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Different Opinions Of Ex-Ref Warren

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Two senior National Hockey League referees are divided on whether Dean Warren should have been fired by the league.

“I’ll be frank: he was horse shit,” said Paul Devorski, a 21-year referee who regularly works Stanley Cup Finals.

“Dean Warren is a good ref,” countered 30-year veteran Kerry Fraser, who has to a certain extent fallen out of favour with the NHL, having not been assigned a playoff game in several seasons.

Warren was fired by the NHL last year, and after an unsuccessful appeal through the NHL Officials’ Association has taken his cause to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In hearings this week, Warren - an NHL referee from 1999-2007 - asserted that it was his involvement with the NHLOA that caused him to fall out of favour with the league.


Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dean+warren

My Heart Sank A Bit Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know nothing can be done about it, the current CBA basically forced this option, but the words, “Shanahan on Waivers” and “Shanahan Clears Waivers” got to me.

A player with Shanahan’s credentials should not be associated with the word ‘waiver’, ever!

Hopefully things workout for Brendan and he, and he alone, makes the final decision on his next move.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Nashville Signs Scatchard To A Two-Way Contact

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (October 7, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Dave Scatchard to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the AHL level. Scatchard cleared waivers on Wednesday and will report to Milwaukee (AHL).

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: dave+scatchard

Lucic Contract Has Lockout Protection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

More people probably raised eyebrows at the fact that a player who scores, on average, one goal every four-plus games somehow merited an almost 500 percent raise. (Sure the guy brings intangibles, but geez, $4 million worth of intangibles?)

It’s amazing this contract passed the desk of notorious skin-flint and ownership hawk Jeremy Jacobs. Because, what the Bruins did, in effect, was help Lucic have a little more resolve if there is another lockout.

That’s because the $1 million bonus is due to be paid July 1, 2012. For those of you not keeping score, that could very well be a couple of months before another labor disruption. The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2011-12 season, but the players have the option of extending it for another year, which means it could very well come to an end after that season.

So if the owners lock the players out the way they did in 2004, Lucic will at least have $1 million in his pocket to get him through the lean times. You have to think the NHL isn’t crazy about teams giving their players lockout protection.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: milan+lucic

Blame The Fantasy People

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

What’s behind all the “what’s-up-with-Jarome” chatter in Calgary?

Craig Conroy has his own pet theory.

“I think a lot of it has to do with fantasy pools now,” chuckled Conroy, a longtime teammate of Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“Everybody’s got the fantasy guys ... they might have picked Jarome first overall, so they want him to get some points,” Conroy said prior to Tuesday’s win over Montreal. “But yeah, it’s always been that way. In a Canadian market, they want to see a star player play well early, so they know this is going to be a great year.”

As barometers go, this one has revealed much of the charged climate and high expectations in Flames Nation these days.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jarome+iginla

How Long Will Ron Wilson Last?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

Is it me or does anybody else think that Ron Wilson won’t - or shouldn’t - last long as coach of the Maple Leafs.

He had a total, and complete, meltdown following the 2-1 loss to the Senators Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.  It was awfully funny to hear.

Apparently his early-morning practice was moved to noon so he didn’t follow through on that threat.

I just don’t get the feeling he is going to be behind the Toronto bench forever - five year contract or not - if this team doesn’t pick it up.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ron+wilson

Shanahan Clears Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils left wing Brendan Shanahan cleared waivers at noon today without being claimed by another team.

There is no word from the Devils yet on whether they will assign him to Lowell of the AHL or what the next step will be.

If the Devils do assign Shanahan to Lowell, his $1 million salary will come of their cap.

more on the Devils and make sure to check out the new-look Fire & Ice.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Working Up A Sweat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Komisarek, Christopher Higgins and Eric Nystrom with their workout routine.

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: christopher+higgins, eric+nystrom, mike+komisarek

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We took too many penalties or too many penalties were called. The refs can’t become such a big part of the night. Six penalties in one period and more penalty killing time than playing 5 on 5 time means that our best offensive players aren’t on the ice either. The refs played the best D against our best lines last night!

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis on last night’s loss to the Flyers.  Read more from Ted at Ted’s Take.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ted+leonsis

Trevor Linden discussing NHL 10

Blog: KK Members Blog By Jester_EP

Hi guys

Electric Playground, your Vancouver-based video game experts, have posted a video segment on NHL 10. The segment features a talk with former Canuck great Trevor Linden. They also talk to producer David Littman. Here’s the link: Electric Playground NHL 10.


Filed in: Fantasy Hockey and Gaming, | KK Members Blog | Permalink

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