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Speaking Out On Auger And Burrows

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

I must say, Auger is not one of the more respected NHL officials, so more than a few people are willing to believe Burrows’ side of this story. But Burrows also has more than a tinge of agitation to his game, so he doesn’t get many breaks, either.

Here are the takes from two different sources at the rink today, none of them current Blue Jackets players.

One: “Good for Auger. That little rat bast*** Burrows got exactly what he deserved. That’s stuff used to happen all the time in the league, but player wouldn’t go whining about it in public. It just shows how little respect some of the new players have for that part of the game.”

Two: “That kind of stuff has been going on for years. I can’t believe he’d be so stupid to tell the player about it before the game, but I could see it. Because it’s Auger, I could see it.”

added 4:40pm, from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell will have a hearing via conference call Tuesday afternoon as the league begins an investigation into the accusation one of its referees had a personal vendetta which spilled over into Monday’s Canucks game.

The hearing is scheduled to start after the Canucks finish their practice in Minnesota (scheduled for 3:30 PST).


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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, stephane+auger

TSN Style- Top 10 Plays Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Can’t Complain About The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails…

I’m so tired of my Blackhawks. I don’t even recognize this team. For years I have come to love their failures and I depend on their lack of offense. I had so much to complain about, and I love to complain. Now they decide to be awesome? Great, thanks guys. Now what will I do with my time?

LeBrun: Ah, so cute. Enjoy it now my friend; the CBA won’t allow your team to be this stacked forever.

more emails answered…

added 3:46pm, from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Don’t believe everything you read in certain places about the Blackhawks having only a small window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup this season before the team gets blown up because of salary cap issues.

That’s just not true.

While there are going to be some difficult financial decisions to make this summer, the Hawks will be Cup contenders for a lot of years even if the roster for 2010-11 isn’t as deep as it is now.

Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland all are signed long term, and there’s not a general manager in the NHL who wouldn’t love to have that for a nucleus.

read on

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Ville’s In And We’ve Got A Surprise For You…Oh, Yes We Do

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As the Oklahoma street lawyer pointed out below, the Kings are gagging.  Naturally, we hope to take advantage of that condition with a win tonite on Long Island.  Our Deep Digger captain, in his never-ending quest to remain as mediocre as possible and still get paid, blew our doors off with this nugget just 55 minutes ago.

Ville Leino will return to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings tonight against the New York Islanders, replacing Brad May.

Neat.  I’ve got something better for you though.

Way, way, much, so much better.


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Lightning Have Had Enough Of The Capitals Dominance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Isn’t it about time the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Capitals? Tampa Bay has lost 12 straight in the series (0-11-1) and has been outscored 50-24 in the process. Tampa Bay’s last victory was Nov. 16, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Asked about the streak after Tuesday’s morning skate, Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said it is time for his players to answer the bell.

“They’ve owned us,” Tocchet said. “You’re really looking for your players to make a stand. It’s starting to get to a point, I don’t like to use the word embarrassing, but enough is enough. Let’s make a stand here. What have we lost 12 in a row? It’s coming to a point where you’re looking for your players to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ “


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Kings Would Want Kovalchuk Long-Term

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings need a pure scorer who could make a difference in the one-goal games they’ve recently lost and solidify their playoff ambitions.

Atlanta left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, a two-time 50-goal scorer who can become a free agent July 1, has a $6.4-million salary cap hit that would be prorated according to the number of games left in the season. The Kings have the cap space to handle that and the assets to send to Atlanta in a trade.

But there are some hitches. The Kings don’t want him as a rent-a-player and they’re likely to go ahead only if they get permission to talk to him and get assurances he would sign with them long term.

more plus some Ducks talk…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No matter how many times the Hawks kill off the Wings, it will never be enough to be sure Detroit is dead. Life after death is an idea that appeals to NBC and its viewers. Osgood simply sits and waits like a vulture, awaiting his turn to feast.

In fact, some NBC officials proudly will be rooting for Detroit to jump with Jimmy Howard out of their coffins (Jimmy was declared officially dead earlier this season) and scare the hell out of the Hawks and their fans this Sunday.

-Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on the Wings and Blackhawks from Mike.

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Curtis Joseph Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the press conference below, scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.

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This Won’t Turn Out Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

This Alexandre Burrows-Stephane Auger situation is going to get messy. It’s the proverbial can of worms for everyone involved – the league, the NHL Officials’ Association, referee Auger, player Burrows and the entire Vancouver Canucks’ organization – and it’s a story that is not likely to go away any time soon.

If the events of last night unfolded as Burrows has alleged – and there is plenty of evidence, circumstantial and otherwise – to suggest they did more or less, then the NHL will have no choice but to take some form of disciplinary action against Auger, be it a reprimand, a fine, a suspension or an evaluation that could go into his file and cost him playoff games and/or money along the line or maybe even his job.


In case you missed the video evidence earlier today on KK, watch it here...

added 12:47pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell confirmed that a league investigation has begun, and a fellow referee said Tuesday morning that Auger will face serious questioning before being allowed back on the ice to work another game.

Reached in Vancouver Tuesday morning, Auger refused to comment to sportsnet.ca. Director of officiating Terry Gregson did not immediately return a text message requesting comment.

read on

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, stephane+auger

Just Keep Watching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My NHL.com blog today…

Why do I stay awake until 1:00am to watch NHL games that don’t even involve the team I follow?

Why do I get up at 6:00am to catch up on all the hockey news I may have missed during the few hours I was asleep?


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