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A Look At Sakic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

It’s possible we could soon witness the final month or two of Sakic’s marvelous career. He’s still rehabbing a serious injury, one that has made skating impossible for weeks now, and he’ll be 39 in five months. There are some around the longtime captain who hint this could be it if his body doesn’t respond.

If that is the case, just in case, get your tickets now for the Avs’ final home games. If this season is the end for Sakic, it’ll probably be a long time before we see someone of his kind again.

But if I were a betting man, I’d say we’ll see more of No. 19 beyond this year. Don’t forget: The next Winter Olympics are in his hometown of Vancouver, and Sakic would dearly love to play on one last Canadian team in front of friends and family.

more on Sakic…

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Sellers’ Market

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s believed Murray has held talks with the Kings, Lightning and Coyotes to see who they will make available if they become sellers once the deadline arrives.

But with the Senators struggling, teams are trying to squeeze Murray for more, which means if Ottawa makes a deal, it might be forced to overpay.

The Senators might be willing to dangle prospects Brian Lee, Ilja Zubov and Nick Foligno as part of a deal.

read on for more NHL talk…

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Embarrassing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

For the love of God, for pity’s sake, somebody shoot this team.

Put it down, out if its misery.

And if Mats Sundin isn’t saying today, where do I sign, or un-sign, then he’s a sadomasochist, perhaps a fool.

What the captain did say last night, after taking nearly an hour to emerge from the inner sanctum of the dressing room, was: “Everybody that wore the sweater tonight should be ashamed of the way we played. The effort we put out in front of our home fans was embarrassing.”

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Million Dollar Goal?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 0956: quick analysis (at bottom of this post) of several Wing forwards who left, and how they fared the next season. 
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Dan Cleary may have made himself a few bucks last night. We’ll get to that in a minute.  First, I see that Teemu Selanne registered a point in his first game back.  That’s nice. That’s a nice story.  I guess, and I’ll have to check with the league office on this one…I guess with one point in one game, he’s now considered a Hart front runner?  How disappointing that he couldn’t have planned just a little bit better, a return one or two games before the All Star break so that he could have justified a starter’s role in Atlanta.

Cleary?  Just a minute.  I’m not a big Peter Forsberg fan.  Can’t quite put my finger on it.  Something nags at me about him and I have trouble figuring it out.

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Bettman Talks Salary Cap In Tennessee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Bettman said he believes the new local ownership group can help the Predators get out of the red, even if the cap rises next season.

“I’m hoping and expecting, and I’m optimistic, that increased attendance, increased sponsorship involvement, increased business—that can be done with the enthusiastic support of the community—will also be a factor in bridging that gap,” Bettman said.

The spending money will have to come in part from increased fan and corporate support, since Nashville doesn’t get the big radio and television contracts some other NHL markets enjoy….

“If you think back to five years ago, there were teams with $20 million payrolls and $80 million payrolls,” Bettman said. “We believe the range we have is one that enables all teams to be competitive.

“If you look at the playoff races, if you look at our standings, I don’t think there’s a league with this kind of competitive balance. Every game throughout the season matters.”

On the plus side for small-market teams, the NHL’s revenue-sharing money increases as the league’s overall revenues rise.

more

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Offer From Katz To Purchase Oilers Is Accepted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Pharmaceutical billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to buy the Edmonton Oilers has been accepted.

The Katz camp has received letters of intent to sell from every member of the Edmonton Investors Group (EIG). This means, pending league and financial approval in the months to come, Katz for all intents and purposes will be the new owner of the franchise, however it may take up to two months for the NHL to grants it’s approval. Katz will hold a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the impending sale.

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Gretzky Welcomes Back Tocchet

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

And so, the prodigal will return, starting with Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tocchet, like Gretzky, is an NHL lifer, which suggests that his two years away from the game must have been difficult for him.

“It killed him,” agreed Gretzky. “You go through various stages — being disappointed, being embarrassed. But for him, now, his mom and dad are older people and they’ve been through a lot. It was tough on everybody — for him and his family, but you know what? He’s come through it. He’s grateful to the league for giving him a second chance. He’s grateful for how the league handled the investigation. There’s no animosity. He’s just looking to move forward.”

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  Tags: rick+tocchet, suspensions, wayne+gretzky

17 Points…Stress Train Is Full

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2229: Wings win 3-2 in OT.  Guess the “best teams” don’t always win.  In “Hockeytown” too. 

Update 2027:  Give the “best team” the Cup they deserve.  Tied 1-1 two minutes after the last update which was the cause of the goal which led to this update.

Update 2024: Wings lead the “best team in hockey” 1-0.  I’m just sayin’.  Still early. I’m sure, even though the Wings are 13-0-2 against the NW, that the “best team” will prevail.

I’m worried.  Worried sick I tell you. Stressing.  Total anguish.  A seventeen point lead in the conference is not enough on February 5th.  To confirm it, check out Wild Puck Banter.  The State of Hockey is right on our heels. 

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Talk Around The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Maybe Peter Forsberg will wind up in Philly or Denver or wherever; but a close friend of PF’s tells us that he wants to close his career on Broadway. Which prompts the question: would Glen Sather want PF? …

It says here that, yes, Jaromir Jagr will be a Ranger next season. …

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if – after the endless crying in the Toronto media – the Leafs made the playoffs! …

more NHL bits…

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The Greatest Trophy In Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Simpson at CBC,

Football’s Holy Grail is a silver football sitting on an elongated pedestal. That’s it. Nothing else. At 23 inches tall, it is often dwarfed by the behemoths of men who hold it in one hand like a stick over their heads in victory.

Somehow, this slight of a symbol doesn’t fit all the grandiose of the game it represents. The impact of the trophy pales in comparison to the effort it takes to achieve the accomplishment.

The Stanley Cup on the other hand, is larger than life, is a worshiped institution and in my opinion, is the greatest trophy in all of sports.

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