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Anaheim Will Likely Miss The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Anaheim Ducks were the Stanley Cup champions as recently as 2007.  Their fall has been surprisingly fast.  It looks like this season the team will miss the playoffs.  Right now, Anaheim is in 12th place in the West Conference with 68 points.  They are only three points back of eighth place but they are tied for the games played lead in the conference.  They have fifteen games left to pass four teams in the standings.  That seems very unlikely.  All that will be needed to eliminate the Ducks is one or two of the bubble teams ahead of the Ducks going on a hot streak.  Given the number of such teams that is very likely.

What happened to the Anaheim Ducks?  How have they fallen so quickly?

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Laraque Calls New Fighting Recommendations A Joke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque is outraged by recommendations made by general managers participating in the annual NHL GM meetings in Naples, Florida.

“All of their recommendations are a joke!” Laraque charged after reading the NHL’s plans on TSN.ca….

It’s that proposed penalty - a 10-minute misconduct - which really angers Laraque.

“Stupidest thing ever!” Laraque told TSN. “I think it’s a joke. They might as well take fighting out of the NHL…fighting won’t be safer; it will be eliminated because an added 10 minute misconduct is too much.”

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Are You Armed With All You Need?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I have no idea. 

It’s a question only you can answer.

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The Next Montreal Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,

The ideal candidate would also have experience. The last Canadiens head coach with previous NHL head-coaching experience was Jacques Demers, who joined the team in 1992 and won the Cup in ‘93.

The list of candidates with the right combination of experience and language skills is a short one. At the top is Bob Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. He’s currently working as an analyst with RDS after being fired two years ago by the Atlanta Thrashers.

And there’s Denis Savard, who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks this season and made his coaching debut as an assistant during the Canadiens’ 1993 Cup run.

read on and Patrick Roy’s name is mentioned too.  Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends discusses the Roy talk too.

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‘Broadcasting’ Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Issue No. 1: You see the game only from the perspective of your team. As a result, you know your team better than anyone else does. You watch your guy fore check, and not the opposition’s defenseman quarterbacking the breakout. You are watching from the perspective of how your guy angles on the forecheck, how often he anticipates correctly, how hard he is on the puck and a host of other details that national broadcasters and media don’t know because they don’t watch your team the way you watch your team….

Issue No. 2: You have a hard time formulating an argument for opposing players because you don’t watch them much, and when you do watch them against your favorite team, you still watch them from your team’s perspective. One of my old “NHL 2Night” lines was that after Barry Melrose would accuse me of having a favorite NHL team, I would say, “Barry, I love all 30 teams equally.”

read on to get the whole picture…

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Witt May Be A Marked Man Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As fate would have it, Brendan Witt’s comeback from a five-game suspension for a blow to the head of Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman will be in Toronto tonight at Air Canada Centre. Although the shot Witt delivered was unintentional because he had no stick and simply was trying to get his body in Hagman’s way, the Islanders defenseman understands if Toronto fans or the Leafs themselves demand retribution.

Asked if he might be a marked man tonight, Witt said, ” don’t know. I played with Ron [Wilson, the Toronto coach]. He coached me in Washington. He’s not that type of guy. But if it is, we’ll just address it. If I’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight, and then, it’s forgotten about. It’s a part of the game.

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Havlat Day-to-Day, Khabibulin Practices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

“Havvy is day-to-day,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was much better today than when he left the game the other day.”

When I asked Quenneville if there’s a possibility Havlat could play Wednesday night when the Hawks host the Carolina Hurricanes, the coach paused and said: “I’ll say yes.”

There was some good news on the injury front as veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin returned to practice. The veteran has been suffering from a lower-body injury.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Top-10 Stanley Cup Contenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News:

San Jose, Detroit and Calgary are the class of the West, while Boston, New Jersey and Washington are the lead pack in a wide-open East. Right here, right now, the smart money is on a Boston-San Jose final.

Here’s why:

1. SAN JOSE SHARKS
They’ve been one of the best teams in the NHL for several years and they’re all too familiar with the pain of losing in the post-season. The blueline has been studded with experience and there’s more grit than ever before among the forwards (and still a lot of talent, too). And this is it for old guys like Claude Lemieux, Rob Blake and Jeremy Roenick. This team is motivated, skilled, experienced and deep. Is it now or never? No. But it’ll sure feel like it if the Sharks fall short once again.

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And Now We Turn To Uncle Mike?  Really?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The longest regular season in hockey history continues tonite with the next “most important game of the year.”

Meanwhile, everybody’s saying Uncle Mike’s all pissed off.

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Yep. He looks fired up, eh?  Nice photo selection.

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Penalties For Staged Fights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL’s general managers are hoping to cut down on staged fights.

The GMs would like to see a 10-minute misconduct penalty assessed to players who drop their gloves right after a faceoff.

Referees would also be able to hand out that penalty in other instances where they believe players have engaged in an appointment fight.

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added 3:17pm, from Damian Cox of The Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,

There are those who believe all fighting in hockey is wonderful.

There are those who believe it’s all idiotic.

Then there are those that believe some fighting in hockey is necessary and meaningful while just some of the fights are idiotic.

The NHL knew it couldn’t please the first crowd or the second, so it’s going for the third.

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