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Panthers Feel The Pain After Losing To The Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not going to get into the whole thing about what happened tonight, anyone who watched or looked at the scoresheet can figure that out. This was a devastating loss for the Panthers, although the wings in the locker room smelled so good a few guys seemed to get over it real quick.

And I’ve never seen the scratched players escape a postgame locker room as fast as tonight’s trio of guys did. And I sure don’t blame them.

Speaking of blame, coach Pete DeBoer had plenty for goalie Tomas Vokoun, even though a couple of those goals were flukey. But the one that tied it sure wasn’t.

continued and watch the game highlights below…

added 3/26/09 at 8:21am, Watch the Horton hit on Afinogenov below too…

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  Tags: maxim+afinogenov, nathan+horton

Goalies Go A Little Crazy

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Top 10 “Goalies Gone Wild”.

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Panthers Trying To Create Sponsorship Market

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from Jeremy Mullman of AdAge,

The National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers may be a sports franchise, but the team’s ownership is increasingly behaving like a media conglomerate in its efforts to woo and retain sponsors amid a tough sports-business environment.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Panthers and their arena, has taken over the team’s radio and TV-broadcast sales, set up shop in social-media hubs such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and even upgraded digital signage around the Bank Atlantic Center in an attempt to create a one-stop shopping portal for sponsors.

The SSE Media Network, which formally launched this month, comes at a time when sports teams are struggling with cutbacks from major sponsors—such as automakers and financial institutions—creating intense competition for those that are still able to spend. In that climate, SSE is betting that the combination of increased impressions via the new platforms and one-stop shopping will give it an advantage over less-integrated competitors.


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How Did Those Trades Work Out?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

It has been three weeks since the NHL trade deadline and so far, the winners look to be the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes.

Nothing is certain until the Stanley Cup is hoisted in June, but those are the clubs that look to have filled holes with just the right people ahead of the March 4 deadline.

“Calgary did a good job and the Rangers got (Nik) Antropov and (Derek) Morris and they’re playing really well, but we’ll see what they do in the playoffs,” Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk said this week. “It’s still the regular season, and the best team in the playoffs will win.”


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Looking At The West

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from Jamie Baker of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,

Below are my thoughts on the teams in the Western Conference as we prepare for the final 10 game stretch of the season.

The machine keeps rolling along. They found a way to come back and win in Edmonton last night scoring 3 goals in the last 10 minutes. Babcock says he isn’t focused on what position the Wings are in come playoff time because you still have to win 4 games to win a series. Ya right! The Wings have 6 home games and 2 road games left. San Jose has 4 home games and 6 road games. The race for 1st in the West (and likely the NHL) will probably come down to the last weekend.

Calgary and Vancouver
This could be a race to the finish to see who wins the Northwest. Both teams have 4 home games and 6 road games left. Van is 3 points behind and needs to win the division outright because Calgary has the first tiebreaker….


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Debating Who Deserves the Hart

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy:

One point of contention during the debate, typically used when arguing who is more valuable to a team, is the “take the player off the team” angle, comparing how the Capitals and Penguins would be if Ovechkin and Malkin were not in the lineup. Obviously, both teams have decent talent around them that if they were not in the lineup one night, they wouldn’t suffer too poorly.

While Ovechkin and Malkin are pretty much certain to have their names included on the final list of MVP nominees, who deserves to fill the third slot?

In a more general sense, which one of the following players deserves the hardware?

Check out the list and cast your vote

Also at PD, check out Greg Wyshynski’s entertaining interview with Cam Ward, discussing everything from his current streak of starts, to his concerns about ending up with a “porno bobblehead.”

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  Tags: hart+trophy

Ducks Still Believe In Carlyle

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

So much for the theory that Ducks players have tuned out Randy Carlyle. Or stopped listening to him. Or quit on him, hoping he would go away.

You don’t win four must-win games in a row to get back in the playoff race, as the Ducks have, if the coach is the problem.

And there are leaders in the room such Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne, Jean-Sebastien Gigure and Chris Pronger who would not tolerate such an attitudinal mutiny.

Even so, there are self-avowed Ducks loyalists who still believe Carlyle, the winningest coach in franchise history, should be shown the door after this season regardless of where the Ducks finish.


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Hometown Discounts Here To Stay

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Does the NHLPA think players will begin taking pay cuts en masse because an above-average second-line player is suggesting the concept? And what exactly does the PA have to fear? Shouldn’t part of its mandate be to make sure all aspects of the player’s well-being are addressed, not just the money issue?

As much as the NHLPA doesn’t like it, the hometown discount is here to stay. For some players, the notion of remaining in a place in which they are comfortable and playing for a team they know will be a long-term contender outweighs the prospect of making more money somewhere else. The NHLPA should accept and encourage players to do what is right for them as individuals.


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Gerber Facing Suspension

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via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to lean on Curtis Joseph between the pipes for the next three games after Martin Gerber was tossed for pushing referee Mike Leggo and shooting a puck in his direction following Washington’s controversial tying goal Tuesday night.

For his act, Gerber faces a minimum three-game suspension for category three abuse of the officials - a violation of rule 41.

‘‘I’m sorry for me, for losing my cool there,’’ said Gerber. ‘‘I got shoved in the net. That’s why (the puck) went in. I was upset, shot the puck against the boards and after that he tossed me out for I don’t know what.

‘‘I shouldn’t have done it. That’s obvious. But there’s not much you can do now.’‘

If you missed the incident, you can view it here...

Updated 4:47pm ET: Note from TSN’s SMS updates—“Martin Gerber receives automatic 3 game suspension for abuse of officials.”

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  Tags: martin+gerber

Players Taking CBA Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province via the National Post,

Paul Kelly knows that soon enough the Gary Bettman-led NHL owners will be back for more goodies now that they’ve run over the players with a steamroller in the 2004-05 lockout when they established the salary cap.

At the moment, Kelly, the National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director, is just trying to gauge what sort of backbone the players might be able to grow over the next two years, when negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement will be underway. And he made clear the one thing that has galvanized the players’ thinking recently is the massive escrow payments, which are take a big chunk out of their paycheques this season….

“We’re finding every time we meet with the players there is more and more interest in the issues facing us and the league. They want to know more and more, and the thing that’s really got their notice is the high deductions from their cheques this season.”

The more the players learn about the issues and how the CBA affects their lives, the better able they might be to resist the owners’ next attempt, which likely will come in the form of trying to whittle down payments to players they wish to buy out - in other words, to chip away at guaranteed contracts.


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