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Post Season Award Voting and Elite Goalies

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the more controversial comments I made is when I claimed during the semifinals of the playoffs that there were no elite goalies left in the playoffs.  At that time, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings and Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes remained as the playoff goaltenders.  Were there elite goalies in the bunch, it stands to reason that they would have been among the leaders in the voting for the Vezina Trophy and post season all star teams.  Assuming they are injury-free, it certainly stands to reason that any elite goalies in the league should get strong support for these awards and possibly even win them.

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Party Flight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page has posted some never released video of the Stars flight back from Buffalo after defeating the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Just the joy on the faces of the players makes it worth watching.

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Flyers vs. Bruins At Fenway?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Haggerty of WEEI says so.  At one time, it was believed the Capitals were the favorite to be the opponent, but it now looks like the Flyers.

I do know Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider wrote earlier today that it looked doubtful that the Caps would be playing on New Year’s Day.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Still Fighting In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times (Tuesday edition),

Turns out, the Lightning’s troubles did not end with another lost season.

This morning, the woes grow deeper. Perhaps, by this evening, they will turn uglier.

There is unrest in the ownership group. There is dissension in the ranks. And, almost one year to the day after OK Hockey took control of the franchise, the possibility of a messy divorce between bickering owners is a real possibility.

Oren Koules and Len Barrie are scheduled to have a meeting today with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to determine which one of them will have the authority to make decisions for the franchise. In essence, the commissioner is determining custody of a hockey team.

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  Tags: len+barrie, oren+koules

Colorado Signs Cody McLeod

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club formally announced today that the team has signed forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract.

McLeod, who turns 25 this Friday, scored 15 goals with five assists and 162 penalty minutes in 79 games during his second NHL season in 2008-09.  He was one of four NHL players with at least 15 goals and 150 PIM and became only the second player in Avalanche history to reach both marks in a single year (Chris Simon, 1995-96).  McLeod led Colorado with 194 hits and shared the club lead in game-winning goals with three.

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  Tags: cody+mcleod

It’s Official: Chelios Won’t Be Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

After a decade in Detroit and two Cups that should have been at least four, Chris Chelios is a Wing no longer.

Khan(!)

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland met with 47-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios this afternoon and, as expected, told him the club will not offer him a contract for next season, ending the future Hall of Famer’s 10-year career in Detroit.

“He’s been a tremendous Red Wing; we’ve done a lot of winning with him in a Red Wings uniform,’’ Holland said. “He wants to play again. I really think he can help somebody, playing 10-15 minutes,playing in the 5-6 (defense spot), killing penalties, as a mentor and a role model to younger player. That was a part of his legacy in Detroit.’‘

You know where he’s going. I know where he’s going.  We’ll see you six times next year Cheli.  No doubt the Hawk fans will cheer you just as loudly as they’ve booed you the last decade.

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Wings Not Interested In Chelios For Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Chris Chelios will not be returning to the Red Wings.

General manager Ken Holland met with Chelios Monday afternoon and, as expected, gave him the news Chelios will not be re-signed.

“It was kind of understood last summer, after Cheli signed, that the 2008-09 season would be the last one for Cheli as a Red Wing,” said Holland, noting the need for the Wings to bring in younger players. “He wants to play another season and I believe he can still play.”...

Holland also said he expects to talk with agents for Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Ty Conklin and Tomas Kopecky this weekend in Montreal during the NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: chris+chelios

The Fans Of…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Lepore of Puck The Media,

Penguins, Pittsburgh.  Has that one guy friend who’s printed out way too many Pensblog photoshops and placed them on his desk.  Kind of wishes some drunken photos of Evgeni Malkin would surface so they could wear their “Drink Like a Champion” shirts to the igloo.  Wonders why everyone gives Gary Bettman a harsh rep, since he seems like such a doggone nice guy.

Red Wings, Detroit.  Likely lives in a different city now.  Thinks everone in the NHL is against a franchise with four Stanley Cups in 12 years.  Is totally okay with the number of foreigners on the team.  Speaking of Foreigner, how bout that music at The Joe?  Doesn’t own an American car.

more and yes, every NHL team is listed…

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Daydream Believers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

At this time of year, with the NHL Entry Draft weekend and the start of the league’s unrestricted free agency period fast approaching, some hockey fans daydream about the possibility of their favorite team landing a star player. This season is no different….

The Canadiens/Kings need an established star and Lecavalier or Heatley would be a “perfect fit”. The Penguins need a scoring winger for Sidney Crosby’s line so Gaborik is the “best available” choice. The Flyers need a stud blueliner so pony up the big bucks to land Bouwmeester.

Whenever I read these suggestions by fans or rumormongers I’m reminded of an old saying: “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it”.

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Candiens Fire Hamilton Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Garry McKay of the HamiltonSpectator,

The Hamilton Bulldogs will have a new coaching staff this season.

Don Lever, who is the franchise’s longest-serving head coach, and his assistant Ron Wilson, who has been here even longer, have been told by the parent Montreal Canadiens that their services are no longer required.

Although both were long-time employees of the Canadiens, the Habs told them by phone that their contracts would not be renewed. they weren’t given a reason.

Both were, in effect, fired by Montreal general manager Bob Gainey who phoned them last week and said simply that ‘the organization is going in a different direction.”

Lever said he would like to have at least been given a reason for his dismissal.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Lever. “Somewhere along the line I must have done something wrong, but they didn’t tell me what it was.

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  Tags: hamilton+bulldogs

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