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One Vote For Bigger Nets

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

We’ve heard the all the arguments – the record book would be rendered moot; that it would be too drastic a change. We don’t buy it. The record book has been impacted by a plethora of amendments over the years, both organic and legislated, and increasing the size of the net would be no different.

As for it being too drastic, we aren’t talking soccer-sized goals, just a few inches wider or taller, or both. Will coaches try to become even more defense-oriented to protect a larger cage? Perhaps, but we’re surmising that goals would beget goals. Fall behind 2-0 early on shots that maybe wouldn’t have gone in on a smaller net and, as a coach, you’re forced to alter your strategy and take more risks.

more

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  Tags: goaltending, hockey+nets

The Home Team In Prague

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from the Blueshirts Blog at Newsday,

The papers haven’t been signed yet, but the Rangers are all but signed, sealed and delivered to Prague to open next season with a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And that pair of games will only comprise half of the NHL’s season-opening plan for 2008-09. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are expected to open their season with two games in Stockholm.

continued (permalink is not working for the blog, so off you go to the homepage)...

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: new+york+rangers, ottawa+senators, prague, tampa+bay+lightning

You Have To Mention Fired When Talking Leafs

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

All season long, the assumption has been that John Ferguson is basically done as GM of the Leafs. It’s only a matter of when. But lately, a lot of questions have been asked about coach Paul Maurice and the thinking amongst some front office people is that Ferguson would fire him if he needed to as a last-ditch attempt to try and save his own position.

Some prominent hockey people have asked the question aloud this week: What would you do if you were running the Leafs? And it isn’t being asked rhetorically.

more hockey talk…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: john+ferguson+jr, toronto+maple+leafs

Schedule Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Gary Bettman might finally have a winner on his hands. When the league’s board of governors meet Nov. 28-29 in Pebble Beach, Calif., it’s expected they’ll approve a change to the schedule which will allow every team to face each other at least once per season. After failing twice to get the schedule changed, it’s believed Bettman has finally come up with a format the governors will support. Here’s what the new format could look like: Teams will play six games against divisional foes, down from eight; it’s expected clubs will face the other teams in their conference four times (status quo); the remaining 18 games on the schedule would be played against the opposing conference.

read on for more NHL talk plus some trade rumors…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+schedule

Catch A Game - Take The Train

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from George Vecsey of the New York Times,

The woman was in the heartland of the opponent, wearing a fancy orange and blue jacket commemorating the four Stanley Cups won by the Islanders, albeit a quarter of a century ago.

“New York?” she shouted. “Is this the train to New York?”

It was, indeed. Parallel steel rails now connect the three hockey franchises in the area.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fans, new+jersey+devils, new+york+islanders

Brodeur Reaches 500 Wins

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from the AP via TSN,

Martin Brodeur gave Patrick Roy some company in the 500 victory club.

Brodeur reached one of hockey’s rarest milestones, stopping all but two shots in a modest effort thanks to some of New Jersey’s usual stout defense and earned his 500th NHL win.

Brodeur made 26 saves in the Devils’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night and joined Roy as the only goalies in NHL history with that many victories.

continued

Top 5 Goalies- Wins

1. Patrick Roy, Mon-Col 551

2. x-Martin Brodeur, NJ 500

3. x-Ed Belfour, Chi-SJ-Dal-Tor-Fla 484

4. Terry Sawchuk, Det-Tor-Bos-LA-NYR 447

5. x-Curtis Joseph, StL-Edm-Tor-Det-Pho 446

more at NHL.com

added 10:20pm, from John Kreiser at NHL.com,

“It was a long time coming,” said Brodeur, who finished with 26 saves. “I’m happy it’s done and we can move on now.”

much more

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, martin+brodeur, new+jersey+devils

The Jokinen Talk

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from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

...That said, there is word few people on this team is real happy with how things are going and there has been word of a possible revolt. I’m not kidding about this.

My take: If JM is shopping Olli, not good. He’s the captain and face of this franchise—for better or worse. If this is true, JM needs to come out and say so. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it really, but I will in the near future. Probably tonight. Word of Olli being shopped has leaked to the players and it is not, NOT, sitting well in the room.

I don’t think it’s happening….

more

added 10:28pm, more from George Richards,

Spoke to JM, Olli and Alan Cohen. They say absolutely no truth to the rumors that Olli has been shopped.

read on

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  Tags: florida+panthers, olli+jokinen

Sean Hill Ready For Return After Suspension

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from the Star Tribune (Sunday edition),

Hill is ready to play and finally eligible to do so. Perhaps that will come today against the Colorado Avalanche because he’s formally served the final 19 games of his 20-game suspension for becoming the first NHL player to test positive for steroids.

“I’m as ready as I can be,” said Hill, a Duluth native who denies he used steroids last season while playing for the Islanders. “Obviously there are times when I’m a bit rusty, and maybe my timing won’t be where it should be, but I think we’ve done everything we can as far as preparing, and the rest of the stuff’s going to come the more I play.”

more

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  Tags: minnesota+wild, sean+hill

Mikko Koivu Out With Cracked Fibula

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via the Pioneer Press,

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu has a cracked left fibula, non-displaced, and will miss about a week of action, a team spokesperson said Saturday night.

Koivu was injured when he was slashed by Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund late in the the third period of the Wild’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ohlund was given a five-minute major. There was no word Saturday night on any possible discipline being handed out to Ohlund by the NHL.

added 10:16pm, You can watch the two-handed slash by Ohlund…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mattias+ohlund, mikko+koivu, minnisota+wild, vancouver+canucks

Ference Out With Sprained Knee

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from the CP via TSN,

Just as defenceman Aaron Ward returned from a concussion, blue-liner Andrew Ference was sidelined for a second time this month - this time with a sprained knee.

Ference returned from an upper body injury for the Bruins’ 5-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, only to suffer a brand new injury.

more on the Bruins…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: andrew+ference, boston+bruins, injury

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