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At The Quarter Mark, With A Fantasy Spin

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,

One quarter of the season is now in the books. It’s time we took stock.

• The Dallas Stars are the worst team in the league. And their leading goal-scorer is still Loui Eriksson.

• Marc Savard is the new Joe Sakic.

• Jeff Carter is the new Johan Franzen.

• Sidney Crosby is taking over the scoring race while Alex Semin doesn’t want to play through pain.

From a fantasy perspective ...

• Eric Staal is the 22nd best centre in the league. Not acceptable. He fixed the +/- issues but forgot how to rack up the points.

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Contraction Creeping Into Conversation

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delco Times,

The owners did this to themselves. They enjoyed a revenue spike from $2.14 billion to $2.6 billion in the three years after the lockout. That may seem plentiful, but it increased the salary cap and the salary floor. The floor is $40 million. That’s higher than the cap was in 2005-06. Some teams couldn’t operate financially with the floor at $25 million. Now it’s worse.

Rather than operate at more manageable numbers, 18 of the 30 NHL squads have payrolls within $2 million of the $56.4 million cap.

The NHL needs to find a financial solution, fast. Television would be the quickest way, but they need to convince major networks that their product is profitable — a daunting task. Otherwise future labor strife or a league restructuring with contraction may be in order.

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Johnson Skating But Return Still Two Months Away

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson has been participating in full practices with his teammates this week, but he is wearing a yellow (non-contact) jersey. Johnson says nothing has changed and he won’t be back from his shoulder surgery until after the all-star break, but…I don’t know. Watching him skate, it’s hard to believe he’s going to stay out of the lineup for another two months.

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Evening Line

We’re going to look at the whole situation, look at what we have, what we have in the minors and figure out what steps need to be taken.

“We’re not playing as good as we can play right now, and we’ve got to figure it out right away.  It’ll get so far out of hand that we won’t be able to reel it back in.”

Sunday, a Blues team that should have been fatigued from having lost to Edmonton a day earlier in St. Louis instead showed all the energy.

“After maybe the 10-minute mark in the second period, we stopped competing down low,” Anderson said. “That was a team that played yesterday. They just dominated us down low in our zone.

“We’ve got to compete more. We stopped competing.”

-Thrashers coach John Anderson afer losing to the Blues today.  Read more from Mike Knobler of the AJC.

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Kings Building The Right Way

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Finally, though, it looks as if the Kings’ latest rebuilding effort is going to take. They have a general manager, Dean Lombardi, who did not panic when the youngsters did not immediately start winning. Unlike many of his predecessors, he did not start trading away some of them along with draft picks in the vain hope of selling more tickets in a fickle market.

Now that the longest-running problem — goaltending — appears to have been solved with the promotion of rookie Erik Ersberg, the Kings can think about the playoffs for the first time in seven years. They have 12 players 25 years old or younger and they are starting to show the consistency needed to turn an aggregation of talent into a forceful team.

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Financial Outlook Of The NHL

Mike Steinberger of the Financial Times (UK) takes a look at the issues facing some of the major sports leagues. 

He spoke with Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts who specializes in sports and Zimbalist thinks the National Hockey League, in particular, is apt to see a few teams change hands and several clubs may end up relocating to other cities.

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Good Excuse - Better Answer

Stan Fischler writes in his post-game column after the Rangers lost 4-0 to the Panthers today…

My theory is that the Rangers, for no particular reason, do poorly in day games.

“We’re paid to win,” is Renney’s answer. “Day or night.”

I also pointed out to both the coach and Lundqvist that, historically, home teams rarely win right after Thanksgiving. You know; too much turkey; too many family distractions.

“I’m Swedish,” Lundqvist shot back, “I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving!”

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Orr Tribute Video- Oshawa Style

On Thursday, the Oshawa Generals retired the jersey of Bobby Orr. 

Watch the tribute video to Bobby.

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The #1 Bad Boy Of Canadian Hockey

from Gary Dimmock of the Ottawa Citizen,

Although Ottawa Citizen investigative reports sparked an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into the sex exploitation allegations, Frost, who said nothing to the media as he walked out of a Napanee, Ont., courtroom Friday, spoke exclusively with the newspaper on Saturday.

“They (the authorities) played me up to be the bad boy of hockey; well, now I’ll show them how much of a bad boy I can be,” Frost said.

On his website, http://www.hockeygodonline.com he bi,lls himself as the No. 1 bad boy of Canadian hockey.

It includes “Frosty’s favourites” — his take on top players — hockey pool information, premium details for aspiring players, and a “Hockey Hottie” of the month, a feature that has a place for pictures of female hockey fans wearing nothing but a jersey with the chance of winning prizes.

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Frost about the site...

This web site is going to be the most knowledgeable and at times controversial site in Hockey and we will dive right into all that is Hockey from the players to the management of the teams.

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No Lead Is Safe

from Jeff Z. Klein & Stu Hackel of the New York Times,

A hockey cliché maintains that a two-goal lead is the worst lead a team can have. Still, the truth was that in the N.H.L., a team with a two-goal lead almost never lost. But not this season. Now it seems almost no lead is safe.
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Teams have regularly stormed back against big and small leads alike. Seesaw games are a regular feature and holding any lead is a risky matter. On the same night earlier this month, Pittsburgh and Calgary sprinted to 5-0 advantages, only to escape with one-goal wins that came down to the final buzzer.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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