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Focus On Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Timmins Daily Press,

The National Hockey League should stop trying to tailor itself to the U. S. market and instead grow where it’s already popular, says Dick Duff.

The six-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee from Kirkland Lake would like to see some changes in the NHL, and that includes more Canadian teams.

“I would like to see them take about four franchises out of the league and I’d like to see them move four,” said Duff, who visiting his hometown last week where he put in an appearance at Hockey Heritage North.

“The attraction has always been in Toronto and Montreal. The focus just may have to go back to Canada,” he said.

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Robinson Back To Special Assignment Coach

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via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Hall of Famer Larry Robinson will not return to the Devils’ bench as assistant coach next season, GM Lou Lamoriello told The Post yesterday.

“It was his [choice],” Lamoriello said. “He did it for one year because we asked him to do it with Brent Sutter coming in.”

Lamoriello said Robinson will revert to his previous post as a special assignment coach.

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How Did It Get To This Point

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from the blog of Risto Pakarinen,

Backed by Gazprom, the world’s third-largest corporation, measured by market capitalization, and a company that made almost two billion dollars in profit last year, the Russians have expansion plans of their own. Last February, they announced the formation of the Kontinentalnaya Hokkeynaya Liga - the Continental Hockey League - or the KHL, and at stake is simply: world domination.

The KHL has reportedly tried to attract teams from Sweden and Finland to join the newly set-up league that currently only has two non-Russian teams, the Dynamos of Kiev and Riga, in Belarus and Latvia, respectively. None of the Scandinavian teams have taken the bait. Not just yet, anyway.

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Avs Could Use Yelle

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Stephane Yelle, who remains unsigned and is out there wanting to be signed by somebody, is a guy who might not score many goals either. But he’s not going to get scored on much, and he’s a great penalty killer.

In case Giguere needs any reminding, here it is: the Avalanche’s penalty killing was AWFUL last year….

But Yelle’s teams have a funny way of always being winners, and nobody disputes his PK credentials. The fact is, the Avs have been distinctly unimpressive of addressing this woeful area so far this offseason. They seem hellbent on adding every Hanson Brother-type player they can find, but not interested in finding a guy who can, you know, win a faceoff or get the puck and clear it when one of the Hansons are in the box.

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Martin Rucinsky Leaves NHL

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Martin Rucinsky will be playing for Sparta Prague next season according to a report from the AP via the International Herald Tribune.

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Flames Veterans Will Compete For A Job

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

“Look at our team now,” Sutter said Tuesday afternoon at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “We’ve got 15 or 16 forwards, eight or nine defencemen, who are legitimate NHL players. They’re not all going to play here. So it’s a different mindset . . . there are veterans who are going to have to make our team.”

Incoming forwards include the pro-seasoned likes of Michael Cammalleri, Todd Bertuzzi, Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Andre Roy, Jamie Lundmark and Kyle Greentree. Factor in knocking-on-the-door prospects such as Brandon Prust, Mikael Backlund and Dustin Boyd, and Sutter’s correct - incumbents should be nervous.

“It’s a competition thing,” said Sutter. “These veterans . . . they don’t have jobs on our team. We have a good team, but we want to be more than good.”

read on

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Griffins Hire Curt Fraser

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from the Grand Rapids Press,

The Grand Rapids Griffins have found their next leading man.

Curt Fraser will be introduced as the Griffins’ eighth coach in franchise history during a Wednesday morning news conference at Van Andel Arena.

Fraser, 50, was the first head coach in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers, who joined the NHL in 1999. He spent three and a half seasons there, compiling a 64-169-31-15 record before being fired in 2003.

read on

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Numminen Close To Signing With Buffalo

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from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier told me today the Sabres are negotiating with Teppo Numminen to bring the veteran back and it appears the parties are getting close to a deal that I imagine would be for one year and at quite a bit less than last year’s $2.6 million. Hmmmm. Here’s what I see:

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  Tags: teppo+numminen

Evening Line

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“I’ve lost some good friends in the last couple of months,” he told reporters on the course. “I think we expected it. Any time you lose out early you expect it.”

-Jason Spezza

more from Spezza at TSN...

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Phoenix Signs Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed left wing Daniel Carcillo to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Daniel Carcillo to a new contract,” said Maloney. “He is a key member of our team who brings a unique combination of toughness, speed and skill to the lineup.”

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  Tags: daniel+carcillo

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