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What To Do With Jason Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The dilemma, of course, is the whopping Blake contract they are shackled with. The veteran forward is in just the second-year of a five-year, $20-million US contract, a deal that will end when Blake is 38.

Blake does not have one of those irritating no-trade clauses in his pact like the famed Muskoka Five sported last season. But as one Eastern Conference general manager said last night: “That ridiculous salary makes it a no-trade contract. So does his age. And so does his reputation.”

If the saga continues to decay, don’t be surprised if the Leafs ship Blake down to the minors. According to sources, it’s a concept that theoretically has been kicked around behind closed doors.

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A Look At Streaming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The Internet is transforming sports broadcasting to such a degree that cable and satellite companies could become redundant and even go out of business.

That was the consensus of a blue-ribbon panel of sports executives during a sports-management conference in Toronto yesterday.

As for sports television, it has suddenly become a very old term in the new media world.

“It’s not sports television anymore,” Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said.

“It’s sports media.”

The revolutionary element of new media is, of course, the Internet, which is rapidly growing as a means of distributing sports programming.

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Bingo Bango!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sorry for the Mickey Redmondism…

from Barry Melrose Rocks,

Here’s how it works. While you’re reading through your daily allotment of NHL blog posts, be it through a feed reader, your favorites or what have you, simply check off a box when you see a post that matches one of the descriptions on your bingo card.

read on and have fun…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zetterberg clearly has a secondary role right now. It’s an interesting dynamic to follow this season—a contract year for Z. It’s not that Zetterberg doesn’t get plenty of opportunity or that he’s not centering a scoring line. But Zetterberg is the No. 2 center behind Datsyuk. Would you rather have Hossa and Homer as your wings every night or a mix of Hudler, Samuelsson, Filppula or Cleary?

-Wings beat writer Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner

added 9:13am,

“I’m a parent full-time now, I have to live my life too, because if I keep on living just for that, I’m going to go crazy. . . . You have to live your life. My life right now is not playing hockey.”

-Martin Brodeur, more from Marty at the NY Post.

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Ruutu Elbow To The Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators delivers an elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre of the Canadiens.

We will let Pierre McGuire describe the play…

added 10:11am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing today for Ruutu, who in the third period of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, elbowed Maxim Lapierre in the head.

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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu, maxim+lapierre

It’s Milk…And It’s Sour, Warm and Full of That Chunky White Stuff

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When I was a young Midwestern boy hurtling through my late, late teens and early twenties my friends and I came up with a term for a bad hangover.  Just one word, one syllable, less than a second to say but so descriptive.

Milk.

Chalky, sour, almost fetid.  Sluggish.  Past the due date.  Unsuitable for consumption and certainly not safe for children.

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Morrow Facing Suspension

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

It’s one step forward and two steps back for the Stars, who ended their three-game California road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings and might lose their captain for the next game.

Sticking up for teammate Mike Ribeiro, who was knocked into the boards by Kings forward Dustin Brown, Morrow started a fight with Brown and received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a game….

Ribeiro was in a shooting position when Brown hit him, and Ribeiro flew into the boards and hit his head. He received stitches over his left eye, but did return to the game and made an incredible goal to help extend the shootout.

read on and watch a video of the Brown hit below…

added 10:53am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL has rescinded both the automatic one-game suspension to Brenden Morrow and the $10,000 fine to Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett.

Morrow received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the game when he fought Kings forward Dustin Brown after Brown hit Stars forward Mike Ribeiro into the boards.

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Ugly Detroit Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

What in the world happened to Detroit’s vaunted defense. It totally collapsed in the third period?

Hmmm, I have the same question & many more.  I was at the game and the 3rd period was not good, unless you are a Pens fan.  More on the game tonight.

added 11/12/08, Video highlights of the game below…

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Report- More Surgery For Forsberg

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

From the never-ending-Peter-Forsberg-medical-news-department: I heard from a Swedish source that our beloved Foppa had another foot surgery a few days ago. I’ll get more definitive word on this soon hopefully, but that’s what I’m hearing.

more plus a look at the back issue of Joe Sakic…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I kind of figured it was coming.  A couple times he yelled at me for not moving my feet. I just hope he holds everyone accountable no matter what number they’re wearing on the back.

“It’s all for the team now. I was upbeat and positive cheering guys on.

Winning’s fun, even when you’re sitting.”

-Scott Hartnell of the Flyers after being benched in the 3rd period today, a victory over the New York Islanders.  More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post including the latest lower-body injury to Daniel Briere.

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  Tags: scott+hartnell

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