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Martin Talks Panthers Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin spoke with reporters on an NHL conference call Monday afternoon. Here are some of Martin’s thoughts on defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, whose current contract runs out after this season, as the league’s March 4 deadline draws closer.

When the team is in a playoff race how much does marketing and the trust of the fans play into any personnel decisions you make at the deadline?

“We appreciate our fans a great deal, but from a management standpoint, you can’t manage your team according to the fans. The last couple of years we’ve tried to build a team that would this franchise in the playoffs moving forward and we evaluate our strengths and areas we need to improve.

“When you get into the trading deadline, you look to improve for the stretch drive if you can. At the same time, we like our hockey club. We think our club has grown a great deal since last summer. We made a lot of moves in the offseason and we feel our team is improving as the season is moving along.”

more including Bouwmeester thoughts…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 23, 2009)—Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards, Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 22.

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Pens/Caps Ratings

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from Puck The Media,

According to Sports Business Journal,  NBC’s telecast of the Penguins/Capitals game on Sunday drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating.  It ties Rangers/Penguins (1/18/08) and Red Wings/Penguins (2/8/08) for the highest indoor rating NBC’s drawn this season.  The only comparable game from last year is the March 2nd Rangers/Flyers broadcast, which also drew a 1.1 rating.


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The Rats Are Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

We haven’t seen rubber rats in large numbers on Florida ice in quite some time, although the rubber rodents are definitely making a comeback.

Sure, the NHL came up with a rule to block the practice of throwing objects onto the ice during a game soon after the Panthers’ 1996 run to the Finals were over. That doesn’t mean people haven’t been doing it in smaller numbers since.


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Renney Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Live announces Renney firing!

added 12:08pm, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

In the midst of a late-season tailspin and with the strong possibility of his team missing the playoffs, Rangers head coach Tom Renney was dismissed today after more five years behind the bench.

No replacement was immediately named.

Ending weeks of media speculation, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather cut the cord today. A team spokesman said assistant coach Perry pearn also was fired. Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire remain.


Update 12:13pm - On Fan590, Nick Kypreos is suggesting that John Tortorella is being targeted by the Rangers as a replacement.

added 1:08pm, from Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,

Renney addressed the team in what was an emotional session, players said. Lundqvist agreed with the notion that it is odd inasmuch as, earlier in the season, Renney was considered maybe the top coach in the league. “He didn’t change,” the goalie said, adding that it is a results business and when the results aren’t there, changes have to come.

Wade Redden felt it personally, acknowledging that Renney always was loyal to him despite his struggles, and implied that he owes it to his now-former coach to step it up and justify that faith.


added 1:18pm, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes says Sather trying to get a deal done with Tortorella.

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Meeting Bobby Orr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Cole of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

I will never forget the first time I met the great Bobby Orr - another number four, another classy gentleman.

It was back in the 1968 Stanley Cup final in Montreal. That spring the Canadiens were playing the St. Louis Blues and ultimately swept the series.

Anyway, CBC Radio had brought me to Montreal to do the fourth game, which was, of course, the last game in the series. Ted Darling was doing the play-by-play, Fred Sgambati was the host and I was brought in to do a few odds and ends. Basically, they wanted to see what I could do.

Bobby, who was rookie of the year the previous season, won his first of eight Norris Trophies in 1968. He was brought in to Montreal along with his Boston Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson, who was the rookie of the year.

I had never met either young man, but I managed to get a CBC camera and set up an interview with them at the old Mount Royal Hotel.


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Thrashers Welcome Special Anthem Singer

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via the Atlanta Thrashers,

imageHLN anchor Christi Paul will sing the U.S. National Anthem prior to the Thrashers game on Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs. the Colorado Avalanche.

Paul, who joined CNN in 2003, anchors HLN weekdays from noon – 5 p.m. on the cable network. She has sung the anthem at other professional sporting events including the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians as well as the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the defunct International Hockey League.


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The Russian Way In The NHL

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

The league’s two best players are Russian. Four of the top 11 scorers are Russian. Three of the top 10 goalscorers. Even Sidney Crosby’s yapping during yesterday’s loss to Washington was an implicit acknowledgment of the truth: Crosby is only the second-best player on his own team and the league’s best and most exciting player is Alexander Ovechkin, not Crosby.

In a single week with the Montreal Canadiens, we got the entire spectrum the Russians bring to the game: Alex Kovalev - ordered to take two games off by GM Bob Gainey, - stormed back with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the struggling Senators.

Ovechkin scored another of his highlight-of-the-century goals against the Habs in Washington. His great young rival Evgeni Malkin, the next night in Pittsburgh, led the Penguins past the Canadiens.

And finally, the Kostitsyn brothers were scalded for their open association with one Pasquale Mangiola, who faces drug and weapons charges….

Many Canadian fans have the impression that Russians play only when they want to, that they are inscrutable, that all they want is to cash the paycheques and live the good life.

Some of it is true of certain players. Some is not.


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Don’t Expect Flyers To Make A Big Move

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from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Team officials privately, and coach John Stevens publicly, say the trade deadline probably won’t provide a big headline. There are salary-cap constraints and a limited number of available players who could make a big difference and, anyway, they like the team they have now.

“If the deadline comes and goes and the team that’s here is the team that’s here, I think we’re pretty confident this group can compete with anybody,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re looking for anybody to come in here and save the day. If we were to make any changes at all, I think it will be to complement what’s already here and not to resurrect anything.”


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Portzline:  Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I haven’t been paying too much attention to the various power rankings this year.  And you know me, so you know why.  If the Wings aren’t sitting on top of them, then those polls simply don’t exist in my mind.  Right. Wrong. It’s how I…you get the idea.

But hark.  What’s this?

Columbus Post Dispatch/Portszline

1. Detroit (1): It’s pretty remarkable that despite substantial goalie issues the Wings are closing in on 40 wins already.

2. San Jose (3): Yes, we see they’ve won three straight. But it’s this simple: We expect them to lose on Tuesday in Detroit.

We’re going to forgive young Aaron his calendar mistake and assume he knows a lot more than most other MSM hockey writers. 


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