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Canes Acquire Rights To Jared Staal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA —Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired a fifth round draft choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the rights to prospect Jared Staal. 

The draft choice, which was previously acquired by Carolina from Nashville, currently gives the Coyotes five picks in the upcoming Entry Draft, including two first round choices.  The 2010 Entry Draft will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 25-26.

Staal, 19, recorded 12-37-49 and 57 penalty minutes (PIM) in 59 games for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season.  The forward was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

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Willie Mitchell Gets A Few Things Off His Chest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

Nearly four months since suffering a concussion which has kept him away from hockey, an emotional, red-eyed Willie Mitchell returned to target the NHL and indict chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell for his inconsistency in dealing with head shots.

Mitchell said he was disappointed by Campbell’s decision making. He said a neutral party is needed in Campbell’s role because his “relationships” with teams and players can bias rulings.

“I know Colin Campbell has a lot of relationships with general managers and owners and stuff like that,” Mitchell said. “It’s very tough to hand down decisions on matters like this when you’re friends with people.

“It’s like saying I have to discipline my teammates. It’s too emotional. You can’t always make the right decision.”

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note 4:10pm:  I changed the link and story since the original one was reomoved…

If you need a refresher, watch the hit below…

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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Will Dreams Come True?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

There’s still a chance Montreal and Boston will meet in the Eastern Conference final – and that would represent a dream for thousands of Bruins and Canadiens fans.

But what teams would provide the ideal conference and Cup final for each NHL franchise?...

Detroit

Ideal Conference Final Opponent: Colorado
Ideal Cup Final Opponent: Toronto
Why? Chicago is Detroit’s longstanding rival, but the playoff dogfights the Avs and Wings have had push Colorado to the top. Detroit’s Norris Division days with Toronto gives the Leafs the edge over the Habs.

read on

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hey, look at that. The sun still came up!

-Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters.  Read much more on the Penguins.

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No Hockey Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So what are you doing with the free time?

I’ll be cleaning up my inbox and hopefully hitting the couch with someone feeding me grapes.

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Ratings Won’t Matter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

An Eastern Finals of Montreal vs. either Boston or Philly may not be what some at the NHL had in mind—a possible showcase for Crosby and Ovechkin in Pittsburgh and Washington—but I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world.

Montreal has enough history that the team’s presence in the next round and possibly even Stanley Cup Finals won’t just kill the TV ratings here in the U.S.

Figure it this way. The worst—from a ratings standpoint only here, no disrespect to any teams’ fans—that can happen is Montreal vs. San Jose.

I think that’s a great matchup for a lot of reasons—a team with 24 Cups against a franchise that has never reached the Finals but has great talent—and I don’t think it’s a ratings killer like we saw in recent years.

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Canucks Have Some Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

With the body stretched out on the mortuary slab, the problem with the Vancouver Canucks isn’t determining the cause of their death.

It’s picking any one of the 58 areas in which they were exposed against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In no particular order, the Canucks demonstrated they aren’t big enough or tough enough; their best players — Roberto Luongo, the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler — aren’t good enough; and they have to improve their penalty killing specifically and special teams in general. Then there’s the coaching, and let’s not forget Mike Gillis, the man who just gave us two years of Pavol Demitra.

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Graham James Found In Mexico

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Convicted sex offender Graham James, whose 2007 pardon caused outrage and pushed the Canadian government to propose changes to a federal law, is living and working in Mexico

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: graham+james

Defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Eliminated

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens with a 5-2 loss in game seven of their second round series last night.  The NHL will not have a repeat Stanley Cup champion this year.  The NHL has not has a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.  It has been 12 years since a team repeated as Stanley Cup champion.  This is something that has not happened before in the history of the Stanley Cup and is a sign that elite teams are no longer being formed and kept together for a period of a few years. 

In fact, events during this twelve year period, including expansion and a salary cap, have made it significantly harder for an elite team to be formed or kept together.  Today, when a team gets to be pretty good, but not (yet?) Stanley Cup worthy, the salary cap forces them to be broken up.

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The Latest Regarding Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was on with Mike Ross of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice this morning to discuss the Coyotes situation.

Listen or download the and thanks to NHL Home Ice for the audio.


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  Tags: bill+daly

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