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Pens Not Worried About Staal Slump

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Several adjustments have played a factor in Staal’s scoring slump. He has worked as a center most of this season after playing on the wing last year. Also, he is no longer skating alongside Evgeni Malkin, who assisted on 11 of Staal’s 22 non-shorthanded goals last season.

Even though he was a minus-6 player with a 3.8 shooting percentage, Staal had the backing of his coach, who sees him “in more of a defensive role.”

“He is a good defensive forward,” Therrien said. “He surprised a lot of people with his offensive numbers. I was not expecting that.

“We would like him to have more goals, but he is working hard. I am not worried about him at all.”

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  Tags: jordan+staal, pittsburgh+penguins

Remember

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Tony at Skate 2 Stick....

I would personally like to thank all who have served and those who gave everything so I could be free. To all US and Canadian forces in harms way and serving in foreign countries. I say THANKS to you ALL

I’m right there with you Tony.

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Larionov Not HHOF Worthy

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Why do so many mainstream hockey people assume Igor Larionov is a slam-dunk Hall of Fame player. He played the final 14 years of his career in the NHL, most of it as a second-, third- or fourth-line centre. Based on those years alone, he shouldn’t even be a candidate. And yes, he was brilliant in Russia before that. But he was no more brilliant than linemate Vladimir Krutov—and no one is arguing Krutov for the Hall. Nor should they.

more hockey talk…

Steve, it is the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the NHL hall of fame!

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, igor+larionov

Watching Center Ice

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from Cam Hutchinson at the Montreal Gazette,

Three observations after my first month with the NHL Centre Ice cable-TV package:

1. Broadcasters in U.S. cities are much more entertaining and excitable than those on Canadian networks;

2. Colour commentators for the U.S.-based teams are usually shameless homers;

3. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret could make a preseason game between Phoenix and Columbus feel like the seventh game of the Stanley Cup.

1. I tend to go the other route, I just want the game described and please cut out all the interviews I have been witnessing while the game is being played.  Save those for the breaks…

2. Most color commentators, not all…

3. Agree!

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, Center Ice, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: center+ice, media

Line Of The Day

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via the Boston Globe,

Aaron Ward, who missed his first game last night after suffering a concussion against Montreal, has passed two of the tests that are required for players who have sustained head injuries, and believes he can play on Thursday against Toronto.

Despite his recovery, Ward’s still not happy that defenseman Francis Bouillon, who delivered the hit, was not disciplined.

“In my past dealings with the National Hockey League, I’ve learned to set my expectations low. They met them,” said Ward. “It was a cheap hit. I’ve seen the video. The puck is 140 feet away. It’s not even in the zone. It’s inexplicable. But I’ll deal with it and move on.”

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  Tags: aaron+ward, boston+bruins, francis+boullion

Crawford With Flat Hair

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The Montreal Gazette has a Q & A with Tom Kostopoulos…

What is the craziest prank you have seen?

“In Los Angeles, I used to switch the gel and the shampoo, and one day Marc Crawford went to gel his hair and used the shampoo. And the way he likes his hair perfect, it was pretty funny when he came out and it was all flat and he was pretty fired up about it. Marc Bergevin, when I was in Pittsburgh, he was crazy. He used to dress up like the other team’s mascot before the games, wear wigs or dress up like a 1970s dancer and dance for everyone. He was probably the funniest prankster and craziest guy I have met.”

more with Tom…

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, marc+bergevin, marc+crawford, tom+kostopoulos

Ftorek Still Coaching

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from the Erie Time-News,

Robbie Ftorek huddled in a corner with his players as the Zamboni rolled onto the ice.

Practice was over, but Ftorek wasn’t done teaching. Even as a teenager, there always was time to teach.

Four decades ago, he was a budding hockey star from Needham, Mass., dreaming of scoring big goals and winning big games in Boston Garden. Coaching wasn’t on his mind. But the college coach running that clinic knew better.

continued

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  Tags: robbie+ftorek

Free Advice Offered

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via Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Here’s some free advice to Bergeron: Never go into the corner not expecting to be hit; and never bend over to expose your head and neck when you do.

I wonder if Panaccio would be handing out free advice like this if Patrice Bergeron was a Flyer and Randy Jones was a Bruin?

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  Tags: boston+bruins, patrice+bergeron, philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones

Ruff Has Seen Enough Turnovers

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from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov has just three goals on the season, none in the last five games. He keeps giving away the puck, as his team-worst minus-9 rating shows.

When yet another giveaway led to the Boston Bruins’ first goal Saturday night, Afinogenov found a seat on the bench for most of the third period of the Buffalo Sabres’ 2-1 loss at TD Banknorth Garden.

continued

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, lindy+ruff, maxim+afinogenov

What Chicago Fans Have Missed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily Southtown,

While there have been games televised locally from Chicago Stadium and the United Center in the past, tonight’s game against Detroit, to be screened in high-definition by Comcast SportsNet, is the first time it’s been the Hawks’ idea to open the electronic door since TVs had round 7-inch screens and long-gone Channel 4 was the outlet.

With that in mind, here’s a baker’s dozen’s worth of games that a generation of Hawks fans should have seen on local TV, either broadcast or cable, but didn’t - even though in many cases, the rest of the U.S. and Canada could view every second.

March 12, 1966: Goaltender Cesare Maniago is the victim when Bobby Hull’s booming 55-foot slap shot rockets into the back of the New York net. It’s Hull’s 51st of the season, breaking Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s single-season record. There’s bedlam in the Stadium for eight minutes.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media

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