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Avery’s Departure Not the Only Reason for Surging Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,

The signing of Avery was a mistake - and at $15.5 million over four years it might be one of the most expensive mistakes in NHL history. Not a single player was happy with the addition of the controversial, self-centered winger and his presence had an adverse affect on numerous players the team depends on.

The Stars were 8-11-4 with Avery and are 16-7-4 without him.

Avery aside, the Stars desperately needed Turco to return to form if they were going to dig themselves out of a hole. It looks as though Turco is back on his game.

read on for more on Dallas’ turnaround

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  Tags: marty+turco, sean+avery

Latendresse Out 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pat Hickey at Habs Inside/Out,

The Canadiens confirm that left winger Guillaume Latendresse will be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. He was injured Sunday when he lost his balance while chasing a puck into the corner and slammed into the boards.

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  Tags: guillaume+latendresse

Flyers Recall Ryan Parent

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have recalled defenseman Ryan Parent from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Parent will be available to play in Wednesday night’s Flyers-Boston Bruins game at the Wachovia Center.

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Nice Little Run Kid…Now Sit Your Ass Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This one gets to me a bit, kinda rankles me if you want to know the truth.  And I’m betting our Uncle Mike feels the same way.

Ville Leino, despite two real effective games in a row, will sit tonite while Darren Helm finds a spot in the lineup. Do I have a problem with Helm? Nope.  But I wouldn’t mind seeing Kopecky or Maltby take a seat to keep Leino in there.

You’ve seen this piece of prose from Aristotle himself?  No? Here you go.

“He’s been so good, a goal and an assist, a plus-2,so I scratched him today,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “That didn’t really make any sense, but he’ll be back in the next game (Saturday vs. Edmonton).”

 

Continue Reading »

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Wild Freeze Season Ticket Prices

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the team will not raise season ticket prices for the 2009-10 season and the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. 2009-10 season ticket prices for current Wild season ticket holders will range from $18.00 to $86.00, the same as the 2008-09 season. 2009 Stanley Cup playoff ticket prices will also remain the same as last postseason for current Wild season ticket holders. The 2009-10 season will feature 44 home contests (three preseason and 41 regular season).

“We are pleased to let our loyal season ticket holders know that ticket pricing will not change for the 2009 playoffs and 2009-10 season,” said Jamie Spencer, Vice President of Customer Sales and Service. “In light of the current economic conditions we wanted to announce ticket pricing as soon as possible and will be offering our fans a number of payment options so they can plan accordingly.”

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Devils Will Be A Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

The Devils have depth, experience, talent and the best goaltender of his generation getting ready to come back and join the fun. Martin Brodeur must be as excited to re-join this group as any he’s had in front of him.

The Devils still have the defensive structure that’s made them the most miserable group to play against for the last two decades, but they’re not just a top-five team defensively. They’re top five on the attack as well.

New Jersey boasts a top line of Zach Parise, Travis Zajak and Jamie Langenbrunner. The trio is led by 24-year-old Parise, who, in his fourth season, leads the team in scoring, never gets outworked and is ready to join the small group of the league’s elite.

read on

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Fantasy Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,

Four weeks from today is the NHL’s trade deadline. In fantasy hockey, many leagues use the same date. The window for fixing your team is starting to close, so let’s get to some letters!...

Q.Hi Dobber, I’m looking at the possibility of obtaining Zetterberg in a keeper league from someone who is in the position of winning the pool this year. What is your opinion on Zetterberg’s health; he seems to miss time each year due to back problems. Is this going to worsen and limit his career? Or do you think this is just a phase? How does his fantasy value fare with all this in mind?

A. Hi Savas. Not only is Zetterberg’s back an issue, but don’t forget his wrist problem, which may be even more of an issue in the long run. He is an injury risk year in and year out, but never seems to miss more than five or 10 games.

For each of the next five seasons, I think he is good for 70 games with a better than even chance of playing 78 games or more. In keeper leagues, you can never really look beyond a five-year window because in my experience no player remains on your roster longer than that.

more questions and answers…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nobody is forcing (Jeremy) Jacobs to have a payroll bumping up against the cap ceiling. He could have instructed Bruins management to spend much less but instead allowed forking out big bucks for Joe Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Wideman. He’ll likely pay out even more to retain Tim Thomas, David Krejci and Phil Kessel this summer.

-Spector (Lyle Richardson) at his Fox Sports Blog.  Read more from Lyle…

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  Tags: jeremy+jacobs

Paying The Price For Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Five identical signs hang in the Anaheim Ducks’ dressing room at the Honda Center and at their practice arena. All are emblazoned with instructive and, at times, inspirational messages.

For example, No. 3—Play With Self-Disciplined Aggression - reads, in part: “Control emotions when playing aggressively or you will be controlled by opponents or situations (i.e. bad call, cheap shot).”

No. 5—Unselfishness Is Essential—reads: ” ... Teammates, staff and officials are to be treated with RESPECT!”

Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, stood amidst those signs last week and tried to explain that the league’s referees really don’t have it in for the Ducks.

continued plus some Wings and Barber Shop sweater talk…

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Goalie Mask Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,

“Back in the 1980’s, I was in awe of these masks,” Toronto artist Dave Arrigo told NHL.com. “I remember Grant Fuhr’s mask and Bunny Larocque’s. To me, that was still great art back then. It was the style of the time and, even today, they remain classics.”...

As decades passed, however, it seems goalies became a little more self conscious about what they were putting over their face. Sure, protection and comfort were first and foremost, but great artwork also offered a strong personal statement and inner connection.

“The goalie mask is a billboard to that player’s soul,” Arrigo said “It can be anything from a favorite video game to music legend.”

read on

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