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Pondering the Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Will it come to this for the Ottawa Senators? Cute.

For a more in-depth look at the Senators this week, check out SENShobo from earlier today, Rod Brodie at the Ottawa Senators.com site, plus some fire-sale rumors being discussed at the Sens Army blog.  (Apparently there are people in the universe that think trading Daniel Alfredsson is a reasonable plan after just weeks after signing him to a 4-year contract extension. The mind boggles.)

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

ESPN’s Scott Burnside had this to say about the Stars having to deal with Brendan Morrow’s long-term knee injury,

He re-established himself as one of the top leaders in the game by scoring big goals and bringing a big, physical game every night. His loss is on a par with the Detroit Red Wings of old losing Steve Yzerman, the Carolina Hurricanes losing Rod Brind’Amour or Calgary losing Jarome Iginla.




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More Goalie Equipment Changes Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John McGourty at NHL.com:

Bottom line: Equipment is there to protect, not make saves.

“We came to the conclusion that we should move forward with some subtle changes for the 2008-09 season,” said NHL goaltending supervisor Kay Whitmore, who played goal in 155 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. “There will be more changes next year with more proportional fittings for protection only. We have to get back to the beginning of what equipment was for in the first place.”

NHL officials are responding to feedback from players, coaches and management to reduce the size of goalie equipment.


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  Tags: goalies, hockey+equipment, kay+whitmore

Top Team In The East

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is still quite early in the NHL season, but one team has clearly emerged as the top team in the East Conference so far.  That team is the Boston Bruins.  They have a 14—7 record (with four losses counted as regulation ties).  The only other team with 14 wins in the East Conference is the New York Rangers who have two more games played.  Boston being at the top is a surprise.  I predicted they would miss the playoffs this year.  I think it was a more common prediction to have the Bruins winning one of the bottom playoff berths in the East. 

They were coming off of a season where they had surprised to make playoffs.  They did so despite a lack of offensive depth.  Marc Savard and Marco Sturm were their only forwards to clear 40 points.  They did so with a defence that also lacks depth and is strongly dependent upon Zdeno Chara.  The main reason that they surprised is that Tim Thomas had a very good year.  He was not too far back of the Vezina trophy nominees in terms of his on ice success.  For a 33 year old that had spent most of his life outside the NHL - who had never been considered a top prospect - this was a surprise.  It was easy to predict that it was an aberration and couldn’t be repeated.

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Blues-Leafs Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nick Kypreos on Fan 590 reporting the follwing trade:  Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.

added 1:50pm, St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

“We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and long term by adding Carlo and Alex,” said Davidson.  “Carlo is solid two-way defenseman and will provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing and can score at the NHL level.”  “Lee has done a tremendous job in St. Louis.  He is a classy individual and we would like to thank him for all of his work on and off the ice that he has provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

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Matt Murley Cleared by IIHF to Play in KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press release from the KHL:

The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.

Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.

Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]

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  Tags: iihf, khl, matt+murley

Panthers Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

• Wade Belak’s days with the Florida Panthers aren’t over.

Belak cleared waivers today and is free to report back to the Panthers.

• Nick Boynton is out today; he also has a concussion. Likely suffered in his fight Friday in Boston.


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008)—Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.

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Oilers Hoped Penner Would Be Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.

What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....

Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”

That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.


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NHL Establishes Marketing Alliance With Champions Hockey League

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NEW YORK (November 24, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a marketing alliance with the Champions Hockey League (CHL), the newly formed European club championship under the authority of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The CHL began play on October 8, 2008 in 12 European markets. Based on early success, the pan-European league is already scheduled to expand to 22 markets for next season.

Following the NHL’s participation in September’s Victoria Cup, a pre-season tournament in Bern, Switzerland which featured the New York Rangers and two CHL clubs, the two leagues began discussing further cooperation on various marketing initiatives which has led to the new alliance.

The leagues have agreed to form a working group to look at the future of the Victoria Cup, explore other competition formats between the leagues, create joint promotional and sales efforts and develop other cooperative initiatives to foster growth in hockey across North America, Europe and worldwide.

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