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Versteeg Knows Not To Talk Bad About Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

If anyone was waiting to hear Kris Versteeg fire back at Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky in response to the Great One’s comments following Sunday’s game at the United Center, it’s not going to happen.

For one thing, Versteeg said, it’s Wayne Gretzky.

And two, the Blackhawks rookie winger would never hear the end of it from his father.

“My dad’s got this big wall full of Wayne Gretzky stuff,” Versteeg said Tuesday. “So if I ever wanted to say something bad about Wayne Gretzky, he’d be the first guy here to give me a slap upside the head.

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Where Will St. Louis End Up?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Murphy at Inside Hockey:

According to one source close to some Tampa players, things have gotten to the point where this team may just be completely revamped again and that mainstay forward Marty St. Louis may very well be open to waiving his no-trade clause if team management approached him on the subject.

“Marty and the guys that have been here are not happy anymore,” said the source.

“There’s going to be a lot of movement there and I wouldn’t be surprised if Marty agreed to be moved out of there or even approached them soon. It’s just a real bad atmosphere and not something the veterans there have been used to. He would give them a list of teams and yeah he could be moved before the season’s over.”

more on Tampa

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Atlanta Legal Battles Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kristi Swartz at the AJC.com,

A jury ruled Tuesday that Turner Broadcasting System owes Texas businessman David McDavid $316 million for a breach of contract when it negotiated with — and eventually sold — the Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena operating rights to another bidder.

The decision does not mean McDavid now owns the teams. They remain in the hands of the Atlanta Spirit, an eight-member group of investors. An appeal by Turner Broadcasting is possible.

McDavid signed a letter of intent with Turner to buy the teams and arena rights in April 2003. The letter, granting exclusive negotiations, expired 45 days later, but the parties continued to talk. Turner announced in September of that year it was selling the teams to the Spirit.

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*Thanks to a KK reader for the link

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Hey Ref, Watch The Language

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

At the end of a 5-1/2-minute session with reporters today in the Amherst Pepsi Center, Miller was asked about an end-of-practice chat with coach Lindy Ruff. The Buffalo goaltender revealed he was telling his coach that one of the officials swore at him during a stoppage in play a couple of minutes before the Sabres received a bench minor for arguing an interference call on Thomas Vanek.

“It was just about the referee last night, a brief conversation I had with the ref that was a little surprising to me,” Miller said. “He told me to “go [bleep] myself’ because I was just asking a question. I was just kind of joking around [to Ruff], saying, “Maybe that kind of started what got the bench minor going.’

“To be honest, I was respectful. I asked him a question and he told me maybe I should “go [bleep] myself.”

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  Tags: ryan+miller

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The NHL will be fine.  We may have to focus on the way we are operating into the future, in terms of the value proposition for fans and cost controls and the like, but none of our clubs are in jeopardy. The games will be played and we are doing OK this season. Revenues will be up and there will be real growth. But, like everyone else, we need to be observant, flexible and proactive to deal with the uncertainties the future will bring.”

-Gary Bettman at the BOG Meetings.  More from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com…

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These Teams Need A Deep Playoff Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Multiple NHL sources told The Hockey News Monday that seven U.S.-based teams – the Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes – each will lose at least $5 million this season, barring lengthy and lucrative playoff runs.

“And that’s before the bad (economic) news really hits the fan,” one league executive (who requested anonymity) told THN…

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Random Musings on the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Will we see a substantial trade made before the holiday trade freeze? My heart says yes, we could use something to talk about, but my hockey mind says no.

* Take it to the bank, the Dallas Stars will make the playoffs!

* A challenge to any national anthem singer in the States. When the Montreal Canadiens visit your rink, please sing part of the Canadian National Anthem in French.  A definite YouTube post!

* The Hot Stove segment during the Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night broadcast could work as a weekly, half hour show.  I would tune in every time.

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All Dan Boyle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks participated in an NHL tele-conference today. 

Q.    Your departure from Tampa Bay was probably a little bit unpleasant at the time. Any regrets now?
DAN BOYLE: No, not anymore (laughter). Like you said, ‘at the time.’ I just signed a six-year extension, was planning to be there for a while. But certainly having seen the way some guys have been treated and what’s gone on so far, and the way on top of it I’ve been treated here, I have no regrets whatsoever.

Q.    Why is San Jose better than Detroit this season?
DAN BOYLE: Well, I mean, our records are pretty similar. I think we have the edge so far. Honestly, depth I think is probably the biggest key. We have four lines, we have six D. When our top goalie Nabby got hurt, our backup goalie came in and did a great job. We’ve been lucky as far as health-wise, we’ve been pretty injury-free. You know, we’ll see. I mean, it’s a long season. We’ll see what happens. At the end of June, that’s what matters.

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What Happened To Parity?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There was an interesting comment in the if only they had goaltending post where I argued that the Detroit Red Wings have been let down by their goaltending and would really benefit by better goaltending - which may have to be acquired via trade.  A commenter JH says:

I’m curious why you think Detroit is currently on pace to have its best season, points-wise, since the “looser” point was established, with 56 wins? Is their goalie really holding them back?

It is an interesting comment despite the fact it is not factually true.  Since the shootout was instituted and every game had a winner, the most wins in a season was the Detroit Red Wings in 2005/06 who had 58 wins.  Currently this season, the San Jose Sharks are on pace for 67 wins, Boston Bruins 58 wins and the Detroit Red Wings 57 wins.  Although one must be cautioned that those are win projections, as opposed to actual win totals, it is interesting that three different teams are on pace to have some of the best seasons we have seen since the lockout.  Wasn’t the salary cap supposed to usher in parity to the league?  Why isn’t that happening?

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The Sabres and the Art of Denial

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca:

One thing we’ve learned is that the art of denial is exactly that; it is an art form and it has reached new and fascinating heights.

For instance, lost in a spate of denunciations is the fact that no one in the Sabres organization denied the original point of the story that the team is for sale. What minority partner Larry Quinn said was that, “We are not in negotiations to sell the team.” Quinn neither named the “we” nor did he say that team owner Tom Golisano, the man most likely to be in the discussions to sell the franchise he purchased out of bankruptcy in 2003, was or was not involved. In fact, Golisano is said to be at the winter meetings in Florida but nowhere to be seen or heard. The owner made no public appearance after Day 1 of the Board of Governors meetings despite the fact he winters in Florida and the other 29 owners have, essentially, come to his house.

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  Tags: larry+quinn, tom+golisano

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