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Maurice Ready to Play the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not.  It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”

Paul Maurice, coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, deliberately getting the Toronto media in a tizzy today [TSN; audio available here]

*hat-tip to Dave of Carolina on Ice and Barry Melrose Rocks

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  Tags: paul+maurice

This Will Take Us To Full Capacity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1223 with a reminder of Z’s stance back in ‘07, and the latest speculation (not from the Diggers, naturally) from the middle of last month at The Hockey News.
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Stress Train.  Boarding.  Now.

If you’ve seen this, sorry. I hadn’t until just now.  Looking over this Elliotte Friedman blog post, kinda grinning over the fact that the Pens are screwed due to the Cap…and I came to this.  I’m not grinning anymore.

Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler (restricted) are all up, and Zetterberg is testing the Red Wings’ limits. (They gave Hossa a one-year deal equal to Nicklas Lidstrom’s $7.45 million, and a 10-year, $75 million offer to Zetterberg has apparently been rejected.)

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Dallas Needs More From Their Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean Jacques-Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

You can’t win in professional sports when your highest-paid players don’t play to their contracts.

No exceptions. No excuses.

You want to know why the Stars have struggled all season, just follow the money.

Brad Richards earns $7.8 million. Marty Turco earns $5.7 million. Mike Ribeiro earns $5 million.

None of them has played to his immense ability this season.

Look at the numbers. They don’t lie.

continued

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Why Live Blogs Are Important To You And Your Families

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I found this comment from Voox last night to be especially appropriate.

Chief, if you think any contest will lead me to contribute anything of value, you don’t know me very well.

Could have been any one of you.

 

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OHL Hockey Helmet Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Will other leagues follow, including the NHL?

Watch a report from the CBC.

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Teams Really Interested In Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

Ask yourself the following questions:

1) How many teams in the NHL can actually afford Lecavalier’s 11-year, $85 million contract?
2) How many of those teams historically would be willing to have anyone on their roster making anywhere near that kind of cash?
3) How many of those teams have the kind of cap flexibility to add him?

The last question is crucial, because this is not a situation where the Lightning want to take another team’s big contract in return. So, if, for argument’s sake, the Flyers were interested, it’s impossible to believe that Tampa would take Daniel Briere in exchange, because both deals are similarly front-loaded. (Please understand: I have no reason to believe this has been discussed. It’s just an example.)

So, how many teams are really in this race?

read on

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Islanders Plan To Play In K.C.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Islanders have agreed in principle with the Los Angeles Kings to play an exhibition game in Kansas City in September.

This may not seem like that big of a deal in light of the fact other NHL teams have used Kansas City in recent years as a neutral cite for preseason games.

However, according to league sources this game could be perceived as a veiled threat of potential relocation if plans for a new arena on Long Island aren’t soon finalized.

read on

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Demitra Gets Wake-Up Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Demitra scored once, fired three shots and finished with a plus-1 effort in the 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. He did it with a bruised ego and an effort that has often gone missing with just three goals and six points in his last 14 outings. That’s not what the Canucks coughed up $8 million US for in a two-year deal for the unrestricted free agent. Thats why he started on the fourth line with Darcy Hordichuk and Ryan Johnson against the Devils. And maybe that was the big wake-up call Demitra has needed—even though he was peeved at the process.

“Obviously, I wasn’t happy about it,” said Demitra. “But you have to get focus, get mad and be ready to play. Mats was the reason I came here, because of the rumours during the summer that he was going to be here. All my life, I was playing with one guy all year, and Mats is going to make hockey so easy.

“He has shown for many years that he’s a top player in the league because he’s got that big body and he’s tough to get a puck from. He has great vision and can find you—so it’s going to be nice to play with a guy like that. And you just need to get chemistry going….”

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  Tags: pavol+demitra

Martin On A Scouting Trip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Florida GM Jacques Martin was on hand for Wednesday’s game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

His presence was notable in that there was a prospects all-star game in Canada on Wednesday night, which suggests he wanted to get a firsthand look at someone taking part in the game in snowy Pittsburgh….

Martin, of course, has to decide what to do with blue-chip defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He’d like to re-sign him, but that looks to be a tough sell, so Martin might be more inclined to move Bouwmeester before the March 4 trade deadline.

There are a couple of possibilities.

The Capitals, already blessed with fleet-footed defenseman Mike Green, would look pretty formidable with Bouwmeester along the blue line. It likely would cost them sniper Alexander Semin, but given the Caps’ offensive depth, it would be doable.

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Lightning Recall Steve Downie

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Steve Downie from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. D Vladmir Mihalik has been reassigned to the Admirals.

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