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Canes Trying To Get More Mobile On “D”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WRAL,

“I had one conversation with one GM - the same one I’ve had about five or six months now,” Rutherford said of his trip to Atlanta. “And it ended the same way it all ended.
“I would like to continue to work on trying to get more mobility on our defense. And that’s what we continue to work on but it’s not easy. You have to pay a high price if and when they are available.

“And if get them, they get into high-rent district on their salaries.”

Rutherford said the Canes will continue to see appealing defensemen come available and may look to address that in free agency in July.The trade deadline is Feb. 26.

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Nashville Joins The Top 6 Forward Club

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

If the Predators do make such a move, it will almost surely be to add an offensive-minded forward to an occasionally goal-challenged club.

“Our missing piece is a top-six forward,’’ Poile said. “We have one (injured Steve Sullivan), but he’s not playing. So we could add a top-six forward that could bring more offense, but — not to take myself off the hook — that’s a tall order.

“Because in my discussions all year long with most clubs, they’re looking for the exact same thing. Other than Ottawa and Detroit, almost every club would like a top-six forward.’’

Poile also isn’t willing to sacrifice large chunks of the future, as he did the last two seasons at the trade deadline.

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Commit To The Indian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

Commit to the Indian” has caught the eye and ear of one of the Blackhawks’ chiefs.

The phrase, uttered by Hawks coach Denis Savard during his postgame rant Thursday night, has popped up on T-shirts. Its popularity has made team President John McDonough take notice.

“It’s amazing how much life it’s got,” McDonough said Sunday. “I’m getting e-mails from all over the place.”

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If you missed the Savard rant…

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  Tags: denis+savard

A Magical Tale

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Adelson at ESPN The Magazine,

Its sounds like a fairy tale. Steve Yzerman, the legendary hockey hero, reaches out to Braxton Davis, a sick little boy. Think you’ve read this story before? Bet you haven’t.

The magical tale of the hockey hero and the sick little boy came to an end on a warm spring day in Detroit in 2006. Braxton Davis, the sick little boy, stood silently inside the Red Wings’ locker room as the players streamed out, the day before a first-round game against Edmonton. The room was empty, save for one man, Steve Yzerman, who lingered in khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. The Captain, holding a stick in his hand, walked over to Braxton.

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*our thanks to a longtime KK reader for pointing out this story

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, steve+yzerman

What’s Happening Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL trade deadline is four weeks tomorrow, the NHL general managers’ meeting is three weeks today and all across the league, there is much happening, some of which is going to dictate just how busy things are at the deadline. To wit:

Atlanta GM Don Waddell is expected to take one final stab at signing forward Marian Hossa to a long-term deal that would take him out of unrestricted free agency. If Waddell can’t sign Hossa on this next effort, it’s likely the Thrashers’ GM will initiate trade talks that would make the talented winger the highest-impact rental player available at the deadline. Atlanta is not likely to let Hossa skate into unrestricted free agency on July 1 without getting something for him at the deadline.

Buffalo GM Darcy Regier will try to get the Brian Campbell negotiations back on track. The Sabre defenceman publicly declared a week or two ago that there would be no more in-season discussions, but Regier will try to jump-start things to get a deal done. Like Hossa, if Campbell spurns the Sabres in this next go-round, he could become a big chip in the trade deadline dealings.

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Average Won’t Cut It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

To make the playoffs this season, the Blues will have to play extraordinary hockey down the stretch. Ordinary won’t cut it these days in the NHL’s Western Conference.

There is one great team on this side of the league, the Red Wings. One team, the Kings, appears to be a dead team skating.

And you can put the other 13 teams into a giant pile -– since very little separates them. Let’s take a quick look at the Blues’ competition:

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Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com,

Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending January 27.

Go here to check out their video highlights.

 

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, daniel+alfredsson, pascal+leclair, stars+of+the+week

Final Words on the ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ray Slover at the Sporting News,

Young talent is, like cream, rising to the top. And like cream, it’s pretty sweet. They may struggle a bit with English, but Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Anze Kopitar and other 20-something foreign-born players have a language all their own. Better yet, it’s a common language, one shared by Eric Staal, Rick Nash and the cast of characters who have something to say. And it comes across loud and clear, even without poster-boy Sidney Crosby on the scene.

We saw plenty of the NHL’s future here and it, like the Georgia morning sun, is bright.

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

It has been very easy and convenient to rip the NHL All-Star Game for, oh, the past 20 years or so, but for at least one night, the league and its players seemed to grasp the importance of showcasing its stars by actually staging a competitive game.

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Update 9:04pm ET: The THN story above was changed since I originally linked it.  An important feature near the top of the piece was Campbell’s concern about access to Eric Staal after the game.  There has been some suggestion that the original article was altered. Perhaps not a big deal, but it’s worth mentioning now because the allegations prompted this official response from Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes later in the day.

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Finally, below is a transcript from post-game Q&A’s with All Star MVP Eric Staal and goalie Tim Thomas.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, atlanta+2008

Yotes Sponsor PGA Golfer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

The Phoenix Coyotes signed a one-year marketing deal with PGA Tour player Jeff Quinney to wear the team’s logo on his shirt during all tournaments, beginning with this week’s FBR Open in Phoenix.

Quinney, a 29-year-old graduate of Arizona State and resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the U.S. Amateur in 2000 and is starting his second full year on the PGA Tour. He finished 57th on the money list in 2007.

While Quinney is not the first golfer to wear the logo of a professional team during tournament play, the deal is believed to be the first in which a team has directly signed a golfer.

Financial terms were not available, but Coyotes President and COO Doug Moss called an estimate of low-to-mid-six figures “not too far off.”

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2008 AHL All-Star Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No NHL games tonight, so why not sit back and catch the AHL ASG?

Check out the TV, web and radio broadcast schedule.  Broadcast begins at 7:00pm ET tonight.

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