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Burrows Excels On The Scoresheet - Even If Refs Don’t Like Him

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Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks has been very newsworthy lately.  The controversy created by his allegations that referee Stephane Auger told him in advance that he would be out to get Auger in a mid-January game against Nashville have been widely debated in hockey circles.  It seems the NHL has managed to make this story disappear for the most part, despite any serious investigation into events and with only Burrows receiving punishment as the “whistleblower”. 

That isn’t the only thing Alexandre Burrows has done lately.  He has been playing very well.  In fact, he is the top goal scorer in the NHL so far in 2010.  Burrows has 13 goals in 12 games so far in January.  That gives him a two goal lead over nearest competitor Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals.

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KK- Back In A Bit

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Stepping out for a dental appointment, should be back around 11:30am.

In the meantime- Fans of teams in the playoff hunt, what’s your gut feeling, will your team be in or watching when mid-April rolls around?

added 11:04,am Back, no drilling required.

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Smile Blackhawks

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Most of us can tell the difference between a professional hockey player and a choirboy. I don’t actually know any choirboys, but I’m guessing the vast majority of them are in possession of all of their teeth and many of their brain cells.

Along those same lines, lots of us cling to the idea that hockey players should not look as if they’ve been imagined and packaged by a boy-band manager.

Am I offended by the Internet photos showing some shirtless Blackhawks in a limousine—a limo that also carries several fully dressed women?

No, I’m offended that the players look like members of ‘N Sync or Backstreet Boys in the photos.

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Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times digs a little deeper into the pictures.  And yes, KK received the photos too, I tossed them in the garbage.

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Kovalchuk Too Expensive For Flyers

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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

With a little more than a month to go until the trade deadline, now is the time to start hashing out deals for your favorite players.

Just don’t include Ilya Kovalchuk in a Flyers uniform.

Despite numerous reports to the contrary, including a Twitter post from USA Today yesterday, multiple team and league sources have told the Daily News that the Flyers are not interested in acquiring Kovalchuk from Atlanta….

The bottom line: Kovalchuk is simply too rich for the Flyers. They would need to tear apart their roster to fit Kovalchuk’s $6.389 salary cap hit.

And that’s just to use him as a rental for the remainder of this season.

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Rangers Talk About Staying Together

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Though it is impossible to predict general manager Glen Sather’s next move, last night’s benching of Wade Redden just 2:05 into the second period makes it likely that the Blueshirts will recall a defenseman from Hartford for the three-game western tour that begins with a game in Phoenix on Saturday….

“It was my decision,” coach John Tortorella said following the Rangers’ 5-1 loss at the Garden. “I don’t want to say more.”...

The Rangers had a meeting in the locker room following the defeat in which Sather addressed the team. The talking points memo delivered verbally focused on staying together as a team.

“We have a lot of negative stuff coming down on this team right now,” captain Chris Drury said. “During the game, after the game, before the game, I think we have to do the best we can to stay together.

“We got into this little four-game skid together, and we are going to get out of it together.”

more Rangers talk…

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Mike Keenan Wants Another NHL Coaching Job

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via Steve Buffery at the Toronto Sun,

Fired last season by the Calgary Flames, despite guiding his injury-laden team to the Western Conference quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, Keenan said he certainly would accept a coaching position in the NHL if the right opportunity arose.

“I definitely still have a lot of interest in the profession,” said Keenan, who guided the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994. “I think I still have something to offer to a hockey club. I’m not to the point where I feel I’m retired. I’m way too young to be retired.”

Keenan, 60, admitted that being fired by the now-struggling Flames still stings.

“I was disappointed about being fired and disappointed about the rationale,” he said. “We had a very good season, we ran into some very critical injuries to some players who had some long-term, serious disabilities. And then we ran into cap problems, where we had issues of (not being able to) ice appropriate number of players.

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Fistric Rips Helmet Of Nystrom Off His Head, Hits Him With It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

He (Mark Fistric) gets in a fight with Eric Nystrom and hits Nystrom on the head with his own helmet.

The match penalty means intent to injure. We could be looking at a suspension here.

It’s too bad. Fistric had a clean hit on Nystrom that Nystrom took exception to. Fistric was winning the fight and just ended up with Nystrom’s helmet by the strap, and then he swung his fist and hit Nystrom in the head with the helmet.

I happened to be watching the game and it looked like to me that the helmet sort of was looped in the finger of Fistric, didn’t look intential to me.

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Developing A Standard On Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

Before next season begins, the National Hockey League wants to crack down on headshots that leave unsuspecting players exposed to serious injury, commissioner Gary Bettman says.

“We want to develop a standard that is clear; that the players know what to expect; that the officials know exactly what to call,” Mr. Bettman said in a telephone interview yesterday.

According to Mr. Bettman, an NHL game averages 40 to 42 hits, or roughly 50,000 total in the regular season. He believes egregious headshots amount to about a dozen over the course of an entire season. The challenge, he says, is to develop a standard in order to impose discipline – without fundamentally changing the physical aspect of the game.

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Lecavalier With Another Between The Legs Goal Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tampa Bay with a 3-0 shutout of Montreal tonight, highlighted by Vinny’s goal.

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Coyotes Gain Confidence With Win Over Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Vest of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Make no mistake: Of the team’s 30 victories this season, Tuesday night’s was the most impressive and important considering how and where it unfolded and, most importantly, against which team it happened. Slowed by injuries or not, the Red Wings are still the defending Western Conference champions and defeating them in that manner was a significant feat.

I spent some time in the Coyotes’ dressing room after Wednesday’s practice and spoke to several players about the big win. I listened to them use words and phrases such as “confidence builder” and “springboard” and “establishing credibility.” All of them apply here.

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