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Chicago Looking For Playoff Momentum

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“These last 20 games are going to be important, so we [have to] continue to play the right way,” winger Adam Burish said. “If we do that, we will create some momentum going into the playoffs. That’s the most important thing.

“Anybody who has been in a postseason knows you don’t want to go in there flat-footed, you don’t want to go in a little dead. You want to go in there with momentum and playing your best hockey.”

With 13 of their final 20 games at home, the Hawks could exceed the franchise-record 107 points of the 1970-71 and ‘71-72 teams. They need 13 victories to match the ‘70-71 team’s record of 49. That club went to the Stanley Cup finals.

“We want to get on a good run,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “We want to enjoy it and embrace it. But we know how tough it’s going to be. We have to get our game finely tuned for the playoffs.

“In the West it’s so tight that anyone from Nos. 5 or 6 to 12 is within five points. It’s going to be a battle to the end, and every game is going to be a tough one.”

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Sharks Up 3-0, Lose 4-3 to Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Pavelski, Brian Boucher and Head Coach Todd McLellan addressed members of the media after San Jose’s 4-3 (OT) loss to the Minnesota Wild.

added 10:40am, Watch below one goal Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher would like to have back…

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Is Gary Roberts Done?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The trade deadline is past, and with GM Bria Lawton’s intention to, as he said Wednesday, “get younger,” it seems as if Gary Roberts’ career might have come to an end. No official word from anyone, but it makes sense that the 42-year-old, 21-year veteran might take this opportunity to retire.

The left wing, a perhaps future Hall of Famer, has said this was going to be his last season, anyway. He even put on a pretty good show on the ice while being showcased as Wednesday’s trade deadline approached. But he was not at Thursday’s practice at the Ice Sports Forum and his locker no longer had a name plate.

The Lightning declined to say anything about Roberts, and his agent, Rick Curran, was cryptic.

“I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen,” Curran said. “No decisions have been finalized. He’s still a member of the team.”

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Ovechkin ‘Probable’ For Next Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“We want to take it easy and make it’s going to be okay,” Ovechkin said, standing rather comfortably. “Me and [head trainer Greg Smith] tried some things this morning but it didn’t work. We decided to see what’s going to happen the next couple of days.”

Asked if he’s going to be able to face the Penguins (Sunday), he said: “We’re going to see. Probably.”

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Flyers Lose Briere Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

...in the Flyers’ ugly 5-1 loss to impressive Calgary, Briere left the game late in the second period and did not return. He suffered another groin injury and he will be sidelined for the fourth time this season.

  And, based on general manager Paul Holmgren’s body language and somber responses after the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if Briere was shut down for the rest of the regular season _ and perhaps the playoffs.

  Holmgren said Briere will be evaluated Friday.

added 12:07pm, from the CP via TSN,

Danny Briere’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared, and the Philadelphia Flyers centre hopes to play next week.

Briere was examined Friday morning, and his surgeon told him the adhesions broke from his last groin surgery and there was some internal bleeding. Briere said his surgeon told him that was common and Briere could possibly play Tuesday against Buffalo.

Briere had a light workout Friday and hoped to skate on Saturday. He did not expect to play in Saturday’s game against Nashville.

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Avalanche Join A Growing Trend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Alarmed by already lagging ticket sales and the moribund economy, the Avalanche is one of what could become many NHL teams that are slashing some season-ticket prices for next season and offering other incentives to retain customers.

The Avalanche, a team that once sold out a league-record 487 consecutive games, will not increase prices for any seat next season and is offering some lower-bowl seats at the Pepsi Center for as little as $24.63 per game in 2009-10.

In addition, for the first time, the Avs will allow season-ticket holders to pay in 10 monthly installments. Season-ticket holders who renew by Monday’s deadline will receive other perks such as getting their names inscribed on bricks in front of the arena, first dibs to ickets to certain concerts and a private “Meet the Team” party.

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The Worst Trade This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the trade deadline passed we can take a look at the trades of the past year and start to make some assessments.  One that is very clear is that the worst trade made was one made last summer.  The Tampa Bay Lightning sent Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to the San Jose Sharks for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, a 2009 first round draft pick and a 2010 fourth round pick.  This trade happened only months after Boyle had signed a six year $40 million contract to stay with the Lightning.  The new owners, Oren Koules and Len Barrie were doing their job as bad fantasy hockey GMs (except they had control of an NHL team).  Several years earlier, Barrie and Dan Boyle had been teammates with the Florida Panthers.  There was something Barrie saw then (or at least thought he saw) that proved Boyle was not a player worth keeping.  The Lightning owners pressured Boyle into waiving his no trade clause and then made this deal.  At this time, Jay Feaster was still the official Tampa Bay GM, but he was not involved in the deal.  Tampa Bay’s new ownership was willing to do some crazy, unconventional things and this was an example.

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Five Years Ago Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Today marks the fifth anniversary of a momentous day in hockey history.

The Philadelphia Flyers played host to the Ottawa Senators at the Wachovia Center on March 5, 2004, and what transpired was a clash that would make Mike Tyson blush. The teams combined for an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes in a tussle which featured five consecutive brawls in the final two minutes.

read on for more on the game…

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As Heard On Sirius Radio

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve got a secret for you.  I’m gonna tell you but you have to promise it won’t go any further than, you know, just us.

Ready? Here we go.

I’m one of those guys…those sports talk radio guys who call in and say stuff like, “ok…I’ll hang up and let you guys answer that one.  Hey great show. Seriously.  Man, yesterday when you were talking….CLICK”

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Insight From An Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.

Yesterday was different. Why?

To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.

The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts

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