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Pondering Some Issues

LeBrun: OK, back on the pucks ... yes, making up ground late in the season seems like skating in quicksand, unless you’re the Buffalo Sabres. Another win last night, and suddenly the Sabres are just two points out of the eighth spot in the East with two games in hand on Carolina. You heard here first: the Sabres are making the playoffs this season.

Burnside: I am not sold yet on the Sabres, although having won eight of their past 11 contests is sure impressive. The power play is also starting to cook, which is crucial. During this stretch, they have beaten Tampa Bay, Boston and Montreal. That’s the key if you’re trying to make up ground, beating the also-rans and getting points against good teams. The Sabres have done that.

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Trophy Talk: Southeast-Style

We’ve said it several times this season – that the Southleast is no more. With 308 combined points in the standings, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Atlanta and Florida comprise the Eastern Conference’s top division by that standard. Only the Pacific Division (321 points) has had more success as a group this season in the entire league. There’s even a fighting chance that four Southeast Division clubs could make the playoffs.

Suffice it to say, anyone still knocking the hockey played down here in this corner of the continent can be officially discredited. Clearly, anyone in that category hasn’t been paying attention this season.

Beyond team accolades, when the book is closed on the 2010-11 season, the Southeast Division has a legitimate chance for representation in almost every major year-end individual award. Some have sturdier ground to stand on than others in that respect but several individuals from Southeast clubs look to at least be in the conversation for some hardware in Vegas in late June.

Since premature awards speculation has started to heat up at a few other media outlets – always fun to keep tabs on ESPN’s Trophy Tracker but no Tampa Bay love in the Adams race, really? – here’s a list of potential trophy candidates from the Southeast Division, in no particular order.

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  Tags: craig+ramsay, daniel+sedin, dustin+byfuglien, eric+staal, guy+boucher, henrik+sedin, jeff+skinner, john+carlson, logan+couture, martin+st.+louis, nhl+awards, ryan+kesler, steven+stamkos, tobias+enstrom

Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/8/11

Debuted the new-look version of The Bolts Beat yesterday, complete with some first-time technical goofs, as I suppose we should have expected. (Our intro song was somehow infiltrated by a portion of, co-host Mark Pukalo was effectively muted throughout the broadcast without a headset, the camera didn’t pick up my good side and , overall, “goofy” comes to mind…) In all seriousness, if you tuned in, thanks for sticking with us, despite our clear need for some serious polishing in the show’s new incarnation.

If I had to sum it up briefly, I’d call on fellow old school professional wrestling fans to remember the infamous first appearance of “The Shockmaster” in WCW. (Look it up if you’re unfamiliar. It communicates yesterday’s frustrations pretty well…)

I’d have posted it here, as promised but I think I’ll wait to do that until we shine her up a little more.

Moving right along, it’s time for a look at this past week’s AHL action for the affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division teams, which is shorter than usual this week, thanks to the All-Star break.

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Thrashers On The Move?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

There are more than a few rumors buzzing about the league suggesting the NHL is about to make a pitch to take over the Atlanta Thrashers with the end game being to move them to Winnipeg. Repeat, these are just rumors at this stage.

According to sources which purport to be close to the story, the league would raise roughly $160 million U.S. for the project and put $35 million of that money into a kitty to run the team on a temporary basis. They would then offer the remaining $125 million to the legal battling owners of the Thrashers in hopes that that would be tempted to take the money, in part to end their losses and perhaps make the resolution of whatever disputes remain between them easier.

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Video- Freddy Meyer Faints On The Ice

Thrashers have him listed as out with an upper-body injury.

10:13pm, added another video of the incident below…

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Thrashers Looking For A Defenseman & Two Forwards

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a trade to improve a struggling team on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.

Dudley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that there is a heightened sense of urgency following a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday.

As of last night, yes [we are actively looking for a trade],” Dudley said. “Are we looking to do something? Absolutely. We don’t want to let this go. Obviously we haven’t given up on the season. It would be ludicrous. We haven’t given up on improving either. If it doesn’t come from within, it will come from outside.”

The Thrashers hold a tenuous one-point lead on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have won just seven times in their past 22 games, erasing a once comfortable playoff margin.

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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/1/11

Just like their big NHL brothers, the AHL has hit the All-Star portion of their season schedule. American League teams won’t resume play until Thursday but there was plenty of action to recap before the break.

It’s that time again. Your stats pack-style update on the Southeast’s AHL affiliates:

GAME RESULTS
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Tuesday, 1/25/11: Portland Pirates 2, Norfolk Admirals 1
Norfolk goal-scorers: Johan Harju (16)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Smith (19/21)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Jhonas Enroth, POR; 2 – T.J. Brennan, POR; 3 – Mark Mancari, POR

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Raleigh or Bust!

This afternoon, I will begin the trek to Raleigh, North Carolina, for coverage of this weekend’s All-Star festivities.

I have some feature ideas and interview targets in mind, which I’ll post individually as they come together, but one thing I wanted to put out there for the readers is a journal-type account of the trip, including the near ten-hour journey alongside my partner on The Bolts Beat, ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran. (Given our argumentative relationship on the show, if one of us doesn’t finally kill the other at some point between now and Monday, the weekend will be considered a roaring success.)

I’ll recap the ongoing revelry several times throughout each day and post those updates in the KK Hockey section of the site continually but I also thought I’d toss out the invitation to follow along on Twitter, if you aren’t doing so already, as this weekend’s happenings are sure to entertain the masses in rapid fire fashion, even while we’re on the road.

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Future Bright For Big Buff

from Nancy Macdonald of MacLeans,

The future is bound to only get brighter: there’s Raleigh and the All-Star Game most immediately, perhaps an Olympic appearance in Sochi, if the league allows players to go to Russia. “The more responsibility you give Dustin, the more he responds,” says Dudley. “So now he’s an important guy. And he feels there’s a certain responsibility involved in being a star player.” Last summer, Byfuglien brought the Stanley Cup home to Roseau, where he addressed some of those loyal parents. “When I left home, I left with a purpose,” he said in a speech at Memorial Arena. “And every time I went home, I wanted to come home with a better story.” Well, right now, there’s no one in the league with a better story than his.

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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 1/24/11

Stay tuned later tonight for the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, where we discuss the state of the Lightning at the break versus where we thought they’d be at this time, the All-Star Game, the drama surrounding the Red Wings, Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov and much more.

Until then, another week, another look at the Southeast’s AHL affiliates:

GAME RESULTS
Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 1/18/11: Hamilton Bulldogs 7, Rochester Americans 0
Rochester goal-scorers: none
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Jacob Markstrom (18/23), Tyler Plante (10/12)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Ryan Russell, HAM; 2 – Frederic St. Denis, HAM; 3 – Aaron Palushaj, HAM

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