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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Red Wing-lovers at Kuklas Korner get positively orgasmic when I write stuff like this, so consider it an early Christmas present: From a GM, “Detroit is the best team we’ve played this year. It’s not even close. Their puck control is incredible…You have to hope your goalie has a great night to give you a chance.”

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  More thoughts from Elliotte plus a look at Crosby.

I think I need a cigarette!

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See?  A Little Praise Can Be Satisfying

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dammit…Double posted. Sorry Paul.

Elliotte Friedman offers you this today, as part of his thirty thoughts. How much better would it have been on “cyber Monday”, though?

The Red Wing-lovers at Kuklas Korner get positively orgasmic when I write stuff like this, so consider it an early Christmas present: From a GM, “Detroit is the best team we’ve played this year. It’s not even close. Their puck control is incredible…You have to hope your goalie has a great night to give you a chance.”

More...including all the Rosby love you can handle.

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‘Power Less’ In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

A power outage at HP Pavilion this morning has disrupted the usual game day routine.  Emergency power — think dim lights — is available so a few players are expected to be out on the ice, but the usual morning skate appears to be off for both teams.

Electricity was lost about 8:40 a.m.  and PG&E crews are on the scene, but so far no word yet on what’s causing the problem.

Important point to make:  I’m advised the quality of the ice won’t be compromised unless there’s a loss of power for six to eight hours.

a bit more...

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Can’t Believe This One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,

A heartbreaking crime was committed against Pat Burns’ family within hours of his funeral.

After the hockey world gathered yesterday to mourn the death of the old coach, someone smashed into his widow’s car.

Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to Line Burns and stole a number of her valuable possessions — including jewelry and 30 autographed hockey jerseys.

Police suspect the thieves actually knew the Burns family.

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  Tags: pat+burns

Hossa Out 2-3 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone tweet,

Hossa out 2-3 weeks

He had an on-ice collision with Nick Boynton in practice yesterday, lower-body is the report.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Colorado/Washington Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

COL’s Scott Hannan has been traded to Washington Capitals. Details to follow


via Adrian Dater tweet,

Scott Hannnan for Tomas Fleischman

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan.

Fleischmann, 26, has tallied 10 points (4g/6a) with a +3 plus/minus rating in 23 games for the Capitals this season.  In 2009-10, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native set career highs in goals (23), assists (28) and points (51) in 69 games for Washington.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Scott Hannan for his services to our organization and wish him the best,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “In Tomas we are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old.  His addition will bolster our lineup immediately.”


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  Tags: scott+hannan, tomas+fleischman

MSM/Blogger Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A couple of days ago, The Score filed a video report on this debate.

If you have been following this topic, then the video is well worth seven minutes of your time.

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Wait.  Just Wait

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Now, whether Burke can find his own alternate route looks uncertain, or even doubtful now, but rebuilding projects always look this way. Three years after drafting Alex Ovechkin, the Caps had 70 points. But George McPhee wasn’t fired. It’s been four years since the St. Louis Blues bottomed out and took Erik Johnson first overall, and after a fast start it appears the Blues are likely to be fighting for a playoff spot again this season. Don’t hear anybody calling for John Davidson’s head.

These things take time, yet so many want to scream “Failure!” at the Burke regime after just two years. Make no sense.

Similarly, reaching final conclusions on Phil Kessel, the closest thing the Leafs have to a franchise forward, makes no sense either. Bill Watters, the former Leaf executive and radio analyst on A640, called Kessel a “dog” repeatedly on the air yesterday, and maybe he’s right. Ol’ Wilbur has been around the game a long time and talks to a long of folks in the sport, so I’m certainly not dismissing his opinion.


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Thinking Out Loud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

• Wasn’t it a few weeks ago the LA Kings were leading the Western Conference in points?  Today, they are not even in the playoff picture, sitting as the 11th seed.  They need some scoring, badly.

• I am thinking of hiring Allan Walsh as my agent.  Would probably be worth it since he tweets about his clients about 100 times a day.

• Working my way across the web last night and this morning, I never knew how badly ‘slew-foot’ could be spelled.  Examples:  slu-foot, slued-foot and slued-footed, slewed-foot, sloo-foot and slew-fut.

• Trade talk still is slow and one reason is just about every team still is considered to be in the playoff race.  14th seeded New Jersey is 8 points out of the playoffs while 14th seeded Calgary is 5 points out of the race.

• What’s more surprising- The Flyers may have found their #1 goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky or the Toronto Maple Leafs still don’t have a #1 center?

• People say the Blue Jackets need an offensive defenseman, I say they need someone to get the puck to Rich Nash more often.  Nash at times still tries to do too much with the puck.

• Best TV broadcasting crew- I am going to eliminate the Wings and also eliminate the Canadian teams since we don’t get enough of their broadcasts on Center Ice, so my pick is Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda of the San Jose Sharks. Comingin 2nd and rising quickly is John Kelly and Darren Pang.  How about you, do you have a favorite, non-homer crew?

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Report: Pegula Signs Letter of Intent to Buy the Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News:

THN.com has learned that billionaire Terry Pegula has signed a letter of intent to buy the Buffalo Sabres from Tom Golisano for about $150 million.

Pegula is the founder and CEO of East Resources, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. A graduate of Penn State University, he and his wife Kim, recently donated $88 million to the school to help fund a new arena and establish a Division I hockey program.

More to follow.

Edit 11:42 a.m. ET :  Sabres Managing Partner/Minority Owner Larry Quinn has released the following statement:

“Reports regarding the sale of the Buffalo Sabres tend to surface from time to time. There have been several inquiries in the past few years regarding this subject. Our company policy is we do not comment on them because people make inquiries all the time. Some of these inquiries are serious, some are not, some make the media and others do not.  The report that a $150 million letter of intent has been signed is simply not true.”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, terry+pegula

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