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No Bad Karma For Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s certainly not what any fan of the Ottawa Senators would have wished for Dany Heatley.

They would have liked to see any number of calamities strike the 28-year-old left-winger for the agony he put the city through last summer, when he suddenly demanded to be traded, refused a trade to the Edmonton Oilers and finally accepted one to the San Jose Sharks, a team that was on his list of preferred destinations.

Such gall deserved to be punished—and surely would, if all was right with the world.

Perhaps his scoring touch would disappear. Perhaps he’d forget how to skate. Perhaps it would start to snow in San Jose.

Alas, it’s time to give up on any dream of any divine retribution. In fact, this situation is as close to perfect as it could be for Heatley.


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Avs David Jones Out With Torn ACL

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Colorado, which fell to 14-8-5 for the season and two points behind Calgary in the Northwest Division, got worse news about 45 minutes after the game ended, well after Avalanche coach Joe Sacco and the players had talked to the media and, in most cases, left the building.

Winger David Jones, injured when Minnesota’s Chuck Kobasew fell into him near the Colorado blue line with 5:09 remaining in regulation, was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The initial prognosis was that he would require surgery and be out for four to six months, and anything but the short end of that scale means he is out at least the remainder of the regular season.

more plus a look at the Avs loss to the Wild last night…

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Blackhawks Head Home With Two Straight Losses, But Long Trip Was A Success

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via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It was a great road trip for the Blackhawks despite Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Kings in a shootout, which followed Friday’s 3-0 loss at Anaheim.

The Hawks took 9 out of a possible 12 points and come back home still in first place in the Central Division.

“I thought it was a real good road trip,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “You get 9 out of 12 points in six tough buildings. At the beginning of it you would have taken that.”


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Lighting The Torch In Vancouver

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Why not Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr?

Why not have the two greatest Canadian hockey players in history, representing our favourite sport, representing our country, lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympic Games next February?...

• The Maple Leafs do lead the NHL in one category: Unnecessary pre-game ceremonies. The more they honour the insignificant, the less significant their ceremonies become.


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What Is Gonchar Worth To The Penguins?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have put contract talks with Sergei Gonchar on hold with the sides at odds over the defenceman’s value. Gonchar, a looming unrestricted free agent, carries a $5-million cap hit this season, but could easily command $6 million on the open market. GM Ray Shero is in a tough spot: He faces cap issues over the next few seasons with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin accounting for an annual hit of $17.4 million — yet the Penguins struggled when Gonchar was hurt earlier this season.

more NHL talk…

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There Are The Red Wings, Then Everyone Else

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This, for some reason, reminds me of a summer conversation I had with a general manager in which I suggested that I didn’t see the distinction between Henrik Zetterberg’s heavily front-loaded long-term contract that received the NHL’s blessing and Marian Hossa’s, Chris Pronger’s and Roberto Luongo’s similar deals that are under league investigation.

“Ah, but there’s a significant difference and I’m surprised you don’t see it,” the GM said. “Zetterberg plays for the Red Wings.”

So then, knee injury to a Red Wing, five games; brain injury to a Ranger, three games.

Got it.

more notes from Larry including why it is time to end the shootout…

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Will Coach Stevens Start Feeling The Heat?

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Sooner or later – and many believe it will be sooner – Flyers coach John Stevens will start feeling the heat of the Flyers’ inconsistent play.

After posting an 8-2-1 record in October, the Flyers finished off November with a 1-0 loss in Atlanta, giving them a 4-7-1 record in the month.

They have now lost five of their last six games and have been outsocred 20-12 in that span, falling from sixth in the conference to ninth.

“We’re playing well enough to keep it close, but we’re not getting it to the finish line,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “(Saturday) we had too many passengers. We need everyone on the same page for 60 minutes for us to win. Right now, that is costing us games. I’m sure down the road, these points are going to be important.”


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Milbury 30 Years Behind In His Thinking

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from David Staple of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

After the first period of the Edmonton Oilers-Vancouver Canucks game, commentator Mike Milbury of the CBC, who didn’t exactly cover himself in glory as the general manager of the New York Islanders, offered the following to Oilers management:

“They got to find the rats and get them off the ship because in this situation guys will start to reveal their character, guys who don’t want to get hit in the corner, guys who don’t want to play tough and dirty. You might as well get rid of them.”

And exactly how Mr. Milbury, in this age of guaranteed contracts and the salary cap, are you going to do that?


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  Tags: mike+milbury

Vince Vaughn Pops-In On The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of IceChips,

Actor Vince Vaughn popped into the Coyotes locker room after their 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

  Vaughn was in the Valley celebrating his father’s birthday.

  “It’s pretty unique to have the opportunity to meet somebody like that, pretty special,” Coyotes captain Shane Doansaid.

continued & I do believe Vaughn is a Blackhawks fan…


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  Tags: vince+vaughn

No Easy Solutions For Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Detroit Red Wings are suddenly slumping, not so coincidentally after losing star blueliner Niklas Kronwall.

But anyone waiting for veteran GM Ken Holland to pull off a blockbuster trade any time soon better not hold their breath. At least not at this point. For starters, Holland believes the work effort is there. But also, and perhaps more importantly, there are salary cap considerations. With injuries to Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and Andreas Lilja, the Wings can’t really take on more salary because all those players, and their salaries, will come back at some point this season.

“I’m not going to trade prospects or draft picks for a guy making $2.5 million and then turn around in two months and have to drop someone to make room for the injured guys coming back,” Holland told ESPN.com on Saturday. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

There are no easy solutions.

continued and many more topics including what I would consider the Evening Line…

“It’s dead out there,” a Western Conference GM told us Saturday (in regards to trade talk).

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