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Foote Finally Back In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

For almost two years since Adam Foote walked out on the Blue Jackets at the NHL trade deadline, fans have waited for the former captain to walk back into Nationwide Arena.

Foote missed both trips to Columbus last season with the Colorado Avalanche because of an injured triceps, but he’s expected to be in uniform for a game tonight.

“I’ll be ready for whatever,” Foote said, when asked what kind of crowd reaction he expected. “It’s a business. The (Blue Jackets) have moved on, and I’ve moved on. I had a great time when I was here. I got to see a young team changing.

“I’ve moved onto something else, and they’re still going forward, which is good for them and the fans.”

The story of Foote’s departure has become part of Blue Jackets’ lore.

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John Stevens Fired For Flyers Goaltending

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the biggest surprises this season is that it took until December for a team to fire a coach.  This makes faux rumors prediction that 25-50% of the coaches who started the 2009/10 season would be fired before game 82 look to be in doubt.

The first coach fired this season is John Stevens, who was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers.  Stevens coached the Flyers for slightly over three seasons.  He found himself coaching a team with a 13-12 record (with one loss counted as an overtime tie), that has his time in tenth place in the East Conference.

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A Great Night In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Some of the greatest players in Montreal Canadiens history took to the ice Friday evening at Bell Centre as the organization celebrates its centennial.

Hockey Hall of Fame goalies Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy headed to opposite nets, with the skaters including Yvon Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur, Frank and Peter Mahovlich, Serge Savard, Steve Shutt, Guy Carbonneau and current general manager Bob Gainey.

The former star players took several laps around the ice, fired shots on net and flipped pucks into the crowd for delighted fans.

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I’ve been glued to the TV watching the event.  Great job by CBC, no commercials on a very special night.  Sure brought back a lot of memories for me.

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Kessel Returns To Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Good thing for Phil Kessel that Boston sports fans don’t hold a grudge. Just ask Bill Buckner. Or Roger Clemens. Or Johnny Damon.

That Kessel will be booed Saturday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Bruins is a fait accompli. The question is, how many years will fans view him as Public Enemy No. 1.

His exit from Boston was a fascinating one, to be sure.

There have been different tales spun from different camps. No matter whom you believe, it’s hard to know for sure exactly what happened.

For example, one side will insist Kessel essentially asked for a trade during the summer, something the kid himself denied upon his arrival in Toronto. His agent, Wade Arnott of Newport Sports, also said a trade was never demanded.

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A View Of the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

News: Sidney Crosby nets a hat trick against the Rangers on hat night in Pittsburgh.

View: Hollywood can’t make that kind of stuff up.

News: Marian Gaborik leads League with 21 goals.

View: With 80 goals total heading into play Saturday, Gaborik’s importance to the Rangers cannot be overstated.

News: Dany Heatley gets through a tough week.

View: Playing in Edmonton, where he rejected a trade this summer and then against his former team in the Ottawa Senators, made for a nerve-wracking week for Heatley, who can now relax and think about life with the first-place Sharks.

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Predators Don’t Matter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Zawaski of ChicagoNow,

So why are Predators so uninteresting?  They’ve been competitive at times.  They’ve battled the Hawks for playoff spots before.

The answer is Nashville.  At least to me, there is a mental block that a team from Nashville Tennessee doesn’t frickin’ matter.  It’s the most un-hockey place on the planet.

Hell, when the Preds score they play Tim McGraw’s, “I Like It, I Love It, I Want Some More of It” song.  Way to buck the stereotype hill rods.

I simply can not get excited about a game against the Predators.  There will never be a rivalry between these two teams…ever.

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The author should take a little trip back in time and remember where the Blackhawks were then.

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Blues Lose Brewer To Back Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Eric Brewer will be sidelined two to four weeks with a back injury suffered on Nov. 25 at Dallas.  The injury is unrelated to the previous back injury that required surgery.

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John Stevens Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

The Flyers have fired John Stevens as head coach. A press conference is scheduled for tonight.

added 5:321pm, from TSN,

TSN has learned that the Carolina Hurricanes have granted the Flyers permission to speak to Peter Laviolette, who is believed to be Stevens’ successor.

Laviolette will make his debut behind the Philadelphia bench on Saturday when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

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added 6:03pm, TSN has removed this line from their previous post- Laviolette will make his debut behind the Philadelphia bench on Saturday when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

added 8:17pm, from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have named Peter Laviolette head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and relieved John Stevens of his duties, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“I know this was a very difficult decision for Paul to make. And, I really feel bad for John because he’s been a terrific long-time member of our organization,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. “I was hoping that the team would play better and that this could have been avoided, but after last night’s game, I think Paul felt he had to make this change. I make it a policy never to overrule my general manager, because once I do, it means I’ve lost confidence in him. I really want to wish John the best.”

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All Nikita Filatov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

First, about his relationship with Hitchcock:

“Actually, Hitchcock gave me a lot. I started playing better defense,” he said. “But if at practice I did something wrong, Ken was ready to immediately stop practice, call the entire team over and explain to me personally where I made a mistake.”

Q. Was it embarrassing?

FILATOV: “This is a normal process. But Hitchcock took it too far sometimes. There was an immediate whistle after something small. Or he would give instructions through the defense coach, you get an individual workout. And when we lost to Detroit (1:9), Hitchcock actually made a schedule. Every player went to him for a 10-15 minute talk.”

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Will James Neal Be An Offer Sheet Target?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The lads from Newport Sports Management Group were in Dallas Thursday to watch the game, and superagent Pat Morris represents Stars winger James Neal.

Both Morris and the Stars said there was no talk about an extension for Neal at the time, because it’s just too early in the process. The Stars would have to wow him with a huge offer right now, which they aren’t going to do, and the Neal side wants to see if he can put up a 40-goal season and really change the negotiations.

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