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Impact Players of the Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

With a quarter of the season and Barry Melrose gone—Barry, we hardly knew ye, at least this go-around—it is time to look at the players who, point for point and dollar for dollar, have had the most profound impact since joining new teams in 2008-09.

1. Dan Boyle,
Sharks defenseman, $6.67 million

The Sharks are getting their money’s worth out of a defenseman who signed a six-year deal with Tampa Bay (Melrose’s old team) last February but was traded to the Sharks on July 4. Like the estimable work of Brian Campbell in Chicago—Campbell had a trade-deadline spell with the Sharks last season—Boyle has come in to run the power play, move the puck and make the glut of high-end San Jose forwards better.

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Shanahan Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

While there are some eastern conference teams that are seriously interested in Shanahan, they would have to make deals or clear cap space or get permission from ownership to increase the budget and the truth of the matter is those things are not easily done in today’s game.

So while Shanahan realizes he may have no other choice at some point but to play in the West if he wants to play, he has not yet exhausted all his Eastern Conference possibilities and if it means waiting an extra day or week or whatever to get the right fit closer to home, that apparently is the route he is going to take.

read on and some Sundin talk too…

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Happy Thanksgiving Mac…Now Get To Grand Rapids

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

UpdateHolland told Khan(!) that after the way West trip, energy’s the thing. 

Darren Helm called up today, McCarty sent down.  Why?  It’s Cleary-related, according to MacLeod.

Darren Helm’s stay in Detroit won’t likely last long. He was told that he’d just be with the Red Wings for one game, but general manager Ken Holland said that he’d re-assess when Dan Cleary’s (scratched cornea) status for Friday is clearer.

“I don’t think I’ll be here too long,” said Helm, who drove to Detroit last night. “But it’s another good opportunity.”

Also, I answered a few questions for a Montreal blogger this morning. I’d tell you the name of it, but I can’t pronounce it.

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Wings Recall Helm, Demote McCarty

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Red Wings today recalled forward Darren Helm from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League and assigned forward Darren McCarty to the Griffins.  The Red Wings also assigned forward Randall Gelech from Grand Rapids to Rochester (AHL).

Helm is currently second on the Griffins roster in scoring with 18 points in 16 games (5-13—18).

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ASG Voting Results For Western Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York (November 26, 2008) – Determined that recognition of their heroes’ latest Stanley Cup triumph continues long after the presentation of the chalice, the parade through Detroit and the banner-raising on opening night, the fans of Hockeytown have stormed the cyber ballot box.

        Four members of the defending champion Red Wings are among the leaders at their respective positions in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal.

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Fighting Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Knobler of the AJC,

(Ian)White called Kovalchuk “selfish” for going after him and taking a double-minor that could have hurt Atlanta. Kovalchuk said he was just finishing what White started.

White’s version: “I finished my check off. Clean hit. And then he took a run at me on the far blue [line]. So I followed him up the ice, I was saying something to him, and he stopped, and I wasn’t expecting that, obviously. I was protecting myself. That’s the ugly part of the game. He’ll get what’s coming to him.”

Kovalchuk: “Whatever he wants to say. The score on the board, we win. We get two points [in the standings]. We’ve got three games [left] against them, so if he’s got something he wants to say, I’m always ready to answer.”

Watch the fight below…

 

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  Tags: ian+white, ilya+kovalchuck

Washington Recalls Four

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defensemen Karl Alzner and Sami Lepisto and forwards Chris Bourque and Graham Mink from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

I just saw come across the yahoo wire:
Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

Did the Toronto GM job fall through?

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Mason May ‘Stick’ With Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Disptach,

(Steve) Mason, who posted his first NHL shutout Saturday, will start at 7 tonight when the Blue Jackets play the Phoenix Coyotes in Nationwide Arena. It’ll be his seventh start in the past nine games.

“Right now, we’re going day to day with the situation,” Howson said, delaying a decision on the Blue Jackets’ three-headed goaltender situation for a few more days. Mason, Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena remain on the active roster.

But when coach Ken Hitchcock was asked to map out the club’s upcoming schedule—seven games in the next 12 days—he mentioned Mason and Leclaire at least sharing duties, a signal that Mason’s next month is certain enough that he could buy a Christmas tree this weekend.

“The kid’s earned it,” Hitchcock said after Mason’s 15-save effort in Atlanta, a 2-0 Blue Jackets win. “What else can you say, but the kid has definitely earned the chance (to start tonight).”

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Giving Thanks To Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Thanks, hockey.

Thanks for consistently displaying the heart, courage, artistry and brain power that the best players play with, night after night, game after game.

Thanks for passing the puck to the other guy when the net is empty on a two-on-nobody. Would Terrell Owens do that?

Thanks to the Zamboni drivers who give us a clean sheet of ice that makes everyone feel as if he is 9 years old again with that first step on a fresh canvas.

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