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Should Leafs Trade McCabe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Maybe the ACC boo-birds will take sensitivity training and back off, or perhaps McCabe will again start playing with confidence and win back popular support.

But there’s blood in the water, and McCabe looks like one rattled hockey player right now. If his troubles continue, does GM John Ferguson, like Fletcher did 10 years ago, fix the issue by shipping McCabe elsewhere?

JFJ would need the defenceman’s permission, of course. But as this lurches into Larry Murphy territory, such permission may not be hard to get.

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, toronto+maple+leafs

The Diplomatic Response

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Ray Emery , the only goalie to take Ottawa to the Stanley Cup finals, is finally ready to return from wrist surgery and reclaim his No. 1 job.

Martin Gerber, who in 12 months has amazingly transformed his game from shaky to steady to sometimes spectacular, has zero interest in giving up the position he’s held since the season began.

Both men said all the right things yesterday. Both want to play, both are content to let the chips fall where they may, both want what’s best for the team.

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  Tags: goalies, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators, ray+emery

League Files Injunction Against Rangers Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

...The NHL on Friday filed an initial response that asks a federal court in New York to reject Madison Square Garden’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would keep the league from taking over the Rangers’ website—and stop the league from imposing a $100,000-per-day fine. The filing also linked the lawsuit to “the sour grapes of one disgruntled NHL team owner.”

The league filing included supporting statements from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Minnesota Wild Chairman Bob Naegele and Pittsburgh Penguins Chief Executive Ken Sawyer—all supporters of the league’s new media plan.

read on (reg. req.)

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  Tags: media, new+york+rangers

Draper on Verge of Multi-Year Extension

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ken Daniels just reported on FSN Detroit.

Game live blog continues below.

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Start The War Chant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

...Already, we’ve heard from one prominent agent who makes it clear that he’ll be surprised if the majority of players allow Kelly to lead them into another no-win war. “There’s too much to lose,” the agent insists. The problem is this: will the small, but dominating, Chelios clique take another one of their macho, war-like stances?

more NHL bits from Stan…

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  Tags: nhlpa

Skoula Impresses Lemaire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

...Again, we’re talking about Martin Skoula here.

Lemaire simply loves him, as displayed by Skoula’s ice time in critical situations. Late in tight games, one constant will be Skoula ... on the ice ... every other shift.

Lemaire has complete faith in him, which is why Lemaire asked Risebrough three times at June’s NHL draft, “What’s going on with Skoula?“He’s the only guy he cared about,” said Risebrough, who then got on the horn and re-signed the veteran to a two-year contract.

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  Tags: martin+skoula, minnesota+wild

Poultry Pre-game: Marchant Joins Stillwuzzi

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All of our employers can thank one Gary Leonore Bettman for our lack of productivity tomorrow morning…again.  Those of you staying up to watch this game have serious issues.  You, most likely, have to be up for work in roughly 7 hours.  Look at yourselves.  Where are your priorities? 

Exactly.  Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.  Ducky broadcast team just announced Todd Marchant’s out too.  They also said the primary goal is to shut down the ______ line.  Shocking.

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Chelios Responds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

Never one to soften his words, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios delivered a simple message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday.

“I can’t believe my good friend Gary would want to leave me in Russia,” Chelios said, and it must be noted the “good friend” was deeply sarcastic. “I’d like to have a private talk with Gary one of these days, see what he means.”

Chelios was referring to the latest turn of events in the soap opera that debuted in the aftermath of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, starring Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former NHL Players’ Association boss Ted Saskin.

continued

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  Tags: chris+chelios, detroit+red+wings

Paul Kelly Closer To Being Named NHLPA Executive Director

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (October 15, 2007): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board, which consists of the 30 Player Representatives, held a conference call on Monday evening during which Paul Kelly was nominated for the position of NHLPA Executive Director. The Executive Board will immediately conduct a secret ballot vote.

The NHLPA’s constitution requires that the Executive Director be elected by a majority of the members of the Executive Board. This process will be completed by October 23, 2007.

continued

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  Tags: nhlpa

Eur An Idiot Too

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Attendance Dilemma even has the reputable mainstreamers sniffing glue.  Bob Duff, who typically keeps a level head for the Windsor Star, has bought into the Euro-conspiracy.

Study the history of this so-called Hockeytown and one thing you’ll learn is this: They don’t take a hankering to foreigners.

When things went wrong for the Wings in the 1990s, it was always Sergei Fedorov’s fault. Hasek and Datsyuk took much of the heat for last season’s playoff departure.

And…

Whether they come on four wheels or two blades, the Motor City won’t pay for imports.


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  Tags: attendance, mainstream+idiots

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