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Connolly Will Know Where He Stands Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Most observers are keeping their eyes on Connolly. The gifted, oft-injured playmaker will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The sides have been discussing a contract extension. If talks prove futile — or if juicy offers come Regier’s way — the Sabres may decide to deal Connolly for assets that would help them now and next season.

After Friday’s workout in the Islanders’ practice facility, Connolly firmly stated what he wants.

“The No. 1 option is to stay in Buffalo,” the center said. “Right now I don’t think about that too much. I think about how important these games are and how important it is to win hockey games right now and make the playoffs.”

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Other Names For MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

There’s a common conception out there that Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin—with some debate about the order—are the best two players in the NHL.

While they are certainly the most bankable stars in the game—and Ovechkin is easily the most exciting forward to come along since Teemu Selanne exploded onto the scene in Winnipeg back in the early ‘90s—you could argue neither cis the best player in the NHL this season.

Your argument probably wouldn’t hold water with regard to Ovechkin, who is the top sniper in the game and leads the league with 44 goals, but you could make it just for fun anyway.

Countryman Evgeni Malkin is giving Ovechkin a run for his money, leading the NHL in scoring with 88 points heading into last night’s games, but he’s not as complete a player and is still in Alexander the Great’s shadow.

A better argument might be made for Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk, who is not only one of the league’s best defensive players (he won the Selke Trophy last season) but is fourth in scoring with 75 points.

That rare combination of offensive and defensive skill puts Datsyuk in a class with players like Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Doug Gilmour and makes him a great candidate for the Hart Trophy this season.

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Late In The Game With The Flames Up 4-1…

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via Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The night took a nasty turn for the worse in the final minutes when Minnesota enforcer Derek Boogaard crushed Brandon Prust into the boards, even though Prust didn’t have the puck.

“He’s a menacing player,” said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. “The strategy of the coach was to put him out with a large deficit to try and take advantage of his physical attributes. I don’t mind people hitting, but he did leave his feet. He probably could have been assessed a major for doing so.

“The league will look at it.”

Update 4:43pm— As noted in the comment below, and via a TSN text alert, Boogaard earned a 5 game suspension for the hit.

Watch the video below…

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Snapshot View Of The Canadian Teams At The Deadline

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from a team of writers at the Globe and Mail,

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Needs A defensive forward. The Vancouver Canucks are having success with former checkers Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows on the top two lines, and a shut-down centre would ensure they stayed there. A versatile bottom-six forward would bolster depth, push incumbents and give head coach Alain Vigneault line-matching options. Longer term, four of Vancouver’s top six forwards are unrestricted free agents this summer (Mats Sundin, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Burrows).

Tradable commodities Left winger Mason Raymond, a young speedster who hasn’t taken advantage of opportunities this season, is on a cheap contract and has potential. Disappointing winger Taylor Pyatt is also available.

read on for the five other Canadian teams…

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Flyers Depth Takes A Hit

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

First, he had to inform center Glen Metropolit he’d been claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens and would be playing against the Flyers a few hours later.

Then he had to tell defenseman Ossi Vaananen he, too, was claimed and was heading to the Vancouver Canucks.

Then came word from Danny Briere that his nagging groin pain would not allow him to return to the lineup Friday night.

“When I talked to him (Friday) afternoon he told me he’s not quite there yet,” Holmgren said. “His words were, “In my mind I’m not 100 percent,’ and it’s not in our best interests to put him at risk.”...

With Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin back in Philadelphia for the second time in three nights, Holmgren acknowledged he has inquired about defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

more on the Flyers…

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Flames Don’t Plan On Disturbing Team Chemistry

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Last year’s trade deadline day was nothing doing for the Calgary Flames.

Brace yourself for a repeat performance.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter said yesterday he doesn’t foresee making a bunch of deals, if any at all, before the NHL trade deadline comes Wednesday.

“I don’t see any reason to disrupt the chemistry of the dressing room unless we’re in a position to make a significant upgrade,” Sutter said.

“You try and do good work in the summer, and then, you test your team and see if they’re passing. We have a really good hockey club, so the only thing that affects us is evaluating young players if they’re ready for the stretch, injuries—which are obviously a major concern to us—and that’s it.”

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Sometimes The Calls Go The Wrong Way

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Each season, Campbell says, one or two teams think they are “getting a raw deal,” sparking anger and conspiracy theories. He acknowledges that the Blue Jackets are one of those teams this season.

The Jackets are 1-6 on video reviews, according to league-issued, play-by-play summaries. Two disallowed goals—one by captain Rick Nash on Oct. 25 in Minnesota, the other by Manny Malhotra on Dec. 18 in Dallas—loom large for a franchise trying to make its first playoff appearance.

Campbell said he empathizes with all NHL fans who feel wronged but emphasizes that past calls will have no bearing on the next review.

“It would be easy to say, ‘It’s Columbus, they’ve got to make the playoffs this year and they have had a couple of tough calls go against them and they need this one,’ ” he said. “But we can’t do that.”
More than goals

Some Blue Jackets fans swear that Toronto’s injustice toward them goes back several seasons. Peruse the Internet long enough, though, and you will find similar stories and controversies involving other franchises.

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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

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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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