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Tampa Keeps Sayng No

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Clubs calling the Lightning have been told that neither Vincent Lecavalier nor Marty St. Louis - two current players, by the way - is available for trade.

• You want to be a sucker? Then step right this way and give Toronto GM Brian Burke a No. 1 for Nik Antropov.

• Rangers, according to an NHL source, have $950,000 of cap space. That equates to the prorated portions approximately $4.53M in contracts at the March 4 deadline.

• Finally, news this week that a group of UCLA geologists believe they can use scientific measures to determine the location of Osama bin Laden.

Next up: finding Glen Sather.

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Power Play Success

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I often look at the list of top power play teams and wonder what makes the leading team so great.  I think the problem is often low sample size.  The average team might get about 370 power play opportunities in a season.  That works out to a little over twelve games on the power play.  Twelve games are often not enough to prove anything.  It is relatively easy to find a twelve game patch of the season where almost any team plays very well and a twelve game patch where almost any team stumbles.  Most likely, the good teams will have good patches and the bad teams will have bad patches, but there should be a lot of volatility in team’s results due to small sample size alone.

Last year, the Montreal Canadiens were the best team on the power play.  They had a 24.8% success rate.  They had a history of success on the power play.  Their success with driven for a large part by Alexei Kovalev, who was the top scorer on the power play last season.  Kovalev had an unreal, unsustainable season on the power play.  At age 35, he was bound to drop and he did.  Montreal has fallen to a mid-range level on the power play (17th) and with that have dropped in the standings.

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Baddest Cat Alive?  It Just Might Be Jimmy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If this works, a Van Halen lyric that leads to a Wing win?  Oh, it could become a staple.  You definitely won’t have to twist my arm to drop some Mean Street on you.

I might save that for the playoffs.  Tonite though? We’ll see if our boy Juke Joint Jimmy Howard is, in fact, the latest thing.

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Will A Team Blow Burke Away?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Maple Leafs aren’t certain they want to deal veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, but he has agreed to waive his no-trade cluase and earlier this week provided Toronto GM Brian Burke with a list of 10 cities where he will agree to play.

According to two sources with direct knowledge of the list, Boston is among Kaberle’s 10 teams.

‘‘Kaberle is not going anywhere,’’ Burke wrote by email this morning, neither confirming nor denying that Boston is on the 30-year-old defenseman’s list, ‘‘unless someone blows me away.’‘


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Gauthier Deserves A Suspension?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an incident during NHL Game #870, Feb. 19 against the San Jose Sharks, the National Hockey League announced.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    Gauthier was assessed a minor for boarding after making contact with Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau on an icing play at 10:14 of the third period. There was no injury as a result of the play.

note:  original post date was 8:07am today.

from Jamie Baker of the Broadcasters Blog at SanJoseSharks.com,

You have to love Todd McLellan’s response to other teams (Edmonton and LA) taking runs at some of the Sharks players. “”It’s hockey and it’s supposed to be rough. We can stand our ground and hold our own. We are a big team and we can stick up for ourselves.”

Denis Gauthier should get suspended for his intent to injure Patrick Marleau last night (Thursday). This will be interesting to see how the NHL determines disciplinary action when a player is not hurt, but it’s obvious the intent was there. Gauthier made no attempt to play the puck, which would have been an icing call. He kept two hands on his stick, his feet were wide and planted for a hit and his eyes never left Marleau. If that is not an attempt to injure I don’t know what is.

continue for more on Marleau and the Sharks and watch a video of the Gauthier hit below….

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  Tags: denis+gauthier, patrick+marleau

“It Took 53 Minutes…”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s what Mickey Redmond said on April 1st, 1998. The whole quote, “It took 53 minutes to happen, but it happened.”

And it was pure coincidence that I found this today.  Just dinking around on You Tube.  A Little House re-run led to a Wang Chung music video which led to footage from a Tennessee wedding featuring a bunch of people who looked a lot alike, which led somehow to what you’re about to watch.

I’ll bet it’s been at least five years since I’ve seen this.  A few quick impressions:  we had a lot of fighters in ‘98.  Ward, LaPointe, McCarty, Rouse, Shanahan.  It was a tough, rugged lineup.  As much as I despise Patrick Roy, it’s cool to see him clapping his hands skating out to center ice to meet Osgood.  And Ozzie?  Nice effort young man.  You did us proud.

Enjoy…because you know Mickey did. 

“It’s only gonna take one thing,” he said, “and this thing is gonna ignite.”

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Chris Gratton Claimed By Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have acquired center Chris Gratton on re-entry waivers. He had been playing in the Tampa Bay organization. The 6-4, 220-pound forward had been playing for Nolfolk of the AHL. He will join the team for the trip to Western Canada which begins on Tuesday in Calgary.


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Nothing Splits A Fan Base Like A Garbage Goalie

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Couple of spats and squabbles yesterday, eh?  Oh, nothing too serious.  But we all know this:  there isn’t a single topic out there that has the potential to start a debate like Chris Osgood.  It’s funny.  When dealing with fans of the other 29 teams, we rally behind the little tyke.  But when it’s just us?  Stand by, choose a side and watch the fur fly.

There can be no middle ground, you know.  As a Wing fan you’re either demanding his outright release…

...or you’re a dumbass.

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A Look At The Problems In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CBC reports on the issues facing the Montreal Canadiens.

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HDIC Kicks-Off The NHL Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here in the Detroit area we are expcecting 4-7 inches of snow today.  I’ve made the grocery store run early this morning so I am all set to settle in and watch all the hockey action today.

For those of us in the USA, don’t forget Hockey Day in Canada can be seen beginning at noon ET on the NHL Network.

The complete NHL schedule for today is listed below…

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