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Sutter ‘Zinger’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Stan Fischler of Game On,

What is the difference between Brendan Shanahan’s comeback and that of Mats (Card Table) Sundin?  Brent Sutter has the answer while twitting Matty: “Shanny is well-conditioned,” explains the Devils’ coach. “He wasn’t traveling North America playing poker in those celebrity events!”

Sutter rates Sid Crosby (as a Junior) and Zach Parise among the two “hardest-working” players he’s ever coached. Parise, despite impressive numbers, does not rate himself a superstar. He tells us, “I could be better if I could be more consistent. I’ll figure it out soon.”

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Ron Francis ‘Out’ With Back Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that Associate Head Coach Ron Francis will not be behind the bench for tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Francis suffered a back injury during the All-Star break and is not with the team on the current road trip.

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  Tags: ron+francis

These Players Could Help Their Team

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from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

The closer the post-season gets, the more fiercely contested the games. Teams want to make sure they’re peaking at the right time, so they try to ensure everyone is on the same page – or at least using the same playbook – as the post-season nears. A player can be forgiven for a slow start to the season, but don’t go cold when your team is desperately trying to win in the spring.

With that in mind, here are a lucky seven players who can salvage their season - and maybe that of their team’s - with an improved showing in February and March:

Ales Hemsky, Edmonton
Granted, Eric Cole and Sam Gagner need to forget about the first half of the season and finally start contributing some goals on a semi-regular basis. If they don’t, it’s difficult to imagine the Oilers sneaking into the playoffs


A note about Gagner- The Oilers are waiting for results from an MRI performed yesterday on his ankle, which did not improve over the All-Star break.

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Comcast Offers NHL On Demand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK / PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 27, 2009) – Today, Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, and the NHL Network announced an agreement to offer the first On Demand access to NHL and hockey dedicated programming.  Under the terms of the agreement, NHL Network subscribers can access in-depth hockey coverage On Demand including NHL game highlights made available only hours after game completion and at no additional charge.

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It’s Not As Clear As It Should Have Been

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Leave it to Scotty Bowman to break down the forced-sitting of Lidstrom & Datsyuk.

Listen to Scotty who was on the Fan590 in Toronto this morning.  Scotty also discusses numerous NHL topics.

Also, from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Fine them.

Make them go to their room.

Make them each write a 1,000-word essay on why they love the NHL All-Star Game.

But to make Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings miss tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets does more potential harm to the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild than it does to Detroit.

For the sake of propping up an all-star game that is rightly mocked for presenting silly hockey, the NHL is using a sledge hammer to kill a fly.

read on

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom, pavel+datsyuk

Evil Uncle Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Commodore’s been traded a few times.  Admits he drank a bit too much in the minors, but prefers to point the finger at Mike Babcock as to the reason his career didn’t progress as quickly as he’d hoped early on.

“Mike Babcock was without a doubt an obstacle in my career,” said Commodore of the coach who traded him from Anaheim to Calgary in 2003.

“I wanted to prove him wrong, I’m not going to lie. I used him as big-time motivation. I thought he put his best foot forward to bury me.”

Pretty interesting story, with two definitely different sides.  Thanks to Malik for the pointer.

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A Simple Request

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It has been stated that the ruling that Gary Bettman would use to suspend Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom for their All Star Game no shows was made clear during a February 2008 General Manager’s meeting.  Does anyone have any evidence from February 2008 that this is true?  Any links to a story about it from last February?  I can’t find any and one would think they should exist.


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Now This Is A Road Trip

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Like it or not, the 17-day trip is here.

After practicing today in Bensenville, the Blackhawks take off on their longest road trip in eight seasons and the second-longest in the 82-year history of the franchise.

The stretch of eight consecutive road games begins Wednesday in Anaheim, and the Hawks won’t return to the United Center until Feb. 14.


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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Onrait of TSN,

A very good friend of mine sent me an e-mail over the weekend that pretty much sums up my feelings about this past weekend’s NHL Skills Competition:

“… half the guys looked like they didn’t care and the other half were trying these things that they couldn’t pull off. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat. It was bad.”

Exactly. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat.

What if Kovalev had put on a bra? Would that have tipped the scales in his favour?


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  Tags: all-star+game

Western Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Of all the questions to consider as the 2008-09 NHL season heads into the home stretch, the one on everyone’s mind in Western Canada is: Is this the year the region’s three Canadian-based teams qualify for the playoffs together?

At the all-star game break, the Calgary Flames were third on the Western Conference list, with the Edmonton Oilers holding down sixth place and the Vancouver Canucks, despite a six-game losing string, hanging on to seventh.

If the playoffs began today, the Flames and Oilers would meet in the opening round, setting up the first playoff Battle of Alberta since their memorable 1991 meeting, won by the Oilers in seven games.

continued with a look at the Wings, Ducks and some trade options…

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