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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

What will the Flames do when Dion Phaneuf remains unsigned long enough to extract either an offer or an offer sheet in the 10-year, $90M neighborhood coming off his Entry Level contract?

How much money will the Penguins have to pay Evgeni Malkin to keep him from becoming a Group II free agent when his current contract expires?

What will the Blackhawks do when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both come up for extensions two summers from now?

And what kind of a league is it, and what kind of a system is it, exactly, under which the NHL operates, where an immense and dramatically increasing percentage of the players’ overall take goes to athletes who have been in the league for three seasons as opposed to those who have played for 10 or 15 years?

read on

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Bowman Would Listen To Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Turning the Maple Leafs into Stanley Cup winners would take all of Scott Bowman’s Hall of Fame acumen.

But the 74-year-old is not dismissing the chance that something can still be worked out after preliminary talks to bring him aboard as a senior advisor to John Ferguson last summer failed to click….

Asked by MacLean if he’d revisit a Toronto offer one day, Bowman basically said he would be willing to discuss it. It would be hard to leave the Red Wings, but he would cross that bridge if he came to it.

more

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Report- Heatley Separates Shoulder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Detroit and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Heatley missed most of the third period when he crashed hard into the end boards with Red Wings winger Dallas Drake. Heatley was slouched over when he left the ice and was favouring his shoulder. He didn’t return to the game.

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added 12:37pm, from the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators will be without the services of Dany Heatley for six weeks after the all-star sniper dislocated his shoulder Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

Speaking with reporters following an optional team skate Sunday morning, Heatley said he was disappointed to miss the time but glad to have plenty of healing and rest time before the playoffs begin.

“It’s frustrating, kind of an unlucky play, but that’s hockey, so (you) just rehab as best you can and try to get back as fast as you can,” he said.

read on

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Zetterberg’s Warming Up; Chat Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For those of you concerned Henrik Zetterberg may be too ill (“flu”) to play tonite, he’s in the pre-game skate.

Lack of posts the last few days, I’m aware.  Should return to normal tomorrow.

Tonite…we’ll use the A2Y chat room for the live blog.  Also, if you’re interested in reading a bloggers’ preview of tonite’s game.  Greg Wyshynski from AOL’s NHL Fanhouse spoke with a few of us earlier today.

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Don’t Expect Joseph In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I nosed around a little this morning and found this out : The Sharks did have conversations at one point with Cujo’s agent. But that was as they were getting ready to place backup Dimitri Patzold on waivers in order to send him to the minors and bring up Thomas Greiss. Once Patzold cleared waivers and the Sharks knew their goalie stable was still full, the talks ended. Had the Sharks lost Patzold to another team, those Cujo conversations might still be ongoing.

Coach Ron Wilson even joked about the Cujo rumors in talking with reporters — including the Toronto media entourage — at this morning’s skate.

“If Cujo comes and wants to sit on the bench for 40 games, he can come,” Wilson said, expressing further confidence in Evgeni Nabokov’s ability to carry a heavy load. “I don’t think that’s what he wants.”

added 6:14pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN both the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers have made last minute inquiries into Curtis Joseph’s plan to return to the NHL.

New York’s Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals on 18 shots in a 6-2 Rangers loss to Philadelphia on Thursday.

Lundqvist has struggled of late going 2-5-2 in his last nine games after impressively recording six shutouts in his first 29 games.

Toronto’s interest may speak to the uncertainty of Vesa Toskala’s health, or the potential of a Raycroft trade that would make room for Joseph’s veteran presence.

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NHL & IIHF Will Talk About New Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

N.H.L. executives and officials of the International Ice Hockey Federation will meet Wednesday in New York for talks on a new agreement governing international player transfers….

The I.I.H.F. delegation will be led by the federation president, René Fasel, who will arrive from Sunday’s European Club Championship final in St. Petersburg, Russia, between Sparta Prague and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Fasel said that if a new agreement could not be negotiated, “chaos” could ensue when the current deal expired at the end of the season. He said N.H.L. teams would be free to raid European rosters throughout the year while paying nothing for the signings.

read on and a feature on Caps dman Mike Green.

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Welcome Back Bobby

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Bobby Hull created a roar from Blackhawks fans during his playing days, and he’s thrilled to put hard feelings behind and be part of a new roar building around the team.

“Thirty-five years away from there, and it’s just wonderful to be home again,” Hull said last week while wearing his familiar No. 9 Hawks sweater with the “A” on the chest as he took part in a Montreal ceremony honoring Hawks and Canadiens greats.

continued (reg. may be req.)

Now, many of you may not remember the Golden Jet in action, so watch this feature on Bobby Hull…

 

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Top Two Teams Meet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

In the grand scheme of things, tonight’s matchup between the Ottawa Senators is just another game in the long journey that is an NHL season. Game No. 43 for the home side, in fact.

A few more numbers will tell you why it’s so much more….

Maybe 308? That’s how many goals the NHL’s two top-scoring teams have racked up midway through the year.

Five of the top 10 scorers in the league play in either Motown or O-Town.

read on

added 1:01pm, via the Detroit Free Press,

A quick update from Scotiabank Place: Henrik Zetterberg missed the morning skate because of flu and is probable for tonight’s game against Ottawa.

Zetterberg practiced yesterday, but started to feel ill during the afternoon, team captain Nicklas Lidstrom told me.

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Dominent Men In Leafs Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

With his job on the line, possibly as early as tonight’s game in San Jose, Maurice refuted talk the team has quit on him. Midway through his second season with the Leafs, he has another year on his contract.

“We still have dominant men in that room who are competing,” a tense-looking Maurice said after the last-place Kings toyed with the Leafs 5-2 the night before, the club’s 10th loss in the past 12 games. “You always have to have that fight in you and when you don’t, that’s when it’s done.”

more

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Modified Movement Clause

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

According to the terms of the agreement, Ovechkin has what is described as a “modified no trade clause.”

Prior to July 1, 2014 the Capitals have the luxury and sole discretion of trading Ovechkin to any team in the league.

However, the language in the contract goes on to read that during the month of June 2014, Ovechkin can provide Washington with a list of up to 10 NHL teams to which he does not want to be traded to during each of the seasons after July 1, 2014, commencing with the 2014-2015 season.

more, and yes, my sources are telling me Ovechkin may still be moved this season…. There, we got it out of the way and if any hockey fans reads it again, don’t believe it.

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