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Questioning The Gray Area Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

So a day after Paul Devorski’s questionable holding call on Brad Richards led to the Thrashers’ winning overtime goal, players simply, and calmly, said they want the standard for penalties applied more consistently.

The league’s director of officiating, Stephen Walkom, said numerous “check and balances” help maintain the standard.

But Lukowich, after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum, insisted, “There should be less of a gray area. When the ref and rules are enforced the right and proper way, the players just go out and play. That’s what we do.”

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  Tags: officiating, penalties, tampa+bay+lightning

The Shootout Debate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

Like it or spite it, the shootout is embedded in the rule book and it shows no sign of evaporation. NHL leadership has firmly embraced it. The fans are electrified by it. General managers, coaches and players need to embrace it, too….

There have been 337 shootouts in NHL history and there have been clear winners and losers since the shootout was introduced to resolve ties:

read on to see what teams have done very weill in the shootout and what teams have not…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+rules, scoring

White May Attempt Comeback Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

It has been two months and Colin White’s blurry vision may not improve much more. He’s considering playing against the Penguins here tonight, but even if he doesn’t, the time is near. He needs to know, and so do the Devils….

If White, making $3 million, isn’t able to resume his career, the Devils will have to replace him or endure a season of struggling. Sources say the Devils have already looked around, just in case.

One glaring possibility would be Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski, who used his no-trade clause to turn down a trade to the Islanders this summer. Jovanovski is struggling with the struggling Coyotes, although Newark might hold little more appeal than Nassau.

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  Tags: colin+white, ed+jovanovski, injuries, new+jersey+devils, trade+rumors

Waiting To Sign Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

The signing of center Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year contract extension now means the Ducks will turn their attention to right wing Corey Perry, who has a team-leading 11 goals.

Perry, 22, is also in the last year of his original three-year entry level contract and can become a restricted free agent in July. But General Manager Brian Burke said he needs to resolve the uncertain status of Niedermayer before he can begin negotiations with his winger.

“We have to wait and see what Scotty tells us what he wants to do because it affect our ability to sit down with Corey Perry,” Burke said.

more (reg. req.) plus Betuzzi may play tonight…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, corey+perry

Making The Switch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes switched two games ago to the modified jerseys, which feature a looser fit on the arms, more air-knit fabric and less of the “bead-away” water repellency technology touted by Reebok.

“I think there were enough complaints league-wide that obviously there was a noticeable difference,” Wesley said Tuesday. “So far, it’s been a good change.”...

The newest jerseys have the same necklines, are cut the same way and offer few visual clues to the changes in materials used. But the adjustments are enough to prompt some praise.

“I think everyone likes the new ones a lot better,” Carolina center Matt Cullen said. “It was just funny to go back to the old material, and it feels better.”

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, jerseys, matt+cullen, rbk

The Build-Up Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the

Pioneer Press

Star Tribune,

“Any time a guy takes a two-hander and breaks another guy’s leg, things are bound to get heated,” Wild left winger Brian Rolston said.

Monday, the Canucks recalled minor league tough guy Mike Brown (24 fights in the past 13 months), who last season was suspended two games for a blindside hit that left the Wild’s Matt Foy with a broken nose and concussion. Wild minor league callup Aaron Voros, who has two goals, one fight and 10 hits in five games, spent Monday night on the Internet studying Brown’s fighting tendencies.

It might only be a November regular-season game, but the NHL is also prepared. It’s sent animated, take-control veteran ref Mick McGeough in for the game, and the league headquarters will have multiple sets of eyes on this fiery divisional showdown.

read on

Many of these types of games have not lived up to the pre-game hype, wondering if this one will be different?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: minnesota+wild, vancouver+canucks

Panthers Must Make The Playoffs, Or Else…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post,

Majority owner Alan Cohen denies it, but a well-placed NHL source said Tuesday that general manager and coach Jacques Martin and captain Olli Jokinen must get the Panthers to the playoffs this season or one or both are likely to be gone.

“Jokinen has got to pick up his productivity and leadership and get this team to the playoffs,” said the source, who deals with the Panthers on a regular basis. “And with an excellent draft next year, Jacques needs a playoff berth after giving Nashville his first- and second-round picks in the (Tomas) Vokoun trade.” Cohen was quick to issue denials when Jokinen trade rumors surfaced last weekend, insisting he would never trade the ninth-year center, and Tuesday he was just as quick to underscore his faith in Martin.

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  Tags: alan+cohen, florida+panthers, jacques+martin, olli+jokinen

Burke Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Burke was interviewed by Chris Simpson tonight at the Bruins/Leafs game.
 
On Teemu Selanne, Burke said they are expecting to see his picture on a milk carton soon, they haven’t heard from him at all.

Regarding Scott Niedermayer, Burke mentioned there are indications he wants to come back, but they have not heard anything from Scott about it.

added 8:22pm, While we are on the subject of Brian Burke…

from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

Most Canadians know Brian Burke as the forceful, combative hockey executive who shaped the Anaheim Ducks into the reigning Stanley Cup champions and who wouldn’t seem out of place trading elbows with an opponent in front of the net.

What few people know is that Mr. Burke’s hugely successful career in the National Hockey League was built on a strong legal foundation that continues to play an important role in how he views the sports world and his place in it.

continued

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  Tags: brian+burke, scott+niedermayer, teemu+selanne

The Best 20 Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“You have the Patriots right now, (Bill) Belichick last week was pretty hard on them, I understand,” Murray said after the Blues edged the Predators 2-1 Monday night.

“We’re pushing our guys to get better as well. We’re not comparing ourselves to the Patriots by any means, but no matter how good you’re playing, there is always room for improvement. We’ve got quite a bit of room for improvement. Which is encouraging.”...

“I don’t know if I’m holding guys accountable,” Murray said. “I’m just trying to come up with 20 players on a given night to give us the best chance to win. I believe players make those kind of decisions for you.”

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  Tags: st.+louis+blues

Can We Give The “Bigger Nets” Debate A Rest?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Jason Kay of The Hockey News is banging the drum of what seems to be hockey journalists’ favourite pet project—proving that the hockey media “knows what the fans want” by convincing the NHL, through the sheer will of proffering a stance, and bolstering it through endless iterations of the same damn column, to make bigger nets a reality, given the collective theory that more goals = a more entertaining product.

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Filed in: NHL Talk, Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: darcy+regier, goaltending, hockey+nets, media

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