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Khan(!)‘s Weekly Scouting Report: Hasek

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stop the presses.  Khan(!) and I agree, mostly, on the unlikely prospect that our Miracle of Czech Insanity can last an entire season mentally and physically healthy.

But, what are the odds that a guy who turns 43 in January can once again make it through the season healthy? It wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he missed some time in the regular season as long as he’s healthy in the playoffs. Once again, the Wings will do what they can to minimize the risk by not overworking him and not playing him on consecutive nights.

What are the odds?  Slim.

In case you didn’t know, our Deep Digger Captain has been providing equally shallow “scouting reports” on the Wings for a few weeks now.  Here are a few more of his efforts. 

Cleary
Homer
Lilja 
Lebda
Kopecky

 

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Jokinen Unlikely To Be Traded

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

What re-ignited them was a report by TSN on July 1 suggesting the Calgary Flames might consider offering up Alex Tanguay to the Panthers for Jokinen.
Panthers GM Jacques Martin (who replaced Mike Keenan last year) and Flames GM Darryl Sutter both denied the report. Still, it was enough to spark internet chatter claiming Jokinen was available, based on the Panthers supposed desire to dump his salary in hopes of landing good young players for their “rebuilding project”.
But the Panthers are no longer rebuilding. This is a team that has made continual improvement since the 2001-02 season, and came oh-so-close to making the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. Indeed, had former GM Keenan not traded away Luongo to Vancouver in one of the worst deals in NHL history (a move that likely led to Keenan’s firing), the Panthers probably would’ve made the postseason.

more

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NHL Stays Out Of This Kind Of News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pamela Barone at NBC Sports,

While three professional sports leagues sit embroiled in scandal, we hockey fans can sit back and laugh. Steroids? Nope. Point-shaving? Don’t think so. Dog fighting? We’re talking about Canadians, here. Sure, there aren’t many of us these days. But maybe these latest headlines will be enough to convert some disgruntled fans of the so-called big three. If not—who cares? We know why the NHL is the best professional sports league. Just in case, though, I thought I would take this time to review some of the reasons.

continued

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Wild Re-Sign Schultz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Nick Schultz to a 2007-08 contract.
“Nick’s continued improvement and durability make him the consummate team player,” Risebrough said. “He’s established himself as an important presence on our blue line, and we’re very happy that we could reach a contract agreement.”

more at MinnesotaWild.com...

 

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Toivonen Goes To The Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Stl. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.
“Hannu is a former 1st round draft choice who gives our club depth in the goaltending position,” said Davidson.  “Our scouts feel he has tremendous upside and a bright future in the National Hockey League.”

added 4:20pm, Blues Release...

 

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Would Hamilton Win The Cup Before The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

I always read the comments posted underneath this blog, and a couple of you have brought up the Maple Leafs. I can understand why Toronto would not want Nashville moving to Hamilton.
Because the Predators would win the Stanley Cup first.
Think about it: Look what David Poile has done under a limited budget. Even in the great summer sell-off of 2007, you can’t help but look at that roster and say, “Geez, this guy does an unbelievable job of drafting and identifying talent.”
Now, imagine him working for Jim Balsillie, someone who will not be afraid to spend money, someone whose ego will demand an immediate contender.

continued... and some other sports bits too…

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NYR Make Changes in Head Office

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The New York Rangers restructured their front office Monday, promoting Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope to key positions.
Schoenfeld was named assistant general manager, player personnel, while Hope was named assistant general manager, hockey administration.
The moves helped fill the void left by former assistant GM Don Maloney, who left to become GM in Phoenix. Schoenfeld was coach and GM of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford the past four seasons and he will keep the AHL GM duties in addition to his promotion.

continued…

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Breaking Down Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The most intriguing case may be goalie Ray Emery, whose team has already dumped Peter Schaefer in an effort to clear some cap space. After taking the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final with four rounds worth of excellent goaltending, Emery’s aiming for something in the same neighborhood as New York’s Henrik Lundqvist ($4.25 million for one year) while the Sens are hoping for something closer to the $2.333 million that Carolina’s Cam Ward averages over the three-year deal that he signed last summer.

read on for more arbitration cases…

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Guerin A Better Captain Than Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.

continued

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A Very Important Year For Yashin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler answers a few questions in Sovsport and basically said this will be Yashin’s most important year of hockey.
They are hoping Yashin has a year on the ice that will attract NHL teams again.
Read on for the very rough translation of the Q & A…

Continue Reading »

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