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Summer Shopping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

As the season winds down, it’s already time for some teams to start making plans for next year.  One way to do that is to address holes in the lineup through free agency.

In this week’s edition of Backchecking, TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen takes a sneak peek at this summer’s free agent market.

We can assume, in the vast majority of cases, that teams will have some interest in their own free agents at a certain price, but there is always the risk that once a player reaches the open market, they can be lured away to a new team.

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Bergeron Not Ready For Contact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

After a visit with a neurologist yesterday, Patrice Bergeron was not cleared for contact practice. Bergeron was told that he needs to regain his strength and return to working out off the ice at 100 percent before he can bump bodies in practice.

Bergeron estimated he will be re-evaluated in two weeks, ruling out a regular-season return.

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

Conference Call Transcript: Ray Shero

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, the Pittsburgh Penguins made general manager Ray Shero available for a media conference call.  The Penguins currently sit first overall in the Eastern Conference with 97 points, and six points ahead of New Jersey and the New York Rangers in the race for first place in the Atlantic division.  They are looking to win their first divisional title since 1997-98.

Here is the transcript from the Q&A.



Q.  Watching the game last night, you had Crosby with Dupuis and Hossa.  What was the thinking in combining Dupuis because a lot of people would have thought he would have been a third or fourth line guy, and next thing is Crosby, first game back, talk about his soreness level or how he came out of the game, Hossa missing the third period.

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  Tags: conference+call, interview, media, nhl+transcript, ray+shero

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Valenti of 97.1 fm, the Wings flagship station… A caller asked what about Mac coming back, what will he do to help the Wings?

Valenti: “Nothing.  Why did Calgary get rid of him, why did Atlanta get rid of him?  You need to ask that question first!  Enjoy your memories, because that is all you got.  The guy don’t got nothing left.”

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  Tags: darren+mccarty

The Voting Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Trophy ballots for the NHL awards were delivered to members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association Thursday — earlier than usual by historical standards.

In the early 1980s, or the days of the Original 21, there were three voters per NHL city and they filled out paper as opposed to electronic ballots. That number eventually dropped to two, as the league expanded (and finding enough qualified voters in some markets proved difficult). More recently, the voter pool was expanded to include its largest number ever — up to 160 ballots could be cast this year — for the five trophies voted on by the PHWA: Hart, Norris, Selke, Lady Byng and Calder.

continued and other NHL topics too…

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You See How Rumors Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russia Today,

It looks as though Jaromir Jagr will rejoin the team he played for during the NHL lockout. The current New York Ranger will resign for Avangard Omsk for next season.

The Omsk club will start negotiations with the 36-year-old in New York next week.

See an earlier post from today regarding Jagr.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Scouting Is Key

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from Kelly Hrudey at Behind the Mask,

Hey Kelly, what’s wrong with my _ _ _ _ ?

Insert any team name you want, Flames, Canucks, Senators or Avalanche.

It’s a league-wide epidemic and it’s called “parity.”

Literally, within three minutes while waiting to board my flight in the Vancouver Airport this past Wednesday, I had two fans say the same thing to me, except one wanted to know about their Flames, the other, their Canucks.

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Changes To The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn Byrne at the Daily Miner,

In a recent discussion with my boss about the state of hockey, we arrived at a couple ways for the game to be improved, and maybe, bring us back into the fold.

Eliminating the center line would be a good start. Keep the two-line passing rule, but get rid of the middle line to allow for more fast breaks. More scoring would lead to more excitement….

Another rule that we decided would add some excitement would be a take-off from basketball’s three-seconds rule.

On power plays, a defensemen could only be in a predetermined area in front of the goal for five seconds. The defensemen would have to skate out of the area, opening up the inside for an attack by the team with the advantage.

These two simple changes would allow me (and maybe my boss) to watch the Coyotes’ last five games like a fanatic, and whether or not Phoenix made the postseason, I would tune into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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What’s Next For The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The next move by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will determine just how long this funk lasts. It is the most important organizational hire, in my opinion, since the Leafs lured Cliff Fletcher away from the powerhouse Calgary Flames in 1991. Don’t need to spell out what that did to revive the Leafs’ organization.

Now they need a 2008 version of that Fletcher while the present-day Fletcher helps caretake in the meantime.

Once the season is over, the obvious names must be sought after: Brian Burke in Anaheim, Ken Holland in Detroit, Jim Rutherford in Carolina, Doug Wilson in San Jose, Doug Risebrough in Minnesota, David Poile in Nashville and Colin Campbell, the NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations.

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Confidence In Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Carbonneau reinforced that organizational confidence in the aforementioned conversation with Price, the new starter.

“Coach Carbonneau came up and told me that the Montreal coaching staff and management would never put me in a position that they thought I couldn’t handle,” Price told NHL.com. “That’s all I needed to hear, and it gave me a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Carbonneau admitted his chat with Price wasn’t anything unusual, that he just wanted to show his support.

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  Tags: carey+price

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