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NHLPA Won’t Endorse ThermaBlade

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

While Therma Blade received approvals for its blades from the NHL, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey months ago, the poor reviews from Draper and Lapointe have prompted the NHLPA to balk at signing off on the fledgling product.

And without the approval of the players’ union, the heated blades, which are attached to boots of existing skates, would no longer be able to be used in NHL games, which would be a key marketing tool for the Quebec company.

NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly said the union has concerns that the blades don’t deliver as promised – especially considering their price tag. “Before we give our approval or endorsement to a hockey product that will increase the cost to the average family, we should take steps to ensure that this product indeed performs as advertised,” Kelly said.

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Kovalev Having Fun

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Now, 55 games into this season, Kovalev is the powerful locomotive pulling the Canadiens Express, the creative right-wing on one of the league’s premier lines with centreman Tomas Plekanec and left-wing Andrei Kostitsyn.

It’s been a long time since the 16-year NHL veteran has had this much fun, showcasing his prodigious, highlight-reel talent with a mature completeness of game that sees Carbonneau use him in every situation. And he’s on pace to enjoy a career season in a few statistical categories.

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KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz pointed me to a video of Kovalev talking about being the first hockey player in space.  The first minute or so of the video is just that, video with no sound, but after that, we hear Kovalev speak about his intentions to go into space.

You can watch the original version of the video, with Kovalev speaking in English about his plans.

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  Tags: alex+kovalev

Hockey Heaven

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The KK crew invites you to take in a day of hockey with us.  I will be in the KK Chat Rooms throughout this day and night of hockey.

Alanah will have a post up about her plans for HDIC, Bill may still be sailing, but as many of you know, he may pop-in at the last minute.  KK contributor Steve will probably show up in a KK chat, I hope George decides to make an appearance too and most importantly, I hope you stop in and say hello and talk some hockey memories with us.

Please check NHL.com for the TV and radio broadcast schedule for the games listed below.  Also, HDIC begins at noon ET on Center Ice.

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The Wings Plan

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from the Toronto Sun,

Holland heard all of the predictions that his team would be in for a freefall once the salary cap era started. Now, with his Wings vying for first overall in the league, he can have the last laugh.

“Every team in the league has 60-70% of the cap tied up in eight or nine core players,” he said. “It was that way before the cap. That makes it even more important to find ways to fill out your roster.”

Holland has done a masterful job to that end. Free-agent pickup Daniel Cleary, on pace for a 20-plus goal campaign, has a salary of $650,000 this season. Chris Osgood, who is among the league leaders in goals-against average and save percentage, recently signed an extension for a hometown discount of $1.41 million per season. And ageless Chris Chelios, a priceless team leader, earns an economical $1.15 million.

much more on Holland and the Wings… Also, don’t forget that Zetterberg will be making $2.9M for next season, and that may be the bargain of the year.

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  Tags: ken+holland

Sillinger Knows All About Trades

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from the New York Times,

If Sillinger, 36, remains on the roster through this season, he will have lived in the same house for the longest stretch in roughly 10 years. That is an accomplishment in his career, which has earned him the nickname Suitcase Sillinger; he has been included in nine trades, including five around the deadline.

Just to be safe, his wife, Karla, and their sons Owen, 10; Lukas, 7; and Cole, 4; are once again bracing themselves.

“I’m not going to lie; the trade deadline is circled on our calendar like Easter or Christmas,” said Karla Sillinger, who met her husband while they were growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan. “But it’s not like I have the movers on speed dial.”

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Crucial Games For Rangers

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from the NY Daily News,

Saturday in Philadelphia and Sunday afternoon in Washington, the Rangers get a chance to get turned back around again - and to bank four precious points in the standings before sitting and watching for the following five days. During that time, their closest pursuers in the standings will make up some of the games they have in hand on the Rangers.

“We’re not there yet, but it will be tough watching for five days, yeah,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said after yesterday’s practice in Greenburgh. “We’ve certainly talked about the fact that we’ll be idle while the teams we’re competing with will be playing and, in a lot of cases I’m sure, securing points, too.

“So what we’ve got to do is take these next two games as meaning a whole lot.”

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Celebrating HDIC

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

In terms of length and breadth, Hockey Day in Canada pretty much leads the field.

The CBC’s celebration of the game will be on the air for 13 1/2 hours Saturday and provide content from virtually every region of the country.

Still, most of the programming will consist of NHL game telecasts, which is just as well. A full day of joy and love at the amateur level would be too rich for all but the true believers. The majority of the feel-good stories will be presented during the first three hours, starting at noon EST.

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Mini-Crib Of Patrick Kane

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via WGRZ,

You might think he’s living large; mansions, starlets, fast cars? Not quite. He’s living in the basement bedroom of the team’s assistant General Manager. He takes out the garbage, helps with household chores and is beginning to learn to do his own laundry.

Patrick’s off-ice life is more college freshman than NHL superstar, but that may be what has made him so good on the ice.


watch the video (will open wmp video)...

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  Tags: patrick+kane

Hard Work Puts Ellis In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Detroit Red Wings forward Matt Ellis bucked the long odds just to play a shift in the NHL, let along dress for game No. 50 the other night.

“I told Matt when we signed him that ‘Your NHL will be the American Hockey League,’ ” Wings senior vice-president Jim Devellano said. “Lo and behold, he’s played 50 games [in the NHL]. I’ll be truthful, I didn’t think he would make it this far. I don’t think there are many people on this Earth that thought he would play a single game in the NHL.”

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  Tags: matt+ellis

Stars Continue To Look For A Scorer

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from the Dallas Morning News,

“I don’t think you can ever have enough shooters, so that’s definitely something that would help us, whether it be on our line or the power play,” Modano said. “To find someone who can find that empty space on the power play or can convert a chance at the net, yeah, I think I would be fine if we got one of those.”

Co-general managers Brett Hull and Les Jackson say they are looking, but it’s difficult to find that commodity in the NHL. So the Stars need to be ready in the event no players are added before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

more on the Stars…

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