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What Could Have Been

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The NHL schedule maker must have a cruel streak where Islanders fans are concerned. As if to cut through the scar tissue from the Mike Milbury era and re-open old wounds, the league scheduled back-to-back Coliseum visits for Ottawa forwards Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza Saturday night and Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday night.

At a time when the franchise basically is starting over from scratch with a rebuilding program, that trio of NHL All-Stars represents the core of the Islanders team that could have been.

continued

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The New NHL Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ulf Samuelsson at the Hockey News,

I never played in the new NHL, but I think nowadays you need pure skating skills if you’re a defenseman. You can’t get by with grit and hard-nosed play. You need to be able to dance with the forwards or you won’t be able to stay in the league. Simply, you need to be an exceptional skater in today’s NHL.

Of course, you have to be able to play the game; that’s No. 1 and that’s going to be No. 1 no matter what the rules are. You have to be able to see the game, process quickly and execute the right play on the ice.

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Blues Recall Jeff Woywitka

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled defenseman Jeff Woywitka from their Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Pock Facing Hearing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN & the CP,

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock will have a hearing with the National Hockey League this afternoon at 2pm et to determine supplemental discipline following his hit on Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.

Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Shannon in the head.

continued and view the video at the 1:15 mark into the highlights…

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Fatherly Advice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doug Harrison at CBC Sports,

As Edmonton Oilers fans anxiously await the return of the “real” Sam Gagner, his father, Dave, sits two time zones away in his London, Ont., home confident that better days are ahead for the promising forward….

“I don’t think there’s a player that’s ever gone through stretches where things didn’t go the way they wanted,” Dave Gagner told CBCSports.ca. “As long as [Sam] continues to play the right way, things will eventually turn for him. I think he’s handling it fairly well.”

Through Nov. 13, young Sam had two assists and one goal in 16 games this season after finishing fifth in rookie scoring last year with 49 points as an 18-year-old.

read on

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The Good & Bad Zherdev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Zherdev’s 16 points in his first 19 games projects to 67 for the season, which, barring a spectacular postseason, probably would make it his only one in a Ranger uniform. His contract is up and so likely would be the organization’s patience if someone this talented remains so invisible on so many nights.

“Alexei Kovalev,” Chris Drury offered as a Zherdev comparison after a game earlier this season. Both high and faint praise considering how unfulfilling became Kovalev’s tours of duty, particularly the second, in New York.

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Bruins Handle Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

Lucic might not have had much to say about the bout, but he certainly reacted on the ice with unbridled emotion - waving his arms in triumph and pounding the glass as the crowd went nuts.

“It’s just excitement,” said Lucic, downplaying the display. “When the fans are screaming and they’re pumped up, it gets you more pumped up. That’s just the adrenaline going through me.”

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Connolly Has Another Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff saw Tim Connolly get leveled, and he immediately was concerned. Not just because the Buffalo Sabres center has a history of concussions, but because the hit was hard enough to hurt anyone. It certainly hurt Connolly….

“Tim’s just got a bruised chest, so he’s going to be day-to-day,” Ruff said. “Don’t feel it’s bad, but don’t really have a handle on how much time it’s going to take.”

read on

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The Summit Series Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Sporting News,

When the horn sounded to end the game, (Pat) Stapleton instinctively picked up what would become a cherished memento.

“Why I picked the puck up I have no idea,” he said. “I had control of the puck as the game ended. I had it on my stick. I went to shoot it down the ice, then I just decided to put it in my glove. There was no plan to it.”

Asked where he keeps it, he said, “It’s been all over the place. It’s a secret.”

As for what he eventually plans to do with it, Stapleton said, “That’s a good question, I don’t have a good, clear answer for that yet. It’s taken on legs of its own. Once the mystery is over, it’s over, right?”

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It’s A Matter Of Trust

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

And there was this from Tippett: “The guys that have the most influence in this are your top players and when they don’t have trust in the whole group, then you are in trouble. And we have some trust issues right now.”

And from the players there was talk of a lack of chemistry and a lack of work ethic.

Not good signs when you are basically one-fifth of the way through the season and have won just five of 16 games.

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