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Performance Of The New Guys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With the NHL’s 2008-09 season past the quarter pole, it’s time to see how well last summer’s notable unrestricted free agents are performing for their new teams.

Worth the money

Marian Hossa: One of last summer’s most expensive signings ($7.45 million for this season), Hossa has proven to be worth every penny for the Detroit Red Wings, leading them in goals (11) and points (24).

Rob Blake: Considered washed up when he signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the San Jose Sharks, Blake is enjoying a career renaissance with 18 points in 23 games.

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Oilers GM Still Has Faith In Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

“We still have faith in this group,” Tambellini said. “We have a big weekend coming up. We can have a solid weekend here. We need a strong effort against St. Louis, no question.”...

“The players have to produce,” Tambellini said. “They have to play regardless of system or pressure, whatever the situation is. That’s their job.

“We’re working hard. We’re under-achieving in some areas as far as the offensive output, but I think everyone would agree there is enough skill on this hockey team to be a good offensive team.”

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Brian Burke To Toronto

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It is being reported that Brian Burke has agreed in principle to become the next general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The official announcement is expected Saturday, with his introduction probably occurring during Hockey Night In Canada.  The Maple Leafs have been courting Burke to be their GM since the later part of last season when they fired John Ferguson Jr.  Burke was under contract with the Anaheim Ducks serving as their GM.  Burke got out of his Anaheim contract early in order to move to Toronto.  The situation where Toronto courted a GM who is under contract with another organization prompting that GM to get let out of his contract does not look right.  It looks as though Toronto was tampering with an Anaheim employee and should be punished for it.  I think Toronto should have to give up something (such as their first round pick) to Anaheim for this situation.

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Talking Blackhawks

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Register checked in with longtime Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald before Chicago came to Honda Center on Friday….

Q: Speaking of goaltending, Nikolai Khabibulin (above) has recently taken over the No.1 spot after he split time with Cristobal Huet, who was brought in during the offseason for $5.62 million. Is the goalie controversy settled or is this going to be a season-long issue?

A: It’s messy. That might be the best way to put it. When they signed Huet on July 1, it shocked everyone. Nobody saw that coming.  As long as they couldn’t get rid of (Khabibulin), he’s been playing great … now they’re backed into a corner. You can’t trade him and you’ve got a $5 million goalie sitting on the bench

They’re just going to ride it out and see how long they can go this way.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Capitals Recall Helmer

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have signed defensemen Bryan Helmer and recalled him from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Helmer, 36, is a 6’1”, 215-pound 16-year pro from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He is the Bears captain and is second among team defensemen with eight assists. He has also recorded 14 penalty minutes in 21 games this year.

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Oilers Need Goals

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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Despite seemingly trying everything to light a fire under his team’s butt - to little success - the Edmonton Oilers head coach still believes he can get through to his squad.

“When you go through phases like this, you’re never out of ideas on how to improve your team,” MacTavish said. “The answers are right there.

“It’s like going to university and going through an open-book exam, all you have to do is open your eyes and see what the issues are. Then you come to the rink with a game plan. So there is never a shortage of ideas that you can forward to your team and to your players.”

Currently the issue at hand is the inability to score.

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Briere Close To Return

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But if you don’t see Briere in the lineup today for the Flyers’ 1 p.m. matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s because Flyers coach John Stevens wants to be absolutely certain his star center is completely healed from the left groin strain that has sidelined him for seven games.

“Danny’s feeling better, but I’d say he is doubtful for (today),” Stevens said Thursday after putting his team through a brief on-ice workout. “We need to be careful here. He thinks he can play, but we don’t want him to feel any hesitation.”

With a game Saturday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, Stevens sounded hesitant to pencil Briere into today’s lineup.

“There’s the concern of a little fatigue, and we don’t want to make him susceptible to reinjury,” Stevens said. “These athletes are real competitive, and sometimes it’s our job to hold them back for their own good.”

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David Frost Verdict Delivered Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

In what may have been the most poignant and dramatic moment in the sexual exploitation trial of David Frost, defence attorney Marie Henein aggressively and sarcastically attacked the credibility of key witness Kristy Boyer.

“We know there were threesomes with Mr. Frost in Deseronto,” Henein questioned in cross examination, “Because you say so?”

But a shaking and clearly upset Boyer maintained her composure, stared at Henein and whispered cryptically: “Because I know so.”

When everything else is stripped away, this is the essence of the case against Frost, the former hockey coach, who faces four charges of sexual exploitation involving teenaged hockey players.

The verdict in this case will be delivered today by Justice Geoffrey Griffin in a Napanee courtroom.

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update 12:49pm, Frost found not guilty on four counts.

added 12:53pm, from Sportsnet,

Notorious former agent and coach David Frost was found not guilty on four charges of sexual exploitation involving minors in a Napanee, ON, courtroom on Friday.

In his ruling, Judge Geoff Griffin stated that the Crown did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged offences occurred.

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added 3:35pm, Watch a CBC video on the ruling below…

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Hockey All Day & Night, Small Break Around 6:30pm

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey starts at noon today ET and will finish around 11pm tonight.

If my calculations are correct, you should be able to enjoy a quick turkey sandwich between 6:30 - 7pm.

Enjoy the games while everyone else is running around trying to find the best shopping deals of the holiday season.

View today’s NHL schedule below…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“In effect, our cap is tied to the economy.”  Obviously, the longer you wait, the better you feel for getting the economy (turned around). I’m not an economist, but it’s hard to believe the economy is going to turn around in three, four, five months.

“Whatever challenges all teams are facing today, I’m sure those challenges will be facing them July 1 (when free agency begins). If you’re making decisions, you’re just guessing right now. I’m no different. It’s got to be affecting every walk of life. It’s no different in ours.

“I still want to sign some people, but I can’t tell you what the cap’s going to be in a year and a half. I don’t know what’s going on in our industry in a month.”

-Wings GM Ken Holland.  More on the Wings from Dave Dye of the Detroit News.

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