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Close, But No Cigar

You know that guy who likes to spread made up rumors.  Well, today he answered a few questions people tweeted him.

This one shows off his hockey knowledge…

@exqueezme asks: do you find it surprising that frolic didn’t make the Russian roster?

answer: First off, killer twitter name! The Russians wanted a certain number of KHLers to help give their league credibility.

Maybe someone should tell him Frolic is from the Czech Republic.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, NHL Media, Dwayne, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: michael+frolik

NBC Picks Chicago/Detroit Game

NEW YORK - Feb. 18, 2010 - The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. 

This rivalry - no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other - is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Bruins In The Hunt For A Dman

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Reports from TSN hockey guru Darren Dreger out there that the Bruins have something cooking with a defenseman that should be announced after the Olympics are completed.

Two different NHL sources have confirmed that the B’s are indeed zeroing in on a defenseman, and one source further indicated that 27-year-old Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis could be Boston GM Peter Chiarelli’s main target.

Aaron Ward hadn’t heard anything about a potential trade when CSNNE.com contacted the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Wednesday night, but that “there’s a list of places” he may be headed before the March 3 NHL trade deadline….

The sticking point right now appears to be Nashville’s asking price for a rental defenseman.

more

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Where Are They Now?

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Now that the Olympic break provides a few weeks to reflect on the NHL season to this point, I’m taking a look at the pre-season Power Rankings, generated at the beginning of September, and comparing them to the last rankings before the break.

Why are the surprise teams surprises?  Why are others disappointing?

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Pre-Olympic Ranking: 1
Pre-Season Ranking: 5
The Reason: As great as the Capitals’ stars have been, they are also ranked higher than they were at the start of the season due to strong seasons from complementary types…

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Sticker Shock

from OrderedChaos (Mike Rucki) of On Frozen Blog,

I just received the annual email from the Washington Capitals to renew season tickets for the 2010-11 season.

This year’s increase in price? Approximately 32%.

Ouch.

Yes, the Caps’ current ticket prices—particularly for my seats in the front row of the upper deck—are not only significantly discounted from face value, but quite a bargain by league standards. According to The New York Times, 20 NHL teams charged more, on average, for tickets than the Capitals did in 2009-10.

Nonetheless, it was a bit of a shock seeing the new total invoice amount in a painfully-enlarged lump-sum.

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Thrashers To Winnipeg Rumor Shot Down

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Raise your hand if you’ve heard the one about the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg being a “done deal.”

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has heard the rumour and he was quick to pour cold water all over it Wednesday.

“There has been absolutely zero discussion at the league level of Thrashers to Winnipeg,” Daly told The Sun in an e-mail Wednesday night.

“There is no truth whatsoever to these rumours.”

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Reaction To Heatley On Team Canada

from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

So I was watching Canada dominate Norway after a slow start Tuesday night and my wife, who is a rabid Ottawa Senators fan, didn’t seem to know how to react to Dany Heatley’s two goals in the first game. If you’re new to this blog and only pay attention to hockey when the Olympics are on, Heatley mysteriously demanded a trade from the capital last summer and was dealt to the San Jose Sharks at the beginning of training camp.

continue & James wants feedback from Senators fans on how they feel about Heatley on Team Canada.  I may as well ask Oilers fans (or any other fan base) the same question.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dany+heatley, team+canada

Could Kaberle Land With Vancouver?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Not saying it’s going to happen, but one interesting rumor making the rounds would have the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman and leading scorer Tomas Kaberle to the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Cody Hodgson, who has finally overcome his back problems and is playing well for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario League.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cody+hodgson, tomas+kaberle

DUI Charge Facing Khabibulin

via the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was arrested last week for driving under the influence and speeding, an Arizona blog is reporting.

The Scottsdale Arizona News says Khabibulin was charged with three misdemeanours, two related to driving while under the influence and one for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Afternoon Line

But to be honest our Red Outs and our crowds at Caps games are louder and more passionate than this game at the Olympics. I mean that.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ted at his blog, Ted’s Take.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: team+canada

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