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What Would You Call Matt Cooke?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ron Cooke of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

How would you describe Cooke?

I took a shot at it and used the term “agitator” Sunday after the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings at Mellon Arena. Cooke smiled politely. But he clearly didn’t like it.

“I’ve always kind of been in that stereotype and I’ve always tried to get out of it,” he said. “An agitator, to me, is someone who gets 10 points a year and does his job. I like to think I contribute more to the team than that. I can get you 30-40 points a year and 10-15 goals.”

You know what? Cooke is absolutely right. Calling him an agitator just won’t do. Forget his 11 goals and 22 points so far this season. The term doesn’t fairly describe his defensive work, especially as a penalty-killer.

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Avs Fading?

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from Dave Krieger of the Denver Post,

With the Avs now sitting sixth in the Western Conference, just four points from ninth, it seems a good time to ask a few questions:

1. Do Paul Stastny’s 11 goals and 48 points justify his $6.6 million salary?

Like it or not, Stastny is the Avs’ headliner for now, at least until Matt Duchene, 19, is ready to take the mantle from him. Yet Stastny plays more like a complementary player….

2. Is the all-rookie second line wearing down?

In his two seasons playing for Brampton of the Ontario Hockey League, Duchene’s high for games played was 64. Sunday, he played his 54th of the current NHL season, and the stretch run is just getting started.

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What’s Delaying The Jokinen Trade?

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via Sportsnet,

The Flames and Rangers are working out a deal that would send centre Olli Jokinen and left winger Brandon Prust to New York in exchange for centre Chris Higgins and right-winger Ales Kotalik. Sources told Sportsnet the deal is pending approval from Kotalik who has a limited no-trade clause in his contract.

Kotalik’s limited no-trade clause lists three teams he can not be traded to without his permission and Calgary is one of them.

The deal is not expected to be completed until late Monday morning at the earliest.

added 8:59am, via Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

One of the Flames players involved said he hadn’t heard anything other than the TSN broadcast.

A team spokesman said he hadn’t heard anything official, either.

Another source suggested it hasn’t officially gone through but could be completed this morning if Sutter didn’t have a change of heart.

added 10:46am, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is expected that Olli Jokinen will be in the Calgary Flames’ lineup when they play tonight in Calgary against the Philadelphia Flyers. Brandon Prust may also be in the lineup but it could be Brian McGrattan instead.

In any case, it is clear that the deal that looked on Sunday night as though it was agreed to - Jokinen and Prust to the New York Rangers in exchange for Chris Higgins and Alex Kotalik - is not going to happen over the course of today.

continued

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Victory For The Leafs

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Finding a way to unload Jason Blake’s albatross contract probably won’t net Brian Burke the NHL’s executive of the year honours when all is said and done.

Maybe it should.

At first blush, it would have been easier to work out the square root of pi by hand. Or, figure how they get all that caramel inside the Caramilk bar. Or, logically explain how Burke’s Maple Leafs actually lost to Andrew Raycroft on Saturday night.

But peddling the 36-year-old Blake and that inflated deal, one that will pay him $4 million US in each of the next two seasons? Talk about Mission Impossible.

Yet, somehow Brian Burke found a way to do it Sunday.

And after the Maple Leafs general manager had finished the heart transplant of his moribund roster by shipping six players out and bringing four new bodies in, he proclaimed he was not finished.

continued

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Kings End Up A 5-0 Road Trip

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings began this journey with a comeback win against Detroit and ended it with comeback wins at Boston and New Jersey, taking home their first-ever perfect record on a five-game trip and much, much more.

“This game today, I think, was a real good look at the type of team we’re starting to become,” Coach Terry Murray said after Wayne Simmonds and Drew Doughty scored on Martin Brodeur in the last two minutes Sunday to lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the stunned Devils and win for the eighth time in nine games.

