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The Value Of Tim Thomas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,

Thomas is poised to become an unrestricted free agent this July.

How much is he worth? And for how many years?

It’s a real tricky spot for the Boston organization because regardless of how well he’s playing, his age has to be a major consideration. Should his game erode early on in a multi-year deal, there will be no way for the Bruins to buy him out because he’ll be over 35. And let’s not forget, salary cap mismanagement takes on even greater significance in difficult economic times.

Would anything less than a three-year deal be considered an insult for the Thomas camp and cause him to focus on greener pastures beyond the Massachusetts border?

more on Thomas…

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Four Years Ago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Update

from tsn.ca, Pittsburgh Penguins owner and star player Mario Lemieux says the chances of settling the NHL lockout in time to save part of the 2004-05 season are “50-50.”
Two days ago, I felt there was going to be a season. Today, I think there is a 10% chance the NHL will be playing this year. Steve Yzerman feels the same way I do and what a terrible way for one of the NHL greats to go out.

posted by PK at 1/30/2005 10:55:00 AM

Yes four years ago, to the minute, I started providing readers all the latest and greatest hockey news.  I had no idea this site would become as popular as it is today, and for that I thank you.

Scroll to the bottom of page to see the first post I ever made on the world wide web!

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Say The Word.  Just Say It And I’ll Fire That Mother Up.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

“They have til game number 60. If they don’t get it turned around by then, I am on the stress train full-time.”

Game 60?  Please.  I’ve been aboard since Game 1.  I live there and you all know it.

Continue Reading »

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The Race In The West

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A difference of only 8 points separates the 5th to the 14th ranked teams in the Western Conference.

Who is in trouble, who will make it? 

Some things to consider, the games-in-hand some teams have and also the home/road games left.

See the Western Conference standings below…

Continue Reading »

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Now That’s A Bobble Head

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from Dave Vest of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Joe Rawn lives in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, and has a significant sports bobblehead doll collection in his home, which he shares with his wife. This week they added a new bobblehead, which he bought online at nhl.com for $541, with all proceeds going to Phoenix Coyotes Charities.

read on


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Caps Take It Outdoors

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from On Frozen Blog,

The Caps couldn’t have scripted a better reception or conditions for their annual outdoor skate at Chevy Chase Country Club Thursday night. They created a mid-winter postcard to remember for hundreds of hockey loving club members, and there was a tremendous showing to chronicle the skate by local media. It was chilly but clear and breezeless by the rink, perfect for shinny. A not-so-small army of club youths chanted and cheered “Let’s go Caps!”, many in Alexander Ovechkin jerseys, as the Caps drilled briefly and then shinny-scrimmaged….

It was a treat to see U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stroll right up beside us on an observation deck for media and take in the action with his family. A child whom we gathered was Chief Justice Roberts’ son was modeling a smart-looking red Caps’ Ovechkin sweater for the occasion.

read on

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Hitchcock Talking Playoffs

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from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

Ken Hitchcock hopes his creditors don’t remember this column come May. Or if they do, that they extend him grace. Because if all goes well, the Blue Jackets coach will be too immersed in the playoffs this spring to concern himself with payoffs.

Or much of anything else, for that matter.

“Your life goes on hold. Your friends go on hold. Your family goes on hold. Everything outside of hockey goes on hold,” Hitchcock said. “The bills don’t get paid.”


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Bolts Looking At Backup Goalie Options

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from Lightning Strikes,

Is it better to stick with Karri Ramo once he finishes serving his six-game AHL suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation last Friday, or perhaps sign Norfolk’s Mike McKenna to an NHL contract and bring him up? There is even talk the Lightning will explore trading for a backup or, more likely, grabbing a goalie off re-entry waivers.

The most appealing option for Tampa Bay would be to get someone off re-entry waivers because it would halve the salary obligation with the player’s previous team. A person of interest could be Curtis Sanford, recently demoted by the Canucks to AHL Manitoba. Sanford, 29, was 7-8-0 in 19 games for the Canucks with a 2.59 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and a shutout. Don’t know if the Lightning would be interested, just thinking out loud.

read on

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No NHL This Season For Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Peter Forsberg says if he plays this season, it will be in Sweden this year.

Read about in an AP story via Sports Illustrated.

Sportbladet in Sweden has a story too and here is a google translation.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Book It- Panthers In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of Florida Panther blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

Yes, the Panthers are going to make the playoffs this April.

My prediction isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to tonight’s 5-1 win against the Canadiens. This performance only punctuates the progression of this team.

I watched the third period tonight, seeing the Panthers attack more in those 20 minutes than in some entire games last season. This team plays a fun style to watch. And now its confidence is soaring.

Much of that credit has to go to Pete DeBoer. In my opinion, if the Panthers make the postseason, he will and should be named the NHL’s coach of the year. As a Panthers fan, you should love what DeBoer said tonight when I asked him what statement this win made about where his team’s at:


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