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Blackhawks Losing The Battles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“Losing two games to these guys (Edmonton) in our own building is not a good thing,” Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell said. “Losing two games to any team in our own building in a matter of a week is unacceptable. We have to get a little mad in this locker room and go out there and win some more battles.”

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The loss was the sixth in 10 home games for the Hawks and the fifth that came after the Hawks had a lead or the game was tied in the third period at the UC.

“There are no excuses for it,” Campbell said. “We have to find ways to finish chances throughout the game and work harder. We didn’t get the job done again, which is getting a little old.”


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Sophomore Jinx

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Tyler Myers was the NHL’s rookie of the year last year.  He looked ready to make another big step forward this season.  Many predicted he could be a Norris Trophy candidate in his sophomore season.  His strength on defence was one reason Buffalo was predicted to finish at or near the top of the Northeast Division. 

So far, neither of these has happened.  So far this season, Myers has only four points.  He has a -12 +/- rating, which is second worst in the league.  This is a big change from last year when Myers led the Sabres defence with a +13 rating, 

Buffalo is off to a slow start as well.  They have a 4-11 record (with two regulation ties points).  Last year, Buffalo won their division with a 45-37 record (with 10 regulation tie points).  Things have not worked out so well so far this year, Myers is not the only reason, but he is a big one.

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All Jeff Tambellini

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

Each week a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week Kirk Penton chats with the newest member of the Manitoba Moose, forward Jeff Tambellini.

SUN: Are family dinners awkward when you’re a free agent and your dad’s at the table?

JT: Never. I’d never sign with him. It’s just a bad road to go down. I want no piece of that.

SUN: What is it like having your dad as an NHL GM?

JT: It’s something I only know, so it’s just kind of what we have. I play, he picks the teams.

SUN: Seriously, there’s no way you’d ever sign with him?

JT: No, not a chance.

SUN: You’re being dead honest?

JT: Oh, I’m dead serious.


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  Tags: jeff+tambellini, manitoba+moose

Retired?  Now What?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Athletes may make more money than ever but one thing that has not changed over the years is how hard it is for them to walk away from their sport.

A panel discussion by several experts at helping professional athletes handle life after retirement told a sports management conference in Toronto on Sunday that the biggest problem facing retired players, most of whom are under 40, is still the decision about what they will do for the rest of their lives. Financially, the biggest problem is no longer the athlete who squandered the big money from his or her playing days but keeping them from giving too much of it away to family and friends.

“When a guy retires, how you find that second passion in life?” said former Montreal Canadiens forward Mark Napier, who is now the executive director of the NHL Alumni Association. “It’s not so much about money, it’s finding that second passion, which is easier said than done.”

Napier would like to make it mandatory for players to take aptitude tests to give them an indication of a suitable occupation. The problem, the panelists agreed, is that too often players resist the idea of career planning until retirement is forced on them by their teams.


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Questions follow busy Canadiens weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

A great effort Friday night by the newly christened PhD line (Mathieu Darche and Jeff Halpern both have university degrees) resulted in two goals for Benoit Pouliot and a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, who still have yet to win a game in Buffalo this season.

Saturday night, however, an expectedly tired Canadiens club put in a shoddy effort for two periods, and lost 3-2 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Brian Elliott was good in net for Ottawa, but Alex Kovalev was better up the ice, scoring two goals and tallying an assist against his former club. L’Artiste was, of course, first star on the night.

Two positives from this weekend: a goal by Brian Gionta, who had not scored in eight games, and the play of Pouliot-Halpern-Darche, which has helped keep the Canadiens competitive as their second line and power play has struggled.

While the Habs have looked fairly good in this young season, a few problems are obvious. Firstly, the defence: it’s far too slow.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, jaroslav+spacek, marc-andre+bergeron, roman+hamrlik, ryan+o'byrne, yanick+weber

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“In days gone by, you used to hit a guy just to separate the puck.  Now they hit to hurt. ... Even the cleanest check in the world, they’ll try and knock your head off. I don’t know if it’s lack of respect—I really can’t put my finger on what it actually is.

“The whole mindset of players has to change.”

-Ray Scapinello, retired NHL linesman.  More from Ray and retired referee Ron Hoggarth from the CP at The Hockey News.


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Willie Mitchell Will Undergo MRI

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

X-rays taken of defenseman Willie Mitchell, who was injured during the Kings’ 4-1 victory over Nashville on Saturday night, showed no break or fracture, but he will undergo an MRI on Monday, a team spokesman said.

Mitchell, off to a fine start with the Kings, played only two shifts in the second period after suffering what the club called an upper-body injury. It’s believed he injured an arm.  Coach Terry Murray said after Saturday’s game that he had not seen the play because it happened on the far side of the ice. The X-rays were done after the game.

The Kings, who have won four straight games and five of their last six, don’t play again until Thursday, when they face the Dallas Stars at Staples Center. That should give Mitchell some extra time to heal.

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Krejci Out At Least A Week With A Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com,

The Bruins have diagnosed David Krejci with a concussion resulting from his collision with St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie less than a minute into overtime in Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Blues.

The 24-year-old playmaker will be out at least a week with the concussion, and will be evaluated by team doctors before returning to the B’s lineup.

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Let The Bidding Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Anthony Crupi of Media Week,

In a move that would serve to kneecap the ambitions of Comcast-NBC Universal, ESPN is poised to take a run at the rights for the National Hockey League.

And the battle for the NHL could function as a dry run for ESPN’s pursuit of a far bigger prize: the Olympics. That said, Bristol does not have an open field spread out before it; as the incumbent cable rights holder, Comcast’s Versus has first dibs.


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  Tags: espn

International Hockey Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Phil Davies

Hi Readers,

My students are currently doing mid-term exams, so unfortunately this is just a quick update to let you know what I’m working on for Kuklaskorner.
In the next week or so, I will start posting some interviews I have done with some National Team Head Coaches, regarding the history and current status of their national programs, preparation for the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, and overall team expectations.
Here is the schedule for the interviews:

John Harrington: Head Coach of Team Slovenia and a member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team.
Glen Hanlon: Head Coach of Team Slovakia and a former NHL goalie and coach.
Uwe Krupp: Head Coach of Team Germany and a former NHL player.
Rick Cornacchia: Head Coach of Team Italy and a former OHL coach.
Dave Henderson: Head Coach of Team France and a former France Division 1 league player.
Olegs Znaroks: Head Coach of Team Latvia and a former Russian league player.

I hope everyone will enjoy these interviews!

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  Tags: dave+henderson, glen+hanlon, john+harrington, olegs+znaroks, rick+cornacchia, uwe+krupp

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