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Rob Blake A Victim Of Circumstance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

The questions posed in El Segundo likely will be following Kings defenseman Rob Blake to Canada here for the start of a two-game trip, and will probably be even edgier and to the point.

Uh, Rob, what about that minus-nine, worst in the NHL?...

“He’s been more a victim of circumstance,” Crawford said at Wednesday’s practice in El Segundo. “There’s been a big difference of his level of performance than Nagy’s. If you’re gonna look at statistics, sometimes they can be misleading and in his case, that is a misleading stat.”

read on (reg. req.)

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, rob+blake

Heated Blades Won’t Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wired,

In recent years, the NHL has become plagued by groin and head injuries produced by the musculatures of year-round training—220-pound slabs of muscle crashing into each other at 20 miles per hour, groin muscles tearing when said slabs attempt to turn on a dime. Add another layer of speed and it’ll just get worse.

Also, in addition to skating, hockey involves—speaking very generally—puckhandling, teamwork, positional play, checking and, most importantly, passion. Increasing speed won’t make the players better at anything else.

more

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Souray Has Separated Shoulder

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from TSN,

Edmonton Oilers’ defenceman Sheldon Souray is out indefinitely after suffering a separated shoulder.

continued

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, sheldon+souray

Stastny At The Top

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ESPN now has weekly player rankings…

We’re giving you more rankings fun this season as we introduce our weekly Player Rankings. We’ll rank 15 players every Wednesday along with our Power Rankings.
Enjoy!

read on and some guy nicknamed “Z” is 2nd…

Just a note about rankiings.  I have always made it a point to stay away from updating KK readers on any tpye of weekly ranking.  I will do so on occassion, but if I did so on a regular basis, well, all we would have here is rankings!

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Kelly Will Be The Voice Of the Players

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Thanks to Chelios and the members of the search committee, the NHLPA is working toward remaking itself into a voice that must be heard regarding the best interests of the players and, perhaps even the best interest of the game.

If Kelly does become the new boss of the NHLPA, it’s clear that he won’t be just like the old boss (Saskin) or even the boss before him (Goodenow) and certainly nothing like the boss before either of those men (Eagleson).

He will be the boss because the players, through due process, will have determined that he is.

much more

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  Tags: nhlpa

Sid Vids

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby on The New NHL and a few other topics…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Enough Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Winwood at the Guardian Unlimited,

Let’s imagine that you’re an American family, off to enjoy an evening of sport. Better yet, let’s imagine you’re a Canadian family - much more poster friendly. “What do you fancy going to see tonight, eh?” asks Dad, from somewhere in the Toronto suburbs. “Wow, I know!” says Mom. “Let’s go and see the Maple Leafs play! They’re up against the Montreal Canadiens. We might get to see them beat someone half to death!” “By a man using his bare fists?” ask the kids. “You betcha!” answers Pop. “Yay!” they all yell. “Hooray!”

read on on why Ian wants to ban fighting…

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  Tags: fighting

Modin Out With Groin Tear

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Left winger Fredrik Modin has a small tear in his groin. That’s what the MRI revealed yesterday. Modin is expected to miss 7 to 10 days.

continued

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, fredrik+modin, injuries

Hartley Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

After six straight losses to open the season, the Atlanta Thrashers have fired head coach Bob Hartley. General Manager Don Wadell will take over behind the bench on an interim basis until a replacement can be hired.

continued

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, bob+hartley

Rehab For Havlat

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Chicago Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will undergo rehabilitation on his injured shoulder and will be out of the lineup for about four more weeks.

continued

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

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