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Can You Score When It Counts?  Re-capping An Epic Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today, and tonite for some, we’re talking about scoring.  Unless, of course, you decide to write something that even hints that Ken Holland would willingly let Marian Hossa walk and then “replace” him with the likes of Todd Bertuzzi and Jason Williams.  If you are going to even suggest that Tick Tock considered those two a viable “replacement” for Hossa?  Well, heck.  You’re just a dumbass…and scoring is just not likely.  Well, maybe the faux kind.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last season was fine, with the Hawks surprise participants in the Western Conference finals, but there’s no reason to think this couldn’t be one of those altogether too-rare dream seasons.

-Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times.  More from Len on the Blackhawks.

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Samuelsson On His Game In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is encouraged by the Samuelsson signing—and not just because he is one of only two members of the team to have a Stanley Cup ring.

“Sammy and I played together in Florida and I’ve always thought he was kind of an under-the-radar player with the skills he has and the way he shoots the puck,” Luongo said. “In Detroit, he learned how to play the right way—effective both offensively and defensively. And ... he’s still got those skills, which is good for us.”

Samuelsson smiled when he heard what Luongo said and agreed.

“I’ve always thought I could do some damage in this league, and I still think I can,” he said. “I came into Detroit four years ago ready to play a lot. It was an easy team to play for, especially for me as what you would call a late bloomer. I got more and more confidence each year I was with the Wings.

“That’s the confidence I have right now. I believe in myself, I know what I can do out there. The records may show I’m 32, but I’m physically fit and have played only 400-some games in the NHL. Today I feel like I’m about 20.”

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Trade Early Or Wait Until The Deadline?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Things always get a little crazy around trade deadline time, but imagine the bind GMs will be in this year when they are faced with a roster freeze that extends over the Olympic break. The freeze begins Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. ET and ends Sunday, Feb. 28, just days before the 3 p.m. ET March 3 deadline.

A number of GMs told ESPN.com it will make for a frenzy once the roster freeze is lifted after the gold-medal game that Sunday in Vancouver. GMs who like to do their shopping early, like Peter Chiarelli of Boston, will find life a little more difficult this year.

“For me, if I can do a deal before the deadline, I try and do it,” he said. “Now I’ve got a two-week gap where I can’t do it.”

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Now This Is A Dynasty- 15 Cups In 23 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

Longtime fans of the Montreal Canadiens, who mark their 100th anniversary on Dec. 4, can remember when winning the Stanley Cup was more of an expectation than a hope.

The Habs won 15 NHL championships in 23 seasons between 1956 and 1979, with dynasties as bookends. It was a level of success that, given how the hockey business has changed, will never be repeated.

So, how did they do it?

Picking the right people to manage and coach had a lot to do with it.

Go back to the days of the Original Six.

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Thrashers May Have Too Many Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

It must be nice to have the problem the Atlanta Thrashers are facing right now – too many NHL goaltenders. It’s a much better quandary than ‘failed power play’ or ‘no team chemistry.’

Nevertheless, the fact the Dirty Birds have two shutouts over NHL royalty (Detroit and Philadelphia) in their past three games with two different netminders posting the goose eggs is something that will need to be addressed once Kari Lehtonen returns from injury.

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Problems In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Ferraro of TSN,

Things have gone from bad to worse in Edmonton with the recent loss for the season of Ales Hemsky. Bright spots have been few and far between for the Oilers, who enter Monday’s action with just four wins in their last 18 games. There are all kinds of legitimate reasons for their problems, starting with an incredible run of the flu that sapped the club as they were off to a good start and injuries to defencemen Sheldon Souray, Denis Grebeshkov, Steve Staios and lately goalie Nikolai Khabibulin among others.

However, the problems run much deeper in Edmonton.

The biggest red flag for the non-playoff team last year was a group of forwards that were pretty much all the same size and the same skill set.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 30, 2009) —Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Niklas Hagman have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 29.

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The Games May Have Started Early

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Last week on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, Bob and I had the chance to talk to Vladislav Tretiak. I have met the great goalie a couple of times over the years when he was the goalie coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, but this was the first time I had talked to him since he had been named head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, and recently the general manager of the Russian Olympic Team.

He has an interesting dilemma when it comes to the Olympics. Does he field a team of NHLers, KHLers or a little bit of both leagues? He told Bob and I that it would be a mix of the two leagues. And frankly from his perspective, it has to be. Even if there were 23 NHL players fit for the ice in Vancouver, Tretiak has no choice but to pick some talent from the Kontinental League. In order to give the Russian-based league any level of credibility throughout Europe, there has to be some of its players on the ice at the soon-to-be-renamed GM Place.

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Edmonton R.I.P?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Many Edmonton Oiler fans appear ready to throw in the towel on the 2009/10 season now that Ales Hemsky is out for the season recovering from shoulder surgery.  Hemsky has been the top scorer on the Oilers in every season since the lockout (he tied for the lead in 2006/07).  Offensively he is very important to the Oilers.  The Oilers currently have 10 wins in 27 games and sit in 14th place in the West Conference.  Is the season effectively over?

While the Oilers look unlikely to make the playoffs, I think they will probably stay in the race until late in the season.  They are a team with some talent.  Dustin Penner is among the top 10 scorers in the NHL so far this year.  They have some other offensive talent in Shawn Horcoff, Sam Gagner, Patrick O`Sullivan and Gilbert Brule.  Most of those players are young enough that it is reasonable to expect they take a significant step forward in the remainder of the season.

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