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Hard To Picture Phaneuf With The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Despite Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter’s adamant denial that Dion Phaneuf is on the trade market, another NHL GM yesterday told The Post that the Flames are “desperate” to move the defenseman and the annual $6.5 million cap hit he will carry through 2013-14.

Which leads us to the Rangers, a team in desperate need of size and toughness that just happened to be scouted by Daryl Sutter and pro scout Ron Sutter during the Blueshirts’ 2-0 surrender in Philadelphia on Thursday….

The only reasonable target would be Brandon Dubinsky—reasonable, that is, for the Flames, but entirely unreasonable for the Rangers, who are essentially bereft down the middle behind No. 17.

If Phaneuf, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, were playing up to the reputation he established his first couple of years in the league as a Barry Beck-type multi-dimensional specimen, perhaps GM Glen Sather could justify moving one young piece for another to fill one hole even while creating another. Perhaps.

But Phaneuf isn’t . . . and hasn’t for a long time. Plus, adding that contract would tie up $34.425 million for the next two years in five players—Phaneuf, Redden, Marian Gaborik, Chris Drury and Henrik Lundqvist.


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Why Wait To Make A Trade?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

With the March 3 trading deadline less than six weeks away, 30 NHL clubs are starting to look at moves they would like to make. Burke’s annual frustration is that swaps that will be made in the final hours before the deadline could be made now, but aren’t.

“It’s a bizarre psychology,” he said. “On February 3rd, general manager `A’ will not give me a second-round pick for John Doe, but on March 3rd, he will give me a second-rounder when he could have had that player for a month already helping his team make the playoffs.

“Why not pay deadline prices on February 3rd instead? But everybody waits until five minutes before the store closes.”

more on the Leafs…

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What’s Wrong With Steve Mason?

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Dispatch asked two former NHL goaltenders, Daryl Reaugh and Ron Tugnutt, for their views on Mason’s season, the changes he needs to make and what his future might hold.

Reaugh, who played from 1984 to ‘91 with Hartford and Edmonton, does color commentary for the Dallas Stars. Tugnutt was active from 1987 to 2004 for a variety of clubs, including the Blue Jackets in their early years. He coaches goaltenders for a junior team in Oshawa, Ontario.

Daryl Reaugh

• What he sees: “Last season, he would get to his spot, stand there and defy guys to beat him. Now, rather than going to the spot he believes in and challenging the shooter, he’s going to that spot and he’s leaving that spot for no apparent reason. And when you chase the puck, you beat yourself. It’s a function of not trusting the defensive play in front of you. You’re worried about the shooter, but also the other guy whose lane might not be covered by your d-man.”


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Michigan To Dean Lombardi: Shove It, Masshole

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

There is a lot riding on today’s Wings game against the Kings at JLA.

This morning the Wings are in playoff position for the first time since Jobu decided to curse us.  Tonight everything could change.

Today’s game, as every game these days, is a must-win.  Even more so because we are playing the Kings and that means it is one of those “4-point” games everyone has been talking about recently.  In the dogfight for playoff position, this game is as important as they get during the regular season.

If the Wings win, they will be 7th in the Bestern Conference.  If they lose, they will find themselves in 9th position, once again on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.  I don’t need to tell you that.  The 19 know the implications.  As do the players on both squads.

LA Kings Insider

Sean O’Donnell: “That’s a huge game Saturday. It’s still January, so it’s not crazy, but that’s a big game Saturday. I know Detroit is going to be excited for it. I read a quote somewhere that, as long as they beat the teams that are ahead of them, those are the games they’re really focusing on. Basically, whoever wins Saturday is going to have that eighth spot. It’s exciting, going into Detroit and knowing that we’re right there with them, and competing no matter where you are.”

If there wasn’t enough on the line, it has gotten personal as the Kings’ President/GM Dean Lombardi has opened his big Masshole mouth and trashed Michigan hockey.

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Taking Inspiration From Wixom, MI, Uncle Mike Sends Osgood A Message Of Biblical Proportions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Hockey and religion rarely mix on the ice.  There are seldom, if ever, prayer circles at center ice, like you see on the field in the NFL.  Hockey players do not cross themselves before they attempt a shootout shot, as MLB athletes do before stepping into the batter’s box.

In fact, other than discussing Todd Bertuzzi’s rumoured dressing room sacrifices to Jobu (have you seen his stats lately?), there has been little talk of religion and the NHL in the hockey media or blogosphere.

Until today.

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Following Dave Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside of ESPN spent a few days with Phoenix Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett.

Watch the video and then read Scott’s story…

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  Tags: dave+tippett

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You know what, all I really want here is to be a difference-maker and to be a guy that helps this team overcome a lot of questions that have been raised.  To me, that’s important.

“If we win, we go to the playoffs, it’s going to benefit everyone in this room, and it says a lot for everyone’s character. We got a good mix of guys. To be part of it, to be accountable, it’s fun.”

-Scottie Upshall of the Phoenix Coyotes.  More on Upshall from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic.

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Roenick Adds ‘Life’ To NBC Broadcast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Jeremy Roenick’s been waiting 40 years for his close-up. Now that he’s finally in the tight focus of Mr. DeMille - okay, NBC TV - the garrulous Roenick is saying, “I am big. It’s hockey that’s gotten small.” It promises to be a bumptious ride.

Roenick fills the former-player quotient on NBC’s Sunday afternoon NHL hockey intermissions. Along with Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire, it’s promising to be the liveliest network TV panel around this season. Canadians know Milbury and McGuire, of course. Milbury is the highly entertaining spokesman for hockey’s antediluvian element, Don Cherry without the pandering. McGuire is the sport’s Beeker, a hockey technocrat prone to loud bursts of enthusiasm between team benches.

But Roenick promises to be the agitator, the rabble rouser, the shift disturber on the panel.


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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, nbc

The Eternal Debate: Who’s Your Huckleberry?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I woke up this morning and the air was a bit cleaner, fresher, more essence in the air.  Colours are a bit more vivid today as well.  At first I credited the psychotropic drugs I take.  I’m not a pharmacist, but that doesn’t stop me from self-medicating.  But soon I realized what was really behind this beautiful new world I awoke to:

The Wings are currently sitting 8th in the Western Conference, in a playoff spot.  And I love the smell of a playoff berth in the morning.

I could have gone on, skipping merrily all day, humming the Happy Pony song to myself, and performing random acts of kindness to strangers and hobos alike.  Unfortunately, reality struck me between the eyes like a ton of bricks, and I am brought back to the reality that we face as Wings fans.

The eternal debate in Detroit, which has raged for over a decade, is currently threatening to destroy The Gore, 140 characters at a time:

Who’s your Huckleberry?

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Hawks GM Talks Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Already there have been whispers of the Hawks possibly getting involved in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes should the Atlanta Thrashers decide before the deadline they can’t re-sign their star winger.

Bowman didn’t come out and say flatly the Hawks would have no interest in Kovalchuk.

“I’m not going to comment on individual players, but what we’re going to do over the next few weeks is meet and figure out where we think it makes sense to add, whether it’s that type of a player or a different style or a different position,” Bowman said.

“At that point we’ll see what the price is to get that guy, and we’ll see if it’s going to make our team better. I don’t want to rule anything in or rule anything out because we really haven’t gotten down the path that far.”

According to Bowman, the Hawks have enough money under the cap to add a player without giving up one.


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  Tags: stan+bowman

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