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Save Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Lundqvist robs Marc Savard with a fantastic save yesterday. 

Savard thought so too- Notice the tap on the pads Marc gives Lundqvist at the end of the video.

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Leafs Searching For Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs had just suffered another third-period meltdown last night, and Jason Blake was peeved.

“Every time we have a lead, we get burned,” the speedy winger calmly said after yet another Leafs collapse, an inexcusable 6-4 defeat to the fatigued Chicago Blackhawks at the Air Canada Centre.

“We sit back, don’t play as hard, and that’s why you take penalties.”

“I agree,” said Sundin, whose two-goal effort was one of the few bright spots for an otherwise hot-and-cold Leafs team. “That third period was terrible. We were soft. We took penalties. We didn’t skate well.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but this is a big concern. When you are up 3-1 going into the third period against a (tired) team, you should be able to close it out.”

read on

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Be Your Own Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Even before the players had finished voting on the nomination of Paul Kelly to become the NHLPA’s new executive director, the presumptive leader of the union was being warned last week by members of the Canadian media to seek compromise in his dealings with the league, not to be confrontational, and last but not least, not to become a clone of Bob Goodenow, for goodness sakes.

Right, that’s all the players need, someone like Goodenow to look after their interests rather than his own, the way Alan Eagleson did and Ted Saskin appears in many cases to have done, though in no way approaching the felonious maneuverings of the man Kelly helped prosecute as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

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Report: Forsberg May Return by November 15

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

Is Peter Forsberg ready to return to the NHL?

The unrestricted free-agent centre continues to skate with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League amid talk he could be back in the NHL by mid-November if his rehab goes smoothly.

The one thing you can count on with Forsberg, who is recovering from off-season groin and ankle surgeries, is that he won’t return unless he’s 100%. NHL insiders are saying that Forsberg could be targeting a Nov. 15 return.

Sources say the Avalanche, Stars and Flyers have all made serious overtures to Forsberg in the past 10 days or so.  Make no mistake about it, Forsberg is going to attract plenty of interest.


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Making Money in Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sheila Wissner at The Tennessean,

While Nashville officials and the would-be owners of the Nashville Predators struggle to reach new terms for an arena lease, one man stands to walk away from it all with more than $30 million.

Team owner Craig Leipold, who says he’s unloading the hockey team because it’s a money-loser, would gain a windfall of more than three times his initial investment, according to an analysis by The Tennessean. That’s even after covering $70 million in operating losses Leipold has claimed.

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*Very good overview of the ownership structure and financial origins of the team.

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Biron’s New Ride Matches His Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chuck Gormley at the Courier Post,

“[My wife] gave it to me right before we left for the West Coast trip at the beginning of this season, so I was really itching to get back to the Philadelphia area to drive it around,” said Biron, who took the car for a spin through Voorhees Saturday morning.  Loaded with an original 302 engine, the car sounds almost as good as it looks.

“Almost everything is original from the way it was when it came out of production in 1969,” he said. “It’s a very nice collector’s edition.”

Biron said he changed the interior to black leather and kept the original orange and black paint design, adding black racing stripes. He said he’s lusted after the ‘69 Camaro long before he wore orange and black.

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MacTavish Says Times Have Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,

“Everything has changed so dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years in regards to handling players. I don’t know about Mike, but I’ve had zero success trying to make players do things. It just doesn’t work.

“You have to explain things to them now. You have to make them think what you’re trying to get across is their idea. The dictatorial days are over.

“I don’t think. There’s so much more pressure on players than before.’’ He gestured around him, to a small army of scribblers, cameras and microphones milling around.  Used to be, there were half a dozen of you guys here on game day. Now there’s 20. Or more. There are appearances, community commitments.

“So much more of their time is taken away by the game. So if they show up at the rink and you suffocate them, there’s a danger of sucking the life right out of them.’‘

more…

*MacTavish coached his 500th Oilers’ game Saturday night and shares some memories of opposing coach Mike Keenan and the Battle of Alberta)

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Erik Cole Injured in Pick Up Soccer Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Luke Decock at The News & Observer,

A night after Scott Walker partially collapsed on the ice as he skated to the bench, the Carolina Hurricanes lost Erik Cole without him so much as lacing up a skate.

Cole was a late scratch for Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers after injuring a foot while playing soccer before the game. Cole is definitely out for Monday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks and doubtful for Carolina’s other three games this week.

With Walker and Andrew Ladd already out, the Hurricanes were down to 10 forwards and dressed only 17 skaters against the Flyers.

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Sam Gagner Likely to Stay with Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek’s Globe & Mail blog,

Officially, the Edmonton Oilers have another week or so before deciding whether to keep rookie Sam Gagner on their NHL roster. But coach Craig MacTavish implied Saturday that the decision had been mostly made already – and that there would have to be a radical reversal in fortune in the next few days for the Oilers to send Gagner back to his junior team, the London Knights. And this was before Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames, in which Gagner scored the first goal of his NHL career, to go with the four assists he picked up in his first six games.

“There will be a point of no return and we’ve probably reached that point already,” MacTavish said. “The way he’s played and what he’s contributed so far, there’s every reason to expect him to stay here.”

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Natural Born (Penalty) Killers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Joe Pelletier at Hockey Legends,

I will always remember the late Bob Johnson for two quotes.

The first everyone knows. “It’s a great day for hockey.” But an earlier quote has never left me. “You don’t need great skill to be a good penalty killer. You just need hard work. There’s no reason why every team shouldn’t have a good penalty kill.”

Ultimately, Johnson is right, although certain skill sets make some penalty killers better than others.

continued… (*a look at the best PK’ers of all time, plus a list of the top 25 SH goal scorers)

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