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How About Rangers - Islanders For Next Winter Classic?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now that it has a hit on its hands, the NHL should whenever possible use the Winter Classic as a vehicle to help needy markets and franchises.

Which is why next season’s Winter Classic should be played in New York between the Islanders New York Islanders and Rangers New York Rangers , whether at this new rich mans’ palace masquerading as Yankee Stadium or at the Mets New York Mets ’ new ballpark with the stigmatized name, or in Central Park….

We know. The national TV ratings would take a beating. So what? It’s a singular affair. The NHL claims that TV ratings are secondary, anyway, when they lag, so what is the purpose of constructing a one-day exhibition simply to inflate numbers on a fleeting basis?

A Jan. 1, 2010 outdoors Battle of New York would energize and elevate the Islanders. It would give this woebegone club a spotlight event. It would put hockey on the back page in New York, and not only for a day, but for a number of days.

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Sunday Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The word is Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is shopping C Daniel Briere and his huge contract. While Briere has extended his rehab assignment from a groin injury with AHL’s Phantoms through tonight, Holmgren has been trying to find room for his $6.5-million (all terms US) cap hit. Since finding somebody to take Briere, who has missed 29 of the club’s last 30 games, is going to be nearly impossible because he has five years left on his deal, the club will likely have to move D Randy Jones and RW Joffrey Lupul to make room for Briere.

• Pat Quinn is considered the top candidate to replace Therrien, TSN analyst Pierre McGuire shouldn’t be ruled out as a possible replacement.

more of the rumor talk

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Islanders Beaten By The Waiver Rules

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I wrote a couple days a go that New York Islanders are the worst team in the NHL and point to the root cause of the problem as poor management decisions off-ice.  Both the decisions on who should be in the Islanders brain trust and the decisions by those people have been poor.  We had a very good example of such a decision occur yesterday.

The New York Islanders goaltending is a problem, due partially to injury.  Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely (probably for the rest of the season) with knee problems.  In DiPietro’s absence, Joey MacDonald has been their top goalie.  He has a groin injury and should be out a few weeks.  That leaves them with Yann Danis and Peter Mannino as their NHL goaltending pair.  This is an AHL pairing.  So something had to be done.

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The Cuban Donation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks Owner, wants to give $25K to the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund in the names of Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore.

Read more at Newsday via the AP.

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No Plans To Trade Spezza

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

Jason Spezza has been a lightning rod for criticism in Ottawa this season, but Senators general manager Bryan Murray has no intention of trading his superstar centre.

“I don’t know that you’d ever not trade anyone, but Jason is not on the trading block,” Murray told Sportsnet prior to Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens. “He is a guy that you should be able to build a hockey team around.”...

“He’s a good player on this hockey club. I don’t know how you acquire another guy like this if you trade him away,” continued Murray. “My intent is not to do that. I think the core here is a good core. We just have to help them a little bit in a couple areas.”

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Young? Restless? Bored?  Well Come On In. It’s A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul Kelly on HNIC, “I suspect Henrik enjoys playing in Detroit.  We respect players when they decide to take a hometown discount. If I was in his shoes, and I wanted to stay in Detroit, I’d sit down with Kenny Holland and hear what he has to say.”

I dig that guy.

Enough of that.

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Staal Becoming Rangers Top Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The main difference in his game this season, Staal said, is a growing comfort level.

“I’m not the type of person who gets nervous,” said Staal, whose low-key public demeanor brightens considerably away from the media, teammates said. “Sure, in my first game and my first playoff game, but otherwise I stay loose. When the anthem starts, I focus on the game.”

Don’t consider him laid-back, though. Staal is pushing to get better “in everything, from bringing the puck up ice to getting better shots,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the more I play, I have more confidence, I’m seeing the ice better and I’m learning a lot just by watching other players. And I worked hard over the summer to get stronger.”

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Update On Rob Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Officially, the Sharks still aren’t saying exactly what injury has sidelined Rob Blake after he blocked a shot against Calgary only to have the puck roll up the shaft of his stick and strike him in the chin.

“I won’t go into the test results, but it was better than we thought,” Coach Todd McLellan said.

But Blake did meet with reporters this morning and some of the damage is pretty obvious: a walnut-sized swelling on his lower left jaw and a wiring mechanism in place that limits its mobility.

Unofficially, another player identified Blake’s problem as a fracture.

Blake was able to talk — his jaw, he said, would be wired shut only a couple hours each day — but he wouldn’t spell out the precise damage, saying that they still wanted to do more tests.

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The NHL & Europe Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL will continue to send teams to Europe to kick off its regular season, and the world’s best players will meet in the 2011 World Cup of Hockey after the league and players’ association reached a compromise on how revenues from those international efforts will be divvied up, ESPN.com has learned.

Those international events—important to the league’s efforts to increase a worldwide presence and generate revenue—were in jeopardy as the two sides could not agree on how the players’ union was going to be able to use the money it receives for taking part.

A handshake agreement between the two sides has been reached, however, and barring some dramatic turn of events, the NHL will send six teams to three European cities to kick off the 2009-2010 season.

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Dubielewicz Claimed By Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via IslandersPointBlank,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have plucked Wade Dubielewicz off the waiver wire. Columbus, without Pascal Leclaire, was the other NHL team that really wanted the goalie.

added 12:55pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Shortly after Wade Dubielewicz came off the ice at the Islanders’ pre-game skate this morning at the Coliseum, he received a telephone call from general manager Garth Snow informing him that he had been claimed on waivers by Columbus.

“I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn’t,” Dubielewicz said. “He was disappointed, and I’m disappointed.”

Dubielewicz quickly packed his gear and headed out to catch a flight to Vancouver to meet the Blue Jackets.

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added 1:08pm, from Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland said the move does not indicate that Pascal Leclaire will miss the rest of the season because of his ankle injury. That determination is still being made.

“We needed a goaltender,” MacFarland said. “We needed an insurance policy. We’ve gone the last two weeks with the bare minimum.”

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