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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Vinny Lecavalier did not exactly say he would not waive his no-move clause, but he clearly is in no hurry to leave the Lightning.

“I want to stay in Tampa,” the captain said. “I want to win with this team.”...

Lawton said there was “no new news” on the ownership front and the media were ahead of themselves.

“I would say the majority of the reports are, again, it’s just people wanting to say they had a story first,” he said. “Our team is operating as we have from Day 1, and as I have wished it to be, which is focusing on our on-ice play, and I’m very pleased with how that has been handled.

“All the other stuff, we respect people’s right to write whatever they like, but we don’t agree with it, and a lot of it is erroneous.”

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Rangers Kotalik Waiting For A Trade

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ales Kotalik has left the Rangers after being told that he would be traded, The Post has learned.

Kotalik, the 32-year-old winger who was signed to a three-year, $9M free agent contract this summer, accompanied the Blueshirts to Phoenix for the first game of their three-game western tour but did not accompany his teammates here for tonight’s match against the Avalanche.

Head coach John Tortorella did not inform the media of Kotalik’s departure in his pre-game press briefing, only stating that the winger would be scratched for the eighth time in the last nine games.

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added 8:04pm, via the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Kotalik sent to NY by team to await further developments…Sather working on completing deal

Rangers tentaive deal to move Kotalik fell through due to complications, per NYR.

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Hockey Rules 101

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from KK member 87in107,

I’m a hockey fan from Arizona (pre-Coyotes). Which means I grew up loving hockey, but not really understanding it. For example, I thought a short-handed goal meant it was scored unassisted.  Really.

I’m rectifying that by learning all 87 rules in the current 2009-2010 NHL Rulebook….

I’m still learning, so I don’t claim to be an expert on trades, stats, or scouting reports.  But I can tell you that every rule in the book also applies to life. Here are a few examples of what I’ve learned so far:

—I now understand the expression “that’s hockey.” Almost all of the rules include “in the judgment of the referee” or “at the discretion of the referee.” Translation: It’s not fair and there’s not a lot we can do about it.

continue to the KK members blog and a refreshing read.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the game…

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Applying the NHL Rulebook to life

Blog: KK Members Blog By Samantha

Hello all.  This is my first posting here, so here’s a little about me:

I’m a hockey fan from Arizona (pre-Coyotes). Which means I grew up loving hockey, but not really understanding it. For example, I thought a short-handed goal meant it was scored unassisted.  Really.

I’m rectifying that by learning all 87 rules in the current 2009-2010 NHL Rulebook. You can see the results here: http://87in107.blogspot.com

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I’m still learning, so I don’t claim to be an expert on trades, stats, or scouting reports.  But I can tell you that every rule in the book also applies to life. Here are a few examples of what I’ve learned so far:     

—I now understand the expression “that’s hockey.”  Almost all of the rules include “in the judgment of the referee” or “at the discretion of the referee.” Translation: It’s not fair and there’s not a lot we can do about it. Which perhaps is why the NHL did not include in the rules “at the discretion of fans who dispute a call by yelling and cursing at referees, who can’t hear them anyway.” 

—Not a lot of the rules say you can’t do something. Like laws, they just define the offense and outline the punishment. So, for things like hits to the head - will the NHL ban them or just impose a stronger punishment?

—The goalie’s restricted area where he can play the puck needs to go. A) Most of them are the same size as a Christmas tree: they need room to move. B) For every one rule in the book on players, there are at least two for goaltenders. There are enough restrictions on them - I say give them a break and at least give them some space.

P.S. Thanks for the posting on the top 10 fights -  I personally believe that no hockey game is complete without at least one major penalty for a scrap.

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Flames Got The Best Player

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If you subscribe to the theory that the team that gets the best player wins the trade, it’s pretty obvious who won the seven-player blockbuster deal between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames.

That would, of course, be… the Flames—because right here, right now—the best player in that group of seven is none other than Ian White.

You were probably waiting for me to say Dion Phaneuf, weren’t you?

Well, it’s all a matter of how you frame the question.

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Are The Sutters On Their Last Leg In Calgary?

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is a kind of protective bubble which has grown around hockey’s first family, the Sutters.

It is a bubble constructed out of hard work, sweat and more than a little blood. It is built on loyalty and family and a “my-word-is-my-bond” kind of integrity. It speaks to issues far greater than any of the wins and losses recorded on the hundreds of hockey rinks the pride of Viking, Alberta, has skated on over the past four or five decades.

The Sutters didn’t necessarily ask to exist within this bubble; but the family, for the most part, has been immune to criticism from the hockey world no matter which way the puck has bounced.

This has been especially true of brothers Darryl and Brent, who are currently manning the helm of the sinking ship known as the Calgary Flames.

But Sunday revealed stark evidence of the bubble springing more than a few leaks, which, by the time this season ends, may spell the end of the magical Sutter spell for both GM Darryl and coach Brent.

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Giguere Feel He Has A Lot Of Hockey Left

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from Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog,

“It worked out differently from the way I thought it would,” Giguere said. “He is obviously the one they wanted. I’m 32 years old and I still have a lot of hockey left, I think. Toronto has made a lot of changes just today, so it will be exciting.”

Giguere will partner with Jonas Gustafsson, whom the Leafs signed as a free agent before this season.

One of the reasons Giguere wanted a no-trade clause in Anaheim was the eye condition of his son Max, who was born just before the 2007 playoffs. Max had a defective right eye and wasn’t guaranteed he’d have vision in his left. Giguere wanted to make sure his son could continue to see the same UCLA doctors.

“Max is doing great,” Giguere said Sunday. “I’m sure he can get very good care in Toronto, but he’s only a short flight away (from L.A.) if he needs something.”

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Breaking Down The Calgary/Toronto Trade

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

It was Brian Burke’s best chance to napalm his roster, finding another GM equally as desperate for a huge shakeup.

Thanks to a nine-game losing streak (although it ended Saturday night), Darryl Sutter became that guy.

That’s the way it goes in a cap world. You create your core and hope it works. It’s clear his wouldn’t.
You take your step back – like Tampa did with Brad Richards – and hope the added flexibility gives you a chance to find the right fit.

I understand Sutter is getting roasted is Calgary, but let’s see what he does with the added space.

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Afternoon Line

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So at the end of the day, the Leafs wind up with a stud defenceman and an expensive goaltender on the downside of his career; kind of a good-news, bad-news scenario.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet on the moves the Leafs made today.  More from Mike.

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Leafs Start Deadline Day Festivities

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During the NHL season, trades are few and far between until the trade deadline.  The deadline this year is March 3rd.  Although that is still over a month away, there is a trade freeze during the Olympic break from February 12th to 28th.  That leaves only three days for trades after the Olympics.  Thus it was expected that trade deadline deals will begin before the Olympic break.  They have and the Toronto Maple leafs are at the centre of it all.

Toronto has acquired Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake.  Giguere has not had a successful last year and a half but the talent is there.  As recently as 2008 he was clearly one of the top goalies in the NHL.  Last season, he suffered through the death of his father and it affected him on the ice.  He lost the Anaheim number one goalie job to Jonas Hiller and has not been given a chance to play regularly since.

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