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Bruins Send Tuukka Rask To Providence

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins. After serving as Boston’s backup goaltender for four games this season, Rask recently made his 2009 NHL debut for the Bruins on Saturday, January 31, in a 35 save, 1-0 shutout win over the Rangers.

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Plays Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.

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Get Ready To Watch The NHL On Your Phone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association, in partnership with Bell Mobility, will take a significant step in the effort to put live games in the hands and pockets of sports fans this week when they introduce a new mobile offering in Canada.

The live game broadcasts are part of the NHL Bundle, a comprehensive 3G mobile package that includes live and delayed game broadcasts, original video programming and live radio play-by-play of NHL games. It costs subscribers $8 a month, a fee the NHL and Bell will share….

The NHL hopes to strike a similar agreement in the U.S. with mobile partner Verizon Wireless at the end of the season, when its deal with the wireless company ends.

more and thanks to the SBJ for releasing the paid subscription link to KK!

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Hartsburg Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Craig Hartsburg was fired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, only 48 games into his first season behind the team’s bench.

The final straw for Hartsburg might have been Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.  After the game, Hartsburg called his team out for not playing hard.

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Penner Has Lost His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Penner was a dressing room no-show after the game, sending word that he was “in the gym.”

The previous game, MacTavish had been asked about benching Penner and replied: “Dustin lacks the consistency, night in and night out, but I wasn’t upset with the lack of focus or energy. He just struggled with the puck.”

Yesterday, he had more to say.

“He’s lost his game. It’s more than his play with the puck. When you have a guy like Hemsky playing the way he is right now, all you have to do is get him the puck somewhere between the hash marks in your own end and the red line and you are going to get a chance.

“Hemsky’s an elite player playing at the top of the game and we have to find someone for him.”

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LeBrun Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’ve missed so much in the two weeks we’ve been away.

• The NHL exposed Nicklas Lidstrom for the rotten human being that he is and forced him to miss a game. What a joke. We weren’t impressed with the league on that one. We understand all the factors at play and the need to treat all NHL players equally; but, my gosh, this is Nick Lidstrom we’re talking about.

• ...It was during one of those diaper changes that we mulled over the significance of Henrik Zetterberg’s 12-year, $73-million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings. GM Ken Holland yet again struck gold. Who could have possibly believed Holland would get Zetterberg for a $6.08-million yearly cap number? His market value is easily worth $8 million.

It’s the latest in a number of long-term NHL deals that tack on low salaries at the end of the contract to bring down the average salary…

As you might have guessed, the NHL head office is unimpressed by this tactic. And while it’s a guarantee the league will address this come the next CBA, sources have told ESPN.com the NHL is toying with the idea of doing something about it even sooner than that.

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Jack Edwards Doesn’t Think Much Of Alex Henry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: alex+henry, shawn+thornton

Rangers Need Some Color

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

And so here are the Rangers 51 games into the regular season that’s been far more successful than we ever envisioned, that’s for sure. But it all somehow seems so empty, doesn’t it?

Where is the color?

Where is the edge to their game?

Where is the player who can be expected to step up his game in the tournament?

Where is the player with the capability of inspiring his teammates?

Where is the player an opponent is going to have to worry about stopping in a best-of-seven?

read on

 

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Canadiens Need More From Kovalev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC Sports,

Carbonneau said the Russian has to step up his game if Montreal has any hope of catching Boston….

“Alex is a professional. He’s not a rookie,” Carbonneau said. “Right now, he’s struggling, but we need him [if we’re going to] go far.”

It’s been suggested in the Montreal media that Kovalev’s play tapers off when captain Saku Koivu is in the lineup. Koivu returned to action for the Habs on Jan. 21 after missing 17 games with an ankle injury, and Kovalev has struggled since then.

“I hope that’s not the truth or we’re in trouble, because I’m not taking the C off Saku — that’s the bottom line,” Carbonneau said. “If anyone needs a letter to perform on the ice, I have trouble with that.”

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Clutterbuck Says No To Buttercup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.

So Cherry called Clutterbuck “Buttercup.”

“I just disagree,” Clutterbuck, 21, said. “If you look at the incidents, the first time I asked to take my helmet off and said, ‘No, I’m not going to be the only guy in a fight to take my helmet off.’

“The second time against White, he jumped me from behind, so what do you want? What do you want from me, really — realistically?”

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  Tags: cal+clutterbuck

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