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Sabres Should Be Careful With Deadline Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

But unless some ridiculous offer comes their way, the Sabres shouldn’t do anything at the deadline other than plan for the future. Doing nothing shouldn’t be a chore for Regier, who has been ripped royally for doing exactly that. This year, though, doing nothing makes the most sense.

Why?

The Sabres have their core players locked into long-term contracts. If they can land a good player who will be under contract for the next several years, fine. Otherwise, dumping dead weight or hefty salaries should be the goal. And that, alone, is a tall order because of the salary cap.

read on

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Renney In Trouble, Kovalev Keeps Disappearing

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Coming off a 10-2 loss to the Stars Friday, there’s plenty of talk that Rangers coach Tom Renney is in deep trouble. If New York decides to make a change, don’t be surprised to see Pat Quinn behind the bench on Broadway. Quinn, who led Team Canada to a gold medal at the world juniors last month, played junior hockey with Rangers GM Glen Sather and they have been close friends since.

• The talk is the Habs are getting tired of RW Alexei Kovalev and his disappearing acts. Kovalev has played a valuable role this season, but not consistently. Nobody would be surprised to see him moved soon.

more of this kind of talk…

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Trade Talk From Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Flyers, who will have to shed around $2 million of cap space in order to reinstate Daniel Briere from long-term injury reserve once he recovers from groin surgery, are somehow positioning themselves as in on Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester while also having substantial interest in Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer ($6.75 million), should he become available as a rental.

We’re told that Philadelphia is prepared to move Mike Knuble ($2.8 million, unrestricted on July 1) and Joffrey Lupul ($2.312M this year, $4.25M the next four years) in order to help the blue line.

The Ducks will be seeking young defensemen in any deals for Niedermayer or Chris Pronger, who seems on his way out with another year at $6.25 million remaining on his deal.

The Devils are interested in bringing Niedermayer back for their Grateful Dead Reunion Tour, but will not move Paul Martin to get it done.

more trade talk plus Olympics and suspension talk too…

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Price Under Fire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

While Toskala was solid, Montreal goaltender Carey Price was distraught after the game. He faced 41 shots and was beaten high on the glove side three times as he lost for the sixth time in eight starts since he returned to action from an ankle injury.

But Christopher Higgins said it would be a mistake to heap all the blame on the goaltender, who was a last-minute starter after Jaroslav Halak came down with the flu.

“We gave them a lot of odd-man rushes. “We didn’t give (Price) a lot of help.”

But head coach Guy Carbonneau didn’t let the goaltender off the hook.

“We’re not doing anything right,” said Carbonneau, whose team is clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference despite losing seven of its last nine games. “We’re having trouble scoring goals and it seems that whenever we make a mistake, the puck’s in our net.”

When asked what he didn’t like about Price’s performance, he said: “Where do you want me to start? He let in five goals.”

more and watch Price and Carbonneau in post game video at TSN…

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Suspension For Roloson?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

The NHL is as soft on crime as the most liberal, feeling-sorry-for-criminals judge in the Dominion, so don’t expect Dwayne Roloson to be suspended for his uppercut, goalie stick chop at Daniel Cleary’s private parts.

But Roloson deserves to be out a few games for that one. Imagine the upset and anger in Edmonton if an opposition goalie did that to Ales Hemsky.

continued

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  Tags: dan+cleary, dwayne+roloson

Biggest Hockey Decision Left This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I think the biggest hockey-related decision (not to be confused with a business decision) left to be made this season will be made by the Florida Panthers.  The Panthers have to decide whether to trade or keep Jay Bouwmeester.  Bouwmeester is an All Star defenceman who leads the NHL in ice time.  He is also an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Last summer, it seemed clear that he wanted to leave Florida and fine a team to play for that would compete for a Stanley Cup.  Florida had one last chance to show a skeptical Bouwmeester that they were capable of contention.  Have the Panthers done this?

They are currently in ninth place in the East Conference.  They are one point back of a playoff berth with one or two games in hand against most of the teams just above them.  It is very possible that Florida will qualify for the playoffs this year.  It would be Florida’s first playoff berth since 2000 and the first of Jay Bouwmeester’s career.  Most likely they would lose in the first round, but they might be capable of a run.  If Bouwmeester is looking for a team that contends, is this good enough?  Florida has a young team and might be able to do better next year.

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Steve Mason On IR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed rookie goaltender Steve Mason on injured reserve retroactive to February 4, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Mason was diagnosed with mononucleosis on January 29.

Mason, 20, has posted a 19-12-2 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and seven shutouts in 34 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads the NHL in shutouts, while ranking second in goals-against average, seventh in save percentage and is tied for 10th in wins.

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The Islanders Did Have An Excuse For The Loss Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat wrote this before the Islanders lost 1-0 tonight in Tampa…

I survived the pirate invasion during the Gasparilla Festival parade and came away with a handful of colored beads for my effort this afternoon in downtown Tampa, but the Islanders might be another story. An afternoon nap is part of the pre-game routine for some players, but that was next to impossible at the team hotel located on Sedon Channel, where cruise liners and pleasure craft alike dock within walking distance of the St. Pete Times Forum, where the Isles meet the Lightning tonight.

Radio color commentator Chris King reports that a large flotilla of private boats docked in the marina outside the hotel kept up a cacophony of loud music and cannon fire the entire afternoon as revelers dressed in pirate costumes partied like it was 1784. Let me tell you the toy cannons they fire from the boats in the channel and the floats in the parade pack quite a wallop.

continue if you want to read more about the Gasparilla Festival (which I happened to witness first hand in the early 1990’s.)

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Wild Owner Talks Backstrom & Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Off the ice, the Wild’s top priority is working on a contract extension for Backstrom, 30, an All-Star goalie who can become a free agent this summer.

“Negotiations are going on,” Leipold said. “We like Nick Backstrom. He’s a great goalie in this league. We want to have him here. He wants to be here. Hopefully we’re going to work it out. That’s really all I know. I would hope that we could get Backstrom signed, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t.”

Backstrom said Friday, “Nothing’s going on. Time will tell.”...

And yes, Leipold still maintains he has high hopes that the Wild can re-sign Gaborik rather than trading him by the March 4 deadline.

“Our only intention was re-signing Gaborik. It is still our only intention,” Leipold said. “Unfortunately the injury caused everything to shut down. It’s our hope that we’ll still re-sign him. I think he’d like to play here. We’re not done yet.”

more

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  Tags: craig+leipold, marian+gaborik, niklas+backstrom

More Hip Surgery For Kariya

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Paul Kariya will have surgery on his right hip on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado.  Dr. Philippon performed surgery on Kariya’s left hip on Jan. 5.

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