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Will Sens Learn Their Lesson?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The move was less than a shock, considering Ottawa has been languishing at the bottom of the NHL standings for months. But it doesn’t speak to the real problem with the Sens – namely, the holy trinity of salary cap killers that is Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

Much like the Tampa Bay Lightning painfully learned, the Sens need to understand teams simply can’t devote the bulk of their cap room to three elite forwards and have enough left over to address the other needs of their team.

read on plus more hockey topics…

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Flyers Send Sbisa Back To WHL

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have reassigned defenseman Luca Sbisa to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“We feel that it is in the best interest of Luca and the Flyers organization that he gets back to playing on a regular basis,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “Luca will join Lethbridge for its game in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.”

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These Mascots Need Some Bite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah Miller of the National Post,

We decided to take a look at some of the NHL’s mascots. If the meanness of the mascot is an indication as to how far the team will go, perhaps that is why the Toronto Maple Leafs have not won a Stanley Cup in 42 years: Carlton the Bear looks more like Beenie Baby than a menacing carnivore. The same rationale can be applied to the Detroit Red Wings’ win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in last year’s Stanley Cup final (Al the Octopus looks evil, while Iceburgh looks like he came strolling into Mellon Arena from Sesame Street).

Here are five teams that, despite having a menacing mascot, have not fulfilled their championship potential (all records as of the completion of Sunday’s games):

5. Stinger, Columbus Blue Jackets
Stinger is a, um, green, uh, thing. He’s an insect of some sort. Anyway, his eyes are big and red and his mouth makes him look pretty angry, so he gets a spot on our list as one of the mean mascots in the NHL.

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Western Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How much fun is this? As of Monday morning, five teams occupying sixth through 10th place were tied with 53 points and eight points separated fifth through 14th. How crazy is the Western Conference? Well, Phoenix looked like it had firmly established itself as a playoff team as it sat fifth in the conference after the All-Star break, but after three straight losses, the Coyotes are now 10th. Dallas, once left for dead in the nether regions of the conference, was among those teams at 53 points and sit seventh overall.

With 2½ months to go, we figure the Coyotes are cooked unless they find more consistent scoring. Columbus, likewise, doesn’t have enough scoring depth and its power play is the worst in the league. If there’s one team currently in the top eight that we can’t get a handle on, it’s Edmonton.

read on for more Western Conference talk and some Doug Gilmour talk too…

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Stars Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 2, 2009) – New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of January.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (February 2, 2009) – New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 1.

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Sabres Recall Weber

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (February 2, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled D Mike Weber from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

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Bruins Send Tuukka Rask To Providence

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins. After serving as Boston’s backup goaltender for four games this season, Rask recently made his 2009 NHL debut for the Bruins on Saturday, January 31, in a 35 save, 1-0 shutout win over the Rangers.

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Plays Of The Month

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NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.

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Get Ready To Watch The NHL On Your Phone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association, in partnership with Bell Mobility, will take a significant step in the effort to put live games in the hands and pockets of sports fans this week when they introduce a new mobile offering in Canada.

The live game broadcasts are part of the NHL Bundle, a comprehensive 3G mobile package that includes live and delayed game broadcasts, original video programming and live radio play-by-play of NHL games. It costs subscribers $8 a month, a fee the NHL and Bell will share….

The NHL hopes to strike a similar agreement in the U.S. with mobile partner Verizon Wireless at the end of the season, when its deal with the wireless company ends.

more and thanks to the SBJ for releasing the paid subscription link to KK!

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