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Report- Morris Decides To Sit To Avoid Injury Before Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN defenseman Derek Morris has given Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney a list of teams he would be willing to lift his no-trade clause to join.

In the meantime, Morris has decided it is best to not play and risk injury before a deal goes down, therefore he is not expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Coyotes host the St Louis Blues.

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  Tags: derek+morris

Oh Those Rumors…, But…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Most are the product of fertile imaginations and throwing mud at the wall, but some have a nugget of logic behind them.

Here’s one we’ve heard and believe:

The Ducks will send defenseman Chris Pronger and left wing Travis Moen to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Mark Stuart, 6-foot-5 center Joe Colborne (currently at Denver University) and a first-round draft pick.

Why this makes sense:

read on

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Uh Oh.  This One’s Gonna Hurt.  Dive Fans…Save Yourselves. Don’t Read.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just gathered the family around the computer.  My youngest is learning to read and doing great. So we like to give her longer and longer passages. Confidence builders, you know.  Here’s the one we selected for this afternoon and she really seemed to enjoy it.

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Pavel’s Night With The Sharks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Kind of a hectic week and that caused me to gloss over the performance Pavel Datsyuk gave us Wednesday against “the best team in the NHL.”  Gary’s official scoresheet shows an average night, unless you watched the game.  1 assist, 4 hits, a few shots and only 7 faceoffs.

But we know better.

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Semin Blasts One Past Thomas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander scored the OT goal today to secure a 4-3 Caps victory over the Bruins.

I am sure Tim Thomas would like that goal back.

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  Tags: alexander+semin, tim+thomas

Game 1 Goes To Murphy And….“Pred Wings”?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  Larry killed me last night.  Finish a sentence Murph.  Just one.

Kopecky scored?  Really? 

If you say so.

I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide if “Hit Me Mick” is on the agenda for this evening.  From what I can tell, the idea is a very good one. The execution needs some work.  Anyone who’d like to take a crack at revising the rules, have at it.  I’ll post. We’ll vote. Etc.  One issue to be considered is that a lot of us will only get the road broadcast.  However, adapting the rules to fit the idiocy of Weber and Crisp sounds entertaining as well.

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Not Enough Sellers Right Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Right now, because of the tight playoff races, there are more buyers than sellers. Only six teams are likely to be in a sell-off mode—the Islanders, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Ottawa and Colorado.

We’ll all have to wait until Wednesday (1 p.m. MST) to see who moves where. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of each of the 30 teams’ needs and wants:

Western Conference

San Jose: The only real question: Do they keep Jonathan Cheechoo, who is miscast as a third-liner after losing his spot to Devin Setoguchi, or move him to free up cap space?...

Chicago: The Blackhawks badly need a No. 2 centre, preferably one with some size. They are probably in the Tim Connolly/Nik Antropov hunt. Trying winger Patrick Sharp there failed, and rookie winger Kris Versteeg, all 180 pounds of him, is there now.

more

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Minor League Hockey Having Attendance Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Attendance at minor-league hockey games is down at most levels. The only exception is in the ECHL, which has seen a 2.2 per cent increase in per-game attendance after losing four of its seven lowest-performing franchises since the end of last season.

Minor-league officials refuse to attribute the decline to a decrease in fan interest. For decades many teams have remained in the same communities where kids follow the sport from an early age.

“We’re in hockey hotbeds,” International Hockey League commissioner Paul Pickard said. “I think (the attendance drop) has a lot to do with the economy.”

read on

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are:  Peter Chiarelli (Boston Bruins GM), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), Patrick Hoffman (Kukla’s Korner), Jeremiah Gordon (World Outdoor Hockey Championships), and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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More Teams Needed For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

The time has never been better to expand the NHL playoff structure from 16 to 20 teams.

It’s way overdue. Come on, way back in the days of the Original 21, it was a 16-team playoff format. So the pool of non-playoff teams has risen from five to 14 without so much as a revision? Doesn’t make sense.

The time is right for a few reasons.

(a) More parity in the NHL than ever before. In the Eastern Conference this season, there’s a clear gap between the 10th-place team and the 11th-place team. That’s a natural dividing line. In the Western Conference, 11 teams are in contention for just the final four spots. It’s a shame that seven of them will miss the post-season dance.

continued

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