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Leafs Looking For “Big Name” GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If the Toronto Maple Leafs fire GM John Ferguson Jr., they won’t put just anybody on the Hogtown hotseat.

The talk among league executives is the Leafs won’t make a move on the GM front unless they secure a big name—such as Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman or Ron Francis, a former Leaf—to take the reins.

“The Leafs need to have somebody with star power,” said an NHL executive.

“If they’re going to put somebody into that seat who hasn’t done it before, they need to have a marquee name.”

continued plus more NHL talk, including trade rumors…

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How Will The NHL Handle MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m guessing the NHL will take a dim view of this series, what with the extramarital sex and drug use. A trailer that has appeared on YouTube depicts a veteran player snorting a line of cocaine. Actress Kristin Booth confirmed there is an edginess to the scripts but did it while praising the CBC for taking a chance on the independent, shot-on-film production by Toronto’s Screen Door Studio.

“There’s a lot of sex, a lot of scandal, a lot of drugs. It’s pretty racy,” she told reporters in Toronto last week….

“This is the first I’ve heard of it. Based on your description, I would think the NHL will be very unhappy about it,” said Oilers GM Kevin Lowe

more and you can watch the video in a KK post from a few days ago…

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  Tags: hockey+entertainment

AO & Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Maybe someone can provide one good reason for Alex Ovechkin to sign a new contract with the before becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, because we sure can’t think of any.

Ovechkin, stuck in a hockey market in DC that’s as irrelevant now as it was before the lockout and therefore denied a suitable stage to showcase his brilliance, isn’t going to make more money by signing with the Caps than he would by inviting offer sheets this summer.

continued plus more NHL talk including this,

Dialogue has resumed between Scotty Bowman and the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment aimed at working out a deal so the nine-time Cup-winning coach and one-time player personnel director would become the Toronto club’s president and director of hockey operations, Slap Shots has been told.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, detroit+red+wings, scotty+bowman, washington+capitals

No Coaching Shakeup Planned In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Leafs GM John Ferguson emerged from an hour-long, post-game meeting with coach Paul Maurice last night to announce that the club will stay the course with its coaching staff and roster.

After an alarmingly bad performance in a 5-1 loss to Phoenix at the Jobing.com Arena, there was a strong sense that something had to give.

But Ferguson expressed confidence in his roster and the team’s ability to turn around what is now a three-game losing streak and losses in six of the last seven games.

continued

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Fine Line Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

But the X factor here, frankly, is that the Bruins are winning, and they are doing so with a very slim margin. For the most part, that margin is: 1. goaltending and 2. Claude Julien’s coaching.

For the few goals the team scored in the first quarter (51 in 20 games), it didn’t have much business owning an 11-7-2 record. Even average netminding by Thomas would have had the Bruins in a struggle to be 9-9-2 (right where they were through 20 games last season). Less-than-average netminding by Thomas, and they’re somewhere around 6-12-2, keeping company with the Capitals at the bottom of the barrel.

more Bruins and NHL talk…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, claude+julien, goaltending

Live From Columbus

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Danny Gare just told us Nationwide is jam packed, the largest crowd since they opened the place.  BJs coming off a shutout of Minnesota last night.  Wings with their rightful starter back in net.  Live blog here if you so choose.

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Kopecky, Ellis Out:  Interesting 4th Line As A Result

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now here’s an intriguing line for tonite’s matchup with the BJs.
Khan(!)

Jiri Hudler will center the fourth line with Dallas Drake and Aaron Downey. Hudler said he played center his whole career until coming to North America a few years ago and being switched to the wing. Kopecky, injured last Wednesday against St. Louis, said he hopes to resume skating Monday and play either Tuesday or Thursday.

 

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From Bitterness…Brilliance

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thankfully, here at A2Y, we choose the high road more often than not.  Oh, there are the rare occasions when we choose to point out some of the deficiencies of the 6 remaining Dive fans in Denver.  But only when their true colors are impossible to ignore.  Unfortunately for them, that’s weekly.

What we try very hard to avoid, here at A2Y—a blog dedicated to high-level, serious-minded conversation, is the denigration of another team (other than the HDID) or fan base (besides Darren Garcia and his friends).  Have the opportunities presented themselves to, for instance, attack our friends at Canucks and Beyond?  Certainly.  But book-store owners, in my experience, are easy prey. So we lay off.

But that’s not to say we don’t notice when they choose to hop back into the sewer.  Because sometimes….well, sometimes they bring to light valuable bits of info.

Like this…

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Scoring Woes in Los Angeles

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Sports Nework,

LA lost a home-and-home set by scores of 4-3 and 6-3 before the lights went out on the offense. The Kings were then shutout by Phoenix, 1-0, and Dallas, 3-0, in consecutive games and didn’t score in their 4-1 loss against the Coyotes on Wednesday until there was 4:53 left on the clock in the first period.

Matt Moulson’s goal, his third of the year, halted Los Angeles’ scoring drought at 138 minutes and 26 seconds.

“We’re having a tough time scoring and it’s very frustrating,” said goaltender Jason LaBarbera. “We’re not playing that bad, but not playing that well, either.”

more

At the LA Times, it’s noted that Kyle Calder might be back tonight, which may add a spark to the Kings’ powerplay, which has struck for zero goals in its last 14 tries.

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  Tags: kyle+calder, los+angeles+kings

Business Is Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune (Sunday edition),

“After Dad’s passing, I realized the Hawks have lost money, but I was surprised they had lost as much as they had,” Wirtz said. “I knew we had to start doing something right away.”

If his philosophy could be boiled down to one cliché, it is this: You have to spend money to make money. But as clear as Wirtz is about this basic theory, it is at the perplexing crux of how he differs from his father.

“Dad believed that in our other businesses, and then the money we make, we put right back into the organization,” Wirtz said. “He just didn’t execute it [with the Hawks], and I don’t know why.”

read on...

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, rocky+wirtz

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