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Bullet Points From Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• So Atlanta general manager Don Waddell will not allow clubs interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk to speak to the winger’s representative about a contract extension before a trade is completed.

We were told a while ago that Waddell doesn’t want agent Jay Grossman to control the process, but we are duty bound to suggest that might not be such a bad idea given the Thrashers’ track record in these matters.

• If Paul Kariya, who has spent his entire career in the West, agrees to waive his no-move clause if the Blues so request, he would be a very interesting fit with Sidney Crosby, don’t you think?

• If Hurricanes GM Gentleman Jim Rutherford has a notion of moving either Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason from his back end, the Rangers would stand on line overnight in order to get an early shot at either defenseman….


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More Of A Mess In Edmonton Now That Souray Is Out With Broken Wrist/Hand

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Souray and Iginla had a nasty, nasty fight, where Souray was throwing wild shots and was clearly out to hurt Iginla as much as he could.

I don’t blame Souray for his outrage. Iginla had hurt him bad. And, the fact is, the NHL should have suspended Iginla for ten games for such a reckless play. With the NHL refusing to properly police its own players, the law of the jungle applies, and it’s hard to blame Souray for wanting to pulverize Iginla.

I now read that Oilers coach Pat Quinn says Souray has fractured his wrist (is that the same wrist where he took off the wrist-protector before fighting Iginla).

Great! Just #$%@#$A!@# great!

Way to go Sheldon Souray! Way to go Kevin Lowe! Way to go Steve Tambellini!

If Tambellini actually had a chance to move Souray before Saturday’s game—and I certainly don’t know if he did or not—it’s even more frustrating to think about this whole mess.

more and watch the fight below…

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, sheldon+souray

Prepare For The Symphony… Of Whine

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

As Wings fans we’ve been occupying ourselves this season fretting over the injury list, defensive breakdowns, whiskey-dick PP, and lack of scoring for much of the season.  Serious stuff causing ulcers and substance abuse problems among the 19 located around the world.  We’ve even found time to curse one symbol of our season (Fuch you, Jobu) and praise another (The Baldwin).

Despite the roller-coaster season, there have been some bright spots along with all the pain.  We’ve found out that our new Huckleberry can live up to the immense pressure of being a goalie in Detroit.  The sweet baby Jesus riding his Dinosaur even commented, “Jimmah Saves.”  And our own Lizard King has found his scoring touch again, when needed most.

Also, for the first time in a very long time, we are getting a good chance to evaluate our prospects coming through the pipeline.  Granted, Jobu had to curse us with every ounce of his black, corrupt soul for us to get this chance, but we have a better idea today of how solid our future is than ever before.  The Wings are enduring and, for the most part, succeeding in keeping the team in the playoff hunt.

Which is why, aside from our summer agenda, we really couldn’t give a cat’s ass (found on the moon) about the Penguins and their most annoying fanbase.  Or their owner, Mario Lemieux, who is a giant turd.

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Osgood Understands His Backup Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BBob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

He’d still love to play more, and he won’t say it, but I will: Anyone who writes off Osgood is plain silly.

But that’s not the issue right now. Howard has earned the right to start, and if he keeps playing so well, making 46 saves in a victory over Nashville on Friday, he’ll be in net if (when) the Wings open the playoffs. He’ll be in net when the Wings play the Penguins on Sunday.

And the veteran mentor will be ready to do whatever he can to make it work.

“I’ve played a ton of games, and sure, I still want to play,” Osgood said Saturday, before the Wings departed for Pittsburgh. “But I owe it to Howie and the team. It’s kind of like the past reclaims itself. We’ve not totally switched roles, but I had guys—Mike Vernon, Tim Cheveldae, Vincent Riendeau—who helped me. There’s no way I could’ve been here by myself, without the older guys’ help. It’d be selfish of me to act any other way.”

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m not here for the NHL, I don’t work for them, but I think we all have the same common goal to make the game of hockey bigger and better worldwide. I think the NHL knows and understands that. I hope that when they (the KHL, the IIHF and the NHL) meet in Vancouver (during the Olympics), they can all come to an understanding that will make both leagues happy.”

-Wayne Gretzky at the KHL All-Star Game.  More by Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News.

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What Will The Wings Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

I wonder if Ken Holland is getting any sleep these days.

Not only will the Red Wings’ general manager have to make some tough roster decisions in the next couple of weeks, he has a doozey of an offseason ahead of him, as well. Fourteen players currently on the roster are in the final year of their contracts and will either be restricted or unrestricted free agents.

Holland could be looking at rebuilding half the team this summer, and all that’s at stake there is whether captain Nicklas Lidstrom comes back for another season. Because understand this, if Holland doesn’t put together a team for next season that Lidstrom feels can compete for the Stanley Cup, he’s packing up the family and moving back to Sweden.


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Anton Volchenkov Hit On Mike Cammalleri Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Cammaller will have an MRI on his leg and resuls won’t be known until Monday, but it sure doesn’t look good for him.

Let the video play, you’ll see multiple angles at the end.

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, mike+cammalleri

Nick Foligno Blocks A Shot And Breaks A Leg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Nick Foligno suffered a bad break Saturday at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators winger blocked a shot from Montreal defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron with six minutes left in the third period and as a result will be lost 6-8 weeks with a broken right leg.


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Report- Islanders Off To China In September

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

In an attempt to further extend the National Hockey League brand to a global audience, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang will be taking his team to China ahead of the next NHL season, Sportsnet has learned.

The Islanders will be spending 10 days in China, from September 13-23, with stops in Beijing and Shanghai. The team-based initiative has been given approval from both the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.


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Does Boston Want Aaron Ward Back?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

To hear those close to defenseman Aaron Ward tell it, the popular ex-Bruin wants back into Boston in a big, big way.

The 37-year-old defenseman and famed dressing room pontificator is downright miserable in Carolina with the down-and-out Hurricanes, and experienced his own personal Waterloo when he was placed on waivers by the Canes back on Dec. 14….

The only thing Ward would admit to CSNNE.com is that he’s decided he wants to play at least one more season next winter, and that Boston would be at the top of his NHL destinations if there’s mutual interest from B’s GM Peter Chiarelli.

San Jose, Detroit and Philly are also likely to be on Ward’s wish list of potential teams now that the carnage in Carolina has taken on that old hockey team smell, but Ward never wanted to leave Boston in the first place.


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