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Leafs Lose Game & Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

There isn’t much the Leafs can do now but tend to their injured stars and regroup.

Another frustrating night – one in which they couldn’t dial up their intensity until it was too late – was compounded by injuries to rookie defenceman Luke Schenn and talented forward Niklas Hagman.

Schenn’s loss will be significant – an estimated two weeks with a suspected left leg injury suffered in a collision with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who certainly had his wrecking ball out last night in the way he was hitting Leaf players.

Hagman took a knee to the head and, while he felt better by the end of the night, he left the game after one shift in the second period feeling “groggy.”

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Rumors Galore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• There’s a lot of talk the Rangers are looking to move either D Wade Redden or D Michal Rozsival. Both were signed to new deals in the off-season, but Redden, who agreed to a six-year, $39-million deal, has a no-movement clause in his contract, making it more likely that Rozsival would be dealt.

• The Canucks are waiting to see what happens with Sundin before deciding what to do with D Mattias Ohlund. The Canucks are more likely to move Ohlund if they sign Sundin because of salary-cap considerations. Ohlund, who can become a UFA on July 1, will command a five-year deal worth around $30 million.

• The Panthers are trying to move C Nathan Horton. He is scheduled to make an average of $4 million on a contract that runs through the 2012-13 season, which could make him difficult to trade.

more rumors…

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If Only They Had Goaltending

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have annually written a post looking at a team that would improve significantly with an improvement from their goaltending.  Goaltending is the position that most affects the success or failure of an NHL team.  The addition of one goalie is enough to significantly change the fortunes of a team - even if the goalie is far from superstar quality.

In 2005/06, my choice for the team that could best benefit from a better goaltender was the Edmonton Oilers, a team that added Dwayne Roloson at the trade deadline and went on to make the Stanley Cup finals.  In 2006/07 I picked the Tampa Bay Lightning who did not add a goalie and missed the playoffs.  Last season, it was the Pittsburgh Penguins who had the goaltending arrive internally first with surprisingly good play from Ty Conklin and then with Marc-Andre Fleury playing the best hockey of his NHL career.  The Penguins wound up in the Stanley Cup finals.

This season, my choice is the Detroit Red Wings.

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Gaborik Value Keeps Declining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

This contract ordeal has been watched closely by the entire NHL, and over the past month the Star Tribune has talked to nearly a dozen current and former league executives. Many refused to be quoted or asked for anonymity, but they all had an opinion—from “Gaborik should re-sign” for a fair deal to “the Wild waited too long.”

“Unfortunately, it’s as difficult and challenging a situation that you can be in,” said Doug MacLean, the former Columbus Blue Jackets general manager.

That’s in part because it’s hard to see an end game that has Gaborik re-signing, yet the team’s ability to trade him has been halted by this injury. It’s a worst-case scenario for the Wild.

“You’ve got the [March 4 trade] deadline,” MacLean said. “That’s the sad part of this whole scenario. They had an amazing asset that’s diminished.”

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McLellan Hopes To Settle In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from San Jose Magazine,

Last spring, the morning after the Detroit Red Wings—the team he was assistant coaching—won the highly coveted Stanley Cup, Todd McLellan called San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson to set up an interview for the head coach’s position. It was 6 a.m., and McLellan was running on only an hour of sleep after celebrating the Red Wings’ victory into the wee hours of the morning. Opportunity had struck, and he wasn’t going to waste a minute in advancing his career to the next level.

“It’s human nature for people to stay within their comfort zone,” he says of himself and the players he coaches. “I believe that the exceptional professional finds a way to elevate his way outside those limits.”

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Uncle Mike’s Not Stressed.  Are You?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What, him, worry? 

Khan(!)

“I’m not concerned one bit, as long as Ozzie just gives himself a break, goes home and enjoys his family and gets on with it,’’ Babcock said. “He’s a real good goalie, knows how to play; and by his numbers, he knows how to win.

“And yet, to me, he’s being way too hard on himself, letting one goal affect his mindset.’‘

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Brule Suspended In The AHL, Playing In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Gilbert Brule is out on parole.

The Edmonton Oilers farmhand was slapped with a four-game American Hockey League suspension for a hit from behind on Lowell defenceman Matthew Corrente on Wednesday, but he’ll be able to play tonight against the San Jose Sharks after his call-up from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.

Suspensions from the AHL don’t necessarily travel to the NHL, so Brule will play his first Oilers game, likely on the fourth line, after he was summoned Friday when Sam Gagner came down with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow in the head in a Dallas Stars’ game Wednesday.

“It’s up to the league whether they will allow a player to play if he has a suspension somewhere else,” said Oilers assistant GM Rick Olczyk, indicating it’s a case-by-case basis.

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Ducks Need Power Play Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

There’s no telling where the Ducks would be without Teemu Selanne’s league-leading 13 power-play goals.

There is also no telling where the Ducks would be if some of his teammates contributed with power-play goals of their own.

Selanne has 13 power-play goals this season. The rest of the Ducks have nine. Four of those have been scored by defensemen. Scott Niedermayer has three power-play goals, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have two, and Chris Pronger and Chris Kunitz have one.

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle acknowledged some recent improvement but stressed the importance of the Ducks’ need to get more balanced scoring with the man-advantage.

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Gerbe Up To Buffalo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (December 6, 2008) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled C Nathan Gerbe from Portland (AHL). In addition, the Sabres have returned RW Mark Mancari to Portland.

In just his first professional season, Gerbe (7/24/1987, 5’6”, 160 lbs.) is currently second on the Pirates in scoring with 24 points (14+10) in 21 games. Included in his goal totals are 7 PP tallies and a pair of game winners. Gerbe also has 25 PIMs and has taken a team-high 91 shots.

A native of Oxford, Michigan, Gerbe played three seasons at Boston College. Last season he led the nation in scoring with 68 points (35+33) in 43 games, while leading the Eagles to an NCAA Championship. Gerbe was a Hobey Baker finalist, and was named USA Hockey’s National College Player of the Year. Gerbe was selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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Coyotes Continue To Lose Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Phoenix Coyotes are expected to lose between $25- and $35-million (all currency U.S.) this year and with his primary business under financial duress, owner Jerry Moyes may not be able to cover the hockey team’s losses any longer.

That leaves him three choices:

- Renegotiate the Coyotes’ arena lease to effectively put the city of Glendale into the position covering some of the losses;

- Put the franchise into bankruptcy;

- Turn the keys over to the NHL, forcing commissioner Gary Bettman to find a new owner.

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