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Swine Flu Or Not?  The Levee’s Gonna Break And We’re Gonna Live Blog It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pretty sure every one of you has H1N1, which is why I’ve kept my distance today.  Oh, I was tempted.  The discussion that just wouldn’t end about points and won/losses and hookers…a thriller. 

Thank god it’s almost game time on Little Gary’s Closed Circuit TV Station.

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All Those Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Taking a look at one of my favourite sites, behindthenet.ca, here are some statistical leaders from the first month (or so) of the season:

The league leaders in penalty differential (drawn - taken):
Patrick Kaleta, RW, Buffalo - plus-10
Mason Raymond, LW, Vancouver - plus-9
Steve Downie, RW, Tampa Bay - plus-7
Dustin Brown, LW, Los Angeles - plus-7
Devin Setoguchi, RW, San Jose - plus-7

The other end of the spectrum:
Hal Gill, D, Montreal - minus-9
Shane O’Brien, D, Vancouver - minus-6
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh - minus-6
10 tied at minus-5

mucn more

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The Play Of Vinny Lecavalier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

“Well, Vinny knows he’s struggling, and he’s got to get some passion in his game,” coach Rick Tocchet said. “He knows it. I talked to him about it. It’s not just scoring. He’s the captain of the hockey club, and it’s not just him. But he’s the main figure on our team. We’ve got to get him going. He has to show us that he’s ready to play. He knows it. There’s no better stage than tonight in Toronto. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t sow any passion tonight.”

But Lecavalier wasn’t sure “passion” was the right way to describe what his game has been lacking.

“I think I’m working very hard,” he said. “I just think things aren’t working out. I think everybody is working hard but sometimes you’ve got to work smarter than harder. You’ve got to work hard but you’ve got to works smart, too. I just seem to be thinking too much. Maybe start playing with more instincts.”


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We Knew That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

There’s been some chatter on the internet hinting that the Red Wings were among the teams in Sweden this week to scout Peter Forsberg, who is healthy again and competing in the Karjala Cup tournament.

The Wings may very well be scouting that tournament, but I just exchanged emails with Ken Holland and he very clearly said the team had no interest in Forsberg.

Chris, I know you are new on the beat this season so a little bit of advice.  The internet hinting comes from a guy who just wants hits on his website.  Case closed.

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Hey, No Cuts In Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wes Gilbertson of Sun Media,

The Calgary Flames reportedly jumped the queue for H1N1 vaccinations, and that has some members of the Sea of Red seeing red.

The Flames received their shots Friday, one day before the province temporarily shut down clinics, saying they would eventually reopen but only be available to high-risk Albertans.

“I’m hearing from people,” said Flames CEO Ken King.

“I’m hearing from fans this morning and I intend to speak with them and try to help them understand why we would make a decision and what criteria under which we made that decision and again explain to them that we ... appreciate that not everyone will agree.”


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Phoenix Recalls Boedker

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Mikkel Boedker from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Boedker, 19, has appeared in five games for the Coyotes this season.  He has also registered 1-3-4 in seven games with San Antonio.  The 5-foot-11, 200-pound forward recorded 11-17-28 and 18 penalty minutes (PIM) in 78 games with Phoenix during the 2008-09 season. As a rookie, Boedker ranked 9th on the team overall in scoring while leading all Coyotes rookies in goals, assists, points, games played, shots (116) , average time on ice (15:32) and T-2nd among all NHL rookies in game-winning goals (3).

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Deciding When Elias Can Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Asked if he could play Wednesday, Elias said. “I don’t know. They just asked me how I feel. That’s all. So, I don’t know.”

Initially Lemaire said, “I don’t know” when asked about Elias’ status for Wednesday’s game. He pulled Elias aside and spoke to him briefly after they left the ice following today’s practice.

“We want to make sure he’s 100 percent, close to 100 percent and he’s the one that will determine that,” Lemaire said. “Myself, the way he’s playing right now, he can play. If it’s only me, he’s going to play. He’s the one that makes the decision.”

When informed that Lemaire said the decision would be up to him, Elias said, “Really? That’s funny.”

Elias sounded concerned about having a setback by coming back too soon.


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A minute and a half of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Washington Media Plays 20 Question With Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

And he still doesn’t break.

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Puck Daddy:  Best Teams Were Pre-Lockout

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of my biggest concerns with the NHL of today is that is hard (impossible?) to build a team that is as good as used to win Stanley Cups.  This is a direct consequence of the salary cap and rapid expansion.  A team cannot afford to hold onto all of the talent it produces if it drafts well and there are more other teams to gobble it up when it comes available on the open market.  Teams cannot get as strong as they did in the past.  For the most part, we do not see any more elite teams

Puck Daddy began their retrospective of the decade today by listing the nine best teams of the decade.  This is a ranking of all of the nine teams that won Stanley Cups in the years 2000-2009.  This is an unscientific listing, where the criteria to rank teams is unclear.  That said, the results of their rankings more or less agree with my opinions (and likely those of most impartial observers).  The top three teams are the 2002 Detroit Red Wings, 2001 Colorado Avalanche and the 2000 New Jersey Devils.  The top teams are pre-lockout.

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