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from the Washington Times,

Boudreau’s life in hockey has taken him to places like Biloxi, Miss.; Muskegon, Mich.; and Iserlohn, Germany. He has been a successful coach in a wide variety of leagues but took nearly a two-decade journey before he finally got his chance in the NHL.

“He is a very passionate hockey guy who lives and breathes the game and has a great way of relating to his players,” said St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, whom Boudreau considers a mentor from their days together in the Los Angeles Kings organization. “Bruce has a neat way about him, and he is a guy people pull for. It was tough to see another friend of mine [Glen Hanlon] lose his job, but I was happy for Bruce as well.”

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added 1:38pm, from Capitals Insider,

My story on interim Coach Bruce Boudreau in today’s Post was relatively short. My interview with him was rather long. Here’s some of the good stuff that didn’t make the paper….

Q: How about your ties and suits? Some folks crack jokes.
A: “I don’t want to be this. I’m trying so hard not to be the Oscar Madison of coaching. But it’s a reputation I’ve had since I was 17 years old. I’ve tried hard to change. But I am who I am. I think I have really nice suits.”

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Thanks Mark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Mark Recchi’s three tenures here in Pittsburgh. As his play declined this season, people got restless with him and actually cheered when he was out of the line-up. In situations like that, you tend to forget about someone’s entire body of work and focus on their immediate contributions.

Among the Penguins career leaders, Recchi is:

-11th in points (376)

-9th in goals (154)

-7th in power-play goals (61)

continued plus other NHL bits…

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Remembering The Nordiques

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from the Denver Post,

“There’s no question that people in Quebec still follow this team,” said Goulet, who retired as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994 and joined the Avalanche front office shortly after team moved to Denver.

“There’s no doubt in my mind. I still receive letters and cards, and there still are fans in Quebec who follow whatever we do here. We’re here for a reason. There was a team in Quebec City. At the end, it was struggling a little bit, but we had a good franchise when it came here, and we’ve had a tradition for the last 12 years here.”

And now the franchise is at a mille victories and counting.

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  Tags: quebec+nordiques

Lost Time

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from the Edmonton Sun,

It’s been a long, awful stretch for Moreau, who hasn’t played a regular-season game since Oct. 21 of last year. He’s missed 105 games and counting after sitting out the final 75 games of last season with a shoulder injury.

The tough part is that he should have been back from this about six weeks ago, but doctors misdiagnosed the injury, which cost him a couple of weeks, then put him in a walking brace, rather than a cast, until early November, which cost him a few more.

“It shouldn’t have taken that long,” he said yesterday at a Dallas practice rink. “It’s not a complicated injury. I got hit, fractured my tibia. Unfortunately we didn’t find the break, so we wasted a little bit of time.

“That’s probably the hardest thing to deal with, just the wasted time.”

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  Tags: ethan+moreau

Building In Phoenix

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from the New York Times,

Although he has a vast array of investments and business interests, Gretzky prefers the hockey life to a life of leisure. He will arrive at the rink hours early for game-day practices, and he still holds to a ritual of an afternoon nap and pregame meal.

In this, the third season of Gretzky’s Act II as a coach, the Coyotes are still expected to lose more often than they win. But this has been a year of major adjustments for Gretzky. His legendary playing career, which earned him a place between Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr on the sport’s Mount Rushmore, is now eight years past.

His team, after two seasons at the bottom of the standings, is rebuilding with highly regarded prospects who are learning on the job

read on

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KK- Radio Alert

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I will be on the air tonight at 9:00pm ET on Long Island’s AM1240-WGBB.

The show can also be heard online at nyhockeytalk.com.

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We’ll Give It A Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What the heck.  How ‘bout a live blog?  We’ll start it here and even invite the Canes bloggers to join in.  And for you Cane fans shafted out of TV coverage tonite, here’s a gift...courtesy of Matt Saler, a Wing fan.

To help you pass the time until the puck drops?  Here’s Bruce MacLeod.

The Montreal beat writer couldn’t resist.

“It must be nice to cover a team that wins so often,” he said. “All we have here are controversies. Every now and then controversy is fun, but when it’s every day you hate it.”

This is coming from a writer in the most hockey crazy city in the world.

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Warning Signs

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

While I don’t believe hockey is in dire straits or in need of an overhaul, there are areas of concern that shouldn’t be glossed over.

Let’s start with what’s transpiring on the ice. The entertainment value this season is, on the whole, OK. I’ll give it a C+....

From this vantage point, it would seem there are more dud games now than during the season after the lockout ended and longer stretches within contests when not enough is happening to captivate the audience….

This doesn’t mean the NHL is on its deathbed; the product is still relatively solid and the bottom line isn’t brutal. But erosion is taking place, the U.S. market is still apathetic and it would be foolish for the game’s guardians to ignore the warning signs.

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Head-To-Head

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from the Vancouver Province,

Forget the game, it was a head-to-head that people will be talking about for days, maybe years.

It was two of the best players in hockey, Vancouver’s stalwart netminder against Pittsburgh’s wunderkind forward in two head-to-head battles.

With the spotlight all to themselves, it was Sidney Crosby versus Roberto Luongo in overtime. And then again in a shootout.

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I stayed up late last night and caught the whole game and I must say, one of the better games of the year. 

Did anyone else catch the stare-down Luongo gave Crosby after stopping his shootout attempt?  Watch for yourself (game highlights)...

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: roberto+luongo, sidney+crosby

Blame The Americans

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from Pat Connolly of the Daily News,

On the one hand are the hockey purists and more learned observers found mostly in Canada who like the game played hard and clean at high speeds.

On the other hand is the vastly larger number of American fans less enthused about game quality than physical violence, with insatiable appetites for bare-knuckle brawling.

With only six Canadian governors out of 30 sitting at the NHL board making decisions concerning the direction of the league, guess which side wins?

A prime example of how influential one governor can be is Bettman confidante and boardroom bully Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that has reinvented itself as the 1970s’ Broad Street Bullies.

read on

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