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Tucker Staying in Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Howard Berger at the National Post,

Tucker has a no-trade provision in the four-year, US$12-million extension he signed last March, and he has been evasive when answering questions from reporters about his willingness to waive the clause. But, after the Leafs’ morning skate at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Thursday, Tucker opened up a bit, and he sounded like a man who is firmly entrenched in Toronto. “I believe in the organization and playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs,” he said. “I signed here last year to stay. At that particular time in my career, I could have taken the option to explore free agency and I didn’t. Not only have the Maple Leafs been good to me, but I think my allegiance to this team has shown in the last eight years.” When asked about the prospect of changing his mind before Feb. 26, Tucker replied, “I don’t see myself changing that philosophy.”

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  Tags: contracts, darcy+tucker, trade+rumors

Columbus GM Meets With Foote

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

“I have no intention of trading Adam Foote if we’re in a playoff race,” Howson said. “But I must do what is best for the franchise.”

What constitutes a “playoff race” in Howson’s eyes? He says there is no magic number of points behind or ahead of the final playoff spot when making such a call. Also, he won’t put a hard date on when to make a decision.

The trading deadline is Feb. 26.

Howson spelled out a four-point criteria he will use in determining whether the Jackets are a contender:

read on

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  Tags: adam+foote

Lowe Will Do What Is Best For The Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

What’s happening to the Oilers isn’t bad management, it’s mostly bad luck, but it does illustrate the risks that come with signing young players to contracts based largely on what they are projected to do and the way injuries can rip apart a team….

All of this makes things difficult for Lowe, but fascinating for those who look at the Oilers without a rooting interest.

Will he accept his apparent fate and allow his team to go slowly into its goodnight, much the way he did last season, or will he become a buyer at the trade deadline like he did two seasons ago when the moves made paid off with a stunning run to the Stanley Cup final?

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Rafalski Goes Back To His Roots

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wyandotte puck bunnies will be happy.

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Pahlsson Close To Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Ducks center Samuel Pahlsson, who hasn’t played since Dec. 22 because of abdominal inflammation, is “an option” for Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, but Pahlsson’s return appears more likely to come Friday night against the New Jersey Devils….

Barring a last-minute injury, illness or other unexpected occurrence, Pahlsson is not likely to play against the Rangers. Most likely, Carlyle does not want to put Pahlsson back in the lineup and test him immediately with a back-to-back challenge, given Friday’s assignment across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

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  Tags: samuel+pahlsson

Canucks Need To Get On A Roll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Province,

The Canucks are 10th in the Western Conference with 59 points, but just five points back of division-leading Minnesota. They are also just two points up on Columbus and four ahead of St. Louis and Edmonton.

What does this all mean?

If you calculate that it’s going to take 95 points to secure a playoff position, then the Canucks will need to go on an 18-10 run the rest of the way. Daunting, but doable, according to captain Markus Naslund.

read on

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His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

On the day Bruce Boudreau finally became an NHL coach, he wondered if that was what it was like to win the lottery.

After coaching for more than 15 years in places like Muskegon, Miss., Fort Wayne and Lowell, Boudreau’s numbers finally came in at 6:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

“He kept saying, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ But he was smiling,” Boudreau’s wife, Crystal, said.

Within 30 minutes, Boudreau was out the door and headed toward Washington.

continued

Update: Boudreau did a live question & answer session on the Washington Post website earlier today. [Transcript]

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Potential Tragedy of Concussions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News reflects on CBC’s Fifth Estate program which aired last night. The program investigated wrestler Chris Benoit’s life in an attempt to explain the tragedy of last summer.

From Proteau:

Yet, instead of focusing on steroid abuse as a possible explanation for the wrestler’s actions, the Fifth Estate spoke with two doctors at the University of North Carolina who examined Benoit’s brain after the murders and came up with an entirely different theory on what caused an otherwise doting father to snap so violently.

Shockingly, the UNC doctors diagnosed Benoit as having the brain of an 80- or 90-year-old person suffering from dementia.

Furthermore, they revealed the results of a study completed on the after-effects of concussions on 3,000 former NFL players. The study demonstrated that, in addition to serious mental and cognitive problems, the ex-football players had to deal with depression – depression that at times led to suicide attempts, or successful suicides – that may be a direct result of repeated concussions.

more from Proteau on this issue and what it means to hockey.  And you can watch the complete program yourself online here.

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  Tags: chris+benoit, concussions, depression

From Hockey to Baseball and Back Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Atlanta Braves,

When Tom Glavine elected to sign with the Braves out of high school rather than with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, he didn’t lose his interest in hockey. That fact has never been more obvious than this offseason, when the 303-game winner spent a good deal of his time coaching youth hockey in a big way.

Glavine didn’t just coach a team, or even two. He helped coach four teams.

“I love watching these guys play,” said a smiling Glavine after a December game. “They enjoy playing so much, and they have the same passion I had when I was kid.”

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  Tags: atlanta+braves, mlb, tom+glavine

Rivaling the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

Fetisov, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was quoted on the Russiatoday website endorsing what will be called the Continental Hockey League and include teams outside of Russia.

“At the moment, the top players will continue playing in the NHL because they believe it’s the best league in the word,” Fetisov said. “But if our league gains the same status as our North American counterparts, the new Ovechkins, Kovalchuks and Datsyuks will stay here because they’ll be playing in a very competitive and financially competitive league.”

Fetisov said the new league will also stage a draft like the NHL.

“If we’re able to draft players from the various European leagues, Canadians added to our talent in Russia, we’ll definitely be a serious contender to the NHL.

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, continental+hockey+league, russia, slava+fetisov, vladislav+tretiak

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