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Panthers Just Sick Of Losing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Panthers are one of the more interesting stories of the second half of the season precisely because they haven’t followed their patented script—go to camp with promise, stumble out of the gate, play well for a time, then disappear into the mists.

This is a team whose leading scorer, Stephen Weiss, has just 41 points (tied for 79th among all NHL players). But the Panthers are unified by one thing, defenseman Keith Ballard said.

“There are a lot of guys here who are sick of losing,” Ballard told ESPN.com this week.

What makes the Panthers a compelling story is they began the season with the usual expectations of win a couple, lose a couple. “We were under .500 and not sure what kind of team we were going to be,” Ballard said.

more topics including Osgoood…

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Never, Ever, Never Piss Off A Wedding Singer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1634 EST:  Wyshynski has responded at Puck Daddy.  Our response to his response is below.  You may respond to either response in the comment section, which is designed to solicit responses.

Sometimes, like that one time with Darren Garcia, life as a sarcastic jackass is just too easy. 

Did you see Puck Daddy’s ode to the Burke Twitter page on Saturday?  If you did, maybe it took you twenty or thirty seconds to realize the Twittee, Twite, Twi..Twitter user was really a pretty damned funny imposter.  This kinda gave it away to me. One of Burke’s “entries”...

Got stuck behind Damien Cox at the bank machine. In case you’re wondering, his PIN is ‘1967’.

Yeah, it was at that point that I pretty much knew PD’s Sean Leahy was shedding light on a pretty funny joke.

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Talking Ryan Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss the future of Ryan Smyth,

Pierre LeBrun: Smyth wasn’t too happy either when the rumors started this weekend. We exchanged text messages and he said he was “shocked.” After all, he signed his five-year deal with the thought of playing it out in Denver. It must be pointed out he’s in control with a no-movement clause and, at this point, a source tells me Avs GM Francois Giguere still hasn’t broached the subject of a possible deal with Smyth’s powerful agent Don Meehan. But given what other GMs have told me, Smyth is “possibly” available. I guess that’s a conversation that will soon take place.

Scott Burnside: Interesting dilemma for Smyth. He’s a terrific competitor and the Avs may not get anywhere near a playoff spot during the remainder of Smyth’s contract. Does he want to stay with a team that is finally paying the price for years of excess? And if he was willing to go, which team has the need, and wherewithal financially, to go after Smyth? Dallas has the need given its injuries up front, but hard to imagine the Stars taking on that kind of financial burden.

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Report- Tortorella Agrees To Coach The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources say the New York Rangers and John Tortorella have an agreement in place that would make him the next head coach of the NHL team, but that the Tampa Bay Lightning have not yet been contacted for permission.

added 3:30pm, According to Steve Zipay, it is a multi-year deal and the Lightning want compensation.

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Martin Talks Panthers Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin spoke with reporters on an NHL conference call Monday afternoon. Here are some of Martin’s thoughts on defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, whose current contract runs out after this season, as the league’s March 4 deadline draws closer.

When the team is in a playoff race how much does marketing and the trust of the fans play into any personnel decisions you make at the deadline?

“We appreciate our fans a great deal, but from a management standpoint, you can’t manage your team according to the fans. The last couple of years we’ve tried to build a team that would this franchise in the playoffs moving forward and we evaluate our strengths and areas we need to improve.

“When you get into the trading deadline, you look to improve for the stretch drive if you can. At the same time, we like our hockey club. We think our club has grown a great deal since last summer. We made a lot of moves in the offseason and we feel our team is improving as the season is moving along.”

more including Bouwmeester thoughts…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 23, 2009)—Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards, Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 22.

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Pens/Caps Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck The Media,

According to Sports Business Journal,  NBC’s telecast of the Penguins/Capitals game on Sunday drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating.  It ties Rangers/Penguins (1/18/08) and Red Wings/Penguins (2/8/08) for the highest indoor rating NBC’s drawn this season.  The only comparable game from last year is the March 2nd Rangers/Flyers broadcast, which also drew a 1.1 rating.

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The Rats Are Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

We haven’t seen rubber rats in large numbers on Florida ice in quite some time, although the rubber rodents are definitely making a comeback.

Sure, the NHL came up with a rule to block the practice of throwing objects onto the ice during a game soon after the Panthers’ 1996 run to the Finals were over. That doesn’t mean people haven’t been doing it in smaller numbers since.

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Renney Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Live announces Renney firing!

added 12:08pm, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

In the midst of a late-season tailspin and with the strong possibility of his team missing the playoffs, Rangers head coach Tom Renney was dismissed today after more five years behind the bench.

No replacement was immediately named.

Ending weeks of media speculation, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather cut the cord today. A team spokesman said assistant coach Perry pearn also was fired. Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire remain.

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Update 12:13pm - On Fan590, Nick Kypreos is suggesting that John Tortorella is being targeted by the Rangers as a replacement.

added 1:08pm, from Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,

Renney addressed the team in what was an emotional session, players said. Lundqvist agreed with the notion that it is odd inasmuch as, earlier in the season, Renney was considered maybe the top coach in the league. “He didn’t change,” the goalie said, adding that it is a results business and when the results aren’t there, changes have to come.

Wade Redden felt it personally, acknowledging that Renney always was loyal to him despite his struggles, and implied that he owes it to his now-former coach to step it up and justify that faith.

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added 1:18pm, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes says Sather trying to get a deal done with Tortorella.

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Meeting Bobby Orr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Cole of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

I will never forget the first time I met the great Bobby Orr - another number four, another classy gentleman.

It was back in the 1968 Stanley Cup final in Montreal. That spring the Canadiens were playing the St. Louis Blues and ultimately swept the series.

Anyway, CBC Radio had brought me to Montreal to do the fourth game, which was, of course, the last game in the series. Ted Darling was doing the play-by-play, Fred Sgambati was the host and I was brought in to do a few odds and ends. Basically, they wanted to see what I could do.

Bobby, who was rookie of the year the previous season, won his first of eight Norris Trophies in 1968. He was brought in to Montreal along with his Boston Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson, who was the rookie of the year.

I had never met either young man, but I managed to get a CBC camera and set up an interview with them at the old Mount Royal Hotel.

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