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Blackhawks Expected To Sign Trio Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks have called a press conference on Thursday where it is expected the team will announce the signings of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith to multi-year contract extensions.

Sources tell TSN that Toews and Kane will sign identical five-year contract extensions worth about $6.3 million per season.  Meanwhile Keith’s deal is worth $72 million spread over a whopping 13 years at an annual average of $5.5 million.

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note 8:12pm:  The text changed from the original TSN story, so I posted it here.

added 10:40pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN discusses what the Blackhawks could do with their salary cap situation.

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Questioning The Leadership Of The Flyers Captain

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from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,

Flyers coach John Stevens has received his share of criticism over the past weeks, as the Flyers have lost five of their last six games, slipping from fifth place in the Eastern Conference to ninth place.

Recently, team captain Mike Richards has been a target for blame, as well. Richards has been called out – especially in fan circles – for what has been interpreted as a passive, quiet style of leadership.

Chris Pronger even chipped in earlier this week, saying Richards needed to “show the rest of the players that (the Flyers are) his team.”

Stevens, however, defended the Flyers’ captain at practice Wednesday, and said that it is important to remember there is more than one way to successfully lead a team.

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You Wanted Kindl? You Got Some

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As discussed around our happy little community of blogs most of the afternoon, Jakub Kindl has in fact been called up from Grand Rapids and will join the team for tomorrow’s all important morning skate.  Khan(!), as usual because he’s the Deep Digger captain, is all over this thing...

Kindl, 22, has one goal, a team-leading 11 assists and a minus-2 rating in 19 games with the Griffins. This is the third season in the AHL for the Red Wings’ 2005 first-round draft pick.

“He’s played pretty well, got off to a but of a slow start the first 3-4 games,’’ Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Since he turned pro he’s continued to get stronger, learned to be better in his own zone.

“His strengths are his ability to move the puck. He’s got good size (6-3, 210). He can be an NHL player.’‘

 

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Enough Celebrating Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The most extended celebration in the history of sports ends on Friday with a two-and-a-half-hour pregame salute and then an actual hockey match, although given the interminable nature of the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary, Montreal’s storied team and its opponent, the Boston Bruins, should deviate from the schedule and just reenact the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia.

Anyway, this December 4th marks 100 years to the day since the Canadiens, the most significant team in the history of hockey and the most self-important team this side of the New York Yankees, began play. Their origins pre-date the formation of the NHL by some eight years. This probably comes as a surprise to you.

Like unfortunate Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, you have been beaten over the head with this centennial thing for so long you probably think the actual date was a year ago.

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Are You Up With This?

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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

So, in an ode to Saturday Night Live’s What Up With That?, this week we did some number-crunching to bring you a stats package with some of the wackier findings from the first two months of the season.

10. Dustin Penner
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound right winger showed great promise as a sophomore in 2006-07, scoring 29 goals and 45 points, but has disappointed since his controversial signing in Edmonton. Not so any longer. Penner, who despite his size looks to be better suited to a finesse roll, leads the Oilers in every major statistical category and is ninth in the league in goal-scoring and 10th in points. What up with that?

9. Marian Gaborik’s games played
He has averaged just 52 games played per season since the lockout (including a 77-game 2007-08), which is why the Rangers were largely criticized for investing five years and $37.5 million in him last summer. A ‘right leg’ injury kept him out of two games to end October – and must have scared the bejeezus out of GM Glen Sather – but Gaborik has played every other of the Blueshirts’ 27 games, and is second in league scoring. What up with that?

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People Keep Buying At Shop.NHL.com

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 2, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) registered record-setting merchandise sales at both the NHL Powered by Reebok Store and at Shop.NHL.com over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend. On Black Friday and through the holiday weekend, the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City saw a 34% increase in sales over last year’s figures while Shop.NHL.com enjoyed its highest-grossing sales day ever on Cyber Monday. As the 2009-10 NHL® season heads toward the New Year, exciting on-ice performances, new merchandise – including 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®-themed gear – and an engaged fan base are contributing to record numbers this holiday shopping season.

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Talking 3 Points, OT, Etc…

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

If the 2009-10 NHL season is indeed the Year of the Injury, the Year of the Shootout is giving it a very good run for its money. Through Sunday night, or 381 games so far this season, there were 70 games (18 percent) decided by a shootout, up from 56 through the same number of games last season and 36 during the first season after the lockout.

Is this parity at play? Through Sunday night, 106 games (28 percent) needed extra time (overtime or shootout). On one hand, you can see why the NHL would be thrilled to have such competitive balance. One glance at the NHL standings right now, and it’s as if 28 teams are tied (Toronto and Carolina are a little behind the pack).

OK, 28 teams tied, that’s stretching it a bit, but there isn’t that big a gap between teams. Does that really reflect the talent levels of all 28 teams? Maybe it’s just us, but maybe, just maybe, the current points system is not fairly rewarding the better teams.

We say it’s time to revisit the idea of three points for a 60-minute victory. In our humble estimation, it would more fairly reward the top teams in this league.

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Habs Fan Rasing Money By Riding Through South America

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Marks of SportsFanLive,

Montreal Canadiens fan Ryan Stotland, 22, is bringing his Le Tricolore (3 Colors) jersey and his bike to South America on a 12,000 kilometre (7.5 thousand mile) journey to raise awareness and funds for two causes—climate change and skin cancer.

His four-month, seven-country expedition, which has already raised over $110,000 and is currently rolling through Ecuador, has been recognized by the Habs in a video message endorsing his charitable efforts.

continued and you can watch the video below…

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Ready, Set, Vomit:  Rafalski’s Got A Back Thing Going On

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Awww. Cute.  Go ahead. The tile on the bathroom floor is cool against your skin and you haven’t puked yet, so the smell isn’t crawling up your nostrils. But it’s gonna.  Oh…yes, it will. The dry heaves have started, of course, and those are fun.  But the actual fluid ejection hasn’t begun and you’re really looking forward to that.  All I’m going to do is give you a little momentum. I’m just gonna siphon it a little and then gravity will just kind of take over.  Ready?

St. James

Brian Rafalski left today’s practice early after experiencing tightness in his back, and may have to miss Thursday’s game against Edmonton.  If Rafalski can’t go, coach Mike Babcock said the Wings will call up Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids. Kindl would be in the lineup, as the Wings already have defenseman Niklas Kronwall dealing with a knee injury and are completely out of healthy defensemen.

 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I saw it on tape, and it looks awful. The sad part is people see this, little kids see it, and they think maybe that’s the way professional guys act. It’s not something I’ve ever done, and it’s not something I’ll do again. I’m terribly sorry.”

-Keith Ballard of the Florida Panthers on the Vokoun incident.  More from Keith by Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel.

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