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Leafs Take On A Retro Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Who knew the Eighties would be looked back on fondly as the good old days?

Or that the Toronto Maple Leafs would try to emulate them?

You remember the ‘80s: Mullets, glitter-rock, linebacker padded shoulders on ladies, cocaine and the absolute nadir for Leaf hockey – 56 points in ‘81-82, 57 points in ‘85-86, 52 points in ‘87-88.

Toronto, following Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Calgary – another of those ‘80s Tribute Nights, Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall saluted on this occasion – is on pace for a 50-point season circa 2009-2010, if the calculations of someone who dropped math in Grade 10 can be trusted.


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Ducks Recall Calder

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled left wing Kyle Calder from the Bakersfield Condors, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL.

Calder, 30 (1/5/79), scored 3-3=6 points with a +4 rating in five games with Bakersfield this season. Signed by Anaheim to a one-year contract and assigned to Bakersfield on Oct. 28, Calder attended the Ducks’ 2009 Training Camp on a tryout basis in September, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM) in four games. The Manville, Alberta native,  who was released from his tryout on Sept. 26, spent the 2008-09 regular season with Los Angeles, recording 8-19=27 points with 41 PIM in 74 games.

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Talking Niedermayer & Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• To clear matters, Niedermayer sent ESPN.com this comment on Saturday prior to his game in Detroit: “I don’t want to be traded. I love it in Anaheim, and the only thing I’m focused on right now is helping our team get back on track and make the playoffs. That’s it.”

Via text message to ESPN.com, Murray also reiterated that he has no intention of trading Niedermayer, UFA July 1, and wants to see the future Hall of Fame retire a Duck….

• I don’t think it was ever in doubt, but I’m hearing that talks between the Chicago Blackhawks and star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going very well and that both sides are close to a deal. Both players are slated for restricted free agency July 1, and other GMs were salivating at the chance at plunking down offer sheets for them, but that’s not going to happen. I would expect an announcement sometime in the next two weeks.

more chatter and talk…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I see where the NHL has reinstated Henry Samueli as owner of the Anaheim Ducks after he was suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the team on June 24, 2008. Multiple sources tell me he’s now being measured for a Hockey Hall of Fame blazer.

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.  More hockey notes from Red via Faceoff.com.

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A Long Road To The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of Newsday,

...as much as Islanders fans may view him as a sudden miracle of goal-scoring, some apparition that magically materialized in the off-season to invigorate a goal-starved team, Moulson endured a lengthy, arduous, obstacle-riddled road to his current success as the team’s top-line left wing and leading goal-scorer.

His circuitous route to the NHL took its first detour more than ten years ago, when Moulson - criticized for his size [he’s now 6-1, 206] and skating - was cut at every single Triple-A and junior hockey team tryout he attended.

Moulson shrugged off the rejections.

read on

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Think Of Us Again? You Do?  Prove It With A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Tangerine’s a classic and it’s been exactly six months to the very day.
Since when?

Well, since this…

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Booth Not Close To Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The only news out of practice this morning: Coach Pete DeBoer said winger David Booth (concussion) is “weeks away from playing.”

The Panthers have taken great caution to bring Booth along slowly since he suffered his first-ever concussion Oct. 24 in Philadelphia. He has started exercising lightly, but has yet to start skating.

I feel bad for Booth because the Panthers will play the Red Wings on Friday in his hometown of Detroit and once again Booth won’t be able to play because of injury. He missed the teams’ matchup in Motor City two years ago because he was hurt, though he did make the trip so he could at least be there.

DeBoer said there’s a chance he’ll go along with the Panthers this time, too. Personally, I think it’ll happen. Plus, it’d be good for his morale to be around his teammates a bit.


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Potential Florida Panther Sale Kept Out Of Mainstream Media

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Alan Cohen led a group of Florida businessmen in purchasing the Florida Panthers from Wayne Huizenga of Blockbuster Video fame in 2001.  Since that point, the Panthers have been one of the have not teams.  They have failed to make the playoffs during Cohen’s ownership.  According to Forbes Magazine the Florida Panthers have the fifth least value in the NHL and faced the second largest operating losses last year (beaten only by the Phoenix Coyotes).  As a result, Alan Cohen decided he wanted out. 

Over the summer, Cohen agreed to sell the team to Sports Properties Acquisition Group.  This is a publicly traded company set up with the purpose of buying a sports franchise.  Should they fall to do so by the end of the year (which appears likely), they will be dissolved and money will be returned to shareholders.  The sale was to be for $240 million and included the Panthers franchise, the BankAtlantic Center where they play and some surrounding real estate.

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Empty Seats Around The League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

As half-full arenas become the norm on too many nights, hurting teams are getting aggressive in novel (and cheap) ways to get peole in the seats.

The bargains are enough to make ticket buyers in Toronto sick.

A tour around some of the more challenged teams revealed the following offers:

- In Tampa, try the Holiday Pack where $96 US gets you a pair of tickets for three games of your choice, an autographed Victor Hedman hat and a $10 food and beverage voucher.

- In Columbus, the Guys Night Out promotion gives you two tickets, two beers and two cheese coney dogs for a mere $60.

- In Anaheim, for select games fans can get two tickets, a pair of hot dogs and wash them down with two beers all for $41.

- Even in Detroit, the self-professed Hockey Town of the U.S., the Wings are all but giving away tickets again this season.


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In Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Inconclusive was the final ruling on the no-goal in last night’s Leafs/Blackhawks game.

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