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Sundin Feels Like He Is Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

“It feels like coming home,’’ the big Swede admitted last night, after pulling into his house, where he hadn’t been since last fall. “Toronto still feels like home to me.’‘

He admits to an escalating sense of the “jitters,” as curious as anyone else how the crowd will respond this evening, insisting that it won’t make a difference. “I don’t know if there will be jeers or cheers, probably both.”

But for those who do boo, Sundin wants to make one thing absolutely clear: “I was never a traitor to the Leaf franchise. I was proud of being a Leaf. There are so many memories that I will treasure forever – all the ups and downs, the friends I made, the fans who always treated me well.’‘

No regrets, he says, although there is a hint of poignancy in that declaration.

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Did You Know?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Empty Netters,

Philadelphia’s Paul Holmgren is one of eight current general managers to have actually played for the team he manages. The others are Bob Gainey (Canadiens), Ken Holland (Red Wings), Brett Hull (Stars), Glen Sather (Rangers), Garth Snow (Islanders), Dale Tallon (Blackhawks) and Doug Wilson (Sharks).

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Dream Comes True For Salcido

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

On the same night Brian Salcido of Hermosa Beach made his NHL debut as a member of the Ducks’ defense corps, veteran defenseman Chris Pronger played his 1,000th NHL game.

Salcido, promoted from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, was teased by teammates about being 999 games behind Pronger on the longevity list. Salcido, a fifth-round choice by the Ducks in the 2005 entry draft, didn’t mind the jokes.

“A thousand seems like so many games,” he said by telephone from Detroit after the Ducks’ 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.

“This is my first one here. I’m just hoping for my second one right now.”...

“This has been a dream of mine,” said Salcido, who left home at 15 to play at Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school and played three years at Colorado College.

“I was definitely thinking of my dad and my mom taking me to the rink when I was young. This was special for us as a family.”

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Another Star Rookie Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am picking Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the rookie of the year.  There is another rookie goalie who has almost as good stats so far this season in Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.  He deserves some Calder consideration as well.  Rinne has played in eight fewer games than Mason and has slightly worse numbers (a .920 saves percentage and 2.31 GAA).  These numbers are also very good.  They are likely goods enough for a Calder nomination.

Rinne likely does not have the upside of Steve Mason.  He is currently 26 years old, while Mason is only 20.  Mason’s numbers have been compromised a bit by a bout with mononucleosis and yet they remain the better of the two.

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BOOOO Sundin!

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

Mats Sundin is coming back to town tomorrow. I have appreciated watching him play for the past 13 years here in Toronto, but I’m still booing the guy. As his final gesture to Toronto, he left, when he could have been the gift that kept on giving. Sundin could have brought in a boatload during last year’s trade deadline, but declined his waive his no-trade clause, knowing he was not going to return to TO. Had he waived his NTC, it could have sparked a wave of waving NTC’s from Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe, which would have brought in a number of players, including Jeff Carter. So rather than Sundin leaving on a good note, he left on a sour note, and that is the note that I would be singing to tomorrow night.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Congrats To Sasquatch On Your 1000th Career Game.  Now Suck It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Several of the 19 are at the Joe as we speak.

There’s a good chance they positioned themselves next to the glass during warm-ups and yelled things at Chris Pronger.  Some of those things may have angered him on his big night.

The rest of us will do what we usually do.  Yell those identical things at the television as if someone could hear us, other than our spouses who look at us as if we were the most special kind of idiots.

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Those Future Draft Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, there will be more and more deals that involve players exchanged for future draft picks, which has always left me wondering:

What is a draft pick worth, anyway?

To get a general idea, I decided to go through ten drafts, from 1995 through 2004 (leaving time for the 2004 picks to establish their NHL career) and assigned a numerical value to each of the players selected, using the following guidelines, with some examples:

10 - Generational (Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin )
9 - Elite Player (Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley )

continued with more NHL talk…

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Smyth Likes It In Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Smyth has a no-trade clause, and made it clear today he does not want to leave Colorado anytime soon.

“It’s a little mind-boggling, obviously,” Smyth said this morning from the Verizon Center, where the Avs play the Washington Capitals tonight. “I’ve got three years left on my deal, and I really like it here. Obviously we’re not doing as well as we should be this year. We’ve lost a few key players who could really help us, but by no means are we out of this playoff race.”

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Comrie To Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have acquired forward Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Chris Campoli.

added 4:51pm, The first the Islanders received was acquired by Ottawa from San Jose, so it will be a very low pick in the first round.

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  Tags: chris+campoli, dean+mcammond, mike+comrie

Bolts May Shutdown Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Tocchet said it is getting closer to a time the team must decide whether to shut down goaltender Mike Smith (concussion). Tocchet said the discussion likely will happen sooner rather than later. At issue: is it worth the risk to bring Smith back considering Tampa Bay is out of the playoff race, or is it better to let him fully heal and be ready for next season? Also a consideration: it might be good for Smith to get a few games under his belt heading into the offseason to get things moving in the right direction. It is a difficult equation.

more including Recchi not happy with being a healthy scratch tonight…

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  Tags: mike+smith

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