the best Steve Yzerman resource in existence, and it’s like twenty minutes old.

Whatever.

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Entry #6: Fun For All Ages

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Another day, another contestant in the “Please, Will Someone For The Love Of Sweet Baby Jesus, Find A Replacement For ‘Fire On Ice’” campaign.  John, an A2Y reader from glorious Saginaw, has decided that an elderly roster could very well finally come to be an advantage for the Wings PR Geniuses.

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Semin Only Rehabing “Bad” Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Capitals Insider,

I received a few emails this morning from concerned fans about an internet report out of Russia which suggests that Alexander Semin suffered a knee injury while training in his homeland.
That’s not true, at least according to his agent, Mark Gandler. I spoke to Gandler this morning, and here’s what he had to say:
“I don’t want to call it an injury,” Gandler said. “He had a certain pain in his knee for the whole year while he was in Washington. It happens when he is running, particularly uphill and downhill. But it did not interfere in any of his on ice activities, whatsoever.”

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Interested in the original story from Sport-Express?  Read on for the rough translation…

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NHL & ESPN Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL and ESPN are in discussions about bringing the league’s games back to ESPN2 as soon as the 2008-09 season. Multiple sources described the conversations as preliminary. The two started talking the week of July 16 when the NHL approached ESPN about NBC’s nine-game regular-season …

added 11:30am, Thanks to the folks at SportsBusiness Journal for providing the link to the story for KK readers!  This article also mentions the NHL Network and some Center Ice talk too.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

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from the Democrat & Chronicle,

USA Hockey has opened the door to the ice for everyone, believing disabilities shouldn’t prevent someone from enjoying the sport.
“Our motto is, Hockey is for everyone,” said JJ O’Connor, chairman of USA Hockey’s disabled section.
There are four branches in USA Hockey’s disabled hockey division: sled, deaf, amputee and special.
“If you’re a hockey fan or you always wanted to try it, we want to provide the opportunity for you,” O’Connor said. “Maybe you have a cousin or a brother or a friend in a wheelchair, or they can’t hear, or they walk a little differently. We’re saying, ‘You can play hockey.’

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Avery Not Happy With “Detriment” Remark

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Rangers coach Tom Renney repeatedly referred to Sean Avery as one of the team’s most valuable components during the drive to the conference semifinals, so imagine the 27-year-old winger’s surprise and anger upon reading that management called him “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team,” in the team’s salary arbitration brief that will be presented during today’s hearing at Toronto.
“It’s hard not to take something like that personally and not to be emotional about it,” Avery told The Post yesterday. “I know this is part of the business, I know this is part of the process, but it’s extremely disappointing to read something like that coming from Slats [GM Glen Sather] and not to be offended by it.

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Irresponsible Lowe

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from Eric Franicis of the Calgary Sun,

By signing Dustin Penner to a five-year, US$21.25 million offer sheet that gives the towering rookie ten times more money a year than he made in Anaheim, Lowe has suddenly become the sort of reckless GM that prompted a year-long lockout.
After years of lamenting the foolhardiness of people like Glen Sather, Mike Milbury and Bob Clarke, whose constant overspending drove the market up and threatened the very existence of small market teams like the Oilers, Lowe is now the irresponsible one.

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