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THN’s ‘Top Ten 40-year-olds’ list is a sound one

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Hockey News tends to stir up a solid amount of controversy via their “Top Ten” lists, but it’s hard to argue with any of Adam Proteau’s choices as the best players to grace the NHL with their on-ice presences at 40:

7. Chris Chelios This is the first season the NHL has been without Chelios since 1982-83, the year before he made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens. In the 26 seasons that followed, Chelios made the playoffs 24 times, won three Norris Trophies and as many Stanley Cups. In his final season, Chelios also played in the American League, becoming the oldest player in that circuit’s history; he also is the second-oldest player in NHL history.

 

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LeBrun: Pegula May Not Spend To Cap

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

From Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com,

On the Sabres front, Pegula has agreed to buy the team for $189 million ($175 million in cash and $14 million in assumed liabilities). It’s good news for Sabres fans because the dude has deep pockets (he’s worth around $4.7 billion). But I was also told yesterday it doesn’t mean he’s going to spend to the cap every year. He’s rich because he’s made smart business decisions in his life. Buffalo remains a small market no matter who owns the team.

more, including what GM Darcy Regier told LeBrun this morning, and more Sabres and NHL ownership talk with LeBrun and colleague Scott Burnside.

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On a Louis-Marc Aubry, Greg Amadio and Red Wings afternoon gnus

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated 3:30 with news about Mike Babcock, Dove softy and Steve Yzerman: The Red Wings raised a few eyebrows when they signed long (6’3”), lean (maybe 180 lbs) and baby-faced Louis-Marc Aubry to an entry-level contract all of three-and-a-half months after drafting him, and the fact that he’s spent the vast majority of the QMJHL season on the Montreal Juniors’ injured reserve list hasn’t helped his stock among some Wings fans, but Wings scout Mark Leach told RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest that the Wings still believe that Aubry’s on track to grow into his body and slowly evolve into a gigantic third-line center:

“The injuries are a bump in the road but he’s a guy who has a big frame and body and he’s just a real smart two-way player,” said Red Wings scout Mark Leach. “He’s real responsible, good wherever he is on the ice, and he just makes things happen. He’s a real committed player who plays well at both ends.”

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Wednesday Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

• Lindy Ruff revealed this week he declined to sign a two-year extension from the Sabres earlier this season. That might change with the team being sold to billionaire Terry Pegula. But if Ruff is a free agent in June, he will be in hot, hot demand. If Brian Burke decides that’s it for Ron Wilson, Ruff would be a perfect fit in Toronto.

• Since Tom Renney declared “it won’t surprise me when we make the playoffs,” Oilers are 2-13-3. What was the point, looking back, of exiling Sheldon Souray to the minors again?

• Dwayne Roloson has four shutouts in 11 games. Incredible. The best part of his acquisition was that it was an admission by GM Steve Yzerman that his summer signing of Dan Ellis wasn’t the answer. Unlike the Leafs with Andrew Raycroft and then Vesa Toskala, Yzerman didn’t stubbornly insist Ellis was the man but instead acknowledged he wasn’t and found something better.

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Bolts waive goalie Mike Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per the Tampa Bay Lightning’s official Twitter account:

The Lightning have placed Mike Smith on waivers.

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No suspension for Jordan Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal received a match penalty for a hit on Brandon Prust last night, but TSN’s reporting that the NHL has chosen not to suspend him:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal received no supplementary discipline on Wednesday after he was assessed a match penalty for a sucker-punch on Rangers forward Brandon Prust during Tuesday’s game.

The league decided on Wednesday that no further action will be taken regarding the incident. An automatic one-game suspension applies when a player is given a match penalty, but the league chose to rescind the ban.  The NHL reserves the right to rescind a match penalty if they find reason to, or otherwise could have fined Staal if they chose.

The incident occurred during the second period, when Prust delivered a late hit to Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy. Staal entered the fray and sucker-punched Prust in apparent retaliation. Staal was given the match penalty, while Prust was able to stay in the game.

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NHL names Carolina’s Jeff Skinner its Rooke of the Month

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via NHL.com:

Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner, who led all rookies in scoring with 14 points (nine goals, five assists), has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Skinner edged Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (7-4—11 in 13 games), Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis (3-7—10 in 12 games), New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (3-7—10 in 14 games) and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (6-0-0, 1.90 GAA in six games) for the award.

The Hurricanes went 6-1-0 in games that Skinner tallied a goal in January, beginning with his two-goal performance in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 1. He sparked the Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 7 by notching a pair of second-period goals that erased a 2-0 Panthers lead. He also recorded a five-game point streak from Jan. 7-15 (five goals, three assists).

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Red Wings-Senators game-day update: Snow problem?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Updated with video, Babcock and Sens, times 2 at 6 PM: As the Red Wings and Senators prepare to battle this evening (7 PM start, FSD/TSN/WXYT), it appears that the game-day updates, at least until 5 PM, will come from the Senators’ side alone.  The Ottawa Citizen’s Allen Panzeri reports that the Wings will be going into an unfamilar rink “cold turkey” due to Snowpocalypse moving Eastward:

With the National Capital Region getting battered by a snow storm, the Red Wings didn’t come to the rink for a morning skate.  But despite the storm, the game will go on as scheduled.

Rookie goaltender Robin Lehner will get his second straight start, and the Sens’ lineup will draw upon two very annoying reinforcements, as the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch noted:

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Rosenbloom bashes Wings and Detroit, as usual…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Chicago Tribune’s version of Evil Drew Sharp, one Steve Rosenberg, has done a lovely job of bolstering your average Red Wings fan’s argument that we’re paranoid for a reason, mocking the Red Wings’ status as the most desirable team to play for per the CBC’s survey of 273 NHLPA members:

For starters, the Hawks tied for second with Vancouver as the team that players would most like to join, getting 11 percent of the vote compared to top-ranked Detroit at 14 percent. I know the Red Wings have won multiple Cups recently, but do the players realize they’d have to be in Detroit? Sounds like the NHL’s concussion problem is deeper than we think.

Nope, just you, Steve…

Continued, with more silly comments and boorish mocking…

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Spector: Small-market teams won’t benefit from possible salary rollback

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

About a week ago, I posted an entry noting that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made a few menacing comments regarding the next round of CBA negotiations in an, “At least we’re not the NFL or NBA” column by the Raleigh News & Observer’s Luke DeCock, essentially quoting those in the know, like Larry Brooks, Kevin Dupont and Lyle “Spector” Richardson, regarding the widely-held assumption that the NHL will demand another salary rollback and attempt to reduce the players’ share of revenues (among other issues, like reforming arbitration and tightening the reins of free agency, further restricting contractual cap-bending and even attempting to eliminate guaranteed contracts).

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