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Devils Will Have To Make Decisions On UFA’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Madden and Gionta are two very different players, but they may be in the same boat. Both are proven winners. However, both are also unrestricted free agents this summer and are probably making more money than Lamoriello would be willing to pay to bring back.

Gionta, 30, is earning $4 million in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed after scoring 48 goals in 2005-06. Since signing that contract, his goals total has gone from 25 to 22 to 18 so far this season.

With the right centerman and some luck, he could be a 30-goal scorer. But how much will the Devils want to pay him?

Madden, 35, is earning just under $3 million this season. His defensive play, faceoff ability and penalty-killing have been at the heart of the Devils’ success over the past decade. But his role hasn’t always been clear this season and he admits he hasn’t played well enough to satisfy himself.


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Homer’s In, So’s Chelios, Maybe Even Osgood…No, None Of Them, Or Maybe All

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This is your live blog. I don’t feel like doing a song. I don’t feel like a ditty.  I’ve been wondering a few things today and they’ve got me grumpy.  I’m wondering how the dirtiest team outside of Anaheim suffers one single penalty last night. And not because they didn’t try.  I’m wondering how Mike Freaking Keenan got to those refs with a comment that I considered blown way, way out of proportion.

I guess not.

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Osgood’s Numbers Don’t Lie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

He is hockey’s Indian rubber lightning rod, so used to the criticism that he can wrap it in stats and send it flying back at you twice as fast.

Sure, Osgood stunk in Calgary Monday night, letting in three softies before getting the hook. But if you want to say that makes him suspect for the playoffs, you’d better check your numbers, pal.

“Last year I had a 1.55 (GAA) and a .930 saves percentage in the playoffs. That’s not a fluke. There is a reason why that happens,” the beleaguered Detroit goaltender said Tuesday morning in Edmonton, where he was — by some seven or eight minutes — the last Red Wing off the ice after an optional morning skate.


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  Tags: chris+osgood

The Coyotes Chaplain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

Jeff Farrar doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional pastor.

A former linebacker at UCLA, Farrar is known more for his jokes around the Coyotes’ locker room than his preaching style.

“He’s not your average priest or guy who spreads the word of joy and love,” said forward Peter Mueller. “He’s kind of a comedian, which is actually pretty funny.”

But Farrar’s job isn’t solely to lighten the mood among the players. For the past 11 years, Farrar has acted as the team’s chaplain, offering spiritual guidance to those interested and providing an outlet for players to discuss the pressures of hockey and life in general.


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Marleau Out - Roenick Probable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Captain Patrick Marleau won’t be in the lineup Wednesday night as he is staying back in San Jose to be with wife Christina for the birth of their second child.

But you should see Jeremy Roenick out there against the Blackhawks. Coach Todd McLellan hedged slightly — “JR will be a game time decision, but he’s looking like he’s ready to go.” — but Roenick spent practice on a third line with Travis Moen and Ryan Vesce, and also got some time in on the power play.

more on the Sharks…

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Players & Staff Unfazed By Reports on Canadiens’ Ownership Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Stubbs of CanWest News via the National Post:

“I didn’t hear that the team is being sold, have you?” [Canadiens’ GM Bob Gainey] said. “We’re in March, our budgets are set, our money is spent and we’re in a vacuum of administration. We’ve got hockey games to play. It’s about the competition.

“I don’t think this is going to bother the hockey (operations) staff. We’re going to do our work and the public can accept it as they wish,” he added, brushing off any suggestion that the team’s front-office stability has been upset.


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A Voice Of Summer Passes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not hockey related at all, but many baseball fans will be saddened to hear Baseball Hall of Fame member George Kell has passed away.

After his baseball playing days, Kell went into broadcasting Detroit Tiger games.

He will be missed.

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Think Your Team Will Win The Cup?  Think Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Here is why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup:

San Jose: You’re kidding right? You may be the big, burly kid who taunts everyone in the hallway in between classes, but I’ve seen you swing the baseball bat in gym class. You’re as weak as a kitten.

Detroit: Everyone knows you can’t win two Cups in a row anymore. Besides, you have an almost 50-year-old on your blueline and a European as your captain. Silly Red Wings, will you ever learn?

read on

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Hemsky Playing The Role Of A Checker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Ales Hemsky is a frustrated star struggling to reconcile the good of the team with what he sees as his diminished role in it….

“I’m just trying to do exactly what they want. I’m becoming a checker,” he said with obvious displeasure after Monday’s practice. “We’re just doing what we have to do to win games. I’m not complaining. It’s important to win the games. I just don’t feel as important as I did before when they were riding me. I don’t feel they use me as much as they did before. If they don’t give me the confidence or trust me, I will never be playing the way I was before, the way they want.

“I’m just saying I don’t care about points. I know I didn’t play my best hockey. I can be better and I know they will need me. But they have got to show me they need me. Ride me. It’s 10 games. I will feel important and I will get better every game.”


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GDT - Game #74: Red Wings at Oilers (9:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss on Monday at Calgary, which kept them one point behind the Sharks for first place in the West. In a little over 25 minutes of ice time, Osgood managed to allow 3 “SOFT” goals on 14 shots (0.785%), and DET found themselves with almost zero chance at the win.  The Wings, to their credit, battled back and made a contest of it (although I have no firsthand knowledge having turned off the game at the 4-1 mark).  Conklin, who is slated to start tonight, made 11 saves on 12 shots, Mule and Hudler scored to pull the Wings to a 4-3 score.  Conroy potted the E/N goal to seal the game.  Conklin, a former Oiler,  is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA against Edmonton this season, and made 21 saves in a 4-0 victory on Nov. 17.

The Oilers had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday to conclude a three-game road trip.  Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, but has allowed seven goals in his last two contests. He is 26-18-9 with a 2.75 GAA in 2008-09 - but 0-2-0 with an 8.01 GAA against Detroit. EDM currently sit 7th in the Conference, 3 pts behind 6th place CBJ, and 2 pts ahead of NSH.  The Oil are 4-2-4 in their last ten games.

Ridiculous workload today, updates later this afternoon.

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