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A Look At The Western Conf. Teams As The Trade Deadline Approaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Just because a player is listed as being of interest, it doesn’t mean he will be traded or should be traded. Some may just be of interest for teams looking to hit a home run when trying to swing a deal or they are players that may be considered to be underachieving for the money they are due over the rest of their contract.

Generally, then, here’s a rough guide for which players each Western Conference team might have at their disposal in order to make a trade leading up to the deadline.

UFA in 2010: Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Evgeny Artyukhin, Scott Niedermayer, Nick Boynton, Vesa Toskala.

RFA in 2010: Bobby Ryan, Kyle Chipchura, James Wisniewski.

read on and some great information, like top prospects for every team and what players have a NTC…

added 7:21pm, The Eastern Conference can be found here....

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I Don’t Know Anyone Would Would Enjoy Watching An 18-0 Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at CTVOlympics,

Canada opened its Vancouver Games account with an 18-0 thumping of Slovakia on Saturday. On Sunday, questions about the lopsided score were raised at the daily IOC-VANOC joint briefing.

IOC director of communications Mark Adams said the issue was not raised between the two organizations

“Clearly if you’re on the losing side of a hiding, it’s never much fun,’’ said the Briton, who watched the game. “But I’m sure they had a great experience and I’m sure they’re thankful to be Olympians.

“You know these things happen in all sports, at all levels. They’re a good team but clearly yesterday Canada were the better team - by a long way.’‘

Asked about a possible mercy rule, Adams said: “It’s an interesting idea. I’m not sure it would have been good last night. I enjoyed watching the game.’‘

read on

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Babcock In Game Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

The Team Canada coach showed up with his game face on as he hit town to take the helm and finalize preparations for Canada’s first game Tuesday against Norway.

After concentrating on his Detroit Red Wings, Babcock can now fully allow himself to turn his attention to prepping Team Canada.

“Now it’s time to emotionally engage,” said Babcock. “We’ve done all the work, but you’re so involved in your own schedule. I live in the U.S., so you don’t get it like you people do every day. It’s very obvious — I watched the opening ceremonies, I watched the events last night — so it’s very obvious that it’s very exciting. I’m thrilled to be here.”

read on

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Report- Mule In, Homer Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tomas Holmstrom’s ailing left knee has forced him to withdraw from the Swedish Olympic team, enabling Detroit Red Wings teammate Johan Franzen to take his place, according to Sweden’s Expressen.

Franzen has played only three games since returning from knee surgery, which idled him for four months. But he is skating well and said he feels good. It will be his first Olympic appearance.


added 5:00pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,

It’s official: Red Wings Johan Franzen replaces Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom on the Swedish Olympic hockey team.

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  Tags: johan+franzen, team+sweden, tomas+holmstrom

Red Wings Create Co-Branding Relationship With University of Toledo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Laura Berman of the Detroit News,

Now the University of Toledo has hatched an insidiously clever scheme to lure Michigan’s dwindling population of promising young people. Their target: college-potential kids with B averages and enough vitality to find a ride over the border.

To get them, the school enlisted the aid of the Detroit Red Wings to announce Friday that eighth-graders who sign up can earn a $10,000 scholarship. That’s $2,000 a year from eighth grade through 12th for teens who maintain a 3.0 grade point average while checking their UT “savings account” online….

Even Al Hermsen, Wayne State’s director of financial aid, was caught by surprise. “Why would the Red Wings do that?” he asked.


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Olympic Athletes Looking Forward To Mingling With NHL Stars

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from Donna Spencer of the CP at CTVOlympics,

Sidney Crosby and company are moving into the athletes village, and Canada’s Olympians can’t wait for their new neighbours to arrive.

“I’ll walk up to Crosby and say ‘Hey man, you’re awesome.’ And he’ll be like ‘Who are you?” said Calgary luger Jeff Christie….

“I just would like to know how he deals with certain situations, like the Stanley Cup,” said Toronto figure skater Patrick Chan, a medal contender in his own right. “That’s probably the equivalent of the Olympics. I think he’s really wise and he’s young like I am, so he’s kind of in the same situation.”

Calgary curler Cheryl Bernard said she and her teammates anticipate sitting across the table from them in the dining hall.

“I’m a little concerned that our team is going to get a reputation for being stalkers of the men’s hockey team,” she said.

read on

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Carolina Is Hot - And It’s All For Naught

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the last few games, one of the hottest teams in the NHL has been the Carolina Hurricanes.  The have won nine of their last eleven.  That has gone largely unknown because their 24-37 record (with seven regulation tie points) has them in second last place in the East Conference.  Carolina is currently nine points out of a playoff spot and that is likely too big a margin to make up in the remainder of the season.  The Carolina Hurricanes have recovered from horrible start where several key players were injured and nobody stepped forward to fill their roles.

Over the last eleven games, Carolina has had several very good performers.  Jussi Jokinen has 15 points in that stretch.  Eric Staal has 13, Ray Whitney has 11, Brandon Sutter has 10 and Joni Pitkanen has nine points.  Most of these players were injured earlier in the season.  The others are having breakthrough seasons.  Jussi Jokinen has 49 points so far this year.  That is his highest total since 2006 and is likely to improve by season’s end.  Brandon Sutter only had six career points before this season.  Their improvement is important to the team and has been significant in the last few months.

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KHL Full Of NHL Type Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Take a look at the Olympic rosters of all teams competing in the men’s tournament and then tell me the KHL hasn’t hurt the NHL.

No way you can say that. While many thought the KHL would be able to lure away many of the top-level players, so far that hasn’t happened—unless Ilya Kovalchuk has a genuine surprise for everyone at the end of the season.

But that’s not likely to happen either because, while he might get a long-term offer from a Russianleague team, he’d be nuts to take it—contracts in Russian not having quite the same meaning, if you get the drift here.


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  Tags: khl

Six More Games Before The Olympic Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Action starts at 1:00pm ET today, then we turn our attention to Vancouver for the next two weeks.


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Close Only Counts In Horseshoes And Bocce Ball

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost a dangle-dangle between-the-legs goal for Datsyuk.

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

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