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Filatov On Loan To KHL Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned forward Nikita Filatov to CSKA (pronounced CHESH-ka) of the Kontinental Hockey League for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov has appeared in 13 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring two goals and adding eight penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.  He has tallied 6-0-6 and eight penalty minutes in 21 NHL games over the past two seasons.

“Nikita is a top prospect in our organization and we believe it is in the best interest of his development to play more and in all situations in the KHL,” said Howson.  “We have agreed to his request to be assigned to CSKA and this should afford him the opportunity to continue to work and develop his game in his hometown of Moscow.”

added 2:37pm, Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy talks to Filatov,

What are the main reasons of your decision?

There is only one reason. I think this is better for my development to go back and play in Russia. There are more opportunities there to develop as a player and to really compete. At least at this time. CSKA can give me more right now than Columbus, to whom I am thankful. And all I need is to get playing time.

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All Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

An in-depth interview with Gary Bettman from MACLEANS,

Q: It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for you, at least publicly. Do you still enjoy your job?

A: I love the job. I’m passionate about the game, and the people around the game, the way we as a sport connect with our fans. Every job has challenges, things that make the job interesting. I’m not exactly sure, by the way, that I buy into your characterization of tumultuous. That seems to be a little dramatic, perhaps media-centric, as opposed to the reality. But every business has day-to-day challenges, and that’s part of what gets those of us who work going every day.

Q: We want to give you a chance to respond to the broad perception here in Canada that you feel the future of the game lies in the United States—and that the real reason the NHL was in court this summer was to keep Canada from getting more teams.

A: I’ve got to ask you a question about your question. Where does that perception come from? What is it based on? Give me any factual basis and I’ll answer the question.

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Worst Player So Far This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I try to track the player who is the worst player who is playing a regular shift in the NHL.  It is interesting to see what kind of player will continue to be played despite playing poorly.  Early in the season it is usually a better known player, who was expected to produce and is failing.  Earlier this season I picked Vesa Toskala as the worst player in the league.  At that point he had a horrid 5.56 GAA and an .812 saves percentage.  Those numbers are clearly well below NHL calibre.  From that point, Toskala has not played much.  He suffered a knee injury and gave up the Toronto goaltending job to rookie Jonas Gustavsson.  Gustavsson has done a pretty solid job with a .903 saves percentage and a 3.06 GAA, though he was pulled very early in a poor outing versus Calgary in his last game.  Toskala has had three further appearances since I picked him as the worst player in the league and he is doing better.  Toskala’s season numbers are still bad, but they are significantly improved to a .853 saves percentage and a 4.44 GAA.  That drops him from the worst player position because he is not playing as regularly and because he is playing better.

My current selection for the worst regular in the NHL is Brad Richardson of the Los Angeles Kings.

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All Stu Siegel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wy of PuckDaddy,

As he and (Cliff) Viner take over the Panthers as co-general partners, Siegel spoke with us about the Panthers getting the Phoenix label; whether he plans on selling the franchise; winning fans on and off the ice; whether Florida needs a star player to succeed; and a peek into his life as a hockey fan.

But first, we wanted to know if Siegel regretted labeling their taking over the Panthers as a sign of mental instability.

Q. Now that the quote’s been picked up everywhere, do you regret telling the Sun-Sentinel that “we’re the only crazy ones that would do this” in taking over the Panthers?

SIEGEL: [Laughs] You know, it was taken a little out of context. I was trying to say that, you know, Cliff and myself are huge Panthers fans and hockey fans. We want to be accessible to the fans and all the constituents. That we want to cheer with them when things are good, we want to cry with them when things are bad.

The crazy thing was that we’re crazy about this and crazy about hockey.

If someone says, “Florida is another Phoenix,” what do you say to that?

Absolutely not. It’s not even a good comparison at all.

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Theodore On Leave

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Goalie Jose Theodore has returned to Washington for personal reasons, and the Caps have recalled Michal Neuvirth and Jay Beagle ahead of tonight’s game against the Rangers.

Neuvirth is here to back up Semyon Varlamov, and Beagle is here just in case David Steckel can’t go. Steckel took a teammate’s slap shot off the foot in practice yesterday and was last seen limping off the ice at Prudential Center.

As far as Theodore’s situation, I don’t have any details at the moment.

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Naslund Hopes To Play With Modo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Markus Naslund has decided to reunite with former teammate Peter Forsberg in their former club in Modo.

The former NHL player, who retired in early May, announced in a news release that he hopes to be able to skate with the team in a few weeks after he gets his conditioning up.

“I will do anything to get in shape and hope I can add something on the ice, but as everybody understands it’s not just to get on the ice and perform,” Naslund said in a statement.  “I’m really looking forward to play with Modo again and the fact that Peter and I will do it together is of course something really special.”

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Ducks Not Doing Their Job

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog, Center

Todd Marchant said that despite a stretch that’s seen them lose 10 of their last 13 games, the players haven’t tuned out Carlyle. When asked if the group is still listening to him, Marchant said, “Oh yeah. Absolutely.”

“I’ve been in situations like this before and that seems to be a common question,” Marchant added. ”Are people not listening to the coach? I don’t see that at all. I’ve never seen that at all. I’ve never seen where players don’t listen to the coach.

“For whatever reason, things just don’t work out the way you want them to. They don’t work out the way you draw them up.”

Carlyle visibly expressed his frustration following the loss to the Penguins. Marchant said the coach’s reaction is understandable.

“He’s as frustrated as anybody,” he said. ”The difference is we can go out and do something about it and he can’t. Coaching staffs can only do so much. They can only give you so much information. They can only diagram things so many times.

“It’s the players that ultimately have to go out and perform. That’s our job. Bottom line, you’ve got to go out and perform.”

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Doing It Right Down In Nashville

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As some of you may recall, I used to live in Tennessee.  One thing I learned about that state and about the residents there is that they are patriots to the core.  “God Bless America” is a song that stops you in your tracks down there.  The Pledge of Allegiance has a place in every school, every church and every home. 

And they love the military.  In about a week they’re gonna prove it.

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Duchene Off To A Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Twenty games into his rookie season, the highly touted Duchene is struggling, with two goals and seven assists. But that comes with a huge asterisk: his age. With a handful of exceptions, including one on his own roster, even the most gifted of Duchene’s hockey-playing contemporaries still are in major junior or NCAA hockey — dreaming of an NHL chance that might never come.

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Gambling In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

National Football League executives pat themselves on the back, noting they haven’t had a major gambling scandal in close to 50 years. National Hockey League vice-president Bill Daly calls gambling on NHL games by players or club officials a “hypothetical” issue.

Mostly, professional sports league administrators speak about how they have the twin-headed monster that is gambling and associated crime covered.

“Bull,” says Arnie Wexler, the former executive director of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling, a renowned speaker and a self-described “recovering compulsive gambler” who has counselled numerous professional and college athletes.

“This is a huge problem not only with players but some executives,” Wexler says. “It’s a hidden secret. They don’t want the information to get out to the public. So they try to hide it. They’re afraid the media will write about it.

“This is the big dirty secret. This is a bigger, dirtier secret than steroids for pro sports and it will be the next explosion.”

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