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Hitting Along the Boards

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan at FoxSports,

So players routinely hit people along the boards, knowing full well that if they don’t, they could lose their jobs. As long as the opponent is not facing the glass, that’s usually not a problem.

But in many of these instances where players are being hurt, the victim turns to the boards at the last millisecond when it’s too late for the checker to stop his forward motion. The other variation is that a player — partly facing the boards — sees the checker coming and, in an attempt to absorb the blow, starts to bend towards a fetal position. He puts his head down — the worst possible course of action. When he gets hit, his face goes into the dasher.

What should the league do in these cases? To the casual fan, it appears to be a simple case. A player got whacked into the boards and is lying there hurt. Hand out a major and subsequently a suspension.

But on closer examination, it appears that there’s not much else the checker could do.

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*This subject also addressed earlier today by Spector at FoxSports, and linked here on KK

 

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NHL Teleconference - Chicago’s Toews and Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Chicago Blackhawks’ players Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and their coach Denis Savard, were all made available for an NHL teleconference.

The complete transcript is available below.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, denis+savard, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Willie Mitchell Not Pleased with Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Defenceman Willie Mitchell chose his words carefully but it was clear Monday he was annoyed by the public criticism directed at him by coach Alain Vigneault following the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Some things should stay in the dressing room, Mitchell said.

“If people are unhappy with things, (as a) player you’d like to have that addressed,” he said. “You don’t like to hear about it through the media most of the time. That’s his way of motivating I guess.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneaul, vancouver+canucks, willie+mitchell

Atlanta Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the AJC,

Waddell has also been in touch with Marian Hossa’s new agent, Ritch Winter. If Hossa is convinced this team is headed in the right direction, I think he’ll sign. If he doesn’t, he won’t. It’s that simple. Waddell remains optimistic that something can get done.

I know there were rumors of a John Anderson interview, but that hasn’t happened. Waddell said he and Anderson met in Chicago, but it was a conversation and not an interview. He said he used the meeting as much to talk to Anderson about the job opening as to pick his brain about the players in Chicago.

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Update 9:48pm ET: More on the Thrasher’s coaching situation again at the AJC.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers

Kiprusoff Will Sign Extension With Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Calgary Flames have called a news conference tonight and sources tell TSN it is to announce a long-term contract extension for Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

Sources add that the deal is worth approximately $35 million for six years, or an average annual cap hit for the Flames of about $5.8 million per year beyond this season.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Looking at the Toronto Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stan Fischler via hockeyjournal.com,

John Ferguson deserves better than the relentless attacks from such human verbal howitzers as Steve (Toronto Sun) Simmons and Hockey Night in Canada’s Scott Morrison. As long as we can remember, Steve – otherwise a friend of ours – has been trying to pull the plug on Fergie. The Simmons fixation is troubling and it must pain the dear boy that Toronto has climbed above .500 (5-4-3). Meanwhile Morrison has the unmitigated gall to suggest that existing GMs, such as Jimmy Rutherford, up and leave their jobs to displace colleague Ferguson. How ridiculous can you get? Just for the sake of common decency, it would be neat if Ferguson’s Leafs ran off a six-game winning streak. That would shut these jackals up – for about a week.

read on… for Stan’s take on the NHLPA and other NHL news

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  Tags: media, toronto+maple+leafs

Ted Lindsay Flashback

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Joe Pelletier on the Legends of Hockey network,

No man on skates was ever too big or too tough for Ted Lindsay to challenge. At 5’8” and 160lbs he used his big stick and his fists to cut down some of the biggest meanest men in National Hockey League history.

He was known as Scarface or Terrible Ted. The scars on his rugged face represented his courage in his many on ice battles. How many scars he can’t tell you, because he lost count after 400 stitches.

continued…(*a look at Lindsay’s career and his role in forming the NHLPA)

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  Tags: ted+lindsay

Blackhawks Confirm First Televised Home Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks and Comcast SportsNet have announced that Comcast SportsNet will televise their first home game of the season on Sunday, November 11 when the Blackhawks play host to the archrival Detroit Red Wings at 6:00 p.m.

The November 11 game will be the first in a series of home games to be broadcast live and in high-definition on Comcast SportsNet. The full schedule will be released next week with additional home games airing throughout the remainder of the 2007-2008 season.

“It’s time to share the energy and excitement of the Blackhawks with all of our fans,” said Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz. “We are entering a new era and putting home games back on TV is the first step to supporting our great players and fans.”

*Previously mentioned last week, but only confirmed by the ‘Hawks today

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media, rocky+wirtz

Yes He Is, But For How Long?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail asks, “Is Zetterberg The NHL’s Best?”

The answer after 12 games is a clear “yes.”  But the true test remains, and it’s inevitable.  What happens when Monty Babcock’s Flying Circus of Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Holmstrom is broken up in favor of balance across four units?

“For us here, unfortunately, both Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen got hurt,” said Zetterberg, in a telephone interview prior to the start of their three-game Western Canada road swing that continues Tuesday night in Edmonton. “That’s why they put me and Pav and Homer back together and ever since then, we’ve been working good together. It’s going to be fun to see, now that Sammy’s back and the Mule (Franzen) is coming back too, what coach Babcock does.”

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Jones Suspended for Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

[Updated 4:50pm ET: Jones & Holmgren’s reaction to suspension is below]

From the NHL,

TORONTO (October 29, 2007)—Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #146 against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 27, the National Hockey League announced today.

“While it is my determination that Jones did not intend to injure his opponent, he did deliver a hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “There have been suggestions by some that this hit was comparable to incidents earlier this season where players received significant game suspensions for blows to the head. These comparisons and suggestions are wrong,” Campbell added.


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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones, suspensions

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