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Ovechkin Takes Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

In the wake of Sidney Crosby’s ankle injury, a theory exists that Ovechkin is very much driven to making the NHL his league.

“While I don’t believe Alex would ever think in terms of the NHL being ‘his’ league, he does believe that it is his responsibility to be the best,” McPhee said.

“That was driven into him at a young age. He is comfortable performing in this light, seems to revel in the constant challenge it brings and may, indeed, see an opening this year to be regarded in this light.”

Whatever the motivation, it is working and if the Capitals stay close in the playoff hunt, and especially if they get there and he is at or near the top of the scoring leaders, it will be hard to bypass him for MVP honours.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

NTC Hampers The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post at Faceoff.com,

The point is, the no-trade deals do not work for the fans. And wouldn’t it be nice if, in this eternal squabble over whose rights are most important in the NHL, the fans’ rights won out now and again?

The argument can be made that a no-trade stops an evil owner from dealing away a player who has become a fan favorite. But that’s an old economy,


On the same page, Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald gives an opposing point of view.

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Nolan No Longer Needs To Prove Anything

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Vescey of the New York Times,

Hardly a day goes by that Ted Nolan does not open the refrigerator door, just to stare at the shelves stocked with food.

“I’d wake up in the morning and the house would be cold,” Nolan recalled of his childhood, without running water, on an Indian reserve in Ontario.

“I’d take a piece of fried bread, a galette, and put it in my pocket and go to school,” he added.

The sense of being an outsider still drives Nolan, 49, the coach of the Islanders, whose mystique includes nine full seasons without a job in the National Hockey League, amid rumors that he was blackballed.


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  Tags: ted+nolan

You’ll Be Shocked

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve decided to do something a little different and act like a juvenile for a moment. I know. I know.  You’re staggered.

Did you happen to see that Tarnstrom has been dealt to Columbus?

Do you see it coming?  You must have at least an idea….

Continue Reading »

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Tarnstrom To Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Dick Tarnstrom from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Curtis Glencross, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

added 4:34pm, Edmonton Oilers link...

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  Tags: curtis+glencross, dick+tarnstrom

Kozlov Won’t Waive NTC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Since I’m trying to prepare for every possible scenario as the trade deadline approaches, I’ve been trying to gauge who might get dealt if the Thrashers completely fall out of the race and become sellers. Obviously there’s Hossa, and we’ve talked about Mark Recchi and Bobby Holik’s possible value. But what about Slava Kozlov? He’s another veteran with playoff experience and a Stanley Cup. His numbers are down, but he could still be attractive at the deadline. Well, forget it. He has a no-trade clause that extends the length of his contract and he said he’s not waiving it. “I signed this summer, I could pick any team but I like it here. I don’t think I’m going to waive it. I just signed, what? Six months ago?”


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  Tags: slava+kozlov

Read All About The Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Some highly-skilled forwards could be available for the right price, teams are clamouring for a new Swedish star and the Sens are in the middle of several rumours.


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Lehtinen Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated right wing Jere Lehtinen from the injured reserve list.

Lehtinen, 34, missed the past 33 games (from Nov. 23 – Jan. 29) with an abdominal injury that required surgery. In 21 games this season, he has tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with a 5 rating. The 6-0, 192-pound right wing missed only 11 total games over Dallas’ previous two seasons.

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  Tags: jere+lehtinen

Funk & Crud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

James Mirtle visits the JLA,

The building’s concourse is an old-school setup, running along underneath the seats, and there’s a distinct octopus funk throughout. I was priced out of getting a Zetterberg jersey, instead settling for the $12 mug as a memento.


George Richards at On Frozen Pond has an issue that must be addressed,

Well, I’m currently in section 133 watching Cancuks practice. Great seats, the so-called money seats. And it is absolutely disgusting down here.

There is slime on the armrests, schmutz on the chairbacks, and how anyone can watch a game through the crud on the glass is beyond me…

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The Importance Of Early Draft Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

How important is that ability to draft first overall, but especially in the top three? Significant, if you base it on this year’s scoring race. As of Friday, five of the NHL’s top-10 scorers were players chosen first overall in their respective entry drafts (that’d be Alex Ovechkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton) — and a sixth, Jason Spezza went second overall behind Kovalchuk.

If you expand it to the top 20, you’d also find another No. 1 overall — Sundin himself — plus two more No. 2s (Evgeni Malkin and Dany Heatley) and two No. 3s (Marian Gaborik and Henrik Sedin).

read on plus more NHL talk…

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