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Small Window For Flames

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ultimately, their focus isn’t years down the road anyway — it is this year and next. As a GM, Sutter signed all his most important players — including Kiprusoff, the reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender, and team captain Jarome Iginla, a former NHL scoring champion — to multi-year contracts, most of which expire at the end of the 2007-08 season. At that point, the team may find it cannot keep its core group together. So if the window is short, the Flames’ philosophy is clearly to go for it now and then let the chips fall where they may.
On paper, they probably weren’t good enough to compete with the Western Conference powerhouses a fortnight ago, when Sutter began his wheeling and dealing.

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Therrien Thrives For A Cup

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

It’s a full life, void in only respect. Therrien wants a Stanley Cup. There is a photograph in his office, of himself and J.C. Morrissette holding the Memorial Cup. A reporter pointed to it and wondered if Therrien could picture himself and Shero ...
Therrien interrupted the question.
“I will win a Stanley Cup one day,” he said. “I will. I won a Calder Cup (AHL), I won a Memorial Cup (CHL), I won President’s Cup (QMJHL). I won them all. There’s only one I need to win.
“It’s the Stanley Cup.”

more... A look at Therrien’s life and career… And to think, a month ago, some media types had him fired…

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That Settles It

Anyone who brings up the bad NHL All-Star jerseys, just point them to this.

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No Stealing Of Teams

from Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star,

Now, reality is reality, and if the Penguins are going to move anyway, then it would be best if they moved here. But I hope that Pittsburgh works things out. And if it does work out, the NHL will owe a big favor to Kansas City. A big favor. And next year, it looks like the Nashville Predators — who have the best record in the NHL but play to empty seats every night — might flee their town.
For the record: I wouldn’t feel bad at all about stealing the Predators. Nashville doesn’t care about them anyway. Like I said, it’s confusing.

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The Talk Continues

Want more trade talk… Spector has it and give the man a pat on the back, he is fighting the flu!

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NHL On NBC- Sunday, February 11th

from KK Member SteveNJ
note: moved to the top of the KK Hockey section on Sunday, 2/11.  Original post was 2/9/07 at 5:01pm.

3:00 PM
NBCSports.com
NHL On NBC Countdown to Faceoff
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull

3:30 PM
NBC
The Game of the Week on NBC
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars
Play By Play: Mike “Doc” Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Available in High Definition
Will Air in the Following U.S. Markets, accounting 58.5% of the United States: Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Phoenix, Minnesota, Detroit, Nashville, St. Louis

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East & West

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers gate receipts at Rexall Place from the October start of the 2006-07 season through Dec. 31 were $1.07 million a night; that’s about three times what the Blackhawks are getting at United Center. Then again, there will never be any tag days for Chicago owner Dollar Bill Wirtz. It’s also double what the best team in the league, Nashville, is averaging and more than Dallas, one of the usual high-rollers.

more on the Oilers and bits from the Western & Eastern conferences…

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Filling The Lanes

from the Columbus Dispatch,

There was the crack of a shot hitting a stick and the thunk of a puck hitting a shin pad. Crack, thunk, crack, thunk. This is the soundtrack of the post-lockout era, when the hallmark of every team’s defense is to cut off shooting and passing lanes and block, block, block shots.
“What we have now,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said, “is five goalies.”...
“My least favorite thing about the NHL is that, at times, all of this great skating seems to be bringing us closer to critical mass,” Buccigross said in a recent e-mail. “There is so little time to get anything done that some games are a perpetual smacking of sticks. That, and the leaguewide philosophy of collapsing on the goaltender, has left the game with very few seams….”

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Not Ready

from Wayne Fish of Philly Burbs,

“We are definitely not ready for that yet.’‘
By “that,’’ a player on the Flyers was referring to the possibility of an active player in the NHL coming out of the closet….
“We’re not to that point yet,’’ the Flyer player said. “You still hear racial stuff out there from time to time (among players and from the stands).’‘
The Flyer player said he believes he has played alongside gay players during his career but it never became an issue in day-to-day coexistence.
In his opinion, it’s only a matter of time until a retired hockey player makes an announcement similar to Amaechi’s.

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Although movies made in Iceland and Germany portrayed gay soccer players and their struggles after coming out, this is believed to be the first time a professional sports league and team have lent their names to a film in which homosexuality is a central topic. That the NHL would be the groundbreaker is infinitely surprising.
The caretaker of this most macho of sports, the NHL has long been insular and conservative. Among its most prominent figures is Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who owns the Kings and Staples Center and has given financial support to an anti-gay ballot measure and anti-gay groups in his home state of Colorado.

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Pay Me Or Trade Me

from Newsday,

Impatient with the lack of progress toward a long-term contract, All-Star forward Jason Blake yesterday said he probably will leave as a free agent if the Islanders don’t sign him by the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.
“If they don’t want to sign me, maybe they should trade me and get something that’s good for them,” Blake said. “If I’m not signed by the 27th, then I’m going to test the market, and I don’t think I’ll be back.”

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