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Groundhog Day in Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Folks, something is going to have to give here. Whether it’s a big trade or a management shakeup, it seems unthinkable that even MLSE and its barely engaged board of directors will simply allow another season to limp along with two wins here, a couple of blowout losses there, an overtime triumph and then a couple more defeats.

This is the last two non-playoff seasons being played over again one more time. This is Groundhog Day, the hockey version.

It was the fifth time in nine home games the Leafs have allowed five goals or more to the opposition, an outrageous record. They’ve only acquired eight of a possible 18 points so far at the ACC, a home mark that will guarantee another missed invitation to the Stanley Cup playoffs if it doesn’t turn around dramatically. That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact.

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Welcome To The Hank Show

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Prediction:  Henrik Zetterbergs point streak ends tonite.  Oh, you can take that to the bank brother. How could it not?  Hockey hasn’t seen a 24-hour period of hype for one player since Fitzpatrick-gate.  Check the three Detroit Digger Dailies and what do you see? Zeta-fest.  The Edmonton Sun and Journal? All Hank.

Of course, it started in Toronto; as Canadian law dictates it had to. 

Eric Duhatschek wrote yesterday that Zetterberg “may” be the best in the league. James Mirtle agreed soon after, and not so tactfully reminded me via email that he predicted a better season for the future captain than I did.

What follows is a look at the morning in Hank’s World.

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Kansas Ready for a Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeffrey Flanagan at the Kansas City Star,

If Kansas City does indeed ever land an NHL team, keep this in mind: The game has changed, and not necessarily for the better.

As enforcement of the instigator penalty has grown stricter in the NHL — the punishment is a minor penalty, a major penalty and a 10-minute misconduct — old-fashioned street brawls on the ice have all but vanished. And so has much of the game’s personality.

“Let’s face it: Fans do like to see the fighting,” said former Blades broadcaster Bob Kaser. “When you think about, what gets the crowd going more? Is it an end-to-end goal or is it seeing one of your team’s enforcers going at it with someone on the other team? It’s the fighting that gets the crowd on its feet in anticipation.

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  Tags: fighting

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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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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