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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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  Tags: gary+bettman

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.”

read on

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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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Mike Keenan Wants Another NHL Coaching Job

via Steve Buffery at the Toronto Sun,

Fired last season by the Calgary Flames, despite guiding his injury-laden team to the Western Conference quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, Keenan said he certainly would accept a coaching position in the NHL if the right opportunity arose.

“I definitely still have a lot of interest in the profession,” said Keenan, who guided the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994. “I think I still have something to offer to a hockey club. I’m not to the point where I feel I’m retired. I’m way too young to be retired.”

Keenan, 60, admitted that being fired by the now-struggling Flames still stings.

“I was disappointed about being fired and disappointed about the rationale,” he said. “We had a very good season, we ran into some very critical injuries to some players who had some long-term, serious disabilities. And then we ran into cap problems, where we had issues of (not being able to) ice appropriate number of players.

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Developing A Standard On Head Shots

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

Before next season begins, the National Hockey League wants to crack down on headshots that leave unsuspecting players exposed to serious injury, commissioner Gary Bettman says.

“We want to develop a standard that is clear; that the players know what to expect; that the officials know exactly what to call,” Mr. Bettman said in a telephone interview yesterday.

According to Mr. Bettman, an NHL game averages 40 to 42 hits, or roughly 50,000 total in the regular season. He believes egregious headshots amount to about a dozen over the course of an entire season. The challenge, he says, is to develop a standard in order to impose discipline – without fundamentally changing the physical aspect of the game.


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  Tags: gary+bettman

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