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Stars of the Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers center Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 25.

continued… with video available featuring each player’s highlights

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  Tags: dallas+stars, daniel+briere, ilya+bryzgalov, mike+smith, philadelphia+flyers, phoenix+coyotes

All About NHL Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Carter Gaddis at The Tampa Tribune,

It’s alive. The ice, that is. Not in the biological, breathing-in-and-out sense that defines much of the life on this planet.

But to Tim Friedenberger, it often seems as if the massive sheet of frozen water at the St. Pete Times Forum has a mind of its own. And if it can think…

“It is alive,” said Friedenberger, the Forum’s vice president of facility operations. “It’s a living thing. I’d say every facility, the ice has a personality.”

Like any living thing, a sheet of ice has its good days and bad. A unique facet of the NHL is how vulnerable the aesthetics of the game itself can be to the vagaries of the playing surface.

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  Tags: arenas, ice, tampa+bay+lightning

Repeating Myself…Chris Osgood’s Your Starter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod reports that Osgood will start tomorrow night against Calgary.

Babcock said after today’s practice that Chris Osgood will be in net against the Calgary Flames, Tuesday night, at Joe Louis Arena. It will be the second consecutive start and fourth in the past five games for Osgood, who is 10-1-1 this season with a league-best 1.66 goals-against average.
With Dominik Hasek brought in as the starting goalie a year ago, Osgood starting back-to-back games has been a rarity. Before four games ago, the only time that Osgood previously started back-to-back games when Hasek was healthy was the final two games of last season.

I smell a tantrum coming…

 

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It Only Gets Deeper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sun columnist Steve Simmons wrote that a source told him Ferguson tried to fire Maurice, but was “prevented” from doing so.

“There isn’t a shred of truth to that assertion,” Ferguson told TSN. “This is made up, its a complete fabrication.”

read on

So many reports, yes, no, maybe, he said, no he said… Just let it play out, the Leafs will do what they want to do

added 2:26pm, from the Globe and Mail,

Peddie also said reports that he and the MLSE board of directors are talking to potential replacements for Ferguson are incorrect. He also said he has had no conversations with Ferguson about firing Maurice.

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr, toronto+maple+leafs

Ranking The Original 6

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Today, it’s fair to say the majority of NHL fans are far more familiar with the Original 21. Or the Original 30 (“You mean Nashville hasn’t always had a team, Grandpa?”).

Still, the Red Wings might well be the league’s most popular team on a city-by-city basis, with the Rangers not that far behind.

So, to some, there is a special allure to those six franchises. In Canada, the Leafs and Habs always will be viewed through a different telescope than the Canucks, Senators, Oilers and Flames.

You could argue, however, that the league has spent more time promoting all of its new franchises than protecting the integrity and status of the so-called Original Six.

read on

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  Tags: nhl, original+six

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For all of you waiting for trades to happen…

via the Ottawa Sun,

“Having an extra Top 6 forward allows for injuries and allows for a lot of things that happen like (Eaves and Alfredsson) being out,” Murray told the Sun. “That’s always the ideal scenario to be able to do that and we’re going to pursue that, without a doubt.

“However, we know full well that until teams are eliminated from the playoffs, we’re probably not going to be able to make many deals for that quality of a player.”

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  Tags: bryan+murray, ottawa+senators

Money Lost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rand Simon of the Hockey News,

If Alfredsson does play under his contract through 2011-12, he will have earned a total of $26.6 million in salary (less any escrow) over the seven seasons since the lockout. Without the 24 per cent rollback, Alfredsson would have received $35 million during that time frame. So, including the $5 million lost from the 2004-05 season, the lockout cost Alfredsson $13.4 million in salary.

On top of that, Alfredsson has signing bonus payments in his contract and the lost rolled back amount is another $1.155 million.

In total, Alfredsson is potentially down more than $14.5 million. To make matters worse, it is worth pointing out that in August 2004 Alfredsson was getting $1.31 Canadian for every U.S. dollar earned and not the 98 or 99 cents he gets today.

read on

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  Tags: contracts, daniel+alfredsson, ottawa+senators

Quit “Dipping”, Get Healthier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Snapshots points out Zetterberg has stopped his chewing tobacco habit…

Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper posted a “teaser” article for their sports magazine, which features Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg as the cover boy. Zetterberg apparently states that he’s given up chewing tobacco as part of his doctor’s prescription for avoiding future back problems by modifying his diet and work on strengthening his core.

a little more...

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, henrik+zetterberg

Howson In The Right Place

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Howson isn’t only a detail man, obviously. He has to paint the big picture for a franchise that has yet to make the NHL playoffs. Where the Jackets are headed and how they will get there depends on Howson as much as it does Hitchcock and the players. Fortunately, coach and GM complement one another.

“His strengths really balance with me. He’s a really patient, big-picture guy who sees things in months and years and I fight the daily fight, like all coaches do,” said Hitchcock. “Because he was a player at all levels, his ability to understand the team mindset at the end of competition is calming for me. You’re able to move past the emotion of the game and that’s important for me….”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock, scott+howson

Flyers/Bruins Meet Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

Tonight at the Wachovia Center, Jones is likely to be the topic of conversation on the Bruins bench when they take the ice against the Flyers for the first time since the hit that jeopardized Bergeron’s season.

“I knew the time was going to come,” Jones said when asked about possible retribution. “I’m not worried about it.”...

Flyers coach John Stevens said he is not sure what to expect when the Bruins and Flyers take the ice tonight, but he probably won’t take any chances.

Enforcers Riley Cote and Ben Eager are expected to be in the lineup.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, fighting, john+stevens, philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones

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