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What Is Gonchar Worth To The Penguins?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have put contract talks with Sergei Gonchar on hold with the sides at odds over the defenceman’s value. Gonchar, a looming unrestricted free agent, carries a $5-million cap hit this season, but could easily command $6 million on the open market. GM Ray Shero is in a tough spot: He faces cap issues over the next few seasons with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin accounting for an annual hit of $17.4 million — yet the Penguins struggled when Gonchar was hurt earlier this season.

more NHL talk…

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There Are The Red Wings, Then Everyone Else

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This, for some reason, reminds me of a summer conversation I had with a general manager in which I suggested that I didn’t see the distinction between Henrik Zetterberg’s heavily front-loaded long-term contract that received the NHL’s blessing and Marian Hossa’s, Chris Pronger’s and Roberto Luongo’s similar deals that are under league investigation.

“Ah, but there’s a significant difference and I’m surprised you don’t see it,” the GM said. “Zetterberg plays for the Red Wings.”

So then, knee injury to a Red Wing, five games; brain injury to a Ranger, three games.

Got it.

more notes from Larry including why it is time to end the shootout…

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Will Coach Stevens Start Feeling The Heat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Sooner or later – and many believe it will be sooner – Flyers coach John Stevens will start feeling the heat of the Flyers’ inconsistent play.

After posting an 8-2-1 record in October, the Flyers finished off November with a 1-0 loss in Atlanta, giving them a 4-7-1 record in the month.

They have now lost five of their last six games and have been outsocred 20-12 in that span, falling from sixth in the conference to ninth.

“We’re playing well enough to keep it close, but we’re not getting it to the finish line,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “(Saturday) we had too many passengers. We need everyone on the same page for 60 minutes for us to win. Right now, that is costing us games. I’m sure down the road, these points are going to be important.”


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Milbury 30 Years Behind In His Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staple of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

After the first period of the Edmonton Oilers-Vancouver Canucks game, commentator Mike Milbury of the CBC, who didn’t exactly cover himself in glory as the general manager of the New York Islanders, offered the following to Oilers management:

“They got to find the rats and get them off the ship because in this situation guys will start to reveal their character, guys who don’t want to get hit in the corner, guys who don’t want to play tough and dirty. You might as well get rid of them.”

And exactly how Mr. Milbury, in this age of guaranteed contracts and the salary cap, are you going to do that?


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  Tags: mike+milbury

Vince Vaughn Pops-In On The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of IceChips,

Actor Vince Vaughn popped into the Coyotes locker room after their 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

  Vaughn was in the Valley celebrating his father’s birthday.

  “It’s pretty unique to have the opportunity to meet somebody like that, pretty special,” Coyotes captain Shane Doansaid.

continued & I do believe Vaughn is a Blackhawks fan…


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  Tags: vince+vaughn

No Easy Solutions For Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Detroit Red Wings are suddenly slumping, not so coincidentally after losing star blueliner Niklas Kronwall.

But anyone waiting for veteran GM Ken Holland to pull off a blockbuster trade any time soon better not hold their breath. At least not at this point. For starters, Holland believes the work effort is there. But also, and perhaps more importantly, there are salary cap considerations. With injuries to Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and Andreas Lilja, the Wings can’t really take on more salary because all those players, and their salaries, will come back at some point this season.

“I’m not going to trade prospects or draft picks for a guy making $2.5 million and then turn around in two months and have to drop someone to make room for the injured guys coming back,” Holland told ESPN.com on Saturday. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

There are no easy solutions.

continued and many more topics including what I would consider the Evening Line…

“It’s dead out there,” a Western Conference GM told us Saturday (in regards to trade talk).

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He Wants His Home, His Security And A Warm Quiet Place To Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, I guess a goal would be a nice little moral victory. 

Baby Jesus, please just let the misery end tonite..in piss pot St. Lose of all places.

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Did Briere Get Suspended Because He Is A Flyer?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

A day later, Briere gets suspended two games for driving Hannan into the back boards. Yeah, like Briere drives people with the kind of authority of Chris Pronger.

Briere’s hit was nowhere near as vicious as Jarret Stoll driving Dan Carcillo in the back of the neck, sending him into the boards with whiplash effect in Los Angeles last week.

Did we mention no penalty on that play, either? Of course, Carcillo wears a Flyers jersey. That says it all.

So, now we have Washington’s Alex Ovechkin finally getting tossed from a game for a dangerous hit to Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta, who isn’t much of a saint, himself.

A world-class player Ovie may be, the Capitals’ winger often leaves his feet to bury people and gets away with it. Why? Because he’s Ovie. He didn’t leave his feet this time, but he leaned hard coming across ice to nail Kaleta on the boarding call.

read on and more hockey talk, many which have been brought up on KK in the last week…

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This Is Chicago’s Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

My suggestion is to enjoy the ride and assume it’s going to get even better as the season goes along. Why shouldn’t it?

When the Hawks skated all over the Sharks in a 7-2 road victory Wednesday, you could hear the rest of the league letting out an involuntary “whoa—what is that?” The Sharks have the best record in the NHL, and the Blackhawks made them look like a junior team from Saskatoon.

The game featured the long-awaited debut of Marian Hossa, and he scored two goals as if it were the most natural thing to do after spending four months rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder.

Before the victory over the Sharks, the Hawks had put together a seven-game winning streak. Now with Hossa in the lineup in San Jose, here came an epiphany like a rush up the ice: Why not this season?

I thought the Hawks were another year away from being a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup, that the Red Wings or the Penguins or the Sharks still would rule, but what we’re seeing now changes everything. Why not this season indeed?


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Viktor Tikhonov On His Way To The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

It appears as though Nikita Filatov has started a trend.

According to an online report Phoenix Coyotes’ prospect Viktor Tikhonov has left the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and has returned to Russia to join CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

“My son has been sent to the KHL, he has already landed in Moscow and he’s ready to play for CSKA” - Tikhonov’s father, Vasily Tikhonov, told Sovetsky Sport. “The only problem is that the league is investigating where his rights belong to. He left the NHL playing for Severstal Cherepovets, but that was two years ago”.


added 6:45pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have loaned forward Viktor Tikhonov to KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.

Tikhonov, 21, appeared in 18 games for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) this season collecting 2-6-8 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM). Last season, the native of Riga, Latvia played in 61 games for the Coyotes as a rookie, registering 8-8-16 and 20 PIM. He ranked T-2nd among Coyotes rookies in goals and 3rd in points.


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