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Holland Always Thinking Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Keeping everyone happy could get problematic for Holland down the road, but it is a challenge that every GM around the league faces. The primary goal will be to avoid expensive mistakes – the kinds of contracts that can’t be traded, almost the moment the ink dries on the document.

The quality that sets Holland apart from the rank-and-file NHL general manager is that he’s thinking a little faster and a little farther out than others in his peer group. At the moment, you cannot find one contract on his list that looks bad in hindsight – even the deals he awarded to his supplementary players, such as Kris Draper or Kirk Maltby.

“Players only get so many years to make their money,” said Holland. “You want to make sure they feel good about their contracts and they feel good when they walk into the locker room. What we’ve been able to do since I became the general manager in 1997 and started with Steve (Yzerman). There were other people in the league making more than Steve. Steve wanted to take less so he could be surrounded by teammates.


Holland was also on the Fan590 about an hour ago, talking the Zetterberg contract and how he will deal with future signings.  Listen here...

added 8:06pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...by getting Zetterberg to sign on for the long haul without breaking the bank, Holland has once again positioned himself to keep the Red Wings in the hunt—today, tomorrow and beyond.


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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, ken+holland

Emery Still Looking Scrappy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The following is a brief bit of video footage just posted on YouTube today, featuring Ray Emery. It’s hard to know what’s going on here, though the posters at HF Boards have some theories.  But so far, nothing that seems to have a good source behind it.

Whatever it is, he sure doesn’t look happy…

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  Tags: ray+emery

2nd Half Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

Let’s take a look at burning questions as the NHL begins the second half of the 2008-09 season.

Q: Can any team in the Western Conference unseat favorites Detroit and San Jose?

A: Of course. Come playoff time, it’s all about injuries, hot goaltenders and teams sailing into the postseason on a winning streak. Right now, it doesn’t appear that any Western Conference team can outlast the Wings or Sharks in a seven game series, but that could change. A significant injury to either of those teams’ star players could turn the tide in a minute….

continued, many teams mentioned…

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‘Z’ Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you don’t visit Abel to Yzerman while at KK, IwoCPO has embedded the video to the Henrik Zetterberg press conference scheduled for 2:00pm.

In the meantime, enjoy the ads for Olympia Entertainment!

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Dark Horses Race to the Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

If there’s a dark horse team hoping to hoist the Stanley Cup this summer, they’re obviously going to have to go through at least one of the division leaders along the way, so wins against those penthouse franchises are paramount; after all, the easiest way to prove you can do something is by doing it.

With that in mind, here are the teams who can put The Fear into a favorite in the post-season:

BUFFALO (six wins against division leaders)
The Sabres have a balanced attack, good goaltending and a veteran defense. They’ve also beaten every Eastern Conference division leader at least once already, including Boston three times.

read on for more dark horses

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Playoff Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: playoffs

Blue Jackets Fans Have Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a Q & A fan chat at the Columbus Dispatch,

Aaron, you’ve been very clear that the Jackets will not enter the Spezza or Lecavilier sweepstakes. Give us a few names that we Blue Jackets fans may not have considered as possible acquisitions.

[Aaron Portzline] This is all guesswork, of course. But it’s players who fit the following criteria: a young player with upside, and a reasonable contract that extends beyond this season, or a veteran player who’s contract is up at the end of the season. Again, Antoine Vermette is a name that keeps popping up, but the asking price—Kris Russell and a pick—is way too high. The Leafs want too much for Nik Atropov, too. Well, more than the Blue Jackets are willing to part with. This is a strange science. All the talk of the last few weeks, and Jason Williams’ name never came up. I make calls around the league all the time. You do what you can do.

more about the Blue Jackets…

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Stop The Fighting In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

Being a fighter in the NHL takes courage. Advocating fighting in the NHL does not. The most courageous thing would be to end the NHL’s Neanderthal Age, to get past the old thinking, to behave as if it were the year 2009 and to make the hockey world a better place.


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Zetterberg Presser: Watch It Here

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.  Hank’s re-signing for a dozen (but didn’t practice today).

Should be able to watch it below, or you can follow the URL.  Either way, a good day for The Dynasty.

Remember: this won’t start until 1400, or soon after.

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Surgery For Kolzig

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

Lightning backup Olie Kolzig will have surgery on Saturday to repair a ruptured distal tendon in his left forearm. The surgery will be performed in Washington by orthopedist Ben Shaffer, a Capitals team physician who treated Kolzig when he played in Washington. Lightning head trainer Tommy Mulligan said Kolzig will be out three to four months.

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  Tags: olie+kolzig

It’s Official: 12 For…TBD

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1257 EST: Updated with Bruce MacLeod’s cap projections.

Don’t doubt Khan(!). Ever.

Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Red Wings plan to host a press conference this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET to announce that the club has agreed on a new 12-year contract with star forward Henrik Zetterberg.

In his sixth season with the Wings, the new deal essentially amounts to a lifetime contract for the Swedish star, who has averaged 30 goals and 36 assists in each of his previous five NHL campaigns. Zetterberg will be 40-years-old when the contact expires after the 2020-21 season.

Thanks to Animal Drew for the pointer, and good job to the DD captain who had the guts to post what he—apparently—knew to be the facts late last night.

And I take that back if the money’s not 72 over 12 like he said it would be.


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