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Habs go off the road against Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Lots of shots. Crisp checking. Hot goaltending. The Habs had it all tonight.

For two periods.

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Penguins Are Hot

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The hottest team in the NHL right now is the Pittsburgh Penguins.  They have earned points in each of their last ten games and won nine of the ten.  The big reason things have turned around is Marc-Andre Fleury who has found his game after a horrid start.  Sidney Crosby leads the league in points and is an MVP candidate.  Kris Letang is the player I would pick for the Norris Trophy.  This team is playing very well.

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Oilers Have No Plans To Move To Guebec City

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

A report that the Edmonton Oilers might want to relocate to Quebec City was “preposterous,” team president Kevin Lowe said Wednesday.

The Oilers and the Katz Group moved quickly to douse rumours which started making the rounds after team presidents Lowe and Patrick LaForge, along with Paul Marcaccio, the Katz Group’s chief financial officer, visited Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume to find out about a proposed 18,500-seat rink which could be built near the old Colisee.

This whole relocation story? That conversation never existed,” Lowe said


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Earning Their Pay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from P.J. Stock of CBC,

My list of top studs for their $:

Carey Price: $2,750,000 cap hit. No. 1 in games played, wins, saves, shutouts, fourth in save percentage, fifth in goals-against average. Considering where I thought the Habs would be and my concern for how Price would start the year off, he’s my numero uno stud so far this season.

Dustin Byfuglien: 25 points in 24 games for a $3 million cap hit and his hurt ego after being dealt from the Cup champs.

Ondrej Pavelec: Passed out in game one and has taken some time to get back on his feet. Consider where he and his team were a month ago and where they are now. Pavelec, making $1.15 M, has posted a .949 save percentage (third in league) and a 1.62 GAA. He deserves a ton of credit.


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The Most Valuable Teams In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kurt Badenhausen, Michael K. Ozanian and Christina Settimi of Forbes,

There is parity on the ice in hockey. Since a lockout canceled the National Hockey League’s 2004-‘05 season and ushered in the salary cap era, a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year. Two big-market teams (Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks), one mid-market team (Detroit Red Wings) and two small-market teams (Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins) have won the championship. You can root for hockey almost anywhere in the U.S. and Canada and have a shot at seeing a local team capture the Cup.

But when it comes to the P&L statement, the NHL has become a two-tiered league. During the 2009-‘10 season the 30 teams combined to generate $160 million of operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) on revenue (net of proceeds required for arena debt) of $2.9 billion

more plus a list of hockey’s most valuable teams...

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Will The Islanders Ever Be Good Again?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Belson and Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Wang was traveling and declined to speak for this article. With no financial boost in the offing, Wang has cut costs. He has left key executive positions unfilled and turned the public-relations office into a revolving door. Hofstra University now carries the team’s games on its radio station instead of commercial broadcasters that charge teams more, but have stronger signals.

The Islanders have one of the lowest payrolls in the league, yet they are still paying two former players, Alexei Yashin and Brendan Witt, so the team can reach the league-mandated salary minimum. That’s also why they have not put injured players like Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo on the long-term injury list.

Although the Islanders’ No. 1 pick from last year, John Tavares, has played well, the team has not always fared well in recent drafts. They used their first-round pick, No. 15 over all, in the 2003 N.H.L. entry draft to select Robert Nilsson, a right wing from Sweden. Two picks later, the Devils selected Zach Parise, who is considered part of that team’s foundation. Nilsson played part of one season for the Islanders before he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers.

This year, the Islanders used their seventh-round pick to select Cody Rosen, a goaltender from Clarkson University who played in one period of one game last season for his college, allowing three goals. The selection surprised even Rosen, who has not played in a game this year.


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Happy Hanukkah

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

To those who celebrate the Holiday, may the Festival of Lights fill your home with happiness, health and love.

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Rick Dudley Behind The Thrashers Improvement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

...with Dudley driving the bus, the Thrashers are starting to make a bit of a charge. They say there’s nothing like winning to gain the attention of the locals and Dudley’s Thrashers are certainly going to put that theory to the test. So on a night when his team is winning its sixth straight game, 3-2 in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche, Dudley continues to assess the rest of the league looking for the next piece of the puzzle that will give his Thrashers legitimacy.

Make no mistake about it, they are getting close. Atlanta, which has made the playoffs just once in its 10 years in the league, sits sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 13-9-3 record.

The first thing the Thrashers needed was an identity and when Dudley poached four players from the salary cap-challenged defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last summer, a team he helped build, it was a step in the right direction. The Thrashers added defencemen Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel as well as forwards Andrew Ladd and Ben Eager from Chicago.

“If you want me to give a cliché-ish answer I can, but the reality is we wanted to be a hard-forechecking and up-tempo team and we felt we had the players to be that kind of a team,” Dudley says. “We felt if we performed at or close to our optimal level, then we’d be fine…we’d be competitive.


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The Ball Is In The Islanders Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Today’s calendar reads Dec. 1, 2010, but a Long Island, N.Y., based hockey writer by the name of Chris Botta has effectively, and apparently legally in the NHL, been banned by the New York Islanders from attending Islander games and practices at the Nassau Coliseum.

Really? Seriously? We’re going there? Again?

You’ve got to be kidding.

Admittedly, the Botta-Islander situation is unique in the annals of pro sports media relations gone wrong.


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Wings to Gary: Your All Star Game Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I didn’t use quotes, so you can’t sue me Gary.  Oh, nevermind. You don’t read A2Y. I forgot.  Good, so I can speak openly, without offending the midget shrew.

The Wings view the All Star Game as a joke and, as long as they don’t get suspended, would just as soon skip it.  They don’t crave the exposure, have no need for shades and cowboy hats, and find the rest a lot more valuable.  But rarely will they admit it. Well…one of them slipped.

Zetterberg was selected to the All-Star Game in 2007 but pulled out with a wrist injury. In 2008, he bowed out of starting because of back spasms.

“Some unfortunate situations there,” Zetterberg said, smiling.



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