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Getting The Point Across

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Views evolve, and mine have.

Mine have, because it has reached the point where every time I’ve heard a coach or general manager of a team with something like a 20-19-7 record brag about being “over .500,” or caught a team-paid broadcaster’s reference to “getting points in 11 of the last 15 games,” or even a writer parroting the propaganda that a team “has gone three games without a loss in regulation” …

… I WANT TO SCREAM!

Geez, just stand up there and run your fingernails over the blackboard.

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Is It All About The Money

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Phaneuf became just the latest 22-year-old — just emerging from his entry-level contract - to cash in on his potential as opposed to his current production. Because for all the things that Phaneuf does well — he shoots, he hits — he’s still learning the art of playing defence. This is not mean as a slight either — few defencemen of his age and relative inexperience level can contribute the sort of invisible minutes that characterize the true greats at the position, and in this day and age, that starts with the Detroit Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom, who is putting up his usual numbers in another Norris Trophy-worthy season for the NHL’s top team.

read on, much more on this topic, trade talk and NHL bits…

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Report- Redden Turns Down Request To Waive NTC

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Ottawa Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray met with veteran defenseman Wade Redden Friday morning about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause.

According to the source, the request was made following an inquiry from the San Jose Sharks into Redden’s availability.

As he has in the past, Redden turned down the request as he remains committed to the Senators’ quest to win a Stanley Cup.

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  Tags: wade+redden

Trades That Would Work

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Remember, this is all speculation, not advance word of impending deals. Oh, and if it seems like your team is taking it in the shorts in one of these deals…well, that probably means it’s fair….

Montreal sends Michael Ryder to Edmonton for Jarrett Stoll

This swap offers a new address to a pair of players who look as though they need one. Ryder, a 30-goal man the past two seasons in Montreal, has lost his confidence. His shot would be a welcome asset on Edmonton’s 25th-ranked power play.

read on. many more trade scenarios…

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Alarm Bells

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

So, humor me again, if you will. What, exactly, was the NHL lockout for?

Because, my friends, we are on the express route to another work stoppage.

According to reports, the NHL salary cap will rise once again next season.

Alarm bells, anyone?

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  Tags: cba, salary+cap

Rob Blake Talk

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

According to highly-placed league sources, Anaheim is where Blake will be headed at the trade deadline.

He wouldn’t even be required to move house to play for the cross-town Ducks and since Blake owns a no-trade contract, he can make that call.

That’s not the only reason why Blake won’t be coming to Detroit.

A non-displaced fracture of the left ankle kept Blake out of the lineup Thursday.

A desire not to displace themselves of their future will keep the Wings from making a move for Blake.

more

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  Tags: rob+blake

Behind the Scenes Televising the Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Luke Decock at The News & Observer,

The replays Tracy was so happy to see emerged from a whirlwind of organized chaos confined within a trailer parked outside the arena and attached to the building by a spaghetti bowl of cables of every color and thickness.

It was the result of the coordination of a camera operator, one of seven. And a videotape operator, one of four. And an audio engineer and technical director, each switching between 14 camera feeds and five videotape machines.

All of it coordinated and orchestrated by a director and a producer, both of whom had long moved on to other tasks by the time the replay showed up on the air.

The relatively simple act of watching a hockey game on television offers no hint of the complexity behind the operation that plans, produces and puts the game on the air.

more…

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  Tags: fsn, john+forslund, media, tripp+tracy

Trade Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Editor’s note: In our “Friday Faceoff,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!...

Damien: Don’t get me wrong. I like the deals. I just can’t stand the rumors and speculation, which are generally completely invented by those posing as insiders. Most of the big deals don’t leak out beforehand.

I actually like the notion that some teams are willing to mortgage some of the future to go for it, while others are sellers and hoping to one day be deadline buyers again. It’s a good dynamic. Moreover, I can never really blame good teams for showing a little guts and going for it, even when they shouldn’t.

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Crosby Takes Part In Practice

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via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby participated in a full practice today for the first time since Jan. 18, when he injured his ankle in a loss to Tampa Bay.

Crosby was expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a high right ankle sprain.

No mention of any return to the lineup.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Mike Milbury Talks NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I had the pleasure of speaking with NBC studio analyst Mike Milbury this morning, previewing the Ducks/Wings game on NBC this Sunday at 3:30pm.  We also discussed a few other topics in the NHL, including the trade deadline.

The KK crew thanks Mike for taking the time to talk about the game and we hope you enjoy the interview.


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  Tags: interview, media, mike+milbury, nbc

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