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Stand The Flip By…Tick Tock To Deal In TC

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Filppula’s deal means less than a mil to work with and that means somebody’s gotta go, eh Kenny?

Khan(!)

“We’ll have to make a decision based on the 23-man roster, the salary cap and age,’’ Holland said. “We’ll have to be prepared to trade some players. I would expect there would be interest in some of our players.’‘

A trade is pretty much guaranteed.  A trade.  But…Tick Tock may have taken it a step further, eh?  “...interest in some of our players.”

Interesting.

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Hockey In Manila

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun Star,

With razor-sharp metal blades on the skating shoes and hockey sticks that can kill with a spank on the face—not to mention all the shoving and bumping—hockey is, as we know, not a game as safe as chess or ping-pong.

Sitting at the sidelines watching for 30 minutes, we were treated to The NHL In Manila. One Caucasian wore a red jersey with the flag of Canada. Another glided on ice like a ballerina. Another maneuvered the slippery ice like the Michael Jordan of hockey, Wayne Gretzky.

We saw sprints. One player dashed to the goal. Teammates passed. Opponents intercepted. Two referees blew whistles.

We saw how the goalie is the team’s pivotal player. Like in football, if the goalie thwarts every attempt, the opponent can never win. This applies even more so for hockey where the goal box is narrow and the goalie is fully-padded and looms large.

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Fantasy- Euro Sleepers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

It’s hard enough projecting familiar NHL players for fantasy purposes. But because the League is so international – last season there were players born in 26 countries – each season has its new crop of unknown Europeans ready to make their impact. Problem is, I’ve never seen these guys play. I only know what you know from reading newspapers and web sites.

That’s why it helps to have an informant. And when it comes to Euros, I turn to NHL.com correspondent and feature blogger Risto Pakarinen, a Finn living in Stockholm.

continued

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Confirmed:  Fil For Five

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up another piece of their Stanley Cup Championship team.

The club signed restricted free agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $15 million contract on Wednesday.

 

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Speed Over Size

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Moore at the Hockey News,

...In my opinion, the most valuable player in the Ducks’ defeat of Ottawa to capture the Cup was Samuel Pahlsson, a small speedy defensive center from Sweden who most fans probably wouldn’t recognize if he showed up at their front door.

When Ottawa’s top line, featuring Daniel Alfredsson, was matched against him, they found a defender they couldn’t escape. Everywhere they turned, with his speed and agility, Pahlsson was there. Soon the Sens’ stars got frustrated, started gambling and turning the puck over, generating counterattacks and beating themselves.

Now fast forward to this year’s final. With the Ducks long gone, the final featured Detroit and Pittsburgh, two teams surely near the bottom of anyone’s list of muscle and brawn. But the Red Wings sure could fly, and so could the Penguins.

The difference was, Pittsburgh’s speed was on offense while Detroit’s was on defense. In a game in which defense wins championships, the series outcome spoke for itself.

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My Guess? It’s Flippin’ Imminent

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1012 EST:  Email from Risto Pakarinen, blogger at NHL.com:  “Hasn’t signed yet, getting closer, likely to sign before fri hearing.”

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Tick Tock generally gets what he wants.  He’s greedy that way.  And so are we.  And right now?  What we’d like is news of a Filppula deal, hopefully one of a long-term variety.

But…the Diggers are disappointing us again.  So, just for fun, I thought I’d pick up the rotary and dial Wally’s agent.  Guy named Bill Zito of Acme Sports.

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Note To Caps Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruce Boudreau will be a guest host tomorrow on The Morning Show from 6a-9a on Fan590 in Toronto. 

You can find the live stream here in case you want to listen in.

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Need A Smoke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PR.com,

The Mobile Cigar Lounge Co. introduces an innovative cigar solution to the no smoking laws. Retired NHL veterans Stan Neckar and Dave Andreychuk were frustrated with the strict no smoking laws and no where to enjoy cigars in style at social events. So they and a partner decided there has to be a better way and The Mobile Cigar Lounge company was born.

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Visit the Mobile Cigar Lounge

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Van Ryn Feeling Healthy Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers defenseman has endured four surgeries—three on his right wrist alone—as he has tried to regain the strength and power that fueled his slapshot and helped him become one of Florida’s top players at the position.

Van Ryn missed 62 games last season after having his second surgery on his right wrist in less than a year.

‘‘I feel awesome now,’’ said Van Ryn, who spent last week helping coach a youth camp in Coral Springs. ``I look at other guys around the league. It took [Edmonton Oilers defenseman] Sheldon Souray a while to get his right. It can be a difficult surgery. I’m just excited to play, try and contribute and help the Panthers win some games.’‘

read on including how Van Ryn feels about the trade rumors…

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Decision Time For Vermette & Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.

Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.

If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.

Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.

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