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Flyers Depth Takes A Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

First, he had to inform center Glen Metropolit he’d been claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens and would be playing against the Flyers a few hours later.

Then he had to tell defenseman Ossi Vaananen he, too, was claimed and was heading to the Vancouver Canucks.

Then came word from Danny Briere that his nagging groin pain would not allow him to return to the lineup Friday night.

“When I talked to him (Friday) afternoon he told me he’s not quite there yet,” Holmgren said. “His words were, “In my mind I’m not 100 percent,’ and it’s not in our best interests to put him at risk.”...

With Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin back in Philadelphia for the second time in three nights, Holmgren acknowledged he has inquired about defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

more on the Flyers…

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Flames Don’t Plan On Disturbing Team Chemistry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Last year’s trade deadline day was nothing doing for the Calgary Flames.

Brace yourself for a repeat performance.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter said yesterday he doesn’t foresee making a bunch of deals, if any at all, before the NHL trade deadline comes Wednesday.

“I don’t see any reason to disrupt the chemistry of the dressing room unless we’re in a position to make a significant upgrade,” Sutter said.

“You try and do good work in the summer, and then, you test your team and see if they’re passing. We have a really good hockey club, so the only thing that affects us is evaluating young players if they’re ready for the stretch, injuries—which are obviously a major concern to us—and that’s it.”


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Sometimes The Calls Go The Wrong Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Each season, Campbell says, one or two teams think they are “getting a raw deal,” sparking anger and conspiracy theories. He acknowledges that the Blue Jackets are one of those teams this season.

The Jackets are 1-6 on video reviews, according to league-issued, play-by-play summaries. Two disallowed goals—one by captain Rick Nash on Oct. 25 in Minnesota, the other by Manny Malhotra on Dec. 18 in Dallas—loom large for a franchise trying to make its first playoff appearance.

Campbell said he empathizes with all NHL fans who feel wronged but emphasizes that past calls will have no bearing on the next review.

“It would be easy to say, ‘It’s Columbus, they’ve got to make the playoffs this year and they have had a couple of tough calls go against them and they need this one,’ ” he said. “But we can’t do that.”
More than goals

Some Blue Jackets fans swear that Toronto’s injustice toward them goes back several seasons. Peruse the Internet long enough, though, and you will find similar stories and controversies involving other franchises.


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GDT - Game # 63:  Red Wings at Predators (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Detroit travels to Nashville tonite after beating the Kings at the JLA Friday, 2-1, behind an improbable performance by Ozzie who stopped 30 of 31 shots (0.967). DET is only 3 points behind SJS for 1st in Conference.  NSH sits 11th in Conference, but only 1 point out of a playoff spot.  DET is looking for their third straight win over NSH.  NSH is trying to match a season-high fourth straight win.  DET is 9-2-1 since their 5 game skid in January.  It has been noted by the Diggers this week that Conks is to start tonight.  NSH is offensively challenged, averaging 2.37 g/g (29), and their PP is an anemic 13.6%. However, NSH have held opponents without a single power-play goal in seven of their last eight games.

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Both Sides Of The Boynton Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

I spoke to Nick Boynton by phone on Friday, and as you might expect, he said, “I’m pretty upset about waking up this morning and getting sent home.” He also said he was still in a little bit of shock.

I understand where Boynton is coming from. I also understand where coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Jacques Martin are coming from.

I think the argument between DeBoer and Boynton after Thursday’s game was a little more heated than Boynton described it—although Boynton admitted he raised his voice and used an expletive when asking DeBoer if he was good enough to play—but definitely not so intense that Boynton charged in and got in DeBoer’s face.

First, Boynton’s side.


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All Decade Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There has been an interesting series of posts in the Cycle Like The Sedins blog about an all-decade hockey team.  Although I question the timing - why would one chose the decade of 1999-2008 as a meaningful time frame.  It seems like a rather random start and end point.

During this decade there were nine NHL seasons (as the 2004/05 one was lost due to lockout).  Thus when numbers are compared to other ten year periods, this one should be about 10% behind.  As one who enjoys the process of trying to put our modern day events into perspective and figure out how they will be seen by people in the future, this is the kind of question that interests me.

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I Told The Fellas Out Behind The Bar…That It’s A Live Blog…And It’s Gonna Be A Train Wreck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From:  Abel To Yzerman
To:    Paul Kukla, Proprietor and Emperor of Kuklas Korner

Subj: 27 February 2009 Live Blog and “Hit Me Mick” Extravaganza

1. I take no responsibility for anything.
2. If I don’t post anything for 48 hours, send help.


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Trade Temperature

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC Sports,

Teams can be reluctant to drop everyday roster players because they’re still clinging to faint playoff hopes, and there’s also the difficulty of making a team’s pieces fit ahead of what will be a salary cap curb. Because of that, many teams are buying and selling.

The designations are at least mildly inadequate these days, so we instead take the trade temperature of the 24 U.S. clubs ahead of the March 4 trade deadline.

Anaheim Ducks: Warm

Anaheim followed Carolina as Stanley Cup champion, and they seem to now be imitating the Hurricanes as a team that could just as easily miss the playoffs as do damage there. To compound the problems, they have two future Hall of Famers on the blue line who can’t just be shipped off to some cellar-dwelling club.

read on for all US based teams…

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Errors Were Made in Video Review Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes in Newsday:

Here’s how Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice president of hockey operations, responded to my inquiries about the process in waving off/reviewing Brandon Dubinsky’s goal at the 17-second mark at MSG last night. Essentially, the review was made, and the call was correct, but there were communications breakdowns:

“As the on-ice officials were coming together and concluding that Brandon Dubinsky’s stick had made contact with the puck above the height of the cross-bar and that their call on the ice was “no goal”, the play was being looked at both by the Toronto Video Room and by the in arena Video Goal Judge at Madison Square Garden.

It was the opinion of both that the call made by the on-ice officials would stand, as there was inconclusive video evidence to overturn this call.

There were, however, a number of errors made in the video review process as it applied to this play.”

read on

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Panthers Send Boynton Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Florida defenseman Nick Boynton has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons and will not be with the team for the remainder of the team’s three game road trip.

Boynton, acquired from Phoenix over the summer as part of the Olli Jokinen trade, played Thursday in New York and traveled with the team to its suburban New Jersey hotel after the game. According to roomate Keith Ballard, Boynton was upset with the team’s decision to send him back to South Florida. It’s possible, with the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday that Boynton has played his last game with the Panthers.


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