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Bruins Working On Keeping Chiarelli Long Term

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli, the 44-year-old former Harvard captain who was hired as Mike O’Connell’s replacement in June 2006, is in year No. 3 of a four-year deal he signed upon coming to the Hub from the Ottawa Senators.

“He’s my GM right now, and hopefully we can work something out . . . I’d like to see him here long term,” said owner Jeremy Jacobs, at the TD Banknorth Garden last night to see his Bruins defeat the Capitals in overtime, 3-2.

“I’m working on it, but we’re not there yet,” said Charlie Jacobs, the owner’s son and the club’s executive vice president. “We’d like to have something done before he enters the final year of his contract.”

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Rangers Laying Low

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from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

This might be the first time in sports history that a team finishes first and then sneaks up on everybody. Who knew that the top of the standings would be such a good hiding place?

That is the spot the Rangers have been finding themselves in, even if most of the hockey world and the world at large has not quite found them yet. They have been at or near the top of the Atlantic Division standings all season—they are one point behind the Devils right now—but it really doesn’t seem that way.

When hockey observers talk about the elite teams in the NHL, they generally don’t mention the Rangers. To be honest, they are not the type of club that takes your breath away. They are not very flamboyant, witnessed again by a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes at the Garden Tuesday night. Still, they are pretty good.

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Diggers Split:  Hank May Sign With St. Louis For All We Know

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Of course, that’s a joke.

Henrik Zetterbeg would never sign with the Blues.  That’s just crazy talk.

But the Diggers?  Someone’s gonna be right. Someone’s gonna be wrong. And the other?  Well, she’s playing it safe.

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Future Hall Of Famer Ed Belfour Is Retired (I Think)

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to write final career perspectives for the players I believe are going to the Hockey Hall of Fame when they retire.  The problem is sometimes they don’t clearly announce retirement.  I have not seen any clear announcement of Ed Belfour’s retirement, but I think it is clear that his NHL hockey career is over.

Ed Belfour was born in Carmen, Manitoba on April 21st, 1965.  He grew up playing in the Manitoba junior hockey system.  He first reached some level of prominence in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League while playing for the local Winkler Flyers in 1983/84.  This is a high scoring league and Belfour who had a GAA above four in his first two years (he had a 3.83 GAA in his third year in 85/86).  These numbers did not gather much interest from NHL scouts and he went undrafted.  It was, however, good enough to get a shot playing for the University of North Dakota in the NCAA.

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Ovechkin Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, the leading goal-scorer in the NHL and the league’s reigning MVP, left Tuesday night’s game against the Bruins after awkwardly crashing into the boards following a hook from Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara.

Ovechkin hit the boards behind the Bruins goal with his right shoulder and head, then remained motionless on the ice for about 15 seconds before rolling over and rubbing his face with his glove.

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update 8:55pm, The headline now states Ovechkin Returns but the story has not been updated, so it looks like AO is back.

video added below on 1/28/09…

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Boyle Day-To-Day With Upper Body Injury

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

This wasn’t part of the plan. Dan Boyle finally got to play in an NHL All-Star game and the competitive defenseman gets hurt.

The injury was serious enough that he’s in San Jose, not here, for tonight’s game against the Avalanche. But one Sharks source, calling it a tweak, said there’s a decent chance that Boyle could be ready to go against Phoenix at home on Thursday.

Coach Todd McLellan only would that it’s an upper-body injury and that No. 22 is day-to-day.

continued and Rob Blake will play tonight…

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Zetterberg Leaves Game Late In The First Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No update yet on Zetterberg who walked down the tunnel late in the first period during tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.

He is not on the bench for the 2nd period.

update 8:54pm, Lower back spasms, will not return.

update 9:04pm, Wings have called a 2:00pm press conference for tomorrow,.  Speculation is Zetterberg contract extension.

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U Of M Police Investigating On-Ice Conduct & Locker Room Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Art Aisner of the Ann Arbor News,

University of Michigan police will review the on-ice conduct of two Michigan State University hockey players involved in an incident that sent a Wolverines player to the hospital over the weekend, officials said.

Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said Tuesday that the actions of Spartans Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp during Saturday’s game at Yost Ice Arena may not be criminal but will be examined to determine if further investigation is needed.

Their violent takedown of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer is also part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault involving Kampfer’s father and at least one of the players inside the visiting team’s locker room in the game’s waning moments.

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Think Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

One of the most eminent sports psychology experts in the country, Paul Dennis has a PhD in sports psychology and teaches at Toronto’s York University. The Leafs player development coach, Dennis has worked for the club for 19 years.

Mapleleafs.com’s Mike Ulmer visited with him to talk about what everyone wants: a return to the winner’s bracket for the Maple Leafs.

Ulmer: What are the impediments, other than talent, to winning?

Dennis: The individual’s mindset: self-doubt, self-criticism, worry. These are all aspects the athletes is in control of.

Ulmer: Are athletes more or less insecure than the average person on the street?

Dennis: I think they are considerably more insecure. A lot of people would see the glamour and not agree with my assessment. They see hockey players as successful and skillful. That is true and the term we refer to is ‘self-efficacy.’

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All That Remains Are The Faces And The Names Of The Wings Shafted By Little Gary Bettman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1.  You know we, for some very strange reasons, consider this to be a big game.

b.  You also know that when a big game’s on tap, you can’t go wrong with Lightfoot.

3.  That will be the last disparaging remark we make about our league’s commissioner here at A2Y.  It’s done with. We’re over it. The second half and the 12th Cup await us.

It’s time to move on.

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