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Sharks/Bruins On Versus Draws Largest Regular Season Audience

Steve of Puck the Media gets this news today…

The Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Bruins on Tuesday was the highest-rated and most-watched regular-season game in Versus’ four years with the NHL. It drew a 0.54 household rating nationally (550,000 viewers) and was 69 percent above the network’s average for the season.

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Watching The Wild

via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

There were 11 NHL scouts at Wednesday night’s game, including four from the Boston Bruins. Also represented were San Jose, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough has expressed a willingness to deal from his team’s strength, defense, to shore up its weakness, offense.

Outside of Brent Burns, one of the Wild’s untouchable young core, the Minnesota defenseman that would bring the most in a trade is probably veteran Kim Johnsson, who has one more year on a deal at a salary cap hit of $4.85 million.

Johnsson played a team-high 21:41 Wednesday.

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The Logo Battle

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

No matter how hard Hockey Canada tries, no matter how much it begs, the International Olympic Committee refuses to let it put the traditional Team Canada logo on the sweaters for the 2010 Olympics.

The IOC just confirmed it will strictly enforce the no-logo policy on all Olympic uniforms.  It sounds rather silly on the surface, especially considering Team Canada has used the same design for 14 years.  But Hockey Canada is a corporation, their symbol is a brand, and the IOC argues that allowing it would lead nations to go a little logo…loco.

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Datsyuk- MVP Candidate?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Hossa called Datsyuk the most complete player in the NHL. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom said he should be a Hart Trophy candidate as league MVP.

Datsyuk takes a nine-game scoring streak (five goals, 11 assists) into tonight’s game against Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena.

The surge has bumped him up to fourth in the league in scoring with 68 points, behind only Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, and last season’s MVP, Alex Ovechkin of Washington.

read on

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Habs In A Deep Slump

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,

To quantify this ugliness:

• It was the Canadiens’ seventh consecutive road loss;

• They have been outscored 35-14 through this span;

• In going oh-for-Alberta this week, they were outscored 13-4;

• Montreal has lost nine times in their last 11;

read on

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Study The Rule Book

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).

So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.

Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.

“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”

continued and watch the SO goal below…

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  Tags: jose+theodore

You Have To Give To Receive

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The teams that need Khabibulin are Stanley Cup contenders, so its unlikely they are going to give up a top player in return. The Capitals might love to have Khabibulin for the playoffs, but they want to win a Cup, so who would they give up? Nylander? You make that call. I’d pass.

All of a sudden it looks as if Montreal might need a goalie. Do the Red Wings feel confident with Chris Osgood? But no way I deal Nik to Detroit, unless they want to give up Franzen.

Khabibulin might sign with the Wings in the off-season, though.

a bit more...

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Quiet Evening

Paul asked me to put up a quick post mentioning he won’t be around till tomorrow morning. So if any big news breaks tonight and KK Hockey misses it, apologies in advance.

Meanwhile, maybe check out Puck Daddy for a smattering of evening headlines, some of which we didn’t touch on today (i.e. Jose Theodore has a fan, plus Lil Wayne shares his thoughts on hockey fights, and other entertainment).

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Agent: Emery to Stay in KHL

From Pierre LeBrun at his ESPN blog:

We have an update for you on that Ray Emery situation we first told you about this past weekend. The former Ottawa Senators goalie has had a change of heart and returned to his Russian hockey club in the KHL.

“I talked to Ray on Monday, and we made the decision that he should go back,” his agent, J.P. Barry, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I felt that he should finish what he started and that we would continue to work out the compensation issue.”

Emery didn’t report back to Mytishchi Atlant last week after the league’s break, citing a breach of contract with the club. Emery and Barry believed the Russian team has been using the wrong exchange rate to pay the goalie, and by their count, they were down about 33 percent in pay throughout the course of the season. Emery threatened to stay home in Ottawa until the matter was resolved, but he arrived back in Russia on Tuesday.

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  Tags: khl, ray+emery

What Do the Blackhawks Need?

From Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:

According to the blog and comments posted on stories at our Web site, these are the 10 hottest issues on the minds of Hawks fans:

1. Dustin Byfuglien: There are a lot of fans unhappy with the big guy and want to see him packaged in a deal.

There are two problems: One, Byfuglien has two years and $6 million left on a contract general manager Dale Tallon never should have offered last summer. Two, he is a wide body on a team that is somewhat small and needs all the size it can get for the playoffs.

read on for the rest of Chicago’s wish list

 

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  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

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