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Decision Time Coming Up For Dominic Moore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As a waiver pickup last winter, Moore stands as one of John Ferguson’s better acquisitions during his time as Leaf GM. He’s making $900,000 (U.S.) on a one-year contract, certainly one of the cannier moves Cliff Fletcher made last summer.

Now it’s up to Burke. Trade Moore before the deadline with his value arguably at its peak? Sign him to a multi-year deal this summer? Let him walk as a 28-year-old free agent?...

Moore’s never had much relative financial security in the game, so maybe he’s thinking this is his chance to nail down a solid contract a great deal closer to the league’s $2 million average salary.

Then again, neither he nor his agent, Larry Kelly, has yet broached the matter with Burke.

Going to Harvard might make you smarter, but it doesn’t make you a soothsayer. As the Leafs try to figure what Moore is, he can only wonder where he’s headed.

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Panthers Get Creative With Ticket Sales

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Give the Panthers’ marketing brass credit for one thing: They’re creative. Oh, and they have plenty of brass. So make that two things.

The latest out of One Panther Parkway comes a playoff guarantee.

Basically, the team is saying if you buy a four-game pack of tickets to this year’s playoff run and the team doesn’t make the postseason, you score four freebies next year.

Which you can probably parlay into tickets for 2010-11 if they don’t make the playoffs again next season. It could be the gift that keeps on giving!

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Canadiens A Mess

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is what the bottom of the barrel looks like.

The Canadiens lost Monday night, and they lost horrendously, surrendering two shorthanded goals while rolling over 6-2 against the Calgary Flames to begin a six-game road trip.

This is a team, head coach Guy Carbonneau almost need-lessly said, that needs to rediscover its passion. And more.

“A fear of losing is okay. It makes you play better. But a fear of playing is (not), and that’s where we are right now,” Carbonneau said, ashen-faced. “We’re afraid to play. Afraid to make mistakes, afraid to let down the other guy.”

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How MacTavish Can Continue Coaching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

It would be an over-statement to say that Edmonton Oiler fans are divided over the future of Coach Craig MacTavish.

That’s not at all the case.

In recent months, a consensus has grown up among the vast majority of Oiler fans—even those most loyal to and believing in the Lowe/MacTavish regime—that the coach known as “MacT” to the fans and as “Mac” to the players is no longer doing an adequate job as coach of the Oilers.

Most fans would have had MacTavish fired by now. A minority of fans haven’t called for that, but they do need to see something in coming months to be convinced that MacTavish is the right man for next season.

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Some Rangers Should Join Avery In Hartford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sean Avery is on his way to Hart ford, where, The Post has learned, he will be assigned today by the Stars for an indeterminate period before going on re-entry waivers that all but assuredly will lead back to Broadway.

After last night’s display in the 3-0 loss in New Jersey that extended the losing streak to five games (0-4-1) in which they have been outscored 21-5, not only can’t Avery’s return come soon enough, but a handful of Rangers on the current roster should feel fortunate not to be making the reverse commute to Hartford, themselves.

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Tuesday With The Diggers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hello. Good morning.  A few ditties I’d like to bring to your attention today as we emotionally prepare ourselves for another stirring Original 30 matchup.  Tick Tock’s being shady. Charlie Buckets is kicking Slugworth ass again.  The circus is back together and there is so much joy.  So much of it.  Plus, the Predators have announced they’ll be unveiling the “Kiss Your Cousin Cam” tonite at the SoGay.

That last part is not true.

Oh, and we have some magical juvenilicity at the bottom. 

But first, let’s get serious.

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Uneven Conferences

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is important to keep in mind how much better the West Conference is than the East Conference.  Tyler Dellow has a post that shows how this has been true over the last several years.  He shows the winning percentage of the west in games against the east since 1999/2000 and shows that the West Conference has a significant winning record every year except 2003/04.  This season, the west has a .559 record (treating games that are tied after 60 minutes as ties).  That is the highest winning percentage for the west since 1999/2000.  Western dominance is not going away.  If anything it is getting bigger.

Given the level of player movement in the NHL, such a trend is surprising.  With free agency, one would expect things to even out.  If one conference was better at one time, it would quickly be evened out as free agents move throughout the league.  This is not what has been observed.  The west is better than the east and has been almost consistently for a decade.

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Mikko Tekee Kohta Maalin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Snow at MinnesotaWild.com,

If you did not see them yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, perhaps you heard them, 30 Finns seated at bar rails on the Club level, in uniform (autographed red No. 9 Koivu jerseys) and in unison.

They chanted: “Mikko tekee kohta maalin, Mikko tekee kohta maalin. Eika kukaan sille mitaan voi! Ei voi!”

In English: “Mikko is going to score, Mikko is going to score. And no one can stop him! No one!”

Turns out they were right.

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Viktor Tikhonov Recalled By Phoenix

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled left wing Viktor Tikhonov from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In addition, defenseman David Schlemko has been re-assigned to the Rampage.

Tikhonov, 20, has recorded 3-4-7 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the Coyotes this season.  The rookie was activated from Injured Reserve and assigned to San Antonio on Feb. 4.  In four games with the Rampage, Tikhonov collected 2-1-3. 

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Tim Thomas Not Your Average Goaltender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Khan of the Flint Journal,

A journeyman of the minors and European pro leagues wasn’t supposed to get his big NHL break at the age of 31, much less keep a starting job for four seasons.

Now, throw in two trips to the All-Star Game, plus the fact he’s among the league’s statistical leaders and the backbone of the team with the best record in the NHL.

Who’s going to believe this stuff anyway? Hollywood would dismiss the script as too unrealistic.

So, to suggest that Thomas’ days as an elite NHL goalie might but short-and-sweet because he’ll be 35 years old come playoff time ... well, don’t suggest it.

“How much longer I’ll keep playing and how long can I keep playing at such a high level, that answer remains to be seen,” Thomas said Monday during a conference call with NHL media members.

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