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Burke Knows He Paid Heavy Price For Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Brian Burke knew the potential consequences when he shipped a generous bunch of draft picks to the Boston Bruins to get a bonafide sniper for his team.

But you can talk all you want about Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin—the consensus top two picks for next spring’s entry draft—Burke did as well before he pulled the trigger to land Phil Kessel.

“We discussed it internally,” Burke said yesterday. “We said: ‘what if the pick turns out to be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin?’ and I was fine with that….

As for the current state of the trade market, Burke says his hands have been tied because of the salary cap. There has been some tire-kicking but little more.

“There’s no panic for a couple of reasons,” Burke said. “One, the team is working its ass off and two, with any luck at all, we could have six or seven more wins in the last 10 games.”


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Oveckin Gets A Game Misconduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta 3:38 into the third period.

According to the league rulebook, Ovechkin was hit with the major penalty at the official’s discretion, but an injury to the head or face on a major infraction is grounds for an automatic ejection. Kaleta left the ice holding his nose, and Ovechkin tossed his glove in the air in frustration as he went to the dressing room.

This is the second game misconduct in Ovechkin’s career, and both have come against the Sabres. He was ejected from a game Dec. 2, 2006 during his second NHL season for checking then-Buffalo forward Danny Briere into the boards from behind. Ovechkin was also fined earlier this season after slew-footing Atlanta’s Rich Peverley with 30 seconds left Oct. 22 at Philips Arena.

more on the Caps win…

The video is not the best quality, but here is the Ovechkin hit…

Note:  Replaced the video with a better quality one on 11/26/09 around 8:45am.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, patrick+kaleta

Next Time? Next Time We’ll Get It Right…Thankfully We’ll Be Live Blogging When It Happens

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I think, and I could be wrong, that I was twelve hours out of Mackinaw City when I realized it was time to put away the Zeppelin and head back to our roots.

If this season’s gonna take a turn for the brutal I want a Michigan boy out in front. 

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Olympic Teams Dealing With Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You can understand why Mats Naslund might be chewing on his finger nails these days.

Between last Saturday’s brutal knee injury to Niklas Kronwall and the long-term injury to key forward Johan Franzen, the GM of the Swedish Olympic hockey team can bare to watch what will happen next in what has become an NHL season chocked full of injuries.

“We’re maybe beginning to watch more for injuries than who is scoring goals,” Naslund told ESPN.com this week.

“It seems this is the year of the injury, more so than other years,” said Team USA coach Ron Wilson. “There are a lot of star players out with significant injuries.”


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Nashville Needs A Name

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Nashville Predators cut ties with the Sommet Group and therefore need a new name for the arena they play in.

Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck is taking suggestions.

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It’s The PK Stupid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m still not convinced Brad McCrimmon’s the guy to blame for the PK.  I just haven’t seen anything that says it’s his responsibility.

Is it likely?  Oh yes.  But I need confirmation.  I need something solid that says he’s the huckleberry.  Until then?  I refuse to condone burning him alive. 

However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go right up to the edge.  WingFanInBeanland concurs.  He posted this earlier today in a comment and I wanted to be sure all you freak shows saw it.

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Call Of The Week Plus A History Lesson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Kelly & Darren Pang, the Blues TV broadcast team, with the call of the week plus a look at the formation of the NHL.

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Looking West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

I can’t help but think hockey fans in the eastern part of the continent are missing something. By the time the news is coming on, most people in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa (and New York for that matter) are setting their alarm clocks for tomorrow morning. They are missing the buzzer at the end of the first or second period for some of the most entertaining games in the NHL.

And they are missing some of the great stars in the league too.

In California alone, there are at least six great players who have electrified hockey fans on the West Coast. The Kings have Anze Kopitar leading the league in scoring (going into Wednesday’s games.) Kopitar has two strikes against him, as far as recognition. Not only do his games start at 10:30 pm ET, but he is from that hockey-hot-bed, Slovenia. His puck sense is sensational, and his knack to be in the right place at the right time has fans in L.A. talking about a comparison to two other Kings scorers, Marcel Dionne and Wayne Gretzky.

On the Kings’ blue line is Drew Doughty, who is actually 19 and plays like he’s 29. His leadership and on-ice composure have many saying that he will have a chance to play for Canada in the Winter Games in Vancouver.

read on and John, some of us do stay up late to watch the west coast games…

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Coach Goes Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Louisiana hockey coach has had enough.

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Caps Cap Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun answers some fan mail…

The Washington Capitals are again poised to be one the most injury-plagued teams in the league after finishing with the fourth-most games lost last year. The problem wouldn’t be so dramatic if Michael Nylander and his ridiculous contract were over in the KHL right now. When (if ever) is something going to happen on this front and allow the Capitals to bring up the talent they really want to bring up from Hershey?...

...the Nylander situation certainly continues to drag itself out. Last week, it looked like there might be a resolution with a KHL team in Russia, but somehow that fell through. Caps GM George McPhee told me this weekend the KHL remains the target solution, but it’s a delicate and difficult process. But if you’re frustrated now, wait until this summer when Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom become restricted free agents.

It’s becoming harder and harder for the Caps to keep all these terrific young players. That’s the thing about the salary cap, you can’t keep everyone….

more plus numerous aswers from Pierre…


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