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Could Phoenix Actually Make The Playoffs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m openly rooting for the Phoenix Coyotes to succeed this season because I believe it would be a remarkably fun story if they make the playoffs.

With the team in bankruptcy and players only finding out recently that the team is staying in Phoenix, the Coyotes aren’t exactly the hottest ticket in the desert. There are certainly people like Claire who could say “I didn’t even know Phoenix still had a NHL team.” 

But they do have a team, and general manager Don Maloney, working with a budget near the NHL poverty line, has put together a team that does indeed have a shot at the playoffs.

“Would we like to be where Philadelphia and Boston are, to be able to spend a little more? Yes, everyone would like that,” Maloney said. “But we still feel in our circumstance we have enough resources to be a playoff team.”

read on

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Get Ready For More Games In Europe Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, the NHL put the finishing touches on its third Euro experiment, and barring something completely unforeseen, there will be a fourth trip next year with the league expanding to three cities and six teams across the pond.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association had wanted to expand to a three-city, six-team slate this season, but uncertainty over the global economy and planning issues prompted them to stay with the four-team, two-city schedule we saw this past week and last season.

“I think we want to cast the widest possible net,” Ken Yaffe, the NHL’s senior vice president of international hockey, told ESPN.com before Saturday night’s Premiere Games finale in Stockholm between Detroit and St. Louis.


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Pavelski Out A Couple Of Weeks After Minor Procedure

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via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Coach Todd McLellan said this morning that Joe Pavelski has undergone a minor procedure for a lower body injury and is expected to be out a couple weeks.

The injury occurred at 2:30 of the first period when Pavelski blocked a power play shot from the blue line by Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, but the Sharks forward did not leave the game, skating 28 shifts for a total of 19:21 in ice time.

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Marouelli Begins Season In Helsinki, Will End It In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromPierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Dan Marouelli had a request. Let him start his final NHL season in Helsinki.

Terry Gregson, the new director of NHL officiating, agreed. Marouelli kicked off his farewell season by working both Chicago-Florida games at Hartwall Arena.

“Terry Gregson was kind enough,” the veteran NHL referee told me before we both departed Finland this past weekend. “It’s a wonderful way to start the last year. It was spectacular.”

Marouelli will be joined in retirement by fellow vets Bill McCreary and Kerry Fraser after this season, three big names to leave the ice. Add in last season’s retirements of Rob Schick and Don Koharski, and you’re talking about a major transition for the NHL’s men in stripes. Some well-respected and top-notch talent is making way for the kids.

“It’s interesting to see the transition,” said Marouelli. “It’s fitting we’re all leaving together and turning it over to the young guys now.”


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If Rick Dipietro gets anywhere close to healthy, look for Islanders GM Garth Snow to offer either Dwayne Roloson or Martin Biron to the Red Wings.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet.  Read more NHL notes from Mark…

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (October 5, 2009)—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week.

  Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week. Due to the mid-week start to the regular season, this week’s selections were based on games starting Thursday, Oct. 1.

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Thrashers Say No Truth To The Atlanta To Winnipeg Rumor

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from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

A spokesman for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers organization said this morning that there is no truth to a report that a Toronto-based group is working to purchase the club and move it to Winnipeg.

“There’s two words that you can quote to our general manager, Don Waddell,” Thrashers spokesman Rob Koch told the Free Press this morning, “which is ‘Completely false.’

Koch said it’s not the first time the Thrashers, who are mired in a legal dispute between their own owners, have been reported to be on the move and not the first time the team has had to deny it.


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Versus/Directv Still Battling

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from Greg of PuckDaddy,

Yet this dispute lingers on, and one can’t help but sense DirecTV winning a war of attrition. It’s suffered PR backlash from college football, MMA and hockey fans in the last several weeks. It’s been the target of national ads and an open letter on NHL.com urging fans to take action. Now, Versus is sending drones to canvass arenas like the network’s running fro state delegate.

DirecTV has acted unprofessionally and hypocritically in this dispute, but Versus is working PR channels extremely hard and not getting that much traction. Whatever losses DirecTV is taking in subscribers, it wasn’t enough to get into serious talks before the NHL season started; so what will it take?

And how much longer are hockey fans going to have to suffer through this?


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A Look At The UFA All Star Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Just before free agency opened up this year, I listed a UFA All Star Team.  This was the best 23 man roster I thought could be made by signing unrestricted free agents.  This is an exercise to see how good a team can become by investing heavily in free agency.  It is usually a method to show that free agency is not as big a contributor to team success as building through younger players via drafts and trades.  It shows that despite all the media attention that free agency gets, it doesn’t significantly change the playing field.

All 23 players on the 2009 UFA All Star Team have signed new contracts in the NHL this season.  A couple signed slightly before they hit the market as unrestricted free agents (as I picked the team hours before the free agent market opened up). 

Here is the 2009 UFA All Star Team listed with their new team, their new salary cap hit from their new contract and their old team.

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KK- Back Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have an appointment that I must attend and will not have web access for about the next 2 hours or so.

So, any news that breaks, feel free to add it to the comments of this post or discuss anything hockey related.

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