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The Gold Medal Belongs In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Dan Tandt of the Toronto Sun,

Oh say can’t you see, you damn Yankees, that our glowing hearts are pounding with the need to win Olympic hockey gold?

So unhand that medal, you rapacious hockey interlopers. Don’t you know there’s been a script written here, one that has been read to us at every bedtime — never mind ‘round the clock for the last year — that Canada is the master of the hockey universe and the entire success of these Olympic games, nay, our very identity, can only be truly forged by mining hockey gold on home ice?

It all comes down to this. The dream final. One game, one final three-period showdown set for high (Pacific) noon Sunday. An entire nation wrapped in red and white, poised on the edge of its chair, brew in hand, praying for the only gold medal that really matters.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, winter+olympics

Will Kovalcuck Play In The KHL Next Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Kontinental League is poised to make a huge offer to future unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk this summer, while quietly working with the NHL to come to an agreement that would prevent it from poaching players who are under contract.

KHL president Alexander Medvedev said in an interview with THN.com and ESPN.com Saturday morning that SKA St. Petersburg, which is sponsored by the Gazprom company of which Medvedev is deputy chairman, will make an offer better than any NHL team can under the current CBA when Kovalchuk’s contract expires. If that happens, it will mark the first time the KHL has managed to lure a superstar player from the NHL in his prime.

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added 6:53pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN with his take on the same topic.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, khl

No Fire Sale For The Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

As for Sexton, he told me he’s been really busy talking with GMs the past week after a slow first week to start the Olympic break. Sexton said he’s moved closer to making a trade and that there aren’t just a couple of possibilities, but “a whole host of deals” being discussed.

The Panthers could get back players, prospects, draft picks or a combination.

That said, Sexton told me, “make no mistake — there will be no fire sale.”

He said he doesn’t feel like has to make a certain number of deals by Wednesday. He also said he wants y’all to know that the trade deadline is just the beginning of his plans when it comes to changing the makeup of the roster.

“Phase 1 is until Wednesday. Phase 2 is the draft. Phase 3 is free agency. Phase 4 is right around training camp, start of regular season,” Sexton said.

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The Capitals Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I see no reason to deviate dramatically from the plan this coming week. We need to keep our core group of young players together.We need to reward young players for their hard work and loyalty.

I don’t see us doing anything dramatic this week. I want to temper folk’s expectations.

We want to improve the team but NOT take risk of trading young assets now for older players with big ongoing contracts that would hinder us from keeping our core together. That would take us off our plan….

We won’t do anything dumb. We won’t get too far off our plan.

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The Game Belongs To Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charlie Gillis of Macleans,

These Olympics, like others before them, say much about the shifting landscape of hockey. When the NHL first allowed its players to participate in the Olympics in 1998, most assumed that teams with the most and best NHL players would be on an entirely different competitive plane. At first, the results bore them out. A Czech team led by NHL stars Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek won gold in Nagano; four years later in Salt Lake City, the Canada-U.S. final looked like an NHL All-Star game, with Mario Lemieux, Martin Brodeur and Joe Sakic on one side, and Brian Leetch, Mike Modano and Mike Richter on the other.

But in Turin, the received wisdom took a hit, as a Swiss team comprised almost entirely of players who compete in European club leagues caught Canada off guard with a 2-0 win, marking the first time the country had beaten players wearing the maple leaf since Olympic competition began. But the top three countries in the tournament—Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic—featured a host of NHL stars. So the fact that the two teams made up entirely of NHL talent finished out of the running seemed to pass everyone by. Canada and the U.S., it seemed safe to assume, would come back.

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Raffi Torres Likely To Be Traded By Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and the agent for unrestricted free agent Raffi Torres spoke during the Olympic break and were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension, the Dispatch has learned. Torres almost certainly will be dealt by Wednesday’s trade deadline.

No surprise here, of course. Howson likes Torres—he’s been part of two organizations that traded for him—but the Jackets are anticipating the return of Nikita Filatov and are likely going to be spending money on rebuilding their blueline.

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  Tags: raffi+torres

Men’s Olympic Semi-Finals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The men’s Olympic hockey tournament continued yesterday.  The preliminary round results are here, the qualifying round is here and the here.  These are the results of the semi-final games.

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The A2Y Baby Monologues:  WingsFanInBeanLand Edition

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Part two of our A2Y Baby Monologues series features WingsFanInBeanLand.

Refusing to be outdone by any of the 19 expecting their own babies, BeanLand has decided that one baby wasn’t enough and decided to make twins with Mrs. BeanLand.  Awesome stuff and further testament to the power of Jonny Ericsson, fertility god.

When WingsFanInBeanLand submitted his ultrasounds and interview answers he did not know the gender of his babies.  It is now official, the BeanLand family will be having a baby boy and a baby girl.  Congratulations, BeanLand, we all wish you many happy and healthy years with your new family.

Here is Exhibit B in our scientific expose of Jonny Ericsson’s deity status:

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Clearly, Lawton and Tocchet are not in the same book right now, let alone on the same page. And that is not what is best for this team.

And once again, the hockey world is taking notice of just how dysfunctional things are being run down here in Tampa in the past 24 months and waiting to see what happens next.

-Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report.  Read more on the state of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Auld Claimed By Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger Twitter, Alex Auld claimed by Rangers on re-entry

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  Tags: alex+auld

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