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Bad State Of Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nathan Sandals of Slap Shot at the NYT,

The state of Michigan already had its fair share of lackluster sports teams: the winless Lions, the 3-9 Wolverines football team and the disappointing Tigers to name a few. But now the college hockey season has added a couple more unpleasant surprises to the rolls.

The hockey version of the Wolverines and their counterparts at Michigan State went a combined 0-4 in C.C.H.A. action over the weekend, dropping them into the mediocre middle of the conference. It was the first time the teams were swept on the same weekend since Nov. 28-29, 2003.

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Remember The Floor When Talking Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NYI Point Blank,

For the 2008-09 season the NHL salary cap is $56.7 million. A less-heralded fact is that teams must meet a minimum player payroll - the salary cap “floor” - of $40.7 million. While it is unclear to the penny how much the Islanders are currently above the floor, a league source estimated the figure at $2 million.

Since Mike Comrie (’08-09 salary: $4 million) began the season slowly and is now on Injured Reserve while the team gives his surgically-repaired hip more time to heal, the point may be moot. But for fans wondering if the Islanders could trade the No. 2 center for a prospect or a draft pick, the answer is clear.

Even if the Islanders wanted to move Comrie for a pick, they could not right now. In just about any major deal the Islanders make, they will need to bring back approximately equal (or more) dollars in salary than they unload.

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Challenging All Hockey Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

On Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, I unofficially proclaim that day be one of Happy Hockey Talk.

I want to read on that day, and hopefully others will agree with me, only good things about the game of hockey. I feel it is time let the sporting world in on our little secret, the game of hockey is good, really good.

imageCan I pull this off? Only with your help. First off, to all the bloggers and main stream media (MSM) types who are reading this, I ask you post, online, a positive hockey story on Monday.  It doesn’t matter if the story is about the NHL, the AHL or four kids playing shinny on a frozen pond.  Just write it and make sure to let me know about it by emailing me at pk@kuklaskorner.com.

To those of you who would like to participate, but don’t have a blog or a way to publish the story, fear not, just email me your Happy Hockey Talk story and I will find a way for people to read it.

I plan to point to all the hockey stories I receive notice about and also discover on my own next Monday. If all goes well, my [NHL.com] blog next Tuesday will be one filled with hundreds of links filled with wonderful hockey stories.

For more information, check out NHL.com.
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*image credit to hockeydogs.com

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  Tags: hockey+fans

Burke Close To President/GM Title Of the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke and Gord Kirke are in the final lap of negotiations that will see Burke introduced as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in time for a big splash on the Hockey Night In Canada broadcast of their game with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is still too early to say Burke is officially signed, but at this point there is no reason to believe the remaining details, which involve the power structure under Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie, cannot be worked out. If so, Burke will likely be introduced as the new Leaf boss on Friday or Saturday.

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Best & Worst of the NHL So Far

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ross McKeon at Yahoo! Sports, the quarter-pole power rankings across the NHL. Starting from the bottom, we’ve got:

Florida 29. Florida Panthers (8-11-1, Previous: 29) – The Panthers are still searching for an identity, probably because they’re just 20 games in with a new coach. The slow start by Jay Bouwmeester is disappointing, both for the team and the unrestricted free-agent defenseman who hasn’t done as much with his league-leading ice time totals as he would have liked.

Tampa Bay 30. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-8-6, Previous: 30) – You really don’t know what to expect one night to the next with this group. Obviously the assessment starts over after the recent coaching change. Roles will change, minutes will be redistributed. The real problem, still, is the personnel on defense. Nothing positive is going to come about until the blue line sorts itself out.

read on to find how the top-NHL teams shake out on the list

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  Tags: power+rankings

IIHF Declares Itself Impotent

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the course of the summer and into the beginning of the 2008/09 season, the NHL and the KHL have been fighting over player transfers.  There is no transfer agreement between the leagues governing players leaving one league to join the other.  As a result, there have been a few cases of players contested who have contracts in both leagues.  The most high profile case has been Alexander Radulov who left the Nashville Predators of the NHL to join Saavat Yulaev of the KHL, but there have been players jumping to the NHL as well.  The most recent case that the NHL fought is that of Matt Murley. 

Murley signed a two-way one year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes this summer.  When he failed to make the NHL, he jumped to the KHL to play with Khaborovsk Amur.  Naturally, the NHL protested this with the IIHF.  The IIHF has ruled.

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Lightning Add Sullivan Back to Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Globe & Mail:

Mike Sullivan is returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning bench.

The NHL team has named him associate coach, a position he held with the Lightning last season.

“He’s been here and knows the players well, and he’s an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching,” Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said in a release Tuesday. “Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and international levels.”

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  Tags: mike+sullivan

Take A Tour Of The HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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A New-Look Ice Surfacing Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun,

Starting next season, the Vancouver Canucks will stop spewing miniscule amounts of greenhouse gas emissions inside GM Place.

They’ll replace their $90,000 propane ice-cleaning machines with $170,000 battery-powered electric models with zero emissions—a common sight on European ice surfaces but relatively new to North American rinks.

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Senators Have A Few Options

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,

The team’s options, broadly defined, are clear. The first — the one likely to be chosen — is to patch and paste through trades in a desperate attempt to stumble into the playoffs again in order to sell seats in the Canadian market with the smallest season-ticket base.

The second is to blow up the team, as the Maple Leafs are doing, in the knowledge that this Senators team, even an improved version of it, will never again threaten for the Stanley Cup. That window for this group is shut, and every honest fan knows it.

The start-again strategy would require a new general manager. One intriguing choice would be Steve Yzerman, who played some hockey before turning professional in Ottawa and is popular in the city.

A longer shot would be Pierre McGuire, once an assistant coach at Ottawa and now a TSN analyst. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things hockey, knows the team inside out and understands the Ottawa market.

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