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Is It Worth It?

Over at RLD Hockey today, I blog about how teams in the National Hockey League need to be careful not to mortgage their future at the trade deadline.

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Buyers Beware
Posted By Patrick Hoffman

For many of us puckheads, the NHL trading deadline is an exciting time. For some of you, your club may be one or two solid players away from going from a solid playoff team to a Stanley Cup contender. For others, it is all about your team rebuilding for the future and, sometimes, gutting the team (see: Ottawa).

With this in mind, it is time remind fans to be patient with their respective teams during the deadline and to think about the future of their club. For example, do you want to give up one of your best prospects, a few picks and/or one of your better players for someone that is just going to be on your roster for a couple months?

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All-Time U.S. Hockey Team

To help celebrate Hockey Day in America, I created an all-time United States Hockey Team with a goalie, two defensemen and three forwards for RLD Hockey.

You can click here to check it out or continue below. Feel free to chime in on whether you agree, whether you disagree, whether you think I left someone yet, etc.

RLD All-Time American Lineup
By Patrick Hoffman

To celebrate Hockey Day in America here at RLD Hockey, I am proud to present you puckheads an historic/ultimate All-American hockey lineup.

The team has three forwards, two defensemen and of course, a goaltender. In naming this team, I looked at how they did both internationally and in the NHL. While you may not agree with my picks, I feel that the players mentioned below are worthy of being on our All-American hockey team.

Goaltender - Mike Richter (NYR)

This was an absolute no brainer.

In talking about former Rangers netminder Mike Richter, you are talking about a goaltender that won All-Star Game MVP (1994), a Stanley Cup (1994), a World Cup and World Cup MVP (1996), a silver medal (2002 Winter Olympics). He is a 300-game winner in the NHL and a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Richter is the all-time leader in wins for the Rangers and was a winner in every sense of the term.

If things ended today, Richter should go down as the best American-born goaltender in hockey.


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The NHL Needs More Outdoor Hockey Games

Over at RLD Hockey yesterday, I blogged about how the NHL should consider having more outdoor games.

You can either check out the article by going here or continuing below. I want to hear your opinions on this matter.

More outdoor events good for the game
By Patrick Hoffman

Every knowledgeable hockey pundit and fan knows that the sport is nowhere near as popular in the U.S. as baseball, football, or even basketball.

With that said, however, one thing that separates the NHL from other professional leagues is the fact that it annually holds an outdoor game. The event brings the sport back to its roots and shows people what a great game hockey truly is.

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A Deeper Look at what the Brandon Dubinsky Injury Means

Over at RLD Hockey today, I dove deeper into what the Brandon Dubinsky injury means for the New York Rangers and more importantly, the club’s sniper Marian Gaborik.

Feel free to click on the link above or continue below:

When it comes to injuries this season, there has been no shortage of them for the New York Rangers.

Unfortunately for the Blueshirts, one of their best players in Brandon Dubinsky will be out for the next three to four weeks with a stress fracture of the fibula in his left leg. For a team that is struggling to score goals, this certainly came as bad news for the team and its fans.

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More on the Wolski-Rozsival Deal

Today over at RLD Hockey, I delved further into the trade that sent New York Rangers’ defenseman Michal Rozsvial to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Coyotes’ forward Wojtek Wolski.

You can either go here to read what I wrote or just continue to stay on this blog:

Wolski-for-Rozsvial An Even Deal?

That is what many New York Rangers pundits and fans alike are wondering after the team announced it traded defenseman Michal Rozsival to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski.

When it comes to Rozsival, he was not a terrible defenseman for the Blueshirts. He produced, he provided stability, he had a great shot and he was a veteran for a relatively young Rangers blueline.

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For All You Red Wings Fans Out There…

As I am sure all of you are aware by now, most of my musings on Kukla’s Korner are on the New York Rangers.

With that said, however, I am a hockey fan first and believe that I have a lot of knowledge on all 30 clubs in the National Hockey League. Over at RLD Hockey yesterday, I wrote about why I think the Red Wings could win the Stanley Cup this season:

When looking at Stanley Cup winners, it is easy to see that the teams have three key ingredients: skill, depth and experience.

While there are several clubs that fit the bill, there is really only one team that can say that they have had those ingredients for almost well over a decade: the Detroit Red Wings.

When the Wings won Stanley Cups back in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008, they used the aforementioned assets to get the job done. It was never a secret as to why they won the Cup those years because everyone in the game knew that the Wings had what it took to win.

Click here for more on why I think the Wings have a good chance to win the Cup in 2011.


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Lidstrom for Norris?

Over at RLD Hockey today, hockey blogger Brian Huddle and I debate who the Norris Trophy winner should be at the end of the season.

In another Red Wings supporter moment, I took Nicklas Lidstrom:

However, when it comes to Lidstrom, it is not all about the statistics. Simply put, this is a defenseman that does everything the right way and has been doing so for his entire career.

Obviously, point-production is part of his forte. Night in and night out, you will spot the 40-year-old defenseman’s name on the score sheet whether it is a goal or an assist. He is the quarterback of the team’s power play and knows how to find the open man.

Click here for more on the seven-time Norris Trophy winner.


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An E-mail Interview with Ryan Porth of RLD Hockey

Continuing in my e-mail interview series, today I bring you Ryan Porth of the terrific blog RLD Hockey and its podcast RLD HockeyTalk.

Ryan was kind enough to tell us about how he got into the game, how he started his blog and podcast as well as his thoughts on the current landscape of hockey blogs and podcasts.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
RP: As a kid in Cincinnati, I used to play travel hockey for my local team in Northern Kentucky. I attended countless Mighty Ducks and Cyclones games with my father, which helped me get into hockey a lot. Also, my older brother was a goalie before I started skating, and even played in college for MTSU a couple years back. So, yeah, my family has been around hockey ever since I can remember!

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
RP: Well, because Cincinnati didn’t have an NHL team and nearby Columbus was just getting the Blue Jackets, I was always an Avalanche fan before moving to Nashville. To this day, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg remain two of my all-time favorite hockey players. I was thrilled to have been able to see Forsberg in Preds colors in 2007 – even though that time didn’t last long.

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