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Give Trotz Job Security

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Glennon’s blog at The Tennessean,

Over the past couple of months, the Predators have signed David Legwand to a six-year contract, Jordin Tootoo to a two-year contract and forward J.P. Dumont to a four-year contract. It’s time to show a little commitment to the organization’s coaches and scouting staff as well.

Predators general manager David Poile has already said new contracts are in the works for Barry Trotz and company, but it’s not clear yet what length the deals will be. The coaches have become accustomed to working on one-year pacts (they’re doing it again this season), but they deserve a little more security.

continued…

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  Tags: barry+trotz, coaching, contracts

Waddell Wants Help Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

...But the most interesting thing from my conversation with Waddell is in regards to Hossa. He continues to say that keeping Hossa is a viable option, especially considering the offers he’s getting in Naples. He’s standing firm on his stance that he wants a player back who can help the Thrashers win games this year. He hasn’t mentioned specific players, but some of the names we discussed yesterday seem like a good place to start: Jonathan Cheechoo, Valtteri Filppula and you can add Chris Higgins to that list.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Stop The Train: Lidstrom To Play Friday?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update at 1335: I’d be interested to read your reactions to what just happened.  Blast away if you think I should have gone with my instincts (that it was a typo).  Frankly, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened (to me)before. 

Updateat 1330: MacLeod just posted a correction.

My previous post said that Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to play Friday ... he is not expected to play. In fact, he’s out for three weeks.

That’s according to anti-digger Bruce MacLeod who blogged from the Wing practice about 90 minutes ago,

Nicklas Lidstrom (knee) is not on the ice and is expected to play Friday.

Honestly, there’s so little information there…and none anywhere else…that I almost think it could be a typo. I’ve email’d MacLeod to ask that specific question.  He’ll probably reply with, “I wrote it didn’t I?”, which will be fine with me.

More from Red Wing Corner, including upates on Rafalski, Kronwall and Hasek.

 

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Tortorella Style May Be Wearing Thin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Speaking of the Lightning – a retired NHLer and one-time assistant coach weighed in Tuesday on the Bolts’ need for a coaching change.

“It’s clear that team has stopped listening to (John) Tortorella,” the former player, who asked that his name not be used, told THN.com. “And that’s not saying Torts has forgotten how to coach. But guys who use his (hard-edged) style only have a limited shelf life….”

more and Richards talk too…

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Tough Road Ahead For Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromMike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Last year, Detroit made it to the conference final, but lost to Anaheim in six games. With all the Red Wings are going through at the moment, you almost wonder if they aren’t poised for another playoff disappointment after yet another great regular season. Or will the past couple of weeks just amount to a blip on the screen when all is said and done?

The Red Wings have a tough road ahead of them. If they were playing in the East they could forfeit their next 10 games and still win the conference title. But the West is a whole different kettle of fish. This post-season, once again, promises to be a knock ’em down, drag ’em out affair with any of the eight playoff teams having a legitimate shot at advancing to the Stanley Cup final.

So even when the Red Wings get back on track, they still have a huge mountain to climb.

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Goalie Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFor something different, the AJC real estate section takes a look at a hockey home:

There is little in Kari Lehtonen’s home to remind him of the daily stresses of work.

A massage chair, a hot tub and vitamin water hint that his is a physical job, a job that punishes and pushes the body.

Lehtonen, goalie for the Atlanta Thrashers, created a home in Brookhaven that is calm, yet modern. It’s difficult to find any hockey paraphernalia. A few small awards can be found in a storage room the basement.

“I try to get away from that,” he said.

continued… 


Stylin’ hockey players… I think we might have to start calling it the Sean Avery Effect.

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  Tags: kari+lehtonen

KK- In Alert Mode

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many emails have streamed in from KK readers, asking about our trade deadline plans.

Our plans are the same as always, giving you the hockey news when it happens. 

You can review our work from last year on Februay 27, 2007 to get an idea on how we will present the news to you.

Also, I am sure the KK Chatroom will be active during trade deadline day too.

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Get All The Trade Rumors and Talk In One Place

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector,

The latest on the Canadiens, Thrashers, Ducks, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Kings, Red Wings and much more!

Free popcorn too?

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trade+rumors

Did Gainey Find His Impact Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Onrait of TSN,

Now Gainey is faced with a truly difficult decision and less than a week to make it.

If Ryder was the cog that would lead Montreal to land a world-class talent like Marian Hossa, it would be difficult for Gainey not to pull the trigger.

However, if a Ryder-for-Alex Tanguay deal was on the table, would it really make sense for Gainey to pull off such a deal with Flames GM Darryl Sutter? It’s hard to believe that whatever added offense Tanguay would provide, if any, would offset Ryder’s locker room presence. Not to mention the fact that the Newfoundland native appears to have re-discovered his scoring touch.

more

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  Tags: michael+ryder

Columbus Attempting To Keep Foote

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Howson met with defenseman Adam Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, on Sunday, their first talks toward getting Foote signed to a contract extension.

They’ll have further talks later this week.

It’s believed the two sides are discussing a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.

more on Columbus, including Hitchcock would like to keep the team he has…

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  Tags: adam+foote

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