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Four NHL GMs in Press Conference Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL.  They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.

Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:

  • Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
  • Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
  • Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
  • Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks

 


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note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available


Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.

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  Tags: brian+burke, don+waddell, ken+holland, media, paul+holmgren, press+conference

Trade Deadline Primer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Supplied by the NHL…

How is a trade made?

After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal. Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from February 26 on.

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Jokinen Dealing With It

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pete Pelegrin at the Miami Herald,

The cut left Zednik with a gash nearly two inches long—and Jokinen with an emotional scar.

‘‘I was watching the replay a couple of times, and it kind of makes me feel sick,’’ Jokinen said Tuesday after the Panthers’ first practice since the incident. “First, you go through and you want to see what actually happened. . . . It was just a freak accident. Losing blood like that—you never see anything like that. You remember that the rest of your life. You just have to find a way to deal and live with it.’‘

more…

added 1:59pm, via the Florida Panthers,

STATEMENT FROM RICHARD & JESSICA ZEDNIK

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Richard and Jessica Zednik today released a statement through Buffalo General Hospital.

Jessica Zednik, wife of the injured Florida Panther said, “On behalf of Richard and our entire family, I want to thank the fans, his teammates, the Panthers and Sabres organizations, plus so many others for their prayers and well wishes. I especially want to thank the medical staff involved in his care and the Buffalo General Hospital for their tremendous support during this difficult time. Richard continues to improve and we are encouraged each day. We thank you for respecting our privacy and would ask everyone to continue to keep Richard in their thoughts over the next few days.”

Update 2:10pm ET: TSN is reporting: “Richard Zednik continues to improve and should be released from hospital within the next 48-72 hours.”

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  Tags: olli+jokinen, richard+zednik

Art of Agitation

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

“He gets guys stirred up, I can tell you that,” said teammate Stephane Robidas, who has seen Ott’s handiwork up-close and personal. “There are times when guys just want to kill him.”

Many of Ott’s barbs are R-rated. He sprinkles in Sopranos-like dialogue with taunts that would make the folks at HBO blush. When asked for a few “Ott-isms,” Stars coach Dave Tippett cautioned, “I think we’ll have to go to a different network if you want to hear those.”

But Ott does have a subtle side.  In a recent game against the Oilers, rookie Zack Stortini came into the faceoff circle and Ott pulled Stortini’s shoulder pad forward to get a better view of the name on the back of the jersey.”

“I was just trying to find out who he was,” Ott joked.

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  Tags: steve+ott

Enough Of This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Tennessean reports that almost three months after the Nashville Predators reached a deal with the city to keep the team there for at least another two seasons, it appears the deal is getting bogged down in the small print and the local government’s patience is running out.

Here’s an idea, then. Forget the deal was ever reached, rip it up while it still isn’t iron-clad and let’s move on, for everyone’s sake. Move the team to Kansas City to see how long it will take to fail there.

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Fleury Goes White

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Citizens Voice,

...That’s because his trademark school bus yellow pads are gone, replaced by nondescript white ones.

“I got a letter from an eye doctor and he told me yellow was the color you pick up the quickest with your eyes. So I thought I would try the white ones,” Fleury said. “Then the players on the team said it makes me look a little bigger. So I thought if it gives me a little advantage, I’ll take it.”

It’s not the pads, though, that are the focus of Fleury’s trip back to the AHL. It’s what lies beneath.

more on Fleury

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Prospal Speaks Like Tortorella

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

But it was difficult to ignore Prospal’s outburst, though Torts did his best.

“I’m not here to be the happy man and make everybody happy,’’ he said. “I’m here to make calls as far as the game is concerned.’‘

And this after Torts was asked if he sensed some relief in Prospal:

“I’m sure there was quite a bit of relief and a few other things, too. That’s life. He played really well. Athletes that are upset, they contribute and help the team win, coaches are happy. This isn’t a touchy-feely thing here or love fest. This is a game of hockey and we’re fighting for our life.’‘

what did Prospal say, well read on...

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  Tags: john+tortorella, vinny+prospal

What’s Wrong With Vyborny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“I don’t want to call him the poster child,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said, “but he’s in a position where we need more from him. After a while, after 35 or 40 games, it’s up to the player. It’s up to them to do more.”

Vyborny, 33, has had around 20 goals and 40 assists in each of the past three seasons, including a career-tying high 22 goals in 2005-06 and a career-high 48 assists last season.

That’s why his three goals and 13 assists in 48 games heading into a game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks are so befuddling.

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  Tags: david+vyborny

Report-Lundqvist Agrees To Long-Term Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

The Rangers have locked up their franchise goaltender for the foreseeable future.

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have agreed upon a contract that will keep the 25-year-old netminder between the Garden’s pipes well past his 30th birthday.

While the length and value of the deal - believed to be for six years at more than $6.5 million per - have been set, there is language in the contract that is still being hashed out. So the Rangers are not expected to make a formal announcement until tomorrow at the earliest.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist

Muddled Offerings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Left work at approximately 1830 last night with the intent of settling in for a pleasing Wing victory over Bubba and the 13,000 faithful at The Gay.  Clearly I was disappointed, and not just in the game.

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