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Where Turco & Biron Could Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss possible destinations for Marty Turco and Marty Biron…

Burnside: The one team I look at and wonder about needing or wanting a veteran presence is Los Angeles. The Kings are on fire and I think a lock to make the playoffs. But remember what happened to a good Montreal team in 2008 that entrusted its playoff goaltending chores to untested youngsters Price and Halak—the Habs narrowly beat eighth-seed Boston and then lost in five to a less-talented Philadelphia team in large part because Price and Halak couldn’t handle the pressure….

LeBrun: Well, right now, the word out of Long Island is Snow isn’t getting offered more than a third-rounder for Biron, which seems absurd to me. But I guess it speaks to the market place. As for the Kings, while I agree with your premise, especially with Biron because he’s a cheaper cap hit, I’m told the Kings have lukewarm interest.


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  Tags: marty+biron, marty+turco

Numerous Teams On The Playoff Bubble May Limit Trades At The Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

With so many teams still in playoff contention, and few currently as desperate as the Flames and Rangers, the trade market still appears thin at this time but things could broaden in the coming days if playoff bubble teams like the Thrashers, Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, NY Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning in the East and Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and Minnesota drop out in the West.


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MVP So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In November, I picked Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres as the leading MVP candidate and he has held that position for a good portion of the season.  However, his lead on other goalies in the league is getting smaller.  Miller’s saves percentage of .932 is only one point ahead of Tomas Vokoun of Florida.  His goals against average is second in the league to Antti Niemi of Chicago and could soon be caught by others including Tuukka Rask of Boston.  Miller is no longer the MVP of the league.

My new MVP choice is my very early season choice of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  A shoulder injury kept him out of eight games and dropped him from the lead, but he has had time to make up for that missed time.  Ovechkin is currently second in points in the league with 77 (one behind Henrik Sedin of Vancouver) and third in goals with 36 (one behind Patrick Marleau of San Jose and Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh = who are tied for the lead).  Ovechkin leads the NHL with a +36 +/- rating.  He has the best goals and points per game totals in the league.  He had been the most dominant player in the league so far this season.

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We Are The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We have won 11 in a row. A franchise record.

We are now first in the East. We are TEN POINTS ahead of New Jersey who is in second place.

We are first in our division, 25 points ahead of our nearest competition.

And we are now FIRST in the NHL with 82 points.


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GDT - Game #57: Red Wings at Ducks (10:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Apparently this years edition of the Detroit Red Wings is indeed man enough answer the bell.  Amazing game last night against the #1 team in the league, especially after DET dug themselves into a two goal deficit in the first ten minutes.  All of which prompted Babcock to ponder aloud:  “Our structure was way better. If you can do it against good teams why can’t you do it every night? That’s what we’ve got to talk about. Hopefully we’re on the path to getting better.”

On the glass half-empty side of last nights game, Kronwall sits tonight:  “He got slew-footed early in the game,” Babcock said. “He left the game (in the third period) and that’s not a good sign. He won’t play (tonight against Anaheim).”  Big E(rror) may get out of the doghouse early. 

Huge game tonight for ANA (6-4 in last ten), who sit in 11th place, 5 points from 8th. ANA are coming off a 3-0 at FLA Monday.  Hopefully, DET can keep the train rolling.

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Duchene In the Calder Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Krieger of the Denver Post,

When I asked Duchene if he was paying attention to the Calder race, he grinned.

“Lately I kind of know exactly what’s going on because people are reminding me so much,” he said. “A lot of people are talking to me about it, whether it’s media or somebody back home or whatever. It’s something I can’t really get away from.”

A high-class problem to have. Duchene made this trouble for himself by scoring 14 goals since Thanksgiving to move ahead of the Islanders’ John Tavares in scoring, 37 points to 33. They are tied for the rookie lead in goals with 17.

Tavares was the first pick in the draft and the player to whom Duchene is most often compared. Their seasons so far have had opposite trajectories. Tavares started out fast, but has only two goals since Dec. 10.

Perhaps more of a threat at the moment is Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, who leads all rookies in assists (24) and is playing a key role on a division leader. People who are 6-feet-8 and also can skate are pretty rare, so Myers has that going for him.


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  Tags: matt+duchene

Not Impressed With The Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via T.J. Simers of the LA Times,

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Kings game. Years. I remember asking to speak to the team’s GM before a game only to have the team’s PR guy say, “Can’t you see I’m eating?”

Later, Tim Leiweke, the big Anschutz honcho, would ask that I go to a game, agreeing if he had Beckham sitting next to me. But apparently hockey does nothing for Beckham either….

There were so many empty seats, and as hot as the Kings have been, the place felt flat. I’ve heard more cheering at Clippers games, and sometimes fans were even cheering for them.

Maybe it was just one of those nights, L.A. having only so many hockey fans and with something else to do—understandably they couldn’t find anyone to take their tickets.

The first period ended with no score, and while Dwyre loves writing about nothing happening, it would have been also way past his bedtime, so in his honor, I went home.

I have no idea who won, but that’s all right.

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Flames Called Into The Office

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

One by one they trooped down the hall Tuesday, past the FAN 960 broadcast area, up the stairwell and into the Calgary Flames’ executive offices for a chat. Regehr, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, the old deck hands on a ship run aground on the rocks. To be chastised like the naughty little boys they’ve been lately.

“What do you think? Not a visit you look forward to,’’ sighed Regehr. “He’s not a happy man. And he has every right to be unhappy. The way we’ve played for a while . . . it’s just not nearly good enough. In pro sports, if you don’t win, there are going to be consequences.

“The message? Pretty clear: Get going.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t know what to say. It’s not like guys don’t want to score on this team. Guys want to put the puck in the net. Maybe we have to sacrifice a chicken or a rooster or something like that to try and change our luck.’’

-Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Capitals last night.  More on the Bruins from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

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Luongo Is Better Than This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

If it was a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.

Asked about the game-winning goal Tomas Plekanec scored 9:14 into the third, Luongo was both flippant and inaccurate.

“Unfortunately, on the last one, I stopped the first four (shots),” Luongo said. “I got a piece of the fifth one. But not enough.”

That’s not, however, what happened and Luongo knows it. Granted his defence didn’t have a good night, but it is still down two top-four starters.  And on the play in question, Luongo took himself out of the play and made just one save, not four.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

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