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High Price For Rob Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Talk is finally starting to heat up with the trade deadline five weeks away. League sources say GMs are targeting the Kings, Lightning and Leafs to see if they’re ready to start unloading players. The word is Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been dangling W Ladislav Nagy and Ds Brad Stuart, Jaroslav Modry and Rob Blake to see what teams are willing to offer. For Blake to waive his no-trade clause, he’ll only accept a deal to a contender. Sources say Lombardi wants a player, a prospect and a No. 1 pick for Blake.

much more “talk”...

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NY Post,

“I saw urgency and intensity in our game the last 25 games of last season, but I don’t see it now,” Sean Avery Sean Avery said after the Rangers’ 4-3 shootout-decided loss to the Bruins. “I wish I could say it was different, but it’s not. I love every guy in this room, I’d go through a wall for all of them, but as far as individuals go, we’re not pulling our weight. A lot of guys need to be better, including myself and our line. I’ve been saying it for a while, but we need to look in the mirror and hold ourselves accountable.

“Throw all that into the pot and we don’t have a winning team right now.”

added 8:44am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Standings aside, the real difference between Ken Holland and John Ferguson Jr. as NHL general managers: Next season, Henrik Zetterberg will be paid $2.7 million US and Tomas Holmstrom $2.25 million by the Red Wings. Next season, Mark Bell will be paid $2.5 million by the Maple Leafs.

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  Tags: sean+avery

You Never Know Who Is Listening

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You probably don’t know Haney, and she definitely doesn’t know much about hockey. The stay-athome mom from Clarence couldn’t remember Martin Biron’s name, referring to the goaltender as “that guy who used to be with us but is now in Philly” during an interview last week.

So how did she get tangled up in questions about Briere?

Sources said the Buffalo Sabres asked the NHL to look into whether Briere started negotiations with the Philadelphia Flyers before July 1, when he became an unrestricted free agent.

read on

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  Tags: daniel+briere

The Road Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From On the Forecheck,

So who’s got the hardest and easiest rows to hoe as we come into the final half of the 2007-8 Regular Season? Instead of focusing on Opponent’s Win Percentage (which is horribly skewed by the standings point awarded for OT/SO Losses), I prefer to take the ratio of Opponents Goals For/Goals Against, as I believe that to be a better indicator of whether your favorite team is likely to fare well against that foe.  For instance, Edmonton’s number of shootout wins helps them to a .490 Win Percentage, but their GF/GA is a lousy 0.83, tied for worst in the league with Tampa Bay; chances are, opponents are picking up at least a point each night against the Oilers. The following table reflects data for the games of January 19 through the end of the regular season…

Check out the Forechecker’s assessment based on the remaining schedule.

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  Tags: nhl+stats

Paul Kelly Meets With Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun-Sentinal via the Santa Barbara News Press,

Thursday night, in a conference room of a New Jersey hotel, Kelly met with his 28th team - the Panthers - for more than an hour and a half.

Afterward, he noted some of the issues that matter to players:

Scheduling

This is a ‘‘big issue’’ with them, Kelly said. Players would prefer to increase the number of regular-season games from 82 to 84 and play no more than five preseason games - the current limit is nine.

Ice quality

Players are concerned about poor ice conditions they say increase the chance of injury and affect scoring. And cities with warm climates aren’t the only ones struggling to maintain a quality surface - Calgary and Boston are among the worst, Kelly said.

Europe

Players want to see revenues continue to grow and there’s growing support of ‘‘globalization.’‘

more

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Tanguay Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darryl Sutter was asked by Elliotte Friedman on HNIC if Alex Tanguay has agreed to waive his NTC.  Suter said Tanguay has not asked him about NTC/trade but if they did trade him, it would have to be for a significant return, since he feels he is one of the top left wingers in the game.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Milbury Makes Jagr Mad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,

Spies in the TV and/or hockey worlds tell me that Jaromir Jagr was so mad about recent comments from NBC analyst Mike Milbury about him that he refused to sit for interviews with NBC producers sent out this week to gather interviews for Sunday’s Bruins-Rangers tilt.

NBC got several other prominent Blueshirts on tape, but not Jagr.

more

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, mike+milbury

Hasek In Net

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ah…the dynamic is shifting.  Uncle Mike has decided to betray his public claim of alternating Osgood and Hasek.

Khan(!)

“I’m still kind of alternating, I just went with Dom because I like the way he played the other night (vs. Vancouver),’’ Babcock said. “In my mindset before the game, I said to myself if he plays good he’s going again. ... In my mind right now, I’m thinking Ozzie in L.A., Ozzie the first game back after the break (Jan. 30 vs. Phoenix). In saying that, it’s always day-to-day.’‘

Can’t argue with that.  Hasek stole the game against Vancouver and there should be no reason not to start him with a day’s rest in between.

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KK LiveChat Game of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Steve

With the new chat rooms opening up this week, I felt it would be cool if we had sort of a weekly “Hockey Gathering”.  Where there’s pretty much 1 important game going on at the time, the numerous and widespread KK readership could just talk intelligently (hopefully) about the game and the sport in general.  So I thought long and hard on a cool title, and came up with “The KK LiveChat Game of the Week”.  Please, feel free to suggest a better one.

Anyway, we’re going to start with tomorrow’s Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, and will continue with the All-Star Game next week. 

It doesn’t look as if there’ll be any pre-game tomorrow, so make sure to be in the KK Hockey Chat Room Sunday at 12:15 ET for some lively hockey discussion!

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boston+bruins, chat+room+events, nbc, new+york+rangers

No Prognosis On Crosby Injury Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Sidney Crosby was examined by Penguins trainers on Saturday, but a prognosis will not be known until next week.

Crosby’s injured right ankle will be examined thoroughly within the next couple days once the swelling decreases.

added 6:14pm, via TSN,

Sidney Crosby underwent treatment Saturday in Pittsburgh on what was inititially diagnosed as a high ankle sprain.

Sources say the treatment was very painful for the reigning MVP and Crosby will have an MRI on Monday to officially diagnose the injury to his right leg.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

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