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It’s All About The Money

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin followed his wallet instead of his heart. Good for him. Just one more mercenary the way pretty much professional athletes essentially are. They get it while they can, like most of us would….

The Rangers are going to lose any chance of competing for players who become available the rest of the year unless the general manager gets down to work and begins to create cap space for the rest of the season beyond the $1 million the Blueshirts now own.

Sundin went for the money. The Rangers didn’t have enough of it. Sather had better create cap space - and now - so that his team has enough of it when the next guy becomes available.

more

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  Tags: mats+sundin

What A Save - Not

from Lightning Strikes,

The only rule applicable to what occurred in Thursday night’s game is 26-4, which states that a goal will be awarded when, during a penalty shot, a shot is disrupted by a deliberately thrown stick. That is what the officials had to determine. They obviously determined Lightning goaltender Mike Smith threw his stick on Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt. That gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win in the shootout and a 2-1 win in the game.

continued and you decide by watching the video.  This call is not reviewable, so instant reply was not used in the decision process.

from Adrian Dater of All Thing Avs,

I think it was a bad call, that Smith just dropped his stick after making a kinda-sorta save on Hedgie’s initial attempt.

read on

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  Tags: mike+smith

Finally It Is Over

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What a sham this has been, this three-penny opera….

For months, the hockey world has been consumed with speculation and conjecture about where Mats Sundin would land as though he was some god descending upon Mount Olympus with a lighting bolt in his hand instead of a hockey stick and a résumé chock full of holes.

The great Swede has been mythologized and courted and coveted; and now, mercifully, he is back, if for no other reason, so we can stop wondering which team will be blessed with his presence.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Evening Line

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable calling any team a contender other than maybe San Jose and Detroit, because they won last year. What we want to do is get into the playoffs and win round by round. For me, it’s more the process of how the team plays and the integrity it plays with. I know we’ll get results if we play that way.

“I think Mats is a great player that joins a good group of players committed to winning. I think we’re a better team for sure but I’m not going to place that label (Stanley Cup contender) on any team.”

-Canucks GM Mike Gillis at the press conference announcing the Sundin signing.  More from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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  Tags: mats+sundin, mike+gillis

Report- Sundin A Canuck

If you only follow KK Hockey, then head over to Canucks & Beyond for all the news, which I am sure Alanah will be following.

added 6:36pm, I guess we can call Helene Elliott of the LA Times ‘crazy’.  In early November I asked a few MSM what team Sundin would choose, Helene was the only one to say Vancouver!

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The Latest Hockey Talk

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• Our Florida source insists that the steadily improving Panthers will not deal Jay Bouwmeester, although the dandy D-man becomes an unrestricted free agent, July 1.

• Before NHL owners meet again at the All-Star break, they will have a more lucid idea of which franchises really are for sale. In the meantime there’s the issue of Jim Balsillie and whether the billionaire hockey nut ever would be welcome within Bettman, Inc. If the pendulum swings from “nay” to “aye,” bet that JB will swoop in on one of the have-not clubs. What’s important to remember here is that the NHL. recently instituted a new rule that teams “notify the league when they begin a sales procedure.”

more hockey talk…

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Hip Surgery For Zubov

FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov will undergo surgery on his hip in January, and will be out indefinitely. The surgery will be performed by a hip specialist in Colorado.

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  Tags: sergei+zubov

Stars Getting Healthy

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

Joel Lundqvist (shoulder) is in tonight.

Stephane Robidas (jaw) is in tonight.

Steve Ott (hand) is in tonight.

Jere Lehtinen (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (groin) are not yet ready.

Still, that can make a big difference for the Stars. Tom Wandell has gone back to Sweden and Chris Conner looks like he’s out of the lineup.

That could make for some interesting line combinations.

more on the Stars…

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Eric Brewer Undergoing Back Surgery

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Captain Eric Brewer will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Brewer’s last game was December 11th in Los Angeles.

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  Tags: eric+brewer

Price Goes Old School

from Dave Stubbs at the Financial Post,

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price shoved his hand into the 50-year-old stick-hand blocker, a glove more than twice his age, and wore the look of a man who’d just pushed his palm into a bowl of liver.

He was similarly impressed with the flimsy catching mitt. And the 1970s-vintage chest protector, which was barely more than a thick undershirt.

“This isn’t protection,” Price said incredulously.

“It’s suicide. Can you imagine me going out there like this? For even one practice? No chance.”

continued with picture of Price in the gear.

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  Tags: carey+price

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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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