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Some KHL Teams Have Trouble Meeting Payroll

from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert, filed this report:

“In their inimitable way, the KHL has fallen down face-first with its salary payments ... especially those clubs that are in any shape or form connected to sponsorships by metal-producing companies and such have been hit hard .

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Major Impact Players Over The Recent Past

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

As a hockey fan, how odd is it to watch New Jersey and not see Devils goalie Martin Brodeur? How weird is it to see the Rangers without Jaromir Jagr?

Brodeur is out at least three months with an elbow injury. Jagr has taken his game to Russia.

They rank as two of the most significant NHL players over the past 10 or so years. This is our list of the most significant players of the past 10 years. They’re not necessarily the best players but those who have had a major impact….

8. Alexei Yashin: Again, one for the ‘‘infamous’’ file. In 2001 the Islanders signed the talented Russian center to a 10-year, $87.5-million contract that still is considered the worst in NHL history. Yashin averaged only 24 goals and 34 assists over the next five seasons before the Islanders bought out his contract and Yashin fled back to Russia. Yashin’s contract still serves as a scary reminder for NHL teams to ponder before signing players to long-term deals.

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Waiting For Their First Goal

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Some players that are of interest to fantasy owners have yet to light the lamp a month into the season.  Here’s a breakdown of the more notable goalless NHL forwards.

Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago (0-7-7, minus-1, 36 shots in 12 GP)
He still leads Blackhawks forwards in ice time and he’s getting more shots per game than he did as a rookie last season, so Toews will break through soon enough.

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Sharks Make Roster Moves

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned LW Jamie McGinn to the Worcester Sharks and recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss (GRYCE) and forward Brad Staubitz.

Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Greiss has a 4-5-0 record with Worcester this season, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and an .860 save percentage.

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Emrick Goes To The HHOF

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

On the eve of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Emrick reflected on his career that began with announcing parts of games at Bowling Green University, where he got his doctorate in radio-television-film. Hence, the nickname. He had been teaching near Pittsburgh and was looking to get his doctorate.

“I was considering going to Michigan or Bowling Green for my doctorate and Bowling Green University had the local NPR station with All Things Considered and their usual shows,” Emrick said. “They had a staff member who broadcast the first and third periods and they felt a student should do the second period.

“That’s what Bowling Green offered me that Michigan could not. That made it pretty easy to make up my mind.”

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Franzen Expected Back On Tuesday

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock said he expects forward Johan Franzen to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. Franzen has been out since Oct. 25 with a sprained left MCL. If he returns Tuesday, he will have missed only five games, half of what he missed with a similar injury last year around this time.

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Hockey à la Twitter

Since KK’s Twitter started following Michael DiLorenzo’s—DiLorenzo also happens to be the NHL’s Director of Corporate Communications—we’ve been enjoying his updates.  Today, his stream of tweets has provided some October stats to chew on:

  • 21 October games were decided in a shootout, up 91% from the 11 shootout games in October, 2007.
  • The number of OT games during Oct almost doubled from a year ago. Of the 149 games, 27% required OT or shootout to determine a winner
  • The 588 even-strength goals represented a six-percent increase from the 555 in October, 2007.
  • The 149 NHL games in October averaged 5.9 goals per game, up three percent from the 5.7 of October, 2007.

He also answers the question: “What is the most searched term at the NHL’s online shop?” And the surprising answer: “Don Cherry.”

DiLorenzo also maintains the blog, From the Blue Seats

 

 

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Backup Goalies in the Spotlight

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

When former backup goalie Darren Eliot, now a television analyst, heard that a reporter was going to write about New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, he couldn’t resist a little jab.

“What are you going to give him, one paragraph?” Eliot said, his sensitivities for the backup goalie shining through. If there’s such a thing as middle child syndrome, there’s certainly a backup goalie syndrome.

But Thursday, at Philips Arena, the backup goalie was the story. MacDonald was surrounded by reporters inquiring about his string of strong starts, while he capitalized on the opportunity created by Rick DiPietro’s surgery

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The Right Man To Lead The NHLPA

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...the former Boston prosecutor has done a commendable job of emphasizing process above all else, a commitment to doing things the right way that the NHLPA badly needed.

For example, a number of general managers have been muttering about their unhappiness with the NHLPA for not unilaterally extending the current collective bargaining agreement last spring, on the grounds that it would have made signing veteran players easier because teams could then could defer bonus payments into next year’s cap, as they’ve done throughout the current agreement.

Most people think that’s what will eventually happen; that the players have made out far better than expected in the current agreement and have no appetite to go to war with the owners only four years after losing an entire year out of their careers to a work stoppage.

But rather than just assuming that’s how his membership felt, Kelly wanted to know the answer for sure.

more plus some HHOF talk and other hockey notes…

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  Tags: paul+kelly

Souray’s Top 5

From the Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray has nothing against Celine Dion—there are simply certain songs that he’d rather not hear the Canadian songstress perform, including an up-beat tune by rowdy rappers The Beastie Boys.

Check out Souray’s Top 5 in a few categories.  (And keeping Celine away from “Suck My Kiss” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is another fine choice by Souray, if you ask me. Just sayin’.)

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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.

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