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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

The debate was interesting, but not terribly long when we were determining The Hockey News cover feature for our European issue, due to come out next week.

Nicklas Lidstrom is our cover boy, plain and simple. The best European-trained player ever in the NHL.

A case was made for Jaromir Jagr, the five-time scoring champion and destined to be the top-scoring European for long time to come. Jari Kurri had a lot of support, as did Dominik Hasek. But the more we studied the facts and figures, the more it became obvious.

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Buff-Daddy With The Natural Hat Trick

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from the Chicago Daily Herald,

Byfuglien tied two team records with his hat trick in the Hawks’ 6-1 rout of the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center.

“He doesn’t know how good he can be,” Tallon said.

Byfuglien became only the third Hawks defenseman in club history to score 3 goals in a game, joining Dick Redmond (1977) and Doug Wilson (1991). His 2 power-play goals tied another record for defensemen, last done by Dave Manson in 1988.

“I guess that’s an honor to be proud of,” said Byfuglien, who also had an assist. “It feels good.”

Watch his 3rd goal of the game…

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, dustin+byfuglien, hat+trick

More Money Doesn’t Mean More Ice Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

No one in the NHL is getting a bigger paycheck this season than Vanek. His $10 million salary ties him with Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and the New York Rangers’ Scott Gomez. Yet of the 10 highest-paid forwards, Vanek lags way behind in time on ice.

Gomez (19:58) and Briere (19:13) are much busier. Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards, fifth on the pay scale, leads forwards at 24:56 per game — eight minutes more than Vanek. The only player in the top 10 of pay who’s relatively close to Vanek is New Jersey’s Patrik Elias, and he still gets 1:14 more per game at 18:02.

Vanek’s total ice time of 386:27 is tied for 139th among NHL forwards.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, thomas+vanek

Walz Announcing Retirement Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

The Wild has called a 10:30 news conference for this morning at Xcel Energy Center where 37-year-old center Wes Walz, the Wild’s all-time leader with 438 games played, will announce his retirement from the NHL, two NHL sources confirmed Friday night.

Walz, one of two last Original Wild players along with Marian Gaborik, has been on indefinite leave from the team since Nov. 1. Walz’s 82 goals and 182 points rank second in franchise history behind Gaborik

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Update 12:27pm ET— Press Release from the Minnesota Wild:

  SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild veteran center Wes Walz, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, announced his retirement Saturday morning at an Xcel Energy Center press conference.

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, retirement, wes+walz

Weak Drafting Has Hurt The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Shprintsen at the Globe and Mail,

It is patently obvious the Leafs have had an utterly incompetent collection of scouts during the past 20 years. That must change and quickly, but it’s not that difficult to do. For the $5-million a year the Leafs are paying Kubina, they could hire the best general manager in the business and complement him with the combined scouting staff of the Red Wings, Devils and Avalanche.

This could happen quickly or slowly. Quickly, if the Leafs management were to decide to blow up the current team, getting rid of everyone they could and securing draft picks along with cap space, rebuilding the Penguins’ way by getting high first-round picks for several years. The other — the slow or the very slow — way is to rebuild the team through attrition and gradual smart drafting.

Either way, ultimately, the Leafs’ simplest direct solution is to spend their money to raid the scouting staffs of the most successful teams.

read on to see how the Leafs have drafted compared to othe NHL teams…

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  Tags: nhl+draft, toronto+maple+leafs

Preparing For China

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from the New York Times,

Wednesday’s game was a sort of dress rehearsal for Peng and Chang, veteran sports broadcasters based in New York. But today, when the Islanders face Atlanta, viewers who press the S.A.P. button on their remote controls will be able to hear Peng and Chang describe the action on Fox Sports Net.

The broadcast Wednesday, the second such dress rehearsal for Peng and Chang, apparently went so well that the Islanders have decided to take the next step in telecasting games in Mandarin.

By the end of the season, the Islanders hope to have at least one of their games telecast in China.

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  Tags: china, new+york+islanders

Kevin Allen On The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Don’t get all excited. It’s a day old.  But I just read again the transcript of the Allen interview with Stoney and Bandwagon Bob (Wojo) on WDFN and a few things jumped out at me that I think deserve my genius analysis.

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  Tags: babcock, downey, draper, hasek, howard, osgood

Another Accident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sports Ticker via Yahoo,

One day after the team bus of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals crashed, three members of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs were involved in an incident with a vehicle in Windsor, Ontario on Friday morning.

Defenseman Jonathan Sciacca, backup goaltender Anthony Peters and assistant trainer Kurt Pearson were injured while taking a walk at approximately 11 a.m. The Frontenacs still were in Windsor after facing the Spitfires on Thursday night.

The injuries were described as non-life threatening, but all three men were taken to the hospital and treated.

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Line Of The Evening

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Regardless of whether it’s 1-0 or 5-4, you can have exciting hockey games,” said Yzerman. “We made dramatic changes to the game coming out of the lockout and some of them have been very positive and some of them have had a negative effect on the game. I wasn’t really in favour of making dramatic changes three or four years ago and I’m certainly not in favour in making any changes at the time being. Let’s just play the game and continue to develop good young players from all over the world. We cannot keep tinkering.’‘

more on the BOG meeting from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

Well said Steve and this is how I feel about the game.  We have had 2-1 games that have been exciting and 7-2 games that put me to sleep.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Put The Red Line Back Into Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

...Well, as far as I’m concerned, the verdict is in and removing the red line has been a failure.

None of us has anything more than anecdotal evidence on this one, but I believe that removing the center red line has stifled far more chances than it has created.

The long stretch passes that sprung talented forwards for breakaways are almost non-existent now. Instead, they’ve been replaced by a line of defenders in the neutral zone that has formed because teams are scared to death about giving up the breakaway pass.

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