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Waiting in the Wings: Fantasy Right Wingers

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Let me guess—your fantasy team is weak at right wing.  Everyone’s is; it seems like every three years or so strength from one wing vacillates over to the other as coaches and general managers load up on the other wing to compensate for shortcomings on their respective teams.  What was a blight in left wing a few years ago is now a glut, with promising young talent like Matt Moulson, Loui Eriksson, Wojtek Wolski, Ryan Malone, Mason Raymond and so many more boiling up on the left, we’re left wondering what happened to all the guys on the right.

This article will attempt to find a few up-and-coming promising players on the right wing that are either buy-low’s or may still be on your wire.  Don’t fool yourself, there are no easy options here, but by examining trends, impending line combinations, playing time, who’s getting hot, and who could eventually continue a trend they started last year, perhaps we can find a few gems.

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Filed in: Fantasy Hockey and Gaming, | KK Hockey | Permalink

KK Plans For The Thanksgiving Holiday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Before everyone heads out to do some shopping, eating and enjoying the company of family and friends, I thought I would update you on my status for the Holiday.

I will be around today and tonight and will do a morning update tomorrow.  After that, posts may be on a limited basis as I enjoy some time with family.

Friday I will return to normal posting while everyone else is shopping.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break and please be safe.

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Blues Need Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If one hadn’t witnessed the Blues’ inability to score goals this season, it might be difficult to fathom based on past evidence.

Brad Boyes, who has averaged 38 goals the past two seasons, is on pace for 17. David Backes had a breakout campaign with 31 goals last season, but so far, he’s on track for four in 2009-10. Paul Kariya, who has averaged 73 points in his last five full seasons, is targeted for 31 points this season.

Boyes, Backes and Kariya certainly aren’t alone as the Blues search for someone — anyone — to put the puck in the net. After Monday’s 4-2 loss to Boston, the club has 50 goals on the season, which is the fewest in the NHL. In 13 of their 21 games this season, the Blues have registered two goals or fewer.


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Losing Is Tough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

Wayne Primeau sat at his dressing room stall, beads of perspiration popping from his forehead and forming tiny rivers that ran down his cheeks, rivulets cascading like tiny rapids from his nose.

“I don’t think it’s from lack of effort. The work ethic is here. We just can’t afford to take off even one shift,” said Primeau, who acknowledged that four wins at the quarter pole in the NHL season isn’t what he thought he was signing up for when he joined the Maple Leafs in a trade last July. Actually, his brief fling as a Leaf hasn’t been what he expected either personally or collectively….

“Not playing a lot of minutes can get difficult but it is what it is. I expected to play a little more. It’s one of those things where some other guys were given an opportunity,” he said, picking his words carefully, “and maybe they were showing more early on.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: wayne+primeau

A Potential Buyer For The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal businessman Steve Stotland is leading a group of Phoenix-area investors who want to buy the NHL’s Coyotes and keep the team in Glendale, Ariz.

Stotland, part of a group that looked into buying the Montreal Canadiens when they were up for sale in 2000 and again this past spring, said he began pursuing the Coyotes after the team emerged from bankruptcy court and was sold to the NHL this month.

Though the team is drawing an average crowd of 9,850 after 12 home games and is projected to lose as much as $50-million (all currency U.S.) this season, Stotland and his Camelback Hockey Group believe the team’s financial fortunes can be turned around with local ownership and continued improved play on the ice.

The team “has been with an ownership group that is telling people that hockey doesn’t work in the desert,” Stotland said. “Now that the bankruptcy is done and the NHL owns the team, we’re going to move forward.”


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  Tags: steve+stotland

Time To Eliminate The ‘Push’ Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Pang at HockeyChats,

Here’s where I would again like the NHL to look at, and conclude that a player cannot “extend his arms” and “Push” a player in an act that should only be a hit, contact with a shoulder,or side of body to another player.

When you have played the game and go into the corner, or are playing a puck along the boards, and an opposing player is coming at you, you know you are going to get hit. You are braced to “take a hit, to make a play” as they say.

The problem happens when there is no hit, no shoulder, but he is there. You release the puck, still no hit….and then there is the “push”. The unsuspecting extension of the arms, that catches almost every player off guard and more cases than not, ends up in injury.

It is more prevalent than ever. Young players grow up knowing now that it is a “good hockey hit”. It has more football-style hitting in it than it does hockey-style. It has been accepted. It has to be eliminated.


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Breaking Down The Panthers 3rd Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

So who gets the blame? The Panthers, sure. But a lot of that blame has to go on Reebok. They are the ones, I’ve been told, who did most of the designing. Of course, these are the same folks who thought it was cool to put ‘AFC East’ on all of the Dolphins (and Jets and Patriots, etc) sideline apparel.

Some Panthers jackets simply have Eastern (as in Conference, not the defunct airline) on the back. Like that means anything to anyone but them.

The Reebok people aren’t real hip to what looks good. So it’s not surprising that Reebok (it’s not RBK anymore right? No.) came up with this plain look. The jersey we saw in March looked fake, unfinished. No way this was what they were going to unveil.

Yet that’s what they rolled out. No wonder the Panthers kept it a secret and didn’t have a big photo shoot beforehand. They wanted to bring it out and move on.


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“When I talked to you guys after the game (Saturday), I didn’t really know what I did.  I didn’t think it was that bad. Sometimes in the action you don’t know what you did until you see it. After I saw it, I clearly thought it deserved a suspension.”

-Georges Laraque on his knee-to-knee hit on Niklas Kronwall.  More from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: georges+laraque

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In the end, I think the Wild made the safer investment here. Size doesn’t grow on trees. I think Latendresse will become a solid, second-line, power-winger type for years to come. The Canadiens got the guy that can still possibly become a first-line offensive threat, but they also took on more risk if he’s unable to figure out what it takes to apply his talent at this level.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the Benoit Pouliot - Guillaume Latendresse trade.  More from Pierre on the trade…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: benoit+pouliot, guillaume+latendresse

Briere Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Briere suspended for 2 games for his hit last night on Scott Hannan.

added 5:57pm, video of the hit…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+briere, scott+hannan

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