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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

 

A day later and I have a few impressions. They're mild and I certainly don't mean to ruffle feathers, because that's not who I am. So here we go. Are you disappointed that the Wings have acquired a man who blindsided another player from behind with a sucker punch that essentially broke his neck? You are? Not me.

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More “Air” For Brett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from USA TODAY,

Be careful what you wish for. The sharpshooting Hull criticized his network’s coverage Tuesday, saying he’s not getting enough airtime with NHL on NBC studio colleagues Bill Clement and Ray Ferraro.
“You need to have some sort of pregame or postgame show so we can sit down and talk about the trade deadline — or the Buffalo-Ottawa (brawl),” Hull says. “I have a lot to say. But in 20 seconds, you have to be some sort of English lit professor to do it with any style or bravado.”

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The MSM On Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders’ acquisition of Ryan Smyth from Edmonton was the talk of hockey in both countries. Here’s what the hockey world was saying about Ryan Smyth becoming a New York Islander.
DAMIEN COX, Toronto Star: “After months of gradually building a competitive team with a series of smaller moves, it was Snow, the most inexperienced member of the league’s GM fraternity, who completed a Hail Mary pass on NHL trade deadline day…In the end a greenhorn GM with a masters degree in administration from the University of Maine made the biggest splash and turned the Islanders into a team to watch again.”

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Hockey and High Heels?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Washington Capitals got creative in their promotions this past Monday, with an event for women to learn more about hockey and about the team.  The DC Sports Chick attended the event:

One incident at the end of the evening stood out for me. When Miss Chatter and I were leaving, we shared the elevator with an older woman (probably in her mid-40s). She was positively glowing. I asked if she had a good time, and she enthusiastically said, “I LOVED it. It was great!” I inquired about her level of hockey knowledge, and she said she was a hockey widow whose husband wants her to understand hockey better to attend games with him. I asked if she would go now, and she was very excited about it. So the Caps got at least one new fan out of the evening (and many more, I suspect).

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The Bloggers React To The Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I pointed to a few hockey bloggers today in a “special” NHL.com blog today.
Great job by the hockey blogs I visited very early this morning.

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Things Have Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

In the old days, back before the National Hockey League owners’ great victory over the players and the imposition of a salary cap, the equation come trade deadline day was easy for even the most casual fan to understand.
Rich, competitive teams were buyers. Poor and non-competitive teams were sellers.
Sometimes the doings were dramatic, sometimes less so, and always there were intangibles in the mix. A team preparing for the playoffs might want to add “grit” or “character” or “toughness” or a player who might have a calming/inspiring presence in the dressing room.

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Up Or Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, what does all the trade deadline to-ing and fro-ing mean to those teams who still harbor Stanley Cup dreams or playoff pipedreams? Here’s the post-deadline look at playoff-hopeful teams and whether they’re trending up, trending down or merely treading water.
Montreal Canadiens: GM Bob Gainey’s biggest move was in resisting the temptation to deal power-play specialist and potential free-agent defenseman Sheldon Souray. The deal to bring in Josh Gorges and a first-round pick for potential unrestricted free-agent defenseman Craig Rivet was a good “down-the-road” move. Still, down the road isn’t what Habs fans want to see. Trending down.

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The Morning After

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George James Malik:

The Edmonton Journal’s Dan Barnes sums up the storyline that will become front and centre for the next few weeks in lamenting the Oilers’ decision to trade Ryan Smyth:

Too much? Absolutely. But this wasn’t supposed to happen under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Prongers of the world could be had, the Smyths could be kept; that was the bill of goods sold to long-suffering Oiler fans. They could have forgiven Lowe’s inability to find that defenceman. Heck, they would have forgiven a season sans playoffs, if only Lowe had found a way to keep Smyth. Didn’t he save enough money on the Pronger deal? Shouldn’t there be enough in the kitty to overpay the heart and soul of the franchise?

 

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Give Holmgren The Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Holmgren should get the job for good. He should be the one who makes the next set of moves this summer, when the Flyers’ general manager gets to make use of the draft choices and salary-cap space and trade assets that Holmgren has so assiduously acquired.
But will he?
“I plan on it, yeah,” he said yesterday, after the news conference to announce the Biron deal.
But has he been told?
“No, not necessarily,” Holmgren said.

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Shocking Details

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

Negotiations between Ryan Smyth and agent Don Meehan with Edmonton for a contract extension broke down 20 minutes before the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline. Ten minutes later, the Islanders called their shocking deal with the Oilers in to league headquarters, a team official said.
The attorney on the other end of the phone expected something minor, and when he heard Smyth’s name, his reaction was, well, the exact words of surprise can’t be repeated in a family blog. Smyth is an icon in Edmonton, and his loss sent shock waves across Canada, especially since it came on Mark Messier Night for the Oilers.

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