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Dater With Sundin Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m reasonably confident the Avs have put their hat in the ring for the Mats Sundin “sweepstakes.” But I’d say they have about a 5 percent chance of getting the chrome-domed Swede into a Burgundy and Blue uniform.

I think Philadelphia and Chicago are the clubhouse leaders to land Sundin, according to my sources from the end of the bar. Vancouver has an existing offer on the table, at an astounding two years and $20 million (which would obviously be pro-rated now). But I’d place the Canucks third in the hunt at the moment.

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added 9:19am, The Instigators debuted last night on NESN and Jack Edwards, Mike Millbury and Andy Brickley discussed players coming back in mid-season.  Watch it here....

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Ron Wilson Sending Messages

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The latest to experience the sting of Leafs head coach Ron Wilson’s teaching methods were defenceman Tomas Kaberle and left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky. Wilson, unhappy with Kaberle’s play in a loss Tuesday to the San Jose Sharks, kept him on the bench for the entire first period….

Kaberle, who was not told before the game he would be benched, was on the ice for all three Coyotes goals in the third period and finished at minus-3.

“Obviously, it was hard,” Kaberle said. “I take it seriously. That’s the way it is. I have to keep my head up and get my ice time back.”

Wilson, who may order his troops to stay here for a practice today before flying back to Toronto, was not sure Kaberle got the message.

“Yeah, he obviously sent a message back,” the coach said. “He was [minus-3].”

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added 11:43am, from Damien Cox at the Spin,

Wilson, armed with a four-year contract, has the ammunition to fight back against that lack of, in his words, “accountability,” and he’s doing it.

Truth is, he’s been dissatisified with the work of Kaberle and Kubina for weeks, the two members of the Leaf defence corps with no-trade clauses in their contracts. New GM Brian Burke is already on record as saying such clauses are “coach-killers,” and quite clearly its in the plans of the Leafs to have both players willing to waive those clauses sometime before March in order to facilitate trades elsewhere that will bring draft picks and/or players to the club….

But the gauntlet has been laid down. And Kaberle, it’s clear, is in his final weeks as a Maple Leaf.

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Still Waiting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

When Mark Parrish signed on with the Dallas Stars last month, the Limbo Club lost a member.

Limbo as in veteran players who remain without an NHL job, the likes of Yanic Perreault, Bryan Smolinski, Jocelyn Thibault, Glen Murray, Kevyn Adams, Martin Lapointe and Dan Cloutier—brand names that got lost in the shuffle this past offseason.

They are the victims of a postlockout NHL that is growing younger and younger, victims of a salary-cap system in which teams have difficulty finding money for these types of veterans. It’s like musical chairs—when the music stops, not everyone will find a seat.

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Morning Line

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“It was like an NHL team against a non-NHL team, we have a long way to go before we are a top team.”

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after losing to Montreal last night.  More on the Rangers from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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Keep Winning, Keep Playing

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

As long as the Panthers keep winning with Craig Anderson in goal, he’ll remain the starter.

Coach Pete DeBoer said after Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Sabres at BankAtlantic Center that Anderson will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Bruins.

Anderson began the season clearly the team’s No. 2 netminder behind Tomas Vokoun, but has emerged as a co-starter the past nine days.

Anderson made 45 saves Thursday while facing 46 shots – both season highs. The Panthers finished with 25 shots.

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Six Hours Later?  Our Goaltending Still Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It hasn’t been long since I went to bed wondering how many of the 19 would reply to last night’s panic-post with claims that I’m overreacting…again.  I know there are a few of you who feel that a number one goalie who has sucked for more than a quarter of the seaon is no real reason to stress.

I’m here to tell you that if you’re one of those, then you aren’t as intelligent as me and MacLeod.

Coach Mike Babcock is obviously fed up with his team’s goaltending and he should be. Three straight games giving up a goal on the first shot against ... that alone would be bad. But tonight, the fat rebounds, the lack of hugging the post, the soft outside goals. The goaltending is so bad that it makes you forget about how soft the team defense was. If either Conklin or Osgood gets hot, Babcock will ride them.

 

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Trouble Coming?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A rare, and short, postgame rant.  Here goes.

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More Problems For ‘Boots’

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The legal travails of former Silicon Valley venture capitalist William “Boots” Del Biaggio — a former part-owner of the NHL’s Nashville Predators — are about to deepen.

Federal prosecutors in California have charged Del Biaggio with fraud, and the U.S. national securities regulator has slapped him with an injunction as part of a $65-million scheme to bilk a raft of small investors and several banks.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Burke’s certification as Maple Leafs monarch has plural positives for Toronto. For the first time since the Conn Smythe-Punch Imlach Eras, Toronto boasts a commanding leader who gives a face to the franchise.

Smythe and Imlach have 10 Stanley Cups between them. Now an eleventh will be possible once Burke gets the house in order; and that will only take a year.

-Stan Fishchler at the Hockey Journal where you can read more hockey notes from The Maven.

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Lonely? Down By The Riverside?  Cool….Because That’s Where The Live Blog is

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Everything that had been going wrong up to Monday went right against the dastardly Poultry.  All ills: solved.  Sustainability?  We’ll see.

That’s the key:  sustained superior performance.

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