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Bob Cole Wants To Continue At HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Bob Cole is enjoying one of his best years in broadcasting. He wants to continue as Hockey Night In Canada’s lead play-by-play voice and has no intention of retiring.

That is the message Cole’s agent Elliott Kerr will take to Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, when the two meet next month to discuss Cole’s future.

“Bob wants to keep going and has no desire to retire,” Kerr said Friday.

continued

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  Tags: bob+cole

Wild Extend Nick Schultz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russo’s Rants,

Defenseman Nick Schultz has signed a six-year, $21 million extension, the longest contract in Wild history. The particulars will be up later.

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  Tags: nick+schultz

Sundin Still True To His Word

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sundin spoke to the media at Saturday’s morning skate and admitted that interim GM Cliff Fletcher had asked him to waive his clause, allowing the club to pursue a trade.

‘‘The Leafs gave me a chance to think about it and all that but as I said my position hasn’t changed since the start of the year.

‘‘I have to do what feels right in my heart. I just don’t think I can go to another team if I don’t want to play for another team. That wouldn’t be right to myself. That’s how I feel right now.’‘

more

added 1:35pm, More on this from Paul Hunter ant the Toronto Star.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

The Roads Still Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back in Michigan for the weekend.  Will be at the UM/MSU game at the Joe this evening.  Believe I need a chiropractor after driving up I75 this morning.  Will try to work a little live-blog action from JLA during the game.

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Edmonton Should Make Some Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Sources have confirmed Lowe is trying to insinuate himself into the bidding war, such as it is, for overpriced Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards. Lowe hinted at it on Friday’s pay-per-view broadcast.

“Potentially a high-end player, if something of that type was available, that would be good,” he said.

His phone calls to Tampa GM Jay Feaster will likely go for naught, since Richards’ deal contains a no-movement clause and the chances of him hopping from one non-contender to another, with the attendant drop in temperature, would seem ridiculously small….

Lowe should get his nose dirty and try to move the underachieving Jarret Stoll and enigmatic Joni Pitkanen while there are willing buyers like Ottawa, Tampa and the Montreal Canadiens.

more

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Was The Extra Hit Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Red Wings play-by-play man Ken Daniels felt Dion Phaneuf could have let-up on a hit on the Wings Tomas Kopecky last night.  Your thoughts?

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, tomas+kopecky

Jokinen Needs To Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald,

With his team reeling, Panthers coach Jacques Martin indicated Friday he wants leading scorer Olli Jokinen to raise his game.

‘‘We need more out of people like Olli,’’ Martin said. ``We need more away from the puck. Other people have been contributing.’‘...

‘‘If it were your skate, you can imagine what you would go through,’’ he said. ``It has definitely been tough. Maybe I haven’t gotten enough rest….”

more on the Panthers…

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  Tags: olli+jokinen

Richards Would Look Good In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Rumor is, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards is available and the Blue Jackets are making a pitch. This is juicy.

The rumor first floated on TSN, the Canadian sports-television network, on Wednesday. TSN suggested that the Jackets were “front-runners” in the bidding. Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline confirmed as much, and reported that the Jackets had two scouts, including Don Boyd, director of player personnel, scouting the Lightning-Islanders game Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y.

Oh, man, if the Jackets can get their hands on this guy . . . he’s perfect for them.

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  Tags: brad+richards

Lidstrom On Course To Return In Two Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

There is apparently an Internet rumor floating around that claims Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury is more serious than the Red Wings are letting on. It states Lidstrom will miss two months because of a sprained MCL and a concussion.

Here’s what Wings coach Mike Babcock said about it after Friday’s game: “We think he’s two weeks (away), max. He’s feeling way better already, so that’s a positive thing for us.’‘

more on the Wings…

That is not even a rumor Ansar, but considering where it came from, well, let’s just say, you should question everything that comes from that website.

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Lou Lamoriello, who rarely is wrong when it comes to Hockey 101, put it best when asked whether there would be a flood of blockbuster deals before the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday.

With typical aplomb, the Devils’ boss opined, “I didn’t get a sense that there’s going to be an active market at the trade deadline.”

read on

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