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According To Garrioch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Stan Bowman could end up being his own worst enemy.

The Blackhawks GM did Maple Leafs counterpart Brian Burke a favour by giving him back his second-round pick in 2010 to make the trade for restricted free-agent centre Phil Kessel.

The Leafs signed Kessel, 22, to a five-year, $27-million (all terms US) contract — a deal that could come back to haunt Bowman when he tries to lock up pending RFAs Patrick Kane, 20, and Jonathan Toews, 21.

“You have to think that Kessel’s contract is going to be the absolute minimum those two will accept,” said a high-profile agent. “If (Bowman) doesn’t give Burke that pick back, then the Leafs can’t do the (Kessel) deal.”...

• The Thrashers have held contract talks with pending UFA Ilya Kovalchuk, but the two sides are nowhere near a deal….

• There are whispers the NHL is talking to teams about a mandatory $10-million deposit to finance operations and minor-league teams during a potential lockout in three years. Yes, relations with the union are getting worse.


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Don Cherry Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Coach’s Corner, Don talked about the first period Pens/Leafs, touched on the Pat Quinn fine, Flames defensive system, had a few words for Kris Letang and a few other topics.

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Shanahan Now With UFA Satus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Brendan Shanahan’s contract has been terminated and he is now an unrestricted free agent.

added 8:07pm, More on this at Tom’s blog, Fire & Ice.

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Rats…The Frigging Mountains Washed Away Again…Guess We’ll Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Was just informed I’ll be DVR’ing this one and watching it later.  Lodge your complaints here if you want, but I’ll tell you from experience….deaf ears is all they’ll fall on.

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Inside Hockey Talks Hockey & Social Media

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Elliotte Friedman of CBC/HNIC will be doing a feature on social media and hockey during Inside Hockey (HNIC pre-game, 6:30pm ET on CBC & NHL Network US) tonight.

It will also be available on the HNIC website sometime after it airs.

added 7:53pm, You can watch the social media piece here.

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A Look At The Harvard Hockey Program

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from Nathaniel Popper of the Boston Globe,

The Harvard hockey experiment is being led by a Boston-bred coach, Ted Donato, a 1991 Harvard graduate who was a fun-loving forward on the national championship team before moving on to a long career playing in the NHL, including many years with the Bruins.

Harvard’s top brass showed its interest in maintaining a serious program when Donato was hired in 2004, but the coach, now 40, doesn’t have an easy job. Unlike other Division 1 schools, Ivy League colleges, in deference to need-based financial aid programs and an amateur ideal, can’t use athletic scholarships to recruit players. And because of league rules, Harvard is not allowed to play as many games as other Division 1 teams, and it has to start full practices later in the fall.

much more

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Saturday’s A Perfect Day For Pointless Rambling

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A couple thoughts to tide you over before tonite’s tilt with the Ovechkins (courtesy of Kyle at BDS)...

These four lines, even minus Franzen, Hossa, Hudler, Helm and William Tell?  Still as balanced as any group of forwards in hockey.  And nobody has the kind of potential firepower in lines 1-3.

Henrik Zetterberg | Pavel Datsyuk | Tomas Holmstrom
Ville Leino | Valtteri Filppula | Dan Cleary
Todd Bertuzzi | Justin Abdelkader | Jason Williams
Brad May | Kris Draper | Patrick Eaves

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With Franzen gone, we’ll REALLY learn how good—or mediocre—a coach Mike Babcock is in Detroit.

-Stan Fischler via his Twitter.

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UFL Outdraws NHL On Versus

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via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk,

The ratings are in for Thursday night’s debut of the UFL on VERSUS.

The good news is that the clash between the California Redwoods (whose uniforms are neither red nor made of wood) and the Las Vegas Locomotives reportedly generated better ratings than NHL coverage on VERSUS.

The bad news is that the numbers would raise eyebrows only if they were someone’s blood alcohol content.

According to UFLaccess.com, the game generated a 0.25 rating, with a 0.29 in the key demographic of men 18-40 years of age.

The numbers might have been much higher if VERSUS were still available on DirecTV.

added 5:22pm, The site has updated the story-

John Ourand of SBJ reports that the UFL debut was seen in 220,000 homes, and that the Tuesday night NHL game on VERSUS was seen in 405,000 homes.  So maybe UFLaccess.com is getting its information from the same folks responsible for letting people know that, you know, a UFL game is actually going to be on television.

thanks to a KK reader for leaving a comment to advise.

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Can The Wings Stop Ovechkin?

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Boudreau expects a big game from Ovechkin tonight. The rare game against the Detroit Red Wings, at Joe Louis Arena, on a Saturday night is an appealing stage for Ovechkin. It certainly beats playing Florida on a Tuesday.

“He’s always very cognizant of the TV, who’s watching, Canada, US, Saturday night against Detroit,” Boudreau said. “He knows where the people are and he puts on shows when that happens.”

more from the Caps morning skate…

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