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BOOOO Sundin!

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

Mats Sundin is coming back to town tomorrow. I have appreciated watching him play for the past 13 years here in Toronto, but I’m still booing the guy. As his final gesture to Toronto, he left, when he could have been the gift that kept on giving. Sundin could have brought in a boatload during last year’s trade deadline, but declined his waive his no-trade clause, knowing he was not going to return to TO. Had he waived his NTC, it could have sparked a wave of waving NTC’s from Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe, which would have brought in a number of players, including Jeff Carter. So rather than Sundin leaving on a good note, he left on a sour note, and that is the note that I would be singing to tomorrow night.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Congrats To Sasquatch On Your 1000th Career Game.  Now Suck It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Several of the 19 are at the Joe as we speak.

There’s a good chance they positioned themselves next to the glass during warm-ups and yelled things at Chris Pronger.  Some of those things may have angered him on his big night.

The rest of us will do what we usually do.  Yell those identical things at the television as if someone could hear us, other than our spouses who look at us as if we were the most special kind of idiots.

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Those Future Draft Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, there will be more and more deals that involve players exchanged for future draft picks, which has always left me wondering:

What is a draft pick worth, anyway?

To get a general idea, I decided to go through ten drafts, from 1995 through 2004 (leaving time for the 2004 picks to establish their NHL career) and assigned a numerical value to each of the players selected, using the following guidelines, with some examples:

10 - Generational (Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin )
9 - Elite Player (Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley )

continued with more NHL talk…

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Smyth Likes It In Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Smyth has a no-trade clause, and made it clear today he does not want to leave Colorado anytime soon.

“It’s a little mind-boggling, obviously,” Smyth said this morning from the Verizon Center, where the Avs play the Washington Capitals tonight. “I’ve got three years left on my deal, and I really like it here. Obviously we’re not doing as well as we should be this year. We’ve lost a few key players who could really help us, but by no means are we out of this playoff race.”


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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Comrie To Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have acquired forward Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Chris Campoli.

added 4:51pm, The first the Islanders received was acquired by Ottawa from San Jose, so it will be a very low pick in the first round.

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  Tags: chris+campoli, dean+mcammond, mike+comrie

Bolts May Shutdown Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Tocchet said it is getting closer to a time the team must decide whether to shut down goaltender Mike Smith (concussion). Tocchet said the discussion likely will happen sooner rather than later. At issue: is it worth the risk to bring Smith back considering Tampa Bay is out of the playoff race, or is it better to let him fully heal and be ready for next season? Also a consideration: it might be good for Smith to get a few games under his belt heading into the offseason to get things moving in the right direction. It is a difficult equation.

more including Recchi not happy with being a healthy scratch tonight…

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  Tags: mike+smith

If Draft Picks Are Involved At The Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As the NHL trade deadline creeps ever closer, here’s something to keep in mind: the only team without a first-round draft choice to dangle as trade bait is the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks surrendered a first-rounder in the trade with Tampa to land Dan Boyle, but then the Lightning flipped the pick to the Ottawa Senators in the Andrej Meszaros trade. That makes the Sens the only team with two first-rounders heading into the ‘09 draft. No team has more picks in 2009 than the Los Angeles Kings, however – 14 in all and multiple choices in the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Nashville isn’t far behind, with 12 picks in the draft.

The rebuilding Leafs, meanwhile have just five. They’re missing a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder, the second-rounder surrendered to the New York Islanders for the right to move up two places in last year’s draft and select Luke Schenn; the fourth-rounder sent to San Jose two years ago to complete the Vesa Toskala deal.

many more NHL topics, including Kovalev, Sundin and possible trade targets…

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An In-Depth Look At The Tampa Bay Lightning Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Lightning leads the NHL in roster moves, with 43 different players having suited up for game action this season. Injuries have played a role in the inflation of that number, but it’s not the only factor.

There was also the furor over whether the team was shopping Lecavalier. There was a lot of discussion of semantics, but the bottom line is that there was some discussion about Lecavalier’s availability, and the Montreal Canadiens were believed to be the team most interested in the talented center’s services.

Any team that doesn’t at least engage in blue-sky discussions about any player on their roster is selling themselves short, but the way the situation was handled did little to dispel the notion that Lightning owners were cash-strapped and looking to get out from under Lecavalier’s new 11-year deal worth $85 million. It appears Lecavalier will remain with the Lightning, as will St. Louis and Malone.

much more...

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Wonder How This Will Play Out?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Brady at AnaheimDucks.com,

Meanwhile, from the Incredibly Awkward Department, Chris Pronger will be playing his 1,000th game tonight and may become the first player in NHL history to be soundly booed when the achievement is recognized tonight. The Red Wings have indicated they will pay tribute to the milestone during the first TV timeout.

more on the Ducks…

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  Tags: chris+pronger

The Top Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

The Hockey News is out with it’s goaltender rankings for this season and Marty Turco comes in at No. 15, down from No. 10 last season. Considering the start he had to the season, that’s not too bad. If you went with play right now he’d be much higher. Boston’s Tim Thomas comes in at No. 1, followed by Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason, Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Miller. Ex-Star Mike Smith came in at No. 22.

continued with the top 30 goalies listed…

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