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GDT - Game # 63:  Red Wings at Predators (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Detroit travels to Nashville tonite after beating the Kings at the JLA Friday, 2-1, behind an improbable performance by Ozzie who stopped 30 of 31 shots (0.967). DET is only 3 points behind SJS for 1st in Conference.  NSH sits 11th in Conference, but only 1 point out of a playoff spot.  DET is looking for their third straight win over NSH.  NSH is trying to match a season-high fourth straight win.  DET is 9-2-1 since their 5 game skid in January.  It has been noted by the Diggers this week that Conks is to start tonight.  NSH is offensively challenged, averaging 2.37 g/g (29), and their PP is an anemic 13.6%. However, NSH have held opponents without a single power-play goal in seven of their last eight games.

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Both Sides Of The Boynton Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

I spoke to Nick Boynton by phone on Friday, and as you might expect, he said, “I’m pretty upset about waking up this morning and getting sent home.” He also said he was still in a little bit of shock.

I understand where Boynton is coming from. I also understand where coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Jacques Martin are coming from.

I think the argument between DeBoer and Boynton after Thursday’s game was a little more heated than Boynton described it—although Boynton admitted he raised his voice and used an expletive when asking DeBoer if he was good enough to play—but definitely not so intense that Boynton charged in and got in DeBoer’s face.

First, Boynton’s side.


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All Decade Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There has been an interesting series of posts in the Cycle Like The Sedins blog about an all-decade hockey team.  Although I question the timing - why would one chose the decade of 1999-2008 as a meaningful time frame.  It seems like a rather random start and end point.

During this decade there were nine NHL seasons (as the 2004/05 one was lost due to lockout).  Thus when numbers are compared to other ten year periods, this one should be about 10% behind.  As one who enjoys the process of trying to put our modern day events into perspective and figure out how they will be seen by people in the future, this is the kind of question that interests me.

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I Told The Fellas Out Behind The Bar…That It’s A Live Blog…And It’s Gonna Be A Train Wreck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From:  Abel To Yzerman
To:    Paul Kukla, Proprietor and Emperor of Kuklas Korner

Subj: 27 February 2009 Live Blog and “Hit Me Mick” Extravaganza

1. I take no responsibility for anything.
2. If I don’t post anything for 48 hours, send help.


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Trade Temperature

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC Sports,

Teams can be reluctant to drop everyday roster players because they’re still clinging to faint playoff hopes, and there’s also the difficulty of making a team’s pieces fit ahead of what will be a salary cap curb. Because of that, many teams are buying and selling.

The designations are at least mildly inadequate these days, so we instead take the trade temperature of the 24 U.S. clubs ahead of the March 4 trade deadline.

Anaheim Ducks: Warm

Anaheim followed Carolina as Stanley Cup champion, and they seem to now be imitating the Hurricanes as a team that could just as easily miss the playoffs as do damage there. To compound the problems, they have two future Hall of Famers on the blue line who can’t just be shipped off to some cellar-dwelling club.

read on for all US based teams…

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Errors Were Made in Video Review Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes in Newsday:

Here’s how Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice president of hockey operations, responded to my inquiries about the process in waving off/reviewing Brandon Dubinsky’s goal at the 17-second mark at MSG last night. Essentially, the review was made, and the call was correct, but there were communications breakdowns:

“As the on-ice officials were coming together and concluding that Brandon Dubinsky’s stick had made contact with the puck above the height of the cross-bar and that their call on the ice was “no goal”, the play was being looked at both by the Toronto Video Room and by the in arena Video Goal Judge at Madison Square Garden.

It was the opinion of both that the call made by the on-ice officials would stand, as there was inconclusive video evidence to overturn this call.

There were, however, a number of errors made in the video review process as it applied to this play.”

read on

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Panthers Send Boynton Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Florida defenseman Nick Boynton has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons and will not be with the team for the remainder of the team’s three game road trip.

Boynton, acquired from Phoenix over the summer as part of the Olli Jokinen trade, played Thursday in New York and traveled with the team to its suburban New Jersey hotel after the game. According to roomate Keith Ballard, Boynton was upset with the team’s decision to send him back to South Florida. It’s possible, with the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday that Boynton has played his last game with the Panthers.


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Witt Gets Five Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was suspended for five games Friday for an elbow to Toronto Maple Leafs’ Niklas Hagman on Thursday night.

continued and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

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Trade Deadline Is Crazy Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“It gets talked to death now, which is great,” said Murphy, now an analyst for the NHL Network. “Trade deadline is always an exciting time. You get to speculate like crazy – it was nothing like that when I first started. For a player, the names get thrown out a lot more, but the deadline was just as difficult then as it is now. It was your livelihood then; it’s your livelihood now. Some guys don’t want to go anywhere.

“The last thing you’d want to do is go from a contender to a non contender.”

Murphy went twice in major deals, once right at the deadline, and ended up on a championship team both times. But he also remembers playing in Minnesota for the North Stars in 1989 when they traded Brian McLellan to the Calgary Flames for Perry Berezan at the deadline. McLellan won a championship a couple of months later for Calgary; Berezan never came close again.

much more deadline related talk…

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Watching & Listening Options For Trade Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 27, 2009) – The countdown is on to the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline. Whether at work or play, NHL fans will have the opportunity to stay connected to all the action leading up to and throughout Trade Deadline Day 2009 through unprecedented coverage by the NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio.

        Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to bolster their rosters for their 2009 playoff runs. Beginning at noon that day, the League’s three media platforms will simulcast six hours of trade deadline-focused programming that will keep fans informed while providing exclusive access to the League’s movers and shakers and, for the first time, a behind-the-scenes look at how a trade officially goes down.

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