“A lot of character, big heart, never gave up. It looked at times like it was slipping big-time on us and just to dig in in the third period and find a way to get it done was just tremendous.”

continued

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Report- Flames/Rangers Trade

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from TSN,

Sources tell TSN the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames are expected to announce a trade tonight that will send Calgary centre, Olli Jokinen to the Rangers in exchange for Ales Kotalik and either Chris Higgins or rookie defenceman, Matt Gilroy.

continued

added 10:22pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Gilroy wont be involved.

added 10:27pm,, TSN has updated the same link as above,

Sources tell TSN the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames are expected to announce a trade tonight that will send Calgary centre Olli Jokinen and forward Brandon Prust to the Rangers in exchange for forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.

added 11:23pm, Via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Trade call is unlikely tonight. Sounds like the Flames are holding this deal up. Working on why.

added 8:10am on 02/01/10, via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Got a text overnight saying the Flames/Rangers deal had fallen apart. We’ll see if the two teams might try again today.

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Tampa Talk

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Vinny Lecavalier did not exactly say he would not waive his no-move clause, but he clearly is in no hurry to leave the Lightning.

“I want to stay in Tampa,” the captain said. “I want to win with this team.”...

Lawton said there was “no new news” on the ownership front and the media were ahead of themselves.

“I would say the majority of the reports are, again, it’s just people wanting to say they had a story first,” he said. “Our team is operating as we have from Day 1, and as I have wished it to be, which is focusing on our on-ice play, and I’m very pleased with how that has been handled.

“All the other stuff, we respect people’s right to write whatever they like, but we don’t agree with it, and a lot of it is erroneous.”

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Rangers Kotalik Waiting For A Trade

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ales Kotalik has left the Rangers after being told that he would be traded, The Post has learned.

Kotalik, the 32-year-old winger who was signed to a three-year, $9M free agent contract this summer, accompanied the Blueshirts to Phoenix for the first game of their three-game western tour but did not accompany his teammates here for tonight’s match against the Avalanche.

Head coach John Tortorella did not inform the media of Kotalik’s departure in his pre-game press briefing, only stating that the winger would be scratched for the eighth time in the last nine games.

continued

added 8:04pm, via the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Kotalik sent to NY by team to await further developments…Sather working on completing deal

Rangers tentaive deal to move Kotalik fell through due to complications, per NYR.

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Hockey Rules 101

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from KK member 87in107,

I’m a hockey fan from Arizona (pre-Coyotes). Which means I grew up loving hockey, but not really understanding it. For example, I thought a short-handed goal meant it was scored unassisted.  Really.

I’m rectifying that by learning all 87 rules in the current 2009-2010 NHL Rulebook….

I’m still learning, so I don’t claim to be an expert on trades, stats, or scouting reports.  But I can tell you that every rule in the book also applies to life. Here are a few examples of what I’ve learned so far:

—I now understand the expression “that’s hockey.” Almost all of the rules include “in the judgment of the referee” or “at the discretion of the referee.” Translation: It’s not fair and there’s not a lot we can do about it.

continue to the KK members blog and a refreshing read.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the game…

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Applying the NHL Rulebook to life

Blog: KK Members Blog By Samantha

Hello all.  This is my first posting here, so here’s a little about me:

I’m a hockey fan from Arizona (pre-Coyotes). Which means I grew up loving hockey, but not really understanding it. For example, I thought a short-handed goal meant it was scored unassisted.  Really.

I’m rectifying that by learning all 87 rules in the current 2009-2010 NHL Rulebook. You can see the results here: http://87in107.blogspot.com

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I’m still learning, so I don’t claim to be an expert on trades, stats, or scouting reports.  But I can tell you that every rule in the book also applies to life. Here are a few examples of what I’ve learned so far:     

—I now understand the expression “that’s hockey.”  Almost all of the rules include “in the judgment of the referee” or “at the discretion of the referee.” Translation: It’s not fair and there’s not a lot we can do about it. Which perhaps is why the NHL did not include in the rules “at the discretion of fans who dispute a call by yelling and cursing at referees, who can’t hear them anyway.” 

—Not a lot of the rules say you can’t do something. Like laws, they just define the offense and outline the punishment. So, for things like hits to the head - will the NHL ban them or just impose a stronger punishment?

—The goalie’s restricted area where he can play the puck needs to go. A) Most of them are the same size as a Christmas tree: they need room to move. B) For every one rule in the book on players, there are at least two for goaltenders. There are enough restrictions on them - I say give them a break and at least give them some space.

P.S. Thanks for the posting on the top 10 fights -  I personally believe that no hockey game is complete without at least one major penalty for a scrap.

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