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When Agents Meet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

The Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto served as the backdrop for the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s annual Certified Player-Agent meetings on Thursday, with more than 140 agents in attendance.

The NHLPA conducted their meeting with senior staff and advisors offering updates and information to the player-agents on a wide range of topics. The itinerary included presentations on HRR & escrow, CBA timelines and legal developments, as well as on the performance bonus cushion. The NHLPA’s medical consultant, Dr. John Rizos, spoke about current issues, while the business department gave an update of their recent affairs.


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Jose Theodore Is A Liability ... Right?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is conventional wisdom among most NHL fans that even though the Washington Capitals are first overall in the league, it will be hard for them to win the Stanley Cup because of a lack of top goaltending.  Jose Theodore is the Capitals number one goalie.  He won the Hart and Vezina Trophies in 2002.  Since that time things have not gone so well.  He put up a pathetic .882 saves percentage in 2005/06 and followed it up with .891 the next season.  From that point on, it has been hard to consider Jose Theodore a top goaltender, but he has rebounded.  In fact, Theodore has played extremely well in the last few months.  Since January 13th, 2010, Theodore has not had a regulation loss.  This is a 19 game run where Theodore has gone 17-0-2.  In that time, Theodore put up a .927 saves percentage (the only goalie in the league who played as much as Theodore with a better saves percentage is Tomas Vokoun of Florida).  He has a 2.42 GAA in that time.

If Jose Theodore plays as well as he has been playing for the last several months, Washington does not have a liability in goal.  They have a strength.  When the first place team in the league appears to have solved the problem that was to be their Achilles heel, it is time for the rest of the league to take notice and be worried.

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Moen Lucky To Escape Serious Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Travis Moen never saw it coming Monday night, the skate of Ottawa’s Matt Cullen carving into his face like a scalpel.

“It hit me so fast, I didn’t have time to be scared,” the Canadiens forward said Thursday, speaking in the team’s Bell Centre dressing room after a brief morning skate.

Moen’s injury is a grotesque sight, a beautiful/macabre template for any horror-movie makeup artist.

His Canadiens cap, pulled tightly over his forehead, did little to disguise a ragged stretch of about 50 sutures that begins above the bridge of his nose, curves through his left eyebrow, dips into his eyelid and meanders to the corner of and below the eye.

continued with picture…

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With Lundqvist In Goal, Rangers Still In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s a good thing that Tortorella recognized that The King is as indispensable as it gets in this league, as important to his team as any player in the NHL, and that includes fellow royal court members Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

You know, it’s strange. Tortorella came to New York with a reputation for chewing up and spitting out goaltenders. But he’s been a softie with Lundqvist, careful with his words in appraising the goaltender’s play as if he recognizes that alienating The King is the last thing he could afford.

read on

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Legal Head Shots

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

No one will accuse Spacek of a dirty, reckless or even illegal play. The question is, however, how long can the NHL continue to allow this kind of hit?

It’s part of the game’s DNA, it seems, to demand that players “keep their head” up, and when they don’t, it’s their fault whatever happens to them. Advocates of this position reckon it’s a personal safety issue, like wearing a seatbelt. They argue it’s absolutely integral to the fabric and integrity of the game to maintain the ability of players to punish opponents for being foolish enough to carry the puck with their head down.

But when bright young stars like Booth are being injured on these types of hits, is it really worth keeping those hits in the game?

Moreover, given that blindside and so-called “lateral” hits are now suspendable offences and by next season will earn a player an on-ice penalty as well, isn’t the next logical step to say you just cannot bodycheck an opponent in the head under any circumstances because the danger is just too real given the size and strength of the modern player and the fragility of the brain?


If you missed the Spacek hit on David Booth last night, watch it here...

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Goalie Problems

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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

It’s time to take a chance and put untested Johan Backlund in the nets Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

I know. I know. Last week, I said Brian Boucher wasn’t the Flyers’ biggest concern, that there were other areas _ such as the team’s inconsistent offense _ that were more pressing.

Well, I was 1 for 2.


from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Have we seen the last of Cristobal Huet?

That’s up to Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville to decide after another rough outing for Huet Thursday night in an embarrassing 8-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Do we have a new goalie controversy – for the backup job to Antti Niemi between Huet and Corey Crawford?

Don’t dismiss the possibility of the Hawks sending Huet to Rockford to work on his game and promoting Crawford for perhaps another start in the last nine games.


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A Different Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

March 26, 1997 is an important date in Detroit Red Wings history.  In case you need a refresher course, that is the date of the famous Wings/Avs battle.

Well, today is also March 26th and a new chapter is added- H2H Day.

I am sure a few Detroit area pubs enjoyed the benefits of the ‘19’ stopping by last night and more is on tap for today.

I will be heading out to all the H2H festivities around 3:00pm today and therefore my posting will only be done via Twitter after that time.

I see the guest of honor, Herm, brought a new dance with him, The Red Wing Samba.



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Can’t Figure The Flames Out

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders wasn’t a performance from a team which believed it’s on the verge of a lengthy winning streak that will pull them back into the elite eight.

They were tentative to start. No shots on goal for eight full minutes, and that was a gift from the official scorer since Ian White’s point-shot offering was going high.

They lacked jump. Lacked spark.

Instead of pushing forward with a attitude that said, “We’ll show you it can be done” it was one which screamed out, “What can go wrong?”

The urgency everyone knew was needed was missing.It’s hard for anybody watching to understand.


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By My Count? 11 More Tuesdays

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From what I hear from very reliable sources, there is a tremendous party going on as we speak.  In Hockeytown. It’s the culmination of more than six months of hard work. It’s the night before H2H and if I have to sit in front of this damn computer for 19 more hours waiting for it to load, then that’s what it’s going to take.

It’s been more than 60 days since I’ve posted here and equally as long since I’ve seen our Dynasty in action.  As Jimmy Chitwood said in the adorable one’s third favorite movie, “I think it’s time I ripped on pathetic little Thid again.”

You’re damn right it is.

Continue Reading »

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m just in the spotlight every day so you notice it more. But, really, I am just frustrated with myself, because I want to be at the top of my game.”

-Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.  More from Luongo by Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

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