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Did You Know The Staal Brothers Will Play Against Each Other?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Also, with NBC doing the game, prepare yourself four quite a few “Staals are brothers” references. Even more than an FSN Pittsburgh broadcast. Network television is generally geared towards the most broad, generic mentally dull audience available. So instead of actually explaining the Penguins’ power play, they’ll just bring up the Staals 902 times.

more on today’s Rangers/Penguins game…

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Sunday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• There’s no guarantee Osgood will be the goalie to start the playoffs if this keeps up. Conklin is a huge favourite in the Red Wings room. They like everything about him except his love of flying. He’s got his own little Super Cub two-seater after first taking flying lessons when he was playing for the Oilers.

“I limit my flying to Redbird (team plane) and Northwest,” joked Kris Draper, talking to Detroit writers. “I’m not flying Ty Conklin Air. Not a chance.”

• New York Islanders winger Bill Guerin has a no-move clause in his contract, but if New Jersey came calling at the deadline and he could rejoin Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston, would he say no?

• The Boston Bruins have Marco Sturm on the long-term injury list, which saves them his $3.5 million salary and also gives them a shot at another forward at the deadline if he’s out several months. If the St. Louis Blues aren’t in the playoff hunt at the March 4 deadline, would they move Keith Tkachuk, who grew up in Massachussets and went to school in Boston?

more hockey talk…

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Statement Made

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SanJoseSharks.com,

“We came out on top and that is what we set out to do,” said Dan Boyle.

The hero on the night was Milan Michalek who has the primary assist on two goals and used a dramatic burst of speed to make the game 5-4 and change the momentum in San Jose’s direction for the remainder of the evening.

“It was a great game tonight,” said Michalek. “It was good to get the goal and the win. We want people to know that we are the best in the NHL.”

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Watch the game highlights below…

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Players Want Added Penalty For Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The players, said union boss Paul Kelly, remain eager to work with league officials on adding penalties for those who target opponents’ heads with checks. “The trick is to do that without reducing the amount of contact that is part of what makes this such a great sport,” he said.

The five players on the Competition Committee: Jason Spezza, Mathieu Schneider, Brian Campbell, Jeff Halpern, and Ryan Miller. To sum up their dislikes: 1. whistles (needless stops in play) and 2. defensive, trapping hockey. Sounds like a group that gets it.

more hockey notes…

Paul Kelly talked with Ron MacLean last night on numerous topics.  Watch the ten minute interview below…

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How About Rangers - Islanders For Next Winter Classic?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now that it has a hit on its hands, the NHL should whenever possible use the Winter Classic as a vehicle to help needy markets and franchises.

Which is why next season’s Winter Classic should be played in New York between the Islanders New York Islanders and Rangers New York Rangers , whether at this new rich mans’ palace masquerading as Yankee Stadium or at the Mets New York Mets ’ new ballpark with the stigmatized name, or in Central Park….

We know. The national TV ratings would take a beating. So what? It’s a singular affair. The NHL claims that TV ratings are secondary, anyway, when they lag, so what is the purpose of constructing a one-day exhibition simply to inflate numbers on a fleeting basis?

A Jan. 1, 2010 outdoors Battle of New York would energize and elevate the Islanders. It would give this woebegone club a spotlight event. It would put hockey on the back page in New York, and not only for a day, but for a number of days.

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Sunday Rumor Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The word is Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is shopping C Daniel Briere and his huge contract. While Briere has extended his rehab assignment from a groin injury with AHL’s Phantoms through tonight, Holmgren has been trying to find room for his $6.5-million (all terms US) cap hit. Since finding somebody to take Briere, who has missed 29 of the club’s last 30 games, is going to be nearly impossible because he has five years left on his deal, the club will likely have to move D Randy Jones and RW Joffrey Lupul to make room for Briere.

• Pat Quinn is considered the top candidate to replace Therrien, TSN analyst Pierre McGuire shouldn’t be ruled out as a possible replacement.

more of the rumor talk

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Islanders Beaten By The Waiver Rules

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I wrote a couple days a go that New York Islanders are the worst team in the NHL and point to the root cause of the problem as poor management decisions off-ice.  Both the decisions on who should be in the Islanders brain trust and the decisions by those people have been poor.  We had a very good example of such a decision occur yesterday.

The New York Islanders goaltending is a problem, due partially to injury.  Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely (probably for the rest of the season) with knee problems.  In DiPietro’s absence, Joey MacDonald has been their top goalie.  He has a groin injury and should be out a few weeks.  That leaves them with Yann Danis and Peter Mannino as their NHL goaltending pair.  This is an AHL pairing.  So something had to be done.

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The Cuban Donation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks Owner, wants to give $25K to the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund in the names of Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore.

Read more at Newsday via the AP.

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No Plans To Trade Spezza

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

Jason Spezza has been a lightning rod for criticism in Ottawa this season, but Senators general manager Bryan Murray has no intention of trading his superstar centre.

“I don’t know that you’d ever not trade anyone, but Jason is not on the trading block,” Murray told Sportsnet prior to Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens. “He is a guy that you should be able to build a hockey team around.”...

“He’s a good player on this hockey club. I don’t know how you acquire another guy like this if you trade him away,” continued Murray. “My intent is not to do that. I think the core here is a good core. We just have to help them a little bit in a couple areas.”

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Young? Restless? Bored?  Well Come On In. It’s A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul Kelly on HNIC, “I suspect Henrik enjoys playing in Detroit.  We respect players when they decide to take a hometown discount. If I was in his shoes, and I wanted to stay in Detroit, I’d sit down with Kenny Holland and hear what he has to say.”

I dig that guy.

Enough of that.

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