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Hurry Up Cliff, Time Is Wasting Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Circle the date Feb. 26 - trading deadline day, the NHL’s answer to Christmas, with all of its exciting anticipation, its hidden promise and, inevitably, a day of joy for some and disappointment for others.

Cliff Fletcher has 35 days – between Tuesday, when he was appointed interim general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, replacing John Ferguson, and deadline day to define his second and final term as boss of that once storied NHL franchise.

Unlike Fletcher’s first turn as Leafs GM, in which he needed the better part of two years to turn an NHL laughingstock into a championship contender - it will be possible to evaluate his work in that short a time frame.


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  Tags: cliff+fletcher

Players Added To ASG Roster

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NEW YORK (January 22, 2008)—Two members of the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks—defenseman Scott Niedermayer and forward Corey Perry—are among five players added to the Western and Eastern Conference rosters for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m., ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.

Niedermayer and Perry join their Anaheim teammates, defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Ryan Getzlaf, and the give the Ducks a League-high four representatives on the Western Conference team.

Also added to the Western Conference roster is Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro. Named to the Eastern Conference roster are Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

The players named today replace Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.

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Season Long Funk For Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bellowing Moose at MSNBC,

Not since Suzanne Somers’ one-woman show has Broadway seen an act as disappointing as the one Jaromir Jagr is putting on with the Rangers this season. And although Jagr’s run has been longer than hers, his too might also be coming to an abrupt end….

Jagr has been in a funk all season, enduring long scoring droughts and doing little to lead a Rangers team that began the year as a preseason favorite and now looks hard-pressed to make the postseason.


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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Beech Back On Waivers

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via TSN,

CKNW radio in Vancouver is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Kris Beech on waivers.

Beech was recently claimed off waivers by the Canucks on January the 10th from Columbus. Beech however has been a healthy scratch of late and did not play in Monday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

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  Tags: kris+beech

Report- Bryzgalov Signs 3 Year Deal With Phoenix

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via the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov signed a three-year contract today. No other details were available.

added 1:34pm, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN the deal breaks down as $4 million in the first year, $4.25 million in the second and $4.25 million in the third.

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  Tags: ilya+bryzgalov

What Could Have Been

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The funny thing is, the Maple Leafs would have had Brunnstrom in their organization already if they’d simply listened to the advice of Thommie Bergman, their very capable director of European scouting….

The only proviso was that everyone involved, including Bergman, agreed Brunnstrom’s best development path would be through the Swedish Elite League and the Farjestad program rather than the NHL or the minors.

Leaf management, led by GM John Ferguson and assistant GM Mike Penny, thought otherwise. They were unwilling to sign Brunnstrom unless he was willing to play for the Toronto Marlies of the American League and the Leafs refused to budge.


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  Tags: fabian+brunnstrom

Who Could Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

With the NHL’s trade deadline fast approaching here’s my take on some players thought to be possible trade bait and who might be on the move by February 26th:...

BLEEP Tarnstrom: He’s been considered the odd man out on the Edmonton Oilers blueline, and with some teams seeking a veteran puck-moving defenceman Tarnstrom could attract some attention leading up to the deadline.

Keith Carney: This blueline veteran was a frequent scratch in the first half of this season, and he could end up shopped by the Minnesota Wild in the coming weeks.

much more but I had to get that BLEEP Tarnstrom in!

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Official- Crosby Out 6-8 Weeks

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a high ankle sprain.

Crosby was re-evaluated by Pittsburgh Penguins team doctor Chip Burke on Tuesday morning and further testing confirmed his high ankle sprain. Crosby suffered the injury in the first period of the Jan. 18 against Tampa Bay.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Shopping Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector has the latest trade talk…  As we get closer to the trade deadline, the talk will be heating up.

KK will of course be covering all the trades but some of the outlandish speculation will be by-passed.  Real, knowledgeable hockey fans know the difference between a real, possible trade and one that is just being tossed out to draw attention to the writer, website, etc.!

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Report- JFJ On His Way Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

John Ferguson Jr.‘s tenure as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks as though it is coming to an end.

Sources tell TSN the Maple Leafs board of directors met on Monday and decided to make a change. A formal announcement is expected today.


added 10:05am, via Sportsnet,

Despite reports Tuesday suggesting John Ferguson’s tenure is finished with the Maple Leafs, CEO Richard Peddie said “I have not fired John,” when contacted by Sportsnet.ca.

update 11:23am, via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired General Manager John Ferguson Jr. The team informed Ferguson of his fate earlier this morning.

added 11:44am, The Toronto Maple Leafs have scheduled a news conference for 1:00pm ET today.

added 11:51am, from Sportsnet,

The Maple Leafs have replaced general manager John Ferguson Jr. with former GM Cliff Fletcher.

The Maple Leafs will announce the changes at an afternoon press conference Tuesday.

Sources tell Sportnset that Fletcher will hold an interim GM position for at least six months before moving up to an executive role for the next two years.


added 11:57am
, CBC reporting news conference is at 2:30pm ET., so who knows now what time it really is.

added 12:01pm, Read the press release from the Leafs.

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr.

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