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Report- Your Team Canada Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Canada and everyone involved has been tight-lipped about the appointment, but a source confirmed last night that Yzerman will announce Babcock as the coach most likely on Thursday in a press conference to take place a few blocks from Montreal’s McGill University, where Babcock played defence….

The only part of Yzerman’s announcement that will be a surprise will be the assistant coaches. Babcock’s assistants are expected to come from a group that includes Ken Hitchcock (Columbus Blue Jackets), Claude Julien (Boston Bruins), Lindy Ruff (Buffalo Sabres), Barry Trotz (Nashville Predators) and Randy Carlyle (Ducks).

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NHL Shakeup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

John Shannon, the NHL’s senior vice-president of broadcasting and one of its most respected executives, is parting ways with the NHL at the end of the month.

The departure, which Shannon said was by mutual agreement, is not connected to the firing of 20 employees from the NHL’s head office, which became known yesterday.

“I saw that I didn’t fit into what they were trying to do and they agreed,” Shannon said. He added that he has no immediate plans except to “enjoy the summer.”

On a side note, I talked to John about this during the SCF amid rumors that he was fired two months ago.  John was aware of the Twitter rumor of his firing and mentioned to me he was leaving by mutual agreement and was not fired.

Knowing Mr. Shannon a bit, I say he still keeps his hands on the pulse of hockey broadcasting and wish him well.

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Best Dmen Post Orr Era

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the post-Bobby Orr Era, we have 12 all-time defensemen: Leetch, Stevens, MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Coffey, Borje Salming and Rob Blake.

Our first-team defense features Potvin, Robinson, Bourque, Stevens, Lidstrom and Leetch. Our second team includes Chelios, Coffey, Niedermayer, Salming, MacInnis and Blake.

read on for more on Leetch on HHOF announcement day…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+leetch

Post Season Award Voting and Elite Goalies

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the more controversial comments I made is when I claimed during the semifinals of the playoffs that there were no elite goalies left in the playoffs.  At that time, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings and Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes remained as the playoff goaltenders.  Were there elite goalies in the bunch, it stands to reason that they would have been among the leaders in the voting for the Vezina Trophy and post season all star teams.  Assuming they are injury-free, it certainly stands to reason that any elite goalies in the league should get strong support for these awards and possibly even win them.

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Party Flight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page has posted some never released video of the Stars flight back from Buffalo after defeating the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Just the joy on the faces of the players makes it worth watching.

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Flyers vs. Bruins At Fenway?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Haggerty of WEEI says so.  At one time, it was believed the Capitals were the favorite to be the opponent, but it now looks like the Flyers.

I do know Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider wrote earlier today that it looked doubtful that the Caps would be playing on New Year’s Day.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Still Fighting In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times (Tuesday edition),

Turns out, the Lightning’s troubles did not end with another lost season.

This morning, the woes grow deeper. Perhaps, by this evening, they will turn uglier.

There is unrest in the ownership group. There is dissension in the ranks. And, almost one year to the day after OK Hockey took control of the franchise, the possibility of a messy divorce between bickering owners is a real possibility.

Oren Koules and Len Barrie are scheduled to have a meeting today with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to determine which one of them will have the authority to make decisions for the franchise. In essence, the commissioner is determining custody of a hockey team.

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  Tags: len+barrie, oren+koules

Colorado Signs Cody McLeod

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club formally announced today that the team has signed forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract.

McLeod, who turns 25 this Friday, scored 15 goals with five assists and 162 penalty minutes in 79 games during his second NHL season in 2008-09.  He was one of four NHL players with at least 15 goals and 150 PIM and became only the second player in Avalanche history to reach both marks in a single year (Chris Simon, 1995-96).  McLeod led Colorado with 194 hits and shared the club lead in game-winning goals with three.

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  Tags: cody+mcleod

It’s Official: Chelios Won’t Be Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

After a decade in Detroit and two Cups that should have been at least four, Chris Chelios is a Wing no longer.

Khan(!)

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland met with 47-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios this afternoon and, as expected, told him the club will not offer him a contract for next season, ending the future Hall of Famer’s 10-year career in Detroit.

“He’s been a tremendous Red Wing; we’ve done a lot of winning with him in a Red Wings uniform,’’ Holland said. “He wants to play again. I really think he can help somebody, playing 10-15 minutes,playing in the 5-6 (defense spot), killing penalties, as a mentor and a role model to younger player. That was a part of his legacy in Detroit.’‘

You know where he’s going. I know where he’s going.  We’ll see you six times next year Cheli.  No doubt the Hawk fans will cheer you just as loudly as they’ve booed you the last decade.

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Wings Not Interested In Chelios For Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Chris Chelios will not be returning to the Red Wings.

General manager Ken Holland met with Chelios Monday afternoon and, as expected, gave him the news Chelios will not be re-signed.

“It was kind of understood last summer, after Cheli signed, that the 2008-09 season would be the last one for Cheli as a Red Wing,” said Holland, noting the need for the Wings to bring in younger players. “He wants to play another season and I believe he can still play.”...

Holland also said he expects to talk with agents for Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Ty Conklin and Tomas Kopecky this weekend in Montreal during the NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: chris+chelios

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