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Worst Trades in NHL History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”

Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.

continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida

 

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  Tags: florida+panthers

The Stick Gets its Own Website

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Easton Hockey,

Easton Hockey, the manufacturer of the No. 1 stick in the NHL, has announced the launch of Easton Hockey S17, a micro-site completely dedicated to the all-new technologically advanced Stealth S17 hockey stick.  Complete with video, detailed graphics, technology descriptions, a variety of action photos, and a co-marketed Hollywood Records soundtrack, the micro-site is being launched to coincide with the highly anticipated introduction of the Stealth S17 stick, according to Kyle Horn, director of marketing for Easton Hockey.

Easton S17 website - showcases videos featuring Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Zach Parise and Ryan Getzlaf

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Applications for Thrashers’ Coaching Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott J. Powers at the Daily Herald,

John Anderson has been waiting his entire coaching career for a shot at the NHL.  With the firing of Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley on Wednesday, that shot may arrive for the 10-year Chicago Wolves coach.

“I would hope so,” said the 50-year-old Anderson. “It’s not a good thing that someone gets fired, but someone has to pick up the pieces. If I don’t, someone else will. If there’s an opportunity in Atlanta, I’d like a whack at it. I think I could fill the job.”

Anderson has done everything else. He starred in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970s and ‘80s. As a coach, he has succeeded at nearly every minor-league level. Since becoming the Wolves coach in 1997, he has won two Turner Cups and one Calder Cup, and he made the playoffs eight times and has had a winning record every year.

“If I’m not ready now, I’ll never be,” he said. “I’ve coached teams that have won championships. I’ve played in the National (Hockey) League. I’ve played on Team Canada. I’m ready. I’m ready for that job.”

continued…

*Previous ‘applicant’ today, Pat Quinn

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, john+anderson

Kovalev Says Media Twisted Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Following Tuesday’s loss to the Panthers, the Canadiens associate captain voiced his frustration with the tactics that were used in the dying moments that allowed Florida to tie the game.

“In the last two minutes, we knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on us,” Kovalev told the TEAM 990 in Montreal. “It was just my idea that we could have taken a timeout, get organized and get the right people on the ice. Maybe it could have been better. That’s what I saw from the bench.”...

On Thursday, Kovalev was critical of the media for creating a story where there was none.

“Everybody knows nothing is going on and everything is good between me and Carbo,” Kovalev told reporters. “It’s just you guys try to have a competition between each other and try to twist words, who twisted words better.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+kovalev, media, montreal+canadiens

AO vs. Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from

ESPN

(sorry, my fault) NHL.com,

In this week’s Head-To-Head, NHL.com’s Evan Grossman and Adam Kimelman debate which superstar is the best all-around player, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

It’s Ovechkin, no contest!
By Evan Grossman | NHL.com Staff Writer

Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky are compared to each other at each and every opportunity. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard before: They are both not the best players of their respective generations.
No disrespect to either guy, but there’s something you people need to wrap your minds around. Gretzky, despite his total rewriting of the record book, was not as good as Mario Lemieux was—just like Crosby, despite his trophy-case first two years in the NHL, is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin….

Sid the Kid is The Man!

By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer

What’s the old saying? Don’t believe the hype?

Take a look at Sidney Crosby. It’s not hype; it’s gospel truth. “Sid the Kid” can’t buy a beer yet, but he’s got a chance to sip something out of that big silver mug the NHL gives away each June….

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby, washington+capitals

Quotables From the 500 Club

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFriday, October 19th, is the 50th anniversary of Maurice “The Rocket” Richard scoring the 500th goal of his career—the first player to do so in NHL history. 

Over at Habs Inside/Out, Dave Stubbs put up some information about that historic goal yesterday, so we thought we’d join in by posting some quotes from the players who have since scored that milestone marker.*


Mike Gartner (NY Rangers)

“It’s probably the quietest 500 goals ever,” Gartner said. “But I feel I’ve gotten recognition within the hockey ranks. That’s important to me. I work at being a goal-scorer. There are some goal-scorers where it’s just a natural thing. I always felt I had to work hard to get my chances. I still feel that way (after 500).” (Vancouver Sun, November 20, 1991)

 

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Flames Talking Contract Extension With Kiprusoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

While GM Darryl Sutter was critical of the recent play of his goalie on Wednesday, the Flames still see him as a linchpin in the lineup. And despite the jibes of Sutter and coach Mike Keenan about a slow start, Kiprusoff continues to be bullish on Calgary. (It’s just one Kumbaya short of a love-in.)

As for anything imminent to announce from said discussions, however . . . do not hold your breath. Kiprusoff remains firm about being paid like the top goalie in the NHL—that would be in the $6.75-million US range being enjoyed by Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. And he’s looking for recognition that he’s equally as important to the Flames as is captain Jarome Iginla. He of the five-year, $7-million-per-year payday.

more

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

NHLPA Will Dig Deep

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Regardless of whether Meehan is a target for decertification, it is clear some player agents believe the union – and rumored new executive director Paul Kelly – must go beyond a report from investigator Sheila Block and further delve into the circumstances that led to Saskin replacing predecessor Bob Goodenow as NHLPA chief.

Minnesota-based agent Neil Sheehy is one of those people.

“The Block Report established that there were a lot of documents that were shredded, and hard drives that were destroyed,” Sheehy told TheHockeyNews.com. “So the question is, how do we get all the information out?

read on

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  Tags: nhlpa

Tanguay Plans On Staying In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Tanguay yesterday found himself having to discuss a report on the French-language station RDS that said the Flames might be considering a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would bring Alexei Kovalev to the Stampede City. Kovalev won a Stanley Cup with Keenan in New York.

Tanguay said he had no intentions on following it.

“I’m not planning on wasting any time on that at all,” he said. “I’m here with the Flames, and I think when they brought me here they wanted me to help the team, and as far as I know, it’s still the plan.”

more, plus Spector covers this in greater detail and has some more signing and trade talk too…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+tanguay, calgary+flames, montreal+canadiens

A Look At Mike Sullivan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.

“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+sullivan, tampa+bay+lightning

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