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Saturday Night Hockey Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Reality has sunk in for the Maple Leafs. You can’t succeed without quality centres in the NHL and the Leafs don’t have them. Last year, Tyler Bozak seemed to be on his way. This early season, not so much.

• How did Central Scouting get Jeff Skinner so wrong, ranking him 34th last year. They should have listened to his former GTHL linemate, Seguin, who said he’d be the steal of the draft and he’s looking like that with the Carolina Hurricanes.

• I should have known better than to second guess Craig Ramsay, one of the brightest minds in hockey that nobody talks about. When he moved Dustin Byfuglien to defence, I made a wisecrack about it. But did anybody see Byfuglien’s Bobby Orr-like goal Friday night? End to end. The guy has nine points in eight games on defence and for those counting, three more goals than Dion Phaneuf.

more hockey points…

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Wild Game In Philadelphia

Sean Leahy of PuckDaddy has the recap on the Flyers 6-1 win over the Islanders.

Fights, triple minor for roughing, DiPietro ready to batte.

One thing I noticed, Flyers had their #1 line on the ice with a minute to go in a game that was already decided.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

In case your were busy watching the numerous games tonight, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean touched on numerous hockey topics.

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Video- Trent Hunter Five For Boarding Plus Ten And A Game Misconduct

Andrej Meszaros was the victim of the hit.

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Kings Would Have Interest In Iginla

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPH,

...it’s well understood around NHL circles that since Los Angeles didn’t spend the money it had budgeted for Ilya Kovalchuk last summer, there is indeed room in the budget and under the salary cap for an important acquisition before the Feb. 28 trade deadline. I believe Jarome Iginla is among the list of players the Kings have in mind.

That would go along with the character-type guys the Kings have added over the last two years, players like Ryan Smyth and Willie Mitchell. At this point, I don’t see any indication at all that the Flames would even entertain the thought of moving him. But I bring all this up given the stories out of Calgary this week regarding a possible rift between the Flames captain and the head coach (which was denied by both in the papers).

Iginla is signed for two more seasons at $7 million per year and also has a no-movement clause, so he controls his fate.

Of course, Smyth also had a no-movement clause in his contract, but the Kings persisted for almost a year before getting him out of Colorado in the summer of 2009. Food for thought…

more topics, some which were discussed on the Hot Stove segment of HNIC…

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HHOF Worthy?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Who might be the leading candidates to enter the Hall 53 weeks from now?

Truth be told, the group of first-time eligible players probably is one of the weaker ones we’ve seen in recent years. Along with Belfour, the list includes the likes of Trevor Linden, Glen Wesley, Derian Hatcher, Stu Barnes and Dallas Drake.

Of those, (Eddie) Belfour would seem like the only one to have a legitimate shot to be inducted right away, if at all.

Critics might point to some of Belfour’s indiscretions away from the rink as sufficient reasons to keep him out. We all remember, for example, the incident in 2000 when an intoxicated Belfour allegedly offered Dallas police $1 billion to release him without charges.

Or the 2006 affair on Long Island where Belfour was allegedly involved in a night club scuffle and Florida Panthers teammate Alex Auld ended up needing stitches above his right eyebrow.

more

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Latest Trade Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• League sources told the Sun Saturday about 10 teams are looking for help on defence as the calendar turns to November, but demand far exceeds supply….

• It’s hard to believe the Blues, who are thin at forward, would trade RW David Backes right now. His name is circulating in rumours, but the only way a deal will happen is if the Blues decide they can’t afford to pay him next season as a UFA.

• Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, who is trying to clear cap space and figure out a way to keep RFA LW Zach Parise, has been fielding calls about LW Patrik Elias. Elias, however, has a no-move clause and isn’t likely to agree to a trade. He has two years left on his deal and wants to stay put.

• The Coyotes are trying to move little-used RW Petr Prucha. He’s been a healthy scratch and is making $1.1 million this season. He’ll be a UFA next summer.

more plus some talk about giving the coaches the ability to challenge a call…

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Teams With No Star Power Must Play As One

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

There’s been more star power at Xcel Energy Center during the Wild’s five-game homestand than a party at the Playboy Mansion.

Unfortunately, for Wild supporters though, all the stars have been wearing visiting white jerseys.

Los Angeles brought Anze Kopitar. Washington brought Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green. Chicago brought Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. San Jose will bring Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and Calgary will bring Jarome Iginla.

The Wild, due to years of swinging and missing in the draft (oh, and there was that Marian Gaborik guy leaving), lacks the star power that routinely thrills fans. This is why it’s essential for the Wild to play as a “team” like it did in upending the Capitals Thursday

continued

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There Is A Problem In Calgary

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Whenever anyone wanders too close to a hot-button topic around a professional sports team, the instinctive reaction of all concerned is deny, deny! DENY!

Conveniently blame the media and try to solve the issue internally.

Airing dirty laundry in public being strictly taboo; deviating from the old ‘what’s said in the dressing room stays in the . . .’ mantra punishable by dismemberment, or worse.

Not that the captain should be singled out as the lone lamb to stubbornly stray from the flock, wander off from the safety-net system Sutter has painstakingly tried to install here since he became boss. But he is the showpiece, the star, the one they all look to. The example to follow.

This is an unspoken issue that simply has to be resolved. For the welfare of all concerned.

And if Iginla, as he steadfastly maintains, doesn’t actually believe there is a problem, well, that can only exacerbate said problem.

more

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Video- Bryan Little Out With Concussion

Little was hit by the Shaone Morrisonn of the Sabres last night.

via Ben Wright tweet,

Bryan Little will miss tonight’s game in St. Louis with facial lacerations and a concussion sustained last night.

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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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