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Not The Best Time Of The Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

This week’s list comes courtesy of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” In the words of Clark W. Griswold, let’s talk about the Vancouver Canucks.

“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.”

OK, so maybe Vancouver hockey fans aren’t exactly shocked the Canucks are failing to live up to expectations. (Sorry, Mike Gillis. Can’t help it. Years of failure. Many emotional scars. Innate sense of dread. The rain doesn’t help.) But it really wasn’t supposed to be like this - almost halfway through the season and out of a playoff spot. The Canucks (20-16-0) have simply failed to get points in enough of their games. After Sunday’s loss to the Blues, only Carolina, Montreal and Philadelphia had fallen more times in regulation. More reason for pessimism: Vancouver will play 25 of its remaining 46 games on the road, where its record (6-10-0) is about as attractive as Cousin Eddie’s RV in the driveway.

read on

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Obviously things are sliding downhill and we just need to stick together in this.  I look at our team and we’re having a hard time scoring right now, and I look at our roster and I wonder why. . . . Even our good players were fighting things tonight. Guys that can make plays and can score goals were throwing the puck away for no reason.

-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren after losing to the Panthers last night.  More from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Candidates for Team Canada’s roster for Vancouver 2010

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

Steve Yzerman, Team Canada’s GM, is planning on making the announcement of Canada’s final roster on December 30, 2009, a little more than a week from now. Yzerman will name his 23 man roster during the World Junior tournament in Saskatoon, Canada.

Below you will find the three groupings for the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament:

GROUP A: Canada, United States, Norway, Switzerland

GROUP B: Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia

GROUP C: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Belarus

The countries in bold are the four tournament favorites, without disrespect to the other eight countries.

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  Tags: brad+richards, brendan+morrow, brent+burns, brent+seabrook, cam+ward, carey+price, chris+prong

104 Shutouts For Brodeur

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By defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 tonight, Martin Brodeur passes Terry Sawchuk for the career, al-time shutout record.

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Roloson With Two Saves on One Play Tonight

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Dwayne Roloson in action agaisnt the Lightning.

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Who The Blues Could Trade

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from Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues fans are drooling about the prospect of dealing for free-agent-to-be Ilya Kovalchuk, who could demand maximum NHL dollars over a decade on his next deal. We’re talking nine digits here.

Can the Thrashers afford to play that? Can they afford NOT to pay that?

No team will give much to acquire Ilya without getting a contract extension in place, so he will control the process. Bigger markets like Philadelphia – where the Flyers need a big overhaul – may make more sense for Kovy.

More realistic targets are big Hurricanes center Eric Staal and/or winger Ray Whitney, since Carolina got old all at once and needs to start over from scratch. Staal, 25, is trying to reestablish his goal-scoring touch in time to earn a Team Canada role in the 2010 Olympics.

To make a move, the Hurricanes would want to shop from this group of players: David Backes, David Perron, T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller, Ian Cole, Alex Pietrangelo and Patrick Berglund.

more and I don’t understand why people think Staal is going to be moved., it just isn’t going to happen…

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S(t)anta Comes With Gifts

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Who knew the Maven could sing?

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Best Of The Week

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Three minutes of the best, hits, saves and goals from the past week in the NHL.

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Defining Moments

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Oct. 5, 2005: The “new” NHL debuts—Following the work stoppage that wiped out the 2004-05 season, the NHL made its return for 2005-06 by having all 30 teams start on the same night. The fans who turned out from coast to coast saw a game that was faster and more skilled than ever. With the debut of new faces like Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby accenting the renewed emphasis on speed and skill, the “new” NHL was an immediate hit. If there were any doubts that things were different, they were wiped out by a single game: Los Angeles grabbed a 4-0 lead at Dallas, only to see the Stars rally for a 5-4 win—the kind of big rally that had almost ceased to exist.

From an entertainment factor, we held up our end tonight,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said after his team’s comeback.

With new stars and more scoring, the NHL had unquestionably entered a new era.

read on for more Moments of the Decade…

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Quick Recovery For Simmonds

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

I must admit, I did a double take when I saw Wayne Simmonds come out of the locker room this morning. I thought maybe he would skate at some point, on his own, but I don’t think anyone expected to see Simmonds participating in full practice drills one week after his knee procedure. As far as Terry Murray is concerned, Simmonds is back.

continued

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