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Why Was Phaneuf Traded?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

A candid Olli Jokinen suggests Dion Phaneuf may have been railroaded out of Calgary because of the loathing of disgruntled Flames supporters.

Speaking just minutes after he had made his New York Rangers home debut Thursday night, Jokinen strongly rejected the notion that Phaneuf was shipped to Toronto last Sunday because he was a cancer in the Flames dressing room.

“No, no, no. Not at all. He’s a great teammate,” Jokinen said after the Rangers’ 6-5 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

Okay, then why did general manager Darryl Sutter trade the young defenceman?

“The biggest thing is, (Phaneuf) wasn’t accepted by the Calgary fans, even though he was once a Norris Trophy candidate,” Jokinen said.


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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, olli+jokinen

Stamkos With A Booming Shot & Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This goal brings back memories of Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy and others streaking down the wing and just firing.

We don’t see as many of these type of goals as we did in the past, but they sure are nice when they happen.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steven+stamkos

Getzlaf Finds Someone He Can Take On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+getzlaf

Let’s End This Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are at a hockey game and some ignorant person next to you pulls out a laser, draw attention to that person until security comes and halls the fool away.

Don’t worry, the person will not hurt you, even though he/she feels they can control a hockey game by pointing a laser at a visiting goalie.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

What Was Atlanta Thinking?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Brady at am640,

I don’t want to hack on Don Waddell.  Really, I don’t. But in the NHL, there’s no GM who’s accomplished so very little, with such an opportunity with high picks and good young players, and for a while, the ability to spend money and not be a “budget” team for much of their existence.

But following the trade of the best player the franchise has ever had, and the most prolific NHL goalscorer since the 04/05 lockout, this insanity of the Atlanta Thrashers ownership continuing to employ him HAS to end.

Kovalchuk went to the New Jersey Devils, where he may become, officially, after his first shift against the Maple Leafs in Newark tomorrow night, the most exciting forward ever to wear a Devils jersey. I don’t think that’s a stretch - and I was a huge Randy McKay fan.  Ahem.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Kovalchuk Will Play Tomorrow Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Iya Kovalchuk will make his Devils’ debut Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center, general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

Defensman Anssi Salmela, who was reacquired in the deal, also is expected to be in the Devils’ lineup Friday night….

Lamoriello said the idea of trying to re-sign Kovalchuk was not something that factored into his decision on making the trade.

“That has not even been a thought at this moment,” Lamoriello said. “What we want to do is just get him here, get him into the environment, get him into the lineup, get our coaches to see what he brings. We see what what he brings, he sees what we bring and not even think about that (re-signing him) whatsoever. That is not the thought process at this time. It is to get this team better and in the next couple of weeks get sort of an aquaintance so that once the break is over we get all of our players back. Paul Martin will be back. David Clarkson will be back. Certainly, Patrik (Elias) should be back before then, hopefully, and then we’ll know what we are.”


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Waddell’s Letter To The Atlanta Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AtlantaThrashers.com,

After several months of negotiations toward a long-term contract with forward Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent, we were unable to reach an agreement and elected to trade Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Salmela to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first round draft pick in 2010.

We want you, our fans, to know that throughout the negotiation process, the Thrashers organization remained committed to offering Ilya a contract that exceeded those of the league’s best and highest paid players, and was commensurate to his skill level and performance history.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+waddell

Kovalchuk To The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Details coming.  Credit Kevin Allen for all his work.

added 7:33pm, Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Johnny Oduya to atl

Of course, just part of the deal.

added 8:02pm, via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Believe the deal is Oduya, Bergfors, Nick Palmieri and a first rounder

added 8:07pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

RDS reporting: Oduya, Bergfors, Tedenby and 1st round pick.

added 8:13pm, from Kevin Allen’s tweet,

Atlanta Thrashers receive Oduya, Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st-round pick for Kovalchuk

added 8:19pm, TSN confirms Kevin Allen’s tweet.

added 8:27pm, via Jay Grossman Twitter,

Our other client, Anssi Salmela also in deal. Going back to NJD

added 8:33pm, Ben Wright of the Thrashers tweets teams swap 2nd round picks too.

added 8:38pm, Don Waddell talks about the trade.  Watch below…


Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Kovalchuck Deal May Be Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kevin Allen tweets,

Told Kovalchuk is being traded to an Eastern Conference team tonight. I’m awaiting confirmation that deal is complete.

added 7:00pm, Bob McKenzie tweets,

I concur with Kevin Allen. Kovalchuk is being traded tonight.

added 7:19pm, Kevin Allen tweets he will release info at 7:30pm.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Report- The Souray List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini has a list of at least six teams Sheldon Souray would waive his no-trade clause to join, assuming one of these teams is willing to accept the gamble presented in Souray’s surgically-repaired hand.

Anaheim, Dallas and the Los Angeles Kings are listed as the three Western Conference teams on Souray’s wish list, while somewhat surprisingly, the Eastern Conference is well represented as well in Washington, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.


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  Tags: sheldon+souray

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