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Fedorov:  “I spent my best years here.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And he’s not ruling out a return, in case…you know…you were wondering.

Sipple

“Obviously, like I said, most important thing, it’s out of my hands. If that kind of thing happened, that’s the route I’m going to take. Hopefully I’d be part of something that (has) been here before a few years back when we won here some Stanley Cups.”

 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit News,

“I didn’t feel comfortable, for sure, on the ice,” Hasek said. “Once I feel better, I’ll get back on the ice. Hopefully, I’ll be back on the ice next week, but I’m not sure.”

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Current Roster? Uncle Mike Likes It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Have you been wondering today, for several consecutive hours, what The Literate One thinks of all this trade talk?  I know you have.  And I’m here for you.  He’s not liking it.  What he does, apparently, like is the team as-is.

Shawn P. Roarke

“Bert was a great addition to our team, but he’s gone two months later. That’s a pretty expensive deal. I think it makes it hard.”

Babcock also joked that he would remind Holland of the Matthias deal every day until the Feb. 26 trade deadline – and the ensuing temptation to make another big deal – passes.

“I’m going to grind him for the next month every single day, as much as I can,” Babcock said, laughing.

 

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What It Takes to Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Yes, recent history shows that while any number of teams can get to a championship final, over the past dozen years — through the pre-salary cap and post-salary cap eras — every single Stanley Cup winner following the lockout-shortened 48-game season of 1994-95 finished in the top three in points in its conference and in the top five in points overall.

The reality is, it was easier to win a championship during the previous decade (1986 to 1995) by coming out of nowhere than it has been of late. In those 11 seasons (no NHL games were played in 2005-06), the teams that won the Stanley Cup finished first in their conferences four times, second in their conferences five times and third in their conferences twice (the Devils of ‘00 were actually placed fourth because they didn’t win their division, but actually finished with more points than the team seeded third).

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  Tags: stanley+cup

The Other Youngsters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,

These are exciting times in the NHL. Right now, the league is blessed with a LOT of young skill and this season is producing many individual breakouts. At every turn, an emerging player is making a difference for a playoff-contending team and franchises committed to prospect development are getting nice payoffs….

Alexander Radulov, Predators: During his last nine games he has scored 10 goals and added four assists. This is not a fluke; the 21-year-old right wing was a dominant scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the AHL (briefly) before working his way in the Nashville lineup.

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Hanlon Heads To Finland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Japers’ Rink found a report today stating Glen Hanlon will be coaching in Finland next season.

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  Tags: glen+hanlon

Kevin Allen on Fedorov, Other Potential Wing Moves

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and columnist for USA Today, agreed to answer a few questions regarding the trade deadline and this whole Fedorov situation.  Our questions and his replies are below.

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ESPN Experts Chime In On Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Barry Melrose and E.J. Hradek give their views on possible trades…

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Flyers Coach Points To His Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sielski of Philly Burbs,

“Subconsciously or consciously, we didn’t respect the game plan,” Stevens said. “We came in here trying to outscore the other team instead of checking the other team.”

Asked if there were anything he himself could do to shake his players out of this funk, Stevens didn’t hesitate to put the onus on them.

“In my opinion, we’ve got to show up and play,” he said. “Do what? Stop passing the puck to the guy in the other jersey? It’s ridiculous. We’ve got to come out with the kind of urgency we finish games with. We’re in a fight for our life.”

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  Tags: john+stevens

The Sabres Economic Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WBEN,

WBEN hockey analyst Jim Kelley says the Campbell question comes down to a broader issue of money and whether Sabres owner Tom Golisano wants to make it or save it.

A shot at the playoffs mean a few more home games, and more money, but Kelley says the million dollar question is whether that is worth it, as part of the team’s economic plan.

“You make a couple of million bucks with a home win… and that’s a significant part of the bottom line, ” Kelley tells WBEN’s Steve Cichon, adding that the long term future of players like Campbell are directly tied to whether the team can afford to look long or short term….

“It comes down to what your priorities are, ” Kelly says, adding that the lack of a clear signal has started rumours churning, that say Golisano could be looking to sell the team.

He stresses that they are rumors only, but ones that raise the broader philosophical question about team spending.

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