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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The Bruins might be on the verge of trying to deal Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas.

While it would have been unthinkable when Thomas was signed to a four-year, $20-million (all terms US) contract extension last spring, two league executives confirmed to the Sun on Saturday that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has held talks with teams looking for goaltending help….

• The Blackhawks would love to add Montreal G Jaroslav Halak, but at this point, G Carey Price might be the one who gets moved by the Habs.

• Players are getting restless on the Island with coach Scott Gordon.

He could be on the hot seat because GM Garth Snow has given Gordon the tools to make the playoffs and the Islanders are currently on the outside looking in. The situation could be coming to a head and it wouldn’t surprise NHL insiders if there was a coaching change.

more talk…

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Hotstove Talk Centers Around Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mihira Lakshman, of CBC Sports,

Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell got taken on the Ilya Kovalchuk deal, Hockey Night in Canada analyst Mike Milbury told the Hotstove segment on Saturday night.

Kovalchuk was dealt, along with Anssi Salmela, to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for defenceman Johnny Oduya, rookie Niclas Bergfors, prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round draft pick.

Milbury was highly critical of the Thrashers’ GM, and doesn’t believe Waddell got fair value in return for his star.

contniued or watch the video below, which has some trade talk, but nothing earth shattering.

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Colton Orr Puts Down Matt Carkner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

Scary moment for Ottawa Senators fans tonight after defenceman Matt Carkner was dropped by Toronto’s Colton Orr in a first period fight. The big defenceman made it back to his feet, but definitely looked woozy as the referees and trainers surrounded him and forced him into the dressing room to make sure he was fine.


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  Tags: colton+orr, matt+carkner

Sam’s rule for outrageous salary demands, flying elbows, etc.

Blog: KK Members Blog By Samantha

I’m less than one week from finally learning all 87 rules in the NHL Rulebook. With the Olympics imminent and all the trade talk in the air, I’m moving on to the IIHF Rulebook and the business of hockey. On the latter, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the Kovalchuk trade. And don’t even start me on the elbow that Patrice Cormier put on Mikael Tam.

When you see things like the death of Brian Burke’s son or the loss of Ryan O’Byrne’s mother, it makes things like brain-damaging elbows and outrageous salary/trade demands even uglier.  Therefore, I propose my own addition to the current NHL Rulebook. Again, I don’t consider myself an expert just yet, so here is my admittedly amateur take on this whole circus:

1. I don’t know what’s more horrifying, Kovalchuk saying no to $101 million or the reason he did it. What have we come to in this world that anyone in any profession anywhere says no to a nine-figure salary offer AND still stays employed? Even more horrifying:

2. I read somewhere that acquiring Patrice Cormier in the deal was apparently a “must” for Waddell. Let me first say that I love a good clean hit. I love the sound of guys crashing into the glass and I firmly believe that fighting is one of the rules that was meant to be broken. But that hit on Tam was cowardly and unacceptable. If you’re good enough to get drafted into the NHL and be named captain of your World Junior team, you’re good enough to find a more honorable way to win.

3. That being said, I propose my own addition to the NHL Rulebook: Humility. Here it is: 88.1, Humility. Players are responsible at all times for understanding that the world does not revolve around them and that they are fortunate to be in the NHL at all. Players who do not endeavor to appreciate their good fortune and/or who try to pout their way to a higher salary or trade shall be subject to removal from the NHL and permanent reassignment to an ordinary day job in a windowless office with a salary cap of $60,000 a year before taxes.

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Wing Lose Three Forwards During Game With Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tomas Holmstrom (leg), Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller have left the game and will not return.

Updates when they become available.

added 6:15pm, Both Eaves and Miller have ankle injuries.

added 8:14pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It doesn’t sound like any of the injuries the Detroit Red Wings sustained in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Kings are long-term. Tomas Holmstrom has a bruised left knee, after being checked into the boards. Patrick Eaves has a sprained ankle. Drew Miller has a bruised left ankle, after blocking a shot. Miller said X-rays revealed no fracture.

All three will be re-evaluated Sunday.

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Would Financial Gain Increase The Chances Of The NHL Participating In Future Olympic Games?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney looks at the Olympics as great entertainment for hockey fans

but at the same time wonders about the overall benefits of having NHL players participate. That includes the risk of injury as well as the rationale for shutting down the season for two weeks.

“(For) the NHL, at least at this stage, there is no tangible financial benefit,” he said. “We all enjoy the Olympics, love to watch it, but I personally like the amateurs. I like the unexpected.

“It’s all revenue, television revenue. If they had some tangible benefit other than the good will of seeing the best players - we all enjoy that, the fans love it - but I think there’s some really hard discussions going forward to see whether it makes sense for this league to shut down.


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  Tags: don+maloney, winter+olympics

Everyone On the Bandwagon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from J. Freedom du Lac of the Washington Post,

The streak has vaulted the team to the top of the NHL points standings. Add a zesty marketing campaign from franchise owner Ted Leonsis and a loud, thrill-a-minute fan experience inside the downtown arena and, suddenly, in a region starving for something—anything—resembling pro sports success, the Capitals are Washington’s most buzzworthy team, to the point that people are daring to wonder if this might someday become a true hockey town.

The result is wild success—and a certain sense of resentment among die-hard fans who see the newcomers in the crowd as Ovie-come-latelys.


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Howe & Gretzky Swap Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Mitchell of the Leader-Post,

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper played reporter Friday night with a couple of iconic story subjects.

Harper, a hockey buff who was in Saskatoon for the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner, grilled hockey greats Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky during a lengthy Q-and-A session before an appreciative sellout audience.

Howe was a surprise addition to the podium, brought onstage to a prolonged ovation while Harper and Gretzky talked about the first meeting between the two puck legends—at a Kinsmen celebrity dinner in Brantford when Gretzky was 10.

continue for some great stories from Howe and Gretzky…

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  Tags: gordie+how, wayne+gretzky

LB: The Wings Go To LA Seeking A Surgically Enhanced Victory

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Wings return to the land of sunshine and silicone for yet another afternoon weekend game.

Thanks to Gary. Ass’ schedule it is the third weekend in a row we play an afternoon game.

But I am in a very bad mood about our last game, and that means today’s LB will feature some nipping and tucking of song choices.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Sold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Oren Koules and Len Barrie reign of error is officially over in Tampa Bay.  Since buying the Tampa Bay Lightning, they managed to create a circus atmosphere around their inconsistent management decisions.  It was a lack of money that brought this to an end.  It was never clear that they had enough money to run an NHL team, given how they had to finance their purchase of the team by a private loan from outgoing owner Bill Davidson.  This loan was eventually defaulted upon and that led to the sale of the team.  In under two years, the Koules ownership managed to kill any momentum from their 2004 Stanley Cup victory and saw attendance at Tampa Bay attendance decline.

The new owner is Jeffrey Vinik.  He is a Boston hedge fund manager.  Although we have no idea what will happen under Vinik, it is highly likely to be a better situation than the Koules ownership.

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