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Surprising Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Seven weeks into the NHL season, the Predators are nowhere near the NHL cellar, sitting in a playoff spot in the Western Conference at 11-8-2 despite having the league’s lowest payroll.

“Surprising? I don’t know why we’re surprising,” said forward Radek Bonk. “I know we had a tough start, but before the season we didn’t think we were going to be bad. So I don’t think we’re surprising ourselves.

“Obviously when you lose players like Forsberg and Kariya and Timonen, they were stars on this team. But we have good team chemistry here and a good bunch of guys. And lately that’s been showing.”

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Selanne Talk

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I received numerous emails over the last few days asking why I wasn’t reporting the “Selanne to play in Sweden” story.  My response was I didn’t believe it was true…

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Several reports out of Sweden recently suggested Selanne was close to signing with Leksand, the current team of former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour.

“I know nothing about this,” agent Don Baizley told the thehockeynews.com. “I haven’t spoken with Teemu in 2-3 weeks and I find it hard to believe this would be true.”

more NHL talk from Ken…

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Parity in Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

After subtracting the NHL’s top two teams (the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators) and its bottom one (the Washington Capitals), there were 27 teams separated by 10 points as of Thursday morning, when the first quarter had officially concluded. In the West, only eight points separated the bottom-dwelling Los Angeles Kings from the No. 2 team in the conference, the San Jose Sharks. In the East, 10 points separated the 14th-place Buffalo Sabres from the second-ranked New York Rangers — and the Sabres held three games in hand.

In the old way of measuring a .500 record, in which a team earns as many points as games played, 20 clubs were above that mark and a 21st, the Calgary Flames were right at it, or until they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks later that night. The Capitals may turn it around now with a new coach behind the bench, but at nine points out and with six teams to leapfrog, their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.

Mathematically, however, the other 29 teams could all legitimately argue that they’re still in midst of the playoff race.

more…

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30 Needy Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Cullen at TSN,

As we move past the quarter point of the season, teams are starting to have a good idea what they have and what they’re lacking on their current roster.  Here’s a look at team needs throughout the NHL.

Around the Rinks:

Anaheim: Need a decision from Scott Niedermayer and could use second-line scoring help, whether it comes from Todd Bertuzzi, Teemu Selanne or someone not currently on the Ducks roster.
Atlanta: Now that the offence appears to be clicking, the Thrashers could use at least one more reliable defensive defenceman.

continued…

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Aebischer Being “Loaned” to Switzerland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have loaned goaltender David Aebischer to HC Lugano of Switzerland National League A. 

Aebischer, 29, appeared in one game for the Coyotes this season and stopped 30 of 33 shots in a loss at Columbus on Oct. 10.  The Fribourg, Switzerland native signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 19, 2007.

Updated 3:16pm ET: Some comments from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

 

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  Tags: david+aebischer, phoenix+coyotes, switzerland

Alfredsson Suffering With Sore Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has a groin injury and isn’t expected to play Saturday against Philadelphia.

Ottawa’s top scorer was injured during Thursday’s shootout loss to Pittsburgh. He had three assists in the game, but wasn’t able to take a shootout attempt.

Senators coach John Paddock says his captain is day-to-day, but “I don’t think that day-to-day includes playing tomorrow.”

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, injury, john+paddock, ottawa+senators

Talking Suspensions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

In our “Friday Faceoff,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: The Vancouver Canucks’ Mattias Ohlund slashed Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild, and Koivu suffered a cracked bone in his left leg. For his actions, Ohlund received a four-game suspension. Was the suspension enough?

Damien: So, back to suspension. Here are my two ideas. First, no suspension should ever be less than 10 games. If somebody’s been a bad boy, that’s the only way you’re really going to get his attention and spread the gospel of deterrence. Second, coaches serve half the suspension time or maybe sit out the same number of games.

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  Tags: media, suspensions

Hockey Weekend

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from Brad Holland at NHL.com,

Nashville’s Game Presentation: I had a chance to sit low in a very good seat last night, and watched the game with an ice-level view instead of a bird’s-eye. Outstanding! The Nashville fans were energetic, into the game, and right on top of the action. They were courteous, asking questions of me and even weren’t shy to give a few tips on how to make NHL.com better (I spent the third period sitting next to a young Predators fan and youth Nashville hockey player who knew as much about hockey-at-large as any Canadian kid…

more on Brad’s hockey weekend… and I think I may have to have a sit-down with young Bradley!

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  Tags: arenas, nashville+predators

Penalty Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

No one wants to return to the pre-lockout days, when players water-skied off opponents, particularly grievous in the neutral zone. Still, must the NHL call the love taps on shin pads?

In some games, officials do.

On Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner last Saturday, Don Cherry showed a set of highlights to illustrate the dubious nature of many slashing and hooking calls. On any given night in the NHL, a player brushing his stick against another player’s shin pads or pants can result in a penalty.

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  Tags: don+cherry, hnic, penalties

Heat Up The Leftovers…

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...and settle in for a day/night of NHL hockey!

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TV coverage can be found at NHL.com...

added 11:35am, Watch a video preview of today’s games…

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