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Undrafted Success in Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Whicker at the OC Register,

[Ryan] Carter joins Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Shannon among non-drafted college players that [assistant GM David] McNab spotted and signed.

“We were motivated because we were afraid he would explode the next season and be one of the very best players in college hockey,” McNab said.

“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”

more… primarily looking at the rise of Ryan Carter

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: college+hockey, david+mcnab, ryan+carter

On The Mend: Hasek and Rafalski

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Scrappy Deep Digger Helene St. James blogs this afternoon that two of the four injured Wings appear to be getting better.

Mike Babcock said Rafalski may be ready to play by Friday’s game at Calgary. Hasek is improving, too.

“Definitely feeling better,” he said. “This week I hope I can start to practice, so that’s my goal. I want to go on the ice in the next few days and see how it feels, but I definitely feel better than one week ago. Much stronger.”

As you know, Kronwall’s skating with no firm return date and there’s no reason to hope Dan Cleary will be back for anything more than a few regular season games.

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The Talk In Naples

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison of CBC,

Here is the latest trade scuttlebutt:

Marion Hossa: Thrashers general manager Don Waddell admits he has three options with Hossa, a pending unrestricted free agent.

1. Sign him. “The odds of that are getting slimmer,” said Waddell.
2. Trade him. “We’re not interested in draft picks, that can be part of the puzzle, but our future is now and we think we can win our division,” continued Waddell.
3. Keep him. “We could keep him and take a run at the playoffs, but the odds of dealing him before July 1 aren’t good,” said Waddell. “We could possibly sign him later if we had success, that might change things because with him it’s all about whether we are winning.”

Conclusion. Waddell will trade him and several teams are lining up. Montreal is interested and Christopher Higgins name has been mentioned. San Jose has inquired, but the asking price included Jonathan Cheechoo. Detroit is very hot on Hossa. Anaheim and Dallas are also in the hunt.

much more

added 5:16pm, from the CP,

Continue Reading »

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Lecavalier Talks About The Rumor He Wants To Leave

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier said he knows all about the rumor that came out of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that said he was tired of playing in a small market and would asked to be traded to perhaps New York, Los Angeles or, surprise, his hometown of Montreal.

Lecavalier said he was called by his agent, who asked Lecavalier if he wanted him to “do something about’’ the story. But Lecavalier said he would rather the rumor die of its own weight. Lecavalier reiterated he is not looking to be anywhere else.

“There was a time when I thought the grass was greener somewhere else,’’ Lecavalier has said of his trade request in 2001 amidst much rancor with coach John Tortorella that almost got him moved the the Maple Leafs, “but it’s not.’‘


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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Longest Hockey Game—World Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press,

The world’s record for the longest continuous hockey game now belongs to a group of amateur Edmonton athletes.

The 40 players broke the old record at noon Monday - 240 hours, or 10 straight days of non-stop skate-lacing and puck-chasing, through temperatures that ranged from minus-40 to plus-three.

The effort raised more than $300,000 for cancer research.


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OHL Player Renaud Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Windsor Spitfires,

The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.

“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.

“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.

*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007

added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,

It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.

The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.


added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mickey+renaud, ohl, windsor+spitfires

Richards Name Being Mentioned In Trade Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

A new name surfaced among the NHL players available before the trading deadline next week — Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards.

According to a league source, Lightning general manager Jay Feaster was the busiest among his fellow GMs after they arrived here for their annual winter meetings on Sunday night. Feaster was known to be shopping a list of players but until Sunday night when he started shopping him around, Richards was not known to be on it.


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  Tags: brad+richards

The End Of The Forsberg Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Peter Forsberg is not coming back to the NHL.

Forsberg’s agent Don Baizley has begun advising NHL teams that Forsberg doesn’t have enough confidence in his wonky foot to commit to a return to the league this season.


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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Flyers Fans: Time to Panic

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Anthony J. SanFilippo at Comcast Sportsnet,

In case you were wondering, now is the perfect time to panic.

The Flyers, losers of seven straight, are in a colossal free fall and are in danger of missing the playoffs.

That’s unbelievable when you think about it, because two weeks ago the conversation around the club was about the prospect of finishing with the best record in the conference.

continued… with a list of everything that’s going wrong

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Nolan Not Behind The Bench Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was not behind the bench at the start of Monday’s game against the San Jose Sharks because of what the team called a ‘‘personal matter.’‘

No other details were immediately available, and it was not known if Nolan would coach at all during the afternoon game.

update 3:00pm, Nolan behind the bench for the 2nd period.

added 3:21pm, Now Evgeni Nabokov. took a shot from the point right into the mask.  Looks like a possible nose, mouth injury and he has left the game.

added 3:37pm, Nabokov suffered a facial laceration, he may return for the 3rd period.

added 5:20pm, Nolan’s son Jordan plays for the Windsor Spitfires and Ted was speaking with his son about the sudden death of Mickey Renaud.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ted+nolan

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