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Lady Byng Leader

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One of the final trophies that I am yet to pick an early leader for is the Lady Byng Trophy.  This trophy is for the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.  There are a few candidates for this award.  Perennial Byng Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has 23 points and 4 PIMs, Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils has 25 points and 2 PIMs, San Jose’s Patrick Marleau has 26 points and 4 PIMs and his teammate Devin Setoguchi has 27 points and 2 PIMs.  All are solid Byng candidates, but I do not select any of them.

I think the current leader is Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks.  It is harder to play well and play a sportsmanlike game without significant penalty minutes on defence than it is at forward.  In fact, only Bill Quackenbush and Red Kelly have ever won the Lady Byng while playing defence.

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Sakic Out Again With Bad Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

He took one shift - 28 seconds - before shutting it down for the day because his back was bad.

This is obviously a red-siren, MAJOR setback for Cap and the Avs. He has, in essense, missed eight of the last nine games now. He has yet to play a full game in any of the three he’s allegedly been healthy enough to play in those last nine.

This is serious. A bad back can very often mean the end of a player’s career. Knowing the Avalanche and their medical staff, I would bet the ranch that they will now shut Sakic down for at least another few games and try to get this thing cured.

more on the Avs loss to Phoenix today…

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Ducks Statement On Brian Burke

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Following the announcement by the Toronto Maple Leafs that Brian Burke has been named the club’s General Manager, Anaheim Ducks Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the entire Anaheim Ducks family, we would once again like to thank Brian for his tremendous contributions over the last three-plus seasons,” said Schulman.  “Brian stated on many occasions his desire to be closer to his family, which we support. We congratulate and wish him the best of luck with the Maple Leafs.”

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Wally’s Gettin’ Anxious About The Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And there’s even a Woodward Avenue reference in that one.  A mini-slump has sent us back to our roots.

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A Look At Goalie Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Doug Harrison of CBC Sports,

Through the first seven weeks of this season, injuries beset no fewer than 17 NHL goalies, including 12 starters.

The most serious injury was to Brodeur, followed by Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who is sidelined week to week after straining his left groin on a routine save at Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.

Luongo had played in at least 72 of his team’s 82 games in each of the past four campaigns….

Healy, who retired in 2001 after 437 NHL games, suggested an argument could be made that there is no down time for today’s players.

The former Los Angeles King, Toronto Maple Leaf, New York Ranger and New York Islander recalled playing organized hockey for only seven months as a youngster.

“It’s a 12-month job now and there are lots of kids that would like your job and they’re creeping up on you pretty quick,” said Healy, now the director of player affairs for the NHL Players’ Association. “At some point, does that affect your ability to have that durability?

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Two Americans Leading The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

You can bet that fans will be talking coast to coast about Burke’s rumored six-year, $18 million salary. They will surely go deep into the speculation as regards exactly how much control he received from the historically meddlesome management there….

Me, I’ll be wondering how all of Canada will deal with the fact that Canada’s team—and love or hate the Leafs, that’s what they are—is now being managed and coached by a pair of Americans.

I know we’re dancing around a touchy issue here, but my intent is not to deal in cultural stereotyping and bigotry. I’ve spent more than half my working life in Canada. I love the country and its people. The only point I’m making here is that hockey—at least from a Canadian perspective—is Canada’s game.

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Hurry Back Mac, Now Sit…And Wing Games “Suck”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Too bad Darren McCarty didn’t see fit to skip a practice, like one of his peers from “the Association.”  Nice character pickup there Joe.

If Mac had opted out of today’s morning skate, he might be in there tonite…instead of nursing a groin injury from the press box.

“I’ve been treating it all year,” McCarty said. “I just stopped the wrong way, felt a sharp pain. I don’t think it’s anything super serious.”

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Looking At The Playoff Picture In The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

As it stands, the Rangers, Bruins, Capitals, Penguins, Devils and Flyers appear to be a lock to participate in the post-season. The Hurricanes currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot, with a mere 59 games remaining in the regular season, but they are the most likely candidate to fall from grace with one of either the Sabres or Senators overtaking them.

Of course the reality of the situation is any of the bottom feeders could miraculously turn things around and salvage their season.

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Watching & Talking Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Just how Burke goes about getting the Leafs on the winning track will be the most compelling part of watching the new regime operate — who stays and who goes among players and front-office staff.

However, it will be interesting to see how Burke handles the communication demands in a market that’s unlike any he’s ever worked in before; and in an era with more information sources than ever before.

Burke’s never been afraid to try new things. The year his Ducks won the Stanley Cup, he wrote a trading-deadline diary for USA Today that was astonishingly good reading. Even if only referenced players who were actually traded (so as not to compromise the relationship between teams and players who were talked about, but not moved), his candor wasn’t especially well-received by every member of the general manager’s fraternity.

more plus many other NHL topics…

Update 3:19pm ET: (Alanah) Just a note… if you scroll to the bottom of Duhatschek’s article, you’ll see a note about HHOF broadcaster Jiggs McDonald being trapped in Bangkok along with many other Canadians. For more info on that and how their family and many others need help, you can check out this post I put up earlier as well.

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Deadline Monday: Your Best Hockey Stories

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last Tuesday, Paul Kukla’s NHL.com blog invited readers, bloggers and all media to share their favorite personal hockey memory. The hope is to create a list of links at NHL.com on Tuesday, directing hockey fans to all those stories.

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  • To those readers who don’t have a blog or website you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) directly and we’ll be sure to publish all them on the KK Member Blog by Monday. (Thank you to all of you who’ve already sent them in. Everyone else, keep ‘em coming!)
  • To all other blogs and websites that post their own stories be sure to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your sites and Paul will post those links at NHL.com as well.  (You can also add those links to the comments of this post, if you want.)

More details here.  Hopefully by Tuesday we’ll all have a nice list of personal hockey tales linked at NHL.com that everyone can enjoy.

P.S. A big thank you to everyone that’s taking part and also helping promote this on their own sites. It’s greatly appreciated. smile

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