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What Would You Offer For Steve Ott If He Is Available?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Steve Ott is still trying to recover from appendectomy surgery, and had a small setback last week. However, he skated yesterday, hopes to work slowly into the Stars’ mini-camp that starts Friday, and said he is planning on being on the ice for the March 2 game against the Kings at American Airlines Center.

But there are a couple of things that could get in the way.

One, his conditioning might not be up to the standards he needs by that time, and two he could be traded when the NHL roster freeze comes off at 11 p.m. Feb. 28.

So, has Ott thought that he may have played his last game in a Stars’ uniform?

“That thought has never entered my mind,’’ he said via a phone interview. “Honestly, I’m a pretty simple guy, I work as hard as I can to prepare for the next game and play the next game, and I let the rest take care of itself.’‘


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Men’s Quarter-Finals Olympics

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The men’s hockey tournament continued in the Olympics yesterday.  After a preliminary round and some qualifying games, we have hit the first games where significant teams will be eliminated.  Here are the results:

USA 2 Switzerland 0  USA carried the play through most of the game, but had trouble scoring on Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller (who faced 43 shots).  It was third period before Zach Parise scored the first goal of the game.  He added another in the closing minute into an empty net.  Ryan Miller had a 19 save shutout.

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Flames Sign Rene Bourque To Multi-Year Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of left wing Rene Bourque to a multi year contract.

Bourque, a native of Lac La Biche, AB, is in his second season with the Flames after being acquired on July 1, 2008 from Chicago for a conditional draft choice. The 6’2”, 207lbs winger has recorded 156 points in 280 career NHL games. He has established a career high for points already this season with 41 (18 goals and 23 assists) in 53 games played. During the 2008-09 season, his first with Calgary, he reached a new career high for goals with 21.

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  Tags: rene+bourque

Ovechkin Just Like A Hollywood Star

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canada rush into the semifinals, while the only consolation for the Russians might be the fact that not many Russian fans witnessed the nightmare live due to time difference.

-Russia Today

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The NHL Needs To Commit To The 2014 Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Rosenberg at Sports Illustrated,

The NHL is supposedly thinking about skipping the 2014 Olympics. Now, this is a brilliant idea. On Wednesday night, as I watched Canada’s Dan Boyle thread a gorgeous backhanded pass to Ryan Getzlaf for a goal, kick-starting a 7-3 victory over Russia and making Viagra unnecessary in Canada, I thought, “Dammit, I should be watching Predators-Blue Jackets right now.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cannot be serious about this. These Olympics are the best show hockey has put on in years. Why would he want to stop that?

The NHL should not just commit to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia—Bettman should offer to grab two hockey sticks and paddle his way across the Atlantic.

This is a no-brainer. And to really understand why, you have to understand the internal squabble in this sport for the last few decades between two groups: purists and marketers.


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  Tags: winter+oiympics

The NHL Needs More Offense

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Capitals overwhelm opponents with persistent waves of attack. Their retro style is becoming more prevalent - especially in the East, but not exclusively. In the West, the three division leaders - Chicago, Vancouver and San Jose - are not as defensively suffocating as they are offensively potent. Each of these teams has a goal differential between plus-42 and plus-53.

Not a day goes by when Boudreau isn’t asked whether his offensive style can hold up in the cauldron of the playoffs. His response is automatic: We play defense, too.

He also says, “The only way to answer the question is to win the Stanley Cup. And we’re trying really hard.”

If the Capitals manage to hoist the Cup, a process will be validated and more coaches will look to open up the game. That would be an Olympian development, especially in the eyes of the casual fan.


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The Russian Plan Didn’t Work Out

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It all sounded so darn good on paper.

Stack your team with nine KHL players, win the Olympic gold medal, show the world your fledgling league is just as good as the NHL, then enter your own Games in Sochi, Russia, in four years as the reigning champion.

You see, it wasn’t enough that Russia was going to be a heavy contender in this Olympic hockey tournament. There was, as rumor would have it, tremendous pressure on coach Vyacheslav Bykov to include as many KHL players as possible. There were powerful people behind the scenes who wanted to make this a political statement, too.

Well, Russia made its statement, all right. Thanks for coming out.

In a quarterfinal game that meant everything to both hockey superpowers, Canada embarrassed Russia 7-3 on Wednesday night.

“It is the same feeling as the Canadians would have had if they lost—it’s a disaster,” Russian netminder Ilya Bryzgalov said after the game.


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Pretty Good Team Beats Sweden

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“They are pretty good when they get to back up and play five on their own blue line,” Swedish center Peter Forsberg said. “They have great guys when they get turnovers. They have a couple of the quickest guys in the world, so you can say that they played us the way they wanted to play us. It’s pretty hard when they are up; we have to go after them.

“They are not a bad team. They are a pretty good team, so we have to have some luck to beat them, but not today.”

As a result, the golden era of Swedish hockey ends.

Four years from now, if professionals are still a part of the Olympic hockey tournament, Sweden will be without many of its most famous names. Lidstrom and Forsberg won’t be back. It’s also unlikely that we will see Daniel Alfredsson or Fredrik Modin.


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  Tags: team+slovakia, team+sweden, winter+olympics

The Canadian Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

On this improbable night of hockey, as Canada rolled to a lopsided 7-3 victory over a star-studded Russian team, Corey Perry was talking about what constitutes Canadian hockey at its very best.

“That was it,” said Perry. “Physical play, grinding, cycling, forechecking - that’s what we did tonight and that’s what wore them down.”

In one of the most hyped, heralded and anticipated hockey games in history, Canada unleashed a devastating first-period attack Wednesday night to crush Russia, the defending world champions and in some people’s minds, the gold-medal favorite, in a men’s Olympic hockey quarter-final game.


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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia, winter+olympics

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