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Finally It Is Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What a sham this has been, this three-penny opera….

For months, the hockey world has been consumed with speculation and conjecture about where Mats Sundin would land as though he was some god descending upon Mount Olympus with a lighting bolt in his hand instead of a hockey stick and a résumé chock full of holes.

The great Swede has been mythologized and courted and coveted; and now, mercifully, he is back, if for no other reason, so we can stop wondering which team will be blessed with his presence.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable calling any team a contender other than maybe San Jose and Detroit, because they won last year. What we want to do is get into the playoffs and win round by round. For me, it’s more the process of how the team plays and the integrity it plays with. I know we’ll get results if we play that way.

“I think Mats is a great player that joins a good group of players committed to winning. I think we’re a better team for sure but I’m not going to place that label (Stanley Cup contender) on any team.”

-Canucks GM Mike Gillis at the press conference announcing the Sundin signing.  More from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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No Title. No BS.  Just A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Have at it.

This is a biggie.  As big as they come in December.

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Report- Sundin A Canuck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you only follow KK Hockey, then head over to Canucks & Beyond for all the news, which I am sure Alanah will be following.

added 6:36pm, I guess we can call Helene Elliott of the LA Times ‘crazy’.  In early November I asked a few MSM what team Sundin would choose, Helene was the only one to say Vancouver!

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David Krejci’s unexpected rise to stardom

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

The Bruins’ first pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (63rd overall), David Krecji, 22, has climbed fast on the Bruins depth chart.

Currently the Bruins’ third centre behind point-producer Marc Savard and proven youngster Patrice Bergeron, Krejci is quickly making his mark in the NHL. His new line-mates Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder have perfectly clicked together. Through 30 games this season with the Bruins, Krejci has eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points, currently on pace for 79 points. He also ranks 10th in the league with a +15 plus/minus differential.

The Sternberk, Czech Republic native, has already surpassed last year’s career-best, 27 points in 56 games, thanks to his plethora of skills. Krejci’s strongest assets are his soft hands and smooth puck-handling abilities. He is good on face-offs and possesses good defensive instincts for a second-year player. Krejci also has a highly accurate wrist shot, and he can make smart, crisp passes to him teammates. He isn’t afraid of playing in heavy traffic and drive the net.

After playing two years in the QMJHL with Gatineau where he recorded 144 points in only 117 games, he smoothly made the transition to the AHL with the Providence Bruins where he notched 74 points in 69 games in 2006-2007. Krejci adjusted very well everywhere he played, and there is no reason he can’t continue with the Bruins this season…

Expect big things from Krejci in the next few years, as Bruins’s coach Claude Julien is not afraid to use him in every situation. Krejci is currently on fire, having notched five goals and fifteen assists for 20 points in the past twelve games!

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The Latest Hockey Talk

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• Our Florida source insists that the steadily improving Panthers will not deal Jay Bouwmeester, although the dandy D-man becomes an unrestricted free agent, July 1.

• Before NHL owners meet again at the All-Star break, they will have a more lucid idea of which franchises really are for sale. In the meantime there’s the issue of Jim Balsillie and whether the billionaire hockey nut ever would be welcome within Bettman, Inc. If the pendulum swings from “nay” to “aye,” bet that JB will swoop in on one of the have-not clubs. What’s important to remember here is that the NHL. recently instituted a new rule that teams “notify the league when they begin a sales procedure.”

more hockey talk…

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Hip Surgery For Zubov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov will undergo surgery on his hip in January, and will be out indefinitely. The surgery will be performed by a hip specialist in Colorado.

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Stars Getting Healthy

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

Joel Lundqvist (shoulder) is in tonight.

Stephane Robidas (jaw) is in tonight.

Steve Ott (hand) is in tonight.

Jere Lehtinen (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (groin) are not yet ready.

Still, that can make a big difference for the Stars. Tom Wandell has gone back to Sweden and Chris Conner looks like he’s out of the lineup.

That could make for some interesting line combinations.

more on the Stars…

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Do we really need Sundin? A fans rant

Blog: KK Members Blog By Luongo-is-my-hero

You know, there was a lot of things that came to mind when Nonis got fired.  First came shock, then came denial, then came acceptance.  Nonis was great for the Canucks, he brought Luongo here, added to our extremely bare cupboard of prospects.  The only bomb of a prospect he drafted was Pat White, but everyone has a bad pick.

  When Gillis came, I had a little bit of hope, but I obviously wasn’t impressed with what he said about Nonis.  Blaming him for the team being the way it is, but thats another story completely.  Gillis promised big changes and results.  We got some change, but not at the level he promised.  He basically revamped out fourth line, and got Demitra and Bernier to replace Naslund and Morrison.  Not that much of a upgrade considering Demitra is made of glass, and Bernier has not lived up to expectations.

When Sundin was offered 10 million over 2 years, my jaw dropped as I walked aimlessly around the neighborhood trying to make sense of this obvious overpayment.  Gillis promised youth and change, and then he offered 10 million dollars to a guy who is almost 40, approx 3 million more then what ANY other team would have offered him.  Doesn’t make Naslund look overpaid anymore does it?

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Eric Brewer Undergoing Back Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Captain Eric Brewer will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Brewer’s last game was December 11th in Los Angeles.

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