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Rangers Need Help Just About Everywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers’ deficiencies are on display every night. They do not have a playmaking center. They do not have a physically intimidating defenseman. They do not have size on the wing. They do not have fire in the belly.

They do not, in fact, have much at all to show for their grand total of two playoff round victories in Sather’s nine seasons, beyond all-world talents Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik, plus the hope that Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky will mature into championship caliber components.

Forget four-for-one trades to rent Ilya Kovalchuk. Forget giving up anything to get Vincent Lecavalier and his out of whack contract that takes him to age 40. Forget Dion Phaneuf unless Rozsival (preferably Redden, but let’s be serious) and nothing of much added value go the other way to Calgary.

The Rangers aren’t one or two players away, unless they are Jean Beliveau and Bobby Orr in their prime. The Rangers aren’t one brilliant trade away from inserting themselves into the Stanley Cup conversation.

Instead, the Rangers are simply one of those many teams camped out with the huddled masses on the treadmill of NHL mediocrity. Sorry to say, but Lundqvist and Gaborik are lipstick on the pig.

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Johan Hedberg Loses Sight Of The Puck Tonight

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Talking Ray Whitney Destinations

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from TSN,

“Senators general manager Bryan Murray is looking for offensive help, and he’s going to look to a veteran player like Ray Whitney,” explains TSN Insider Darren Dreger. “The Hurricanes have a couple of veteran forwards that could be moved - Whitney is one, and Matt Cullen would be another one. Ottawa wants to add that scoring presence, that depth on their second or third line, and Whitney is a cheap add considering that he’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.”

“The Pittsburgh Penguins are devoid of wingers and they need some help there,” adds TSN Insider Bob McKenzie. “How would Whitney look on a line with Sidney Crosby? Do you think Crosby might like that? Do you think Whitney, who has a no-trade clause, might like that?”

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Here We Go, Lightning & Vinny Talk Too

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from Ken Campbell and Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The Tampa Bay Lightning ownership fiasco could come to an end soon, but speculation that the team will deal captain Vincent Lecavalier is just beginning to heat up.

According to multiple sources, the NHL is negotiating the sale of the Lightning and the five-acre parcel of land adjacent to the St. Petes Times Forum from the OK Hockey Group to Boston-based financier Jeffrey Vinik for an estimated price of $170 million.

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Don’t Forget About The KK Members Blog

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Yes, you to can get posted on Kukla’s Korner.

I allow all types of posts as long as it is hockey related.

People use the KK Members Blog to express their views, point out their site or blog and everything in-between.

Some of the recent topics there are Top 10 Fights of the 2000s, Bruins Looking for their Identity and A Hockey Pool for the Olympics

Check them out and I encourage you to use the KK Members Blog area to post your thoughts on our game..

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The Definitive Top Ten Fights of the 2000s

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

With THN (awful awful awful picks) and Hockey Fights Dot Com (decent, but a one-man show list) leading the way with their lists of the top fights of the 2000s, Fried Chicken’s Hockey Fight Site had to have its say on such a prestigious list.

Using a systematic tournament consisting of approximately twenty candidates, the widely recognized most knowledgeable hockey fight site has narrowed its list down to ten blood soaking, knuckle knocking, toe-to-toe massacres, and KO nighty-nights that put an end to the debate.

Whereas the #1 fight earned extra points for being a nationally televised game (Gary still has nightmares), be sure to check out the flying teeth in the runner up. 

Enough writing.  Enjoy the scraps!  [Big props to FC’s Kramer for adding these all in one video!]

So when are Jeremy Yablonski and Jon “Nasty” Mirasty getting a call up?

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Top Defensive Dmen

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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Taking defencemen who have played at least 30 games and who play a key role on their team’s penalty kill (about two minutes or more a game), here’s my ranking of the league’s top defensive defencemen prior to Thursday night’s games:

continued and a hint, the top dman wears #5…

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Just In Case You Didn’t Know…

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from Steve Keating & Clare Fallon of Reuters,

Hockey’s place in Canadian culture is closer to religion than a simple sporting pastime, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people that is often split by politics and language.

The sport is part of the national identity, a rite of passage between fathers and sons and more recently mothers and daughters as the game has evolved beyond its traditional gender boundaries.

Generations of Canadians grew up listening to Hockey Night In Canada on the radio and decades later the Saturday night tradition continues intact on high-definition television.

Canada hopes to win its first gold medal at a home Olympics this time, after failing at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988. To hockey fans, the only really important thing is the men’s gold which will be decided on the final day, February 28.

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Evening Line

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“The first thing that comes to my mind is our power play was struggling a little bit and we all know what he could do on the power play.  And just with that shot, poise, everything he can make a power play unit better and definitely help us.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings on how Ilya Kovalchuk could help the Kings.  More on the Kings from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum.

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Ottawa Has No Plans For A Major Move At The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Bryan Murray is more than capable of making a splash on trade deadline day, but don’t expect more than a gentle ripple this season.

The Ottawa Senators’ general manager is pleased with his team’s progress and likely won’t be spending much time working the phones, he said Wednesday.

“There’s no chance of acquiring a player that makes any amount of money, so (the media) can have a break on that day—you won’t have to worry about calling my office.”

Is that a promise?

“Maybe somebody will call me ... who knows?” he said. “At this point in time, I’m not anticipating very much.”

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