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Holland Talks

Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined Scott Laughlin of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204/Sirius 208 and spoke about signing Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract and the controversy of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom missing All-Star weekend.

Listen here...

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Would Wings Become Sellers?

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Holland knows he’ll be unable to sign both Hossa and Johan Franzen. If he chooses Hossa, Holland may opt to move Franzen before the trade deadline in order to avoid losing him to unrestricted free agency in the summer. Or he might decide Franzen, who is second on the Red Wings in goals with 21, is too important for this year’s playoffs to trade and will keep him in hopes of ending his Red Wing career with a Stanley Cup parade.

There are other players who probably shouldn’t feel too secure in Hockeytown these days. Valtteri Filppula comes in at a very reasonable $3 million for the next four seasons after this one. Tomas Holmstrom has one more year left on his deal at $2.25 million and Dan Cleary is on the books for $2.8 million for the next four seasons.


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When Brodeur Returns, Is He The Starter?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It’s the elephant in the room, the unspoken question that hangs over the Devils’ season.

What do they do when Martin Brodeur comes back? Will he, essentially, have to win his job back?

General manager Lou Lamoriello, who has instituted another cone of silence around Brodeur, brushed off the question. But he can’t laugh it off. Coach Brent Sutter said Brodeur will have to win games right away.


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CBC Receives Complaint From Gay Rights Group

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A gay rights group has complained to the CBC about the use of the term “pansification” by Hockey Night in Canada commentators.

Hockey Night commentator Mike Milbury coined the expression to describe how the NHL would be softened should the league heed calls to ban fighting. He has used “pansification” at least twice on Hockey Night this season, in November and again on Jan. 17. His colleague, Don Cherry, has also made reference to it.

Egale Canada, a gay advocacy organization, protested last week. But Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said through a network spokesman yesterday that commentators are free to make their own decisions whether to use the expression.


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Panthers Have To Trade Bouwmeester

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

What do you do, Jacques?  What in the world do you do?

You trade him.  That’s what you do.  You cannot watch Bouwmeester walk away for nothing.  A couple of (possible) home playoff dates aren’t worth it. 

And I believe that Martin will do just that, unless the trade offers are laughably bad, which they shouldn’t be.  As trade deadline approaches, they will get better and better.  Someone will put together an attractive package that works; perhaps a solid NHL player, a top prospect, and a first round pick.  And Jacques will take it.


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The Defensive Zone Defensemen

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

Hitting and blocked shots are extremely useful things in the defensive zone. A well-timed blocked shot can win a game. A defenceman who consistently hits hard can intimidate all but the toughest of attackers. A defenceman like Jason Smith who can do these things and do them well will tend to keep his job in the NHL, even if his puck skills are lacking.

So here are the 2008-09 league leaders among defencemen in defensive points (with a note of caution, that you’re a better hockey fan than me if you can figure out what constitutes a ‘hit’ in an NHL game; often I see players play a hard, physical game and not get more than one hit to their name; and I’m told that what is a hit in one city isn’t a hit in another, so be careful about the weight you put on that stat):

1. Brooks Orpik, PITT
2. Matt Greene, LA

read on

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Morning Line

“No one in that dressing room is taking this lightly.  We understand everyone’s frustration and disappointment, but we are going to stick together to get back on right track. Our guys are not indifferent, and they are taking this personally. They want to succeed, and sometimes wanting too much can hurt you as much as not wanting it enough.”

-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after Vancouver lost their 8 straight home game last night.  More on the game at VancouverCanucks.com.

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Questions About The Kings

Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings did a fan Q & A…

Question: The Kings have 17 games left until the trading deadline and 12 of those games are on the road. How many games into this little stretch before Dean decides whether the Kings are buyers or sellers on March 4th? And just for fun, how many points would it take for you personally to make that decision, Rich, if you were in Dean’s position.

Answer: I can’t speak to what Lombardi is thinking in terms of the deadline, but logic dictates that these next six games will be huge. After Thursday’s home game, the Kings play five on the road, including tough games at Montreal, New Jersey and Washington. The Kings are only six points out of a playoff spot, but there are also four teams between them and the playoffs. My tendency is to think that it’s not a matter of being a ``buyer’’ or ``seller.’’ It’s more about long-term help for the team. It’s not going to be about bringinng in a rent-a-player for a playoff push. They’ll look at trades that help in the long term and short term.

more and Part 1 of the q & a can be found here & part 3 here.  I hope there aren’t any more parts, but I have a feeling there may be…

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A Shot & Then A Recovery

from Five for Fighting,

The team will head up to Detroit in about two hours… ah, another visit to the building that time and a good disinfectant forgot. But it’s fabulous to watch a game there, so it’s worth it.

more on the Dallas Stars…

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Pointing At Waddell

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

By all accounts Don Waddell is a good hockey man, but…

You wouldn’t raise an eyebrow if someone used the phrase “he must have pictures” to rationalize his survival as Atlanta Thrasher G.M.

Here is a snapshot of his team’s business over the eight years Waddell has been in charge:

* Traded Marian Hossa (who he’d acquired from Ottawa in a deal that was all about giving Dan Heatley a fresh environment following the Dan Snyder tragedy) for a very average collection of Penguins (Colby Armstrong, Eric Christensen, and Angelo Esposito)

* At the draft he has selected 1st overall or 2nd four separate times and only two of those picks are still with the franchise. Patrik Stefan was a spectacular failure and is out of hockey, Dany Heatley has turned into that trio mentioned above. Kovalchuk has produced and is still there – but for how long? Kari Lehtonen has shown flashes but is oft-hurt and too many nights just average.

more & I can’t really say why Reaugh is pointing this out at this time…

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