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Jiri Tlusty Traded To Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Toronto trades Jiri Tlusty to Carolina. Details to follow.

update 3:31pm, Bob has updated his Twitter,

Tlusty to Carolina.- 2009 first rounder Philippe Paradis to Toronto.

added 3:45pm, via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped forward Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Philippe Paradis.

A former first round pick (13th overall) of the Maple Leafs, Tlusty has eight goals and seven assists in 19 games with the AHL Marlies. He skated in two games with the Maple Leafs in late October, recording zero points and a minus- 2 rating.

Paradis, 18, was the Hurricanes’ first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2009.

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You Have Choices

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Watch the Chicago press conference below which is scheduled to begin around 3:00pm ET.

Or catch the NHL Hour (3-4p ET) with Gary Bettman and guest Brendan Shanahan, also below.

added 3:04pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed today to a five-year contract extension with captain Jonathan Toews, a 13-year contract extension with alternate captain Duncan Keith and a five-year contact extension with right wing Patrick Kane.


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Chicago In The Clear

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The Blackhawks will not need to make a roster move to clear salary cap space in order to sign Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions.

The NHL wouldn’t have allowed the Hawks to announce the new deals for the trio if the club did not have the necessary “tagging room” for the 2010-11 season.


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Afternoon Line

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“This is our team right now. I like our team. We just have to work through it. We have to play better.”

We’re in the third month of the NHL season. The grace period is over. This is too good a team to be sitting out of playoff spot.”

“Right now, we’re at the point where talk is cheap.  You’ve got to do what you’ve go to do when the game is on.”

-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.  More on the Flyers from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Can The Blues Stay In The Playoff Hunt?

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are scoring just 2.4 goals per game, which is fifth-worst in the league. Given the talent mix this team has up front -– young and old, with both size and speed -– there is no excuse for that.

Injuries to puck-moving defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo and Eric Brewer haven’t helped matters. Due to its ever-changing lineup, this team hasn’t developed the necessary defensive zone cohesiveness….

“For sure we have the talent,” Boyes said. “That is not a question. It’s a matter of execution.

“When we get everyone going, everybody playing their roles, we’ll be all right.”

But when will that happen? The Blues can’t wait until the end of December, as they did last season. Their rivals won’t make way for them as they did in 2008-09.

Earning a playoff berth this season will be tougher than it was last season. The Blues will need to make a big push, soon, and sustain it for months.

We’ll know soon enough if they have it in them . . . or whether major changes must occur.


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Digging Gameday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1208: Kindl’s in and the kid’s playing on the first PP unit with TPH.

So the emperor borrowed some Custance for his morning line.  Seen it yet?  Tick Tock’s essentially agreeing with all who point to out-year problems for the Hawks.  He says the Cap’s gonna be a biotch, but he also points out that Chicago’s a juggernaut this year.

Yep.  A talented team.  Kenny even called them “awesome.”

But that’s our word, one of them anyway.  And he used it wrong.  Ready?

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New Worst Regular This Season

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As the season progresses, I try to pick out the player who is playing the worst who is regularly getting dressed by an NHL team.  It is frequently a hard working player who is well liked by coaches and teammates, but isn’t succeeding on the ice.  In the middle of November, I picked Brad Richardson of the Los Angeles Kings as that player.  He is a hard working player who was not having any success either offensively or defensively.  He had a successful game against Anaheim this week where he scored his first two points (a goal and an assist) so far this season.  That is enough to move him out of that position.  In the NHL, there is generally a very small difference between the worst several players in the league.  Each of the bottom players on a team’s roster are essentially interchangeable with another player who is outside the NHL.  It is hard to find a significant difference in their effectiveness as players.  It is hard to rank one as worse that another.  Limited success for any player who might be considered the worst so far this season is enough to remove him from the race.  Given how the worst players in the league are roughly interchangeable with players outside the league, it is interesting to see why some of the worst players continue to get NHL time.  Often these players are goons who play limited minutes against weak opposition and still fail to score and prevent scoring.  That is the case with my current selection for the worst regular so far this year in the NHL - Andrew Peters of the New Jersey Devils.

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Shanahan Finds Work With The NHL

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via TSN,

Brendan Shanahan has found a job.

The recently retired NHL star will officially be hired by the NHL today.

Sources say the announcement is expected to come on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s weekly radio show this afternoon.

It’s not known at this point what Shanahan’s official title or precise job description is, but it’s likely that he’ll work both with Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly in the NHL’s New York office, although he’s also likely to be involved with executive vice president Colie Campbell’s Toronto-based hockey operations department.

added 11:17am, TSN now has Shanny’s official title- Vice President, Hockey and Business Development.

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Wings A Work In Progress

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from JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

The Wings have managed to stay on the fringe, which spells trouble for the rest of the contenders. Not only are the Wings weaning their young players in this stretch, they are going to get some of the veterans back for the stretch run.

Fippula, who skated on Wednesday, will be out of his second cast in a week and could be practising soon after that. Franzen, who is determined to play in the Olympics, wants to be back on the ice by Christmas.

“Obviously, we’re not happy with where we are. We definitely want to be more consistent and do a lot of things better, in paricular our penalty kill, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing to fly under the radar, either,” Maltby said.

“We’re a work in progress,” said Babcock. “Our kids have done a real good job, we’ve had real good goaltending the last couple of games ...We’ve found ways to win.

“We’re hanging on.”


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The Monster Out At Least A Week

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Jonas Gustavsson will be lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs for at least a week because he requires a second surgical procedure in an attempt to fix a heart problem.

The rookie goaltender will undergo the procedure on Friday after experiencing a second episode of an elevated heart rate while playing hockey. Gustavsson, 25, had to leave Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after the first period when his heart started racing.


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