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It’s for real: Markov-less era begins, again

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Two weeks ago I posted updates from Tony Marinaro’s Twitter regarding the health of Andrei Markov. Late last night, the Team 990’s Marinaro provided more details on what’s ahead for Andrei Markov. The bad news: surgery next week, and he’s gone for up to a year. And there’s really no good news, except that Markov is expected to make a full recovery.

Markov will have his surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews, who many in baseball call “Dr. Bad News.” They always say a visit to Andrews generally means a long time on the shelf - and that appears to be the truth.

For those interested, the always reliable Tony Marinaro’s Twitter feed:

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You’re Missing It Ted. You’re Frigging Missing It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

How many of you saw this riveting lead from self-proclaimed “NHL Insider” and Deep Digger Ted Kulfan, vomited, then clicked away without reading another word?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Sidney Crosby.

Because he’s an “insider”, Kulfan then brings us a number of re-hashed quotes regarding dirty play, slew, slue and slieu footing without offering a single opinion of his own

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Getting The Story Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

It was a little after midnight. As usual, Jim Kelley was sitting at his computer, working on a column. Jim called to his wife, Susan, and said he’d be up to bed soon. Susan smiled. She had spent most of her life as a sportswriter’s wife, and she knew “soon” could mean hours or even days when Jim was determined to get the story right.

Kelley put the finishing touches on a column about Brian Burke, the GM of the Maple Leafs. In the last sentence, he wished Burke a happy second anniversary on the job. He filed the column with Sportsnet.ca, the Canadian Web site, at 1:30 Tuesday morning.

Later Tuesday, Kelley went to Buffalo General, where he died late that afternoon after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer.


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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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