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Trade Deadline Is Crazy Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“It gets talked to death now, which is great,” said Murphy, now an analyst for the NHL Network. “Trade deadline is always an exciting time. You get to speculate like crazy – it was nothing like that when I first started. For a player, the names get thrown out a lot more, but the deadline was just as difficult then as it is now. It was your livelihood then; it’s your livelihood now. Some guys don’t want to go anywhere.

“The last thing you’d want to do is go from a contender to a non contender.”

Murphy went twice in major deals, once right at the deadline, and ended up on a championship team both times. But he also remembers playing in Minnesota for the North Stars in 1989 when they traded Brian McLellan to the Calgary Flames for Perry Berezan at the deadline. McLellan won a championship a couple of months later for Calgary; Berezan never came close again.

much more deadline related talk…

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Watching & Listening Options For Trade Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 27, 2009) – The countdown is on to the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline. Whether at work or play, NHL fans will have the opportunity to stay connected to all the action leading up to and throughout Trade Deadline Day 2009 through unprecedented coverage by the NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio.

        Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to bolster their rosters for their 2009 playoff runs. Beginning at noon that day, the League’s three media platforms will simulcast six hours of trade deadline-focused programming that will keep fans informed while providing exclusive access to the League’s movers and shakers and, for the first time, a behind-the-scenes look at how a trade officially goes down.

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Trades That Make Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

From this seat, here are some deals that make sense to me as I try to keep in mind the needs of the teams in question. But remember this, kids: most of these proposals are based on availability and need, but none are to be taken as insider tips on trades that are about to go down….

Anaheim sends Chris Pronger and Travis Moen to Boston for Mark Stuart, Chuck Kobasew, Joe Colborne and 2009 second-rounder

more

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No Love For Soccer So He Takes It Out On Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl at The Offside,

Why am I being so hard on hockey? It’s not because I dislike it (it might be the most watchable US sport in that it’s 5-a-side football + ice + fights).

But I’m basically sick of soccer being the punchline in US sports. So have decided - for one post only - to lash out. At hockey.

Mostly because if the beautiful game is going to catch up/overtake one of the bigger US sports, it’s clearly going to be the one where paying fans are in danger of frostbite and none of the players have any front teeth.

more

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Can Zach Hit 50?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Zach Parise notched his 36th goal Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche and it was a beauty.

But what about his chances of scoring 50 goals this season. He would become the first Devils player to do it.

“I hope so. I don’t like talking about it. We’ll see,” Parise told me. “I guess I’ve been a pretty streaky scorer. Not so much this year, but in past years.”

Parise is on pace to score 48 goals.

continued

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Rules of Engagement: “Hit Me Mick”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update….Update….Update:  Added one to the “finish it” category.

Here we go.  The rules are finished, but still a work in progress.  Meaning, they will evolve as we go along from game to game.

And, no, we’re not doing this every game.  I won’t be responsible for tardiness, firings, domestic “issues”, etc.  As of now, we’re restricting “Hit Me Mick” to Fridays or Saturdays and maybe Sunday afternoons, with the occasional weekday game thrown in perhaps 9 or 10 times per month.  But that’s it.

Now, the rules are below and I’d like to think this will spread quickly through Red Wing nation. I expect this document to be plastered on refrigerators, dorm rooms, coffee tables and tattoo’d on the lower back of every Upper Pensinsula woman over the age of 18.

Oh, alright…the trolls can “stamp” it too.

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Thinking Of Jim Gregory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Hockey Hall of Fame executive Jim Gregory is in critical condition in a Toronto hospital.

Gregory, 73, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

He was stabilized and remains in intensive care as he continues to be evaluated by doctors.

continued

note:  at 3:05pm, TSN changed the text of their story and the above reflects that change.

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Pork Bellies Need Your Support

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

See, the Iowa Chops have these flabby dudes called the Pork Bellies who come out between periods and get their Full Monty on. They’re a bunch of Chops season ticket holders who started dancing at games as a gag, and now actually practice routines to perform during intermission. They’re not the first team to have chubby guys dancing to pop hits, but they might be the first to have them storm the ice from the back of a U-Haul.

“Usually, at intermission, people go get beers and drinks,” said Frank Meeink, who works in communications for the Chops. “Now, when they know that they’re coming, nobody moves.”

More here.  Bottom line is, apparently the people behind the Ellen DeGeneres show have caught wind and have promised—if the video can generate 6,000 hits on Youtube—to have the boys on the show. 

Of course, we’re happy to support this noble cause. Here’s the video:

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  Tags: iowa+chops

Options For Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

The Stars are preparing to place Sean Avery on recall waivers Sunday or Monday, I’m told, but that could change. The Stars are kicking the tires on trades and considering current and future cap issues.

Avery is expected to play tonight and tomorrow in Hartford—-we’re assuming he will be extra careful not to get hurt before Wednesday’s trade deadline. In order for a player to be eligible for the playoffs, he must be on an NHL roster Wednesday.

a bit more...

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With Blues In The Playoff Race, Will They Move Tkachuk?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thanks to only three regulation losses during a 19-game stretch since Jan. 15, the Blues—somewhat amazingly—are three points out of playoff spot and the trade deadline is around the corner.

Who’s kidding who, St. Louis might very well move Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent July 1; but maybe, just maybe, they might also have to tell him, “Sorry, Keith. Unpack your bags, we’re still in it!”

“Well, that’s the idea,” Blues president John Davidson told ESPN.com on Thursday night after his team won 3-1 in Dallas. “We’ll see what happens.”

read on

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