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Booth Close To Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

DeBoer and Booth talked for a while near the bench today and then Booth chatted with Dave Zenobi. DeBoer said it was nothing more than just another daily conversation on Booth’s progress.

I spoke with Booth this afternoon. I got the feeling he’s going to be back one of the next three games after tonight—either Sunday against the Islanders, Monday against the Ducks or next Friday against the Flames. All three are home games. My guess would be Friday.

I asked Booth if he was ready to play. He said he’s getting closer, but isn’t quite there yet.

“If I felt ready to play in a game right now I’d be playing tonight,” Booth said. “I don’t know when that date is going to be. I just don’t want to put my team in jepoardy of anything where I’m not ready. Every shift now counts. If you make a mistake and the other team capitalizes, it’s tough to live as a player.”

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Esche Finds Himself In Russia

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

I caught up with Robert Esche after a recent KHL game between SKA and Dinamo Minsk to get his take on playing in the KHL. Esche was riding a bike in an NHL-like equipped training room inside the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg after his team dropped the decision to Dinamo Minsk.

Q. Do you think it is still an option for you being three years out of the NHL to come back to North America?

ESCHE: I don’t know. Right now I am a free agent over here. Obviously, I love St. Petersburg, and I love playing over here. If it works in the NHL, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I have kind of taken on a different role in my life, as opposed to when I was in Philly. I just went into a different direction. You just learn a lot about yourself when you’re over here. I think this was something I was lacking in the NHL. I guess time will tell what happens.

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  Tags: khl, robert+esche

The Odds For Hockey Gold At The 2010 Winter Olympics

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The PR folks for Bodog.com passed these on to me…

Odds to Win the 2010 Olympic Ice Hockey Championship    
Canada                                 1/1
Russia                                             2/1
Sweden                                 11/2
USA                                   7/1
Czech Republic                               15/1
Finland                                         16/1
Slovakia                                 40/1
Switzerland                             125/1
Germany                               400/1
Belarus                                         500/1
Latvia                                               500/1
Norway                                         500/1

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Expect Phaneuf To Stay In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Calgary’s massive defender is going through a difficult season—maybe he’s more than a bit guilty of buying into the hype that surrounded him early in his career—and his struggles to live up to expectations are reflected in his team’s current swoon. But at 24, there’s still plenty of time for Phaneuf to develop into a player who reads the game well enough to be physically imposing, positionally sound and a factor in the offense. The Flames don’t want to see his light go on while he’s wearing another team’s sweater.

After watching the Flames drop a 3-2 shootout decision Thursday night in Phoenix to run their losing streak to nine, it seems likely that Sutter will make some kind of move to ensure they remain relevant in the playoff discussion. But unless they can find someone who is willing to pay him $6.5 million for the next four years and offer up a player of similar age, accomplishment, and promise, Phaneuf will still be wearing the flaming C come March 4.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Talking Trades

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss the upcoming trade deadline.

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Anze Kopitar Has 101 Goals…

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... watch them all in one video.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar

Joe Louis Arena: Our Home Down By The River

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Thanks to the Emperor for giving me the heads-up on the following story from the new website, The Stadium Journey Development Blog.

Stadium Journey Blog

Stadium Journey is a brand-new web venture.  Our goal is to become a world-class community resource for sports fans, built around optimizing the experience of traveling to and attending live sporting events.

Cool idea, and an opportunity to give Herm a teaser about what the Joe Louis Arena experience is like.

Keep reading for highlights of Stadium Journey’s review of JLA, our home down by the river.

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Dick Pound Still Beating The Drugs Drum

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from Mike Norris of the Whig-Standard,

Four years after saying he believed that as many as a third of NHL players may be taking performance-enhancing drugs, the former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency says the league still won’t admit it has a problem….

During a question-and-answer period following his speech, Pound was asked if he still felt the same way about performance-enhancing drugs in the NHL.

“I was attacking the closest thing to organized religion as you can,” he said of his original claim, made in January 2006.

Pound said he wasn’t referring to steroids, but rather stimulants, for which the NHL doesn’t test.

“Sudafed cocktails,” said Pound. “Those are performance-enhancing drugs.”

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  Tags: dick+pound

The Hockey Year Is Only Going To Get Better

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

What a year in the NHL.

It’s the kind of year when a team like the Atlanta Thrashers can start the day in 11th place and end it in sixth place. I don’t care what anybody says about three-point games; I love the tight playoff races the current system creates.

… it’s the kind of year when Mike Green can be the top-scoring defenceman in the NHL with 12 goals and 51 points and still not be named to Team Canada for the Vancouver Olympics. And when Tim Connolly can be the third-highest scoring American-born NHLer with 13 goals and 48 points in 52 games and still not be named to Team USA.

… it’s the kind of year when the Chicago Blackhawks can continue their emergence as an NHL powerhouse even though some of its players do not understand the meaning of discretion.

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Hard To Move Big, Multi-Year Contracts

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from Lyle Richardson at Fox Sports,

For the past several weeks we’ve been hearing and reading about plenty of NHL trade rumors involving players with expensive, multi-year contracts.

Vincent Lecavalier (10 years remaining, average salary cap hit of $7.7 million), Dion Phaneuf (four years remaining, $6.5 million average cap hit), Wade Redden (four years, $6.5 million cap hit), Cristobal Huet (two years left, $5.65 million cap hit), Shawn Horcoff (six years, $5.5 million cap hit), Lubomir Visnovsky (three more years, $5.6 million cap hit)and Sheldon Souray (two years left, $5.4 million average cap hit) have in recent weeks received frequent mention as those who could be on the move by the March 3rd trade deadline.

Disregarding their varying performances this season and that several have movement clauses the fact they still have several years remaining on their respective contracts with salary cap hits between $5.4-$7.7 million should be the biggest indicator as to why the aforementioned almost certainly won’t be going anywhere by the trade deadline.

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