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Simplify The Incidental Contact Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If part of the NHL’s goal is to make the game more appealing to a broader American audience, they might do well to simplify one of the most ridiculous rules in the book to whit the cop-out rule that allows referees to waive off a goal after such contact but not necessarily call a penalty.

First, the Pens were denied a tying goal when Mike Rupp skated/was directed through the Washington crease.

Replays showed that Rupp and the puck arrived in front of netminder Semyon Varlamov at exactly the same time. Isn’t that the idea of a screen? Yes, there was some contact and it likely prohibited Varlamov from stopping the puck.

Later, Alex Ovechkin was denied a late goal after “embracing” Pittsburgh netminder Marc-Andre Fleury behind the Pens’ net.

Replays seemed to show Fleury putting more of a grab on Ovechkin than vise versa.

I didn’t like either call.

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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 1/3/11

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Later today, I’ll give my updated thoughts on the Lightning’s suddenly crowded crease after the addition of Dwayne Roloson. It’s also a subject I’m positive that we’ll discuss at length during the first edition of The Bolts Beat for 2011 this afternoon.

Until then, though, it’s time for our weekly peek at the AHL results for the top affiliates of all five Southeast Division clubs.

Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 12/28/10: Chicago Wolves 5, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
Chicago goal-scorers: Spencer Machacek (14), Angelo Esposito (3), Michael Davies (5), Paul Postma (5), Mike Siklenka (3)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Peter Mannino (23/26)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Dustin Boyd, HAM; 2 – Michael Davies, CHI; 3 – Paul Postma, CHI

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’m writing this ten hours before puckdrop for the Canada/USA semi-final - should be an amazing night, right?  I can buy a $95 ticket online for face value on the Buffalo World Juniors website.  Why is this?  People have dropped $400-$500 in recent years at Canadian venues to scalpers or ticket brokers to get into such an affair, whether it’s the gold medal game or the semi-finals.  Are prices too high?  Is the border-crossing that much of a hassle?  People cross the Peace Bridge from Ontario to go to Target or Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Or 41 Sabres games!  You can’t tell me they won’t do it for an affordably-priced piece of hockey history.

-Greg Brady of Fan590.  More from Greg on the WJC.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, wjc

2012 Winter Classic Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

It was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but rain pushed it back to 8, and in the end it turned out to make a strong case for continuing to have the game at night.

“That’s not something we considered until yesterday,” Gary Bettman, the league commissioner, said immediately afterward. “It’s something we’ll have to discuss with our network partners,” he added, referring to NBC in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. “The best answer to your question will be an analysis of the ratings when they ultimately come in.”

Fair enough. We’ll know soon enough if the TV audience warrants a shift to nighttime outdoor hockey, with all the as-yet unexploited romance the league’s promotional machine can milk from it. But speculating on what to do next with the Winter Classic, however much of a fool’s errand it is, is irresistible. (Full disclosure: I dislike the manufactured name “classic” tacked onto a brand-new event, but for the sake of convenience I’m using it here.)

The one principle that does seem to hold is that each new season’s New Year’s Day game must be surprising or momentous in some way while still reveling in hockey’s roots as an outdoor exhilaration.

This is my proposal for Jan. 1, 2012:

Rangers at Leafs, Rogers Centre, roof open, CN Tower looming overhead, day or night. The biggest city in the United States vs. the biggest city in Canada, staged at the biggest site in what is the de facto world capital of hockey.

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Also, 1/1/12 falls on a Sunday.  Does the NHL want to go against the NFL or will they change the date of the Winter Classic?

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No Parise Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When asked about how really feels about wanting to re-sign with the Devils, however, Parise chose his words very carefully.

“Of course, you play in a place and you get drafted by them and you play there your whole career and you’d love to play in one spot for your whole career,” he said. “So, we’ll see what happens, I guess. I do like playing here and I like living here and everything. We’ll see how all that stuff turns out, but ideally you’d like to stay.”

Still, Parise, 26, seemed to be acknowledging that things don’t always work out “ideally.”

The calendar has turned to 2011 and the Devils have yet to make any move to initiate contract talks.

“It’s all been the same,” Parise said. “I haven’t heard anything.”


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  Tags: zach+parise

All Jared Knight

Blog: KK Hockey By Shiv

Jared Knight will forever be known as the 3rd best asset traded in the deal for Phil Kessel to Boston.

The 32nd Overall Pick in 2010 went to the Bruins from the Maple Leafs on top of two 1st Rounders, one of which consummated to Tyler Seguin. Unlike Seguin, of course, Knight receives no respect when discussing the value of the Kessel trade.

And perhaps deservedly so.

Knight was ranked 82nd among North American Skaters in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Combined with top European Skaters like Mikhael Granlund, Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Knight was projected to go late in the 3rd or early in the 4th round. In fact, Jared Knight was not even invited to the NHL Scouting Combine.

But what the draft projections won’t tell you is that Jared Knight suffers from Diabetes.

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  Tags: jared+knight, nazem+kadri, tyler+seguin

7 On 5 Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

To be fair, it couldn’t have been an easy game to officiate. There was the high altitude and the 16 penalties the refs felt they had to call. But it’s the one they appeared to miss which was getting all the post-game attention. The Colorado Avalanche appear to play with seven men on the ice for quite some time after pulling goalie Craig Anderson.

continued with video evidence…

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Can Team USA Win Two In A Row?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

From a historical point of view, Canada has a big advantage going into this latest clash with the best of American hockey.

The United States, you see, has never been able to do it twice. At least not twice in a row.

Look it up. There was the big men’s Olympic upset in 1960 at Squaw Valley, but it took another five Winter Games for the Americans to take the gold again in Lake Placid.

Their women won the inaugural ’98 Olympic event, but couldn’t follow that up in 2002, 2006 or 2010.

And their national junior team? It won this world tournament for the first time in 2004 in Finland, but couldn’t repeat the next year on home ice in North Dakota as the province of Manitoba infiltrated Grand Forks.


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  Tags: team+usa

Advantage Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

With Team Canada set to play the U.S. in the WJHC semi-final on Monday, Bob McKenzie offers some thoughts on who has the edge in goal and why the American power play has the potential to be lethal.

Between The Pipes

From what we’ve seen so far, the U.S. absolutely has a sizeable advantage in the goaltending department, no question about it.

Team Canada’s goaltending has not been stellar, it has not been great. In fact, they’ve given up at least one bad goal in each of the games that they’ve played.


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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, wjc

Team Canada & Team USA Will Meet In WJC Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (January 2, 2011)Tea—- With their 4-1 quarterfinal win over Switzerland today, Canada has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. They will now face the defending champion United States team tomorrow night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $140 (lower bowl) and $95 (upper bowl). Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.buffaloworldjuniors.com by ca,lling 1-888-467-2273, or at the HSBC Arena Box Office.

The winner of tomorrow’s USA/Canada game will play for the gold medal on Wednesday night at HSBC Arena. Only single seats remain for the gold-medal game. Finland and Russia play in tonight’s second quarterfinal beginning at 7:30 p.m. The winner moves on to play Sweden at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon in the first semifinal game. Tickets are still available for this game.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa

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