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Does Bill Davidson’s Death Affect The Lightning?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the weekend, former Tampa Bay Lightning owner Bill Davidson died at age 86.  Under normal circumstances, a former owner dying might be a sad moment for a hockey franchise, but nothing more.  It may not be so simple in Tampa Bay because the current owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie were loaned the money to buy the team from Davidson himself (since they couldn’t get it through more traditional means).

Koules and Barrie have not been successful owners.  They are showing signs of financial problems.  Team employees now must pay to park and there is no more direct deposit of paycheques.  As a result speculation was beginning that the current owners would not make it financially and Davidson might be forced to take over the team again (as its primary creditor).

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“There has to be a competition amongst the group to see who’s going to show that they want it.  f you want it, you have to go get it. That’s the biggest thing…We have skill, we just have to make sure that we want it enough. And that’s every single guy, myself included. There has to be a willingness to do whatever it takes and you have to be scared of losing.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes.  More from Dave Vest of PhoenixCoyotes.com.

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Opponents Controlling The Game When Facing Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

When the New Jersey Devils beat the Canadiens 3-1 Saturday night, they outshot the Habs 48-23. The opposition has taken 509 shots and averages nearly 10 shots a game more at 36.3.

The Canadiens are fond of saying that the shots aren’t that important. A few days before he as fired, deposed coach Guy Carbonneau said it was important to focus on scoring chances and he noted that these had not increased significantly from previous years.

But shots are a reflection of the time of possession in a game. The team that controls the puck usually gets more shots and it’s difficult to shoot the puck when you don’t have it.

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Brian Kilrea Coaches His Last Regular Seaso Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

Brian Kilrea hasn’t been wrong about too many things when it comes to preparing for a hockey game. Otherwise he wouldn’t have lasted 32 seasons as coach of the Ottawa 67’s.

He was mistaken about one thing Sunday, however, when he claimed it wouldn’t be too tough to step behind the bench for the final time in an Ontario Hockey League regular-season game when the 67’s met the Kingston Frontenacs at the Ottawa Civic Centre.

With an above-capacity crowd of 10,228 in attendance and surrounded by family, friends and former players - all there to pay tribute to the retiring coach - the familiar scowl that got Kilrea through many of his previous 2,155 outings cracked when he stepped behind the microphone during an almost 40-minute pre-game ceremony.


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Avery Back To His Old Antics According To Flyers Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery got into the Flyers’ heads early in confronting Jeff Carter-What; touch Philadelphia’s 38-goal-scorer???-and the Flyers not only never got over it, they responded in their historical nature by trying to take off their opponents’ heads, witness the Braydon Coburn match penalty of a high stick across Nik Antropov’s face late in the second.

“We got emotional and used it the wrong way,” said Flyers’ head coach John Stevens. “I think [Avery’s] probation period is over and now he’s back to his old antics and we got sucked in, to be quite honest.

more and watch the Coburn hit on Antropov below…

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Flames Team Still ‘Developing’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made bold moves at the NHL trade deadline in landing centre Olli Jokinen and defenceman Jordan Leopold. He was hopeful the additions would push Calgary into the elite of the Western Conference alongside the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

But Sutter’s splash has barely resulted in a ripple in the win column. While Jokinen has swelled his statistics with eight goals and 10 points in six games with the Flames, including a three-goal, two-assist effort in an 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last Saturday, Calgary has only two wins in the six games since the March 4 trade deadline.

Even Flames head coach Mike Keenan was scratching his head when queried as to whether his team was ready to challenge the Wings or Sharks for the conference title when the playoffs begin next month.

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Islanders Goaltender Victorious In First NHL Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In his first NHL start and second appearance, Islanders goaltender Peter Mannino stopped 40 shots and beat the Black Hawks 4-2 today.


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Sittin’ Here On A Cloudy Afternoon…With A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

UpdateMalik reporting that Stuart’s hurting, Osgood’s starting and Wally’s out.

Classic Seger for you there.  Name that tune and win our life-long respect.

Remember when the Columbus games used to cause some gnashing of teeth because of the inevitable boredom?  Remember when 8 games was torture?  Well, I’m thinking that next year we may be wondering if six games is enough. That’s how good this rivalry could become.

John W., a commenter at On The Wings, said today’s game could set the tone for the rest of the year.  I think we’re past that, finding moments or games to define anything. But I agree about this:  today’s a big one.  The Wings, if they have the kind of anger we hope they can muster, are still pissed about last Saturday.

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Capitals Recall Pothier & Varlamov

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Brian Pothier and goaltender Simeon Varlamov from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and assigned goaltender Michal Neuvirth to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Pothier, 31, is a third-year Capital who suffered a concussion Jan. 3, 2008, at Boston and missed the remainder of the season and has not played in the NHL this season. He recently completed a four-game conditioning stint with the Bears and is available to make his season debut with the Capitals tomorrow night in Atlanta, the same city where he made his NHL debut nearly eight years ago (April 3, 2001, as a Thrasher).

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GDT - Game #70: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (5:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings are coming off a fairly impressive 5-2 win at the Blues on Saturday.  Perhaps even more encouraging was the play of Chris Osgood, who stopped 30 of 32 shots, including all 16 he faced in the 3rd period.  Although the Wings failed to convert on 4 PP chances; their much maligned PK units did kill all 4 of the Blues PP chances.  After yesterdays game, Babcock stated:  “If you go back over the last 10 games, our penalty-kill has been outstanding,.’ “It’s just the pucks have found a way in.’’  The Wings should be a determined bunch this afternoon; just 8 days ago, CBJ pummelled DET in an 8-2 ass-kicking at the JLA, chasing Osgood. As determined as DET might be, their 6-5-1 in back to back games is disturbing.  DET’s schizophrenic defense has allowed at least six goals in three of its last seven games - all losses. In the other four, all wins, the Red Wings have allowed two or fewer, including the 5-2 victory over St. Louis on Saturday.

CBJ are riding a four game winning streak and are currently 6th in the W.C., one point behind Vancouver and just five in back of the fourth-place Blackhawks. The Blue Jackets have taken three straight from the Red Wings, including two victories at Nationwide Arena. Columbus has never beaten Detroit more than three times in a season, and is 14-28-7 with one tie all-time against the Wings.

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