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Decisions Ahead For Nieuwendyk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars are a team in transition, and this is just 30 games into the transition. Yes, there are moves that can be made, and might be made. But the bottom line is new general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has a budget of $45 million for this season, and there’s no indication that will change, even if Tom Hicks does sell the Rangers.

So then you have to ask yourself – if you were the GM – would you try to roll the dice on a big move in attempt to possibly go after the Stanley Cup this year, or do you stay patient and allow your young players to get more experience?

It’s not an easy decision, and it probably weighs on Nieuwendyk all the time.

The Stars’ problem is they have some key players at important points in their careers.

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Just Imagine If The Coyotes Offense Improves

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from Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic (Thursday edition),

This us-against-the-world business doesn’t fly forever. An NHL team can only diet on rejection and revenge for so long before its true identity surfaces.

Guess what? The Coyotes are morphing into a darn good hockey team.

They have won five in a row and sit just four points out of second in the Western Conference with a big game in Los Angeles tonight. They have a goalie who treats the crease like a high-security vault and a unit that has killed 19 straight penalties.

The offense continues to struggle, but it speaks volumes that the team is finding ways to win without it.

“That’s what’s most exciting,” Shane Doan said. “We’ve won five in a row and we haven’t scored a goal on the power play? Our offense hasn’t done anything. It’s only a matter of time.”

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Ducks Owner Gets Good News In Court

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from Rachanee Srisavasdi of the OC Register,

A federal judge this afternoon set aside the guilty plea of Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Samueli and dismissed the criminal charges against him….

“I am going to set aside your guilty plea and I am going to dismiss your information against you,” Carney (U.S. District Judge) told Samueli. “I have looked at the plea agreement. I have listened to your testimony and you didn’t make a false material statement.”

Samueli responded: “You have restored my faith in the criminal justice system. ... Thank you your Honor.”

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added 9:52pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Following today’s ruling in U.S. District Court, Anaheim Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli issued the statement below:

“We are relieved and thankful for Judge Carney’s decision. Though the past two years have been difficult, we remained steadfast in our confidence in the justice system. We want to thank all those who have stood behind us through the entire process, specifically our fans, partners, hockey personnel, and our great staff at H & S Ventures, the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center.

“Moving forward, we are excited to continue our organizational efforts to better the Orange County community.”

Henry and Susan Samueli purchased the club on June 20, 2005. The Ducks became the first California-based club to win the Stanley Cup (2007) and have qualified for the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. The club has won more playoff games since 2005-06 (34) than any other team in the NHL with the exception of Detroit (43 wins).

 

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Winter Classic Truck Stops By ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Basically Barry Melrose talking about the Winter Classic.

The truck is there to shoot a spot with ESPN.

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What Means More Than A One Night Stand?  Well Duh…A Frigging Live Blog, That’s What

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

My reasoning for praying to Santa and Jobu for a win tonite is unusual.  It’s not so the Wings can grab a share of that elusive 8 spot in the West.  It’s not so that we can start building up a decent record at the Joe.  Even wrecking the evenings of little whining, pouting, bitter bitch Blues fans, the ones who wake up every morning with cramps they still attribute to an Yzerman slap shot right past the cute little blue note of Jon Casey?  Nope, that’s not even the reason.

I want the Wings to win tonite because I’d like to keep the Van Halen theme for a few weeks, but can’t do it unless it’s part of a winning streak.

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Olympic Goalie Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The only debate about who will play in net for USA at the Vancouver Canucks is whether Buffalo’s Ryan Miller has been the NHL’s best or second-best goalie for the first 10 weeks of the NHL season.  If Miller isn’t the favorite for the Vezina Trophy at this stage of the season, then he’s at least in the top three.

  The battle between Miller and Boston’s Tim Thomas, both of whom are Michigan natives, never materialized because Miller has been sensational since the opening night of the season.  The real goaltending battle for the Americans is for the No. 3 goalie, and I believe Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has the edge because he might be USA’s goaltender of the future.

  Here’s my read on goaltending battles for other countries:

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WoooHooo…The Blues Are In Town. Sing For The Laughter.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You woke up smiling this morning at just the mere prospect of it.  There are no guarantees, not this year.  But the possibility that thousands of Bitter Bitch Brittle Blues fans will sob themselves to sleep tonite after a loss to the evil Wings is enough to keep all of us warm all day.  Over at Game Time, where the moaning reaches a deafening roar by, well, game time…they’ve devoted 4 posts to the Wings.  Just today.  Awesome.

All games are exciting, but games against the Red Wings carry that little something extra. That something? Pure, unfiltered hate. I won’t be wearing anything red tomorrow.

No red on game days.  Crazy.

Oh yes…we know.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Call us old-fashioned, but we thought the game was better when each team had its own salary cap: it was called a budget.

-Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.  More from Michael plus additional hockey topics…

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Sabres Can Establish Their Identity This Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There are windows in a long NHL season that provide you with a nice barometer of what a team may be all about.

I think we have that this week with the Buffalo Sabres. Three home dates and three contenders in town in New Jersey, Washington and Chicago.

To me, at the end of that three-game set, we might know a little more about this Sabres team, which wants to belong with those elite squads.

Problem is, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was having none of my theory when I put it to him Tuesday after practice. He didn’t see any difference from these games this week than any others on the schedule.

“You point to a game on the calendar that’s going to be easy for me and we’ll skip these games,” said Ruff. “There are no easy games. This league is so tight, the parity is so good, if you don’t put the work in and go the little bit extra, you’re not going to win. It’s as simple as that. It really is that close.”

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It’s All About Performance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Let’s be honest; hockey is a results-oriented sport and when athletes are paid a lot of money and aren’t pulling the weight it’s hard to hide (especially when you are being paid the really big bucks).

As a result, the likes of Ottawa’s Jason Spezza ($8 million), the Rangers’ Chris Drury ($8.04 million) and Montreal’s Scott Gomez ($8 million) are often the focal point of conversations about some disappointing aspect of their team’s season….

There are players, however, who are enjoying excellent great bounce-back years and are taking steps toward re-establishing themselves as players of note, including:

Brad Richards, Dallas Stars: Richards was one of the NHL’s best centres when he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004—winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs along the way. In the wake of that success his game slipped to the point where the Lightning traded him to the Stars. Despite playing better defensively last season, Richards’ production dipped to 16 goals and 48 points in 56 games. This season Richards has nine goals and 35 points in 28 games as of Wednesday, good for eighth in league scoring…

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