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Ozolinsh Playing His Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MediaNews via Inside Bay Area,

Apparently something is left in Ozolinsh’s tank. He has a goal and an assist in six games, and already is averaging 21:30 of ice time per game. Ozolinsh has become a take-charge presence, giving the Sharks a legitimate blue-line scoring threat.

“If I was coming back, I was going to try to play the way I know I could, or not come back at all,” Ozolinsh said. “I don’t really want to remember the recent past, but I didn’t want to be out there again, squeezing the stick so hard that I could see my fingerprints in it, or sitting back and worried to death about making a mistake. If I wanted to play hockey, I had to do it the way I played before.”

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks, sandis+ozolinsh

Wrong Move Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Telegram,

Same coach? Same goaltender? Same guy who hired Armstrong?

Add to that the announcement that Brett Hull was being transferred from the golf course to the interim co-general manager’s office, and it was an odd day at Stars Inc.

Would somebody please explain it to me? I’m wondering what, exactly, does an “interim co-general manager” do? Make trades? Harvest the locker room gossip? Draft the next Sidney Crosby?

Why, after three straight quick playoff exits and after this season’s disappointing start, fire the general manager and not head coach Dave Tippett?

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Update 12:16pm ET: Scott Burnside of ESPN weighs-in on the Brett Hull selection.

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  Tags: brett+hull, dallas+stars

Grading System Flawed When It Comes To Concussion Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

Gagne is at fault for rushing back to the ice. The Flyers are for allowing him to do so, especially since there is growing sentiment within the medical community over whether the NAN guidelines are too lax. Two international conferences in this decade, organized by the International Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee, concluded that any multitiered grading system is flawed because it seeks to assess severity before all symptoms surface.

“First of all, it doesn’t matter how many,” Lindros said. “It’s the severity.”

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  Tags: concussions, eric+lindros, philadelphia+flyers, simon+gagne

Biron Legitimate #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PhillyBurbs,

Team goals aside, Martin Biron entered this season with a personal objective: prove to himself and the world that he’s a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.

The days of backing up Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller in Buffalo are over. At 30, Biron is making a name for himself with the rejuvenated Flyers.

He admits there’s one thing that would hasten his validation as a high-level netminder — getting voted onto the Eastern Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.

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  Tags: goalies, martin+biron, philadelphia+flyers

Can Sabres Adapt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Is the Sabres personnel that was so successful in the wideopen NHL still suitable in a league that features tighter games?

“We ask ourselves that question,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday. “I think it is.

“We can [adapt]. That doesn’t mean we don’t learn as we go and maybe make some minor personnel changes down the road or stay the way we are, but yeah, we can be all right. We’re heading in the right direction now. We’re not getting the results, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

read on

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, darcy+regier

Bring Back Wood Sticks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Once again this season, scoring is down in the National Hockey League.

There are many reasons, but one of the most important can be traced to the usual lack of foresight from the league’s head office.

Without the slightest thought or consideration, the league allowed composite sticks to be introduced, just as years ago, also without any thought or consideration; it allowed aluminum sticks to be introduced.

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  Tags: hockey+equipment

Bad Decision Jiri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jiri Tlusty made a bad decision, deciding to send some “racy” pics to a girl he met online.  Canucks & Beyond has the write-up and yes, we did see the pics last week and no, they won’t be posted on KK.

What he did was make a mistake in judgment and we will not add fuel to the fire on this topic.  So the email requests for the pics can stop now.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jiri+tlusty

Wings Plane Slides Off Runway

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

News is breaking this morning in Detroit and I just caught bits and pieces… Not sure if this happened on take-off or landing, but the Wings plane slid off the runway and reports are everyone is ok.

I will update as more information becomes available.

update 7:35am, Now Fox2 in Detroit reports the pilot took a wide turn on the runway in St. Louis last night and the plane got stuck in mud.  The team spent the night in St. Louis and will travel this morning.

The first report of sliding off the runway was made by Channel 4 in Detroit.

picture added 8:26am...

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, travel

Columbus Needs To “Bring It” Every Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, despite years of picking high in the draft, have fewer dynamic players than just about any other club in the Western Conference, save Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets can’t beat clubs on autopilot. The only way they can be successful is when they play a high-octane, borderline reckless brand of hockey.

“It’s not enough for us to match the energy of our opponents,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We have to bring more energy than they have. We have to outplay them in that aspect of the game, or we’re going to struggle.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock

Useless Trip To Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But the language Avery slung at Darcy Tucker that provoked a skirmish on the ice prior to Saturday’s match in Toronto, was most certainly not worthy of supplementary discipline, even in the increasingly antiseptic NHL.

It is beyond belief that VP Colin Campbell would have summoned Avery to his office for a disciplinary hearing here yesterday, even if the winger was merely fined for “unprofessional conduct” and not suspended at the end of the day.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

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