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Backstrom Hopes He Is Not Traded

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Backstrom said negotiations are being conducted between the Wild and his agent, Don Baizley.

“I haven’t talked to Don since last weekend, so I don’t know what’s going on,” Backstrom said. “We play so many games, and I want to stay focused on helping our team win. All I can say is I think they’re talking. There’s something going on, but I don’t know what that means.”..

In the last year of his contract, Backstrom can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. If he isn’t signed by Wednesday’s trade deadline, he’s a candidate to be traded because the Wild would risk losing him this summer for no compensation.

“I don’t know if you think about that,” Backstrom said. “I want to be here. I’m focused on just wanting to be here. We’ll see what happens. But for sure, you hope you can stay here at least the rest of the season.”

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Something Is Not Right Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Two years ago, (former) Philadelphia Flyer Steve Downie hit (former) Ottawa Senator Dean McAmmond with a viscious headshot as he circled the net.  Downie left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head.  He received, rightfully, a 20-game suspension.

Tuesday night, St. Louis Blues scrapper Cam Janssen hit Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek with an equally vicious headshot in the exact same area.  Janssen, a repeat offender, left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head.  Janssen received a $2500 fine.

There are only two major differences between the two plays.

First, the Downie hit happened in Canada, the victim was a player on a Canadian team, and it was replayed endlessly, becoming a catalyst for the headshot debate.  The Janssen hit happened in a Blues-Coyotes game.  Nuff said.

read on and in case you missed the video of the hit, watch it here...

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Who’s #1 For The Flyers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In the last two games, each goalie has been superb.

In the Flyers’ 2-0 win over Los Angeles tonight, Biron made 34 saves and notched his second shutout of the season. It was also his 25th career shutout. The previous night, Niittymaki excelled in a 4-2 win at powerful Washington….

Coach John Stevens was asked if he would consider using two goalies in the playoffs.

“My focus right now is getting our team into the playoffs,” he said. “I think by that time, someone is going to take the lead role and then somebody is going to be the guy we count on.”

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Foote Dealing With Playing For Last-Place Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

For the first time in Foote’s career with the Avalanche, the bigger names probably will be leaving Denver. Foote, of course, isn’t giving up on this season just yet. There is a game tonight in Newark, N.J., against the Devils, and Foote said he expects a victory. But, yes, the rugged Avs stalwart says, this is a new experience for him as an Av, playing on a last-place team with the calendar nearing March.

“This isn’t fun. But it reveals character. It really does,” Foote said. “You just try to stay focused, stay positive, keep plugging away.”

Trade rumors are flying and will continue to until deadline day. The Avs may be considering trading Jordan Leopold, Ruslan Salei, Brett Clark, Ian Laperriere, Darcy Tucker, Marek Svatos and perhaps even Ryan Smyth.

read on

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  Tags: adam+foote

Start With This…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Later this morning, maybe mid-day, maybe even this afternoon…a post discussing the importance of this game, of home ice advantage should these two teams meet again before next fall, the rise of Diggler and the certainty that there is no tandem that comes close to what we have in Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

But that’s later. For now…do me a favor and help me with something, would you?

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Waiver Rules Keep NHLers Out Of The League

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of my complaints about the NHL system is that waiver rules often keep NHL capable players out of the league.  The most obvious example is re-entry waivers, where certain players must clear waivers to get called up to the NHL.  Any team claiming the player assumes his contract at half price.  Thus it is usually unlikely to get a player through re-entry waivers.  As a result, teams have kept NHL talents in the minors for the whole season instead of risking it.

Another issue is waivers for players who play in Europe.  If a player plays on a European team, he must clear waivers if he is to play in the NHL as well in the same season.  The New York Islanders failed to get Wade Dubielewicz onto their roster as a result of this rule.  If there are other KHL players willing to jump back to the NHL this season, they have been prevented by waivers.  Why would a team sign them when they are not likely to play for that team - but rather an opponent?

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Renney Would Have Liked Jagr & Shanahan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ask Tom Renney if he has any regrets, as The Post did this afternoon, and the former Rangers’ head coach, says he certainly does.

“I would have pushed harder for Glen [Sather] to give Jags more money so we would could have kept him, and I should have pushed harder at Christmastime for Shanny,” said Renney, alluding of course to Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan.

continued

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I, John Tortorella Agree…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

When freshly-hired New York Rangers coach John Tortorella refused to discuss Sean Avery the other day - the same Avery who Tortorella used to roast during his TSN gig - most everyone suspected the awful truth: the Rangers were probably desperate enough to bring Avery back into the fold.

Now comes word from an NHL source that the Rangers are so intent on bringing Avery back they gave Tortorella a condition of employment: you can have the job but you’re almost certain to be coaching Avery before the season is done.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: john+tortorella, sean+avery

Off Goes The Forechecker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck fame, has decided to move on from KK.

I want to thank Dirk for his professionalism and we depart on very good terms.

I am sure Dirk will let you know where he is headed and I wish him nothing but success.

Meanwhile, here at KK, we will continue to provide you with all of the latest hockey news from around the hockey world. 

Even though people come and go, one thing remains constant here, and that is you, the members and guests of KK.  Our numbers continue to grow and we hope you continue to visit us on a regular basis.  Last year on trade deadline day, KK had over 970,000 pageviews and I expect that number to increase on Wednesday.

Again, we thank everyone for their support and anticipate another great rush to the playoffs here at Kukla’s Korner.

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Turned From Hunted Into Hunter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Time to, I don’t know, hunt somebody down maybe?

Let this serve as a fair warning.

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