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Who Wants Shanny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Nearly four months after becoming a free agent, Shanahan is putting himself onto the open market.

“I’ve told Rick [Curran] that I can no longer wait and that it’s time to move on,” Shanahan, referring to his agent, told The Post this afternoon. “Until now, Rick has been under instructions to tell inquiring teams that my focus was on re-signing with the Rangers, and that I was not accepting any other offers.

“That has changed.”

read on

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Pre-Poultry Potpourri

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s right.  I used a French word in the post title.  I’m all eclectic now.

Looking at six hours until they drop the puck at that most traditional of hockey venues, The Honda Center.  Until then, a few ditties for you.

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Panthers Having Financial Problems

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

If a company has massive layoffs and makes multiple policy changes to save money such as stopping matching employee contributions to employees 401(k) and banning overnight and express mail, then it is usually a sign that the company is on shaky ground and may not be around much longer.  The Florida Panthers are doing this according to George Richards’s blog

The economy is taking its toll on the NHL and the weaker NHL markets will have some trouble.  Most of the more recent NHL markets including Florida, Nashville, Phoenix and Atlanta will be tested.  In good times, these markets have had trouble financially.  In bad times, they may not all make it.

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Gaborik A Tough Sell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

With potential trading partners just saying no, it’s starting to seem more likely that impending free agent Marian Gaborik will remain with the Wild, at least until the new year. Even then he’ll be a tough sell, unless GM Doug Risebrough is willing to lower his demands.

“There’s nowhere near the market for him that you think,” one league exec said. “He’s a highly skilled guy, but the risk is so high. Even if you were able to sign him [to an extension] as part of the deal, you have to consider his [injury] history. I’m not sure it’s worth the risk to a contender or a young team that’s rebuilding.”

more with other hockey topics…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

All About The Gordie Howe Hat Trick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Marek of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

I have nothing personal against Gordie Howe and would rank him, like many others, in the top five players to ever lace up the blades. Howe was a great skater with a hard, accurate shot (heck, he could shoot both left and right). He was tough, hit for keeps and played the game the way many believe it should be played.

And to this day he remains a nice man and an excellent ambassador for the game of hockey.

However, like many of you, I’m curious where the phrase Gordie Howe hat trick came from. He was not the first player to register a goal, assist and fight in a game, that distinction belongs to Toronto Arena’s Harry Cameron who did so on Dec. 26, 1917. Yes, he did it on Boxing Day, how appropriate.

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  Tags: gordie+howe

Trade Deadline Rescheduled

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 28, 2008) - Per an agreement between the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association, the 2008-09 trade deadline will be 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.
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*previously speculated about last week

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  Tags: trade+deadline

Mike Smith- #1 Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Asked what he thinks about the fact many suggested goaltending was one of the big question marks facing the Lightning heading into the 2008-09 season now that his numbers rank among the best among NHL puck-stoppers, Smith smiles.

“Some people are still saying that,” he says with a laugh.

They shouldn’t be.

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  Tags: mike+smith

Recovering From Super Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

How to hold a hockey party… from Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Total number of hot wings consumed by the 80 or so guests that invaded my home on Saturday: 482
* Number of trips made to the local Coney Island: 5, and 20 Coney Island hot dogs were brought back each time.
* Pizza, varying sizes and toppings: 24
* Cashews and pistachios consumed: 10 pounds of each, gone by 10 p.m.
* Number of hockey-themed cakes that were brought by guests: 4—and 2 were exactly the same. Must have been bought at the same bakery.

read on for more

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  Tags: hockey+fans, super+saturday

The Spiritual Side of The Grim Reaper

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Emily Weirenga at Christianity.ca:

Off-ice, however, his fists unfolded into helping hands. Grimson was known for devoting countless hours to charitable causes including work with the American Cancer Society, the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organization and local hospitals.

“Most people are kind of stunned when they realize what kind of person I’m like off the ice,” Grimson says with a laugh. “That’s true of most guys who play my position in the NHL; most of them are easy to get along with and soft-spoken.”

read on for more on Grimson’s spiritual and family life.

Or you could just watch the highlight reel below for a whole other point of view…

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  Tags: fighting, stu+grimson

Mair Fined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.

The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

continued

In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.

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  Tags: adam+mair

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