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Kid Ready To See His First NHL Game, Misses Start By 5 Hours

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ten-year-old Yehya Eldidi arrived at Scotiabank Place yesterday wearing his new Ottawa Senators jacket, flushed with excitement about seeing his first NHL game.

But instead of watching his favourite player, Daniel Alfredsson, skate against the New York Rangers, Yehya looked on through locked doors as cleaners changed garbage bags and vacuumed the carpets in the lobby.

Like a handful of other ticket-holders who showed up Saturday night, Yehya and his cousin, Abraham Issa, didn’t learn until too late that the start-time of the game had been moved up from the 7 p.m. printed on their tickets to 2 p.m.


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Z With Three

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Free curly fries for everyone.

Henrik Zetterberg with the hat trick to top off a five point night and Wings fans are happy too.  Arby’s offers free curly fries if a Wing gets a hat trick.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Lightning Win In OT… Celebrate.. Oh Wait…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lightning lose in shootout to the Kings.

The goal by the Lightning was waived off, goalie interference…

Team, player and NHL reaction on the non-goal can be found here.

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The Monster Could Go To The Highest Bidder

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,

You see, it was Burke who threatened the Bruins with a Group II offer sheet before making a deal for winger Phil Kessel in September.

The Leafs could easily be sitting in the same position if they don’t get the 25-year-old Swede signed. Gustavsson, who is making $810,000 (all terms US) on a one-year deal this season, has emerged as the club’s No. 1 goalie ahead of Vesa Toskala.

There would be more than an NHL GM or two who wouldn’t mind put the screws to Burke by signing The Monster to an offer sheet worth $5 million a season.

Gustavsson was the most sought-after free-agent goalie on the market before he signed with the Leafs last summer. Every team in the league scouted him. Most made a pitch for him. The Stars thought Gustavsson was going to sign there to push Marty Turco for the job.

“Don’t think for a second there wouldn’t be a lineup of teams again offering up big money if he gets to restricted free agency,” said a league executive.

more rumors/talk…

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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

Savard Expected To Re-sign With Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Much like Milan Lucic in October, 32-year-old center Marc Savard later this month - most likely around Thanksgiving - is expected to extend his contract with the Bruins. At the end of a four-year deal that brought him $5 million a season, Savard is likely to average in the $6 million-$6.5 million range for another four or five seasons, bringing Boston’s payroll to upward of $49 million for next season…

• During a recent NHLPA conference call, superstar Alexander Ovechkin, with a cap figure of $9.538 million, groused about having to surrender the 12.9 percent escrow on last year’s pay. The same hit this season would see Ovie surrender $1.23 million. It’s his privilege to gripe. But that kind of giveback is about equal to the combined gross pay of Vladimir Sobotka and Byron Bitz. As on the ice, sometimes it’s best just to take the hit and shut up.

much more hockey talk…

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  Tags: marc+savard

Prime Time

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Letters To A Nimrod

First of all…

For some reason, you just knew after those three words that you were gonna be irritated back on October 22nd. If someone had just given John Buccigross an open-handed bitch slap right then?  All would be well.  Didn’t happen.  Steve Phillips’ production assistant was busy.  Matthew Barnaby was repeatedly stabbing the exclamation point key. No one stopped Buccigross and now he just looks like a tool.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are no longer in their NHL prime.

Oh, and dick? It’s Zetterman.  He dreams in colors.  Red ones.

Continue Reading »

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Leafs Take On A Retro Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Who knew the Eighties would be looked back on fondly as the good old days?

Or that the Toronto Maple Leafs would try to emulate them?

You remember the ‘80s: Mullets, glitter-rock, linebacker padded shoulders on ladies, cocaine and the absolute nadir for Leaf hockey – 56 points in ‘81-82, 57 points in ‘85-86, 52 points in ‘87-88.

Toronto, following Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Calgary – another of those ‘80s Tribute Nights, Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall saluted on this occasion – is on pace for a 50-point season circa 2009-2010, if the calculations of someone who dropped math in Grade 10 can be trusted.


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Ducks Recall Calder

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled left wing Kyle Calder from the Bakersfield Condors, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL.

Calder, 30 (1/5/79), scored 3-3=6 points with a +4 rating in five games with Bakersfield this season. Signed by Anaheim to a one-year contract and assigned to Bakersfield on Oct. 28, Calder attended the Ducks’ 2009 Training Camp on a tryout basis in September, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM) in four games. The Manville, Alberta native,  who was released from his tryout on Sept. 26, spent the 2008-09 regular season with Los Angeles, recording 8-19=27 points with 41 PIM in 74 games.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink

Talking Niedermayer & Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• To clear matters, Niedermayer sent ESPN.com this comment on Saturday prior to his game in Detroit: “I don’t want to be traded. I love it in Anaheim, and the only thing I’m focused on right now is helping our team get back on track and make the playoffs. That’s it.”

Via text message to ESPN.com, Murray also reiterated that he has no intention of trading Niedermayer, UFA July 1, and wants to see the future Hall of Fame retire a Duck….

• I don’t think it was ever in doubt, but I’m hearing that talks between the Chicago Blackhawks and star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going very well and that both sides are close to a deal. Both players are slated for restricted free agency July 1, and other GMs were salivating at the chance at plunking down offer sheets for them, but that’s not going to happen. I would expect an announcement sometime in the next two weeks.

more chatter and talk…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I see where the NHL has reinstated Henry Samueli as owner of the Anaheim Ducks after he was suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the team on June 24, 2008. Multiple sources tell me he’s now being measured for a Hockey Hall of Fame blazer.

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.  More hockey notes from Red via Faceoff.com.

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  Tags: henry+samueli

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