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Video- A New View Of The Game

from Slap Shot Blog at the NY Times,

“N.H.L. in 360°” shows hockey as it has never been seen before, the way the players themselves see it on the ice — not in simulation, but during actual play.


thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer…

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Blueprint In Place For The Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Just about the best team in hockey and just about the worst team in hockey were built by the very same people.

That is the exasperating circumstance for Maple Leafs fans.

They see the Stanley Cup contending, maybe Stanley Cup favourite, Vancouver Canucks built by Brian Burke and Dave Nonis and find it hard to envision their Maple Leafs being anywhere other than where they are.

Only Nonis doesn’t see it that way.

“We had an awful lot of growing pains in Vancouver, believe me,” said Nonis, the Leafs senior vice-president and director of hockey operations. “What we’re going through here isn’t a lot different to me. You have to remember, people were all over Daniel and Henrik (Sedin) in the early years. They were drafted in 1999. That’s a long time to get to now.


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The Future Of Giguere And Kiprusoff

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

An unrestricted free agent this summer, Giguère realizes he needs to show the rest of the league down the stretch he deserves a new deal in a climate where veterans like Jose Theodore have taken huge pay cuts and backup roles to stay in the NHL.

Kiprusoff, meanwhile, remains in the Flames’ picture for now, as unlike the Leafs, Calgary hasn’t pursued any type of youth movement.

Rumblings are that could be coming, however, and when it does, the fellow sitting only 20 wins behind Mike Vernon for most Ws in franchise history could get the tap on the shoulder from new GM Jay Feaster and a request to accept a ticket out of town.

Neither netminder is likely to fetch all that much these days, not in a league where, save for the ageless Tim Thomas, it’s been a trying year for goalies of a certain vintage, with Martin Brodeur, Marty Turco and Nikolai Khabibulin leading the way.

Big, young and cheap is quickly becoming the NHL’s winning formula in goal – and the rest of the season is vitally important for Kiprusoff and Giguère to prove otherwise.


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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere, miikka+kiprusoff

Mike Brown Suspended Three Games

via Mike Brophy tweet,

Toronto’s Mike Brown suspended three games by NHL for head hit on Ed Jovanovski.

If you missed the hit, watch it here and check out what KK members had to say about it.

added 7:47pm.

TORONTO (January 14, 2011) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $8,669.34 in salary for delivering a lateral hit to the head of Phoenix Coyotes player Ed Jovanovski in NHL game #651 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Brown’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 19:03 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.


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Video- Brown Hit On Jovanovski - Head Shot Or Not

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

“You never want to see one of your players take a hit to the head, but I thought it was great for us,” said coach Dave Tippett, whose squad stormed out for the third period and scored four goals. “It revved us up in the game. We got people engaged in the game then instead of sleepwalking through it.”

No penalty was called for Brown’s hit on Jovanovski, and it’s debatable whether the NHL will assess punishment after examining it. Jovanovski was playing the puck when Brown came in with a blindside shoulder check that connected with Jovanovski’s head.

Jovanovski also suffered a lower-body injury on the play, according to the Coyotes. He will be evaluated tomorrow, but Tippett believes Jovanovski will be fine.


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  Tags: ed+jovanovski, mike+brown

Fabian Brunnstrom Traded To The Leafs

Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has traded left wing Fabian Brunnstrom to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Mikhail Stefanovich.

Stefanovich, 21, has played 15 games with Minsk Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), recording one goal and two penalty minutes. The Minsk, Belarus, native, dressed in two games for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) going scoreless and appeared in four games for the Reading Royals (ECHL), collecting five points (3g, 2a) this season.

The 6-2, 202-pound right wing skated three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Quebec Remparts, tallying 210 points (106g, 104a) in 171 games for the club. Stefanovich also recorded 36 points (18g, 18a) in 36 career QMJHL playoff games with Quebec. He was Toronto’s third round selection (98th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Brunnstrom, 25, has played in 37 games for the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the AHL, posting 21 points (11g, 10a). He has played 99 career NHL games, all with Dallas, collecting 40 points (19g, 21a). The Jonstrop, Sweden, native agreed to a one-year, one-way contract extension worth $675,000 on July 23, 2010 with Dallas. Brunnstom was originally signed as a free agent by Dallas on May 8, 2008.


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Making Something Out Of Nothing

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has a long history of making unnecessary mountains out of unimportant molehills and the most recent example came today, when it fined the Toronto Maple Leafs for an egregious salary-cap violation. GM Brian Burke confirmed the sanction for me in an e-mail this morning. The Leafs’ crime? Ron Wilson posted $600 on the board, a bounty that would go to the player who scored the winning goal in his 600th victory, which came the other night in the 4-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks….

But if anyone has the art of being a killjoy down pat, it is the NHL and I’ll predict - now actually I’ll BET - that they’re going to regret opening this can of worms. Because now they’ve set a precedent and now they’re going to have to police it - and investigate every single game in which a milestone could be reached, or a player returns to play a game against his former team.


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Ron Wilson Wins, Leafs Lose

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

The NHL has informed the Maple Leafs they will be fined an undisclosed amount for violating the league’s salary cap rules after head coach Ron Wilson rewarded his players with a small cash bonus after winning his 600th game in San Jose on Tuesday.

Part of the cap system instituted in 2005 was intended to make sure there were no more side deals between teams and players that were not specifically part of the Standard Player Contract. Teams used to routinely keep unofficial agreements “in the drawer” that allowed players benefits, cash or otherwise, that the league never knew about.

Article 26 of the current collective bargaining agreement states clearly “Neither a Club nor a Club Actor may pay or provide a Player anything of value except as provided in his (contract).”

read on

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Don’t Look For Many Trades Until The End Of January

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Burke knew the Leafs had turned the corner when the tone of phone calls he took from other GMs suddenly changed after New Year’s Day.

“When you’re struggling, you’re very popular and the offers you get are mostly garbage. When you’re playing well, you’re not as popular and the offers you get are a little better. It definitely makes a difference, the kind of cycle you get in.”

That said, Burke said his phone bill for the past few weeks “could feed a small country”, but nothing will likely shake down until the GMs and governors congregate at the all-star game in Raleigh on Jan. 30 and the actual trade deadline approaches Feb. 28.

“It’s hard to trade in the cap system,” Burke reminded. “But it takes some pressure off of me when the team is winning.”

more on the Leafs…

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Video- Colton Orr, Two Minutes For Kneeing

Logan Couture the recipient of the hit did not return and there is no update this morning.

Will the NHL look at this hit?

added 9:26am, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

The #NHL will not discipline #Leafs Colton Orr for kneeing #Sharks Logan Couture. They concluded Orr established position prior to contact.

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  Tags: colton+orr, logan+couture

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