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Burke’s Heart Heavy With Sorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Leafs general manager Brian Burke thanked the thousands of people, some of whom he has never met, for the support they showed for him and his family in the very difficult days following the death of his son, Brendan, in a traffic accident last week.

“The NHL family is at its best in a time of loss, and I’ll be thankful for that forever,” Burke said in St. Louis where the Leafs were playing. He was addressing the media for the first time since his son passed away from injuries suffered when his vehicle went out of control on snowy roads in Wayne County, Indiana.

“What was amazing too was letters, even from people I never met, wishing us well and showing their support.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+burke

Jagr Not What He Once Was

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Contrary to the hype, Jaromir Jagr says he is no longer a superstar.

“No, I don’t feel like that,” Jagr said Friday afternoon when asked if he was still the go-to guy on the Czech Republic team. “The media back home might think that, but I don’t feel like that. It’s important how I feel.”

Jagr has been away from the National Hockey League for two years, departing the New York Rangers and taking his electrifying skill and megawatt personality to Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. For the past 21 months, he has been plying his trade in Omsk, Russia, far from the prying eyes of North American hockey fans and media members.

Much has clearly changed during that period. Jagr turns 38 early next week and is now passed over when talk now rages about the best hockey players in the world. It is more than just out of sight, out of mind: Jagr himself doesn’t feel like he should be in that discussion.


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jaromir+jagr, team+czech+republic

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m pretty thrilled to be here and be able to be part of this team.  It’s been a little rocky journey the last couple of years. I’m not 100 per cent sure if I’m going to be great in this tournament or not, but I’m just going to go out and do my best. If I get placed on the third or fourth line it doesn’t matter.

“As long as I’m here, I’m going to do the best for my team and the country.’‘

-Team Sweden’s Peter Forsberg.  More on Forsberg and Team Sweden from Chris Johnston of the CP at CTVOlympics.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: peter+forsberg, team+sweden

Getzlaf Gets A Little Practice In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf skated at Ducks practice Friday but came off the ice after about 25 minutes at Pengrowth Saddledome, Register beat writer Eric Stephens reports.

Getzlaf went through the line rushes but left to get treatment before the team began doing drills.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+getzlaf, team+canada

Talking Kim Johnsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chicago GM Stan Bowman discusses the acquisition of Kim Johnsson.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Team Transaction Questions?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McKenzie via his Twitter may have the answers you are looking for.  I know I have received numerous emails and other forms of correspondence that Bob’s remarks will answer.

No trades can be made now until after midnight when the Olys are over, the night of Sunday Feb. 28/morning of Monday March 1

But teams can still call up and demote players to the minors etc until early next week, at which time it’s a total freeze I believe.

Once NHL teams resume mini training camps prior to end of Olympics, they can start promoting and demoting players.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Maltby May Go On LTIR

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In order to clear the last $700,000 needed (to activate Lilja), general manager Ken Holland said forward Kirk Maltby might go on long-term injured reserve because of a chronic shoulder injury that will, at some point, require surgery.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: kirk+maltby

Panthers Talking Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Sexton says he got some things done and progress is being made toward the real trade deadline on March 3. That’s when teams will be wheeling and dealing….

“I thought today went pretty well. Worked at things, made good progress, just couldn’t get anything completed.

“Today is the first deadline before the next deadline. There’s a lot of time, I’ll just keep working the next few weeks until the early part of March.

“Some teams still have games to play and we’re all under the CBA roster limitations and salary cap floors and ceilings. For some teams, they’re at the roster limit and playing tonight or tomorrow and it’s a challenge to manage things. It’s a point of negotiating. You want the lowest price if you are a buyer, and you want to extract the highest price if you are a seller.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: randy+sexton

We Can Breathe Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Olympic trade freeze now in place, but NHL games continue through Sunday night.

KK will be around, no vacation plans until late July or August and we will be providing all your hockey talk from both the NHL and the Olympic games in Vancouver.

Many storylines coming out of Vancouver and it should be great entertainment for all of us who follow the game.

Now, time to clean up my computer desk and provide you with all the hockey news.

Filed in: KK Website Business, NHL Teams, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Jody Shelley To The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Jody Shelley to NYR for a draft

added 3:53pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

NYR gave up sixth rounder in 2011 for Shelley. Become a 5th rounder if NYR re-sign Shelley.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jody+shelley

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