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A Little Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Are the Sens planning a move and will Sundin waive his no-trade clause?
Check out Spector for the scoop…

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Higher Nets

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from Slam,

If, indeed, the National Hockey League decides to go to an enlarged net to juice up scoring, they would do better to leave the posts six feet apart and do the enlarging by moving the crossbar a few inches higher than the standard 48 inches. The reason rests with the evolution of the butterfly style among goalies during the past 15 years, a style that has made the lower part of the net virtually impregnable.

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Same Old Story: Hasek and Cleary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'm back in Tennessee for the weekend. Just crossing into this state seems to slow my brain down. There's an all-star injustice brewing and it has nothing to do with Rory Fitzpatrick. Unless, of course, Fitzpatrick is voted in as a starting goalie...which isn't out of the realm of possibility at this point. Dominik Hasek, not even listed on Little Gary's ballot, has played as well as any goalie in the league up to this point. And, no longer is he the product of just a stingy defense. Now he's becoming the difference.

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Carlyle Believes In Hard Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

He is stubborn.
He is intense.
Most of all, he knows the game. How a player thinks.
Honesty and hard work are the currency he values, even if it’s expressed through the use of a choice four-letter word or two.
“Hard work is no big deal in my mind,” Carlyle said. “I’m expected to work hard. If a player comes to me and says he’s working hard, so what. Everybody has to work hard. That’s a norm.”

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Canucks Coach Starts Pointing Fingers

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from the Vancouver Sun,

A frustrated Alain Vigneault lashed out at his underperforming players Friday night, suggesting it’s time for some of his unproductive forwards to step up and prove they truly belong in the NHL.
“Right now we have [defenceman] Kevin Bieksa who has eight goals and I think we’ve got six of our forwards who don’t have eight goals combined,” Vigneault said after watching the Canucks drop a 3-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We think these guys are NHL players, that’s why we gave them NHL contracts. You have to perform like NHL players. It’s not normal that you have one D that has more goals than half your [forward] group.”

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Maurice Not Happy With Hit On Peca

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from the Toronto Sun,

Centre Michael Peca’s right knee was a mess—a suspected torn medial collateral ligament and fractured tibia—after a first period knee-on-knee collision with Jim Vandermeer of the Chicago Blackhawks, who weathered seven of eight Leafs power plays and scored short-handed in a 3-1 win.
“It was a knee-on-knee hit ... our guy is going to be out a long time and their’s will probably be back in the minors before (Peca) gets back,” Maurice said. “He’s in quite a bit of pain, but we won’t know until we get a better look inside. This is not a day-to-day, week-to-week thing. This is a bad knee injury.”

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Will Rucinsky Be A Ranger

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But a deal for Rucinsky might be necessary to save this season. Rucinsky, who is currently playing with a broken jaw, has made it clear that he would waive his no-trade clause in order to rejoin the Rangers. That, however, does not guarantee that JD would be amenable to moving Rucinsky (6-15-21) in a sum-zero deal.
If Davidson - who, according to a well-placed source, has already talked to Glen Sather about the availability of impending free agents Keith Tkachuk, Billy Guerin and Eric Brewer (as well as Petr Cajanek) - asks for a young asset in exchange for Rucinsky, it will be difficult for the Rangers to strike a deal, regardless of his importance to Jagr and in the room.

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What Hockey Needs

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The Detroit Free Press’ Drew Sharp, never one to pay much attention to hockey in the first place, has decided it’s time to weigh in.

The NBA has swallowed the NHL whole when it comes to television exposure and media coverage. There could be a mass riot at an NHL game and few would notice because only the truly faithful are paying attention to the still-struggling league.

And even their patience is thinning.

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Peter Bondra Gets 500th Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

In tonight’s Chicago Blackhawks - Toronto Maple Leafs matchup, Peter Bondra got his 500th career goal.  Bondra is only the 37th player in NHL history to achieve this. He joins Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Michel Goulet as the only Chicago players to score their 500th goal wearing the Blackhawks sweater.

Anticipating this milestone earlier in the week, from the Chicago Tribune:

Perhaps it will be Wednesday, or maybe Friday. It could end up being Saturday or stretch into next week.
Whenever it ends up, Peter Bondra is going to score another goal and reach the magical number of 500 for his career and, perhaps then, it actually will sink in and he will allow himself to savor what it means.
But not until then.
“I don’t want to make this a distraction for the players,” Bondra said last weekend. “I don’t want them to think they have to pass to me or anything like that.”

Continued...

added 7:43am 12/23/06, Watch the Bondra goal…

 

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Shots Across The Bow From Minny

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess three games against the Wings has at least one Minnesota blogger feeling frisky.

What has happened to the self-proclaimed Hockeytown USA? Every time I tune into a Wings game I see scores of empty seats, many near ice level. Maybe everyone's using the restrooms or something. Or maybe the charm of having a winning hockey team has worn off a bit. Or it could be bad traffic. Or maybe, just maybe, Detroit isn't the hockey hotbed it claims to be.
Every time you tune into a Wing game? Don't you mean every time you read a Detroit paper on game day? image Yeah, that's today's Free Press. Pure coincidence, I'm sure.

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