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Drawn To The Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Every year this seems to happen to me: the Calgary Flames and the specter of their playoff potential draws me in. In past years, I liked the Flames from the outset, only to see them exit from postseason existence much earlier than anticipated. I felt jilted last year when they performed as a middle-tier team (14th overall, 16th defensively, 19th on the power play and 20th on the PK) and then had the San Jose Sharks unceremoniously bounce them in the first round.

This year, I kept my distance…


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Winning & Making Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from bizjournals,

bizjournals analyzed the performances of all 122 franchises in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League in the 2008 calendar year. The top scores went to those teams that were strongest at the twin missions of professional sports—winning games and making money.

The rankings are from best to worst, and each team’s overall rank is in parentheses.


  1. Montreal Canadiens (4)
  2. Detroit Red Wings (7)
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins (10)

continued and thanks to Ted’s Take for the pointer…

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Larry Murphy Talks Back-to-Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A preview of this week’s Hodge Stove League featuring Larry Murphy, airing Tuesday at 7:30 ET on the NHL Network.

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  Tags: larry+murphy

Wrong Decision By Ron Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

This guy really is something. This great man.

He has no clue that there’s something called selling the game of hockey.

How does he not play Martin Gerber tonight?

What is Wilson afraid of? Is Wilson afraid Gerber is going to get nailed by the Senators?

This is just ridiculous. Actually, it’s a joke. Wilson claims to not care about the media and then says he thinks the media in Ottawa is looking for mock Gerber.

a bit more...

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Questions With Answers

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What’s up with the Atlanta Thrashers and the New York Islanders? They trade away players and show signs of life?

Kudos to first-year coaches Scott Gordon (Islanders) and John Anderson (Thrashers) for not just keeping their teams focused, but actually winning in the wake of the March 4 trade deadline.

The Isles sent defenseman Chris Campoli and center Mike Comrie to Ottawa and Bill Guerin to Pittsburgh, and are without Doug Weight and Rick DiPietro, but are 4-1-0 in their past five games, including wins over New Jersey and Buffalo.

Atlanta, meanwhile, is playing its best hockey of the season after dealing two top defensemen, Mathieu Schneider and Niclas Havelid, to Montreal and New Jersey, respectively. The Thrashers are 7-4-1 in their past 12 games and have defeated Calgary, Montreal and Carolina along the way.

more questions and answers about the Sharks, Wings, Bruins and Flyers to name a few teams…

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Homer Back, Hossa Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,

Tomas Holmstrom is expected to be back in the Red Wings’ lineup Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, but not Marian Hossa.

Hossa, who has missed the last two games after crashing head-first into the boards last week, practiced Monday and hopes to play Thursday against the Calgary Flames.


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK— Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 8..

Continue Reading »

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Rangers/Bruins On NBC Ratings

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from Puck the Media,

NBC must be super excited about having another Ranger game to air next week.  The network’s telecast of New York’s victory over Boston drew a 1.0/3 in the 12:30 timeslot, according to Sports Business Daily.  It’s about even with the comparable Pens-Capitals telecast from last year, and should equal or beat the final 0.8 rating Pittsburgh-Washington drew a year ago.

a bit more...

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  Tags: nbc

All About The On-Ice Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Robitaille of the Buffalo Sabres TV crew sits down for part one of an exclusive interview with NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom.

Watch the 2nd part of the interview here.

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Hossa Practicing

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1321 EST:  Hossa’s out.  Homer’s in.  Happy’s heaving.


Hossa has missed the last two games because of injuries, and Mike Babcock said after practice that Hossa won’t play tomorrow, either. Hossa said he hopes to be back Thursday against Calgary.

“The knee didn’t bother me when I was skating, which was good sign,” Hossa said. “My neck is a little stiff, still, but it’s slowly getting better.”

Hossa was hurt last Tuesday at St. Louis when he crashed head first into the boards, leaving his neck, back and right knee tender.

Babcock said Jiri Hudler missed practice because he’s sick, and wasn’t sure of his availability for tomorrow. Tomas Holmstrom, though, is definitely in tomorrow; he’s been out since last month because of a sports hernia.

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