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Kovalchuk Downplays Ovechkin/Malkin Reunion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Kovalchuk has been credited with getting Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to end their feud over the weekend. Kovalchuk, in typical fashion, downplayed his role.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Kovalchuk said of his reported role as peacemaker. “They’re both Russians. They were always friends. Russians hit each other on the ice, they make a big deal about it. Canadians fight all the time, and they don’t say anything.”

Ovechkin did some guest DJing at a club. Kovalchuk didn’t spin any tunes.

“He was pretty good. I just was listening,” Kovalchuk said. Did Ilya dance? “A little bit,” he said.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Rangers Place Fritsche On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

New York Rangers winger Dan Fritsche, a former Blue Jackets player and a native of Parma, Ohio, is on NHL waivers, The Dispatch has confirmed.

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The Rodney Dangerfield of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy:

There’s a disarming honesty with [Tim] Thomas, the 34-year-old goalie in his fifth NHL season with Boston. Maybe a guy who kicked around the minor leagues and Europe for several years after breaking in with the ECHL’s Birmingham Bulls in 1998 doesn’t want to waste a moment of his NHL career with a canned answer. Or maybe he’s just a humble, blue collar guy from a town (Flint, Michigan) and a team (the Bruins) that both share that same aesthetic.

“There are times when I feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of hockey, in a certain way,” he said. “If anything, that just gives me motivations to keep proving people wrong. I probably would feel uncomfortable if everyone believed in me too much.”

He may feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of hockey, but some of his actions this season for Boston have seemed more in line with Ron Hextall or Billy Smith. Thomas knows this, and he’s not exactly proud of it.

read on

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  Tags: tim+thomas

Brunnstrom Assigned To Manitoba Moose

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned left wing Fabian Brunnstrom to the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was placed on the Injured Reserve list with a lower body injury on Dec. 27.

Brunnstrom, 23, has skated in 31 games for Dallas this season, collecting 10 goals and four assists for 14 points with two penalty minutes. He leads the Stars and ranks first among NHL rookies in game-winning goals (4), and is third in the NHL (and first among league rookies) in shooting percentage (22.2%). Brunnstrom is also ranked tied for seventh among first-year players in goals. 

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Red Wings Options with Players and Payroll

Blog: KK Members Blog By hankyspanky40

You know me I am always tinkering. Looking at ways to keep the roster somewhat intact and payroll not insane. A couple of options I thought of, and keep in mind I used the payroll info from Red Wings Central for players currently under contract for 2009-2010.


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Questions After The Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The All-Star weekend has come and gone and now teams return Tuesday night for the second half. Scott Burnside and E.J. Hradek answer these 10 Burning Questions as we count down to the playoffs:

What’s the one move one team needs to make before March 4?
Burnside:...It says here if Gainey does not upgrade the team’s goaltending depth, the Habs will celebrate their centennial season with a second straight embarrassing second-round exit.

Hradek: If the Blue Jackets want to help support their rookie goalie and earn their first playoff berth, they’d be wise to add a veteran scorer to boost their attack. Maybe they could grab a guy like Blues winger/center Keith Tkachuk?


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All-Star Controversy - What Really Matters

Blog: KK Members Blog By Nathan

It has been quite a week.

As all frequent KK readers are undoubtedly aware, there’s been a bit of a debate as to whether or not the league is justified in “suspending” Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk for one game as a punishment for the players absence from the All-Star Weekend festivities.

I’m a die-hard Red Wings fan. Plain and simple. For that reason, I don’t think I need to go into details about my opinion on the “suspensions”. I feel that forcing Lidstrom and Datsyuk to miss a game does nothing more than punish thousands of fans that have paid good money to see meaningful, regular season NHL hockey.

A number of my fellow Wings fans are calling for Ken Holland/Mike Babcock/Red Wings brass to do something drastic to prove a point. For instance, some people feel Holland should call up players to replace Lidstrom and Datsyuk, even if it puts the team over the cap. Others think that Babcock should instruct Lidstrom and Datsyuk to dress and simply defy the suspension. And more think that the club should just forfeit the game on principal alone.

I won’t bore you with my reasons why I think all these methods are wrong—because they don’t matter.

What matters is this—the Detroit Red Wings—from the Ilitch family, to Jimmy Devellano, to Ken Holland, Steve Yzerman, and Jim Nill, all the way down to Mike Babcock and his players on the pro roster, even down to the Grand Rapids Griffins and their stable of prospects and coaches that work hard to feed the big club with NHL-ready talent—every last one of these people is total class.

Ken Holland will undoubtedly stand up for his players, as he already did by telling them to stay home and just take the “suspensions”. In the face of criticism, he will never ally with any side or opinion other than that which is best for these two players and this organization.

But one other thing you can take to the bank is that Ken Holland, Mr. Ilitch, and company, will most certainly not undercut the league. Because they never have and never will stoop to the level the NHL operates at. They are above that. All of them. Every last person involved in this team is above it. Detroit will take the high road—Lidstrom and Datsyuk will sit, the team will play short a man, and every player that’s on the bench tonight will play harder to make up for it, and they’ll be proud win or lose.

When the inept owners and management groups of teams in non-hockey markets wouldn’t start a season without a cap and revenue sharing, did Mike Ilitch go crying to the press about it? Did Ken Holland whine about how it wasn’t fair that he’d have to curtail his spending toward building a winning club in order to subsidize teams with trash in the front office and trash on the ice? As the 2009 offseason rapidly approaches, has Ken Holland complained that the cap system is likely to force him to lose home-grown talent that his ace scouts worked their asses of to find? And has he started a shit-storm over the fact that the CBA doesn’t allow restructuring of contracts, despite the fact that the likes of Kris Draper and Nick Lidstrom would probably take a little less if it helps bring back that home-grown talent for ‘09-‘10? No. No. No. And no. Instead he took the situation he was presented with, and built another Cup champion out of it.

The point? The Red Wings do it right. And when the dust settles from this entire ASG situation, all that will be left is the Detroit Red Wings organization, having taken the high road one more time. Doing the selfless thing in the face of ignorant decision-making.

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  Tags: datsyuk, detroit, holland, ilitch, lidstrom, red+wings

Bruins Getting Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Andrew Ference will all play tonight against Washington.

Bergeron, out since Dec. 20 because of a concussion suffered when he collided with Carolina’s Dennis Seidenberg, passed the neuro-psych test that is required of all players who are diagnosed with head injuries. Bergeron received clearance to play after passing the test.

“Just relief of getting a chance to be back soon,” Bergeron said when he was informed of his clearance. “There was relief. I was happy.”


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Blogging From Seat #162

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle of From The Rink,

Would they turn down a blogger given this is one of the NHL’s biggest media events of the year? Or would there be some sort of auxiliary press box, deep beneath the seats, where the “lesser” media could still cover the game?

As it turns out, the Bell Centre’s well-equipped to deal with issues like this. There are more than 300 seats in the massive press box encircling the rink, and few offer a worse view than my No. 162:

read on

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  Tags: all-star+game

Your Questions Answered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today at NHL.com I answer some of the emails I have received in the last week or so.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

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