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Voting Procedure For The NHL All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 12, 2010) – Starting November 15, fans around the world can vote for their top six All-Stars in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting. For the fourth straight NHL® All-Star Game, the balloting process is entirely digital, offering sports’ most tech-savvy fans the ability to vote as often as they like via mobile devices and online at NHL.com/vote. In addition, fans this season can vote on Facebook (facebook.com/NHL), as the NHL All-Star fan voting process comes to the social networking platform for the first time.

Through Jan. 3, NHL fans will be able to select up to six players by position - three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – without regard to the Conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover in Raleigh, N.C. As part of a new format for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, the three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be named first NHL All-Stars.

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How does this make sense?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Shiv

Forget the fact that the Leafs can’t buy a goal these days.

Why is Brian Burke deviating from what he has been stating for the past year? As early as 3 weeks ago, he went on the record to say that Kadri simply needs more time in the AHL - that rushing him to the NHL does not make sense.

So after the same Nazem Kadri is called up today, I have to ask the “Why? Why Burkie?”

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Thinking Of Making A Coaching Change?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

One month in, there was talk that Todd Richards (Minnesota), Ruff (Buffalo), Ron Wilson (Toronto) and John MacLean (New Jersey) were all variously on the hot seat. So far, no team has pushed any panic buttons, a stability that may or may not last, depending upon how desperate Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello is to get his slumping team turned around.

Sometimes, a coaching change does make a difference - especially when a coach’s voice and his message start to wear thin.

But here’s the flip side to ponder:

That quirky 8-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night notwithstanding, the St. Louis Blues are off to a great start (and had won seven in a row up until that point, four of them by shutout). How much of that had to do with coaching, past and present? Probably lots.

Last year, the Blues made a mid-season coaching change, dumping Andy Murray and replacing him with Davis Payne. Payne got the Blues turned around a little, but not enough to get them in the playoffs.

This year, the Blues are the first month’s surprise team, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning (who also have a new face behind the bench in Guy Boucher). Payne seems intelligent and organized and by the sounds of it, willing to play a more aggressive style than Murray, even if it isn’t evident in the Blues’ offensive production thus far.

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News from the Farm: 11/12/10

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Time, once again, for a look at the top minor league affiliates for the NHL’s five Southeast Division franchises. We’ll get right into it today, beginning with last week’s results which, interestingly enough, saw a few of these clubs mix it up with each other:

GAME RESULTS
Click for individual box scores

Friday, 11/05/10: Norfolk Admirals 3, Charlotte Checkers 2 (SO)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4), Johan Harju (6)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Drayson Bowman (1), Riley Nash (2)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Cedrick Desjardins (26/28)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (27/29)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Drayson Bowman, CHA; 2 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 3 – Cedrick Desjardins, NOR

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Backes Signs Five Year Extension With Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward David Backes to a five-year contract extension.

“David could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and we are excited that he has made the long term commitment to the Blues organization,” said Armstrong. “The way he handles himself on and off the ice represents what the Blues are all about.”

“I am ecstatic to have this deal signed and to be a Blue for many years to come,” said Backes. “My wife and I love this city and these fans have been nothing but great to us. This is a great organization to play for, from top to bottom, and we expect to be a top team in this league.”

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Do We Need More Goals?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Goals per game through games played Nov. 10 were at 5.50, down slightly from the 5.53 teams scored in games played last season. It’s not the best comparison, looking at the results of 216 games this season against the 1,230 games played last season because trends can modify over the course of the season, but it is interesting to note scoring appears to be on the decline.

It’s not a dramatic dip, but it is an indication that defence is once again ruling the day in the NHL. Not only that, it is alarming how many players expected to be big producers for their teams, are having trouble finding the net.

Rick Nash, who led the NHL in goals in 2003-04 as a 19-year-old, has just six in 14 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Think that’s bad? Well, Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez have a combined eight goals for the Montreal Canadiens. Ouch!

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Ducks Respond To Wake-Up Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, T

he Ducks have won five straight games since their fiery GM spoke out, salvaging what appeared to be a second straight season headed to oblivion.

“Things have been going a little bit better,” star center Ryan Getzlaf told ESPN.com Thursday.

Players will often tell you they don’t read what’s in the media. That’s a lie, of course. And in this case, the Ducks players were fully aware what their GM said in the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times. In particular, he said the head coach wasn’t going anywhere and it was the players that needed to fix this thing. Or else.

“We were definitely lagging in some areas of our game and not necessarily playing the way we needed to play,” Getzlaf said. “For some guys, maybe that was a wake-up call. But hopefully guys weren’t waiting around for our coach to get fired because that means you’re not doing very well.

“I think we’ve done a great job turning it around so far and responding to those comments.”

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Coyotes Assign Oliver Ekman-Larsson To AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(GLENDALE, AZ) – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes Amercian Hockey League affiliate.

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Ekman-Larsson has played 14 games with the Coyotes this season, collecting three assists and 12 penalty minutes.

Last season, the 19-year-old native of Karlskrona, Sweden played 52 games with Leksands IF (Sweden 2), registering 11-22-33 and 106 penalty minutes.

Ekman-Larsson was drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (6th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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Killed ‘em

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, Hell.  I was gonna use “murdered”, but the smart guys over at WIM (specifically Amerinadian) got up all early and beat me to it.

So I guess we’ll have to fall back on an oldie but a goodie.  The post title is one thing, and I suppose it’s catchy.  But this guy deserves a bit more, something a little more eloquent…

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Duncan Keith Trying To Get His Game Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Players who’ve won Cups before sometimes say that focus and intensity can lag in seasons following championships because of the subconscious comparison between regular-season games and playoff games. Keith was asked if that could be the case with him and the Hawks, but he’s not ready to accept that as a factor just yet.

“Obviously it’s different, but there’s no excuses,” he said. “There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be ready and focused and playing the way I can. Obviously, you’re going to go through a long season (and) you’re not going to play as good as you want. At the same time, I know I can play a lot better and have a lot less inconsistencies.”

Not to mention a better rating, which Quenneville said is better judged over a longer time span than 18 games. Though Keith’s play is a bit concerning, the Hawks and their coaches aren’t ready to hit the panic button just yet.

“The focus is on one guy, but Duncs is a proud guy,” Quenneville said. “Everybody has a stretch they want to get out of, whether it’s a game or two or a trend. He’s one guy who (playing) simple is probably going to make him more effective. That’s what we’re looking for.”

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