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Chicago Thinking Of Keeping Havlat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Maybe, just maybe, Martin Havlat is playing himself back into the Blackhawks’ future.

Havlat, who was the Hawks’ best forward heading into the all-star break, will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and all along it was believed there was no interest on the part of the organization in bringing him back.

The Hawks now are at least considering trying to re-sign Havlat when the time comes, but not at the $6 million he presently earns.

“It would have to be at the right price,” a Hawks official said. “But, yeah, why not consider it?”

conitnued and more Blackhawks talk…

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Reputation Hurting Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

After the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Florida Tuesday, captain Mike Richards implied that the huge penalty discrepancy his club has this season was due, in part, to the franchise’s bad-boy reputation that goes back more than three decades.

In other words, the Broad Street Bullies are haunting the current Flyers.

For the season, the Flyers have had 174 power plays and have been shorthanded 238 times.

That minus-64 discrepancy is the highest in the NHL. By far

continued

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Holland Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined Scott Laughlin of Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204/Sirius 208 and spoke about signing Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract and the controversy of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom missing All-Star weekend.

Listen here...

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Would Wings Become Sellers?

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Holland knows he’ll be unable to sign both Hossa and Johan Franzen. If he chooses Hossa, Holland may opt to move Franzen before the trade deadline in order to avoid losing him to unrestricted free agency in the summer. Or he might decide Franzen, who is second on the Red Wings in goals with 21, is too important for this year’s playoffs to trade and will keep him in hopes of ending his Red Wing career with a Stanley Cup parade.

There are other players who probably shouldn’t feel too secure in Hockeytown these days. Valtteri Filppula comes in at a very reasonable $3 million for the next four seasons after this one. Tomas Holmstrom has one more year left on his deal at $2.25 million and Dan Cleary is on the books for $2.8 million for the next four seasons.

more

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When Brodeur Returns, Is He The Starter?

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It’s the elephant in the room, the unspoken question that hangs over the Devils’ season.

What do they do when Martin Brodeur comes back? Will he, essentially, have to win his job back?

General manager Lou Lamoriello, who has instituted another cone of silence around Brodeur, brushed off the question. But he can’t laugh it off. Coach Brent Sutter said Brodeur will have to win games right away.

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CBC Receives Complaint From Gay Rights Group

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A gay rights group has complained to the CBC about the use of the term “pansification” by Hockey Night in Canada commentators.

Hockey Night commentator Mike Milbury coined the expression to describe how the NHL would be softened should the league heed calls to ban fighting. He has used “pansification” at least twice on Hockey Night this season, in November and again on Jan. 17. His colleague, Don Cherry, has also made reference to it.

Egale Canada, a gay advocacy organization, protested last week. But Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said through a network spokesman yesterday that commentators are free to make their own decisions whether to use the expression.

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Panthers Have To Trade Bouwmeester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

What do you do, Jacques?  What in the world do you do?

You trade him.  That’s what you do.  You cannot watch Bouwmeester walk away for nothing.  A couple of (possible) home playoff dates aren’t worth it. 

And I believe that Martin will do just that, unless the trade offers are laughably bad, which they shouldn’t be.  As trade deadline approaches, they will get better and better.  Someone will put together an attractive package that works; perhaps a solid NHL player, a top prospect, and a first round pick.  And Jacques will take it.

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The Defensive Zone Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

Hitting and blocked shots are extremely useful things in the defensive zone. A well-timed blocked shot can win a game. A defenceman who consistently hits hard can intimidate all but the toughest of attackers. A defenceman like Jason Smith who can do these things and do them well will tend to keep his job in the NHL, even if his puck skills are lacking.

So here are the 2008-09 league leaders among defencemen in defensive points (with a note of caution, that you’re a better hockey fan than me if you can figure out what constitutes a ‘hit’ in an NHL game; often I see players play a hard, physical game and not get more than one hit to their name; and I’m told that what is a hit in one city isn’t a hit in another, so be careful about the weight you put on that stat):

1. Brooks Orpik, PITT
2. Matt Greene, LA

read on

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Morning Line

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“No one in that dressing room is taking this lightly.  We understand everyone’s frustration and disappointment, but we are going to stick together to get back on right track. Our guys are not indifferent, and they are taking this personally. They want to succeed, and sometimes wanting too much can hurt you as much as not wanting it enough.”

-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after Vancouver lost their 8 straight home game last night.  More on the game at VancouverCanucks.com.

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Hometown Discounts All Around?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not much time this morning but I do want to give you a little ditty to start your day.  Yesterday I predicted the departure of Marian Hossa.  Today, because it’s who I am, I’m taking that back.  Based on this.

HSJ

“I definitely want to settle down long-term, too,” Hossa said. “It’s a great organization. Everyone is used to winning here, and you just want to be a part of it. It’s like big family here.”

Asked if he would take less, Hossa replied, “I’ll be able to let you know soon.”

Franzen also has said he’d like to stay.

These guys are sticking around too.  Bet on it.

Oh. And one more thing.

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