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Breaking Down The Remaining NHL Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

With the 2010 Winter Olympics a happy memory for some and a disappointment for others, there is little, if any, time to dwell on what happened in Vancouver, unless you are the Canucks, contemplating a trip home after being on the road to accommodate the games at what now can once again be called GM Place.

Just about everyone in the NHL remains in it, but to win it the remainder of the regular season takes on even more importance than the normal regular-season stretch drive.

The majority of players got a mid-season break and should be rarin’ to go.

Here is a look at how the schedule breaks down for each NHL team.

read on

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Stajan Signs Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Forward Matt Stajan has agreed to terms with Calgary Flames on four-year contract extension worth about $3.5 million per year.

He was scheduled to be unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Well This Could Change The Goalie Market

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via Katie Strang tweet,

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro out indefinitely with swelling in his right knee

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Nashville Chairman Steps Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Whitehouse of the Nashville Post,

David Freeman, chairman of the Nashville Predators Hockey Club, has informed the city of Nashville and the Sports Authority that he is stepping away from the helm of the organization, according to a letter to the city sent by Freeman’s attorney.

Tom Cigarran, chairman of the Franklin-based wellness firm Healthways, has been unanimously appointed by the ownership group to become the third person to represent the team on the NHL Board of Governors.

Freeman has been under fire by the Sports Authority in recent months as a result of his contest with the IRS over a portion of his 2007 tax returns. In the letter to the city,

a bit more...

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Will The NHL Gain More Fans Due To The Gold Medal Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Rovell at CNBC,

Having this game certainly gave the NHL a greater chance to grow out of its niche audience. People sampled the game that hadn’t previously done so. But people did the same with soccer when the US women won the World Cup in 1999. That didn’t help the Women’s United Soccer League from going under after three seasons and losing $100 million.

Some will say that this will help the league. That new fans might want to watch the names they learned — Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller and Zach Parise — more regularly. But in order for that to happen, it will mean that people, who previously haven’t considered hockey, fell in love with the game on Sunday. They also would have had to fall in love with the players. That’s a lot to ask for and I’m not sure that any fewer would have watched if it were just amateurs out there.


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Men’s Olympic Medal Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Olympics completed yesterday.  The final event was the men’s hockey final.  For results of the preliminary round look here, the qualifying round , the quarter-finals here and the semi-finals here.  These are the results of the medal games.

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Talking Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Here’s what we know.

As is the case most years, veteran defencemen are a hot commodity.

The Boston Bruins are anxiously trying to improve their blueline with a player who can play in their top four.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes are also among the many teams scouring the market for help on the backend.

The Carolina Hurricanes have at least three defencemen Canes general manager Jim Rutherford would be willing to deal.

Joe Corvo, Aaron Ward and Andrew Alberts are attracting attention, with the return for Corvo expected to be high.

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NBC Sees Big Numbers For Gold Medal Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a John Buccigross tweet,

NBC earned a 17.6 overnight Nielsen rating for Sunday’s Canada-U.S. Gold Medal men’s hockey game.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Russia’s President Not Happy With Olympic Performance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russia Today,

President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to make sure Russia’s Olympic team learns a bitter lesson from Vancouver, where it had one of its worst performances in the history of the winter games.

Medvedev said the Olympic Games revealed flaws in the training system which must be addressed before Sochi 2014.

“Taking into consideration all that happened in Vancouver, we have to change our methods of training drastically. We’ve been living on Soviet resources for a long time, but it’s over now. We do make a huge investment in sport, but money’s not everything. Those responsible for preparing Russian athletes for the Olympics have to make a brave decision and resign. And if they don’t, we’ll help them to do it. But the most important thing now is the preparation for the 2014 Olympics,” Medvedev said.

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Report- Ott Agrees To Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I’m hearing this morning that Steve Ott and the Stars have agreed to the terms of a four-year contract extension.

The contract hasn’t been signed yet, but they agreed to the terms late last night and it’s expected to get done today.

added 10:09am, It is official.

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  Tags: steve+ott

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