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New Rivals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Pittsburgh thinks often of Cleveland as its rival metropolis, and sometimes of Philadelphia, but with this week’s free-agent fiasco, is there a place somewhere generating more frowns ‘round town than Motown?

The research that begot the ad campaign extolling Detroit’s “hot cars, cutting edge music, Vegas-style gaming, diverse culture, and championship sports” reportedly concluded that among 11 regional cities, including Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Detroit was the only one perceived to offer a travel experience appealing primarily to young adults 21 to 34.

Mr. Hossa is 29.

Yeah, they’re geniuses out there.

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added 8:45am, from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

One presumes Hossa’s plan is to go for one year to Detroit, put up ridiculously-high numbers while playing with Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk or Valtteri Filppula, and call himself a Cup champion. Then he takes the big money the following year from the team willing to risk that he won’t retire on their dime.

Never even mind the fact that some insiders felt he was wired into Detroit by some previous, devious agreement anyway, and that the first day’s bidding may have been nothing more than a sham.

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Stop Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News,

“I think they’re happy with what they got,” Jagr said of the Rangers. “The guys they got are what they feel they needed.”

Asked if he thought he could return to the Rangers, he replied: “That’s a tough question. To be honest, at times like this, I don’t think you should think. Because you might think something and get hurt. This is a business.

“First of all, I’ll tell you one thing, I’m not angry because I always believe that everything that happens happens for a reason. It’s possible. Everything is possible.

“But it doesn’t look to me like I was their first choice. And I don’t know if I was No.2 or No.3.”

more on the Rangers…

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

The Future Of The CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Surely the players won’t want to give back their contractually earned gains. Surely the owners, knowing the fans, at least the fans in Canada, will always come back (didn’t the post-lockout season prove that), will argue mightily for yet another lockout to fix everything that’s oh so wrong on their side once again.

What will Bettman—assuming he’s not fired beforehand—say then?

Surely “cost certainty” won’t be a rally cry that will be heartily embraced then.

After all, if it’s “all good” now, what will be the definition of bad?

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Rob Blake Still Not Signed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Inside The Kings,

It’s not too hard to figure out what happened today. The Kings made a play for Brooks Orpik and it didn’t work out. Now the attention, most likely, turns to another tier of defensemen and the Kings will look to grab a guy on a short-term contract, either via trade or signing.

The more interesting thing is that Rob Blake remains unsigned. I did not anticipate that, and perhaps if his agent would return calls I might get a little insight. But when there’s mutual interest people a player and team and there’s no deal, you have to follow the money, right?

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  Tags: rob+blake

Nucleus Remains In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

If the Penguins were “Goodfellas,” Crosby, Fleury, Malkin and Staal would be Robert DeNiro , Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino. Colby Armstrong, Michel Ouellet, Marian Hossa, Gary Roberts, Georges Laraque, Ty Conklin and even Brooks Orpik, who signed a big deal yesterday, are bit players.

After what happened yesterday with Marian Hossa, it’s hard to imagine Ray Shero every investing long term into a scoring winger for Crosby or Malkin. We have a hard time believing these two will have their versions of Glenn Anderson or Jari Kurri for any serious length of time.

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Happy Days In Dallas

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Brett Hull sees a little of himself in Sean Avery.

No wonder the two got along so swimmingly back in 2002 when Hull and wife Darcy took in the then-rookie forward with the Detroit Red Wings. Avery lived over Hull’s garage for a season, and the two bonded.

“It was like Fonzie with Mr. and Mrs. C,” Hull joked….

“I like to push it to the edge, that’s how I play and that’s how I live,” Avery said. “But I’m not the same player I was four or five years ago. ... What I’ve learned is how to do that without hurting the team.”

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Chicago Fights Back

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from Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune,

The whole organization is going through what Savard might call a great spin-o-rama.

That’s what his signature move was called during his playing days. And this is what Savvy wants from his team, a little old-time hockey, a little regard for the face on that blouse. “Commit to the Indian,” as the coach put it last season.

Campbell is a commit-to-the-Indian kind of guy.

“I love him,” Savard said. “He and Duncan Keith together as a 1-2 punch are going to make a huge difference.”

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It Is Gomez & Drury Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

And so, with options on the market all but exhausted and the team lining up as the ultimate in helicopter squads (no wings), the Rangers instead pulled off a trade with Columbus, acquiring the very talented but equally erratic and thus far underachieving 23-year-old right winger Nikolai Zherdev (and throw-in pivot Dan Fritsche) for Fedor Tyutin - a third-pair D following the addition of Wade Redden - and Christian Backman.

“It’s going to be on Chris and me now, and that’s what we wanted when we came to New York,” Gomez said by phone yesterday from his home in Alaska. “If I’m playing with Zherdev, it’s going to be up to me to see that it works, and I’m up for it.

“We’re going to go be an in-your-face team that moves and pressures the puck. I’ve been talking to Chris and he feels exactly the same way I do.

“We’re ready for the responsibility.”

more on the Rangers…

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The Team Of Dreams and Happiness

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

At the entry draft in Ottawa last month, Ken Holland stood holding court on the draft floor with a couple of newspaper types, trading war stories and describing his approach to luring talented players to the Detroit Red Wings.

“We sell dreams and happiness,” he said, unable to stop himself from chuckling. “Dreams and happiness.”

The Wings general manager was kidding, but only partly so. His hockey club, which boasts the most stable ownership/ management team in hockey as well as the most talented roster, has become the destination of choice for the best players in the sport.

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Penguins Finalizing Long-Term Deal with Fleury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

While a few issues—like whether the deal will cover five or six seasons—still must be resolved, all major hurdles to an agreement have been cleared.

“I’m hopeful that in the next couple of days, something will work out there,” said Shero, the Penguins’ general manager.

read on for more Penguins business

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