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Halak Should Be #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Tood of the Montreal Gazette,

But now, with this curious up-and-down season coming up on the Olympic break and then the short, furious scramble for playoff spots that is sure to follow, you have to wonder. Will the battling Slovak finally be given the job he has legitimately won a half-dozen times?

Or will Jacques Martin and Bob Gainey go on with business as usual, giving Price the bulk of the work and trotting him out every time Halak has the misfortune to lose a game?

To tell the truth, Price has been much better this season than I thought he would be. He’s been better - but he hasn’t been as good as Halak.

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Now That’s What I Call A Tip-In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just watch this goal from Sergei Zinoviev of the KHL.

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Souray Can Control His Destination Until July 1st

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gene Principe of Sportsnet,

“I never thought I’d be waiving it (no trade clause),” Souray said. “I chose Edmonton over other teams because I intended on staying here.”

His future in an Oilers uniform could now be in jeopardy as Souray’s agent and Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini look at other possible hockey destinations for the defenceman.

“It’s probably best you talk to my agent and Steve (Tambellini),” Souray said. “We are submitting a list of teams that I would consider being moved to and I gave them my opinion on it. In a few more months (July 1), the no-trade clause doesn’t apply so then they can move me anywhere.”...

“It would have to be a good situation and it would have to be a good team. Family is as important to me as the game and that’s why I first signed in Edmonton.”


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  Tags: sheldon+souray

That’ll Teach You HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks’ feud with the CBC and Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean apparently won’t die of nautural causes.

On Saturday, the Canucks turned down all interview requests on their nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks. No Canuck player appeared pre-game, between periods or post-game despite the fact Vancouver handily beat the Blackhawks 5-1.

The three stars, as chosen by HNIC, were Canucks Roberto Luongo, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. It is customary for at least one of the three stars to do a post-game ‘hit’ with host Scott Oake.

The boycott came from the top of the Canuck organization and was in direct retaliaton for MacLean’s one-sided piece a week earlier on the Alex Burrows-Stephane Auger ‘referee-gate’ incident.


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Asham Claims Cooke Bit Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Flyers right wing Arron Asham has accused Penguins forward Matt Cooke of biting him during a third period scrum. Asham told a small group of reporters following the Flyers’ 2-1 loss to the Penguins that while he was pulling Cooke off teammate Scott Hartnell, Cooke bit his finger.
Here is Asham’s account:

There was a scrum, I grabbed him. There were two guys on Harts and my glove got tangled in his mouth and he bit me, so I lost it.

It’s not bad, but he’s a gutless guy. I have no respect for him at all. I lined up against him and asked him to fight and he didn’t want to. If you go and bite someone … I just have no use for him.


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  Tags: arron+asham, matt+cooke

Peter Laviolette Not Happy With The Way Today’s Game Was Called

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

What he wasn’t happy with were some of the calls that went against his club, including a high-sticking penalty on Simon Gagne, wiping out a Mike Richards goal that would have made it a 2-0 game in the first period.

“Going back and looking at that game, there are just too many penalties that never happened,” said the head coach. “On that play in particular, Simon Gagne didn’t high stick anybody. So, it turns around and goes the other way.

“Scott Hartnell did not, in my opinion, interfere with the goaltender (at 7:44 of the first period). I don’t know if it’s a reputation from the past, but you know we want to play tough, physical…we don’t need to go to the box. But, we’re still going there, and our players aren’t taking penalties.”


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Be Like Dan Carcillo

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  Tags: bill+guerin, dan+carcillo

Oilers Sliding Toward Last

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Edmonton Oilers have lost their last ten games in a row and 17 of their last 18 games.  Going back to mid-December, their only win comes December 30th against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Oilers have a a 16-34 record (with six regulation tie points).  This puts them last in the West Conference and one point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for last place in the NHL.  They are 11 points behind Columbus, who are second last in the West Conference.

Injuries have significantly hurt the Oilers this season.  They lead the NHL in man-games lost to injury.  Two significant injuries in November that the Oilers did not have the depth to overcome have derailed the season.  Top scorer Ales Hemsky and number one goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been out since November.

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Sunday Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft? Bet on the latter. There would easily be eight to 10 teams willing to give up a No. 2 for Torres, who may be an inconsistent offensive talent but has the ability to turn a game with a hit. Just ask Milan Michalek. who got steamrollered in 2006.

• Nobody—not even the Pittsburgh Penguins, who badly need wingers—bit on Petr Sykora on waivers because of the $750,000 left on his contract, but some team will take him if the Wild takes a warm body back. Best trade options: Calgary, Boston or Anaheim.

• Here’s something to keep in mind: Mario Lemieux, who swings a fair bit of clout in Pittsburgh as the Penguins owner/ icon, likes Carolina Hurricanes free-agent winger Ray Whitney. Lemieux also pushed for Marian Hossa a couple of years ago when they came out of left field to get him from the Atlanta Thrashers.


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Wild Looking For Winning Formula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

In recent games, the Wild has faced off with Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles—three teams in various stages of development but all stacked with young, star-studded talent.

This is what the Wild wants to become. It’ll be a tedious task, however, because the Wild doesn’t have the luxury—so to speak—of following their blueprint.

“All three of those teams have been built through the draft with some great young talent,” Wild first-year GM Chuck Fletcher said. “The flip side of that: There were some tough years along the way to acquire those top picks.”

It’s too risky to assume already-patient Wild fans are willing to tolerate two or three years of painful losing to get blue-chip draft picks. Plus, the Wild wants to win now.


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