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Burke The Perfect Choice For USA Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

USA Hockey executive director David Ogrean recently told ESPN.com that the GM for 2010 will be selected before the start of the 2008-09 NHL season. That decision will set the tone for the rest of the team and have a significant impact on the Americans’ ability to ice a roster that can compete for a gold medal.

That person will almost certainly be Burke. At least, it should be.

With all due respect to other members of the committee and fellow American GMs Jay Feaster and Dean Lombardi, Burke has the personality best suited to put this team together and gives the United States its best shot at a medal.

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How Will Devils Respond

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

With the Penguins returning to Prudential Center tonight, the challenge for New Jersey’s coach is to demonstrate that he not only has complete control of his hockey club and the support of his captain, but that the men skating for him are behind him all the way.

The confrontation between coach and captain on the bench during the second period of Saturday night’s victory over Los Angeles certainly didn’t hurt the Devs short-term, but what effect it has long-term bears watching.

Sutter was correct—as a coach—in berating Langenbrunner for missing his assignment in a game New Jersey HAD to win

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Mueller—Rookie of the Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via the Phoenix Coyotes:

The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Peter Mueller has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Mueller led all rookies in scoring for the month with 6-8-14 in 14 games as the Coyotes surged to a 9-4-1 record in January.

 

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  Tags: peter+mueller, rookies

Don’t Repeal Instigator Penalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Eliot at SI,

The puck-optional pursuit of punishing checks by these kind of players is the bane of the league because the notion of self-policing always enters the discussion when talk turns to repealing the instigator rule. The theory goes that if players weren’t fearful of getting the extra two-minutes for instigating a fight, Ruutu and Hollweg and players of that ilk would cease and desist if they knew they were going to be on the painful end of a pounding. I’m not so sure. Simon’s attacks didn’t back either guy off and what else can they do? They’re both one-dimensional in their play as well as the exception rather than the rule among NHL players.

No, allowing the instigation of fights because of the acts of a couple of wanton repeat offenders isn’t the answer. Stern suspensions will suffice. The longer the stretches that the league keeps these two thugs off the ice, the better.

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  Tags: fighting, instigator+penalty, jarkko+ruutu, ryan+hollweg

Shawn Horcoff’s Season Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers took another blow to their lineup on Monday, as the team learned that centre Shawn Horcoff will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Horcoff missed the Oilers’ game against Dallas on Friday after aggravating the injury - which he was nursing all season - in the NHL All-Star Game last week.

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Islanders Make Roster Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New York Islanders,

Center Mike Sillinger (hip injury) is expected to be out of the lineup for approximately three weeks. His spot in the lineup will likely be filled by Islanders prospect Frans Nielsen, recalled this morning from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

Nielsen’s linemate Jeff Tambellini, the leading goal scorer in the American Hockey League with 29 goals, has also been recalled by the Islanders from Bridgeport.

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Tocchet Returns to Coyotes this Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Gintonio from AZ Central,

I’ve learned that Bettman is on his way to Denver, and with the Coyotes in town to play the Avalanche, there seems to be little doubt that he will meet with Coyotes officials.

Tocchet will be back behind the bench Thursday when the Coyotes return home after a five-game road trip, and fans likely will see an even more energetic Coyotes team take the ice.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, rick+tocchet

Speculation Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

But with the ball in his court this time around, (Rob) Blake certainly doesn’t sound like a man who wants to pick up and go anywhere, even if the reward could come in the form of another Stanley Cup ring.

“You know there is a group of teams that can compete for the Cup and if they want to get a couple of guys just to push them over the top, I am totally for it,” Blake said. “If I was an older player without a Cup, maybe. My goal was to come here and to build something and that’s what I hope happens.”

That being said, even he admits you just never know.

“There will be a lot of speculation over the next few weeks for sure,” Blake said.

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  Tags: rob+blake

Ducks Need Scoring

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

It is possible that the Ducks could add either player as they have about $1.8 million available under the cap. In Sundin’s case, they would be responsible for about $1.1 million of his $5.5-million salary this season, but they would also probably have to part with either top prospects Bobby Ryan or Brian Salcido, possibly a roster player and that first-round pick from the Oilers.

Burke would not comment on specific players, but he confirmed that the Ducks are looking to address their lack of secondary scoring. As he put it Sunday, “We’re making goalies look like all-stars right now.”

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Update: link may require registration. thanks to Itlan’s note in the comments for reminding me

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  Tags: trades

Florida’s Dvorak Out With Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On Frozen Pond,

According to JM, Radek Dvorak has two broken bones in his hand, will be out four to six weeks. I spoke to Radek after Saturday’s game, he was optimistic he was going to be OK. Apparently that’s not the case.

No update on Jozef Stumpel and his troublesome right shoulder. JM said Saturday there was “slight separation” and Jozef is due to see a doctor today or tomorrow. He is not making the trip north, obviously.

more on the Panthers…

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