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If You Can’t Find An Implosion…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well, well…when your team has no chance of making the playoffs, set your sights on the Wings.  That’s the MO of Blues apologist and Klessel groupie Andy Strickland.  Last year it was his prediction that the Wing room would “implode by Christmas.”

Now? Well now his “sources” are telling him Nick Lidstrom is going to be out longer than announced. Much longer.

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Can Ovechkin Be Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Editor’s note: In our “Friday Face off,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Is Alexander Ovechkin poised to be the new Gretzky, the player all the others will be chasing for years to come when it comes to goals?...

Scott: We often hear people bemoan the lack of a dynastic team, a team that captures the imagination of the hockey world. Do you think a single player can have that effect? We all know Crosby has proved himself to be special early on, but his high ankle sprain is going to cost him back-to-back MVP awards and league scoring titles. But if Ovechkin got to 60 or 65, do you think that would be some sort of catalyst to great excitement that transcends the normal?

Damien: Nope. Not while he’s in Washington. I know that won’t make the millions of Capitals fans across the world happy, or owner Ted Leonsis, or GM George McPhee, but the fact is, having Ovechkin not only in D.C. but in the Southeast Division just isn’t going to afford him the profile he deserves. At least not in the near future.

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How Close Is The Playoff Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—With four days remaining until the NHL trade deadline Tuesday at 3 p.m., ET, League-wide competition is as tight as ever. The 2007-08 regular season passed the three-quarter pole Thursday with 25 clubs within seven points of a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs, four clubs more than last season at this stage. At the three-quarter mark of the 2003-04 season, just 19 clubs were in such contention.

In addition, 17 clubs are within seven points of a division lead and five of six division leaders are in front by four points or fewer.

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Charges Dropped Against Kostopoulos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RDS (translated),

Tom Kostopoulos can breathe a bit easier since he has learned that there will be no charges against him in Florida in the wake of his arrest last week.

Kostopoulos aurait pu être accusé d’entrave au travail des policiers. Kostopoulos would have been accused of obstructing the work of police.

Le joueur du Canadien a présenté une lettre d’excuse aux policiers pour être intervenu lors de l’arrestation de son coéquipier Ryan O’Byrne. The Canadian player submitted a letter of apology to police to be intervened with the arrest of his teammate Ryan O’Byrne.

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Why These Trades Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many Detroit area residents are probably familar with the name Greg Brady.  Greg used to co-host the morning show on WDFN until the Detroit economy got the best of him.

Greg is now co=hosting the Bill Watters show on 640am in Toronto and also has beem suggesting a few trades on his blog…

TRADE #6: St. Louis Blues trade Lee Stempniak (F) and Jay McKee (D) to Detroit Red Wings for Kyle Quincey (D), Tomas Kopecky (F), Dick Axelsson (F), and Valterii Filppula (F).

Why the Blues do it: I know, I know. This is the most boring trade yet, Brady! Are you losing interest in your little filibuster here? Are you tired yet of watching Thompson Twins videos on Youtube while you stammer on and on? No, and…..possibly. Anyway—the Blues don’t hesitate to do this.

read on and make sure to check the sidebar for more suggested trades…

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Berger:  Wing Players Campaigning For Sundin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1513:  Khan(!) reporting that Holland is refuting Berger’s original report that the Wing players are pushing for Sundin.  See below.

Updated 1501:  Sportsnet is confirming that Leaf GM Cliff Fletcher has met with both McCabe and Sundin, as well as their agents.  Details at the bottom of this post.

Howard Berger, on Toronto’s Fan 590, just said that he’s spoken with a member of the Wing organ-I-zation who told him the players are making a push for Mats Sundin.  He made a point to say that those players aren’t just Swedes.

Also, via Sportsnet...looks like there’s something going on in Toronto.

Neither Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin nor defenceman Bryan McCabe were on the ice at the team’s practice this morning at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

There are unconfirmed reports that McCabe had a brief meeting with general manager Cliff Fletcher and immediately left the facility.

 

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One Hot Blogger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

Hey, Donny…look. You and your GM buddies were all hanging by the pool in Florida earlier in the week. Please, please…for the love of all things good and holy…PLEASE tell me you were nosing into the possibility of getting some help on defense…a Tomas Kaberle or a Campbell…or just SOME-FRIKIN’-BODY that maybe…JUST MAYBE…won’t act like a toll booth worker at the blue line as opposing forwards scamper by. “Exact change…Thank you…buh-bye…have a nice day”!

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Lookout Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

If the Rangers sedan has a rear view mirror, it should be immediately adjusted.

That ominous brigade in the background is neither a mirage nor a mistake. It IS the New York Islanders, of all people; of all playoff-seeking contenders.

Chauffeur Tom Renney must wonder whether he should be watching the road ahead of him—it leads to Buffalo on Saturday night—or the rampaging SUV with Nassau County plates on his tail.

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Flames Rarely Make A Big Splash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

When it comes to Sutter’s Flames on deadline day, that warning label should read: ‘Prepare to be disappointed.’

Although the Flames likely will be working the phones and kicking tires right until the clock strikes 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, history has shown Sutter refuses to overpay for the impact players most readily available at the deadline.

The biggest name brought aboard in the second half of a Sutter season here was Chris Simon in 2004, a few days before the actual closing date.

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Flyers Need Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Ford at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The losing streak has taken the Flyers from first place to last place in the Atlantic Division and has taken them entirely out of the playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Where they go from here is unknown. The trading deadline is Tuesday, and general manager Paul Holmgren couldn’t be blamed for taking advantage of it.

With Simon Gagne out for the season, the Flyers have extra money available for salaries, but that isn’t so easy, either. Every team looking for players is also looking for wingers and defensemen, just like the injury-riddled Flyers. They are loath to offer any of their younger players in trade, although there is an increasing sense that, if they do, it could be Jeff Carter who is moved.

more... In my opinion, the goaltending in Philly has been average at best, get better goaltending, the team gets better.

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