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No More Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At my NHL.com blog today, I go on a “no more changes” rant.

Enough, play the game the way it was meant to be played.

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Ted’s Changed His Tune

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow. It’s an all skate today.  The old stand-bys are coming out of the woodwork to give us so much to work with.  I’m truly thankful.  Earlier today we had the Diggers editing (or just deleting) blog posts to hide their shortcomings, now we have our boy Ted jumping into the fray.

Hey…remember this?

The Red Wings seem vulnerable, the Predators won’t go away without a fight, and St. Louis and Chicago are both much-improved. Even Columbus, with its talented goaltender Pascal Leclaire, seems poised to make a move. Stay tuned … the balance in this division could shift immeasurably.

Sure you do.  That’s Teddy Montgomery of USA Today fame on 15 October. 

 

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Crosby Named Canada’s “Outstanding Athlete”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is the winner of the Lou Marsh Award.

The honour, decided by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star.  Other finalists in a close vote were Steve Nash, Erik Guay, Adam van Koeverden and Steve Molitor.

The Lou Marsh Award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.

continued…

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  Tags: lou+marsh+award, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Don’t Forget Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Then one could argue that in a league in which five-on-five goals are once again difficult to come by, Kovalchuk leads the league with 17 even-strength tallies while Lecavalier has 13 and Crosby 10. Kovalchuk also has more road goals (15) than he does home goals (eight) while Lecavalier has 14 at home and a mere five on the road and Crosby is split at seven and seven.

And while I would argue that all three players make the players around them better, we are talking about individual talents here and Kovalchuk’s shooting percentage bests the other two by a wide margin. He has hit on 21.1 percent of his offerings. That’s a far sight better than Lecavalier’s 16.0 and Crosby’s 15.4

In addition, Kovalchuk has twice netted a hat trick on the road this season.

more

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Rumors Shot Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Tortorella dismissed speculation of the club shopping Martin St. Louis to Dallas for Marty Turco as “absolute s**t”. He also went on to dismiss the possibility of St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards being dealt, citing their importance to the team and suggesting management threats of possible roster changes aren’t connected with those three.

Spector breaks it all down, more trade talk too…

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, trades

Outside The Lifelines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s always a little dangerous to stray into areas external to The Dynasty.  Wing talk is easy. We know it.  Very secure and warm in the comfort of that level of conversation.  But, sometimes, the staffers here at A2Y like to get a little nuts and branch out a bit.

But not quite yet.  First?  This little ditty.  If the playoffs started today, we’d be looking at a Detroit/Dive first rounder.  Didn’t we just leave this daydream?  Weren’t the Wings just competing for a President’s Trophy while the dinky-doo Dives were fighting for the 8 spot?  I guess it’s normal now.  Oh well. Nice little run. Looks like Ryan Smyth chose real well.

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Beliveau’s View Of The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,

“I’ve seen Price facing 35 to 40, sometimes more shots per game. I’ve said all along, ‘The poor kid, if he’s going to get that many, there are going to be nights when he won’t stop them all.”

No matter the Canadiens’ current skid, with five straight home losses heading into tonight’s game against Tampa Bay, Béliveau jokes that he hasn’t yet had to scalp his tickets; he still finds eternally grateful friends and guests to join he and his wife, Élise, in their four seats.

If asked, he’ll remark on the speed of the Canadiens, wondering whether it’s an optical illusion, and he’ll comment on the dart board that seemingly produces Carbonneau’s lines.

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  Tags: jean+beliveau

Groin Problem Slows Down Cheechoo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via MediaNews,

The team is listing him as day-to-day, and Cheechoo said he honestly had no idea if there was a chance he could play tonight against the Minnesota Wild at HP Pavilion.

“It’s a little sore right now,” Cheechoo said. “It might take a little time to heal. I’ll just have to see how it reacts.”

On his sixth shift Saturday, Cheechoo was digging for a puck in the corner when the ice gave way beneath a skate. He slipped and felt something pull.

He also doesn’t know if the groin injury is related in any way to the double hernia surgery he had last May. But the medical staff, he added, is treating this as a new injury.

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  Tags: injuries, jonathan+cheechoo

Filling Joe Louis A Priority

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press,

“Detroit’s Hockeytown crown has slipped,” wrote SI hockey writer Michael Farber.

Not so fast, says Mike Ilitch, owner of the Red Wings.

On Monday, Ilitch announced the hiring of Steve Violetta as senior vice president for business affairs, a new position reporting directly to Ilitch. Ken Holland, executive vice president and general manager, will continue to run the hockey operation.

Violetta’s mission is clear: Get more butts back in those seats. ASAP.

read on

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  Tags: arenas, fans, mike+ilitch, steve+violetta

Keenan Remembers Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

“There was a lot of scrutiny in terms of budgets and financial perameters that may or may not be there (now). I think the budget went up 10-million bucks the year I was fired as a manager,” said Keenan, who planned on building around centre Olli Jokinen and star goaltender Roberto Luongo but dealt the latter when financial negotiations failed.

“Hopefully they’re confident enough that the marketplace will turn around and support the budget they’re working ... At the time, coming out of the lockout, it was tough for an ownership group because they didn’t get the fanbase they had anticipated. I respect what they were doing but it’s difficult in those circumstances to put a team on the ice that maybe you’d like.”

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