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Would Erik Cole Be A Fit In Boston?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The unknown intangible with Cole, or any other player, is how a trade will affect the team’s chemistry.

“It’s a big factor,” said vice president Cam Neely. “You really take that into account, for sure. We’ve got a good group of guys, character guys.”...

“It’s a really open group,” said Andrew Ference. “Guys get along. Everybody feels comfortable, from the young guys all the way up. I think everybody feels really comfortable in this room.”

The concern is whether a deadline deal could alter the mood, especially if a roster player gets shipped out.


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  Tags: erik+cole

Whoa:  Up Comes Jimmy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with a note on who, other than Osgood, won’t be in there tonite.

Straight from Khan(!).  Osgood won’t be dressing tonite or Saturday.  Jimmy Howard’s up from Grand Rapids.

Update from Friday’s morning skate: The Wings recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids. Howard will back-up Ty Conklin for tonight’s game against Anaheim and then make his first start of the season for Detroit Saturday in Minnesota. Chris Osgood will not dress for at least the next two games, as the team wants to give him some time to re-focus and work on his game. Howard is expected to be sent back to Grand Rapids after Saturday’s game.


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Wings Power Play Best In Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

It’s not unusual for the Detroit Red Wings to have the NHL’s best power play this season—the Wings were third in 2007-08 and have been in the top five every year but one this century. But this season’s group is putting up numbers that haven’t been seen in a long time.

Detroit’s power play is connecting at a 28.1 percent rate—a figure that no team has come close to in nearly two decades.

continued and many more NHL notes…

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NHL Getting Involved In Canadiens Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL on Friday will send security officials to Montreal to meet with local police following reports linking a number of Montreal Canadiens players with an organized crime investigation, sources said.


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Shocker: Clement Says Lidstrom’s A Norris No-Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thanks to A2Y reader Mandingo for pointing this one out.  Bill Clement, seriously, says Mike Green’s the odd’s on favorite for Nick’s Norris.  Couple of statements from the article I’d like to show you. Ready?  K.


The award is given to the blueliner, who demonstrates over the course of the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. When they hand out this hardware after this season, it’s going to Green, not Lidstrom.


Defensively, he’s middle of the pack, but is working his way up.

Right out of the Official Norris Trophy Criteria handbook, eh Bill?


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Contract Talk- Daniel & Henrik Sedin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canucks Nation at the Vancouver Province,

According a to a published report, the twins are seeking identical five-year deals that average $6.5 million US a year. Meanwhile the Canucks have offered $5.5 million US over three or four years.  These numbers shouldn’t shock anyone especially given some context. For starters it’s a negotiation so each side is seeking a deal that best suits its interests.  Given that, there is still room to meet somewhere in the middle, which is about what everyone expected, to get a deal done.

“There’s still several months before July so I’m not terribly concerned,” Barry said. “Based on our discussions, they want them to stay and they want to stay. We’ll just have to keep working.”

Barry would not confirm or deny the figures but said:  “As far as I can see from those numbers, that’s about a million apart and any other way to take is funny math as far as I’m concerned.”


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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Crucial Road Trip For Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

They begin a six-game road trip Friday night in Detroit, a critical juncture in their season that will very much determine what Ducks GM Bob Murray does before the trade deadline.

“Obviously, we haven’t had the success that we were anticipating, or that’s required,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told ESPN.com on Thursday night from Detroit. “It’s as simple as that. For whatever reason, we’re in the situation we’re in. “This road trip is basically going to determine whether we are buyers or sellers.”

When Murray replaced the Toronto-bound Brian Burke as Ducks GM in November, he addressed the players and told them their performance would dictate what would happen going forward in terms of contract extensions or trades. Their inconsistent play and ultimate dip in the standings is pushing Murray perilously close to the latter.

The road trip, which also stops in Columbus, Buffalo, Boston, Dallas and Chicago (all playoff teams), concludes March 3, the eve of the trade deadline. By the time the Ducks next play at home on March 6, who knows what the team will look like.


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Panthers On The Rise, Others Heading South

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bomber’s Blog (Bill Lindsay) at FloridaPanthers.com,

We are getting down to crunch time in the NHL season, and the race is on to make the playoffs. The good news if you’re a Panther fan is that the Cats are one of the few teams headed north in the eastern standings. An amazing run since the start of the New Year has the Panthers poised to end their long playoff drought.

Florida is a team on the rise, which is more than can be said for some of the other teams in the East. I wrote in an earlier blog, that I would much rather have a player that performs well in the second half of the season than the first half. That adage would hold true for teams as well. This is money time, when you really start to find out about your hockey club.

Three teams that had good first halfs, and are now headed south are the Rangers, Canadians and Penguins.


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All Brenden Morrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cory Wolfe of the StarPhoenix/Canwest via Canada.com,

As a regular feature, Canwest sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, Dallas Stars forward Brenden Morrow gets cornered. Morrow, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, is heading home to Saskatchewan for Hockey Day in Canada.

Canwest: OK, let’s have a little fun. You and Marian Hossa roomed together as junior teammates with the Portland Winter Hawks. How do his video-game skills compare with his hockey skills?

Morrow: I’d say that I was A-plus in video games and he was the A-plus hockey player. It was reversed with my hockey abilities and his video gaming.

Canwest: You’ve roomed with Stars goalie Marty Turco. Any weird goalie habits?

Morrow: He’s as normal as a goalie can be, I think, because there are some messed up ones. Rooming with (Mike) Modano was the weirdest. The moment he walked in the hotel room he’d be naked. Marty was almost too normal. We liked the same temperature in the room. I got to work the remote and we both liked it cold in the room. I don’t know why we ever switched roommates.


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  Tags: brenden+morrow

You Pick Your Poison

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Ducks have arrived in Detroit, carrying with them one big piece of trash (Chris Pronger), who is also a big piece of baggage, of the tradeable variety.

If the chatter is anywhere close to accurate, Sasquatch is on the block.

And that leads us to an interesting question.

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