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The KHL ASG Experience

from Ben Clymer at the Hockey News,

Hey everyone. Everything is going great here in Belarus with Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental League. I was recently part of a special event I’d like to share with you that was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The KHL All-Star Game took place in Moscow’s Red Square Saturday and pitted Team Jagr (or the import all-stars) against Team Yashin (or the Russian all-stars) and I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to play….

I loved being able to participate in this event because of the history of where it was being played, not only political, but hockey-related as well. I didn’t know this, but Igor Ulanov told me there was a game there in 2006 that pitted some of the Russian all-time greats (Sergei Makarov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, etc.) against ex-NHLers for charity. Red Square brings a unique atmosphere and it was neat to be involved with something that is similar to what the NHL has been doing in recent years.

read on

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Salary Cap Not Helping All Teams

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Because of the salary cap that Bettman imposed, the Lightning and Senators are toast for years to come. How is that good for the fans? More important, how is that good for the National Hockey League?

And there’s no guarantee that these two teams are the only ones that will be adversely affected. They’re just the first. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, among others, could soon find themselves in the same boat.

The problem? Once your team stops producing despite high-priced players, you’re doomed. There’s no way out of it.

read on

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Sanford Clears Waivers

via TSN,

Goaltender Curtis Sanford cleared waivers on Thursday and has been sent to Manitoba of the AHL

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  Tags: curtis+sanford

Dubielewicz Agrees To Terms With Islanders

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

The Islanders have reached an agreement with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on a contract for the rest of the season for the pro-rated portion of a $500,000 annual salary, according to an NHL source. The club has indicated plans to provide an update later today on the condition of starter Rick DiPietro, but the signing of Dubielewicz is a strong indicator that DiPietro might be done for the season because of continued swelling in his surgically repaired knee.

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Washington - Pittsburgh Chatter Continues

From Slava Malamud, contributing at Tarik El-Bashir’s blog in the Washington Post:

And here is what we could learn about the assorted feuds of the Alexes, the Kid and Malkin. You can believe me when I say that Russian journalists would much rather write about goals and wins, but since this story is apparently a gift that keeps on giving, we deemed appropriate to get further into it.

For one, Alex Ovechkin apparently speaks to Sidney Crosby. Loud and clear at that, to the point where all the teammates of both players and a couple of officials would like to gather around and partake in the exchange. And here is another thing: Alexander Semin also speaks to Crosby. At least, according to Evgeni Malkin, and that is a bit of a surprise, to say the least. And here is the third thing: Ovechkin and Malkin - nope, still not talking to each other, presumably, because both are so busy talking to Crosby.

Sheesh. This story is turning into some sort of odd Russian love triangle/feud, with a stray Canadian tossed into the mix.  Read on for quotes after last night’s Pens-Caps game.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+ovechkin, alex+semin, evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Maurice Ready to Play the Leafs

“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not.  It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”

Paul Maurice, coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, deliberately getting the Toronto media in a tizzy today [TSN; audio available here]

*hat-tip to Dave of Carolina on Ice and Barry Melrose Rocks

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  Tags: paul+maurice

Dallas Needs More From Their Stars

from Jean Jacques-Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

You can’t win in professional sports when your highest-paid players don’t play to their contracts.

No exceptions. No excuses.

You want to know why the Stars have struggled all season, just follow the money.

Brad Richards earns $7.8 million. Marty Turco earns $5.7 million. Mike Ribeiro earns $5 million.

None of them has played to his immense ability this season.

Look at the numbers. They don’t lie.

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OHL Hockey Helmet Rule

Will other leagues follow, including the NHL?

Watch a report from the CBC.

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Teams Really Interested In Vinny

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

Ask yourself the following questions:

1) How many teams in the NHL can actually afford Lecavalier’s 11-year, $85 million contract?
2) How many of those teams historically would be willing to have anyone on their roster making anywhere near that kind of cash?
3) How many of those teams have the kind of cap flexibility to add him?

The last question is crucial, because this is not a situation where the Lightning want to take another team’s big contract in return. So, if, for argument’s sake, the Flyers were interested, it’s impossible to believe that Tampa would take Daniel Briere in exchange, because both deals are similarly front-loaded. (Please understand: I have no reason to believe this has been discussed. It’s just an example.)

So, how many teams are really in this race?

read on

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Islanders Plan To Play In K.C.

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Islanders have agreed in principle with the Los Angeles Kings to play an exhibition game in Kansas City in September.

This may not seem like that big of a deal in light of the fact other NHL teams have used Kansas City in recent years as a neutral cite for preseason games.

However, according to league sources this game could be perceived as a veiled threat of potential relocation if plans for a new arena on Long Island aren’t soon finalized.

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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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