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Brett Clark Being Shopped

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I think there’s some tire-kicking going around the league right now concerning Avs defenseman Brett Clark. In fact, I’m sure of it.

Brett Clark to Montreal for goalie Jaroslav Halak is one deal I’ve heard being kicked around right now. Like Peter Budaj, Halak is a Slovak. He has also been under the tutelage of Canadiens goalie instructor Roland Melanson, who has been turning out many fine goalies the last few years.

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Zetterberg Contract Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun mentioned during the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight the Wings have had a few conversations with Zetterberg’s agent,  The numbers being tossed around are 8-10 years and $7-8M a year.

The two parties have not found that “sweet-spot” or else a deal would have been announced.

Al Strachan chimed in with this- If General Motors goes bankrupt, and it could very well happen, the Wings would not survive in Detroit.  The city would be a ghost town.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Matt Ellis Assigned To Portland

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Matt Ellis cleared waivers today and was assigned to the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League.

Ellis (8/31/1981, 6’, 207 lbs.) played seven games with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008-09 season, registering nine shots.

Splitting last season between Detroit and Los Angeles, the forward picked up eight points (3+5) in 54 games.

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  Tags: matt+ellis

Demitra Says Wild Should Just Sign Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Talked with Pavol Demitra this morning. He’s close to returning from a rib injury but won’t play tonight. He was disappointed. He was very friendly and said Jacques Lemaire treated him incredibly. He said his biggest frustration in Minnesota was not playing center, but being switched from line to line.  He was also good talking about Marian Gaborik’s situation and said the Wild should just sign him.

more Wild related notes…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik, pavol+demitra

Thrashers Play Games During Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from mike Knobler of the Altanta Journal-Constitution,

Everything’s a competition for the Thrashers assistant coach. The drive that powered him through 16 NHL seasons of banging and crashing and digging now gets channeled into pushing Thrashers players into improving their skills, sharpening their focus and embracing coach John Anderson’s style of play. Whenever possible, Cunneyworth makes a game of it.

For instance, put Player A in front of the net, and have Player B volley the puck toward him from the opposite end of the ice. Player A, using only his stick, tries to deflect the airborne puck into the net. The players alternate roles. The winner might be the first to score three goals, but the real winner is the Thrashers, who come away with players better able to score on deflections in front of the crease.

read on

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Jay Feaster Wants To Get Back To Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Have you made any inquiries about general manager positions?

I’ve talked to people who ultimately are going to be helpful when openings occur. I will never go after a general manager’s job when there’s an incumbent general manager there. If that means I don’t ever work as a general manager again, so be it. But I believe there really is a right way to go about things in this business, and the way it’s respected.

I have talked to some owners in the game who know me well, and I’ve asked, “If there are openings with other teams, would you be willing to talk to your fellow owner for me?”

read on

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Blake Wheeler Finally Having an Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

The fact Wheeler finally made the NHL four years later and is having an impressive offensive impact (six goals and eight points in 13 games with Boston) says a lot about the Coyote scouts who insisted the team take him in the No. 5 spot.

“The kid is going to be a star,” Phoenix hockey operations vice-president Dave Draper said after the 2004 draft. “Sometimes you have to pay a higher price than you’d like or what people would think, but we think we have a real gem.”

read on

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  Tags: blake+wheeler

Tucker Avoids Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to Adrian Dater at All Things Avs:

Darcy Tucker escaped suspension. From my league sources, Tucker will not be suspended for his clipping incident against Minnesota’s Nick Schultz Thursday night.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, nick+schultz

Stories From the HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Phil Coffey at NHL.com

Truth be told, Hall of Fame Weekend is one of my favorite parts of a season that has a lot of favorite parts.

As an addicted history buff in all things, not just hockey, I’ll never turn away from the chance to read any hockey history that comes my way. That’s a strong thread here at NHL.com. This week alone, we dug into some pretty important historical stories that actually weren’t related to the Hall of Fame. Most fans know Red Berenson as the hockey coach at Michigan, but you may not realize he was a pretty fair NHL player in his own right. John Kreiser looked at one of the NHL’s unforgettable nights when Berenson scored 6 goals against the Flyers at the Spectrum. No easy road there.

read on for links to more HHOF stories at NHL.com

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Blackhawks Fans Back in Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

As a video on the Jumbotron before a recent game proclaimed, “Hockey never left Chicago, but it has definitely returned.”

“It’s great to see this many people here,” Brian Jack said, keeping a protective hand on the shoulder of his 8-year-old son, Kevin, as they made their way through the crowded concourse before Monday night’s win over the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s nice to see energy in the building. There’s electricity in the air.”

A year after the season-ticket base dwindled to 3,400, it’s now a franchise-record 14,000. Every game so far has sold out, including a regular-season record 22,690 for the Oct. 25 game against the Red Wings. Merchandise sales are up a whopping 60 per cent from last year.

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans, united+center

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