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May As Well Start The Early Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It is a long way to the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline and defenseman Scott Niedermayer is hoping that the Ducks are in a playoff position by then.

But what if the Ducks, who ranked 14th out of 15 Western Conference teams as they prepared to face the Devils Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, were floundering as the deadline approached? It is not inconceivable that Niedermayer could be traded back to his former club for another shot at a Stanley Cup with brother Rob.

“I think it’s a possibility,” Niedermayer said of being traded by the Ducks at some point this season. “Last year we were kind of a in a situation where we were teetering and there was some talk and rumors. You start to think about it.

“But I’m not thinking about that right now. Our goal right now is to do well on this road trip, to play good hockey and get into the playoff picture and compete with this team. When those bridges come, I’ll deal with them.”


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Rule Change For Head Shots Is Likely

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers agreed Wednesday they will make a rule change dealing with hits to the head at their major annual meeting in March.

But at this point they have not agreed on how the change will be made, other than the goal is to eliminate blindside hits and perhaps contact between a shoulder and a player’s head.

What the league’s GMs did agree to do when their meetings in Toronto ended Wednesday was to establish a committee that will study the issue and make a report to the GMs at the March meeting. At that point, all of the GMs surveyed at the end of Wednesday’s meeting agreed there will likely be a rule change after further discussion.


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Wings Claim Drew Miller

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per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Detroit claims Drew Miller on waivers from Tampa.

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Best Defenceman So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

At the end of October, I picked Alex Goligoski as the top defenceman in the NHL so far this season.  I think this was a good selection at the time, although some commenters disagreed.  I think the main complaint was that they did not understand that I was picking the top defenceman so far in a month old season and not the top defenceman in hockey.  Lindas1st understood the difference when he said So what you’re basically saying is that Goligoski is the defenseman of the month for October in the NHL.  Obviously when October is the only month of play so far, the best player in the season so far would be the player of the month for October.

Not surprisingly, Goligoski did not stay on a Norris Trophy pace for a long time.  That would be an awful lot to ask from a second year defenceman in his first full season of NHL play.  He has been surpassed by Chris Pronger.

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Gainey Disappointed In Walsh Twitter Incident

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Not surprisingly, Bob Gainey does not use Twitter. He hasn’t personally seen what Allan Walsh tweeted last weekend. But, he’s aware of the controversy, and Jaroslav Halak won’t be held responsible for his agent’s thoughts.

“I thought it was infantile ... ‘My dad is bigger than your dad,’ kind of thing,” Gainey said Tuesday after session one of the annual general manager meetings in Toronto. “It’s disappointing.”

“I don’t know [about] Halak ... but if this happened to you, you might want to pick up the phone and let your agent know that he’s not doing the best for you.”

continued plus more hockey talk…

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Plays Of The Week - TSN Style

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Top 10 Plays of the past week.

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Carey Price Remembers The Vets

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Canadiens goalie Carey Price has had a special Remembrance Day mask made to commemorate the efforts of Canada’s soldiers, past and present. He wore it in warmup last night and will take it to Phoenix for tomorrow’s game.

The mask features a likeness of a wreath-laying soldier on one side, a bagpiper on the other and the words to John McCrae’s World War I poem In Flanders Fields…

continued with pictures of the mask…

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Paul Kelly Is Still The Best Man For The Job

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Paul Kelly (Newton Highlands, Mass.) should be reinstated as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. That is because he is the best man available for the job.

And he is better than anybody that the bumbling union could possibly sign on for more millions of dollars. The resignation en masse of the anti-Kelly bloc underlines an important point.

The plot to oust Kelly has been exposed. Unfortunately, his illegal ouster took place before the plotters resigned from their assorted NHLPA posts. That includes Ron Pink and Ian Penny. Finally, on Sunday, Buzz Hargrove, the so-called ombudsman, also resigned from the NHLPA.

Even though Don Fehr has been brought aboard as a consultant to the NHLPA, that should not mean that Kelly cannot be reinstated. That is unless Fehr is stupid, jealous or influenced by Penny; which we fear.

more hockey notes from Stan…

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Rangers Go As Gaborik Goes

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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Rangers. Two seasons removed from the daily grind of checking Jaromir Jagr’s pulse, they now will go as Marian Gaborik goes.

Different personality. Different coach. Similar reliance on one player to carry the offense, however, and in Gaborik, not quite Jagr’s ability to do so.

Gaborik broke 40 goals just once in eight Minnesota seasons and 35 goals twice, though admittedly with a Jacques Lemaire harness attached. John Tortorella wants Gaborik, off to a fine start with 12 goals and 10 assists, to go, go, go, and the Rangers, a healthy 11th in the league in goals scored thanks largely to their 11 in two meetings with dreadful Toronto, will succeed as he does.


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Let Us Remember

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

This is Bob Carse. He was a promising hockey player out of Edmonton by winter, a gas station manager by summer.

He never fulfilled his NHL hockey promise because of World War II. He was one of the first professional hockey players to enroll in basic military training. He was quickly identified as a promising rifleman, and by August 1944 he was pulled off the ice and sent overseas, one of the few NHLers to see dangerous warfare action on the fields of Europe.

Dangerous indeed. In October his wife received a a telegram dated October 12th, 1944 stating that Carse’s status was officially listed as Missing In Action.


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