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Derek Boogaard Gets Two Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (March 6, 2010)—Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of a kneeing incident during NHL game #954 against the Edmonton Oilers, the National Hockey League announced today.

        Boogaard, who was suspended for five games on Feb. 28, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $21,341.46 in salary, based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

        At 7:29 of the first period, Boogaard delivered a knee hit on Edmonton forward Ryan Jones. Boogaard was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing on the play.

Watch the hit here.

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Ovechkin In A Scoring Funk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak at NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin had one of his virtuoso performances Feb. 7 when the rival Pittsburgh Penguins were in town, scoring three goals and an assist to propel his Washington Capitals to a dramatic comeback triumph.

Almost a month has passed since then and, believe it or not, that was the last time Ovechkin scored an NHL goal. The time lapsed includes the Olympic break, but Ovechkin has gone five games without scoring—his longest such streak of the season.

“Every I’ve been here Alex has had a little bit of a stretch where he just can’t find the net and then the next thing you know, once he gets one he gets 10 in four games and that’s the way he’s been,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “This is his little funk and I expect him to come out of it real soon.”


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NHL Gives Another Reason To Not Own A Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The optics regarding the NHL’s ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes continue to look poorly.  It looks bad that a team run on league welfare is one of the biggest buyers at trade deadline time.  It looks even worse when the NHL sues the outgoing owner of the team.

Jerry Moyes lost a significant amount of money as Phoenix Coyotes owner.  He was unable or unwilling to finance a money losing team due to financial problems from his trucking business which is the primary source of his wealth.

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What The New Bolts Owner Brings To The Table

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

Bettman longed for another Bill Davidson to make the Lightning winners again in the standings and the stands. He thinks the league, and Tampa Bay, has struck gold.

“If you had to computer-generate an owner for this situation, I think we got the right guy,” Bettman said.

Granted, a computer generation might be livelier than the new owner, who will shun the spotlight and not run hockey operations, a blessing since the yahoos on the way out thought they were the smartest guys in the dressing room. The new owner says he will not run this team. He says he’ll hire a “world-class CEO” to preside over the Lightning.

And Jeff Vinik said this, on March 5, 2010:

“I’m going to invest for the long term. This franchise is not going to be constrained by financial resources.”

Write that one down, kiddies.


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Twenty Teams In Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Early NHL action today with a game at 1:00pm ET and another stating at 2:00pm ET.

Below you can view the complete NHL schedule for today.

The playoff battle continues and teams are fighting for every point they can get.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I see where the Dallas Stars have signed Steve Ott to a four-year, $11.8-million contract extension, locking up the 27-year-old forward/enforcer through the 2013-14 season. Almost $3 million per season for 11 goals and 12 assists in 54 games. Lovely.

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.

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Was Lapierre’s Four Game Suspension Justified?

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from Arpon Basu of The Daily Hab-It,

Considering Lapierre is a first-time offender, and also considering some of the other suspensions handed out this season, I found the punishment a little harsh. But I only thought it was a bit too severe because of all the other times the NHL has come down very lightly on players this season. Four games for that dangerous hit Lapierre laid on Nichol, when looked at in a vacuum, appears more than fair. In fact, it’s probably too light.

Then I figured I should see what exactly constitutes a play worthy of such a suspension this season, so I decided to look at every play that earned the perpetrator at least a three-game vacation this season. I’ll let you be the judge.

read on

thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer

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Would Phaneuf Make A Good Captain?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

If there is a likely captain out of the group that wear A, it could well be Phaneuf. At 24, he’s closer in age to the players he leads. Kaberle is 32, Beauchemin 29 and Komisarek 28.

The core of players around whom this team is being built is much younger. Phil Kessel is 22. Luke Schenn is 20. Tyler Bozak will be 24 later this month. Viktor Stalberg is 24. Carl Gunnarsson and Nikolai Kulemin are 23. Luca Caputi is 21.

“We’ve got a young energetic group that works hard shift-in, shift-out,” said Phaneuf. “It’s a fun group to be around. A very upbeat group; a young group.”


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Left On The Right Side

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Visualize, if you will, being skilled enough at something that you rise to the top 0.5 per cent of your craft or profession and are paid millions as a consequence.

Now do it backward.

This is essentially what dozens of NHL defencemen are required to do on a nightly basis.

Roughly three in 10 NHL rearguards are right-handed shots (the split is 65 per cent/35 per cent in favour of port-side shooters), but given that half the available jobs are on the right side of the ice, lots of players are being asked to play on the opposite side from where they learned the game.

This is no small matter.

Some old hands, like Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, adjusted long ago, but others say it doesn’t feel natural even years later.


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Boogaard Keeps On Getting Breaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

So it happened again, just as it’s happened so many times with Derek Boogaard and an Edmonton Oiler, Boogaard—the very definition of a goon hockey player —made an illegal hit and almost crippled Edmonton winger Ryan Jones.

This wasn’t a hockey play, this was a crime on ice, the kind Boogaard is known for, and the kind he will continue to commit in NHL rinks until some player gets badly injured and decides to sue Boogaard, his coach, his franchise and the NHL.

All of them are complicit in Boogaard’s ongoing, illegal on-ice violence. Why do I say that?


added 3/6/210 at 8:17am, video of the hit can be watched below…

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