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Howe & Gretzky Swap Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Mitchell of the Leader-Post,

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper played reporter Friday night with a couple of iconic story subjects.

Harper, a hockey buff who was in Saskatoon for the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner, grilled hockey greats Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky during a lengthy Q-and-A session before an appreciative sellout audience.

Howe was a surprise addition to the podium, brought onstage to a prolonged ovation while Harper and Gretzky talked about the first meeting between the two puck legends—at a Kinsmen celebrity dinner in Brantford when Gretzky was 10.

continue for some great stories from Howe and Gretzky…

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LB: The Wings Go To LA Seeking A Surgically Enhanced Victory

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

The Wings return to the land of sunshine and silicone for yet another afternoon weekend game.

Thanks to Gary. Ass’ schedule it is the third weekend in a row we play an afternoon game.

But I am in a very bad mood about our last game, and that means today’s LB will feature some nipping and tucking of song choices.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Sold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Oren Koules and Len Barrie reign of error is officially over in Tampa Bay.  Since buying the Tampa Bay Lightning, they managed to create a circus atmosphere around their inconsistent management decisions.  It was a lack of money that brought this to an end.  It was never clear that they had enough money to run an NHL team, given how they had to finance their purchase of the team by a private loan from outgoing owner Bill Davidson.  This loan was eventually defaulted upon and that led to the sale of the team.  In under two years, the Koules ownership managed to kill any momentum from their 2004 Stanley Cup victory and saw attendance at Tampa Bay attendance decline.

The new owner is Jeffrey Vinik.  He is a Boston hedge fund manager.  Although we have no idea what will happen under Vinik, it is highly likely to be a better situation than the Koules ownership.

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Leino: On The Whole, I’d Rather Be In Philadelphia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Update 14:40 - Tick Tock places Tollefson on waivers.

As reported on the Main Page, confirmed by TSN, and several members of the 19 in today’s GDT, Ville Leino has been traded.

According to our sources in the locker room, Uncle Mike has been so upset with Leino’s lack of effort and overall let-down of a season, he begged Tick Tock to punish Ville in the worst way possible.

They sent him to Philadelphia.

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Wings trade Leino to Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

Per CBC Jeff Marek’s Twitter, Detroit trades Ville Leino to Philadelphia for a 5th in 2011 and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

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28 Teams Play Hockey Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The two teams not playing today are Anaheim and Washington.

First puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today, view the full NHL schedule below.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Trades happen. Some people might think they got stronger, some might think they didn’t. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”

The Devils scoring will “possibly” be better, Pronger said, “but I don’t know what’s it’s going to do to their defensive abilities . . . He’s certainly a guy who can put numbers up. I don’t know if his lack of playoff experience in Atlanta will affect him or not. I guess time will tell.”

-Chris Pronger of the Flyers reacts to the trade of Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils.  More reaction from the Flyers by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Kovalchuk Talks About His First Game As A Devil

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Lidstrom Feels Pressure Is On Russia And Canada To Win Olympic Gold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Members of Sweden’s Olympic hockey team politely insist that even though they have 13 holdovers from the squad that won gold at Turin and will supplement that group with a crop of brilliant youngsters, they’re hardly a sure shot to repeat as champions in Vancouver.

“I don’t know if we’ll be considered the favorite no matter what we do,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I think Canada and Russia are the ones that people are talking about the most.”...

Team captain Nicklas Lidstrom, the imperturbable defenseman who has been a pillar of strength for the Red Wings and Team Sweden, dismissed the notion that the Tre Kronor—so named because of the three crowns on the front of the team’s jerseys—will be overconfident when the tournament begins Feb. 16.

“I think we like our situation that we’re not one of the main favorites. I think that suits us well,” said Lidstrom, one of nine Swedes and only 22 players ever whose resume includes a title at the Olympics, the world championships and the Stanley Cup finals.

“Even though we’re going to be the defending Olympic champs, I think the pressure will still be on the top two teams, Russia and Canada.”

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Trotz Tries To Wake-Up Dumont

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz is looking for a little more commitment on both ends of the rink from veteran forward J.P. Dumont.

That message was delivered Thursday, when Dumont saw just 8:45 ice time on the fourth line, and elaborated upon Friday.

“He’s got great hockey sense and he’s got that great ability to see the ice,’’ Trotz said of Dumont. “But you have to play on both sides of the puck and you have to play the hard areas. I’m asking him to change a little bit.

“It’s hard to score now. Teams are tracking back. You’re not going to get those easy-rush goals. You’re going to have to go after it a little bit more.’‘

And Dumont’s response?

“It really doesn’t matter how he takes it,’’ Trotz said. “I really don’t care how he takes it. It’s more you’re going to play a certain way to be successful or … Ice time is the only thing a coach has, so that’s where it starts.’‘

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