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Brian Burke Gone from Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By way of TSN‘s text message breaking news updates, I just received this message:

“Brian Burke is out as the GM of the Anaheim Ducks.  Bob Murray is taking over.”

TSN has that much info up on their site now as well.  Updates to follow shortly. News conference scheduled for this afternoon.

Update 2:24pm ET: From the Toronto Star, this comment—

The Star’s Damien Cox reports that Burke will stay on as a consultant with the Ducks until the end of this season.

Update 2:40pm ET: More added to the TSN story—

Sources say Burke will, in this advisory capacity, have the ability to freely negotiate future employment opportunities as a GM in the NHL.

That would pave the way for Burke to be hired as president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the days, weeks or months ahead, if the Leafs and Burke so desire. And there is strong reason to believe that is precisely what will happen.

Update 4:05pm ET: Press release from the Ducks available here.

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  Tags: bob+murray, brian+burke

Sutter Ready to Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Brandon Sutter is ready to return to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The rookie forward was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing the past eight games with a concussion.

He suffered the injury on Oct. 25 when Islanders forward Doug Weight caught him with his head down while skating through the neutral zone — a legal hit that renewed the debate about headshots in the NHL.

continued…

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  Tags: brandon+sutter

The AHL Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is often valuable to look at the leaders in the AHL to learn about which NHL franchises have depth and players available who might make a significant NHL impact.  Currently, the first place team in the AHL is the Portland Pirates.  They have a 9-2 record (with one overtime loss).  This gives them 19 points in 21 games.  They are the Buffalo Sabres minor league affiliate.  So not only is Buffalo off to a good start with 19 points in their 14 games, which has them in seventh place, they have plenty of depth in the minors.

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Can The Streak Continue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

There was an elephant in the Vancouver Canuck dressing room Tuesday that Roberto Luongo’s teammates were doing their best to tip-toe around.

“I think it is probably in the back of everyone’s mind now because you guys are bringing a little attention to it,” said defenceman Willie Mitchell.

“You don’t want to jinx him, eh,” added Canuck winger Alex Burrows. “So you don’t really want to talk about it.”

continued

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

The Islanders Identity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Winwood of the Sports Blog at the Guardian,

There is no reason whatsoever that fans of a terrible club should throw good money after bad watching their team lose, but there is something noble about those who do. What is certain, though, is that the club today in no way resembles the powerhouse that dominated hockey more than a quarter of a century ago. What’s more, it’s difficult to imagine how the Islanders might soon climb out of their slough of despond; for them failure became first a tradition, then a habit, and now an identity.

...Somewhere among the Giants jerseys, the Knicks vests, the Rangers sweatshirts and the Mets caps you might see someone wearing a piece of apparel that has the “Y” of NY fashioned into a hockey stick. But don’t let this fool you, because a night with the New York Islanders is these days the coldest ticket in town.

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Klatt Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In his first post-lockout interview, retired NHLer and NHL Players’ Association executive committee member Trent Klatt told The Hockey News how betrayed he felt after discovering that former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin and another union official hacked into players’ personal email accounts.

“It was like I got kicked in the balls, pardon my French,” Klatt told THN for a story that will appear in the Dec. 1st issue of the magazine. “To think they’re hacking into my emails in my house, in Northern Minnesota, and reading everything…there are just lines you don’t cross, and I never imagined that would take place. I still can’t believe it.

“At the time Ted first took over, that wasn’t something I thought was possible. But he just brought it on himself.”

continued

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  Tags: trent+klatt

Blackhawks Raise #3 To the Rafters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks will retire jersey No. 3 and raise it to the United Center rafters prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins to honor Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote.

The legendary defensemen both wore No. 3 during their playing careers and the number is the fifth retired by the organization and the first since Denis Savard’s No. 18 on March 19, 1998.

continued

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  Tags: keith+magnuson, pierre+pilote

What To Do With Jason Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The dilemma, of course, is the whopping Blake contract they are shackled with. The veteran forward is in just the second-year of a five-year, $20-million US contract, a deal that will end when Blake is 38.

Blake does not have one of those irritating no-trade clauses in his pact like the famed Muskoka Five sported last season. But as one Eastern Conference general manager said last night: “That ridiculous salary makes it a no-trade contract. So does his age. And so does his reputation.”

If the saga continues to decay, don’t be surprised if the Leafs ship Blake down to the minors. According to sources, it’s a concept that theoretically has been kicked around behind closed doors.

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  Tags: jason+blake

A Look At Streaming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The Internet is transforming sports broadcasting to such a degree that cable and satellite companies could become redundant and even go out of business.

That was the consensus of a blue-ribbon panel of sports executives during a sports-management conference in Toronto yesterday.

As for sports television, it has suddenly become a very old term in the new media world.

“It’s not sports television anymore,” Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said.

“It’s sports media.”

The revolutionary element of new media is, of course, the Internet, which is rapidly growing as a means of distributing sports programming.

continued

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Bingo Bango!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sorry for the Mickey Redmondism…

from Barry Melrose Rocks,

Here’s how it works. While you’re reading through your daily allotment of NHL blog posts, be it through a feed reader, your favorites or what have you, simply check off a box when you see a post that matches one of the descriptions on your bingo card.

read on and have fun…

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