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How’s That Taste? Crappy? Good

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.  Here is something to start your day.  I have a ditty for you and it goes something like this: there is a sinister certainty that you’ve come to grips with. Along with the virtual guarantee that you’ll get to average one Cup celebration every 36 months, the adorable one has seen fit to make you pay for those pleasures. 

And payment comes in the form of a sharp, steel-toed pain that you have to suffer through in the off years.  That pain is caused by soul-crushing losses to inferior teams.  Those losses are sandwiched by Stanley Cups, fortunately. 

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It Worked Out OK In Columbus- Tyutin Instead Of Redden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets wanted Redden for obvious reasons. He was 31 years old, still in his prime. He was good for 30 to 40 points a year, at least, and he had a soaring plus-minus rating. The Jackets wanted and needed a defenseman of his style and stature. They were trumped by the New York Rangers, who offered a six-year deal with an average annual worth of $6.5 million.

Redden didn’t even give the Jackets a chance to match. He signed with the Rangers on the first day of the free-agent season, July 1, 2008….

The trade had risk for both sides. Early last season, when Zherdev was lighting it up in Madison Square Garden, Sather looked like a genius. And Howson was getting grilled on Hockey Night in Canada, which showed Zherdev highlights with pundits doing voice-overs that went, “How could anyone trade this guy?” As the season wore on, the perception reversed. And now, we are close to a final accounting.

Tyutin is entrenched among the Jackets’ top four defensemen, and the Rangers miss him desperately. Backman is an unrestricted free agent.


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Sharks GM “Dragging His Feet” With Heatley Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has to decide if he’s serious about acquiring Dany Heatley.

League sources say the Sharks are the only remaining suitor for the disgruntled Senators winger after the Edmonton Oilers dropped out of the running last week.

But a deal won’t happen unless Wilson pays Senators GM Bryan Murray’s asking price — and pays it soon.

As first reported by Sun Media on the weekend, Murray confirmed he still has an “option” to fulfill Heatley’s trade request. However, indications are Wilson is dragging his feet and has to step up his efforts if a trade is going to happen this week.


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Does Montreal Have One More Deal In Them?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

I called general manager Bob Gainey Monday and received the usual message:

“Hi, this is Bob Gainey. I’m not in. You can leave a message, but don’t expect a call back until I do something.”

There’s no reason to expect a call from Gainey, who was busy last month. He said goodbye to 10 unrestricted free agents and brought in seven new bodies.

So why are there all the rumours about an impending trade and some expensive, big-name players?

Perhaps, it’s because Gainey himself left the door open on July 1 when he announced the first wave of acquisitions and said he had until October to find the elusive big centre.

Or maybe it’s because the salary cap and Dany Heatley’s desire to be traded have set forces in motion.

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Talking Corsi Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

So I agree with the author that Corsi numbers have use, which is why I often refer to them in my ratings of players, but that value is somewhat uncertain and it might well be wise not to attach too much weight to the Corsi plus/minus of any individual player.

Simply put, Corsi plus/minus is one useful factor to consider about a player, but it’s not definitive. It is best used as possible indicator, as opposed to the last word, on any given player.


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Rangers Ready To Walk Away From Zherdev Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Glen Sather is taking all of his allotted 48-hour time period to announce whether he is accepting or renouncing Nikolai Zherdev’s $3.9 million arbitration award.

But when the Rangers general manager makes the call this morning to cut bait, and he will, it won’t be so much the Rangers walking away from Zherdev as the winger successfully having plotted his own path to unrestricted free agency and an exit from New York.

Zherdev could have rejected the Rangers’ $3.25 million qualifier and signed in Russia. Had he done that though, the Blueshirts still would have owned his NHL rights for one more season. He could have accepted the qualifying offer, and become eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.


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Breaking: Only 44 More Cupless Tuesdays

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Awesome.  Summer’s flying by.  Oh, it kind of dragged at first.  But once we realized that a Cup Final loss to a team the likes of Pittsburgh doesn’t define the Wings or detract from their Dynasty status, things started to pick up.

I’ve got a little ditty going that draws a comparison between the ‘96, ‘07 and ‘09 Wing teams, all squads who started the next season frothing because of a loss the previous year that left a sour taste where cold, cheap, championship beer should have been.  In the meantime, while you’re waiting for that manifesto…

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Random Offseason Musings on a Calm Summer Night, August 3rd.

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

Man what a time to have a crippling, monster cold.  It’s the middle of summer, the weather’s beautiful, the beer is cold, and there are all sorts of reasons to be outside having the time of your life and not thinking about hockey.  For those of us without that luxury, the offseason makes for a very…. very, slow day at the house.

So here’s my attempt at injecting a little life into the blogosphere for those of us who are just bored enough to have the time to be checking these sorts of things:

- I’m appalled at the hooplah over the whole Spezza wedding thing.  Ok, the Elisha Cuthbert thing was funny.  This is not.  For the last time, when it comes to the private lives of athletes, nobody gives a damn!  And if they do, they’re rank amateurs as hockey fans go.  These guys spend 3/4 of the year in the spotlight, give them a few days off for chrissakes.

- My big fat guess as to where Heatley will end up next: New Jersey; the only real contender with money to spend.  My big fat guess as to when:  If he doesn’t show up at the Senators training camp: October.  If he does: March 2010.  Disclaimer: If he ends up in Anaheim at a discount, god help us all.

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  Tags: offseason+musings+rant+spezza+heatley+olympics+international+wings+fantasy+hockey

What Are You Watching On A Monday Night?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Kings recently held tryouts for the 2nd edition of the METAL Ice Crew. Meet Carrlyn, who is trying out with the hopes to return for a 2nd season!

Also, her father, Frank Bathe, used to play for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers.  Watch (below) Bathe fight Lindy Ruff.

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Islanders Sign Comeau

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The New York Islanders announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with forward, Blake Comeau to a two-year contract.

Comeau was originally selected by the Islanders at the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft in the second round (47th overall).  After starting last season with the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Comeau returned to the Islanders, producing his best year yet with seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 53 games.

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