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Redden Takes On Old Team

from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,

...here is what Redden said about facing the Senators tonight. He said he met up with Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips, and only then did the significance of tonight start to hit home.

“I just think it’s the final recognition, going up against the old guys,” Redden said. “I think it’s a good thing. It really hit home just seeing the guys yesterday. It was different. I’m excited about playing them. It’s been a big change this year. I don’t know. I’m just looking forward to getting out there against them and knowing that I am against them. It’s good to finally play them.”

more on the Rangers

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  Tags: wade+redden

Doug Gilmour Coaching OHL

From the Canadian Press via the Globe & Mail:

Doug Gilmour is headed back to his hometown, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to become head coach of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.

The former Leafs captain had been an assistant coach with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies since August, and was the Leafs’ professional development adviser for two seasons before that.

continued…

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  Tags: doug+gilmour, kingston+frontenacs, toronto+marlies

Decisions to Make

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

So you’re Detroit GM Ken Holland…you’ve got Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa coming up to unrestricted free agency. You’ve already committed $37.5 million to next year’s cap on two goalies, seven defensemen and seven forwards. You have a sense of loyalty to Zetterberg and Franzen, but all three are playing like they deserve big, fat new contracts.

Hossa is on pace for 100-plus points and is not only leading your team in scoring, but he’s playing both ends of the ice and has fit into the program seamlessly. You’ve crunched the numbers every possible way and you know there’s no way you can sign all three and keep your team intact.

read on for more executive decisions to be made around the NHL

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  Tags: ken+holland

The Race Is On

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So with both the under-achieving Flames and the disappointing Oilers set to reach the season’s quarter pole this week, the question needs to be asked: Which of Keenan and/or MacTavish will still be behind their team’s bench in January when the season hits the halfway mark?

Who gets fired first?

Keenan’s and MacTavish’s situations are far from similar, yet strangely, you could argue they are also exactly the same in a lot of areas.

Keenan is in only his second season behind the Calgary bench. MacTavish is in Year 8 in the Big E.

read on

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, mike+keenan

Sundin Decision Coming Soon

From Pierre Le Brun’s ESPN blog:

At this point Vancouver, in our mind, remains the heavyweight since the Canucks not only have the most cap space and most money available to spend on Sundin, but they also are playing some decent hockey right now. Should Sundin sign the $20-million, two-year deal that’s apparently still on the table from last July, then one of the perks will be the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Vancouver in 15 months.

Still, the Canucks are far from a lock.

read on for more on Sundin plus some goalie speculation

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Nov. 17, 2008)—Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 16.

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All Ryan Getzlaf

from David Amber of ESPN,

Q: Right now which team is the one to beat if you’re going to win the Stanley Cup?

A: The Ducks. Our confidence is unbelievable right now. Obviously I don’t see a whole lot of the East, but on our side of the league you could roll the dice anywhere. San Jose is playing well right now. Dallas is a good team. They haven’t been putting up huge numbers so far, but I would expect to see them at the top somewhere too.

more

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf

Chicago Can’t Afford To Lose At Home

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Rosen Blog at the Chicago Tribune,

Whatever numbers the Hawks threw at you, the last three games blew up the era of good feeling. The Hawks lost a shootout, lost in overtime and lost in regulation. All three games were at home, mind you.

They lost a shootout against Boston, the best team in the East.

They lost in overtime to St. Louis, a rival rivaling Detroit.

And on Sunday night, the Hawks not only lost in regulation to San Jose, the best team in hockey, but they choked in the third period at home with some dumb penalties.

The Hawks have promise. I still believe that.

more

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Disclosure Time

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

NHL owners accustomed to minding their own business now have to disclose it, courtesy of a new policy instituted by the league in late September.

In response to a series of unknown financial arrangements between former Nashville Predators owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio and two other NHL owners, the league’s board of governors adopted a new policy that requires owners to disclose any and all business and financial relationships between one another.

The rule means that an owner like AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Kings, must submit to the league every single one of the arenas that it manages that also serve as home to an NHL club, like Jobing.com where the Phoenix Coyotes play

read on (SBJ is normally a paid subscription, and thanks go out to them for releasing the article to KK)

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Teams Get Memo Regarding Head Hits

from TSN,

The NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, had the following memo, obtained by TSN, posted in every NHL dressing room on Friday….

“We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal.  Furthermore, both the history and status of the offender (first time versus repeat) and the nature of the injury caused (if any) will be taken into consideration as they have been in the past.  The length of suspensions for illegal blows to the head will be increased if these incidents persist across the League.  Taking steps to maintain the safest on-ice environment possible for the Players remains our most important priority.”

read on

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