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Colby Armstrong Hit On Mathieu Perreault

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Washington fans want Armstrong suspended for this hit, what do you think?

from On Frozen Blog,

Armstrong should be suspended — most especially by the criteria which has been applied to suspensions of Capitals’ players this season for hits up high.

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Kings Prepare For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

There will be much written and said about the Kings as playoff newbies but they’re better prepared for this than you think.

Four have won Stanley Cups: Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh), Justin Williams (Carolina), Fredrik Modin (Tampa Bay) and Sean O’Donnell (Ducks).

In the room there are 488 man-games of postseason experience, including 87 by O’Donnell and 81 by Smyth.

Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson haven’t gotten past the vernal equinox in the NHL, but they breathed the pressurized air of the Olympics.

“You’ve got to be on top of the things in the playoffs because there’s no room for error,” Smyth said Thursday morning. “It comes down to whether you can outplay and outwork the guy in front of you. If enough guys do that, you’ll be successful.

“If we get into the playoffs it will be a huge accomplishment. No question that we would have taken this position at the start of the year.”

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Report- Glendale Approves Proposals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Two lease proposals for the Phoenix Coyotes given to the Glendale City Council earlier this week were approved, sources told ESPN.com on Thursday.

A pair of potential ownership groups, Ice Edge Holdings and a rival bidding group that includes Chicago White Sox/Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and local businessmen, presented the proposals.

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The “Bear Hug” Proposal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is convinced a good hug may go a long way to curbing a constant safety issue in the NHL - hitting from behind.

Burke is lobbying the league to allow what he calls a “bear hug,” where a player, usually a defenseman, is allowed to wrap his arms around the targeted player, for a fleeting moment, while he takes him into the boards.

Burke says this change would avoid the “billiard-ball” force hits that exist now where all of the force is transferred directly from the “hitter” to the “hittee.”

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LB: WIN Straight, No More Chasing Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

This is it, bitches, the game where order will be restored.  If the Wings WIN tonight, they could overtake Bubba in the standings and the universe will once again be whole.

Since H2H, I’ve been inundated with work and haven’t had much time to post or follow the Wings.  Despite living in my bubble, I know the importance of tonight’s game.  5th place is within striking distance of the Red Wings, and none of Li’l Gary’s faux teams from the expansion era can stop them.

Have you heard the big news out of BJ land?  It is not that the team is in playoff position, because they’re not.  It is not that they have hope for the future, because they don’t.  It’s because just last week they qualified for Bettman’s Bailout Dollars.  Yet another faux hockey city requires clubs like the Red Wings to bail them out of financial devastation.  And while the Michigan economy has sputtered along for a decade, Wings fans keep the Big Red Wing Machine running with the best fan support in the NHL.  So congratulations, Columbus, once again you will get propped up by the few teams whose fans give a crap enough to support them, no matter what the circumstances.  And congratulations, Li’l Gary, your vision of destroying the NHL is coming to fruition as more and more of your expansion teams need Bettman’s Bailout Dollars.  Thanks Gary.  Ass.

Only one thing matters tonight.  WINNING.  For the sweet little baby Jesus, the Wings need to play like they are a team possessed and WIN tonight at the JLA.  And in case you didn’t know already, the Wings ARE possessed.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There are GMs who just might see his cap hit ($7.7 million) as a distasteful but simple way to get to the salary cap floor while they sell at least the hope that Lecavalier might decide he does want to again play to his ability. Factor in a buyout over the last four years and it’s a doable deal for certain clubs. Toronto could certainly afford it and that market may well appeal to Lecavalier. The New York Rangers do things like this all the time and never seem to tire of it even when they regularly blow up in GM Glen Sather’s face.

-Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated.  More on this plus additional hockey talk.

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Clowe OK, Thornton Skates

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Ryane Clowe won’t miss any games after taking that puck to the throat last night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few scary moments after he went to the bench late in the first period.

Clowe skated at practice today — as did Joe Thornton for the first time since his injury — and afterward described the shot that hit him and his trip to the Dallas hospital to make sure nothing was fractured after he continued to have trouble breathing….

Clowe said the puck struck him just to the right of his Adam’s apple.

“I tried to continue playing, but I couldn’t catch my breath and then I had trouble breathing when I was getting off,” he said.  “I tried to catch my breath on the bench but I couldn’t because I was coughing and puked a little bit.”

When the area of impact started to swell a little bit, that made it even more difficult to breathe and the decision was made to send him to the hospital for further evaluation.

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Writer Fooled

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail was just on Fan590 in Toronto, taking a ribbing for this, which he thought was real. 

The Ice Edge group of businessmen dropped their pursuit of the Phoenix Coyotes for bigger game - Manchester United.

Daryl Jones, the chief operating officer of Ice Edge, said Thursday the group will be the general partner in a consortium of “global banks” that are “in the final stages of negotiating a purchase” of the famous soccer team. He did not reveal the price of the bid.

Jones said a press conference to announce the deal will be held Thursday afternoon in New York. At the same time, Jones said, “we will be dropping our bid for the Phoenix Coyotes.”

continued and Shoalts thought the story never made it to the web, but it did and now a sports network has picked it up as a true report.

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The Sale Price For The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Ozanian of Forbes,

Tom Hicks, who owns both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars, wanted over $300 million for the Stars and 50% of American Airlines Center three years ago when it became apparent that excessive leverage could crush his sports empire. There were no takers. Now he will be lucky to get $250 million for the NHL team and may have to settle for less than that if he cannot close on the sale of the Texas Rangers quickly. Hicks Sports Group owes creditors $600 million, and MLB and the league’s credit facility another $74 million.

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Winning Would Help Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...it would be easy to say that it is imperative the Predators win at least one round to secure their future in Nashville, or, better yet, go on a long playoff run to kill off the talk of the team pulling up stakes and moving to Kansas City or Southern Ontario or wherever once and for all.

“That’s what brings your whole city together,” said Crisp, who coached the Calgary Flames to their only Stanley Cup win in 1989. Crisp recalls how the run to the Super Bowl for the hometown Titans galvanized the city back in 2000. “That united the city for the next three years. That’s what we need right now.”

The possibilities are endless if the Predators were to embark on such a run. Win a couple of rounds and, all of a sudden, you’ve got money in the bank, money that could be spent to keep defenseman Dan Hamhuis in the fold or bring in a top free-agent scorer. Win a couple of rounds and free agents will suddenly give Nashville a real look because it will be seen as a desirable destination. Win a couple of rounds and it reinforces to players like sudden scoring sensation Patric Hornqvist or Shea Weber or Ryan Suter this is a place to commit to long-term.

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