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Saskatoon Blades Owner Doesn’t Want Phoenix Playing In Their Building

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,

In the strongest words yet against a potential invasion by the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, the owner of the Saskatoon Blades has pledged to do whatever it takes to protect his club’s status as the only hockey team in his rink.

The issue was raised when Ice Edge Holdings recently announced its plans to buy the Coyotes and play five games a season in the 14,659-seat Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

“There’s no question it would have an effect on our ticket sales,” Blades president and co-owner Jack Brodsky said.


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Fighting In The KHL

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from RussianHockeyFans,

Former NHL players Sergei Zubov, Robert Esche, Oleg Saprykin and Kevin Dallman took part in a massive brawl in a Sunday game between KHL’s Barys Astana and SKA St. Petersburg.


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GDT - Game #39: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Wings are in 9th place.  Babcock is stressing that the Wings “have got to get better.”  Apparently that means replacing Leino with Ritola.  According to Babcock, after the last game:  “. . . we just went through our lineup and thought (Ritola) can help our team, so we called him up.’’  “Anytime someone comes in and moves into the spot you were in and now you don’t have a line, I’d say that’s a message,’ 

OUCH - - that is going to leave a mark.

GDT lite, work unexpectedly called during my week off.  But I hope to make the Ell Bee.

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Ice Sculptures For The Winter Classic

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It starts out kind of slow, but gets better…

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Blue Jackets Trying To Make A Trade

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Lots of scuttlebutt across the hockey world right now that the Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are on the verge of a trade.

A source within the Blue Jackets has confirmed that the Blue Jackets and Capitals have had serious trade talks, but also told The Dispatch today that the Blue Jackets are close with another club as well, but wouldn’t reveal the club.


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How Good Is Jaroslav Halak?

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Respected pundits are now musing that he’d be worth a top-six forward or a first-rounder in a trade (we’ll have what they’re having), and that maybe it’s a smarter move to ship out Carey Price.

Why, we even heard a normally reasoned commentator compare the plucky Slovak, whose agent is reportedly agitating for a move, to Patrick Roy the other night.

Which he surely is - minus the consistency, wins, shutouts, playoff dominance and championships.

This is not to hack on poor, old, hard-done-by, trade-me-right-friggin-now Jaro. Oh, no.

He has played quite well - and occasionally brilliantly - in his current string of four road wins, having been shelled for 1,983 shots over that period (well, given the excitement, it might as well have been that many).


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 28, 2009)—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 27.

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Kobasew Out With Sprained MCL

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

According to sources, the Wild will be without right wing Chuck Kobasew for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. There’s also some damage to the ACL, but the swelling needs to decrease before the extent is determined. Kobasew’s scored four goals and five assists in 27 games since being acquired from Boston.


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Here Come The Sedins

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The top two scorers so far in December have been Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.  Henrik has 22 points in 13 games so far this month and Daniel has 20.  Henrik has 50 points and is second in league scoring behind Joe Thornton.  Injuries have limited Daniel to 21 games (where he has 27 points).  Their play is a large part of the reason that Vancouver has a 23-16 record.  The Canucks are sixth in wins in the NHL but the NHL’s crazy point system only places them seventh in the West Conference.  The Sedins have been a big reason for the Canucks success.  It looks like this may be the year where they make the jump from being very good players to being among the best in the game.  It has been a long ride to get there.  In almost a decade with the Canucks, neither had significantly exceeded a point per game before this year (Daniel had 84 points in 81 games in 2006/07).

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Hockey Moments Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CBC style…

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