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Doubtful Radulov Would Join Predators This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Agent Jay Grossman said Wednesday he doesn’t see it happening.

“There’s really nothing to report as far as a return at this point in time,’’ Grossman said. “I don’t think we’d be talking about it in days or weeks here.

“While we’ve talked to some guys (with the Predators) that clearly feel he could help them and what have you, it’s not in the cards for him to come back now.’’

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The New Economic World

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Judging by comments made at Wednesday’s annual general managers’ meetings, there’s no question that there is a new world economic order coming to the NHL.

I don’t want to say that they’ve been in a Fool’s Paradise for the last three or four years in this new salary cap world, but in some ways that’s what it has been. The cap has gone from $39 million to almost $57 million. Whatever difficulties teams have had in terms of navigating around the cap have been negligible compared to what they’re going to face going forward….

A team like the Detroit Red Wings knows that they can’t sign Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler, so they’re going to have to make hard decisions and say goodbye to some of these players. There’s going to be some real pain and suffering for NHL teams as they try to build their clubs going forward.

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The Top Ten Players From Finland

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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

In our ongoing quest to name the top-10 current NHL players from each European hockey power – we began with the Czechs and the Swedes – this week we’re running down the best Finns still active.

10. Tuomo Ruutu, Right Wing, Carolina
The 26-year-old is having the best year of his career, mainly because he’s managed to stay healthy for the first time since his 2003-04 rookie season. Good health means Ruutu-the-younger is now more valuable than older brother Jarkko. He’s logging 18-plus minutes of ice time per night and, with 20 goals and 45 points, is on pace to smash his career bests.

continued

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Sedins Contract Talk Going Nowhere

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Six months after a dinner summit meeting when each side pledged its devotion to the other, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks seem no closer to agreeing on contract extensions as negotiations are about to be adjourned.

The National Hockey League franchise and its top scorers — or at least their representatives — appear to be inhabiting different worlds economically, and player agent J.P. Barry said Tuesday he’ll soon shut down talks so neither the players nor their team are distracted during the stretch drive and playoffs.

If this happens,the Canucks will have only weeks after the end of the season to re-sign the Sedins or risk losing their best forwards to unrestricted free agency on July 1.

continued

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Penguins On A Roll

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

If you’re an Eastern Conference team and you’ve seen the Pittsburgh Penguins lately, fear may be a survival instinct. Simply put, the Pens are hot right now – seven wins in a row hot. And for opponents, it’s that clicking-on-all-cylinders mojo that makes the Penguins a dangerous post-season foe.

Momentum is everything in the NHL, but timing is a close second. Don’t forget, at different points in the season the New York Rangers were an elite squad, the Dallas Stars were a dangerous playoff team and the Los Angeles Kings were challenging for a post-season berth.

For most of the year, the Penguins were kneecapped by key injuries (Sergei Gonchar and the now-departed Ryan Whitney the most crucial early on), but things really seem to be coming together now.

read on

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GM Meetings Conclude

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers concluded their annual meeting here on Wednesday by passing one minor item and fretting about the economy.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, though, maintained the sunny outlook he has held all year about the league’s prospects in the recession.

Once again, he claimed the NHL will experience “five per cent real growth” next season but what lies beyond that is unknown.

At least some of the general managers, though, were considerably less optimistic, especially about the 2010-11 season.

continued

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If you hack a guy on the back of the leg and he lets you do it, you know what you do, you do it again and pretty soon he is your girlfriend.”

-Mike Babcock on HockeyCentral/Fan590 this afternoon.  Listen to the whole interview.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+babock

Getting It Fixed

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Detroit’s best hockey writer, Craig Custance, spoke to a bunch of Wings about some stuff the Diggers didn’t dive into: how to win and how to win the right way.

Continue Reading »

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Top Fights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Casey of In the Crease at Newsday,

The topic of banning fighting permanently is expected to be discussed during this week’s general manager meetings in Naples, Fla. And while it doesn’t appear the ban has sufficient support to come into law, you never can tell what maneuvers Gary Bettman will pull in his crusade to rid the game of one of the things fans love most about it.

And so we present to you Part I of our compilation of the Top 10 hockey fights from the 2008-09 season (with some bonus videos thrown in). We’ll tackle Nos. 6-10 today and the top five Thursday at noon. Enjoy them now while you can:

read on to watch the fights…

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Cherry Says He Is An Easy Target

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Don Cherry isn’t mad as hell and he is going to take it—all the shots, the criticism, the calls for his head, no matter how much the controversies swirl around him.

He claims he is not pulling a Peter Finch every Saturday night, that he isn’t going crazy on the public broadcaster, isn’t losing it in any way. “I’m saying the same things I was before,” Cherry said in a lengthy interview. “But the criticism is worse now. It has really picked up. I don’t know why.

“I admit, I’ve been taken aback by all of it, the calls for me to get fired. Last week was the topper. I got ripped everywhere. I got ripped in four Toronto papers. The owner of the Washington Capitals wrote about me online. A couple of my friends in Florida saw it in the papers there. I’m front and centre. I guess I’m an easy target.”

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  Tags: don+cherry

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