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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not sure the Gore could handle it, but George Malik points us to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ditty that focuses on the joys of a Wings/Pens trifecta.

The loathing between these teams and their cities has only begun to boil, so, no, it cannot end now.


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How The Voting Turned Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The day after the NHL Awards are announced, emails start flowing in asking for a breakdown of the voting for each trophy.

Below you have your answers…

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NHL Awards Announced

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL had their awards ceremony in Las Vegas tonight.  Here were the people I would have voted for to win the awards if I had a ballot.  Here were my comments when the award nominees were announced. 

The voting results can be found here for the awards and here for the all star teams.  Usually, the award results are well enough established that the addition of one further ballot changes little.  This year, if I had voted I would have caused two changes.  Mike Richards would have won the Selke Trophy instead of Pavel Datsyuk and Pekka Rinne would have been the third Calder nominee in place of Kris Versteeg.

Let’s run down the awards.

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My Highlight Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jean Beliveau receiving the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award.

I have been a strong believer the NHL needs to honor the great players of the past and involve these types of players in any way possible.

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Russian Party In Las Vegas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal via the Montreal Gazette,

Alexander Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk led a Russian assault on the podium at the NHL Awards and will be leaving Las Vegas with armloads of hardware and winning smiles.

Ovechkin copped the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and the Lester B. Pearson as most outstanding player, in a vote by his peers, while Datsyuk waltzed off with the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward and the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly and sportsmanlike player.

“It’s pretty important when people and players give you this. I don’t want to stop. I want to be the best next year,” said Ovechkin, the Washington left-winger who easily outpolled countrymen Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin. It was a repeat Hart win for Ovechkin and the fourth straight Lady Byng for Datsyuk and his second Selke. It was a big night worthy of celebration.


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Let’s Play Two On January 1st

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via E.J. Hradek of ESPN The Magazine,

The NHL is hoping to double down on the success of its Winter Classic by planning a second outdoor game for Jan. 1, 2010, according to multiple league sources.

The back-end of the outdoor doubleheader would be hosted by the Flames in Calgary’s McMahon Stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1988 Winter Olympics. The opponent is unknown but figures to be one of the other five Canadian-based franchises.

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NHL 1st Team All-Stars

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via Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins center Evgeni tonight was named the center on the NHL’s first-team all-star team.

Malkin, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer with 113 points, joins right winger Jarome Iginla of Calgary, left winger Alex Ovechkin of Washington, defensemen Zdeno Chara of Boston and Mike Green of Washington, and goaltender Tim Thomas of Boston on the first team.

added 9:54pm, 2nd team All-Stars-
G - Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
D - Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
C - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
RW - Marian Hossa, Detroit Red Wings
LW - Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils

All-Rookie Team

from NHL.com,

Western Conference players have taken five of six places on the 2008-09 NHL All-Rookie Team, the League announced today. An All-West forward line features St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund, Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg, and is joined by Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. The lone selection from the Eastern Conference is Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn.

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added 6/19/09, I have added the voting breakdown by position below…

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Watch The Red Carpet Ceremony From Las Vegas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch live from the Red Carpet at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2009 NHL Award Ceremony. Featuring interviews and guest appearances from NHL stars.

View the streaming video below, now active. The NHL Network also has a preview show starting at 6:00pm ET.

update 6:56pm, Live stream is over, this is part of what you missed… plus the NHL Awards Show can be seen on Versus at 7:30pm and CBC at 8:30pm ET.


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Brodeur Talks About The Next Devils Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’m at a point where the decision, I know will be the right one,” Brodeur said. “Like I’ve said in the past, I have a lot of faith in Lou and the hockey people that we have to bring in the right guy under the right circumstances. I thought we did some great things last year with some of the young players playing the way they played and my concern is to make sure that we don’t stop there. We need these kids to continue to grow.

“It doesn’t matter who the coach is to me. It won’t change much and for the older players it won’t change much. But it’s for the kids, the future prospects and how they need to learn. Like I said, I’m anxious becuase that’s what we do. I play hockey and it would be nice to know who is going to be the head of our team.”

Brodeur said the style Sutter implemented helped the Devils, particularly the young players, progress as a team..

“Brent brought a system that helped these guys to be able to go in and gain more and be more active on the offensive side of the puck,” Brodeur said .“It’s something that we gained confiedence in doing that and, for us as a team, by doing that we showed ourselves that we’re capable fo playing a certain way to compete with the top teams and we’ve just got to continue that way.”


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Resort Developer Allegedly Blows Investment Money Of NHLers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeane MacIntosh of the NY Post,

Nearly two dozen NHL stars are seeking a courtroom face off with a resort developer who allegedly squandered their $25 million investment to throw debauched parties—- complete with porn stars and hookers—- for his baseball buddies Roger Clemens, Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose, according to two explosive lawsuits filed this afternoon.

The 19 former and current players—- including an all-star roster of Rangers and Islanders—- are demanding that Las Vegas-based golf course mogul Ron Jowdy return their money, plus $15 million in damages, for failing to build two luxury resorts in Mexico that are seven years behind schedule….

Among the biggest losers in the failed investment are Bryan Berard and Michael Peca, both former Ranger and Islander players, who each lost $700,000, while ex-Ranger Mattian Norstrom lost $600,000, according to the suits.

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added 7:12pm, TMZ has more names of the NHL players involved.

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