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Worst Goaltending Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Goaltending is extremely important in the NHL.  It is very hard to win without good goaltending.  Naturally, the team with the weakest goaltending in the NHL will be a weak team.  So far this season, that team has been the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Usually, Vesa Toskala plays in goal for Toronto.  Toskala has been a solid NHL goaltender in the past, but he hasn’t done it this season.  Among goaltenders with enough games played to qualify for the individual stats, Toskala has the second worst saves percentage in the league (his .884 beats Chris Osgood’s .880).  His 3.31 GAA is also second worst - but this time Johan Hedberg is the worst.

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 0515 EST:  Amazing insight from Marty Turco. 
“I’d like to see that call made a little more often.”

Updated 0250 EST:  Video of the call added below.  What isn’t added are the Wing highlights from the third period, because there aren’t any.  O’Halloran may have made another horrible Holmstrom call but Detroit’s poor play in the first and third period is what led to their fourth loss in a row.
Wings just had another goal called back, just before the end of the second period against Dallas.  If it had counted, a Lidstrom slapshot…of course, it would have closed the gap to 4-3.

But not in Gary’s world. Not in the league where Tomas Holmstrom is called for goalie interference on…this.

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How The Wings Could Sign Hossa & Franzen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen at Mucking and Grinding,

The Red Wings are pressed up against the cap ceiling already, and here’s my take on what could be done to allow the Red Wings to sign all three players:

+ Detroit will have to put together a similar long-term, front-loaded deal with Hossa, only the cap number has to end up in the $5-$5.5 million range. You can still give Hossa $7 million per season for several years and still get down close to $5 million cap number as long as the last three years are similar to Zetterberg’s deal. In his contracts, Zetterberg earns $3.35 million,$1 million and $1 million in his last three seasons.

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Good Old Marty.  A Perfect Lodger, A Perfect Guest.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And yes, a Beautiful Loser.

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A Look At Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Since the last time I wrote about NHL ticket prices, the North American economies have become so battered that if this were happening on the ice, the linesmen would have jumped in long ago.

More than ever, I’m convinced that regardless of how the NHL attempts to spin and manipulate the numbers, the league botched the chance coming out of the lockout, and beyond, to address more aggressively the issue of affordability.

And as the crisis continues on both sides of the border, the NHL is going to pay for that lack of foresight, especially in the U.S. markets. It’s going to pay for it in virtually all of those markets, both “troubled” and more traditionally supportive.


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Ducks Sign Parros to 3 Year Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Anaheim Ducks:

The Ducks announced today that they have signed right wing George Parros to a three-year contract extension. The new contract will keep Parros with Anaheim through the end of the 2011-12 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

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Breaking News: Stars Fans Hate You And They Really Hate The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I know.  It’s hard to handle.  Try to take it in and stay off the bell towers. But they do.

And it’s a deep hate. 

Ready? Move the kids away from the computer.

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Kings Activate Brad Richardson

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Brad Richardson from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Richardson, 23, has missed the last 22 Kings game due to foot injury he suffered during practice on December 3.  He was sent to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) for a three-game conditioning assignment (Jan. 15 through Jan. 22) where he recorded three points (1-2=3) and zero penalty minutes.

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The NHL Hour:  Guest Hosts, Colin Campbell & Mike Murphy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Cambell and NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy will guest host today’s edition of NHL Hour.  Gary Bettman will return next week.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments to this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, media, mike+murphy, nhl+hour

Wild Trade For Fritsche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pioneer Press,

The Minnesota Wild have acquired forward Dan Fritsche (FRIHT-chee) from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Erik Reitz, Wild general manager Doug Risebrough announced today.

“Dan is a versatile player who can play center or wing, a determined player who makes the game harder on the opposition, and a winning player — he’s won a Memorial Cup and a World Junior Championship for Team USA,” Risebrough said in a statement from the team.

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