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Verbeek Goes The Management Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

Asked where his future lies in the game, as a coach or a scout, Verbeek chose door No. 3. “Management is much easier on your ticker,” he said. “I enjoy coaching and there is a lot of reward in it. But I like the challenge of assembling and putting teams together.”
Verbeek, 42, is five years removed from the final National Hockey League season of his 19-year career. He played for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and was drafted 43rd overall in 1982 by the New Jersey Devils.

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LeClair May Still Be A Flyer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier Post,

John LeClair may retire as a Flyer after all.
Considered one of the most popular players in the team’s 40-year history, LeClair visited the Skate Zone Friday, where he underwent a physical.
The Flyers are considering signing LeClair to a tryout contract and allowing him to play the final two or three games of the regular season in a Flyers uniform.

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Forsberg Close To Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tennessean,

Predators center Peter Forsberg was back on the ice on Friday, skating for the first time since he recorded three assists in a win over Los Angeles on March 3.
Forsberg didn’t go full-speed through practice and he probably won’t play tonight against Columbus. But Forsberg said he hopes to be ready either Tuesday or Wednesday, when the Predators play back-to-back games against Detroit….
Asked if Forsberg’s current ailment is something that bothered him before the trade, Poile smiled and said: “Well, what didn’t bother him in Philly or over his career? He’s had a lot of different things. I can tell you very confidently that he’s going to be back soon. This is more of a bumps-and-bruises kind of thing.”

 

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GM’s Say Cap Rise Won’t Cause Competitive Gap

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail:

“Even though we will see bigger names hit the unrestricted free-agent market every summer, I don’t believe that free agency will play a bigger role than under the previous [non salary cap collective agreement],” one National Hockey League GM said.
“Maybe, if the cap continues to increase, we’ll see some of the bigger market clubs gain an advantage because we’ll begin to see some teams set their own team payroll cap.”

“There are different formulas for building winning franchises in a salary-cap world,” another club executive said. “But I think we’re more like junior hockey now, in the sense that a successful junior team keeps steady numbers of 17, 18 and 19-year-olds.

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Phoenix Seeing Red

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

The Phoenix Coyotes are seeing red this season. Lots of it.
CEO Jeff Shumway said Friday that the hockey franchise is expected to hemorrhage about $30 million this year, compounding severe financial losses the team has suffered in recent years.
But Shumway added that team owner Jerry Moyes knew the organization was in dire fiscal straits when he took majority control of it a year ago. And Moyes has remained committed to seeing the Coyotes succeed both on and off the ice.

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Not Looking Good For Saskin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have limited the NHLPA stories, but this one summarizes what is known…

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The truth may be revealed by Sunday night, when two members of the NHLPA executive — Mike Gartner, director of hockey affairs, and Stu Grimson, associate counsel — convene a conference call for the 30 player representatives (known as the executive council), plus the seven members of the interim executive board, to investigate the matter and decide what happens next.
A small sampling of agents all came to the same basic conclusion regarding Saskin’s future. “He’s done,” said one. Another described Saskin as a “dead man walking.”

read on plus some NHL player talk…

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Appreciating Tkachuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Iceman Bloggeth,

A while back I wrote: “… do I think [Keith Tkachuk] is some kind of “missing piece” that completes this team? Uh, no.”
Let me take this opportunity to say: I take it back. Completely and unreservedly. I take it back with humble apologies.
Over the past five games we have seen first-hand how a big-time NHL player plays

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Hockey Exists Down Under

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from the Chilliwack Progress,

In the land of dingos, didgeridoos and dunnys (toilets) hockey is an afterthought, if it even ranks that high. The big sports are soccer, cricket and rugby, followed by a myriad of outdoor sports. A sport which is so thoroughly woven into the fabric of Canadian culture is an insignificant blip on the radar screen of Australian athletics.
“There’s nothing going on in Australia,” Sonter says matter-of-factly. “Ask almost anyone on the street and they’ll tell you ice hockey doesn’t exist. Tell me where the frozen ponds are in Australia and we’ll go have a skate on them.”

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Kaberle May Be Back On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news as All-Star defenceman Tomas Kaberle rode a stationary bike Friday, the first physical exertion Kabele has been able to do since being leveled by Devils enforcer Cam Janssen.
Head Coach Paul Maurice says Kaberle felt good afterwards and if he experiences no headaches or other setback, could return to the ice for practice in a week’s time.

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Wings Slowly Getting Healthier

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Helene St. James reports in her Freep blog that yet another Wing is on his way back.

Tomas Holmstrom, sidelined since March 4 by an upper-body injury, said Friday he hopes to be able to play Sunday, when the Wings host the Bruins. "I feel really good," Holmstrom said after a good long morning skate, his second straight day on the ice. Holmstrom got hit Feb. 24 during the game against Nashville. "I thought maybe it was a bruise, but it wasn't," he said. "Because I played two-and-a-half games, it didn't heal up during that time."
No word from anyone, anywhere, on a return date for Hank Zetterberg; probably because he's, you know, just a fringe player and not exactly instrumental to any type of regular season/playoff success.

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