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Ducks Acquire Brown From Vancouver

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired right wing Mike Brown from Vancouver in exchange for defenseman Nathan McIver.

Brown, 23 (6/24/85), appeared in 20 contests with the Canucks this season, collecting one assist (0-1=1) with 85 penalty minutes (PIM). He was tied for second on the club in PIM at the time of the trade. The 6-0, 210-pound winger played in 19 games with Vancouver in 2007-08. He scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 2, 2007 at Minnesota in just his third NHL game. In 39 career NHL contests over two seasons, Brown has earned 1-1=2 points with 140 PIM.

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If Vanek Were In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We can’t help but harp back to the Edmonton angle. Not only would the Oilers not have Penner on their hands right now if the Sabres had not matched, but they would have an elite forward to play with star winger Ales Hemsky, something the local Edmonton media has pointed out as a major issue with right now.

For as much heat as former Oilers GM/now team president Kevin Lowe got around the league in the summer of 2007, give him credit on this point—he was right about Vanek being worth the money.

more and some Pogge talk too…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: thomas+vanek

Rangers Go For A Bag Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple at Blue Notes,

An old hockey term for a punishing assortment of wind sprints and no-puck drills to punish hockey players for poor performance.

Or, a new term for the Rangers, who went through 35 minutes of brutal sprints and exercises today, when Tom Renney decided his team’s inability to drive to the net and create scoring chances had driven him to his breaking point.

“I had a pretty good practice lined up,” said Renney, who had not dropped such a hammer in any of his three-plus seasons as Rangers coach. “We were planning to do some good things. But maybe we did the best thing we could have done for ourselves today.”

continued and the title of the post is “The Bad Skate”.  Hope it is just a typo…

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Top-10 Players Under 5 Foot, 9 Inches

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Grigg at The Hockey News:

This week we’re paying homage to those players who were repeatedly told they were too small to play big-time hockey. The one’s who were passed over and pushed aside (figuratively) before making it to the best league in the world. This is THN.com’s Top-10 NHL Little Guys. [...]

10. Nigel Dawes, Left Wing, New York Rangers, 5-foot-9
The diminutive Dawes is having a disappointing sophomore season, but is one of just four players with a positive plus-minus on the Blueshirts. He’s on pace to put up almost the same totals as last season, but his points-per-game pace is down.


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Avery’s Departure Not the Only Reason for Surging Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,

The signing of Avery was a mistake - and at $15.5 million over four years it might be one of the most expensive mistakes in NHL history. Not a single player was happy with the addition of the controversial, self-centered winger and his presence had an adverse affect on numerous players the team depends on.

The Stars were 8-11-4 with Avery and are 16-7-4 without him.

Avery aside, the Stars desperately needed Turco to return to form if they were going to dig themselves out of a hole. It looks as though Turco is back on his game.

read on for more on Dallas’ turnaround

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  Tags: marty+turco, sean+avery

Latendresse Out 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pat Hickey at Habs Inside/Out,

The Canadiens confirm that left winger Guillaume Latendresse will be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. He was injured Sunday when he lost his balance while chasing a puck into the corner and slammed into the boards.

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  Tags: guillaume+latendresse

Flyers Recall Ryan Parent

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have recalled defenseman Ryan Parent from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Parent will be available to play in Wednesday night’s Flyers-Boston Bruins game at the Wachovia Center.

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Nice Little Run Kid…Now Sit Your Ass Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This one gets to me a bit, kinda rankles me if you want to know the truth.  And I’m betting our Uncle Mike feels the same way.

Ville Leino, despite two real effective games in a row, will sit tonite while Darren Helm finds a spot in the lineup. Do I have a problem with Helm? Nope.  But I wouldn’t mind seeing Kopecky or Maltby take a seat to keep Leino in there.

You’ve seen this piece of prose from Aristotle himself?  No? Here you go.

“He’s been so good, a goal and an assist, a plus-2,so I scratched him today,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “That didn’t really make any sense, but he’ll be back in the next game (Saturday vs. Edmonton).”


Continue Reading »

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Wild Freeze Season Ticket Prices

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the team will not raise season ticket prices for the 2009-10 season and the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. 2009-10 season ticket prices for current Wild season ticket holders will range from $18.00 to $86.00, the same as the 2008-09 season. 2009 Stanley Cup playoff ticket prices will also remain the same as last postseason for current Wild season ticket holders. The 2009-10 season will feature 44 home contests (three preseason and 41 regular season).

“We are pleased to let our loyal season ticket holders know that ticket pricing will not change for the 2009 playoffs and 2009-10 season,” said Jamie Spencer, Vice President of Customer Sales and Service. “In light of the current economic conditions we wanted to announce ticket pricing as soon as possible and will be offering our fans a number of payment options so they can plan accordingly.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink

Devils Will Be A Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

The Devils have depth, experience, talent and the best goaltender of his generation getting ready to come back and join the fun. Martin Brodeur must be as excited to re-join this group as any he’s had in front of him.

The Devils still have the defensive structure that’s made them the most miserable group to play against for the last two decades, but they’re not just a top-five team defensively. They’re top five on the attack as well.

New Jersey boasts a top line of Zach Parise, Travis Zajak and Jamie Langenbrunner. The trio is led by 24-year-old Parise, who, in his fourth season, leads the team in scoring, never gets outworked and is ready to join the small group of the league’s elite.

read on

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