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Habs demote Boyd, set for Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

It’s been a busy day and week, and I’ve *just* gotten my computer back, but a quick summary before tonight’s game:

Dustin Boyd has been sent down to the AHL. He won’t be back - the Habs don’t want to end up paying half of his salary for the rest of the year.

Jaroslav Spacek is extremely slow. Will Jacques Martin scratch him tonight? He can use the excuse that Spacek is still hurting from the Clarke MacArthur beatdown of Saturday. We shall see.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, jaroslav+spacek, pk+subban, pk+subban

Phaneuf Talks Before Playing His First Game As A Visitor In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“It is a big game for both teams,” said Phaneuf, “and they’re probably saying the same thing over there. When the puck drops, it doesn’t matter if they’re your best friend or not, you have to play to win. If you ask any guy over there, they’re not going to let up on me, I’m sure of that.

“There are no hard feelings, no negatives .... Playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs is something very special - the history that our organization has. It’s been nothing but positives ever since I got to Toronto.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Trade Bait?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Let’s take a look at 10 players who could possibly move before Feb. 28. Repeat could; this doesn’t mean they will move.

Devin Setoguchi, San Jose Sharks

Two years removed from a career-high 31 goals, the 23-year-old winger has disappointed and frustrated the coaching staff in San Jose. He has two goals in 22 games this season, having also missed time with injury. He’s earning $1.8 million this season and is a restricted free agent come July 1….

Joni Pitkanen, Carolina Hurricanes

There has been a lot of attention on Kaberle, but here’s a top-four blueliner who had 46 points last season. Earning $4 million this season, he’s UFA on July 1….

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Blues Hurting

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from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

And now, Erik Johnson? OK, we know that every team has injuries. It’s unavoidable. It’s part of the game, and all of that. But what kind of evil, wicked curse has fallen over the Blues? This is a new and different curse. A more virulent curse in some ways. This isn’t the Curse of Scotty Bowman, which kicks in during the postseason, preventing the Blues from winning the Stanley Cup. But what did this organization ever do to deserve this incredibly cruel run of injuries? There’s no crying in hockey, but at this point you can’t help but feel sorry for the Blues.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“To be able to stand on the ice and hear the national anthem ... and hear the reaction of the crowd and feel the rumble and see the America flag just waving in all of its glory at the top of the stadium was truly incredible.”

-Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Guinta, Medal of Honor recipient, regarding the National Anthem at the United Center.  More from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports.

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  Tags: staff+sgt.+salvatore+a.+guinta

Agree Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Fans in general want to be looked upon as a respected organization in that they would follow it,” said Paul Kukla of the nationally recognized hockey blog Kukla’s Korner. “They just need to focus more on the game on the ice instead of marketing a carnival atmosphere.”

Wyshynski had to agree. No matter how you package the team, he said, “At some point you have to find some success on the ice to warrant the attention.”

The two of us agreed on something, all is well! 

Read the excellent blog from Steph Greegor of The Other Paper,

So how do fans carry the flag from here? And how can the CBJ marketing department correct a couple of missteps and continue to inspire loyalty—and sales?

 

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Missed 24/7?  Read All About It

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

The following is a “play-by-play” account of last night’s episode of ‘24/7: Penguins/Capitals Road to the NHL Winter Classic.” We caught the 2 a.m. airing of the show. Our account is timestamped from that point:

2:05 a.m.: Following an opening introducing the series, a montage of the always amazing drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnels towards downtown is intermixed with footage of Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze hanging the players’ jerseys in their stalls. That’s joined by a “It’s a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh” from Mike Lange.

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  Tags: hbo+24/7

The Go-Between CEO For The Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Tony Tavares may be named the interim president/CEO of the Stars today, tomorrow or sometime next week. That’s as much as I can nail it down _ and it appears that’s as close as anyone close to the situation can nail it down, too.

The hiring of Tavares actually allows us a good look into the sale of the Stars, and just how complicated the ownership process has been.

As we have said before, the lenders who have assumed the debt left by the default of loans by Hicks Sports Group are the owners of the team. Monarch Investments, J.P. Morgan and a few others are the lead lenders, while there are also a large group of ``B’’ lenders who are hoping for the best, but might not get much of a payout at the end.

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Ask And Maybe You Shall Receive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A fan has a request for Tim Thomas.

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  Tags: tim+thomas

Winnipeg Will Continue To Wait

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

“Again, what went on here (Phoenix) had nothing to do with Winnipeg,” said Bettman. “As of right now we’re not expanding or looking to relocate. We’re aware of the great interest in Winnipeg. We’re appreciative of that but that’s not something we’re in the position to address right now.”

Yes, it’s a dirty business and in this exchange Winnipeg was left out in the cold.

Step outside for a minute. We’re used to cold and we have the patience to wait for warmer days. We do it every year as summer crawls near. It always comes back.

So too will Gary Bettman and the NHL.

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