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Henrik Sedin Is The Sporting News Player Of The Year

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Sporting News asked 363 players, coaches and executives to pick its 2010 NHL award winners, and all cast one vote for the player of the year. Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin garnered 108 first-place votes, followed by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin with 86 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 72.

continue for a look at Henrik Sedin…

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Blackhawks Finally Home

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Quenneville also had a giggle at a question about what might constitute too much male bonding, given that the Blackhawks had been on the road since eliminating the Vancouver Canucks in the quarter finals - oh, about a century ago. One Blackhawks player confided that it was time to come home when all that was left to watch on the hotel movie channels were a bunch of chick flicks.

“I never heard of that one,” said Quenneville - this to the question about male bonding, not the chick flicks. “But I think these guys are probably fed up with the video games. I’m sure it’s pretty competitive in there as far as who was the king of the hand-held games.”


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Puck Stops Here Strikes Out Again

Blog: KK Members Blog By Chris from NOHS

So PSH, who just claimed he could be better than half the GM’s in the league (see his last comment in this post, it is amazing) completely made up an article again.  This time, however, he got caught red handed.

Remember the little article PSH wrote where he decided that since a kid left his junior team to play in the World Championship, he clearly was going to play in the KHL and was a sign of the downfall of the NHL?. Here’s a taste of the idiocy.

NHL Loses a Prospect

Over the last few years, the Russian hockey system has had top talent in Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and others depart for the NHL. Kirill Kabanov choosing Russia over the NHL might signify the end of that trend.

And from the comments:

It is clear that Kirill Kabanov is going to be in the KHL in the short term. he is abandoning North America in the playoffs to play for Belarus. It is a leaky pipeline. Players that do that rarely come back. It is a safe assumption that he is KHL property for the next few years and likely his whole career.


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Believing In Reality

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Belief: Sidney Crosby is hockey’s best young leader and most clutch performer.
Reality: OK, that still might be true. Nobody can take away Crosby’s 2009 Stanley Cup and Olympic game-winning goal. But Jonathan Toews is making his case as hockey’s best big-game player.

Toews graciously accepted his role on Team Canada’s checking line during the Olympics and emerged as one of the tournament’s best two-way players. He had eight points in seven Olympic games and was named to the all-tournament team. If the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, he’ll likely take home the Conn Smythe. He’s on an 11-game point streak and leads playoff scorers with 23 points.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him this good,” teammate Patrick Kane said. “Seems like the guy is a big-time player.”

Belief: The regular season means something.
Reality: Hockey, more than other sports, has always been about making the playoffs. Then anything can happen. But come on, No. 7 playing No. 8 in the Eastern Conference finals? All the finalists for the Jack Adams, Vezina Trophy and Hart Trophy done for the summer? “It’s way wacky,” Feaster said.


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Teams Have Cap Issues

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from Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog at the Vancouver Province,

Chicago isn’t alone in questioning its cap status. Here’s a look at some other teams who could be in trouble (all salary figures courtesy CapGeek.com):

Calgary Flames
Players under contract for next season: 17
Estimated available cap space: $4 million


—Let’s start up front, where the trio of Matt Stajan, Nik Hagman and Ales Kotalik will count for $9.5 million against the cap. Is now a good time to mention that, in 80 combined games for Calgary last year, those three put up 32 points? It probably is. Just to throw another horrible contract in the mix, let’s mention that Daymond Langkow had 37 points last season, his lowest total in 10 years. Good thing he’s on the books at $4.5 million a year until 2012.

—The Flames’ other worry: these albatross deals keeping them from retaining their better value players.


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Get Your Florida Panthers Tickets Early & Ask For A Window Seat

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not only are the Panthers expected to announce that they are reducing the capacity for most home games at BankAtlantic Center on Thursday, but the team is also going to unveil a new pricing structure for individual game tickets.

Team president Michael Yormark says the new setup is based on the way airlines sell seats – prices will be determined as it gets closer to game time.

“It will pay to buy earlier,’’ Yormark said. “As inventory sells and gets tighter, the pricing will jump from tier to tier. It’s all about supply and demand. Fans won’t get the best price if they wait. When single game tickets go on sale in September, you will want to buy because the price will increase.’‘


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A Look At Scouting

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from Mark Seidel at CBC,

As I travel across the country in airports, arenas, coffee shops and anywhere else, I’m always asked some common questions, so I thought it may be enlightening to the readers to list the questions and their answers here to give a glimpse into the life as a professional hockey scout and some of my experiences.

1. How many games do you go to in a year?

It’s a tough question to answer because the preparation for the various major junior drafts means I frequently attend tournaments where you can see parts of 20 games in a day, which skews the answer. By using the phenomenal scouting software, RinkNet, I have the ability to go back and look at how many games I went to last season and the breakdown was as follows:

  * Major junior/import draft preparation – Parts of 154 games.
  * NHL draft preparation – 98 games.
  * AHL/ECHL/NHL games – 19 games.

read on

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Markov Had ACL Surgery Today

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued today a Wednesday update on the status of defenseman Andrei Markov.

Markov underwent successful surgery today to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. His recovery is estimated to be six months.

Markov, 31, suffered this injury to his right knee during the first period of the opening game of the playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, at Mellon Arena, on April 30.

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Tired Or Not?

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from the CP at TSN,

Hockey Canada has come out in defence of Sidney Crosby after the International Ice Hockey Federation included him in a swipe at players who declined invitations to attend the world hockey championship.

The IIHF posted a story titled “Saying No to Your Country” on its website Wednesday, claiming that players who chose not to participate were turning “their backs not only on the team and its fans but also to the system which developed them and made them rich and famous.” The story, written by IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, names Crosby, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Backstrom, among others.

“How can a player who is 22 or 25 or 27, and who was just eliminated from the playoffs be tired?” Szemberg wrote. “Tired is a miner who works in a damp pit in Miktivka, in the Donetz Plateau in Ukraine, who never sees daylight and who provides living for a family of five in a modest two-room apartment. That is tired.

“Tired is a divorced mother with two young kids who double shifts as a nurse assistant and cleaning lady to make ends meet.

continued and read the IIHF story here...

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  Tags: iihf

Afternoon Line

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“They know that no matter where I’m at or what’s going on, I’m going to be competing, for sure.  If you look over the course of my career, every time I’ve had some sort of setback, I came back even stronger. I think that’s what people should plan on. Because that’s what I plan on.’‘

-Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  Chris Nichols of Sportsnet looks at Thomas for next year from a fantasy point of view.

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