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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If you’re a tough guy you should respect the honor code. There were people fighting around us and I was holding Verot. Then he told me: “Ok, we are done. No fighting”. I released his hand and in a second he punched me in the face. I didn’t see that coming and that’s why I fell down.”

-Jaromir Jagr on the brawl in the KHL yesterday.. More from Jagr at RussianHockeyfans.com.

 

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Do You Want The NHL To Expand Into Europe?

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Many in hockey believe there is a way for the NHL to escape the black hole dug by the ailing teams in the south. However, it would require decision making that was creative and bold.

  Here’s what the NHL would do. It would begin the process of expanding to Europe. And it would move quickly, because the Kontinental Hockey League is pushing ahead with its plans to establish a pan-European league. Once that happens, the door to Europe will close on the NHL.

  “It will be too late for the NHL very shortly,” a source with close ties to European hockey said this week.

  A pan-European league is likely to be announced in 12 to 24 months. The KHL’s billionaire founder Alexander Medvedev has hired a consultant in Sweden to advise him on expanding into Western Europe, and a recommendation has already been made.

  “The consultant has told Medvedev that the best way to expand hockey in Europe is not to conquer Europe but to bring partnerships together,” the source said.

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All Star Game 2010

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is no NHL All Star Game in 2010 because the Olympic break already forces a compressed schedule and the NHL is opting to get rid of All Star Weekend to free up some time.  Nevertheless, we can pick teams for a hypothetical game.  I will assume that the same rules apply as in the actual All Star Games.  There is a fan ballot to select starters.  This will have to be “simulated”, in that I will have to guess who fan voters might have selected.  Probably my choices would not be accurate should there actually have been a vote because there will be ballot stuffing by some teams and likely undeserving players selected.  Nevertheless, I think I chose a reasonable group of three forwards, 2 defencemen and one goalie per conference who might have been selected as starters.  The rosters are then filled out to contain at least one player per team and have 12 forwards, 6 defencemen and three goalies per conference. 

Here are hypothetical All Star Game rosters, with hypothetical starters denoted by *:

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They Wouldn’t Even Think Of It, Would They?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Best we can tell, no truth to the increasing rumor that the Bruins are considering their own alternative “CH’’ logo, emblematic of Club Hub, solely for games in Montreal.

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Around The Hockey World

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• We all love Sid the Kid, but if you were voting for the top centre in the NHL today, wouldn’t it be Henrik Sedin or Jumbo Joe Thornton? Sedin has proven, to everybody, that he’s a stud. You can’t push him around. He’s a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate. He would be running away with the NHL scoring race if his brother, Daniel, hadn’t missed 18 games with that broken foot. How good is Henrik? Heading into Saturday’s game with the Calgary Flames, in the 52 games, Alex Burrows has been his linemate, he has 32 goals and 52 points.

• Can somebody tell me why the Chicago Blackhawks would screw up a good thing by bringing in Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers as a rental on the trade deadline day?...

• Rest assured, Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson will be trading Filatov, probably at the entry draft in June, because he’s not going to have a kid dictate who he plays or how many minutes he plays. He’ll have no trouble moving the forward, for the top four D-man he needs.

more hockey talk…

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Big Hit From Saturday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brad Luckowich of the Canucks on the Flames Rene Bourque.

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Not Much Going Right For Burke

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

A quick Brian Burke report card. His team stinks.

His friend, the coach, can’t get the Maple Leafs to kill penalties or play anything resembling team defence. His big acquisition, Phil Kessel, has gone soft and sour. He won’t be drafting Taylor Hall in June or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the year after. And his college free-agent signings are nowhere to be found while David McNab, who signed Andy McDonald and Dustin Penner for Anaheim, has come up with another good one for his former team in Dan Sexton.

Outside of goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who has had two heart procedures and a groin injury in his rookie season, little has gone right in Burke’s world and, knowing him, that has to driving him to absolute frustration.

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Stars Face Crucial Road Trip

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

When Dallas plays at Columbus at 6 p.m. today, it will be the first of six games out of the next eight on the road, where the Stars are 1-6-3 in their last 10.

The Stars will follow the Columbus contest with games in Philadelphia and Montreal, come home for games against Detroit and Minnesota, then go back out for games in Vancouver, Edmonton and Colorado. While they won’t secure a playoff spot by having great trips, they could put any playoff hopes in severe jeopardy if they have bad trips.

“Everybody is playing at a .600 clip now, so we have to play at that clip or better,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said, before adding that the only way to do that is to put the rest of the schedule in the distance and concentrate on the next game.

“You really have to have the focus of single game,” he said. “Our job is to put in our best effort and our best game plan for every game. For players to be successful, it’s a hard job, but you have to have a singular focus.”

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Sykora Treatment Questioned

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

He was told this morning he wasn’t playing but that he still had to skate warmups. James Sheppard did not have to skate warmups. Somebody asked me on Twitter during warmups if he was playing because he was warming up, and I replied, “No. They treat him like a rookie.”

Whether that was appropriate of me to say or not, I said it and I said it because I know the veteran of five Stanley Cup Finals and 900-plus regular season games was told that he had to skate warmups even though there was no intention of playing him.

Later in the game tonight, agent Allan Walsh retweeted my tweet. Then he tweeted, “No, the coach is treating Sykora with less respect than a rookie.” and “Sykora is a healthy scratch for the 2nd game in a row.”

I talked to Allan after the game because Twitter’s obviously public and I couldn’t ignore it, but he didn’t want to comment further publicly.

read on for talk on the Wild win over the Blackhawks last night…

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Ladies And Gentlemen, Your 2020 Detroit Red Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seems like they had the puck the whole third period, didn’t it?  Interesting.  Oh, and of all the 31 saves Jim Howard made…how many were screened? Not a lot.  Nice little transition from defense to offense, speed through the neutral zone…looked familiar.

Oh and beating down yet another “best in the West”?  Yes please. 

6 out of 8, all against teams ahead of us. And each of the 3 wins…one goal allowed. 

Yeah, it’s starting to look a lot like Hockeytown. Only this time? Youth is being served.  In a big way.

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