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Brooks Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Yes, the Panthers are looking to move Nathan Horton, but no, they are not going to get close to what they’re asking in return for a player whose work ethic is, to put it kindly, problematic.

• The Capitals have until the March 3 trade deadline to determine whether their goaltending is good enough to get them through the East. If the answer is no or maybe, expect GM George McPhee to inquire about Dallas’ Marty Turco.

• Finally, it took just one trade — a second-rounder to rent Dominic Moore — to explain why newly installed Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier went seven years between jobs after being dismissed by the Ducks in 2002.

read on for some Jagr and Tortorella talk…

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Trade Talk During The Olympic Freeze

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• I spoke with a few NHL executives from other teams Saturday to try and separate fact from fiction on this, and here’s the best I could come up from sources I trust:

The Blackhawks have done their due diligence around the league and looked at the available goalies, but ultimately believe there’s no real upgrade on what they have, not to mention how difficult it would be to fit in a new salary given their cap situation (it only got worse, short-term, with the acquisition of Kim Johnsson on Friday).

In the final analysis, I don’t think the Hawks are totally sold on their goaltending, but they also don’t believe there’s a fix out there that makes sense at the present time.

• Making the playoffs is real important to this franchise, so I think if I was a betting man, I’d say Hamhuis survives the March 3 trade deadline. But there’s always the chance the Preds could move him for some much-needed offensive help. That’s another option. The best solution to all this, of course, is Hamhuis signing an extension before March 3 to take away all the stress.

“We’ll talk to all our unrestricted free agents during the Olympic break,” said Poile. “What I want to do is sign Dan Hamhuis, but I don’t know if that will happen.”


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Holmstrom Out Again

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Tomas Holmstrom left the Wings game tonight.  His knee is still bothering him.

Does Team Sweden make a switch and select Johan Franzen and sit Holmstrom for the Olympic Games?

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  Tags: johan+franzen, tomas+holmstrom

Team Russia Will Take It One Game At A Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RIA Novosti,

“We are pleased to be predicted for the final, but there are many other candidates,” Vladislav Tretyak said at a news conference in Russia House adding that many other teams have equal chances of reaching the final, including the United States, Finland and Sweden.

Russia’s legendary hockey goalie Tretyak, a three-time Olympic champion and 10-time world champion, said the Russian players are currently seriously focusing on the first game against Latvia, as there are no weak opponents at the Olympics.

“The first game is always exciting no matter who you play against. The boys are set for a difficult game. There are no weak opponents and there will be a lot of surprises,” he said.

The Russian 2010 national Olympic team, which includes 14 players from the National Hockey League (NHL) and nine from the Continental Hockey League (KHL), will play its first game of the tournament against Latvia on February 16.

The Russian squad is led again by Coach Vyacheslav Bykov, who is already being talked of as a coaching great.

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Yzerman Meets The Press

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Slava Malamud of Sport-Express asked a provocative question about how Russia has supplanted Canada as the top team in international play over the last few world championships, and how this may be the last chance for Canada’s NHL stars to win gold. How enormous is that pressure right now?

Yzerman, getting closer to the microphone, offered a terse response:

“Honestly, do you think they’ll have a parade in Moscow if the Russians go in with the silver medal? They won’t.”

Yzerman continued: “The expectation in Russia is gold. The expectation in Sweden is gold. Whether they admit it or not, the USA is in this to win a gold medal. All of us are playing to win the tournament, and every team that doesn’t will be disappointed. That’s how it is for all our players that play in the NHL every year. If you don’t win, it hasn’t been successful.

“We just don’t treat it [the way the question was stated]. You point out Russians have won the last two championships. They’re bringing some of the top forwards in the world [here]. They’re the No. 1 ranked team in the world. They’re the favorite coming into this tournament.”


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  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

I Am 1-0 Doing A Live Blog, So Everyone Else Get Out Of The Way

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

You know the story- Paul here, filling in for VooX like I did once before.

Wings won that game so why not try it again?  Nothing else seems to be working so let’s see if I can go 2-0 and tonight, I don’t care if it the game goes 15 rounds in the shootout as long as a win is the outcome.

Your captain was only about a year old one this performance was filmed, but hey, it is a Michigan band.

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Vancouver Opening Ceremony Draws Huge Numbers

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumors,

CTV’s telecast of the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday rates as the most watched show ever on Canadian television.

  An average audience of 13.3 million viewers tuned into the three and half hour telecast, moving it well past the 10.3 million who watched the men’s hockey gold medal game (Canada-United States) at the Salt Lake Games in 2002 on the CBC.

A total of 23 million Canadians, or 69 per cent of the total population, watched some part of the telecast….

  In the United States, NBC also drew a huge American audience, the largest for a non-U.S. Games in 16 years.

  The network’s telecast was watched by 32.6 million viewers, 10 million above and 47 higher than the 22.2 million for Turin in 2006. The telecast earned a national rating of 17.3 (percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in), for an increase of 35 per cent over Turin (12.8).

read on

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Filppula Out With Sore Groin

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Center Valtteri Filppula will sit out tonight’s game against Ottawa due to a sore groin. Filppula said it flared up on him in Thursday’s game in San Jose. He is hoping to be ready for Finland’s first game at the Olympics on Tuesday.

“I’m concerned,’’ Filppula said. “I definitely want to play (in the Olympics). I want to play tonight, too, but we’ll have to see how it is. It’s much better today than it was yesterday.’‘

Andreas Lilja, back from his conditioning stint with Grand Rapids, skated and said he’s ready to play. But he first must be cleared by doctors on Monday. If he is cleared, the Wings must clear about $700,000 under the salary cap. The most likely scenario is putting Kirk Maltby on long-term injured reserve.


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American Olympic TV Coverage

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In the best of times, American Olympic coverage is not particularly good.  They will tape delay events so that they can appear in prime time, when the results of the event are easily found on the internet hours before it is shown on television.  Many events are not shown on television if Americans have no realistic chance of medaling.  Often significant Olympic stories that do not involve Americans are completely omitted from coverage.  Given that track record, it is no surprise that the 2010 Winter Olympic coverage on NBC will not be optimal.

The first major complaint is that the preliminary round hockey game between Canada and USA will not be shown on the main NBC network.  Instead it will go to MSNBC.  NBC is choosing to show the original dance in the ice dancing competition.  Most likely, this will maximize their ratings.

Continue Reading »

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Maybe The Coyotes Ownership Process Will Speed-Up Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

The city of Glendale won the latest court tussle with the Goldwater Institute watchdog group over possible lease concessions and incentives for the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge Friday ruled against a Goldwater request to hold Glendale in contempt for not turning over documents in the case fast enough.


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