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The Real Eastern Conference All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

...apparently this stuff matters to people, so here’s your unbiased quarter-season Eastern Conference All-Star ballot, based solely on this season’s performance.

G-Tim Thomas—He has the best numbers in the NHL and is the most entertaining hockey player since the monkey in the MVP movies.

D-Zdeno Chara—Still the single most intimidating presence in the NHL.  Plus, I like to keep him on my good side.

D-Andrei Markov—Okay, they were probably right on that one, though Washington’s Mike Green, Florida’s Jay Boewmeester and Ottawa’s Filip Kuba all merit consideration.

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Will Gloves Be Dropped Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Minnesota and Pittsburgh face each other tonight and that can mean only one thing- another Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard fight?

Empty Netters has highlights of their previous bouts.

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  Tags: derek+boogaard, eric+godard

Recalling The Words Of MacTavish

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

On Sept. 19, 2008, long before all the present bitterness and acrimony, coach Craig MacTavish summed up the giddy mood in Edmonton regarding his Edmonton Oilers, telling reporters it was like the days when Chris Pronger was in town. “This is the best chance we’ve had since then to win the division. I think it’s wide open and we’re going to be right there….

“We have lots of options. We’re in a good space right now. We have the personnel to have a championship-calibre team.”

A championshp-calibre team.

Talk about painting yourself into a corner.

read on

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  Tags: craig+mactavish

Colorado Signs Stastny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed 22-year-old center Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension beginning with the 2009-2010 season.

“Paul has clearly established himself as one of the bright young stars emerging in our game today,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “At a young age, he’s demonstrated tremendous skill, vision and composure on the ice and is recognized as one of the most complete players in our league.

“We’re pleased that Paul will remain with the Colorado Avalanche franchise long-term. This is another sign of our ownership’s commitment to winning.”

added 9:07pm, CBC reporting deal is for $33M.

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  Tags: paul+stastny

I Got More Than I Could Ask For…11 Cups, a 12 of Yuengling And A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, it was a barnburner.  Right down to the 1830 deadline.  And I have to tell you, the first band I cast a vote for?  Grand Funk.  Part of me was hoping for Glenn Fry so I could yank out some classic Eagles.  But there will be many other opportunities for that.

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Aha…The Freep’s Stirring It Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now this is some good stuff leading up to tonite’s tilt with the Oil.

Detroit Free Press

The numbers were astounding. The only thing more shocking than Edmonton’s rumored offer of as much as $81 million over nine seasons, was that Marian Hossa turned it down.

...“But I had my mind set since the beginning of the free agency that I will go to a strong team. At that point, even with the huge number, it didn’t matter because I know I wanted to go another direction.”

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Redden Takes On Old Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,

...here is what Redden said about facing the Senators tonight. He said he met up with Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips, and only then did the significance of tonight start to hit home.

“I just think it’s the final recognition, going up against the old guys,” Redden said. “I think it’s a good thing. It really hit home just seeing the guys yesterday. It was different. I’m excited about playing them. It’s been a big change this year. I don’t know. I’m just looking forward to getting out there against them and knowing that I am against them. It’s good to finally play them.”

more on the Rangers

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  Tags: wade+redden

Doug Gilmour Coaching OHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via the Globe & Mail:

Doug Gilmour is headed back to his hometown, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to become head coach of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.

The former Leafs captain had been an assistant coach with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies since August, and was the Leafs’ professional development adviser for two seasons before that.

continued…

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  Tags: doug+gilmour, kingston+frontenacs, toronto+marlies

Decisions to Make

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

So you’re Detroit GM Ken Holland…you’ve got Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa coming up to unrestricted free agency. You’ve already committed $37.5 million to next year’s cap on two goalies, seven defensemen and seven forwards. You have a sense of loyalty to Zetterberg and Franzen, but all three are playing like they deserve big, fat new contracts.

Hossa is on pace for 100-plus points and is not only leading your team in scoring, but he’s playing both ends of the ice and has fit into the program seamlessly. You’ve crunched the numbers every possible way and you know there’s no way you can sign all three and keep your team intact.

read on for more executive decisions to be made around the NHL

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  Tags: ken+holland

The Race Is On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So with both the under-achieving Flames and the disappointing Oilers set to reach the season’s quarter pole this week, the question needs to be asked: Which of Keenan and/or MacTavish will still be behind their team’s bench in January when the season hits the halfway mark?

Who gets fired first?

Keenan’s and MacTavish’s situations are far from similar, yet strangely, you could argue they are also exactly the same in a lot of areas.

Keenan is in only his second season behind the Calgary bench. MacTavish is in Year 8 in the Big E.

read on

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, mike+keenan

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