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Panthers Must Make The Playoffs, Or Else…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Palm Beach Post,

Majority owner Alan Cohen denies it, but a well-placed NHL source said Tuesday that general manager and coach Jacques Martin and captain Olli Jokinen must get the Panthers to the playoffs this season or one or both are likely to be gone.

“Jokinen has got to pick up his productivity and leadership and get this team to the playoffs,” said the source, who deals with the Panthers on a regular basis. “And with an excellent draft next year, Jacques needs a playoff berth after giving Nashville his first- and second-round picks in the (Tomas) Vokoun trade.” Cohen was quick to issue denials when Jokinen trade rumors surfaced last weekend, insisting he would never trade the ninth-year center, and Tuesday he was just as quick to underscore his faith in Martin.

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  Tags: alan+cohen, florida+panthers, jacques+martin, olli+jokinen

Burke Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Burke was interviewed by Chris Simpson tonight at the Bruins/Leafs game.
 
On Teemu Selanne, Burke said they are expecting to see his picture on a milk carton soon, they haven’t heard from him at all.

Regarding Scott Niedermayer, Burke mentioned there are indications he wants to come back, but they have not heard anything from Scott about it.

added 8:22pm, While we are on the subject of Brian Burke…

from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

Most Canadians know Brian Burke as the forceful, combative hockey executive who shaped the Anaheim Ducks into the reigning Stanley Cup champions and who wouldn’t seem out of place trading elbows with an opponent in front of the net.

What few people know is that Mr. Burke’s hugely successful career in the National Hockey League was built on a strong legal foundation that continues to play an important role in how he views the sports world and his place in it.

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  Tags: brian+burke, scott+niedermayer, teemu+selanne

The Best 20 Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“You have the Patriots right now, (Bill) Belichick last week was pretty hard on them, I understand,” Murray said after the Blues edged the Predators 2-1 Monday night.

“We’re pushing our guys to get better as well. We’re not comparing ourselves to the Patriots by any means, but no matter how good you’re playing, there is always room for improvement. We’ve got quite a bit of room for improvement. Which is encouraging.”...

“I don’t know if I’m holding guys accountable,” Murray said. “I’m just trying to come up with 20 players on a given night to give us the best chance to win. I believe players make those kind of decisions for you.”

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  Tags: st.+louis+blues

Can We Give The “Bigger Nets” Debate A Rest?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Jason Kay of The Hockey News is banging the drum of what seems to be hockey journalists’ favourite pet project—proving that the hockey media “knows what the fans want” by convincing the NHL, through the sheer will of proffering a stance, and bolstering it through endless iterations of the same damn column, to make bigger nets a reality, given the collective theory that more goals = a more entertaining product.

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  Tags: darcy+regier, goaltending, hockey+nets, media

Vinny Doing It All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more complete player. He scores, he sets up plays, he leads and he fights too. Lecavalier had a memorable scrap with the Calgary Flames’ Jarome Iginla in the 2004 Stanley Cup final, and held his own against one of the strongest players in the league. Last month, amid Tampa’s struggles, he fought in back-to-back games — against the Washington Capitals’ Shaone Morrison, in which he received a penalty for instigating the fight; and then the next night, against the Philadelphia Flyers’ Scott Hartnell. As most players will attest, when a team’s best player is also prepared to do some of the dirty work, it can lift a team’s morale right out of the gutter.


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  Tags: tampa+bay+lighting, vincent+lecavalier

Crazy Train:  Osgood’s Your Starter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike’s waffling.  Can’t you just imagine the discussions between him, Holland and Scotty?  Let me help you out.

Holland: If we sit Dom, who knows how he’ll react?  The last thing we want is another “situation.”  He could very well go crazy. Literally.

Bowman: Sounds like fun. Sit his ass.

Babcock: I want a Wii for Christmas.

Anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod reports Osgood’s starting tomorrow night against the Bitter Blues.

Coach Mike Babcock said after today’s practice at Joe Louis Arena that Chris Osgood will start in net, Wednesday, against the St. Louis Blues. Dominik Hasek will get the nod for Thursday’s game in Nashville.

“He (Osgood) is playing good ... simple,” said Babcock. “To me, he’s earned the right. Dom has another practice with Jimmy (goalie coach Jim Bedard) to get his game to where he wants and he’ll be going the next night in Nash(ville).”

 

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All Mike Sillinger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonah Keri at ESPN Page 2,

Page 2 recently chatted with Sillinger about growing up in Saskatchewan, his early experiences as a pro and living the life of an NHL nomad.

Page 2: Since I’m a fellow Canadian and not far from your age, I have to start by asking you about growing up in Regina in the ‘70s. As a kid, was it all about games of shinny out on a pond or an outdoor rink somewhere, only without the constant falling down and embarrassment?

Mike Sillinger: Hockey was just something I loved to do. I can remember way back—the first team I played on was the Citations hockey club. I was 4 or 5. We had these bright orange jerseys, some real beauties. When I got older, I’d always do my homework right away after school so I could go outside and play….

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  Tags: mike+sillinger, new+york+islanders

So That’s Where The Idea Came From

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ithaca Times,

Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the National Hockey League, spoke to members of the Cornell University community on Saturday, Nov. 11. Bettman, an alumnus who graduated ‘74, hit on moments of controversy in his tenure at the NHL and previously at the NBA, including the installation of salary caps in both leagues and NHL work stoppages in 1994 and 2004….

Is it true that while you were at the NBA you were known as the “Pope of Salary Caps”?

GB: There were some people - and I’m not sure in flattering ways - who always referred to me that way because there had never been a salary cap before and I was the one who installed it. It was no secret that when the NFL decided, after all the litigation in the ‘80s, that they wanted a cap they actually came to visit. Baseball consulted us as well….

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Hits, Saves & Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The best of the week.

Watch the video…

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Swedish Attraction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,

Today, every NHL team has a Swede in its lineup, but one team has eclipsed all others in the successful integration of Swedish hockey players – the Detroit Red Wings.

Five of Detroit’s top 10 scorers last season were Swedes, and this season seven of their regulars hail from the “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

So what is it about the Red Wings’ organizational culture that enables Swedish players to excel?

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, swedish+players

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