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Eastern Teams On The Playoff Bubble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Thanks to a cap-induced leveling of the playing field, the must-win games for the league’s bubble teams start popping up early in March instead of the middle of April. Six teams are in contention for four spots in the Eastern Conference (even though the Flyers are just two points ahead of the Habs, I consider them a lock). So who will bemoan a season of missed opportunities while cleaning out their lockers a month from today? All will be revealed below.

Montreal Canadiens
Currently: Fifth place, 80 points
Last 10: 6-3-1
Remaining: 14 games—9 at home, 11 vs. teams below them in the standings

The Skinny: Give Bob Gainey credit for this much: he recognizes a losing hand when he deals one.

read on for more on the Eastern conference bubble teams…

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Kessel Was Wanted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the years leading up to the 2006 entry draft, Phil Kessel was projected as a legitimate candidate to go No. 1 overall because of his breakaway speed and shifty moves. Gradually, over the course of that season, his stock dipped and he ended up sliding to fifth overall to the Boston Bruins. The Blues, one of the teams that passed him up (they took Erik Johnson first overall instead) tried to remedy that at the deadline, but couldn’t coax the Bruins to part with him in a package for Keith Tkachuk and David Perron. Anaheim also made a pitch for Kessel, but was turned down as well.

After adding Steve Montador in a deadline deal with the Ducks, the Bruins now boast five ex-Flames in their line-up: Stephane Yelle, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference, all of whom played on Calgary’s 2004 Stanley Cup finalist team, plus Marc Savard, Jarome Iginla’s ex-centre.

many more hockey notes plus a feature on Martin Brodeur…

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Havlat Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of Icing,

Winger Martin Havlat said following the Blackhawks’ morning skate at the United Center that he would return to the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

more on Chicago including Huet will be in goal tonight.

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Faith, Steam, Trust and Hope Fading In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m going to be blunt, and most likely borderline obscene.  I say that now so that Paul can call the attorneys, so that you can hold off on reading this post until your kids have headed back to their television induced acceptable behavior, so that you can lock up your pets and remind your wives, significant others, spouses, half-sisters (good afternoon to you in Tennessee)...that on days like today no one is safe.  No one is untouchable. 

Nothing is off limits.

And let’s start with the end because that’s where we are: this team will not repeat.  Period.

Well…maybe semi-colon.

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Brodeur Feeling The Excitement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Let the build-up of the hype begin.

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will head to his hometown of Montreal with a chance to tie Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record Saturday night against the Canadiens.

Brodeur notched his 550th career win in tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Prudential Center.

“There’s something to be excited about now,” Brodeur said afterward. “We’ve talked about it before it was kind of hard. We had to win this game to make this a possibility on Saturday so definitely I’m happy that we won today and I’m happy that I have a chance to tie him up in Montreal. I think it just adds up to the story. You can’t ask for a better script to a certain extent. It will be interesting.”

continued

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‘Mayor’ McGuire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best of Newsday,

...Beyond that, he is a bundle of energy and a born schmoozer.

The former is important for a guy who is away from his Montreal home 240 nights a year for various gigs, including ones with TSN in Canada and NBC here.

The latter was evident whether he was strolling out for the second period with John Tortorella, bumping forearms with the Bruins’ Mark Recchi before the third, or chatting up members of the support staff, some in position to make his job easier or more difficult in the Garden’s cramped quarters.

“He’s the Mayor,” Flood said of McGuire’s natural political skills.

more

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Rooting For The Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Davidge (radio analyst) at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,

It is impressive for all of us to observe the seedling grow into a plant that has expanded its roots a little deeper into the foundation of success.  We are all ready for the next stage of success as the trunk gets a little more chaliced for the trip to compete against the Division rivals for the next month.

It begins in Chicago tonight.  The start of these Division games is now as important as any games in franchise history.  They take on new meaning to all that follow this hockey team.  Fans from England, Sweden, and all of North America are embracing the Jackets for who and what they are all about…they are true soldiers dressed in Red White and Blue!!!  The teams around the NHL outside the Division are cheering on the plight of the team as they charter through unknown waters.

more

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‘The Embalmer’ Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 1991.

Alf Pike has one of the game’s all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.

Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game’s great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.

continued

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Would Gaborik Sign A Short-Term Deal With The Wild?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Although most have assumed Gaborik’s Wild career will end after the season, General Manager Doug Risebrough said Thursday the Wild is considering making a short-term contract proposal to Gaborik.

“I envisioned signing him this year. It didn’t work out. Now maybe this is a way to make it work out based on the existing circumstances,” Risebrough said.

The “existing circumstances” Risebrough’s referring? With the salary cap expected to decrease significantly in two summers, it’ll be difficult for Gaborik to sign a long-term deal with any team this summer, especially considering he has been limited to six games and has had three injury-shortened seasons in the past four.

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Ron Wilson Tossed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“They want to take fighting out of the game,” growled the Toronto forward, “and all the stick work is going up.”

Ondrus was referring to Evgeny Artyukhin, the 6-foot-5 behemoth of the Bolts, whom Ondrus claimed was jabbing him liberally near the end of the game and getting away with no retribution.

“Maybe someone beats the crap out of him and he doesn’t do it again,” Ondrus said. “I was standing there and he put his stick between my legs and he tried to lift me up or something, I don’t know what he was doing. I don’t think he speaks a word of English so that was another problem.”

Ondrus wound up with a 10-minute misconduct, but enraged coach Ron Wilson went one better by berating referees Kevin Pollock and Chris Lee to the point they gave him a game misconduct rather than a bench minor. Loud applause followed Wilson through the exit tunnel.

more and watch a video of Wilson being tossed below…

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