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Has Time Run Out For Kirk Maltby?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Scratched. Again.  2 goals given up by a line that’s supposed to stop that crap.  Not quite as abrasive or irritating as he used to be.  Never much of a scorer and in the middle of his fourth consecutive negative +/- season (after going +24 in ‘03).  Almost a million bucks/year (883K but 950 next season?).  A hero to the masses and an example of the almost pathological organ-I-zational loyalty? Yep. Along with Mac…and, yeah, along with Chelios.

Well, we’ll see because there are options. 

Mike Babcock was not happy to see the fourth line on the ice for two goals by Dallas in Monday’s 5-4 overtime loss.

“That can’t happen,’’ Babcock said.

He added: “I think Meech is playing real good and he’s playing real hard. The other thing is depth, gives you a chance to say, ‘Hey, we got to get this fixed up here.’ ‘’

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Hartford Mayor Talks NHL Franchise With Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WTIC Radio,

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is continuing to push for a National Hockey League team in Hartford. Today he updated NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the status of the city’s plans for a new arena and the continuing interest in a future NHL franchise.

Perez says, for his part, Bettman shared his thoughts on what would be needed for an NHL team to succeed. He says both sides agreed they should continue their talks.

added 4:58pm, from WTNH,

Perez goes on to state how he plans to keep the momentum going in Hartford?s renaissance. “We must be prepared in the next three to five years to implement a redevelopment plan for a new multi-use arena facility that serves the entire state not only as a world class venue for concerts, family shows and UCONN Basketball, but also as a potential home for a major league sports franchise,” Mayor Perez said. “In light of these difficult financial times, this effort will take a considerable amount of work and partnership between the city, state and corporate community to bring the plans for the development of a new facility to reality, but the benefits have the potential to be exponential.”


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Jason Williams To The Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have acquired forward Jason Williams from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and a sixth-round draft pick, The Dispatch has learned.


added 5:20pm...

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jason Williams from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and San Jose’s sixth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft previously acquired by Columbus in exchange for Jody Shelley on January 29, 2008, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

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Modano On The Signing Of Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Gross of Camwest News Service via the National Post,

Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano believes the Sean Avery saga could have been handled differently.

Speaking with the media on Wednesday afternoon, Modano said the entire headache - that became the talk of the National Hockey League for the better part of December and early parts of January - could have been avoided with a bit of advance research by the Stars.

“I think we would have analyzed (the signing) a little bit more over the summer before you go into the free-agent market. Do a little more homework and detailed analysis (and get the opinions) of players who have played with him, or how guys feel about it,” said Wednesday the 19-year veteran during a conference call.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I always give big hits, so if I have a chance to hit him, why not? We both play in [the] Russian national team, so it’s not a rivalry. We’re not friends [but] we can still talk to one another.”

-Alexander Ovechkin talking about Evgeni Malkin.  Much more at Capitals Insider as the Penguins and Capitals prepare to meet tonight…

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Torrey Mitchell On Conditioning Assignment

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that forward Torrey Mitchell has been sent on a conditioning assignment to the Worcester Sharks, San Jose’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

        Mitchell has missed the entire 2008-09 season thus far recovering from a leg injury.

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Messing with Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A fairly shocking story in Macleans today, where Charlie Gillis details the behind-the-scenes relationship between Howe and his business managers:

Still, the court filings afford a view of Gordie Howe’s world in recent years that will dismay his adoring fans. With his wife and former business guru Colleen immobilized by dementia, hockey’s avuncular senior statesman found his affairs in the hands of men she’d trained to run his life. Reddy and Howard described the relationship as “more like family than business.” But behind the scenes, the Howes alleged, Del Reddy had become a domineering, at times volatile figure who on more than one occasion physically assaulted Gordie by shoving him—the last time being during their argument over pay.

read on…

Thanks to George James Malik at Snapshots for the pointer.

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50? No Worries.  Pronger?  Punk Ass.  Taking Live Blogs To A Whole New Level…Starting Tonite.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Heard this before?  I think you have.

Detroit has not suffered the fabled Stanley Cup Finals hangover that struck the Ducks last year and apparently is hampering the Penguins this year. One reason is that their best player didn’t spend half the season wondering if he still wanted to play.

Nice. And unique considering it came from an OC Register writer.


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No To Spezza

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a Q & A with fans/writers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Q. there are a lot of questions in the hopper asking about this player or that player as possibly coming to Columbus in a trade. Rather than me posting each one, why don’t you tell us any rumors you’ve heard that might have a good chance of happening.

[Aaron Portzline] Spezza is not going to happen. Too much money. I can see a goaltender coming if Leclaire is not continuing to improve as the week goes on. The first target for Columbus is a center, not a defenseman. They like their back end right now. They want a center but they will not mortgage the future to do it ... not right now. Doug Weight is out two to four weeks, so scrap that. If the asking price for Vermette or Antropov or Stajan goes down, they could make a move.

more of the Q & A…

Hmm, the same answer I gave to about ten emailers from earlier today.

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Here You Go Rumbear

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Our pal Rumbear, an original member of the 19, just left a sobbing comment on the now two-day old live blog…something about Marty’s “V” hurting readers’ eyes.

I understand and I’m working on a post as we speak.  Patience grasshopper.

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