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Wow…That Must Have Taken A Lot Of Energy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look. I will never deny a bit of bitching here when Gary’s refs burn the Wings.  Are we proud of that? No. It is what it is. 

But this is taking it to a whole new level. 

It’s hard enough to beat the Detroit Red Wings. But when you have to beat the officials as well, it becomes a huge undertaking.

That’s Adam Brady, Director of Publications & New Media for the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center.

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Ducks Make Moves

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled right wing Troy Bodie from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned left wing Matt Beleskey to Iowa.

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DENIED: Hank Says He Hasn’t Rejected Jack Squat

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well. This day got interesting fairly quickly, eh?

I’m sure this had nothing to do with anything…but we have reaction from the Zetterberg camp.

Khan(!)

Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg denied a report by CBC’s Elliotte Friedman claiming that he has turned down a 10-year, $75 million contract offer from the club.

“No, it’s not (accurate). Usually I don’t want to comment on that but that’s not true,’’ Zetterberg said Thursday. “I haven’t turned down an offer of $75 million.’‘

Zetterberg wouldn’t say how far apart the sides are in negotiations.

“We’re talking, as we’re getting closer and closer to the trading deadline I think the talks will increase and hopefully we can find a deal,’’ he said.

 

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Surprised By Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The last time we checked in on the Columbus Blue Jackets for you puckheads was about a month ago, when we predicted dire things for the NHL club after it lost sensational rookie center Derick Brassard.

Ah, the egg is on your blogger’s face right now.

The Jackets have not only survived, but they have also found a way to gain traction in the tough Western Conference standings, sitting in the last playoff spot by one point before NHL action Thursday night.

And that’s despite losing Brassard to a season-ending shoulder injury along with a half-dozen other bodies for a period of time, including star winger Rick Nash. The Jackets have gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 games despite the injuries.

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Brian Lawton On Vinny Lecavalier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OK, time to move on…

added 4:39pm, from Lightning Strikes,

As for Lecavalier, the calm and cool one showed a few cracks.

“I signed with Tampa for 11 years thinking I’d be here,” he said. “Obviously, it was a big decision for me this summer. The people in Tampa have been great to me, the team, we won a Stanley Cup here. It’s definitely been a stressful few days. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But right now, it’s just rumors. That’s all it is.”

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added 5:18pm, from Bolts Report,

And until either Vinny comes out and say he has no desire to leave the franchise or Lawton says emphatically that Vinny won’t be traded, none of this is going to go away. And just think of the zoo that will await Lecavalier when he heads to Montreal next weekend for the All-Star game.

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Thinking Positive About Phoenix Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Charlie Teljeur at The Hockey News:

Certainly the future of professional hockey in Arizona looks bleak. I guess an argument could be made about the viability of putting a team in the middle of the desert in the first place, but remember, this is the NHL and it’s about passion and fortitude, not logic, common sense or reality.

Instead of this grim, foreboding death watch, maybe it’s time to think positive about this thing. Perhaps we need to look at what hockey in Phoenix has to offer and not dwell on what it doesn’t. Enough space has been wasted on stupid material like pie charts, demographics and projections. What we need here is more blind optimism about this thing.

read on for some “blind optimism” (the drug-of-choice for every NHL fan, I dare say).

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Todd McLellan on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

San Jose Head Coach Todd McLellan will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman

The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, todd+mclellan

The KHL ASG Experience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Clymer at the Hockey News,

Hey everyone. Everything is going great here in Belarus with Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental League. I was recently part of a special event I’d like to share with you that was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The KHL All-Star Game took place in Moscow’s Red Square Saturday and pitted Team Jagr (or the import all-stars) against Team Yashin (or the Russian all-stars) and I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to play….

I loved being able to participate in this event because of the history of where it was being played, not only political, but hockey-related as well. I didn’t know this, but Igor Ulanov told me there was a game there in 2006 that pitted some of the Russian all-time greats (Sergei Makarov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, etc.) against ex-NHLers for charity. Red Square brings a unique atmosphere and it was neat to be involved with something that is similar to what the NHL has been doing in recent years.

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Salary Cap Not Helping All Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Because of the salary cap that Bettman imposed, the Lightning and Senators are toast for years to come. How is that good for the fans? More important, how is that good for the National Hockey League?

And there’s no guarantee that these two teams are the only ones that will be adversely affected. They’re just the first. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, among others, could soon find themselves in the same boat.

The problem? Once your team stops producing despite high-priced players, you’re doomed. There’s no way out of it.

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Sanford Clears Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Goaltender Curtis Sanford cleared waivers on Thursday and has been sent to Manitoba of the AHL

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