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Looking At A Faceoff Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Sat. edition),

The five players on the NHL competition committee are in agreement that there is room to further reduce the size of goaltending equipment and also suggested a couple of intriguing faceoff regulations that could be adopted.

The competition committee assembled at the NHL offices in Toronto for about six hours yesterday in an attempt to hash out several issues that will continue to be debated in the summer….

One of the faceoff rules that could change is when an offensive player rings a shot off the opposition’s crossbar and the puck flies out of play. Currently, when this action transpires in a game, the ensuing faceoff comes outside the blueline. But there is a movement to have the faceoff stay in the opposition’s zone, so the team that shoots the puck is not penalized for a bad bounce.

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Khan(!) Makes A Bid To Maintain Deep Digger Captaincy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s this kind of reporting that keeps Ansar ahead of his peers.

A couple of readers pointed out that the boy on stage next to Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom last night at the Awards Show had on a jersey that read “LINDSTROM.’’ Each award winner was accompanied on stage by a kid wearing his jersey. What was that Henrik Zetterberg was saying about Lidstrom not getting enough credit in Sweden?

A “couple of readers” pointed it out.  Odd.  A “couple of readers” here saw it the minute it happened.  Did you, you know, watch the awards Ansar?

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  Tags: deep+diggers, lidstrom, richard+lindstrom, zetterberg

Late To The Party: Hank Named TSN Player Of The Year

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m late, not Hank.  I’m sure you’ve all read this over on the varsity page (like Malik, AlanaH is a posting machine), but somebody seems to think Zetterberg’s pretty good.

The inaugural TSN NHL Player of the Year featured a showdown between playoff co-scoring leader and MVP, Zetterberg, and regular season scoring leader and MVP, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  Zetterberg prevailed with 97 points including 13 first-place votes, while Ovechkin was runner up with 81 points and 12 first-place nods.  Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom finished third with 38 points including three first-place votes.

More from TSN.

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  Tags: fellow+bloggers, zetterberg

Wild Have UFA Decisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said today that he will make restricted free agent Pierre-Marc Bouchard a multiyear offer after July 1 and that either Brian Rolston or Pavol Demitra could be signed for next season, but not both.

Speaking at the team’s entry draft luncheon, Risebrough said the team expects to make Rolston, an unrestricted free agent, another offer this afternoon.

“We’ll see how that goes,” the GM said.

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Blackhawks Coach Savard Keeping Busy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From 15Rounds.com,

Boxing’s most exciting champion, Manny Pacquiao, will be at an open workout at ‘Little Philippines’ Lake Street Park, 227 North Lake Street, Los Angeles, on Saturday at noontime. Manny will shake out, then do interviews about his upcoming battle with lightweight champ David Diaz.

On fight night, NHL Chicago Blackhawks head coach Dennis [Savard]  will give final instructions to David Diaz in the locker room, then walk him to the ring to battle with Pacquiao on June 28 at Mandalay Bay. [Savard] is in the NHL Hall of Fame and is a huge Diaz fan….

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boxing, denis+savard

Penguins Going to Arbitration with Fleury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Pittsburgh Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have elected to file for salary arbitration with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Arbitration hearings are set by the National Hockey League and take place from July 20 to August 4.  Both sides can continue to negotiate a contract until that time.  As a result of the filing, the Penguins retain his rights and he will not become a restricted free agent on July 1.

 

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury

DeBoer Hired to Coach Panthers (Updated)

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

It may not be in Ottawa, but it appears Peter DeBoer will be coaching somewhere in the NHL next season.

On the same day Craig Hartsburg was named the head coach of the Senators, the Kitchener Rangers’ website says their head coach will be leaving the organization to accept a head coaching position in the National Hockey League, adding that details would not be released until Monday.

Earlier this week, DeBoer met with Eugene Melnyk regarding the Senators’ post but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

DeBoer is also among the candidates for the head coach position with the Florida Panthers and is expected to interview with the Los Angeles Kings this weekend.

added 3:22pm, via the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin announced today that Peter DeBoer has been named the 10th head coach in the club’s history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. A formal press conference will be held on Monday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at the BankAtlantic Center when DeBoer will be officially introduced.

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  Tags: peter+deboer

Ryan Malone Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers,

Ryan Malone is not going to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, unless the Penguins significantly up their offer. It’s looking more and more like the Penguins will get Evgeni Malkin signed to a contract extension and be able to keep right winger Marian Hossa. That will show Malone to the door.

An NHL source said that Malone has been low-balled twice by the Penguins and is ready to leave July 1 as an unrestricted free agent. Malone’s rights could be traded before that day, of course, and the Blue Jackets are a likely destination.

The source said the Penguins have already made the Blue Jackets an offer for Malone’s rights.

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  Tags: ryan+malone

Meeting Hockey Royalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

“I’m your biggest fan!” a young man screamed in Henrik Zetterberg’s ear.

Hockey’s royalty gathered in Toronto Thursday night for the 2008 NHL award ceremony, but before Zetterberg, Alexander Ovechkin and Nick Lidstrom made it through the doors of the Elgin Theatre, they had to run a gauntlet of rowdy hockey fans along the red carpet on Yonge Street.

Many had waited hours for a glimpse of their heroes…

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Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+awards

Toronto’s Brain Trust

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Burke, though, isn’t the only name being bandied about by the out-of-control Toronto media. Reporters who cover the Leafs have also mentioned Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks, David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Darcy Regier of the Buffalo Sabres, Doug Risebrough of the Minnesota Wild, Jim Rutherford of the Carolina Hurricanes, Jay Feaster of the Tampa Bay Lightning and even Ken Holland of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Along with Burke, that’s more than 25 percent of the general managers in the league, and the supposed logic is that any or all of them could become available after next season.

If nothing else, Toronto’s “brain trust” has given all of these men tremendous leverage to negotiate new contracts with their current clubs. Even worse, the Leafs brass has created more than one potential conflict-of-interest scenario. What if, for example, any of these general managers happens to swing a trade with Toronto, particularly if the deal might be construed as somewhat one-sided in either the short- or long-term? You think that might just raise some eyebrows at NHL headquarters?

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  Tags: brian+burke, media

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