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Flames Need To Head In The Right Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

It wasn’t all that long ago Mike Keenan’s name was being thrown around as a coach-of-the-year finalist.

Over the last few days, the debate has taken on a decidedly different flavour as many are starting to wonder if he should be shown the door.

Blanked in successive road games and losers of seven of their last 10, the Flames are doing exactly what Darryl Sutter suggested doomed them last spring: Limping into the playoffs….

Apparently unsure whether the key to success is striving to somehow regain their defensive edge of years past or attempt to run-and-gun with all comers, the Flames appear somewhat directionless.

Despite their talent and depth, they have no identity no set lines, and soon, they likely won’t have a division lead and accompanying home-ice advantage thanks to the surging Vancouver Canucks.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On Inside Hockey Radio today:

We’ve got another great lineup for you this week as we talk to Conor McKenna (Team 990), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (Former NHLer), Alanah McGinley (Kuklskorner.com) and go Toe to Toe with Todd Carroll.

Conor will give us the latest on the Habs push for the playoffs and take a swing around the Northeast Division. Bob Snow will be live from the NCAA Hockey Northeast Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire to help us dissect the NCAA tournament. Jim Cummins will help us tackle some of the hot topics around the NHL and the playoff chances of his beloved Blackhawks. Alanah McGinley who is based in Vancouver will give us the latest on the Canucks and we’ll finish off by going Toe to Toe with Toddy Carroll as we examine the tug of war between college hockey and Canadian Juniors, as well as the drawn out response to Alexander Ovechkin’s goal celebrations. Enough already folks!

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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With Or Without Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

This week’s Backchecking will take a team-by-team look at records with different players in and out of the lineup.

There are a number of contributing factors that may affect a team’s record during a specific time frame, whether it’s a favourable schedule, whether multiple players were injured or if players have been added to the roster, so record alone is not going to measure a player’s impact on his team but, given how imprecise the measurement of hockey statistics, it’s just another piece of information to take into account.

ANAHEIM DUCKS
RW Teemu Selanne
6-9-2 (.382 points percentage) while Selanne was injured; 31-22-4 (.579) since.
LW Bobby Ryan
9-7-2 (.528) before getting called-up; 28-24-4 (.536) after.

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The Threats In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline and Theodore Decker of the Columbus Dispatch,

As a loud, passionate crowd celebrated one of the Blue Jackets’ most emphatic victories in franchise history Thursday night, some scary moments played out behind the scenes in Nationwide Arena.

Two threats to shoot the Blue Jackets’ rookie goaltender, Steve Mason, and another threat to bomb the arena led to an arrest on the Northwest Side before the game ended.

Peter Stenzel, 52, was charged with inducing panic and menacing, both misdemeanors, after police traced the phone calls to his apartment at 6115 O’Sweeney Lane….

His sister, Wendy Tanaka of Worthington, said that Stenzel is an avid hockey fan, but “to threaten someone like that, that’s not him. Not even if he had a million dollars on the game.”

Stenzel, who is single and has no children, makes a living working on computers. He was born in Toronto and maintains dual citizenship in Canada and the United States, Tanaka said.

“I don’t know how people can take such things so seriously,” Tanaka said. “Sign of the times.”

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The Worldly Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

For Alex Ovechkin and four of his Washington Capitals buddies, this was not a typical day at the office. Instead of skates and sticks, Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Staffan Kronwall and Karl Alzner wanted a thrill away from the hockey rink. They found it — on a Go-Kart track.

“It was so much fun,” said Green, one of the organizers of the off-day excursion to Allsports Grand Prix in Dulles last month. “They were FAST — like racing ones. It was sick. It was like real racing — we weren’t just putzing around out there.”

What was interesting wasn’t five professional hockey players hanging out and driving Go-Karts at 35 mph, but rather the composition of the group: two Swedes, two Canadians and one of the most famous Russians in the sporting world.

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CBA Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

While the players initially benefited from the new labour deal — increases in league revenue led to an increase in the salary cap — they feel they’re once again bailing out bad owners and poor marketplaces.

“Why should we pay for the owners’ negligence?” remarked one player. “The players have gone out of their way to promote the game, do interviews and commercials. There are some owners doing the job and doing it well, but it’s all done individually, not by the league.”

The longer the players live with the labour pact, the better they understand its shortcomings. In the NBA, the players’ escrow contributions are capped at 10 per cent. In the NHL, there is no cap and potentially no limit to how much the players could lose.

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Vancouver GM Says Canucks Looking Forward, Media Looking At The Past

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canucks GM Mike Gillis was on Team 1040 in Vancouver yesterday and discussed the media in Vancouver.

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Islanders Shutout Wings 2-0…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...coach Scott Gordon tells you how it was done.

Plus, a great save by Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald sure helped too.  Watch below…

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Giguere Pulled Twice In Loss To Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Duck Blog,

The question now is whether the Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers have enough left in the tank to drive for the Stanley Cup playoffs over the season’s final seven games.

That task will be considerably more daunting for the Ducks in the wake of a wild Friday night rollercoaster ride that featured a franchise-record 54 shots on goal but resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Oilers at Honda Center….

“It’s a tough loss,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “You’re going to feel it here for a little while, but when you leave the rink tonight you have to put it out of your mind and make sure we’re ready to come to the rink tomorrow to work and prepare for Colorado on Sunday.”

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Hossa Would Like To Sign An Extension By End Of Regular Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ritch Winter, Marian Hossa’s agent, tells Sporting News Today that he is optimistic a deal will get worked out, allowing Hossa to re-sign with the Red Wings.

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