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One Question Per Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at the key question facing each team in the Western Conference:

Anaheim Ducks

Is Jonas Hiller really a No. 1 goaltender?
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has a Stanley Cup ring and a Conn Smythe Trophy. But what he didn’t have at the end of last season was Anaheim’s No. 1 goaltending job. That belonged to Jonas Hiller, a second-year netminder from Switzerland whose play rallied the Ducks down the stretch. Hiller was brilliant in a first-round upset of San Jose and got the Ducks into a Game 7 against Detroit. Now comes the hard part: He has to prove he’s capable of being the go-to goalie for a full season.

continue for a question about every Western Conference team and the Eastern Conference questions can be found here.

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Fedorov Wins Lawsuit, Hopes To Get His Money Back

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from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,

Sergei Fedorov has won his lawsuit against a Grosse Pointe Shores man he said he entrusted to invest $43 million for him over the past decade.

Fedorov sued Joe Zada last month in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeking the $60 million Zada agreed to pay him earlier this year to settle their financial dealings.

Zada previously told the Free Press—which first reported the story—that Fedorov loaned him the money. He said he valued his friendship with Fedorov but was presently unable to meet his obligation to the former Red Wings star.

Zada said he hoped to pay Fedorov the $60 million and repair their relationship.

continued

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Senators Have Interest In Sykora

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are keeping their options open up front.

While the club is still holding talks with unrestricted free-agent centre Mike Comrie, league sources say GM Bryan Murray has also held serious discussions with Penguins winger Petr Sykora — also a UFA — and he’s at the top of the Senators’ radar screen if they can trade Dany Heatley before training camp.

The Senators would like a big forward back, but indications are Murray isn’t sure that will happen.

continued

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New Look For Leafs Defense

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

As an American, why not try a team in his homeland, especially since there were ample suitors? Only Original Six franchises for this guy?

“I had opportunities to go elsewhere, markets where hockey may not be the number one sport,” Komisarek said in a telephone interview from his off-season home in Long Island, N.Y.

“But I sort of shied away from playing in a non-traditional market. It’s a unique situation to play in such a hockey hotbed with everything that goes with it, but it’s something I wanted a lot. I can’t wait for the opportunity to get up there and help get that team back to the playoffs.”

Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, a Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, figure to be the cornerstones of a rebuilt and strengthened Leafs defence, the most fruitful harvest from a busy off-season for general manager Brian Burke.

more

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Paul Kelly Fired

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Paul Kelly has been fired as executive director of the National Hockey League players association.

The decision was made by the NHLPA’s executive board, made up of 30 NHL player representatives following several hours of meetings in Chicago.

Kelly spent much of Sunday night waiting in a corridor outside the boardroom while the executive board deliberated, twice inviting interim ombudsman, Buzz Hargrove in to the discussions before a final vote and decision was made.

Kelly was invited back into the board meeting along with general counsel Ian Penny where he learned his fate.

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Ten Bitches: The A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, there’s a first.  After 22 years of blogging about hockey, the word “bitch” has finally been used in a post title.  It was inevitable and I guess I’ve held off because I know that it’s wrong.  I know it’s not something Paul would approve of.  I know it.  But dammit, sometimes you just have to push back you know?

Tomorrow morning we finish what we started last summer.  We’ve narrowed the field to ten candidates and we’ll begin the countdown and the re-creation of the A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart.  I’m going to give you the criteria now, the list of teams in alphabetical order, and then tomorrow we start anew with the tenth team on the depth chart analyzed and ripped to shreds, along with their fans.

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Wing Bloggers Talk Olympics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Christy Hammond’s assembled the most prolific panel of Wing bloggers in history.  Eleven of us typing all at the same time.  So many subjects, so much typing.  Every day we’re going to point you in a different direction, to an old blog or a new one.  It will be glorious. 

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It Could Be Leafs vs. NHL Next

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

As the possibility of present and future litigation over the Phoenix Coyotes continues to widen, there is another battlefield that is waiting to erupt. The war thus far has been between the National Hockey League and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie. But the next fight could be between the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Court filings filed late Friday night show a disagreement between the league and its most powerful franchise, dating back to 2006, over whether the Leafs have a veto over another team playing in their territory.

The NHL had taken the position that a franchise transfer into the home territory of an existing franchise would only require a majority vote among the league’s board of governors. The Leafs, in a letter hand-delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, strenuously objected, and wrote that the club would “reserve all rights to take whatever actions are necessary to protect their exclusive rights to their home territory.”

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Heatley Too Big A Risk For Kings

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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Acquiring Heatley, who asked to be traded from his first team, Atlanta, and more recently asked the Senators to deal him, would be “too risky,” Lombardi said, an emphatic response that drew applause from the audience assembled at the Nokia Theatre for the final day of the Kings’ first Fan Fest.

Lombardi’s unequivocal answer also should silence the Heatley-to-L.A. rumors that have refused to die, probably fueled by the ample cap space the Kings will have and their need for a pure scorer.

“I would like to focus more on this group reaching its potential,” Lombardi said. “A big part of this process is culture, making an identity. What does it mean to really be a King?”

Apparently, it doesn’t mean whining when things don’t go well and being a bad influence on a group of young players who are only now beginning to become leaders and forge an identity as a team.

more on Heatley and other LA Kings topics…

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Wild 3rd Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today unveiled a new third jersey for the upcoming 2009-10 NHL season at a public event held at the Minnesota State Fair’s FAN Central building.

After months of buzz and speculation among Wild fans, the new third jersey was finally revealed today by left wing Derek Boogaard. Based in the Wild’s Forest Green with Wheat trim and a hint of Iron Range Red, the jersey’s classic sports look was the overwhelming favorite of Wild fans surveyed during the summer of 2008. The jersey crest features a script “Minnesota” with “WILD” emblazoned below.

continued including a picture gallery…

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