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Hockey Day In Michigan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On this snowy day in southeast Michigan, how will you be celebrating HDIM?

For a list of events, check out CCHA.com.

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Worst NHL Regular This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Of all the things I write, this topic tends to get fans the most upset.  In January, I picked Brendan Witt of the New York Islanders as the worst player in the league and I promptly got not one, but two different message boards promptly told me how stupid I am.  I think it comes down to the fact that in order to stay in the lineup, the worst regular player in the league must be likeable.  He must have a track record of moderate success in previous seasons or be a hard worker.  Generally the fans of his team will like him.  They will be offended at his choice.  They will be able to offer insults, but no logical argument (or if they attempt a logical argument they will hold the player to very low standards - i.e. he is getting better at completing his checks).

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7?  7 Means Squat.  Nothing To See Here But A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I haul ass all day, running through airports, verbally abusing stewardesses named Geno and casting aside the most basic of all hygiene habits and standards.

Why?

So I can get home and kick off a live blog I’m not even allowed to participate in.

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Phoenix Activates Peter Mueller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have activated right wing Peter Mueller from Injured Reserve while left wing Jeff Hoggan has been re-assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Mueller, 20, has recorded 12-18-30 in 48 games with the Coyotes this season to rank 3rd on the team in both points and goals.  Mueller has missed the last seven games since being placed on Injured Reserve.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Well without beating around the bush i will get straight ot the point.  There have been many, many trade rumors regarding my name over the past month or so.  Let’s get something straight i have not asked for a trade nor will i ask for a trade.  In my opinion i believe the rumors are part of an overzealous group of reporters who are putting the Ducks in the “sellers” category at the trade deadline and trying to drum up fan interest in there stories and TV shows.<..."

-Chris Pronger.  More at ChrisPronger.com

Randy Youngman has more at the OC Register and thanks to Ducks Blog for the pointers….

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Sabres React To Plane Tragedy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Buffalo Sabres discuss the tragic plane crash in Clarence as they prepare for tonight’s game.

The Sabres will also be observing a moment of silence to respect those lost in the tragedy of Flight 3407 prior to tonight’s game vs. San Jose.

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Bobby Ryan Talks Kyle Turris

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I’ve played against Kyle numerous times and I’ve seen him play, he’s going to have a heck of a career,” Anaheim Ducks rookie Bobby Ryan told ESPN.com. “Depending on how long he’s down there, he’s going to be able to learn to be a pro in a less stressful environment and that’s certainly going to do nothing but good things for him.”

Ryan, who has exploded with a huge rookie season since his mid-November call-up from the AHL, understands how Turris may be feeling right now, given the high expectations. Turris went third overall in the 2007 NHL draft, while Ryan went second overall in 2005. Be patient, Ryan’s advice was to Turris.

“I think it’s a very important step to take, to spend some time in the minor leagues,” continued Ryan, who turns 22 next month. “You learn a little bit about yourself and you learn a little bit about yourself as a player. There’s ups and downs with that. It’s emotional. You want to play at the highest level, but there is a time frame that you spend down there [in the AHL] and you get to breathe a little easier and certainly progress.”

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What Will Niedermayer Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, .

..Even Steve Yzerman, the team’s executive director, confirmed as much. When asked about the scrutiny and attention, even a year away, he said he’s been monitoring the coverage on television and the Internet and doesn’t mind it at all.

“It’s a good thing that people are interested,” said Yzerman. “I love sitting and listening to people’s opinions on who should be there and who should be coaching and this and that. More information is good.”

That’s just as well, since the discussion will continue right up until the team is selected – early December is the projection, which would give the organizers enough time to do accreditation, security checks, drug tests and deal with all the minutiae in terms of protocols that come into play when preparing for a competition of this magnitude.

Of all the questions percolating about the roster selections, the most intriguing may revolve around the availability of Scott Niedermayer.

more plus additional NHL notes…

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The Top Lines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Early in the season, we took a look at which line deserved to be called the best in the NHL.  Now that the NHL season is well into the second half, it’s a good time to take a deeper look at which lines have been best.

Given that some lines have played together much more than others, I’ve set a minimum number of 400 even-strength shifts to qualify a line for this list.

While the most value of a line comes from even-strength production, that doesn’t mean that other production is irrelevant in determining the value of an individual player, so overall production (including power play and shorthanded) counts towards an individual player’s rating.

continued and more hockey topics discussed…

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Talking Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Hockey at CBC,

It was the NHL lockout, and the co-owner of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans needed somewhere to practice. So, he went back to Washington, and met the team’s goalie. His name was Carey Price.

“I remember thinking, ‘When I was 18, I was nowhere near as polished as this guy,’” Olaf Kolzig said Friday. “I knew right there how good he was going to be. Goalies don’t mature until their mid-20s. To see where he was then ... you could see how special he was going to be at 25.”

We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Cristobal Huet’s trade from Montreal, the day Bob Gainey made Price his number one man. Ron Tugnutt remembers watching as Price led the Canadiens to a stunning regular-season Eastern Conference crown.

“I said, ‘This is the guy who will lead Team Canada for years.’ His footwork is incredible.”

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