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Tortorella Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers have hired John Tortorella to be their next head coach in the wake of this morning’s dismissal of Tom Renney.

GM Glen Sather made the announcement several hours after Renney’s dismissal this morning. Tortorella, who received a multiyear contract, was en route to New York tonight and likely would run tomorrow’s practice.

added 8:21pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is little in the way of top-end talent coming through the Rangers system, which you can thank Sather for as well, and too much overpaid, underachieving weight on the big-league roster.

As one GM told ESPN.com on Monday, “Who’s going to take those contracts?”

That’s a recipe for misery at the NHL level, and it’s the stew Sather built.

If there was any accountability in the Rangers’ boardroom (and the fact Sather has managed to consistently squander Dolan’s money all these years suggests there is none), then the moment this season ends, the search will begin for someone who can make things right in a place that has gone so wrong, and will be wrong for a long time coming.

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Stuart In Wednesday.  Advanced Math Says Ten Days Equals Friday.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All the Diggers are chomping to bring you this:  Brad Stuart’s good to go. 

St. James

Defenseman Brad Stuart is planning to play Wednesday against San Jose.  Stuart has been out since Jan. 20 with bruised ribs and a compression fracture on his spine, but said he feels good to go. He’ll be back playing with Niklas Kronwall, which means Brian Rafalski will be back with Nicklas Lidstrom.

“I think it’s a good way kind of to get right back into it for myself, playing against the top team in the Western Conference,” Stuart said.

Oh…

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Senators Looking Out For The Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators haven’t quit on the season just yet, but general manager Bryan Murray won’t rule out selling off some of his assets before the trade deadline if it means giving the team a brighter outlook for next year.

‘‘We’re obviously not where we want to be going forward,’’ Murray said Monday while discussing the Senators’ plans for the March 4 deadline. ‘‘I hope to go do a couple of other things, whether it’s just add prospects or draft picks.’‘

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Give It Up Dwayne!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both Alanah and A2Y have brought it up, now Puck Daddy gets involved.

Many of you know what Dwayne has done to KK in the past, if not, just click the Dwayne tag at the bottom of this post and make sure to read all of posts regarding him.

I guess he is still fooling and deceiving people, telling them about his journalism degree from McGill and how well he is connected with the NHL.  It is up to you to decide but one has to wonder why no other well known bloggers, most who have met him, have anything good to say about him.

Getting back to the Puck Daddy story regarding TwitterBurke, raise your hand if you did not know it was a parody!  Hey you in the back with your hand up, you don’t belong here, the hockey talk is much too advanced for you.

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Foster Back With The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Defenseman Kurtis Foster is officially back with the Wild, nearly a year after breaking his leg in San Jose.

“My time in Houston was a fun time, but I’m excited to be back with the team and back on the ice — hopefully tomorrow,” he said.

During a two-week rehab assignment in Houston, Foster had a goal and five assists, helping the Aeros go 6-0.

It will be hard cracking the Wild’s defense, however.

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added 4:44pm, Also from Shipley,

Wild winger Owen Nolan has a fractured toe and is out indefinitely, the team said today.

“In two or three days, when the swelling goes down, we’ll know more,” assistant general manager Tom Lynn said.

Because Andrew Brunette (knee) was able to practice today, and Colton Gillies has recovered from the flu, the Wild likely will not call a forward up from Houston for Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles.

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Panthers Just Sick Of Losing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Panthers are one of the more interesting stories of the second half of the season precisely because they haven’t followed their patented script—go to camp with promise, stumble out of the gate, play well for a time, then disappear into the mists.

This is a team whose leading scorer, Stephen Weiss, has just 41 points (tied for 79th among all NHL players). But the Panthers are unified by one thing, defenseman Keith Ballard said.

“There are a lot of guys here who are sick of losing,” Ballard told ESPN.com this week.

What makes the Panthers a compelling story is they began the season with the usual expectations of win a couple, lose a couple. “We were under .500 and not sure what kind of team we were going to be,” Ballard said.

more topics including Osgoood…

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Never, Ever, Never Piss Off A Wedding Singer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1634 EST:  Wyshynski has responded at Puck Daddy.  Our response to his response is below.  You may respond to either response in the comment section, which is designed to solicit responses.

Sometimes, like that one time with Darren Garcia, life as a sarcastic jackass is just too easy. 

Did you see Puck Daddy’s ode to the Burke Twitter page on Saturday?  If you did, maybe it took you twenty or thirty seconds to realize the Twittee, Twite, Twi..Twitter user was really a pretty damned funny imposter.  This kinda gave it away to me. One of Burke’s “entries”...

Got stuck behind Damien Cox at the bank machine. In case you’re wondering, his PIN is ‘1967’.

Yeah, it was at that point that I pretty much knew PD’s Sean Leahy was shedding light on a pretty funny joke.

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Talking Ryan Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss the future of Ryan Smyth,

Pierre LeBrun: Smyth wasn’t too happy either when the rumors started this weekend. We exchanged text messages and he said he was “shocked.” After all, he signed his five-year deal with the thought of playing it out in Denver. It must be pointed out he’s in control with a no-movement clause and, at this point, a source tells me Avs GM Francois Giguere still hasn’t broached the subject of a possible deal with Smyth’s powerful agent Don Meehan. But given what other GMs have told me, Smyth is “possibly” available. I guess that’s a conversation that will soon take place.

Scott Burnside: Interesting dilemma for Smyth. He’s a terrific competitor and the Avs may not get anywhere near a playoff spot during the remainder of Smyth’s contract. Does he want to stay with a team that is finally paying the price for years of excess? And if he was willing to go, which team has the need, and wherewithal financially, to go after Smyth? Dallas has the need given its injuries up front, but hard to imagine the Stars taking on that kind of financial burden.

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Report- Tortorella Agrees To Coach The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources say the New York Rangers and John Tortorella have an agreement in place that would make him the next head coach of the NHL team, but that the Tampa Bay Lightning have not yet been contacted for permission.

added 3:30pm, According to Steve Zipay, it is a multi-year deal and the Lightning want compensation.

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Martin Talks Panthers Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin spoke with reporters on an NHL conference call Monday afternoon. Here are some of Martin’s thoughts on defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, whose current contract runs out after this season, as the league’s March 4 deadline draws closer.

When the team is in a playoff race how much does marketing and the trust of the fans play into any personnel decisions you make at the deadline?

“We appreciate our fans a great deal, but from a management standpoint, you can’t manage your team according to the fans. The last couple of years we’ve tried to build a team that would this franchise in the playoffs moving forward and we evaluate our strengths and areas we need to improve.

“When you get into the trading deadline, you look to improve for the stretch drive if you can. At the same time, we like our hockey club. We think our club has grown a great deal since last summer. We made a lot of moves in the offseason and we feel our team is improving as the season is moving along.”

more including Bouwmeester thoughts…

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