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NHLPA In A Sweater Mess

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Blais of the Edmonton Sun,

An Edmonton sports merchandise company is suing the National Hockey League Players’ Association for $1 million, alleging the organization interfered with a deal to sell special player jerseys at the 2008 all-star game.

In a statement of claim filed in Edmonton’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Jan. 20, Next Wave Sports Inc. alleges the conduct of the NHLPA was in “callous disregard” of its rights and legitimate business interests and says the company is entitled to an award for punitive damages…

Next Wave alleges it contacted the Atlanta Thrashers hockey club in January 2008 and asked for the opportunity to market the product by displaying and selling a jersey featuring Thrashers star player Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Edmonton company alleges the Thrashers and the NHL gave it authorization to display and sell the JAC product featuring Kovalchuk during the NHL all-star-game weekend in Atlanta on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 2008.

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Mike Green Elbow On Michael Frolik Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Green received 2 minutes for elbowing.

added 11:26pm, via the Twitter of Tarik El-Bashir,

Mike Green on his elbow to Michael Frolik’s head: “I didn’t mean to elbow him. I might have got it up. I thought it was my shoulder.”

If you missed the knee-on-knee hit Green took tonight, you can watch it here.  The knee hit was after the elbow…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: michael+frolik, mike+green

How Seven Words Can Make A Difference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Kukla has another view of the save

Earlier today, I noticed KK traffic was higher than normal and at 2:15pm, I happened to glance at my stats and noticed this- The most visitors ever was 2044 on 01/29/2010 02:14 pm

What had happened was Greg pointed back to KK post of the Johan Hedberg video with his sweater over his head.  Now Greg could have taken the same YouTube video that I posted and used it himself, and I have not talked to him about it,  but he noticed I had it up pretty early after the play happened and decided to give me a little ‘pub’ for it.

I just wanted to point this out in public of what Greg did and hope all bloggers would take notice.  A few years back, that was how things were done and it still is, but not on the regular basis that it once was.

Some bloggers will never get it, they want to make it look like they are the creator of breaking news or want all the glory, but I prefer the type of thing Greg did much better.

added 10:34pm, Ha, via the twitter of Ben Wright of the Atlanta Thrahsers,

Thanks to the Johan Hedberg video (and some Yahoo! love) today was the busiest day in atlantathrashers.com history.


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Coyotes Waiting On Upshall Status Before Talking Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

(Scottie) Upshall left Thursday’s game against the Calgary Flames in the third period with what appeared to be a knee injury. He is listed as day to day because of a lower-body injury. Upshall, the team’s leading goal-scorer, underwent evaluations Friday.

“Number 1, we’re just waiting to see if this is something significant, long term, then we probably have to dial up our search for another offensive player,” Maloney said.

For the interim, the Coyotes recalled Mikkel Boedker from the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

If Upshall’s return is on a fast track, then the Coyotes likely would stand pat before the Olympic break, during which time trades will come to a halt. Maloney believes that’s the prevailing wisdom around the league, regardless of whether teams are battling injuries.

“That’s the way it’s trending, it’s turning that way,” he said. “I will say conversation has picked up, but all you have to do is look at the standings.”

more on the Coyotes…

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  Tags: scottie+upshall

Dmitry Kulikov & Mike Green Knee-On-Knee Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Washington Capitals’ defenceman Mike Green has left tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers’ with an apparent knee injury.

Green collided with Panthers’ defenceman Dmitry Kulikov with just over three minutes remaining in the second period.  It appeared to be a knee-on-knee collision.

He briefly returned to the Capitals bench in the third period but left for the dressing room once again shortly thereafter.

Earlier in the game Green was involved in another incident when he appeared to nail Panthers’ forward Michael Frolik with an elbow to the head.  Green received a two minute elbowing penalty on the play, however the league may well review the hit.

Watch video of the knee-on-knee hit below and note, instead of play by play in the vid, we get some music…

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dmitry+kulikov, mike+green

Lilja Likely Headed To Grand Rapids For Rehab Assignment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

General manager Ken Holland said the club is in the process of finalizing the details of the conditioning stint. Holland said it would be for three games and six days and include an option to extend it for two days.

Lilja, who has been out since Feb. 28 of last season with a concussion, said this morning that he would welcome a stint with the Griffins.

“I’ve been out for so long, if they told me to go down I wouldn’t hesitate,’’ Lilja said. “I need game time. If that means I have to go down to Grand Rapids to play, I got nothing against that.’’

Lilja would not count against the salary cap or the 23-man NHL roster while in Grand Rapids.


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  Tags: andreas+lilja

Buyer Or Seller?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

...back to the original point, are you buying or selling at the deadline? Let’s meander through the NHL and see what’s likely to

Pittsburgh Penguins—GM Ray Shero made a couple nice moves at last season’s deadline and came away with the Stanley Cup. Can he do it again? There figure to be some enticing pieces out there for Shero to mull over as he plots the course for back-to-back Cups.

New York Rangers—John Tortorella wanted more scoring from players not named Marian Gaborik all season long, but offense continues to be a problem. The Rangers also are among the eight teams fighting for three spots in the East right now, so a winning or losing streak could change their plans from buyer to seller or vice versa in a hurry.

Calgary Flames—Where there’s smoke ... Anyway, the Flames have struggled mightily of late and the fans are restless, but GM Darryl Sutter has thrown a lot of cold water on any talk of a significant deal happening here.

much more

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LB: No Time For Apologies - Search And Destroy Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

No excuses or apologies.  The Wings need to win the old fashioned way, like back in 2007-2008.  Search and destroy without mercy.  Bubba must be made to felt the wrath of an angry Wings team.  The puck belongs to us, and we don’t want anyone touching it.

The victory is ours for the taking, facing an opponent in a tailslide, nothing short of a convincing victory is acceptable.

Today, I’m taking requests.  The song idea for today’s LB comes from A2Y super grrrl, Jennemy of the Skate.

Plus we have some very special announcements to tell everybody tonight relating to the Herm 2 Hockeytown effort.

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Does Souray In Colorado Make Sense?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

At this point to the season, I think it’s become clear what one remaining weakness of the Avalanche is, and one that needs to be addressed if it wants any shot at making and/or going deep into the playoffs: the power play.
Specifically, the Burgundy and Blue lack a point man with great PP quarterback abilities, one with a huge slap shot that makes the D back off and creates more garbage rebound goals for the forwards in front….

This is why I think the Avs should make a serious pitch for Souray, the Edmonton veteran. Yes, I know Souray is having a bad year and has had some off-ice drama as well. I know he’s 33 and a bit slow and doesn’t make a great pass out of his own zone. But I do know he still has one of the most feared slap shots in the game, and he can really play a mean, physical game down low.


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  Tags: sheldon+souray

Booth Close To Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

DeBoer and Booth talked for a while near the bench today and then Booth chatted with Dave Zenobi. DeBoer said it was nothing more than just another daily conversation on Booth’s progress.

I spoke with Booth this afternoon. I got the feeling he’s going to be back one of the next three games after tonight—either Sunday against the Islanders, Monday against the Ducks or next Friday against the Flames. All three are home games. My guess would be Friday.

I asked Booth if he was ready to play. He said he’s getting closer, but isn’t quite there yet.

“If I felt ready to play in a game right now I’d be playing tonight,” Booth said. “I don’t know when that date is going to be. I just don’t want to put my team in jepoardy of anything where I’m not ready. Every shift now counts. If you make a mistake and the other team capitalizes, it’s tough to live as a player.”

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  Tags: david+booth

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