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True #1 Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

In light of Mike Green lighting the lamp for a seventh straight game Wednesday night versus the Rangers, I thought it pertinent to reprise the debate here for a broader audience: How many true No. 1 defensemen are out there and where do you draw the blueline when determining what defines that label?

The first part of the question came up after we’d collectively denied about eight names of No. 1 status.

“Kimmo Timonen?”

“What, Finland’s ‘I can’t believe it’s not Lidstrom!?’ No way.”

“Dion Phaneuf?”

“He’s not even the best defenseman on his team!”

“Duncan Keith?”

“Nah. He and Brent Seabrook are co-dependant.”

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Sharks/Bruins On Versus Draws Largest Regular Season Audience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve of Puck the Media gets this news today…

The Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Bruins on Tuesday was the highest-rated and most-watched regular-season game in Versus’ four years with the NHL. It drew a 0.54 household rating nationally (550,000 viewers) and was 69 percent above the network’s average for the season.

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Watching The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

There were 11 NHL scouts at Wednesday night’s game, including four from the Boston Bruins. Also represented were San Jose, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough has expressed a willingness to deal from his team’s strength, defense, to shore up its weakness, offense.

Outside of Brent Burns, one of the Wild’s untouchable young core, the Minnesota defenseman that would bring the most in a trade is probably veteran Kim Johnsson, who has one more year on a deal at a salary cap hit of $4.85 million.

Johnsson played a team-high 21:41 Wednesday.

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The Logo Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

No matter how hard Hockey Canada tries, no matter how much it begs, the International Olympic Committee refuses to let it put the traditional Team Canada logo on the sweaters for the 2010 Olympics.

The IOC just confirmed it will strictly enforce the no-logo policy on all Olympic uniforms.  It sounds rather silly on the surface, especially considering Team Canada has used the same design for 14 years.  But Hockey Canada is a corporation, their symbol is a brand, and the IOC argues that allowing it would lead nations to go a little logo…loco.

continued

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Datsyuk- MVP Candidate?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Hossa called Datsyuk the most complete player in the NHL. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom said he should be a Hart Trophy candidate as league MVP.

Datsyuk takes a nine-game scoring streak (five goals, 11 assists) into tonight’s game against Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena.

The surge has bumped him up to fourth in the league in scoring with 68 points, behind only Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, and last season’s MVP, Alex Ovechkin of Washington.

read on

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Habs In A Deep Slump

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,

To quantify this ugliness:

• It was the Canadiens’ seventh consecutive road loss;

• They have been outscored 35-14 through this span;

• In going oh-for-Alberta this week, they were outscored 13-4;

• Montreal has lost nine times in their last 11;

read on

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Study The Rule Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).

So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.

Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.

“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”

continued and watch the SO goal below…

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  Tags: jose+theodore

You Have To Give To Receive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The teams that need Khabibulin are Stanley Cup contenders, so its unlikely they are going to give up a top player in return. The Capitals might love to have Khabibulin for the playoffs, but they want to win a Cup, so who would they give up? Nylander? You make that call. I’d pass.

All of a sudden it looks as if Montreal might need a goalie. Do the Red Wings feel confident with Chris Osgood? But no way I deal Nik to Detroit, unless they want to give up Franzen.

Khabibulin might sign with the Wings in the off-season, though.

a bit more...

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Wow… That Would Be Really Stupid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Goaltending got you down in the dumps?  Did you wake up your children this morning demanding that they find a way to bring Tim Thomas to Hockeytown?

No?  Good. Me either.

Seriously.

But hey.  Want to feel smart?  ‘Cause if you do? I’ve got a plan.

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A Maple Leaf Fan’s Thoughts On Revenue Sharing

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I chose to write this piece from the point of view of a hypothetical Toronto Maple Leaf fan.  That allows me to fill in a few details that are team specific.  The general argument is the same for any large market team, but a few specifics must be changed to suit the market (for example one might remove the problem of missing the playoffs).

Toronto Maple Leafs tickets are the hottest ticket in town.  It is almost impossible to buy tickets.  As an example, I went to the Toronto Maple Leafs site through Ticketmaster and attempted to buy two tickets to the March 12th game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  This is a midweek game against a bad team that is a month away.  The best seats available were standing room only for that I get to pay over $76 for the two seats when including the Ticketmaster “convenience charge”.

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