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Islanders In A Political Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Jeansonne of Newsday,

As power plays go, the Islanders’ wink-wink confirmation of a planned preseason game in Kansas City—and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s sympathetic comments about needing to replace “that building” in Nassau County—wouldn’t get past the red line of most skeptics.

We are supposed to make the leap from public knowledge that owner Charles Wang’s “Lighthouse Project” plan to redo Nassau Coliseum is on hold, to the fact that Kansas City has a spanking new arena actively in search of an NHL team. But experts in the matter are tolerably certain that a franchise move is virtually nonexistent, though this well-worn ploy and the veiled-threat manner in which it was presented is not the least big surprising.

“The typical playbook is that teams never come out and say, ‘We’re going to move if you don’t do this for us.’ Fans get angry when you do that,” said Neil deMause, co-author of “Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit.’‘

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Two Days Later: Why Osgood?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A loss in January can never be viewed as a game that defines a team.  Not when we’re talking about a team that proved its mettle the last two years in the playoffs.  Hell, if the Wings themselves have reason to remember any game against San Jose—still—it might be Game 4 in the ‘07 playoffs.

But, that doesn’t mean Saturday didn’t raise a few questions from the 19.

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A Game Day Ritual: You Pick The Idiot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Epic juvenilacity.  The sewer in which you bathed Saturday night probably won’t be re-visited until the playoffs begin.  The comments in the live blog were obscene, paralyzingly hilarious and offensive to multiple North American demographics.

Good work.

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Howson & Hitchcock Working Well Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

On a club developing chemistry in adverse times, the tightest bond might be the one between coach and general manager.

Hitchcock and Howson don’t always agree, but they share a similar vision for the franchise, one coming into focus during an 8-3 run that has the Jackets in the thick of the playoff race.

“You never know how it’s going to work when you bring people together. There is always a risk,” said Howson, in his second season as Jackets general manager.

“I think we respect each other’s positions. He cares about winning the next game, and my focus is more long term. But he respects the intricacies of the position. He understands you can’t just wave a magic wand.”

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The Race For The Playoffs Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Over at NHL.com, I take a look at the 2nd half of the regular season.  The race is on for the playoffs!

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Dogfight In The Atlantic

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The lone division this season with a genuine race for the top spot, which carries with it an automatic top-three seed in the playoffs, is the Atlantic.

“It is a tough division,” Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told ESPN.com.

The New Jersey Devils beat Nashville 3-1 on Monday night to leapfrog the Rangers into first place with 59 points, followed by New York at 58 and the Philadelphia Flyers at 57. Just two points separate the top three.

“I certainly felt that way going into the season,” Holmgren said when asked if he thought it would be this kind of battle for the division. “Probably the one surprise is where Pittsburgh is at. But they’ve had injuries to their two key defensemen, [Ryan] Whitney and [Sergei] Gonchar. You know they’re going to be in the mix in the end because they’re such a strong team.”

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Confirmed: Fado In DC It Is

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1035 EST:  Reading through Saturday’s LB and preparing tonite’s poll.  Whoa. Voox was on fire.
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Good morning.  I was just asked a question by someone who knows me very, very well.

The answer is no, I won’t be live blogging the Inauguration today.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I try to tell our guys we’re making the equivalent of a 60-foot putt, which Tiger Woods can’t even make, instead of simplifying our game which in golf would be a three-foot putt and in hockey a 10-foot pass,”.”

“We continually try to look long. It looks pretty, but it’s totally ineffective.”

-Toronto coach Ron Wilson after losing to Carolina last night.  More on the game from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.

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Top Five

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As you know, my life is consumed with hockey.  I check websites, listen to online hockey radio stations and watch as many games as possible on a nightly basis.

Lately, I have been hearing and reading the words “Top 5 player”.  “He is one of the top 5 players at his position”, “without a doubt, he is a top 5 player”.  Well, I have heard at least 40 names lately that are in the ‘Top 5”  How can that be, only five players can be in the top 5, right?

So, and I am asking you to go into this with an open mind, take your ‘homer glasses’ off and name your Top 5.  Let’s break it down by forward, defense and goal and to clarify, you can include last season into this equation, but can’t go back any farther than that.

List your Top 5 in the comments below.

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Senators Not Sure It They Are Buyers Or Sellers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Schubert has been the most often mentioned defenceman in trade rumours, there is a strong belief Kuba, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is making $3 million US, might be the club’s most attractive commodity. Several teams—including the Rangers, Devils, Flames, Flyers, Canucks, Panthers and Stars—are looking for blue-line help.

“I don’t know how much (the Senators) are going to be able to do,” said a league executive. “It’s so difficult to make deals right now. Not only does it have to be dollar-for-dollar, there’s no chance you can afford to take on salary.”

It will be up to the players to decide what direction Murray takes. Following yesterday’s action, the Senators are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, 13 points behind the eighth-place Panthers.

Ottawa has teased its fans by earning five points in the last three games.

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