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Money Not Well Spent

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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

For $56.85 million, the Rangers have a team with just one above-average scorer, Marion Gaborik; no true No. 1 center; and no real No. 1 defenseman. Worse than an indictment of how poorly Glen Sather has cut the pie, it actually is a depressing portent of years of mediocrity.

The Rangers will pay Ales Kotalik, who can barely get on the ice, $6 million for two years after this one. They owe Chris Drury, a second-line player whose best years were in Buffalo, $8 million next season and $5 million for the one after that. And Rozsival and Wade Redden’s untradable deals will choke the Rangers’ chances to improve themselves until they are swallowed whole.

The contract of Redden, paying $8 million this year, $6.50 million the following two years, and $5 million for the two after that, has to be jammed past Jim Dolan’s gag reflex and down his hatch. The contract of Rozsival, worth $6 million this year, $4 million for 2010-11 and $3 million for 2011-12 has to be salted and pitch-forked past the owner’s teeth.


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Oveckin Day-To-Day

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per the Caps Twitter-

Alex Ovechkin is day-to-day with a sore knee.

added 11:47am, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We have seen what happens to talented, physical players when they start to break down or try to change their styles in an effort to squeeze more life out of their bodies. Eric Lindros was a shadow of his former self in the final years of his NHL career, a perimeter player with little impact, moments that might end up costing him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then there’s Todd Bertuzzi, who hasn’t been the same type of player since the Steve Moore incident.

Is it possible for Ovechkin to remain true to his nature yet alter his style to avoid these kinds of incidents? Or is this simply the way it is for the great Russian star, a kind of live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword mantra to which Ovechkin will adhere no matter the cost?


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What It Takes To Suspend Ovechkin

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It looks like Alexander Ovechkin is finally going to be suspended.  In October, he got away with a slew-foot on Rich Peverley of the Atlanta Thrashers.  The NHL treated him as a first time offender and let him off without a suspension because they had overlooked a handful of other transgressions in the past.  He got away with a knee on knee hit on Sergei Gonchar in last year’s playoffs.  There had been a hit from behind on Jamie Heward (who has not played since) and a late hit on Daniel Briere.  Last week, Ovechkin received a game misconduct and a major penalty for boarding Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres, but once again was not suspended.  Last night, he had a knee on knee hit on Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes.  It was Ovechkin who took the worst of the hit and left the game without returning (Gleason did return), but it was clear that Ovechkin instigated the hit.  Given the NHL’s recent suspensions, it is clear that they will have to suspend Ovechkin.  They recently suspended Georges Laraque of the Montreal Canadiens for five games for a similar knee-on-knee hit on Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings.  At this point, the NHL must suspend Ovechkin right?

EDIT:  The suspension is for two games.

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Corvo Out With Lacerated Leg Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC— Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will place defenseman Joe Corvo on injured reserve with a leg injury suffered Monday night in Raleigh against the Washington Capitals. In addition, the team has reassigned forward Patrick Dwyer to Albany of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Corvo suffered a laceration of his lower right leg from the skate of Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner during a collision in the first period of the game, and was transported to Rex Hospital. There, Dr. Marty Isbell of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed surgery to repair the injuries suffered. Corvo is expected to miss 8-12 weeks of action.

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Klesla Out With Torn Groin

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via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla will be out four to six weeks after suffering a torn groin in the first period of Monday’s 5-2 win over St. Louis…

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Best Off Broadway Show

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from Josh Alper of NBC New York,

The holiday season in New York City tends to be a good time for Broadway as out-of-towners stream into the city to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, do a bit of shopping and catch a show before heading back home. Or they come to visit family, which inevitably leads to the host trying to find an activity you can do together while being silent for two or three hours. There are plenty of fine choices in our city’s theatres, but it’s hard to imagine there’s a better one-man show in town than Marian Gaborik.


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Savard Extension With Bruins About To Happen

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Any day now, possibly today, slick center Marc Savard is expected to sign his new contract with the Bruins, a seven-year extension beginning in 2010-11 with an average cap hit in the $4.5 million-$4.8 million range.

A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the general terms of the deal and that the contract would be signed imminently.

continued and now those made-up rumors of Savard heading to Toronto can be put where they belong…

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Reaction To The Ballard ‘Swing’

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Ballard didn’t talk to the media after tonight’s game, which is understandable considering what he went through with accidentally smacking goalie Tomas Vokoun in the head with his stick and then having the winning Thrashers’ goal score on a shot off his stick.

I feel bad for him personally.

Yes, what he did was stupid, and unneccessary. But I see players smashing their sticks on the crossbar or post after a goal or after a loss all the time. It’s as common in hockey as fighting.

That said, I wonder if players around the league will think twice now before doing it. Bryan Allen said after the game: “I’ve done the same thing—break a stick on the post—and I didn’t even think twice. Obviously I won’t do it again. I’m sure he won’t either.

I give Ballard credit for coming back and playing. If it was me and I had skated off the ice in shock and horror at what happened, I’m not sure I could have come back on the ice again that night.

Everyone was supportive of Ballard concerning the incident.

more and if you miseed the video, watch it here...

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A Little Give And Take

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Alright, old school coaches. Maybe Gordie Howe was the greatest hockey player to ever live. I’ll make the concession that it’s at least a possibility (though I highly doubt it), but you’ve got to come together with me on a few things:

I’ll admit that Gordie Howe was one of the greatest to play the game if you admit that the new sticks are better than the old ones — because they are.

Today’s sticks don’t break more frequently than wood ones; in fact, they break less often. NHL players used to go through 100 of the wood ones per year. People see that newer sticks are made of a composite material and then somehow think that means they should last for all eternity. They’re made to be better, not indestructible. You do know they’re better, right?


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Flyers Hope Briere Can Spark Offense

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Briere has missed the last three games - two because of an NHL-mandated suspension and one because of the flu. He was back at practice yesterday and will return to the lineup Thursday against visiting Vancouver.

His return is welcomed. Without him, the Flyers had a total of four goals in the three games. Briere is second on the team with 10 goals, even though he has played in only 17 of the 24 contests.

“You don’t change a team with one guy, but I hope I can help out in that department. That’s my game, the offensive side,” said Briere, who will try to ignite a power play that has failed in its last nine chances.

“Goals have been tougher to come lately, but there’s always stretches like that in a season,” he said. “You have to try to go back to the basics.

“We put a lot of pucks on net in Atlanta, but maybe [we should be] trying to get around the goalie a little more, trying to screen a little more - get our noses dirty in that area to find loose pucks instead of giving the goalie a chance to see everything.”

read on

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