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Tuesday Night Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• With Nashville comfortably in the playoff race, a couple of teams indicated they’d heard defenceman Ryan Suter was off the market and the Predators were going for it. GM David Poile, via email: “Business as usual, trying to sign [him].” By the way, Suter turned 27 on Saturday.

• There are a few reports the Oilers are trying to get Nashville to offer either blue-liner Ryan Ellis or Jon Blum/a first-rounder for Hemsky. For what it’s worth, one source (not Poile) said Monday that the Predators are not interested.

• A couple of teams think Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad would be a very nice fit in San Jose. That kind of big, depth centre is exactly the kind of player the Sharks eye. Another GM said he could see Wild defender Marek Zidlicky being a possibility there, too. He’s out of favour in Minnesota and those two teams like dealing with one another.

• Get the sense the NHL is confident the St. Louis sale to Tom Stillman will work out. The Devils? Tough to get a good handle on what’s happening, although it’s clear an ugly ownership fight has, at the very least, annoyed everyone by leading to some unpaid bills. Whatever the case, it won’t be easy to fix everything in time to deal with Zach Parise’s impending free agency. He’ll want assurances about the overall health of the franchise.

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Video- NHL 36: Niklas Lidstrom Preview

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

NHL 36: Nicklas Lidstrom will air Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7 p.m. ET, and the Red Wings’ game in Montreal against the Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand J. Smith.

NHL 36: Lidstrom will re-air on the NBC Sports Network multiple times including Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network™ on Friday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. All times are ET.

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Video- Ovechkin Has A Few Things On His Mind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alex Ovechkin answers questions from the media, mostly regarding his suspension and the All-Star game.

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What my birthday taught me about hockey

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Well, of course other than the obvious: I share my January 26 birthday with Wayne Gretzky, so obviously hockey was my destiny one way or another. Now, normally I write about what hockey can teach us about life, but in this case I have also realized that getting older (I’ll be 44 on Thursday) has taught me a few things about the sport. Like, for example, my advice for what to do (or not) if the anthems of your youth are now being played as elevator/background music in a store or office building.

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The trials and travails of PK Subban

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Questionable decisions on the ice. Shouting matches with an assistant coach. Smiling when he shouldn’t smile. Yapping when he shouldn’t yap.

Bad mannered. Temperamental. Egotistical. Oh yes. PK Subban is trouble, alright - in that he acts like most 22 year olds.

With 19 points in 47 games, and a +/- rating of 0, after listening to callers on Montreal radio today, you’d think PK was having the worst season a defenceman has ever had for the Canadiens. Remember, in Montreal, when it rains, it pours.

Now the dogs are out. Trade PK. Get rid of him. Move him at all costs. Get value while he’s still valuable.

Folks: PK Subban is 22 years old. Want some comparables? Go look at the statistics of one Doughty, Drew and one Myers, Tyler. Take a good, long look. Then tell me what you think. Because here’s what I think:

Trade PK, and you’ll regret it for a long, long time.

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Ovechkin Missing The All Star Game

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Alexander Ovechkin has announced that he will join Nicklas Lidstrom, Teemu Selanne (and possibly Joe Thornton) in missing the All Star Game.  The difference between Ovechkin and the others is that Ovechkin did not let the league know he did not want to participate before the player selections were announced.  Perhaps he thought his play was not good enough for a selection, so he didn’t have to worry.  Nicklas Backstrom was a more logical choice for the Caps, as he is the Caps top scorer.  However Backstrom has been out with a concussion and hasn’t played since January 3rd.  Ovechkin’s star power makes him a logical Caps choice even in a poor season from a public relations standpoint.

I do not believe Ovechkin’s excuse for missing the game.  He is currently suspended and doesn’t want to attend as a suspended player.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We are not in control and quite honestly, I’m kind of tired of everybody pointing to us and making comments that the city of Glendale can’t get the job done.  We have no control over it and I think probably the NHL is very happy that writers and reporters continue to point to the city of Glendale for not getting the job done because it takes the attention directly off them.”

-Elaine Scruggs, Mayor of Glendale.  More on the Coyotes situation from Lisa Halverstadt of th Arizona Republic.

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Video- Where Will Tuomo Ruutu Land?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The experts at Sportsnet discuss what teams would be a fit for Ruutu.

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No All-Star Game For Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Katie Carrera tweet,

McPhee says Ovechkin isn’t comfortable participating in ASG as suspended player. Doesn’t want to be a distraction. Ovechkin will not attend.

added 12:20pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

As we reported last night. The NHL is disappointed Ovechkin won’t be in Ottawa, but won’t discipline him for not going.

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Leonsis Does Not Agree With Ovechkin Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I do not agree in any way with the suspension of Alex Ovechkin for 3 games. I support Alex Ovechkin. He is our bedrock player – our Captain; and he and his family know that we are always here to support him.

The decision has been made; and George McPhee will address the media today with our thoughts and concerns about the suspension.

While there is a lot of emotion and concern today – we have a game to play tonight against perhaps the best team in the league and we then have 2 games on the road against division foes, after the All Star game.

Tonight – we will play without Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Nick Backstrom. These are our three best players and represent a third of our payroll; there is simply no way short term to make up their productivity unless other players step up – and we must be focused on winning and not on being shorthanded. Our team mentality must and will stay positive.


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