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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1051 EST: Just for fun, read through the list of comments at Russo’s Rant’s blog from last night.  Amazing how the tone changed over the course of three hours.  Includes a good comment from Matt Saler from OtW.

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I put that in quotes because I guarantee those were the exact words shouted, whispered in awe or uttered from father to son accompanied by a hearty back slap last night at 2153 EST. 

And it’s true.  With a shutout just moments away and the memory of watching Chris Osgood start seven consecutive games still very fresh in his cluttered mind, our Czech Miracle of Insanity returned to his sociopathic self and gave us a wakeup call.  I’m almost shocked he didn’t point at the cameras after his takedown of Gaborik and say…

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  Tags: babcock, datsyuk, drake, fellow+bloggers, hasek, lidstrom, osgood, robitaille, shanahan, yzerman, zetterberg

Devereaux Enjoying The Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

“When you’re down you sit back and wonder what’s ahead, but that has made my time here that much more enjoyable,” said Devereaux, who has a modest two-game point streak going. “With Toronto, as a player on the outside, you always wonder what it is like to play in this hockey-mad city. It’s turned into a special experience.

“It’s been a crazy ride sometimes, but I’m so thankful to be playing here in this city where it is exciting every day, win or lose. It’s a challenge, but a challenge you relish daily.”

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  Tags: boyd+devereaux

Gaborik Head Over Heels

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The video describes the action.  Hasek received a 2 minute tripping call. 

Hasek commented he asked the ref about the penalty call and was told, Come on Dom, the score is 5-0, lets just finish up.  Hasek was concerned about his shutout which he did get.

added 10:42am, A2Y has another video of the play…

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  Tags: dominik+hasek, marian+gaborik

Jeff Carter Only Worried About On-Ice Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Philly Burbs,

Don’t show me the money. At least not yet. That’s the vibe Jeff Carter gives off when questioned about the possibility of beginning contract talks now, rather than wait for his three-year deal to expire in June….

He’s a restricted free agent, so there’s really no urgency to begin negotiations. Like Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger, whose contracts also run out in June, there’s no need for Carter to think about money now.

“There’s nothing I can do about it, just go out and play,” Carter said at Friday morning’s skate. “It doesn’t really matter to me.”

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  Tags: jeff+carter

Attitude Adjustment Needed For Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres’ reputation the past few seasons has been that of a smaller team built for speed.

But the game is tilting back toward bigger bodies and tighter checking, and the Sabres need to show they can adapt.

“It’s just an attitude more than anything,” goaltender Ryan Miller said. “Now we have to decide if we’re going to do it or not.

“We’ve got big enough guys in here. We’ve got a lot of guys that are 190, 200 pounds. You don’t have to be 6-[foot]-5 to make a play. If you’re going to stick around and battle, if you’re going to stay in your position, you’re going to be supported by the other players.”

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Rask Learning While Playing

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from the Boston Globe,

Tuukka Rask learned Lesson 1 about NHL goaltending twice in less than 24 hours this week. Gotta be sharp at the drop of the puck, no matter when, no matter where.

“You learn when you play, and that’s what I’m learning now,” the Bruins’ sudden starter said after practice yesterday, as his travel-weary teammates packed their bags for three more road games in five days, beginning with the red-hot Maple Leafs tonight.

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  Tags: tuukka+rask

Benching Didn’t Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

MacTavish said he didn’t make the moves to take Torres and Stoll out of the lineup to achieve some sort of ripple effect on the team.

“I didn’t give it too much thought when the game was starting,” was how he put it.

MacTavish made Torres a healthy scratch for his well documented inconsistencies. He said way back in training camp that Torres was going to be on a short leash this season. And he gave that leash a good strong tug by pulling him out of the lineup after playing 215 consecutive games.

Stoll was provided a seat in the press box to deliver the message that he’s had 30 games to come anywhere near his form prior to missing all those games at the end of last season with a concussion and hasn’t come close.

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Bettman Talks Numerous Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Garry Bettman answered some fan email with Stan Fischler and Al Trautwig last night.

This was a 2-part Q & A and the first part can be viewed here...

 

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman

Preparing For Coaches Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Preparation begins on Sunday, the day after the Saturday night show.

“I start thinking about what I’m going to wear the next morning,” Cherry said. “I get the suit or jacket that I’m going to wear and I hang it up in my bedroom.

“Before I go to bed, I put different ties with it. So, I’m thinking about that suit all week. If I have a real good fitting suit, if I feel really good, I feel Coach’s Corner is better. I felt that way when I coached, too.”

Cherry watches NHL games almost every night of the week and he takes notes. But he doesn’t flip around the dial. He stays with one game from beginning to end.

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  Tags: don+cherry

IIHF Agreement On Shaky Ground

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Sweden’s hockey federation voted last night to formally sever ties to the IIHF agreement. Finnish Ice Hockey Federation managing director Heikki Hietanen says a similar discussion will take place Wednesday in Helsinki. Hietanen says Finnish teams are similarly vexed over losing young players to North American junior teams. He says Finnish teams also aren’t pleased the agreement sees them receive U.S. dollars as compensation. Euros would be a more appropriate currency, Hietanen says.

It’s troubling news for the NHL because free agency in countries like Russia, particularly, could prove elusive.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see every young NHL-calibre player basically forced to sign a long-term contract and never win the right to free agency,” says one NHL player agent with several Russian clients.

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