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Still Talking About The Luongo Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Do you see what goalie Roberto Luongo has been doing lately and feel cheated? You should. If it makes you angry to read those sentences, it’s because you hate being reminded of what can’t be forgotten — that the Panthers gave away Luongo to Vancouver in June 2006.

Regardless of whether you agree with the trade, they should have received more in return. What they now have instead of Luongo are defenseman Bryan Allen and AHL center Shawn Matthias, a prospect they got when they traded their key acquisition in the Luongo deal, Todd Bertuzzi, to Detroit.

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Drew Doughty Playing Like The Calder Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

I’ve only seen the Los Angeles Kings play a couple of games this season, but I’ve already penciled in the name Drew Doughty next to Calder Trophy on my virtual NHL awards ballot.

This 18-year-old man-child is the real deal. On a young Kings lineup, Doughty plays the seasoned vet. He logs the second most minutes on the team, quarterbacks the power play and is the steadiest defenseman on the Kings in 5-on-5 situations.

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All Carrie Milbank - Without The Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil of Gunaxin.com,

We’re not breaking any headlines when we tell you that Carrie Milbank is hot. Most of you probably know that by now. If you don’t know who she is, you are missing out. Carrie Milbank is most often seen in the currently running NHL commercials, but maybe that is just because I watch the NHL Network excessively. Honestly, I can’t even tell you what she is advertising.

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  Tags: carrie+milbank

Penguins send Sydor to Dallas for Boucher

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

As my colleague Paul has mentioned, RDS is reporting that the Penguins and Stars have swapped veteran defensemen, with the Pens sending Darryl Sydor back to Dallas and the Stars sending Philippe Boucher to the ‘Burgh.

Sydor was not getting much playing time this season, and with Ryan Whitney perhaps a month away from returning, he wasn’t going to be getting much more.

It must be stressed, however, that Sydor was the consummate professional throughout his time in the press box.  He did request a trade to GM Ray Shero, but that didn’t affect his attitude towards his younger teammates.

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  Tags: dallas+stars, nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Islanders Need A New Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

In order for the Islanders to get a new home, for the Islanders to remain on Long Island and not wind up as a relocated franchise to Kansas City or Seattle or some other city, Wang needs to do what Bettman did last week. He needs to speak honestly about how grave this situation is.

People close to him say he doesn’t want to play the game of making threats, but it’s not a threat if it’s real. Fans, take off your Islanders-colored glasses and look around the Coliseum. This place stinks. And no one is coming. And Wang admittedly is losing money, as much as $20 million a year, he says.

Entering last night’s game, the Islanders were last in the league in attendance, averaging 13,233 fans. But no way does that number truly reflect the amount of actual live bodies who have passed through this place this year. It’s inflated, just like some people’s evaluations of the youth on this team.

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All Inar Treiguts- Thrashers Massage Therapist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darryl Maxie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. But you do go all Sheila E. with your hands on the lower backs of Thrashers?

A. If you want to say that. I’m like a drummer beating the drums at a fast pace. I incorporate that into the massage.

Q. You’ve also used your tongue, I hear. Maybe I should clarify. You’ve helped translate for Ilya Kovalchuk , who’s from Russia, correct?

A. I don’t want to say I was his interpreter, but I’ve helped translate what he said. Now he doesn’t need me for that anymore. They all speak pretty good English, but they don’t all have all the American skills. Like how to use checking and debit cards. Basic survival skills..

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Pick One: Franzen Or Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Getting Franzen locked up will not be easy. The Red Wings went through a difficult negotiation process with him and his agent in the summer of 2006, when he was a third-line, checking forward with seemingly modest offensive potential. Franzen could cost the club between $4- and $5 million a year, and he surely would get more on the open market.

Re-signing Hossa would require a series of events. The Red Wings would have to deem Franzen’s asking price more than they want to pay. Hossa would have to give them a discount in the neighborhood of his current $7.45 million salary. And even then they would need to shed some salary to make room for Hossa, whom the club cannot begin contract talks with until after Jan. 1, since he’s on a one-year deal.

Whom do they choose? The decision probably will be made for them, once they learn each player’s asking price and determine who is a better value for the money.

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Now, your the Wings GM, which one player do you sign?  Vote below…

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  Tags: johan+franzen, marian+hossa

Thinking Of Spezza In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

I know the Senators are more inclined to deal winger Antoine Vemette before anybody else for a puck-moving D-man, but how is that going to shake things up in Ottawa? Believe me, the earthquake will only happen when they move centre Jason Spezza. I think the Oilers would be interested

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  Tags: jason+spezza

No To Nylander

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Sources familiar with the negotiations say the Blackhawks turned down a deal last week that would have had ex-Bruin Michael Nylander, now with the Capitals, wearing the Indian Head by this weekend. Someone in that Hawks’ lineup would have to be going back to D.C. to even out some of the $8.5 million Nylander is due over the two seasons after this one. The likeliest candidates: Dustin Byfuglien (two more years at $3 million per) or Brent Sopel (two more years at $2.5 million per).

If the Bruins keep the juices flowing, and the Panthers continue to struggle, UFA-to-be Jay Bouwmeester, 25, would be a dream addition to the Boston back line.

more hockey topics…

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  Tags: michael+nylander

Would Elias Leave New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So now the Devils, who also must contend with a woefully underachieving Gionta (a franchise record 48-goal 2005-06, followed by 25-, 22- and now two-goal outputs) have Elias, who had his captaincy stripped last season by coach Brent Sutter, was denigrated at times last year by Sutter, was moved from the wing into the middle and back, with four more years on this killer deal and with no way out.

No way out, that is, unless Elias agrees to go, and without any of the coercive and degrading tactics used by the amateur- hour bunch in Tampa that ultimately convinced Dan Boyle to pack up and leave for San Jose.

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  Tags: patrik+elias

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