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Canucks Have Other Options If Sundin Says No

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver is a good team when goalie Roberto Luongo and his defencemen are healthy. But to win anything, they need more. And if it isn’t Sundin, it will have to be somebody else.

“The only problem is the idea that these things can be perfectly planned … that’s false,” Gillis said Monday from NHL meetings in Florida. “You can have theories about where you want to go and what you want to do, but things change daily. Something that isn’t available today might be available in January.

“Every team wants a big, dominant centre-ice man. Other than goalie, it’s probably the most coveted position in our league. In the event that Mats doesn’t end up here, we’ll be looking at other things.”


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Wild Clear Roster Spot, Maybe For Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The Wild sent center Krys Kolanos back to Houston on Monday, and it’s not because Owen Nolan is due back soon.

Could it be the harbinger of Marian Gaborik’s return?

Assistant general manager Tom Lynn would only say “it’s a possibility” that Gaborik will practice with the team this morning. The franchise’s career scoring leader has been skating on his own the past week or so “as he ramps up to full strength,” Lynn said.

Gaborik has missed 24 of 26 games with what the Wild are calling a lower body injury. If he practices today, he could make the team’s three-game road trip to Phoenix, Los Angeles and Anaheim, Calif.


added 4:33pm, via MinnesotaWild.com,

A bit of an early practice today (10:30 a.m.) because the Wild wives held a luncheon. The big news out of the skate is that Marian Gaborik practised with the team for the first time since suffering a lower body injury in mid-October. Gaborik wasn’t on a particular line, and was the only player with a light green sweater. Jacques Lemaire said that Gaborik was not scheduled to go on the trip out West.

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The Bouwmeester Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Florida GM Jacques Martin hasn’t given up hope of signing Bouwmeester long-term and indicated he’ll hold contract talks next month when discussions are allowed to resume.

“I don’t think it has changed with (Bouwmeester),” said Martin, the former Senators coach and Rockland native.

Sources say Martin is taking one more stab at locking up Bouwmeester before sending him packing.

The Panthers hoped the hiring of coveted junior coach Peter DeBoer would send the message that the franchise is serious about getting back on track and into the playoffs.

more on Bouwmeester…

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Tocchet Embarrassed By Latest Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Perhaps, coach Rick Tocchet said with heavy sarcasm, he should devise a system in which the Lightning just keeps icing the puck.

Maybe, he said, he will give the bulk of ice time to players who show they are prepared to play.

“The warnings have been given,” Tocchet said. “We’ll go to boot camp now.”...

“To me, it’s an embarrassment when you have more than three or four individuals not ready to play,” Tocchet said. “It’s embarrassing right now. It really is.”

read on

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Ted Nolan Just Watching Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

The 50-year-old turned around the Islanders and made the playoffs in his first season. But he missed the post-season in the second season, and rejoined the ranks of unemployed hockey coaches last July when he and Islanders general manager, Garth Snow, parted company citing “philosophical differences.” What, precisely, those differences were, Nolan will not say, beyond saying the rumours about him playing the veterans when Snow wanted him to play the kids are untrue.

“I’d rather stay away from what happened in New York,” Nolan says.

His old team was in Toronto Monday night for a game with the Maple Leafs. Nolan planned to watch the contest on the new satellite dish he installed at the house. He watches three NHL games a night so he can second-guess the coaching staffs, while keeping his hockey mind sharp.


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Blog: KK Members Blog By www.thegoodpoint.com

TheGoodPoint.com got an exclusive interview with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Richard Peddie.

Surprisingly, Peddie says he’d rather be stuck in a room with Leafs fans than with school teachers, “because they’re all passionate and they’d come with their faces painted.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: richard+peddie, toronto+fc, toronto+raptors

BOG Talks Economy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

There wasn’t a single NHL owner who left the first day of the league’s board of governors meeting in tears.

Given some of the things they heard on Monday, that was actually notable.

Two economists addressed team owners and executives at length about the state of the worldwide economy during the session, painting what deputy commissioner Bill Daly termed a “pretty dark” picture. The meeting began with an agenda that included a discussion about the salary cap but talk of the economy went on so long that it was pushed back to Tuesday’s session.

In fact, the governors hardly ended up delving into the business of hockey at all.


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Phoenix Recalls Joakim Lindstrom

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Joakim Lindstrom from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

Lindstrom, 25, was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 3 and has recorded 1-1-2 in his first three games with San Antonio.  Prior to the trade, he had registered 7-14-21 and 33 penalty minutes (PIM) in 21 games for the Iowa Chops of the AHL. 

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  Tags: joakim+lindstrom

Trying To Decide What To Do In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There’s no hurry to move Kovalchuk, but this spring’s draft has a couple of sure-fire building blocks at the top of the class, and Kovalchuk, whenever he is moved, should offer a decent package of top-end prospects, top picks and at least one position player. Given the sorry state of the current team, there’s no reason to drag out the process. Might as well start building now as opposed to next summer or the summer of 2010.

As for alienating fans, it’s far too late to worry about that in Atlanta; the question is who should be pulling the trigger on what will be the franchise’s most important trade.

more on the Thrashers, plus Norris Trophy talk, Jeff Carter too, and yes, Sundin and Avery thrown in…

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Shopping the Tampa Arena Name

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Transworld News:

Attorney John Morgan of the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan was approached recently by a Tampa advertising executive about a potential deal to purchase the naming rights to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. Morgan & Morgan (ForThePeople.com) is one of the nation’s largest plaintiff’s law firms.

According to an article published on Tampa Bay Online, Morgan said, “I was asked if I have an interest in buying the name of the stadium, and I do ... Putting ‘Morgan & Morgan Forum’ on that building - that appeals to me.” Morgan said he was offered a price of $1.7 million per year by John McKay of McKay Advertising, an independent advertising firm in Tampa. This is almost a million dollars less than the St. Petersburg Times now pays for the naming rights to this arena, which is home to the NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning.

read on

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  Tags: arenas

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