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Trades Helping Both Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sporstnet,

WARNING: This column is total fantasy and not based on any factual information. But if I had my way, here are 10 moves that I would like to see happen in my fantasy world before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline:

1. Atlanta trades star winger Marian Hossa to Vancouver in exchange for impressive rookie defenceman Alexander Edler, centre Ryan Kesler and a second-round pick in 2008.

more and Wings fans, read #10!

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Sharks Look To Pick-Up The Pace

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Thornton prefers to take the half-full view of the Sharks, noting that nothing is ever won in January; that Cheechoo was showing signs of life just before the break after a slow start recovering from abdominal surgery. As for Marleau, it is hard to imagine a player who’d averaged more than a point a game in each of the two post-lockout seasons, could have as poor a finish as he did a start to the year.

“I know Patrick and Cheech are going to get going,” said Thornton, who was finally re-united on a line with Cheechoo just before the break.

read on

 

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Hossa Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

From Don Waddell’s end, he spoke briefly about Hossa today and, while he restated his stance that the priority is to sign Hossa, it sounds like he’s realistic to the fact that he might not have that chance. “The next eight to ten games will help us decide if we look at moving him for assets or look at keeping him because winning the division is within our grasp and something that is very important to us.” The GM meetings start in nine games. So essentially, if Hossa isn’t signed, Waddell will have made his decision by the time he goes to Naples.

more

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Bettman: “We’re Placing a Team In Cancun!”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No, not Gary Bettman.  Those are the words of Sally Bettman, Gary’s twin sister…a big Hamiltonian woman who was one of the 3,223 Canadians I met in Mexico.  She told me, and I agreed, that the entire nation had decided to vacation in Cancun.  She also told me, and I definitely agreed, that every drink at an all-inclusive resort is watered down to Bud Light level.

But that wasn’t the strange part.  Wanna know what was?  Of course you do.

Continue Reading »

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Day-To-Day For Alfredsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators may be without the services of Daniel Alfredsson for Thursday’s game against Boston, as the captain is day-to-day with a hip injury.

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Time to Start Losing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

So here’s the thing, if you are the Los Angeles Kings or the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is probably in your best interest – speaking big picture, that is – to lose the remainder of your games.

It would be better for both teams – and probably Florida, Tampa Bay and Buffalo, too – if they just gave up on this year and did everything in their power to get the top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft; in all likelihood Steven Stamkos.

The problem is: How do you tell 20 players, who are essentially auditioning for next year, as well as a coaching staff whose career might possibly hang in the balance with every victory or defeat, that you want to tank the year?

continued…

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  Tags: coaching, prospects

Staios Drawing interest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Oilers GM Kevin Lowe has already come out and said he won’t be trading any of his “good players.” An admirable concept, to be sure, but if teams offer him a “better” player for one of his “good” players, Lowe would be a fool not to listen.

And it seems there is interest in at least one of his veterans. As one Western Conference GM (who spoke on condition of anonymity) told thehockeynews.com Tuesday, Edmonton blueliner Steve Staios might be an attractive alternative to a team that loses out on the upcoming Brian Campbell trade deadline sweepstakes.

more

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  Tags: steve+staios

A Testament To The Human Spirit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is rock bottom and then there is the cold knowledge of what rock bottom will look like. It was 13 years ago that Richard Souray, father of soon-to-be NHLer Sheldon Souray, decided to choose sharing his son’s life over life with the bottle.

“I knew that Sheldon was going to be drafted. And I knew that I would at least be around the periphery of it,” Souray told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “And I also knew he didn’t need a drunken dad around.”

continued

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Move Sundin To The Ducks & Don’t Re-sign Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams at AOL Canada,

If it were left to me, I would deal Sundin by the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, and send him to Anaheim as a matter of fact. Then I wouldn’t bring Sundin back in the fold this summer when the big Swede is an unrestricted free agent.

This is the ONLY course the Leafs should plot regarding Sundin if, as ownership says, it is serious about making things right with the storied Toronto franchise.

Think of it this way: You have to get bad, and bad for a couple of years, before you can get good. And Sundin is the ticket to both destinations.

more

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Nix The Slogan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Created by a mixture of passion, anger and frustration over a close defeat, the phrase “Commit to the Indian” wasn’t something Blackhawks coach Denis Savard planned on becoming the team’s official slogan.

And it won’t be.

Club President John McDonough said Tuesday the organization won’t pursue using the phrase Savard uttered during a postgame rant Thursday night after the Hawks’ 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

continued (reg. may be req.)

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