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Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Of all the people to bang the “let’s pick on the goalies because we only need to pick on thirty guys to increase goal scoring” drum, Eric Duhatschek certainly went on the attack last Tuesday afternoon:

Two years after the NHL introduced rule changes in order to spur offence - limits to obstruction, no more centre red line for offside, a trapezoid behind the net to limit goalies handling the puck — it appears as if goaltenders are in the ascendancy again.

Scoring is down almost a goal per game since the early post-lockout days. The rule changes — and rule enforcements — may have changed the game for the better, but it did nothing to help the bottom line. For anyone who wanted to see an up-tick in scoring, it just hasn’t happened.

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Options For Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Burke is sitting on some deals that could be done in a heartbeat. He could move veteran Defenceman Sean O’Donnell for a draft pick or package defenceman Shane Hnidy and forward Brad May and the financial issues would be solved. But Burke is entertaining the idea of a “hockey trade” that would improve the Ducks and defenceman Mathieu Schneider would be part of that were it to happen.

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You Want Incentive? I Got Incentive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2002: We’ll stop the contest submissions after the first period.

Updated 2001:  Well, this ought to make for an entertaining liveblog.  The idiot sisters, Weber and Crisp.  Outstanding.

Oh, the Gay will be rockin’ tonite.  Late word out of Nashville is that there will be a total of six separate families in attendance, all making up the anticipated 13,000 Bubba fans. 

Us? Well, we’re gonna Live Blog.  And here’s why you should partake.  Whoever comes closest to guessing the shot total (both teams) wins a $25 gift certificate to Ice Jerseys.  Tie breaker?  Number of total minor penalties.  Additional tie breaker?  Total number of teeth in the stands.

K?  Live blog can start at any time, although I have to go replenish.  I’ll be back at 1955.  One entry per person, etc, etc.

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Freddy Takes The Money And Runs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Thrashers Blog,

A couple of you noticed Fred Brathwaite’s disappearance from the Chicago Wolves. He got a bunch of money from a Russian team to play there. Officially, he was suspended by the Thrashers for failure to report, but there’s little the team can do about it because there’s no agreement with the Russian hockey federation.

more on the Thrashers including Recchi’s first practice…

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  Tags: fred+brathwaite

Live Blog Tonite? You Can Bet Your Possum Dinners There’s a Live Blog Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I gotta tell you, and I have told the thousands of you (okay…two)  who’ve emailed me since the last live blog, they’ve become a little stale. The live blogs, that is.  Oh, we’re gonna keep doing ‘em. Yes we are.  But, I’m open to suggestions as to how we should spice them up.

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Any Wagers?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So…Uncle Mike was gonna leave big brother Cheli home, but now someone’s hurt so everyone’s together for the Hoedown at the Gay.  Who’s hurt?  Nobody’s sayin’.  Or, in the case of our Diggers, nobody’s askin’.

Khan(!)

But a minor injury to an undisclosed player forced the team to bring Chelios on the trip. Babcock said after the morning skate that he wouldn’t know who’d be out on defense until just before the game.

“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.

It isn’t Meech or Brett Lebda, either, as they both skated during the optional practice.

 

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Andy Murray’s Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Murray employs a tough style that is ‘‘demanding not demeaning’’ and puts a lot of responsibility on the players. After arriving in St. Louis, he found a group of men that felt as if they had let down Mike Kitchen, the man Murray replaced behind the bench.

The Blues have gone a combined 43-28-10 since - including 16-10-1 so far this season. His message to the players has been simple.

‘‘Basically we just tried to sell a belief system that if we played hard every night and competed that we would have an opportunity to be successful,’’ said Murray. ‘‘Losing is misery ... I think the players were just fed up with the way they were feeling here.’‘

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Vinny or Sid?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

Crosby will definitely be “The Man” in the NHL for the next 15 years and deservedly so. But are people overlooking what Lecavalier is doing for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now?

“He is the best player in the league; I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Lightning GM Jay Feaster said on the phone to Sportsnet.ca from Tampa on Monday. “I thought he was the best player in the league last year. I think he’s the most complete two-way player in the game today.”

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Minor Hockey Coach Gets 3 Year Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

An assistant coach has been suspended three years for his involvement in a bench-clearing hockey brawl between two teams of eight-year-old players.

Randy Brant of the Niagara Falls Thunder will not be allowed to coach or be involved in minor hockey in any way after leaving the bench during the melee in a tournament in Guelph, Ont., on Nov. 23.

The suspension was handed down by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association over the weekend.

continued…

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  Tags: fighting, ontario+minor+hockey+association

Oh Bubbaaaaa….Thought We’d, You Know, Drop In For a Spell

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been a pleasant six games since the Wings last saw an opponent from Hockey’s Toughest Division.  Six games, six victories, three straight blowouts (yes, last night was a blowout), a goal differential of 26-10, a shot gap of 219-123.  Six games that immediately followed a tough loss to Columbus, which followed an irritating loss to Bubba. 

What we’re talking about is a six-game stretch the Wings hopefully used to remind themselves that dozing through a hockey game is not a recipe for success, even against the Central.

Especially against the Central.

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