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Moving Frolov Now May Not Make Fiscal Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Sure, Frolov has value given his previous production and the fact that at 27 he’s now considered in his playing prime. That’s not why he’ll be tough to move in the autumn.

Frolov is being paid $4 million for this season, a number which most NHL teams would have trouble swallowing at this time of year. Not only does the return have to make sense for the Kings but the salary numbers have to fit for the club acquiring him.

If the Kings decide to put him on the trade block it’ll likely happen between January 1st and the NHL’s March 3rd trade deadline, excluding the two weeks in February when the league will shut down for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


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Ovechkin and Artyukhin’s Slew Foots

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On Thursday, the NHL suspended Evgeni Artyukhin of the Anaheim Ducks for three games for his slew footing of Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars.  Niskanen injured his head (probably a concussion) on the play.  He has not played since the Wednesday 4-2 Dallas victory where the incident occurred and is not expected to play tonight vs. St Louis.  On the night of the three game suspension, Alexander Ovechkin slew footed Rich Peverley of the Atlanta Thrashers.  This happened in the final minute of the Capitals 5-4 victory.  Peverley was not injured on the play, but it still looked like something that merits a suspension from the NHL. 

Artyukhin was suspended for three games and forfeits almost $35,000 in salary for his transgression.  Ovechkin was not suspended to his.  He was fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL (which under the current CBA is limited to $2500).

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Everybody Plays Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Fifteen games … 30 teams … 600 players … 60 officials … 250,000-plus fans.

Just another Saturday night in the National Hockey League? Well, not quite.

For the second time this season and just the fourth time in history, the NHL will have all 30 teams in action on Saturday. Unlike Oct. 3, the previous instance this season in which every team played, there are no games in Europe and none scheduled for the afternoon—just 15 games scheduled to begin in a three-hour span, beginning a little after 7 p.m. ET.

continued and the schedule for tonight, including TV listings, can be viewed below…


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Seabrook & Toews Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks will be without captain Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brent Seabrook when they take on the Nashville Predators Saturday night at the United Center.

Toews was injured after taking a big open-ice check from Vancouver’s Willie Mitchell on Wednesday night. The center left that game and missed practice Thursday and Friday with what is believed to be a concussion. Seabrook also left Wednesday’s game in the third period with what is also believed to be a concussion.

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Oshie Out After Emergency Apendectomy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues forward T.J. Oshie had an emergency apendectomy this morning and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.

Oshie went to the hospital Friday night, following the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Minnesota at Scottrade Center. He played 17 minutes, 33 seconds in the game.

The recovery time for the surgery varies from person to person. Blues goaltender Chris Mason had a similar surgery last season and missed approximately two weeks.

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David Booth Puck Toss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night, David Booth losses his stick so he decides to grab the puck and toss it out of his zone.

Sorry David, two minutes for you.

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Watching The Oilers

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Fourth in the league in fights and second in goals scored, these guys are getting fun to watch.

“Right from Day 1, it was something everybody in the room was aware of, that we needed to change our philosophy, especially at home,” said captain Ethan Moreau.

“And we did that. Nobody really had to re-invent themselves, it was just a few subtle changes, adding a few physical guys, and it carried through the team.”

Combine that with a coach who favours attacking rather than defending and they’ve already delivered six months’ worth of wow in October alone.

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Trade Trends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun via the Sudbury Star,

Of the more than 40 NHL trades made since the 2008-09 deadline, involving both players and draft picks, about a third involved teams dealing within their own division or conference.

That’s a change in attitude from 20 years ago and something to keep in mind as November approaches and teams looking for an extra lift start to evaluate some deals.

When old rivals Boston and Buffalo made a truce this week, the Sabres sending ex-first-round pick Daniel Paille away for a third-rounder next year and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2011, it was the first time the old Adams Division rivals did any kind of swap since Buffalo gave the rights to Peter McNab to Boston in 1976.

“What it really speaks to is the economics of the league today,” said Sabres’ GM Darcy Regier. “Ironically, I was one that always wanted

to place a player in the Western Conference. It’s not always doable, and in this case it wasn’t do-able. So you make the best deal you can in the East.”


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Sounds Like An NHL Reunion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

On a night when the Manitoba Moose—and one former Manitoba Bison—moved freely among Wolves and 42-year-old Mike Keane was just the second oldest player on the ice, everything seemed possible.

And so here it is, from the opening faceoff to the final horn:

They put on quite a pre-game show. Fireworks, fireballs, lots of fire… And lots of smoke. There’s a thick haze hanging over the ice as they prepare to drop the puck. It reminds me of those old photos of the Montreal Forum in the 1970s, when you needed a ticket and a pack-a-night habit to attend a Habs game… Izzy Idonije, who played for the University of Manitoba Bisons before he played for the Chicago Bears, dropped the ceremonial first puck, wearing a Wolves jersey emblazoned with the No. 71… Wayne freaking Messmer sang the anthems tonight. Yeah, that Wayne Messmer, the guy who at old Chicago Stadium nightly walked the line between singing an anthem and inciting a riot. He’s still got great pipes, but the atmosphere here at the Allstate Arena isn’t nearly the same.

There’s the old Winnipeg Jet Ron Wilson behind the Wolves bench. Wilson and Don Lever were hired as assistant coach and coach this week and are making their debut tonight… This guy Chris Chelios can apparently play hockey.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“He’s the best goalie in the game right now, though he might have had some recent problems. He’s the best goalie in the NHL and he’s a great player. My point is that a lot of great players don’t sell tickets. I don’t think (Detroit’s multiple Norris Trophy winner) Nicklas Lidstrom sells tickets and he’s a lock first-ballot Hall of Famer. I think my team’s the same — we don’t have anybody who sells tickets. A player like Pavel Bure sold a lot of tickets.”

-Brian Burke speaking about Roberto Luongo.  Via Jim Jamieson at the White Towel.

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