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Change May Be Good For Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald,

‘‘I thought we made progress every season, but I can’t say that about this season. It’s been a major disappointment to date,’’ Panthers majority owner Alan Cohen told us—and that was before Friday’s defeat left Florida one of only three teams with more regulation home losses than wins. ``Not making the playoffs this year is simply unacceptable to management, to our fans, and it should be to our players.’‘

I have been discerning owner-speak for a few decades now, all the way back to Dolphins patriarch Joe Robbie, and I can testify that when an owner publicly calls his team’s season a ‘‘major disappointment’’ and states that not making the playoffs is ‘‘simply unacceptable,’’ that owner might have a beheading in mind.

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Cap Relief

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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

The salary that follows Huet to the city of Watergate is $2.9 million this season (and UFA status in July). What remains is Price at $850,000 for three seasons and, pending RFA, Halak at $500,000. The Canadiens are getting two goaltenders for less than the price of one….

This is Bob Gainey’s beau risque. He is gambling that his young, very affordable goalies can hold the fort, freeing up money to re-sign RFAs such as Andrei Kostitsyn and allowing the Canadiens to go shopping for a UFA or two this summer. It’s all about the Benjamins -


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Don’t Guarantee A Top Seed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

Rather than guarantee a top-three spot, simply guarantee a playoff spot.

So, in this case, if the playoffs were to start now, put the Hurricanes in seventh or eighth spot depending on their standing. That way, you might punish only one team (if there is a non-playoff team with a better record), rather than five who are locked below them in the seedings just because.

It means a world of difference, too. If Pittsburgh was allowed to be third, the Penguins would meet the sixth-place team in the playoffs, not a four versus five matchup. That could be huge.

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Selective Advertising

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Reacting to criticisms from Bill Watters, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Leafs, has expunged from the Air Canada Centre all references to the Toronto broadcaster.

Advertisements promoting the Watters afternoon radio show on AM640 Toronto have been removed from the arena’s electronic display panel.

Posters publicizing the show have disappeared.

“We provided them with new material once we were told the Watters stuff had to come down,” Gord Harris, AM640’s program director, said yesterday.

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Played By Foote

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Thoughts that have remained dormant for years have worked to the front of my brain this week. Wisps of memory have emerged, unbidden, and they’re telling me that we’ve all been played by Adam Foote, that he is not the leader of men that he purported to be, and not just because he quit the Blue Jackets….

Lesson No. 1: Foote said he put his Dublin house on the market last summer because he wanted to “downsize.” What he didn’t say was he was hunting for a smaller house in the greater Denver area.

Lesson No. 2: Foote professed shock that he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche—yet he rigged the game for just this outcome.

Here’s what we know:

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We’ll Take Your Goalies, You Take Ours

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray is never afraid to think outside the box.

That’s why one of the best stories post-trade deadline is how he tried to package both his goaltenders, Martin Gerber and Ray Emery, put them in the box, and try a 2-for-2 deal.


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He Didn’t Call “Net”

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via Sports Network,

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.

Wings lose the game 3-2.  I was at the game and saw the play.  When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.

On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…

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Hossa Expects to be Out Roughly a Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

But it’s not all bad news. Hossa considered himself fortunate to have avoided anything more disastrous than the mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament he did suffer.

With the Penguins in Ottawa to face the Senators on Saturday, Hossa, wearing a brace, was able to work out off the ice to rehab his knee while his teammates ran through a practice at Scotiabank Place on Friday afternoon.

‘‘It’s bad news, but it’s also good news because I didn’t know what to expect and it’s a first-degree MCL and it should be better within hopefully a week,’’ he said.


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Pronger Talks About Stick To Mouth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

While Pronger’s absence figures to be considerably closer to one week than six, the injury was and remains scary. Sharp, who scored immediately off an offensive-zone faceoff, struck Pronger flush with a big follow-through.

“Those plays happen probably 10 times a game, where a guy is following through and he might hit the guy in the chest or hit the guy in the helmet, or just miss the guy,” Pronger said. “I was pulling out of the way. I saw it coming. I was too close. Things like that happen all the time. He took a pretty good swing at it. Stuff happens. The old adage – what comes around goes around. I’ve hit the odd guy in the head, too. It all plays out in the end. They all even up somehow.”

more on Pronger…

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Brad Richards Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

It’s been a busy week for Brad Richards.  On Tuesday he was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars along with Johan Holmqvist for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a fourth-round pick in 2009.  Last night he played in his first game for the Stars and made it a memorable one by becoming the first player in NHL history to record five assists in his first game with a team as Dallas defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7 to 4.

Today, Richards participated in an NHL teleconference and below is the transcript of that Q&A with various members of the media.

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  Tags: brad+richards, dallas+stars, media, tampa+bay+lightning, transcript

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