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Thursday Hockey Notes

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

• In addition to the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Hurricanes, some teams will look at the Olympic break to decide if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline on the first Wednesday in March. One manager told me the magic number is 10. That’s 10 points out of 8th spot. And when you consider that means that a team that is 10 down would probably have to go 15-5 in its last 20 games to have a chance. Do the math, by Valentines Day the list of teams down by double digits might be prove to make the trade deadline day a wild day indeed.

• Interesting to note that replacement players for Olympic teams can only happened based on a list that was given last year to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The list has to be very extensive, in order to cover any issue. It is so large, I’m told, the Canadian list includes Guy Lafleur. You also have to wonder, with all the public funding that the three levels of government are putting into the Games, why the list isn’t made public… ever!

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Atlanta Needs Ownership Stability

from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rumors of the franchise being sold and moved are constant. The Spirit has acknowledged only that it has sought to bring in new investors, especially following the expected exit of partner Steve Belkin. The uncertainty has made for an unstable atmosphere.

Spirit owners have long claimed their litigation has had no effect on the teams. Bettman isn’t convinced.

“Let’s put it this way,” he said. “We can always agree to disagree on how much it hurts. But it certainly doesn’t help.”

Bettman remains confident in the Atlanta market, saying: “Ultimately, I believe when this all gets sorted out, the franchise will be in a better place.”

He then stopped and laughed, realizing it was a poor choice of words, given rumors of a move.

“Can I change that? What I mean is the franchise will be in a better situation.”

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Let’s End This Now

If you are at a hockey game and some ignorant person next to you pulls out a laser, draw attention to that person until security comes and halls the fool away.

Don’t worry, the person will not hurt you, even though he/she feels they can control a hockey game by pointing a laser at a visiting goalie.

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The Trade Deadline Freeze Dates

Some confusion going around regarding the dates and times of the trade freeze for the NHL, so let’s clarify…

via Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL roster freeze goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 and doesn’t end until 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 28. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 3.

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Is Bettman To Blame For The Tampa Ownership Mess?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

There are a couple of perfectly logical reasons why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is feverishly brokering a deal to sell the Tampa Bay Lightning to Boston-based hedge fund manager Jeffrey Vinik.

First and foremost, it’s his job to do everything he can to have stable and well-heeled owners for all 30 NHL teams.

But there’s another far more personal reason: His integrity is on the line. After all, it’s Bettman’s regime that is, in large part, responsible for this mess in the first place.

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Drop The Shootout

from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

Both made splendid moves to score on Howard. Crosby went top shelf off his backhand, and Malkin patiently waited for Howard to commit before calmly tucking the puck behind the fallen goalie’s skate.

Pittsburgh got the point, but the NHL is missing the point.

Maybe I’ve simply grown tired of the shoot-out, because it seems to happen so frequently that there’s no longer anything fresh about it. Perhaps the NHL should acknowledge it made a mistake in cheapening the value of victory for the sake of creating easy highlights for “SportsCenter” (That is, on those rare occasions when “SportsCenter” shows hockey highlights).

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Hockey Rules 101

from KK member 87in107,

I’m a hockey fan from Arizona (pre-Coyotes). Which means I grew up loving hockey, but not really understanding it. For example, I thought a short-handed goal meant it was scored unassisted.  Really.

I’m rectifying that by learning all 87 rules in the current 2009-2010 NHL Rulebook….

I’m still learning, so I don’t claim to be an expert on trades, stats, or scouting reports.  But I can tell you that every rule in the book also applies to life. Here are a few examples of what I’ve learned so far:

—I now understand the expression “that’s hockey.” Almost all of the rules include “in the judgment of the referee” or “at the discretion of the referee.” Translation: It’s not fair and there’s not a lot we can do about it.

continue to the KK members blog and a refreshing read.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the game…

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Bullet Points From Brooks

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• So Atlanta general manager Don Waddell will not allow clubs interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk to speak to the winger’s representative about a contract extension before a trade is completed.

We were told a while ago that Waddell doesn’t want agent Jay Grossman to control the process, but we are duty bound to suggest that might not be such a bad idea given the Thrashers’ track record in these matters.

• If Paul Kariya, who has spent his entire career in the West, agrees to waive his no-move clause if the Blues so request, he would be a very interesting fit with Sidney Crosby, don’t you think?

• If Hurricanes GM Gentleman Jim Rutherford has a notion of moving either Joni Pitkanen or Tim Gleason from his back end, the Rangers would stand on line overnight in order to get an early shot at either defenseman….

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Dick Pound Still Beating The Drugs Drum

from Mike Norris of the Whig-Standard,

Four years after saying he believed that as many as a third of NHL players may be taking performance-enhancing drugs, the former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency says the league still won’t admit it has a problem….

During a question-and-answer period following his speech, Pound was asked if he still felt the same way about performance-enhancing drugs in the NHL.

“I was attacking the closest thing to organized religion as you can,” he said of his original claim, made in January 2006.

Pound said he wasn’t referring to steroids, but rather stimulants, for which the NHL doesn’t test.

“Sudafed cocktails,” said Pound. “Those are performance-enhancing drugs.”

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KK- Back In A Bit

Stepping out for a dental appointment, should be back around 11:30am.

In the meantime- Fans of teams in the playoff hunt, what’s your gut feeling, will your team be in or watching when mid-April rolls around?

added 11:04,am Back, no drilling required.

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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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