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So-So Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

But before general manager Don Waddell drops to his knees, opens the checkbook and implores Hossa to stay, he needs to realize something: The Thrashers are a .500 team partly because of Marian Hossa….

And how is it one of the NHL’s best two-way forwards is a minus-10 — worst among the team’s forwards?

What the Thrashers have right now is not Hossa-like. What the Thrashers have is Hossa Lite.

Hossa acknowledges his production is down. But he says he feels fine physically. He denies feeling any pressure from the contract status.

“I have a contract to play now, so there’s no reason to feel pressure,” he said Saturday.

He might want to start.

read on

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No Suspension For Hatcher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Fire & Ice,

NHL Executive VP Colin Campbell confirmed that Derian Hatcher will not be suspended or fined for alleagedly biting Travis Zajac’s left middle finger. Campbell said via e-mail that there was insufficient video evidence of the incident.

thanks to a KK member for the heads-up…

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  Tags: derian+hatcher

Glen Sather In No Hurry To Leave Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

He’s not hale and hearty because his club has only won seven of the last 21, but the pieces are there. Frankly, he looked older than his years a few seasons back with an old, overpaid, under-achieving bunch. Now, it’s not a chore going to work, and he has no interest in stepping aside. He’s on a year-to-year contract now, after his five-year package ran out. He’s in no hurry to quit.

“Where else can you have this much fun? I’m still young. Fifty-three is young,” said Sather, playfully knocking 11 years off his real birth certificate, just a few minutes before a youngster at the rink asks for an autograph in Total Hockey.

“The whole book, or just this page,” kidded Sather, as he scrawls his signature on his playing stats, which aren’t quite as glittering as his coaching numbers.


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  Tags: glen+sather

Avery Loves The Rangers, But…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

Sather and Pat Morris, Avery’s agent, have yet to discuss an extension for The Grate One. And while Avery remains unabashed in his affection for New York, he is hardly pulling a Messier or a Leetch by instructing Morris to make his best deal with the Rangers and forget about the possibility of hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1.

“I don’t think anyone would dispute how much I love the Rangers and what I would do for the team,” Avery told the Daily News after the Rangers’ practice here Friday. “But that doesn’t always come into play when you’re in negotiations. So whatever, I’m not losing any sleep over it at this point.

“I know everyone thinks that I would never leave New York or that I couldn’t play anywhere else. It’s certainly not something I would like to do right now because I love putting on a Ranger jersey.

read on

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  Tags: sean+avery

Change It Up Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Seven points with 40 games to go is nothing. But if this team is going to make another dramatic stretch drive, it needs a dramatic makeover.

Here are a few resolutions they should make for 2008:


It’s time to end the love affair with reliable defensive players. They’re a dime a dozen and judging by the 14th-place Edmonton’s 129 goals against, second most in the conference, they’re not all that reliable anyway.

The players who should be getting the ice time are the dynamic young kids who are going to be leading this team in the very near future. Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano.


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Desperate Times In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Twenty minutes after the loss, Brian Campbell was storming from side to side in front of his locker, grabbing equipment and shoving it angrily into a bag. I’d never seen Campbell quite this emotional. He spoke in a quavering voice, as if he might break out in tears at any moment.

“It’s desperate times right now,” Campbell said after the Sabres lost to Ottawa, 5-3, giving up two late goals after coming from three goals down to tie the game. “The whole rest of the season is going to be desperate for us, trying to get points. You don’t gain points in this league in the second half very much, unless you’re on a complete tear.”


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  Tags: brian+campbell

Early NHL Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

26 teams in actions beginning at 12:30pm ET today.

I have posted the early games and to see the rest of the schedule, check out NHL.com


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Toronto Board Of Directors Will Be Involved With Sundin Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“Mats has set every record for us and I think he has been a wonderful captain,” Peddie said yesterday. “If (Ferguson) was contemplating such a move, then out of respect to Mats, I think he would have to bring it to the board of directors.”

Any Sundin deal must be handled delicately. For one, the franchise scoring leader has repeatedly expressed a desire to stay and has a no-trade clause in his $5.5-million US deal this year.

And, if Sundin has a change of heart if the Leafs fade further toward the Feb. 26 trade deadline, should Ferguson and his staff be making such a big decision when they likely wouldn’t be around next year to deal with the ramifications?


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  Tags: mats+sundin

Self-Medicating With Marty Turco

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No confirmation from the Stars as to who’s starting in net today.  But if it’s Turco?  His therapist has recommended a sunny outlook.

“I think it’s a great situation,” Turco said. “We get to ask, ‘Who are we?’ It’s kind of an identity search, and I think we’ll see more of who we are against them this time.”


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Did Hatcher Bite Zajac

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via TSN,

...Hatcher’s version of the story was different.

“If he’s cut, good, but I didn’t bite him,” Hatcher said. “I didn’t think anything of it until someone mentioned it to me.

“He went like that (face wash) right across my face. He got his glove on my tooth, almost pulled it out. It’s all sore.”

Hatcher could face an NHL suspension, especially if there is video showing him biting Zajac. Devils coach Brent Sutter saw one replay, but didn’t get a total picture of what happened.

“It shows Trav pulling his hand away with the glove still in Hatcher’s mouth, like a dog on a bone,” Sutter said. “It’s not something you like to see in the game, let alone a veteran player like that.”


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  Tags: derian+hatcher, travis+zajac

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