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Looking At The Sellers

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...even if it’s difficult to identify which moves bolstered a team for the playoff drive, you can safely predict that seven of the contenders will eventually be identified as losers in the end.
In this new era of definitive buyers and sellers at the trading deadline, the upside is almost always with the sellers. The issue for them becomes, turning the assets they acquired at the deadline into bonafide NHL players — something that is easier said than done.

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Looking Ahead At The Kings

from David Lassen of the Ventura County Star,

Since the present was already pretty wretched, the Kings did the sensible thing at the NHL trade deadline and wholeheartedly bet on the future.
But, while it may have been the right thing to do, and appears to have been done well, that doesn’t mean Kings fans should feel too much enthusiasm for the process.
It’s one thing to be asked to wait until next year. But wait ‘til next decade?
That’s a lot to ask. And that, essentially, is the premise underlying the deadline dealings.


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Hasek Out

from the Detroit News,

The nagging injuries are mounting for the Red Wings.
The latest is goalie Dominik Hasek, who will miss Friday’s game against Chicago, and likely Sunday’s against Colorado, with a thigh injury.
The Wings recalled Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids to back up Chris Osgood this weekend.
Hasek wants to be careful.
“I had a little bit of tightness after the game against Chicago (Tuesday) and yesterday at practice,” Hasek said.


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Have Faith Habs Fans

from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

As a Canadiens fans, I’m frustrated too over the seeming lack of real progress, but I also understand that it takes time to build a winner. Given Gainey’s track record as a GM in Dallas, where he built that team into a champion and perennial Cup contender, I’m willing to keep being patient.
Besides, there’s not a heckuva whole lot we Habs fans can do about it, now can we? It’s not as thought the fans won’t turn out to support them.
In the words of Guns n Roses, “all we need is just a little patience”.


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Off Wing Opinion Interview

Great read!!!

from CultureCloud,

The latest interview is with Eric McErlain of Off Wing Opinion. Piano-bar peformers don’t tickle a keyboard as much as McErlain, 39, of Reston, Va. He’s been blogging since 2001, practically since the blog format grew little tiny legs and crawled out of the primordial ooze of the dialup-era web…
But it wasn’t long before a couple of folks, Dubi Silverstein and Jes Golbez in particular, started to question just what he was filling the vaccuum with. When you take a look at those early analyses, it’s pretty clear that Eklund’s brew was a mixture of 30% previously reported news and 70% baloney. When folks started to point out his errors online, he would respond by disabling comments on his blog or simply erasing content altogether.
One of the ways that Eklund drew people into his blog—and began charging them for access—was by constructing a farcical backstory of how he had become an NHL insider thanks to a long career working for a number of teams, the league and as a freelance hockey writer. When I, among others, challenged the particulars, he simply erased it all and constructed a new one….

read on... The interview covers numerous topic…

added 12:18pm, I am getting numerous emails today asking about Dwayne.  KK regulars have read this, but for those who haven’t, here it is...

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Miller Time

from the Buffalo News,

“The statement now is, “It’s Ryan’s team,’ ” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We need him more now than we’ve probably needed him all year to stand up for the team.”
The on-ice implications of the Biron trade and Ruff’s statement are fine by Miller. As he prepared for tonight’s game against Montreal in HSBC Arena, he was passionate about finally getting to be the No. 1 goalie without a 1A or 1B beside him.
“It’s an opportunity for me to just take the helm and go with it,” Miller said Thursday. “To be kind of given the reins here, it feels good.”

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Teams Will Face The Smyth Decision

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“Unfortunately for Kevin Lowe, he had to do something we’re all going to have to do. He just had to do it first,” said the Minnesota Wild general manager.
“Because of the salary cap and players hitting unrestricted free agency earlier, every last general manager in the NHL is going to have to do the exact same thing Kevin had to do with Ryan Smyth.
“Fortunately for the rest of us, we weren’t the one who had to be the first one to do it and suffer through it.”


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Why The Interest In Bertuzzi

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The Detroit Red Wings won the Todd Bertuzzi ‘sweepstakes’ this week, but count me among the perplexed.
Bertuzzi has more baggage than the cargo hold on a jumbo jet, yet supposedly savvy general managers, including the very bright Ken Holland in Detroit, all seemed to feel they could resurrect Big Bert and thus bid for him on Tuesday.
Why is there so much fascination over a player who:
- Is four years removed from his best season;
- Is coming off back surgery and has played only seven games this year, all of them in October;



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Roenick Talking Retirement & Gretzky

from the Globe and Mail,

“I have a lot of respect for Wayne,” Roenick said. “The guy is an icon. He’s always uplifting [and] his knowledge is always respected. I hope he takes a greater role in this team [and] is a stronger voice in the next couple of years. He’s one of the true, class people in the National Hockey League. He wants to win really bad and deserves to have a winning team. I respect him immensely,” he said.
“I’ve always been a complainer my whole life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think Wayne is one of the greatest in the game. He’ll turn this team around in a couple years.”
Gretzky just rolled his eyes when asked about Roenick’s status.


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There Is A Difference

from This Is Anfield,

But then again, we’re not exactly the same and never will be. Trying to compare Liverpool FC and football with Montreal Canadiens and hockey is like comparing English with French-Canadian. It just might not be possible to understand or appreciate each other’s point of view any more than we can understand people who speak a different language and come from a completely different cultural background. Perhaps instead it is best if we celebrate our differences from each other and take pride in our uniqueness. “Vive le Différence”, eh?


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