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Afternoon Line

The Red Wing-lovers at Kuklas Korner get positively orgasmic when I write stuff like this, so consider it an early Christmas present: From a GM, “Detroit is the best team we’ve played this year. It’s not even close. Their puck control is incredible…You have to hope your goalie has a great night to give you a chance.”

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  More thoughts from Elliotte plus a look at Crosby.

I think I need a cigarette!

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‘Power Less’ In San Jose

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

A power outage at HP Pavilion this morning has disrupted the usual game day routine.  Emergency power — think dim lights — is available so a few players are expected to be out on the ice, but the usual morning skate appears to be off for both teams.

Electricity was lost about 8:40 a.m.  and PG&E crews are on the scene, but so far no word yet on what’s causing the problem.

Important point to make:  I’m advised the quality of the ice won’t be compromised unless there’s a loss of power for six to eight hours.

a bit more...

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Hossa Out 2-3 Weeks

via Tim Sassone tweet,

Hossa out 2-3 weeks

He had an on-ice collision with Nick Boynton in practice yesterday, lower-body is the report.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Colorado/Washington Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

COL’s Scott Hannan has been traded to Washington Capitals. Details to follow


via Adrian Dater tweet,

Scott Hannnan for Tomas Fleischman

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan.

Fleischmann, 26, has tallied 10 points (4g/6a) with a +3 plus/minus rating in 23 games for the Capitals this season.  In 2009-10, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native set career highs in goals (23), assists (28) and points (51) in 69 games for Washington.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Scott Hannan for his services to our organization and wish him the best,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “In Tomas we are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old.  His addition will bolster our lineup immediately.”


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  Tags: scott+hannan, tomas+fleischman

Wait.  Just Wait

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Now, whether Burke can find his own alternate route looks uncertain, or even doubtful now, but rebuilding projects always look this way. Three years after drafting Alex Ovechkin, the Caps had 70 points. But George McPhee wasn’t fired. It’s been four years since the St. Louis Blues bottomed out and took Erik Johnson first overall, and after a fast start it appears the Blues are likely to be fighting for a playoff spot again this season. Don’t hear anybody calling for John Davidson’s head.

These things take time, yet so many want to scream “Failure!” at the Burke regime after just two years. Make no sense.

Similarly, reaching final conclusions on Phil Kessel, the closest thing the Leafs have to a franchise forward, makes no sense either. Bill Watters, the former Leaf executive and radio analyst on A640, called Kessel a “dog” repeatedly on the air yesterday, and maybe he’s right. Ol’ Wilbur has been around the game a long time and talks to a long of folks in the sport, so I’m certainly not dismissing his opinion.


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Thinking Out Loud

• Wasn’t it a few weeks ago the LA Kings were leading the Western Conference in points?  Today, they are not even in the playoff picture, sitting as the 11th seed.  They need some scoring, badly.

• I am thinking of hiring Allan Walsh as my agent.  Would probably be worth it since he tweets about his clients about 100 times a day.

• Working my way across the web last night and this morning, I never knew how badly ‘slew-foot’ could be spelled.  Examples:  slu-foot, slued-foot and slued-footed, slewed-foot, sloo-foot and slew-fut.

• Trade talk still is slow and one reason is just about every team still is considered to be in the playoff race.  14th seeded New Jersey is 8 points out of the playoffs while 14th seeded Calgary is 5 points out of the race.

• What’s more surprising- The Flyers may have found their #1 goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky or the Toronto Maple Leafs still don’t have a #1 center?

• People say the Blue Jackets need an offensive defenseman, I say they need someone to get the puck to Rich Nash more often.  Nash at times still tries to do too much with the puck.

• Best TV broadcasting crew- I am going to eliminate the Wings and also eliminate the Canadian teams since we don’t get enough of their broadcasts on Center Ice, so my pick is Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda of the San Jose Sharks. Comingin 2nd and rising quickly is John Kelly and Darren Pang.  How about you, do you have a favorite, non-homer crew?

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Report: Pegula Signs Letter of Intent to Buy the Sabres

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News:

THN.com has learned that billionaire Terry Pegula has signed a letter of intent to buy the Buffalo Sabres from Tom Golisano for about $150 million.

Pegula is the founder and CEO of East Resources, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. A graduate of Penn State University, he and his wife Kim, recently donated $88 million to the school to help fund a new arena and establish a Division I hockey program.

More to follow.

Edit 11:42 a.m. ET :  Sabres Managing Partner/Minority Owner Larry Quinn has released the following statement:

“Reports regarding the sale of the Buffalo Sabres tend to surface from time to time. There have been several inquiries in the past few years regarding this subject. Our company policy is we do not comment on them because people make inquiries all the time. Some of these inquiries are serious, some are not, some make the media and others do not.  The report that a $150 million letter of intent has been signed is simply not true.”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, terry+pegula

Ovechkin Rookie Card Goes For $9,189.00

The card was sold on ebay during Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanks to WeLoveDC for the pointer.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Giroux Can Do Everything

from Rob Parent of the Daily Times, “

My belief is that he can be the best player on the ice every night,” Laviolette said of Giroux, who is tied with Briere for the team lead in goals with 12, and has 11 assists to go along with it. “He proves on a nightly basis that he can bring a little bit of everything. He’s physical, too. He can hit, he can make plays, he can score big goals, he can play in all situations. Like (Richards), he can kill (penalties), he can kill on a 5-on-3 situation, and on a 5-on-3 (power play) he could play forward.

“There are a lot of things; he can take a big faceoff, he can check the other team’s big players. Without question he can play all (forward) positions … he can even play on a point on the power play.”

Oh, did he say that?

What Giroux can’t do is walk on water, but then, as long as it’s cold enough, he can glide over it with the best of them. What he also has learned to do is highlight his skills with an appropriate measure of smarts.


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  Tags: claude+giroux

Columbus Wants An Offenive Dman, Can’t Find One

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

His biggest disappointment, to almost nobody’s surprise, is the club’s 28th-ranked power play, which failed the Jackets miserably in two weekend losses to the Red Wings. They went 1 of 12 in the two games and couldn’t convert on a two-minute, two-man advantage in Sunday’s 4-2 loss.

“If we get one more power-play goal, maybe we get a point or two out of those games,” Howson said.

The general manager added that while he’s looking for ways to improve the club, there are no deals imminent for an established offensive defenseman - perhaps the league’s most coveted commodity. He also has no intention of trading for a power-play specialist.

“I still believe we can get better internally,” Howson said.

For now, he’s committed to sticking with the group of seven defensemen who have combined for four goals. Barring injury, he’s not promoting any defensemen from minor-league Springfield.


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