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Want To Save Money?  Cut The Scouting Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

As the recession grinds on, the gap in spending among the NHL’s wealthy and not-so-wealthy teams continues to widen, with scouting becoming one of the key differences.

An informal survey of general managers and scouts reveals that some teams have cut back on their scouting budgets in recent years, mostly the lower-revenue teams, while some of the big-market clubs have thrown more money at finding talent. The way they see it, the more bird dogs you have beating the bushes, the better your decisions will be at the draft table and in making trades….

The size of the scouting departments of NHL teams varies from a high of 22 with the New Jersey Devils to a low of nine with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche. The average is about 13, including scouting directors, who also scout players, full-time and part-time scouts.

“It’s one of the easiest places to cut costs,” said NHL Network broadcaster and former Calgary Flames GM Craig Button, who also spent years as a scout and player personnel director. “We have Central Scouting [the NHL’s service] so people ask why not use Central Scouting?”


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Rangers Lack Compete Level

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, T

here is no better way to explain what became yet another blowout and yet another shutout, last night in an embarrassing 6-0 defeat to the Canadiens in which the Rangers competed only sporadically for one another and for head coach John Tortorella.

There’s a correlation, you know, between not protecting your goaltender when he’s run, not avenging your captain when he’s concussed, not protecting your all-world scorer when he fights with an opposition enforcer, and lame white flag performances like this that occur regularly.

Team character defects that are so glaring do not develop in a vacuum.

“You can say it’s a lack of preparation, but that’s BS; it’s a lack of competitiveness,” Sean Avery, perhaps the Blueshirts’ best player, told The Post. “We do not play hard enough.

“I don’t have the explanation for it. I don’t know if it’s us not holding each other accountable, or what, but it’s a total lack of respect for our fans and the organization. It’s a joke.”

read on

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The Leads Are Weak?  You’re Weak.  The Cup Is For Closers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Pay attention Detroit Red Wings, I am only going to say this once.

Let’s talk about something important.

Put.  That.  Cup.  Down.

The Cup is for Closers only.

You think I’m fuching with you?  I am not fuching with you.

Have I got your attention now?

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Man Takes A Walk In The Rafters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

An unidentified man was taken down from a conduit above a catwalk during a Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday night.

Almost an entire section of stands in the lower bowl was cleared out when the man was noticed during the second period of the Red Wings’ 3-2 victory (loss) over (to) the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.


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HNIC Hotstove Talk Tonight

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from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,

At least a few NHL general managers are willing to consider a proposal that would give video replay officials at the central office in Toronto more authority on controversial calls, Hockey Night in Canada contributor Elliotte Friedman said during Saturday’s Hotstove segment.

There are also suggestions to bring in a new “coach’s challenge” rule similar to the one used in football, he said.

continue or watch…

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More Kovalchuk Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Star winger Ilya Kovalchuk is likely to still be with the Thrashers right up until the NHL trade deadline.

While league sources say Calgary GM Darryl Sutter — desperate to shake up his struggling club — has made several inquiries into Kovalchuk’s availability, the indications are suitors such as the Flames, Capitals, Blackhawks, Bruins, Kings and Rangers are going to wait.

Atlanta GM Don Waddell is prepared to take one more run at trying to sign Kovalchuk, but if the Russian goal-scoring machine isn’t willing to budge from his $11-million-a-season (all terms US) demand, he will be dealt before the March 3 NHL trade deadline….

League sources say a couple of teams could reach out to Yzerman if Canada wins gold in Vancouver. He has been engaged in the process of selecting the team, has worked hard and has said he might be willing to look at becoming an NHL GM.

The question is: Where will there be openings?

If the Flyers don’t make the playoffs, the indications are GM Paul Holmgren could be in trouble. Other GMs under the gun include the Oilers’ Steve Tambellini, the Canadiens’ Bob Gainey and Tampa’s Brian Lawton.

more rumor talk…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Davidson Says Backes Not Going Anywhere

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from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

Without tipping his hand toward any potential trades, Davidson on Friday shot down a Canadian-based trade rumor that had Blues forward David Backes headed to the Vancouver Canucks.

“David Backes isn’t going anywhere,” Davidson said. “There’s nothing to it. We all do our scouting, but the facts are the facts: David Backes isn’t going anywhere. People just love to speculate.”

A report in the Toronto Globe and Mail suggested that Vancouver—which signed Backes to a three-year, $7.5 million offer sheet in July of 2008 that was quickly matched by the Blues—was interested in a potential deal.

The report suggested the Blues were interested in Canucks goaltending prospect Cory Schneider, who is playing for Vancouver’s top farm team, the Manitoba Moose.


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LB: Light Up The Winged Wheel And Go For Broke

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

After the Masshole got me worked up earlier today, I’ve had spiritual counsel with religious leaders.  First with Jesse Jackson, and later with the 19’s biblical expert, stonehands-78.

They told me a lot about forgiveness, acceptance of people’s flaws, and harnessing my vitriol into more productive avenues.

I’ve never listened to religious leaders, but I respect stonehands-78, so I’m going to give it a go.  The last thing I will say about the Masshole affair will be an attempt to offer him some sage biblical advice.

Job 13:5
If only you would be altogether silent!  For you, that would be wisdom.

Anything beyond this will just be focusing too much on the past, I am told, so it is time to move on.

As our last Live Blog was a stick-tap to tradition, this Live Blog we are moving forward into uncharted musical territory.  Where the LB has never gone before. 

We’ve crossed that line and there’s no turning back now…

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Back Surgery For Flyers Dman Ryan Parent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Philadelphia - Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren released the following injury update regarding 6’3”, 198-pound defenseman Ryan Parent:

“Ryan Parent will have surgery on Monday, January 25th to remove a disc fragment from his lumbar spine. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Scott Rushton at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. After running the gamut with Ryan in terms of different things we have tried to relieve the discomfort he was having, we felt this was the way to go for Ryan’s overall health. The surgery is minimally invasive and will keep Ryan out for approximately six weeks.”

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Tough Guy Or Tough Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Also, have you noticed that the league is going to a trend of “team toughness” as opposed to a single enforcer in the lineup? See Montreal’s moves this week. See the New Yorker Rangers and note that their star player got into it with a Flyer player and the enforcer of the Rangers wasn’t even in the lineup let alone on the ice.

The new NHL trend is to be able to dress and ice four lines that can play and can score. See our lineup with multiple players that light the lamp. Ten players have 10 goals or more and we have three players with 20 goals or more right now.

This trend I believe was invented by Detroit. Ice a team with skill; roll four lines that can score; have a great power play; win where it matters most - on the scoreboard; and have a big, tough, strong team across the lineup.

read on for some Capitals talk…..

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