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A Look At Evgeni Malkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

I’ve always felt a propriety interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin – and it all stems back to a book project I did during the 2006-07 season with Dave King, a Phoenix Coyotes’ assistant coach, who was behind the bench of three Canadian men’s Olympic hockey teams. That year, King took his vast international resume to Russia, where he became the first Canadian to coach in what was then known as the Super League.

Malkin’s peer, Alex Ovechkin, had left for the NHL already, but he stayed behind to play one more season, which permitted King’s Magnitogorsk team to fashion an extraordinary regular season, much of thanks to the play of his teenage star.

King and I spoke almost every week and almost every week he had another anecdote relating to Malkin’s rapid-fire development. In fact, about the only criticism that King ever levelled towards him was that when things went sour – in the way they inevitably do, even for the most talented and precocious players – Malkin would revert to individual play and go all lone wolf, trying to do everything by himself. Sometimes, it even worked. Mostly it did not.

continued and additional hockey topics discussed…

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Disciplinary Action May Be Facing Bobby Ryan

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The NHL may take a further look at a hit Ducks winger Bobby Ryan made on Kings forward Oscar Moller in the late stages of the Kings’ 4-0 win Thursday and determine whether Ryan be disciplined.

Ryan could face a suspension for taking a run at Moller and ramming him into the glass behind the Ducks’ net with 7.1 seconds left in the game. He was given a minor penalty for roughing, a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.

After the game, Ryan said he expects the league will look at the hit but doesn’t believe he will be disciplined.

“I’d be very surprised,” Ryan said.  ”I coasted for 10 feet before I hit him. I did definitely take some strides in that direction. But I came in and watched what I did right away. Everything was down, my hands. It was a clean hit. He had his head down. It’s part of the game.”

continued

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Predators Extend Coaching Staff

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

General Manager David Poile said Thursday he told the coaches shortly after Thanksgiving that the team had chosen to pick up the option years for 2010-11, and added an option year for 2011-12. Terms of the new contracts have not been disclosed.

“Our coaches are doing a really good job and our record is really good,’’ Poile said.

“There’s certainly no reason I would want to go in a different direction, and they felt the same way about staying. We’ve got a good group right now.’‘

read on

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Morning Line

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“If a person that’s a huge superstar becomes available, the economics of it are frightening.  Then if you have to trade for them, not only do you have to come up with a number of pieces to satisfy the other team, but then the player has the option of walking away on you July 1. That’s tough.”

“If you make a mistake there, that could end up being two mistakes.  If he comes here and then decides he doesn’t want to be here and goes July 1, that’s a double-whammy. It’s a scary situation.”

-John Davidson, President of the St. Louis Blues.  More from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat including Ed Belfour resigns from his part-time goaltending consultant position with the Blues.

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Life Decisions

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“There will be a time,” Trevor Daley was saying, “when the streets come calling.” The Dallas Stars defenceman was sitting with Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit, a friend and idol of youth nine years his senior who, in many ways, had walked the same challenging road to the National Hockey League.

“When that time comes, you’ve got to have the willpower to know what decision you need to make,” Daley continued. “Glennie and I had to make those decisions to get where we are today.

“I’m sure we’ve made some wrong decisions. I know I have along the way. But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially when the streets come calling. You get into that position: ‘Do I run with these guys, or those guys?’ ” Metropolit, 35, and Daley, 26, grew up without privilege, luxury or any sense of entitlement in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park district.

continued

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  Tags: glen+metropolit, trevor+daley

A Night In the Video Review Room

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from Rich Hofmann of he Philadelphia Daily News,

It doesn’t take long, less than a minute. They all have settled into their chairs in a dark room that glows from the light of about 30 television and laptop screens, settled in for a long night that will feature a dozen NHL games and the potential for at least a few controversies. The easy conversation of co-workers combines with three play-by-play announcers droning on simultaneously in two languages.

Then the Leafs’ Jay Rosehill appears to score a goal behind the Flyers’ Michael Leighton, and one voice raises above the others.

“Murph, that one went in a little funny,” says Mark Barbetta, from one of the workstations arrayed around the room. At which point, you can feel the adrenaline build.

continued

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Flames Want To Retain Jokinen & Bourque

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from the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames hope to be able to sign pending unrestricted free agents Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque.

General manager Darryl Sutter made the admission during Thursday night’s inaugural FAN 960 Fan Forum at Flames Central.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure Olli is not an unrestricted free agent,” said Sutter in response to a question from the invitation-only crowd about the Finnish centre and his future with the team.

A short time later during the two-hour-long town hall style gathering, which included club president Ken King, Sutter said right-winger Bourque was “a big part of our team and we’ll do everything in our power to keep him.”

continued

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Oshie Pulls A Slewfoot On Ebbett

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Andrew Ebbett left the arena tonight in a neck brace because of neck, back and shoulder spasms after T.J. Oshie, who scored the lone goal 26 seconds into the third, executed a textbook slewfoot. Referees Kevin Pollock and Ian Walsh didn’t think so. If they did, Oshie would have gotten a match penalty and the Wild a five-minute power play in a 1-0 deficit.

One of the most dangerous hits I’ve seen. Oshie grabbed across Ebbett’s chest, swept his legs out from under him and Ebbett’s head slammed against the ice while he crashed into the boards. Ebbett tried to soften the blow with his shoulders and back, he said, which is why he thinks he’s paying the price now. Better than head smacking directly against the ice, however.

more on the Wild loss to the Blues last night…

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  Tags: andrew+ebbett, t.j.+oshie

The New Detroit

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets knew what to expect in Chicago tonight. They knew the Blackhawks would be amped up, and they did a much better job anticipating the wave than they did two night ago in St. Louis.

And that makes the 3-0 loss in United Center even more troubling….

Interesting quote from Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash when I asked him if Chicago was the new Detroit:

“Yeah, Detroit has changed their style, and Chicago has picked it up. It’s a puck possession game. You don’t see them dumping the puck. You don’t see (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews dumping and chasing. They’re making plays.”

Nash is slumping badly. He’s gone 11 games without a goal, matching a record set during his rookie season. But it’s more than that. Nash had one shot on goal tonight, giving him just three shots on goal in his last three game and only nine in his last six games.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Don’t Blame Coach Sutter

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The easy way to explain the recent offensive struggles of the Calgary Flames would be to pin it on Brent Sutter’s system.

The simple thinking would be because the Flames have made a commitment to defence—going from 23rd last year to fourth this season prior to last night’s action—they’ve sacrificed offence.

Pure bunk.

Calgary’s goal-scoring struggles have nothing to do with the expectations the head coach has on his team when it comes to keeping pucks out of their net. The plan of attack has proven the past few games the Flames can generate enough chances to score more than one or two goals per game.

continued

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