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New Canadiens Practice Facility Collapses

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

Sections of a training facility being built for the Montreal Canadiens collapsed in Brossard on Monday afternoon.

The centre was being built in the South Shore suburb near Autoroute 10 and 30.

Half of the steel structure gave way around 1:30 p.m. ET, giving crews a major shock, police said.

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  Tags: habs, training+facility

Sutter Has No Plans To Trade Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

With 24 hours to go until the NHL’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames don’t appear willing to deal away winger Alex Tanguay.

General Manager Darryl Sutter told reporters on Monday afternoon that he is not trading Tanguay and he likes the make up of his team.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Youth Isn’t Everything

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

As the trading deadline approaches, fans prepare for the familiar scene. 

The also-rans ship out their veterans. In return, they may take youngsters with potential, but only when they can’t get first-round draft picks.  Those first-rounders are widely believed to be the most valuable currency in the National Hockey League.

Listen to the average fan and he knows the answer: “You’ve got to build through the draft,” he will say. “You need to start with good young kids and you only get them with high draft picks.”

Nice theory. Totally wrong.

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  Tags: nhl+draft, prospects

Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 24.

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As Expected, Mac Is Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with quotes from McCarty and the organ-I-zation.

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed right wing Darren McCarty to a one-year contract and assigned him to Grand Rapids on a 14-day conditioning loan.

‘‘Darren has earned this opportunity,’’ said Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland. ‘‘He’s made great strides in the past several months and we wanted to give him the chance to continue in hopes he can contribute to the Red Wings once again.’‘

Khan(!) reports the Wings expect him in Detroit around 10 March.  Wings schedule: 5 March, home, St. Louis; 9 March, home, Bubba; 11 March, home, Chicago.

 

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The Willing Rental

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

While the hockey world (at least the part that doesn’t include Toronto) falls all over itself propping up Mats Sundin as the picture of integrity, Greg Eno reminds us of a former Wing who had no problem getting the hell out of that town as quickly as possible.

They booed him, unmercifully, every time he touched the puck. They made signs deriding him. Games at Maple Leaf Gardens became nasty. The fans were bidding him good riddance.

And he was one of theirs.

Larry Murphy, at the trade deadline in 1997, was held up as the punching bag for Toronto Maple Leafs fans frustrated with the team’s Stanley Cup drought—which continues today and is now 41 years old.

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Billionaires Win More Hockey Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Forbes via The Financial Post,

Eleven billionaires currently own all of or a stake in 10 of the NHL’s franchises. (Not included in this group is the Minnesota Wild. Craig Leipold bought a stake in the club this January but technically his wife, Helen Johnson-Leipold, is the billionaire in the family.)

According to payroll data from Nhlscap.com, the teams with billionaire owners are on track to spend an average of US$47.8-million on player salaries during the current season. The 20 teams without billionaire owners are on track to spend an average of US$45.1-million this season.  That US$2.7-million difference between the two groups is a notable amount in the NHL. It’s enough to pay this year’s salary for an All-Star like Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings winger is tied for third in the NHL in total points this year.

There’s a correlation between the extra spending and winning. As of Friday, billionaire-owned teams were averaging 62.3 points for the season. Teams not owned by billionaires were averaging 59.8 points.

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  Tags: billionaires, nhl+owners

The Kukla’s Korner Primer For Trade Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In order to provide KK readers with quickest load-times during this busy time, we have removed the scoreboard widget on the right sidebar.  It will return in time for the games tomorrow night.

If this is your first time at KK during the trade period, may we suggest you keep an eye on previous posts.  If additional information comes about regarding that topic, we may just add to that post, depending on the importance of the new information.

We will be hard at work so emails may be returned at a delayed pace for the next day or so and as always, feel free to use the KK Forums and KK Chat Rooms with any news you may have.

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High On The Horse In Denver

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow. Adrian Dater’s on a roll this morning.  Applauding Mats Sundin.  Good.  Nice guy. Tough decision.  Deserves your admiration, Adrian.  But then he gets a little crazy.  And I think you’ll see where I’m going with this after you read a bit.

I think Sundin had this vision of himself, say, as a Red Wing, lifting up the Cup and having this awful thought suddenly like, ‘Wait a minute, this is a fraud. I’m no more a real Red Wing than that guy in the stands over there, with his store-bought red and white jersey.’

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What Columbus Could Offer For Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets’ offer to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards is: right winger Gilbert Brule, right winger Dan Fritsche and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

That makes sense to me. I just talked to one those players’ agents, who said: “That makes sense to me, too.”

The Blue Jackets wouldn’t want to part with Brule, as he’s starting to really come on now. But, hey, you’re not going to get Richards without giving up at least one top prospect.

continued... and in a new post from P-r, he believes nothing will happen today with the Lightning.

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