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Montreal/Atlanta Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to MTL for Ben Maxwell and a 4th rder. Done deal.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ben+maxwell, brent+sopel, nigel+dawes

The Role Of Objectivity In The Media

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From Mike Schopp of WGR-550,

I entered talk radio in 1998 with the understanding that disassociating from my so-called “favorite teams” was necessary and important. No more rooting. I guess sports talk listeners like it when the people they turn to for opinions about sports have no preferences.

Gradually, and thankfully, we figured out that this makes no sense at all.

Are we really all supposed to act in the media like we don’t care whether our teams win? Putting any emotional attachments with teams or fans aside, we should admit that winning teams are good for our business. More people listen when the teams are good. The print media establishment is, I think, way more uptight about this than radio. Those guys are really objective compared with us.


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My appearance on the ‘War Room’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I appeared on the NHL on XM Satellite Radio’s War Room with Mick Kern and Peter Berce this morning, talking about the trade deadline, mainstream media gripes, Mike Modano’s return and Mike Babcock’s status as an overlooked candidate for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach. If you’re interested, take a listen:

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Red Wings-Stars game-day updates: injury news and other stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 4:44 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Dallas Stars tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Southwest/NHL Network/WXYT), the Wings received mixed news on the injury front.  MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Patrick Eaves has “soreness in his groin” but did not sprain his knee during a collision with Torrey Mitchell during Tuesday’s game against the Sharks, meaning that he’ll return after the Wings’ road trip…

“I’ll see the doctor tonight and get the full report (from Wednesday’s MRI),’’ Eaves said Thursday. “Not a knee, I lucked out there. Hopefully (out) just a little while.’‘

Eaves said he just saw the replay of the hit on San Jose’s Torrey Mitchell.

“I hit the guy, kind of went up in the air and as I was coming down kind of got into a split situation, didn’t feel very good,’’ Eaves said.

Khan reports that Chris Osgood’s timeline for returning from sports hernia surgery mirrors Eaves,’ which isn’t great news given the Wings play four of their five West Coast road trip games over the course of six nights. 

Eaves also spoke to the Free Press’s George Sipple about his status, while Wings coach Mike Babcock raved about Eaves’ interim replacement:

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Kovalev To Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

PIT has acquired Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators. Done deal.

UPDATE:  Penguins’ official press release after the jump…..

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Get Rid Of The Division Format

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Quick - without looking at the standings on a website or in a newspaper, can you name the current order of teams in the NHL’s Pacific Division? How ’bout the Southeast? If you’re like most people, you haven’t the faintest notion of any intra-divisional drama. To the majority of fans and players, the only thing that matters these days is being on a top-eight team (a.k.a. a playoff team) in their conference at the end of the regular season.

Certainly, there are benefits to the six teams that win their division – the main one being one of the top three seeds in the conference. But how does that process do justice to teams that wind up ranked fourth or lower despite having a better record than a division winner?

The obvious answer: it doesn’t, which is why a straight-ahead, record-determined ranking would be easier for casual hockey fans to comprehend and fairer to teams who have more success in the regular season.


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Svatos heads to Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter:

OTT claims Marek Svatos. All other players cleared.
Steve Bernier (FLA) on waivers and Mike Smith (TB) on re-entry waivers.

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Orpik Expected Back Sometime This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice,

Coach Dan Bylsma will provide more details after practice, but GM Ray Shero said today he expects D Brooks Orpik to “be out a while,” adding that “we expect him back this season.” Orpik injured his right arm—likes his hand—when he absorbed a shot from Sharks C Patrick Marleau Wednesday night in a home overtime loss.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brooks+orpik

Thrashers Extend Rick Dudley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Atlanta) - The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed General Manager Rick Dudley to a multiple-year contract extension, according to President Don Waddell.

“Rick has a proven track record of building successful teams and is dedicated to improving the Thrashers and constructing a perennial contender,” said Waddell. “He has already taken great strides with our club and is committed to infusing our roster with key players. He has truly earned this opportunity and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Dudley, 62, joined the Thrashers as associate general manager on June 22, 2009 and was named the second general manager in franchise history on April 14, 2010. 

“I’m excited to be part of this transformation and look forward to achieving our objective,” said Dudley. “I firmly believe this team is heading in the right direction and we are continuing to piece the puzzle together in the proper way.”

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  Tags: rick+dudley

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The next time we see Rick Dudley should be when he thanks Rammer (Craig Ramsay) for his service, wishes him nothing but the best, reminds us all that it wasn’t all his fault…then introduces the next head coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, John Torchetti.

We can then only hope that the head coach’s exit door can at least stop swinging before we begin to think he needs to be shown it too.

-Bill Tiller of the Atlantal Journal-Constitution where you can read more on this topic.

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  Tags: craig+ramsay

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