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The “Other” Awards

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from the Toronto Star,

But here are a few awards we’d like to see – some serious, some not. Sid the Kid would win at least one of them as well.
Sidney Crosby, Penguins $850,000 (all figures U.S.), leads league in scoring.
Milan Michalek, Sharks $475,000, 57th in scoring, 26 goals, 40 assists.
Dominik Hasek, Wings $750,000, 38 wins, 2.05 GAA, eight shutouts.

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Sabres Continue To Reach For The Cup

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from the Buffalo News,

After sitting through the rough times, the Sabres’ coach and general manager had no plans to leave with the franchise peaking. They finally made it official this morning with a news conference in HSBC Arena.
Ruff, who is up for NHL coach of the year tonight, agreed to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season. Regier, who took over as GM in 1997 and hired Ruff later that summer, signed a two-year contract. Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn did not give salaries, but he said both signed for below their market value to stay in Buffalo.
“We obviously went through some real tough times,” said Ruff, who coached during a franchise-high three-year stretch without a playoff appearance that ended last season. “We’ve got the team to a level of play that is very exciting….”


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NHL Awards Video

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Check out the video highlights for the Vezina, Norris, Hart, Calder and Pearson Awards…

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No Basis For Ohlund Rumor

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from the Vancouver Province,

A Swedish-based rumour has Ohlund retiring from the NHL and moving his family so his children can be schooled back home. The report also suggested Ohlund would play in the Swedish Elite League with Skelleftea.
Ohlund couldn’t be reached for comment, but Nonis was stunned at a suggestion that the blueliner would bolt.
“It’s beyond far-fetched,” the Canucks general manager said Wednesday from Toronto where he’s attending the league’s awards gala. “I think there’s a good chance Ohlund will be leaving Sweden and living in Vancouver.
“Mattias and his family really enjoy the city and province. Like most things that come out of Sweden, there’s nothing to that as far as I know.”

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Brilliant Move Hiring Keenan

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

While team officials closed ranks last night, refusing to comment, it was confirmed Playfair will stay in the organization, likely as an assistant coach.
And while many fans wanted the relatively inexperienced Playfair out after going 14 games above .500 in his rookie year, few will be happy Keenan is his replacement.
He’s that controversial. That brash. That abrasive.
Truth is, it’s a brilliant move.
First, having worked with Keenan in Chicago, Sutter knows the 57-year-old disciplinarian well and has modeled his coaching style after the fifth-winningest bench boss in NHL history.


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Howson Well Versed On The NHL

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

...Priest means total control, in hiring, firing, everything. This control logically extends over coach Ken Hitchcock, but that’s not an issue at this point. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think that the coach is one of the franchise’s greatest assets? Hitch knows Howson. They have bright minds that will mesh well. They’ll be fine together.
But that’s not the reason Howson will be hired.
Howson, 47, has a law degree from Osgoode Hill Law School at York University in Toronto. That’s an Ivy League-caliber degree. With the Oilers since 1994, he has managed the top farm team to great success, negotiated contracts, served as a point man on trades and weighed in on personnel decisions. And he has been the Oilers’ in-house salary-cap expert, a required commodity in a small market.


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This Could Go 15 Rounds

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Either Jim Balsillie relishes a good fight or he’s determined that the NHL can’t legally stop his bold move to bring a second franchise to southern Ontario.
The latter seems to be the smartest guess, and my goodness, this is becoming quite the spectacle, not to mention the biggest hockey story of the year.
Even before actually taking a seat among the tight circle of NHL owners, Balsillie has gone out of his way to identify himself as a flamboyant renegade.


added 8:03am, from the Nashville Post,

If the deal does fall apart and Leipold retains ownership, it doesn’t mean that everyone can sit back, wipe his or her brow and say, “Boy that was a close one. We’re safe now.” Leipold could move the team himself.
Although he has said he wants to keep the team here, he also said he can’t make it work in Nashville without substantial corporate sponsorship and ticket sales.
What’s more, even if the ticket sales increase to keep the team here, that may not be enough to stem losses, leaving Leipold and the NHL in quite the dilemma – a money-losing team with an owner trying avoid more losses stuck in a long-term lease.


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NHL Awards Show Tonight

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CBC coverage is from 8pm ET to10pm.  Versus schedule calls for coverage from 7pm ET to 9pm.
Detailed information on the show was posted on KK 2 weeks ago…

added 10:19am, KK member and TV expert SteveNJ just emailed me and noted CBC is tape delaying the show so they can show it in prime time in Canada.  The show will be seen live on Versus and from 7-7:30pm, they will be showing the Red Carpet section.  The show actually begins at 7:30pm.

added 7:01pm, Well, Versus has done it again.  No NHL Awards Show at 7pm, like their website and the TV Guide states.

added 8:00pm, Just learned the Awards Show on Versus will be shown at 11pm.  What a nice How Do You Do!!!

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Kane Plays Big

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

So what if Patrick Kane, an 18-year-old right wing whom many expect the Blackhawks to select with the No. 1 overall draft pick, is relatively short at 5-10?
‘‘How big is the puck?’’ general manager Dale Tallon asked Wednesday. ‘‘The size of his heart is more important than the size of his body. Obviously, we’d prefer that he’d be 6-2 and weigh 210. He’s not. But he plays big.’‘...
‘‘We need goal-scorers,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s why we’re looking at the top three forwards.’‘
This will be the first time the Hawks will pick No. 1. The highest they have picked is third, which they’ve done four times, including 1980, when they selected head coach Denis Savard.

more and a video profile on Patrick Kane...

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Leafs On An Executive Hunt

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs quietly are attempting to lure an experienced senior executive to head up their hockey operation, Sun Media has learned.
Two high-profile National Hockey League executives have confirmed they were contacted by associates of the Leafs, seeking their interest in taking over the hockey operations of the struggling club.
Both said they weren’t interested and both asked that they not be named for obvious reasons.
At the same time, it has been learned that Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie recently met with legendary ex-coach Scott Bowman in Buffalo to discuss a senior position, quite possibly as team president with the Leafs.
While Bowman denies having met with Peddie and denies having interest in a position with the Leafs—“I have no interest at all,” he said in a telephone interview—Peddie was given the opportunity to deny he met with Bowman for several hours and chose not to.

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