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Would The Ducks Move Bobby Ryan For A Dman?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Signing Ryan to a contract extension will also be on the front burner but if this becomes a Phil Kessel situation, would the Ducks used him as trade bait to land a young defenseman with high-end potential like Schenn?

So do you go the extra mile to keep Ryan, already a two-time 30-goal scorer who just turned 23? Or do you dangle Ryan as an attractive piece to beef up a problem area if he and the Ducks can’t hammer out a deal? The club doesn’t have to be rash as Ryan is a pending restricted free agent but the big winger will get a raise this summer. A big one.

The Ducks want to keep him. How much they’re willing to pay to do so will be the question? Just food for thought.


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More Teams Show Interest In Zuccarello-Aasen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

The player coveted by six or more teams is Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who many will remember as the diminutive forward who skated for Norway at the Vancouver Olympics wearing No. 48 and using an unusually long hockey stick. The Leafs are believed to be one of the teams in hot pursuit along with Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Edmonton and Chicago as this begins to turn into this year’s version of the Fabian Brunnstrom Sweepstakes.

Some have nicknamed him MZA or the Norwegian Hobbit, and this week he was named the winner of the Yellow Helmet in the Swedish Elite League as MVP according to the players, a Swedish version of the Lester B. Pearson Award (which may yet be renamed the Ted Lindsay Award if the NHLPA ever gets its act together).

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  Tags: mats+zuccarello-aasen

Preparing For Hockey In 3D

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Islanders/Rangers game tomorrow will be broadcast in 3D.

I’ve posted five videos below with a behind the scenes look.  The videos are pretty self-explanatory.


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Kovalchuk Has A New Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire believes Brian Rolston is a player that can play on the top two lines. He’s giving him another chance to prove it by playing him at right wing on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk at left wing and Travis Zajac at center in tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center.

Lemaire admitted he’s trying to get more out of Rolston.

“There’s all kinds of messages in that move to him,” Lemaire said. “That’s where he should play. So, we give him the chance to play there and then we’ll see. It’s up to him to take advantage of it and do the best he can.”


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Chicago Owner Wanted Ovechkin Suspended For A Long Period Of Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz believes Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin knew what he was doing when he injured Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell on March 14, and Wirtz believes Ovechkin should have been suspended for the rest of the season.

Ovechkin was suspended two games for the hit, which fractured Campbell’s clavicle and a rib. Campbell was expected to miss 7-8 weeks.

During a taping of an upcoming Crain’s Business of Sports video, Wirtz said the suspension should last as long as the injured player is sidelined.

“If any one of our great players put Ovechkin out for the season, he should be out for the season, too,” Wirtz told Crain’s. “Make it commensurate.

“If you’re really going to hurt a player, knee to knee, make a head hit, and you’re out for the season, then let them suspend that player for the rest of the season. I’ll tell you, you wouldn’t see those knee-to-knee and head hits anymore.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, rocky+wirtz

H2H Is Getting Close, Herm Talks To You

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The H2H weekend is getting close, plans are being finalized and folks are getting excited.

Herm has a message for you.

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Coach Of The Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Early this season I picked Jacques Lemaire of the New Jersey Devils as the coach of the year favorite.  While he has done a good job with the Devils, who have had key injuries to their defence (Paul Martin) and have an aging superstar goalie in Martin Brodeur, who is no longer as good as he once was, the Devils are not on pace to gathering as many points this year as they did last year.  I think a better coach of the year choice is Dave Tippett from the surprising Phoenix Coyotes

It is easier to gage Tippett’s success with his team because of how badly things fell apart last year.  When Phoenix Coyotes financial troubles began to make news, the team fell quickly from what looked like a playoff spot to 13th place in the West Conference.  Previous coach Wayne Gretzky was entirely unable to stop the fall.  Phoenix was clearly a good team who had failed because the coaching staff had failed to keep the team focused when the going got tough.

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Morning Line- Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It may very well be that losing the top seed is not the worst thing in the world for this team. Going into the playoffs under a little less spotlight might just be what they need. Or maybe the demons of springs gone by are coming back to torture the men in teal. We’ll soon find out.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the San Jose Sharks.  Read more...

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Time For More Changes In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

It has been a stirring collapse, this Lightning fold, which could roll on tonight with a loss to Carolina at the Forum.

It has probably cost head coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton their jobs, as it probably should.

Is there really any choice?

About a month ago, Tampa Bay w


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Playoffs Are Approaching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today in my NHL.com blog I ask fans of teams that will not make the playoffs this year, what do you do once your team has been eliminated?

Do you just swear off hockey, maybe follow another team or do you just want to see a few of your favorite players have a great playoff run?

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