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Ville’s In And We’ve Got A Surprise For You…Oh, Yes We Do

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As the Oklahoma street lawyer pointed out below, the Kings are gagging.  Naturally, we hope to take advantage of that condition with a win tonite on Long Island.  Our Deep Digger captain, in his never-ending quest to remain as mediocre as possible and still get paid, blew our doors off with this nugget just 55 minutes ago.

Ville Leino will return to the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings tonight against the New York Islanders, replacing Brad May.

Neat.  I’ve got something better for you though.

Way, way, much, so much better.

 

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Lightning Have Had Enough Of The Capitals Dominance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Isn’t it about time the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Capitals? Tampa Bay has lost 12 straight in the series (0-11-1) and has been outscored 50-24 in the process. Tampa Bay’s last victory was Nov. 16, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Asked about the streak after Tuesday’s morning skate, Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said it is time for his players to answer the bell.

“They’ve owned us,” Tocchet said. “You’re really looking for your players to make a stand. It’s starting to get to a point, I don’t like to use the word embarrassing, but enough is enough. Let’s make a stand here. What have we lost 12 in a row? It’s coming to a point where you’re looking for your players to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ “

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Kings Would Want Kovalchuk Long-Term

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings need a pure scorer who could make a difference in the one-goal games they’ve recently lost and solidify their playoff ambitions.

Atlanta left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, a two-time 50-goal scorer who can become a free agent July 1, has a $6.4-million salary cap hit that would be prorated according to the number of games left in the season. The Kings have the cap space to handle that and the assets to send to Atlanta in a trade.

But there are some hitches. The Kings don’t want him as a rent-a-player and they’re likely to go ahead only if they get permission to talk to him and get assurances he would sign with them long term.

more plus some Ducks talk…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No matter how many times the Hawks kill off the Wings, it will never be enough to be sure Detroit is dead. Life after death is an idea that appeals to NBC and its viewers. Osgood simply sits and waits like a vulture, awaiting his turn to feast.

In fact, some NBC officials proudly will be rooting for Detroit to jump with Jimmy Howard out of their coffins (Jimmy was declared officially dead earlier this season) and scare the hell out of the Hawks and their fans this Sunday.

-Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on the Wings and Blackhawks from Mike.

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Curtis Joseph Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the press conference below, scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.

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  Tags: curtis+joseph

This Won’t Turn Out Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

This Alexandre Burrows-Stephane Auger situation is going to get messy. It’s the proverbial can of worms for everyone involved – the league, the NHL Officials’ Association, referee Auger, player Burrows and the entire Vancouver Canucks’ organization – and it’s a story that is not likely to go away any time soon.

If the events of last night unfolded as Burrows has alleged – and there is plenty of evidence, circumstantial and otherwise – to suggest they did more or less, then the NHL will have no choice but to take some form of disciplinary action against Auger, be it a reprimand, a fine, a suspension or an evaluation that could go into his file and cost him playoff games and/or money along the line or maybe even his job.

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In case you missed the video evidence earlier today on KK, watch it here...

added 12:47pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell confirmed that a league investigation has begun, and a fellow referee said Tuesday morning that Auger will face serious questioning before being allowed back on the ice to work another game.

Reached in Vancouver Tuesday morning, Auger refused to comment to sportsnet.ca. Director of officiating Terry Gregson did not immediately return a text message requesting comment.

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, stephane+auger

Just Keep Watching

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My NHL.com blog today…

Why do I stay awake until 1:00am to watch NHL games that don’t even involve the team I follow?

Why do I get up at 6:00am to catch up on all the hockey news I may have missed during the few hours I was asleep?

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Gonchar’s Elbow On Clutterbuck Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild fans got Cal Clutterbuck’s back by booing Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar the rest of Monday’s game, but Clutterbuck was steaming after the Wild’s 4-3 victory because Gonchar took a flying elbow at his head in the third period.

Gonchar received a five-minute major for elbowing, although the Wild didn’t score on the power play.

“He better hope he retires at the end of the year, I’ll tell you that,” Clutterbuck said, a cut on the bridge of his nose. “Somebody’s going to hurt him before the end of the year. Someone will. It’s not going to be me, but someone will.”

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  Tags: cal+clutterbuck, sergei+gonchar

Cap Issues Ahead For The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

After deploying our rudimentary accounting skills, it’s hard to see how the pieces fit together for Bob Gainey under the cap next season, what with Carey Price attaining RFA status (to say nothing of the Halaks, Pouliots, D’Agostinis, S. Kostitsyns, Lapierres, etc.) The Habs have $44.8-million committed in salaries for 2010-11 (per capgeek.com), and have 13 players under one-way NHL contracts. Assuming a slight increase in the cap next year, as seems likely, that leaves something in the order of $13-14 million for the remaining 10 guys on the roster.

Although that might be a slight overestimation, as the Habs have dressed 20 players on several occasions this year - perhaps a sign of a Molson austerity regime?

Assuming $4.5-million per year for Plekanec, and that Price and Jaro Halak (also an RFA) average out at something near $3-million each (which sounds optimistic), that leaves, er, nothing for the remaining players.

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Thrashers Franchise Changing Decision

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Ilya Kovalchuk has been the best player in Atlanta Thrasher franchise history.  Ilya Kovalchuk will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.  How will the Atlanta Thrashers handle the likely loss of their best player?  Do they trade him before the NHL trade deadline?  That would trigger a likely end to any hope of contending for a playoff berth this season.  Currently Atlanta sits four points back of eighth seed Montreal in the East Conference with three games in hand.  They are currently mired in a slump where they have won only one of their last eleven games.  Before it started, they looked like a sleeper team that could make some noise in a playoff run.

There are plenty of reasons to imagine that Kovalchuk will not want to return to Atlanta.  Atlanta is a franchise that has never won a playoff game in their history.  Kovalchuk may want a better chance of winning.  Atlanta is not a financially strong franchise.  Atlanta ownership has been fighting one another in court and not put sufficient capital behind the franchise.  They are a strong contender to be one of the next teams that the NHL is forced to keep alive on life support (much like the Phoenix Coyotes).

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