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High Tension Alert In Rangerland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

New coach John Tortorella says the problem is not lack of offensive talent, but tension created by the four-month slide necessitating a change behind the bench. But if the new coach thinks Chris Drury is tense, wait until the meeting when Glen Sather - who, much to the disappointment of the chanting fans, will not be fired any time soon - explains how tight the Rangers will be this summer against the salary cap.

Meantime, Tortorella sees his responsibility to pat enough backs to get the New York Pitty Pats into the playoffs, quite a task for a coach wrapped so tightly himself he has barred players and media from stepping on the big Ranger logo on the practice locker-room carpet.

In his mind, that might score some intangible points of pride. But the Rangers, hanging on to a playoff spot by one point, need tangible scores as soon as Naslund predicts they are coming.

“It is [a lack of] confidence,” said the winger. “That being said, we now are willing to take chances at the right times.

“We are putting more pressure on teams. It’s just a matter of time until they start going in, and it’s not a matter of weeks.”


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Another Paper Goes Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The Rocky Mountain News said it won’t publish anymore after Friday’s editions. After nearly 150 years, through the Civil War and two other World Wars, the News couldn’t survive a geek named Craig Newmark….

Rick Sadowski has been my primary competitor the last 14 years on the Avalanche beat. I wanted nothing more than to make Rick’s life miserable, and he wanted nothing more than to make mine miserable. We both succeeded on more than one occasion I think it’s fair to say.

But like anybody in a competition, while I wanted to “win”, I don’t think I wanted it to come to this. Rick has a family, whom I have met and even socialized with on several occasions. So, I feel for him and them tonight.


Rich Sadowski at Colorado Avalanche 24/7,

Covering the Avalanche/Devils game now, probably the final one of my career.

No bailout for the newspaper industry.

Enjoy the rest of the season.

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Guerin Would Accept The Right Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders veteran Bill Guerin is willing to waive his no-move clause to accept a trade if the right opportunity is presented.

Guerin hasn’t asked for a trade, but it’s believed he has discussed his trade potential with Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow and has acknowledged a willingness to consent.

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Battling In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Lucic, in perhaps his angriest bout as a pro, took a right hand to the left side of his jaw at the start of his scrap with Brown at 14:49 of the second period. It initially appeared that Lucic would fight Sheldon Brookbank, but Brown stepped in for a surprise swipe at the hulking second-year left winger.

“We were asking on the bench what happened, what initiated that,” said Julien. “But from what I heard, they got a cheap shot to start off, and I guess that’s what set [Lucic off].”

Breaking the game’s supposed code (fine print available nowhere), Lucic continued to punch after Brown went to the ice. No telling if his anger was based on Brown landing his punch before Lucic could get his gloves off, or whether Lucic was simply incensed by the pain inflicted by the punch. We’ll know more today.

more on the fight-filled night as Boston beat Anaheim 6-0.  Watch the Lucic/Brown scrap below…

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What’s Going On In Tampa?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Like stories of UFO sightings and Wilt Chamberlain’s love life, it’s hard to know where the truth ends and fiction begins with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

If you believe half the things you hear around the hockey world, you’d be convinced the ownership group led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie is holding its operation together with food stamps and returns from empties.

You’d also believe the franchise will revert to original owner William Davidson at the end of this season, that the house of cards Koules and Barrie have constructed will collapse and the NHL will be left with yet another public embarrassment.

That, at least, is the big story. But the other intrigues surrounding the Bolts are just as entertaining. There are the ongoing rumours concerning franchise icon Vinny Lecavalier. There are stories about financing and payrolls and papered houses and Barrie’s personal finances and Lightning employees being charged for parking—all of which creates the impression that this isn’t an NHL franchise so much as it’s the reincarnation of a WHA franchise.


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Question:  What If Osgood Still Sucks?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Everybody’s saying the right things, and every single one of you is seeing right through every quote.  It’s almost funny. 


The time off, Osgood said, was planned.

Really?  When?  Was it planned in October?  Did Ozzie and Uncle Mike and Tick Tock and Jimmy Bedard all sit down and say, “hey…how ‘bout a little siesta in late February?  You know, to rest the body, soul…and most definitely the mind?  How’s that sound?”

Or was it frigging planned about eleven days ago when nothing else was working and the only, final, recourse was to put Osgood on ice.

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San Jose…The Recap

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I know you’re excited about the first-ever “Hit Me Mick” game debuting tonite here aboard A2Y.  We’ll have the rules posted around noon, then it’s up to you to prepare as you see fit.  I’ll tell you this, the suggestions about limiting relevant phrases to around ten is a good one.  I’m going with that.  All I’m saying for now is that you’d better be ready and cracked by the first wink.

Now, on to something I would have liked to do yesterday but I got all scared and distracted.  We need to discuss the San Jose game.

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Trades Starting To Happen

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In a salary capped NHL there are few periods where teams will trade with one another.  One is at the trade deadline, which is coming on Wednesday.  As a result of the trade deadline approaching we are starting to see some deals.

Last week was the first deal with the Ottawa Senators acquiring Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli from the New York Islanders for Dean McAmmond and San Jose’s first round draft pick in 2009 (which the Sens had previously acquired from Tampa Bay in the Andrej Meszaros deal - Tampa had acquired it in the Dan Boyle trade).  Both Comrie and McAmmond are free agents to be this summer, so they don’t fit into long-term plans.  Comrie is the better of the two, but this distinction is probably lost when both Ottawa and the Islanders should miss the playoffs.  The portion of the deal that will last beyond this season is Chris Campoli for a first round draft pick.  The pick is in the later part of the first round (depending upon San Jose’s playoff success).  That is a big price to pay for a player like Chris Campoli.  I am sure that similar defencemen will be traded before the deadline for less.

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Brendan Witt Hit On Niklas Hagman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Witt of the Islanders received 5 minutes for an elbow plus a 10 and game misconduct for the hit on Niklas Hagman of the Leafs.

Hagman did not return to the game which was won by Toronto 5-4 in a shootout.

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Newsday Plans Major Change In Delivery Of Their News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via Yahoo,

Cablevision Systems Corp plans to charge online readers of its Newsday newspaper, a move that would make it one of the first large U.S. papers to reverse a trend toward free Web readership.

The paper said in a statement late on Thursday that it is in the process of transforming the site into a locally focused cable service….

Cablevision Chief Operating Officer Tom Rutledge said the cable TV company was aware of the difficulties faced by the traditional newspaper business.

“Our goal was and is to use our electronic network assets and subscriber relationships to transform the way news is distributed,” he said on a conference call with analysts.

“We plan to end the distribution of free Web content and make our news gathering capabilities a service for our customers,” he added.

more & thanks to Neil Best of the Watchdog Blog at Newsday for the pointer.

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