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Thinking Positive About Phoenix Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Charlie Teljeur at The Hockey News:

Certainly the future of professional hockey in Arizona looks bleak. I guess an argument could be made about the viability of putting a team in the middle of the desert in the first place, but remember, this is the NHL and it’s about passion and fortitude, not logic, common sense or reality.

Instead of this grim, foreboding death watch, maybe it’s time to think positive about this thing. Perhaps we need to look at what hockey in Phoenix has to offer and not dwell on what it doesn’t. Enough space has been wasted on stupid material like pie charts, demographics and projections. What we need here is more blind optimism about this thing.

read on for some “blind optimism” (the drug-of-choice for every NHL fan, I dare say).

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Todd McLellan on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

San Jose Head Coach Todd McLellan will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman

The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, todd+mclellan

The KHL ASG Experience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Clymer at the Hockey News,

Hey everyone. Everything is going great here in Belarus with Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental League. I was recently part of a special event I’d like to share with you that was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The KHL All-Star Game took place in Moscow’s Red Square Saturday and pitted Team Jagr (or the import all-stars) against Team Yashin (or the Russian all-stars) and I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to play….

I loved being able to participate in this event because of the history of where it was being played, not only political, but hockey-related as well. I didn’t know this, but Igor Ulanov told me there was a game there in 2006 that pitted some of the Russian all-time greats (Sergei Makarov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, etc.) against ex-NHLers for charity. Red Square brings a unique atmosphere and it was neat to be involved with something that is similar to what the NHL has been doing in recent years.

read on

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  Tags: khl

Salary Cap Not Helping All Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Because of the salary cap that Bettman imposed, the Lightning and Senators are toast for years to come. How is that good for the fans? More important, how is that good for the National Hockey League?

And there’s no guarantee that these two teams are the only ones that will be adversely affected. They’re just the first. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, among others, could soon find themselves in the same boat.

The problem? Once your team stops producing despite high-priced players, you’re doomed. There’s no way out of it.

read on

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Sanford Clears Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Goaltender Curtis Sanford cleared waivers on Thursday and has been sent to Manitoba of the AHL

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  Tags: curtis+sanford

Dubielewicz Agrees To Terms With Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

The Islanders have reached an agreement with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on a contract for the rest of the season for the pro-rated portion of a $500,000 annual salary, according to an NHL source. The club has indicated plans to provide an update later today on the condition of starter Rick DiPietro, but the signing of Dubielewicz is a strong indicator that DiPietro might be done for the season because of continued swelling in his surgically repaired knee.

continued

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  Tags: wade+dubielewicz

Washington - Pittsburgh Chatter Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Slava Malamud, contributing at Tarik El-Bashir’s blog in the Washington Post:

And here is what we could learn about the assorted feuds of the Alexes, the Kid and Malkin. You can believe me when I say that Russian journalists would much rather write about goals and wins, but since this story is apparently a gift that keeps on giving, we deemed appropriate to get further into it.

For one, Alex Ovechkin apparently speaks to Sidney Crosby. Loud and clear at that, to the point where all the teammates of both players and a couple of officials would like to gather around and partake in the exchange. And here is another thing: Alexander Semin also speaks to Crosby. At least, according to Evgeni Malkin, and that is a bit of a surprise, to say the least. And here is the third thing: Ovechkin and Malkin - nope, still not talking to each other, presumably, because both are so busy talking to Crosby.

Sheesh. This story is turning into some sort of odd Russian love triangle/feud, with a stray Canadian tossed into the mix.  Read on for quotes after last night’s Pens-Caps game.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+ovechkin, alex+semin, evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Maurice Ready to Play the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not.  It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”

Paul Maurice, coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, deliberately getting the Toronto media in a tizzy today [TSN; audio available here]

*hat-tip to Dave of Carolina on Ice and Barry Melrose Rocks

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: paul+maurice

This Will Take Us To Full Capacity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1223 with a reminder of Z’s stance back in ‘07, and the latest speculation (not from the Diggers, naturally) from the middle of last month at The Hockey News.
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Stress Train.  Boarding.  Now.

If you’ve seen this, sorry. I hadn’t until just now.  Looking over this Elliotte Friedman blog post, kinda grinning over the fact that the Pens are screwed due to the Cap…and I came to this.  I’m not grinning anymore.

Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler (restricted) are all up, and Zetterberg is testing the Red Wings’ limits. (They gave Hossa a one-year deal equal to Nicklas Lidstrom’s $7.45 million, and a 10-year, $75 million offer to Zetterberg has apparently been rejected.)

Continue Reading »

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Dallas Needs More From Their Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean Jacques-Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

You can’t win in professional sports when your highest-paid players don’t play to their contracts.

No exceptions. No excuses.

You want to know why the Stars have struggled all season, just follow the money.

Brad Richards earns $7.8 million. Marty Turco earns $5.7 million. Mike Ribeiro earns $5 million.

None of them has played to his immense ability this season.

Look at the numbers. They don’t lie.

continued

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