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If Draft Picks Are Involved At The Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As the NHL trade deadline creeps ever closer, here’s something to keep in mind: the only team without a first-round draft choice to dangle as trade bait is the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks surrendered a first-rounder in the trade with Tampa to land Dan Boyle, but then the Lightning flipped the pick to the Ottawa Senators in the Andrej Meszaros trade. That makes the Sens the only team with two first-rounders heading into the ‘09 draft. No team has more picks in 2009 than the Los Angeles Kings, however – 14 in all and multiple choices in the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Nashville isn’t far behind, with 12 picks in the draft.

The rebuilding Leafs, meanwhile have just five. They’re missing a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder, the second-rounder surrendered to the New York Islanders for the right to move up two places in last year’s draft and select Luke Schenn; the fourth-rounder sent to San Jose two years ago to complete the Vesa Toskala deal.

many more NHL topics, including Kovalev, Sundin and possible trade targets…

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An In-Depth Look At The Tampa Bay Lightning Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Lightning leads the NHL in roster moves, with 43 different players having suited up for game action this season. Injuries have played a role in the inflation of that number, but it’s not the only factor.

There was also the furor over whether the team was shopping Lecavalier. There was a lot of discussion of semantics, but the bottom line is that there was some discussion about Lecavalier’s availability, and the Montreal Canadiens were believed to be the team most interested in the talented center’s services.

Any team that doesn’t at least engage in blue-sky discussions about any player on their roster is selling themselves short, but the way the situation was handled did little to dispel the notion that Lightning owners were cash-strapped and looking to get out from under Lecavalier’s new 11-year deal worth $85 million. It appears Lecavalier will remain with the Lightning, as will St. Louis and Malone.

much more...

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Wonder How This Will Play Out?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Brady at AnaheimDucks.com,

Meanwhile, from the Incredibly Awkward Department, Chris Pronger will be playing his 1,000th game tonight and may become the first player in NHL history to be soundly booed when the achievement is recognized tonight. The Red Wings have indicated they will pay tribute to the milestone during the first TV timeout.

more on the Ducks…

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The Top Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

The Hockey News is out with it’s goaltender rankings for this season and Marty Turco comes in at No. 15, down from No. 10 last season. Considering the start he had to the season, that’s not too bad. If you went with play right now he’d be much higher. Boston’s Tim Thomas comes in at No. 1, followed by Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason, Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Miller. Ex-Star Mike Smith came in at No. 22.

continued with the top 30 goalies listed…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Somewhere in Tampa lies Montreal native Vincent Lecavalier and he’s thinking to himself, “You know what? Maybe life here in Florida ain’t so bad after all.”

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.  More from Pierre on all things Montreal.

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Ramping Up The Rhetoric

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated:  The hits keep on coming. George Malik disagrees with us too. Well…giddy up.  I got something down below for you too George. 
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This is what February does.  Tempers get short.  Stress levels rise.  Red Wing bloggers start duking it out in public.  There’s a good chance Matt Saler would punch me in the face if he had the chance.  And you know what?  I dig that about him.

On The Wings

If you’re looking for an overblown response to the Howard call-up, go here. If you’ve been reading A2Y at all over the past few months, you won’t be surprised. Bill and so many of the “19″ have taken anti-Osgood rhetoric to new and ridiculous heights.

Dammit Matt.  You know as well as anyone that ridiculous heights are what we strive for here.  Read. React. Drink a little.  React some more.  It’s how we roll.

Continue Reading »

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Would Erik Cole Be A Fit In Boston?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The unknown intangible with Cole, or any other player, is how a trade will affect the team’s chemistry.

“It’s a big factor,” said vice president Cam Neely. “You really take that into account, for sure. We’ve got a good group of guys, character guys.”...

“It’s a really open group,” said Andrew Ference. “Guys get along. Everybody feels comfortable, from the young guys all the way up. I think everybody feels really comfortable in this room.”

The concern is whether a deadline deal could alter the mood, especially if a roster player gets shipped out.

more

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Whoa:  Up Comes Jimmy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with a note on who, other than Osgood, won’t be in there tonite.

Straight from Khan(!).  Osgood won’t be dressing tonite or Saturday.  Jimmy Howard’s up from Grand Rapids.

Update from Friday’s morning skate: The Wings recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids. Howard will back-up Ty Conklin for tonight’s game against Anaheim and then make his first start of the season for Detroit Saturday in Minnesota. Chris Osgood will not dress for at least the next two games, as the team wants to give him some time to re-focus and work on his game. Howard is expected to be sent back to Grand Rapids after Saturday’s game.

 

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Wings Power Play Best In Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

It’s not unusual for the Detroit Red Wings to have the NHL’s best power play this season—the Wings were third in 2007-08 and have been in the top five every year but one this century. But this season’s group is putting up numbers that haven’t been seen in a long time.

Detroit’s power play is connecting at a 28.1 percent rate—a figure that no team has come close to in nearly two decades.

continued and many more NHL notes…

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NHL Getting Involved In Canadiens Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL on Friday will send security officials to Montreal to meet with local police following reports linking a number of Montreal Canadiens players with an organized crime investigation, sources said.

continued

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