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The Right Man For The Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...When the Red Wings originally hired Mike Babcock away from the Anaheim Ducks to replace Dave Lewis, they did so knowing the inherent risk. Babcock was the antithesis of the low-key Lewis — he didn’t mind rattling a few cages and asserted his authority when necessary. That isn’t always a popular approach on a veteran team. The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling. They are grittier than they were two seasons ago; are more dogged and persistent in their fore-checking; and yet they retain a high skill level, a Red Wings’ characteristic for going on 15 years now.

much more NHL talk, a must read for NHL fans…

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Wallin Out 3-4 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that defenseman Niclas Wallin will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Saturday at Rex Hospital. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Marty Isbell of Raleigh Orthopaedic and Wallin is expected to miss three to four weeks.

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A2Y Poll: Osgood In The Hall?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If he were a Dive, Chris Osgood would have had his jersey retired after his rookie year.  Heck, if he were a Dive the “fans” would expect him to lead off a shootout because they think that if a goalie scores you get two goals instead of one, then they can add that to the amount of saves he had in the final minute of regulation and come up with a reason to throw their hats on the ice.

But…he’s not, never has been and never will be.  Of course, he did kick Roy’s ass so that should be enough to get him in, but I digress.  Again.

NHL.com has an article today on that subject already brought to you by the Emperor, but we’re going to ask the question anyway.

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MSG Loses in the Courtroom

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John Dellapina at Blueshirts Blog (NY Daily News),

The Garden’s string of courtroom losses was extended today when a federal court judge ruled in favor of the NHL in MSG’s bid to independently control the Rangers’ Web site.

The NHL was going to fine the Rangers $100,000 a day unless they complied with league rules mandating that all team Web sites come under the NHL.com umbrella.

continued…

added 5:08pm (by Paul), from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,

MSG officials pledged to appeal the ruling against the injunction and also vowed to proceed with its overall lawsuit against the NHL. “This decision is one step in what will be a very long legal process and we look forward to having the opportunity to present the facts, which support our position.”

Update 12:35am ET November 3rd: More from the Canadian Press

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  Tags: msg, new+york+rangers

Update On Bergeron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

GM Peter Chiarelli provided an update on Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a Grade 3 concussion six days ago when Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones belted him into the TD Banknorth Garden boards.

“He could be out a month. He could be out two months. He could be out a year,” Chiarelli said.

Chiarelli said that Bergeron can hold a conversation for several minutes, but then becomes tired and loses focus.

more

update 9:39pm, also from the Bruins Blog,

Chiarelli’s had enough.

“Those are the terms I’ve been using. Ludicrous and absurd,” said Chiarelli. “I guess I’m angry at some of these takes. Commentaries, web sites, talk radio—you should hear some of the talk radio out of Montreal. They’re saying he’s partially at fault for this. It angers me. It angers the Bruins organization that they’d say it’s his fault in this case. To say he should have been more careful retrieving the puck, to me, is absurd.”

more

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Is Chris Osgood HOF Material?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser at NHL.com,

Osgood’s name doesn’t often come up in a discussion of potential Hall of Famers, but he’s going to force selectors to take a long look at him when he retires. Thursday night’s win gave him a career mark of 343-186-66, with 24 overtime losses. He has 43 shutouts, a career goals-against average of 2.44 and two Stanley Cup rings, including a 16-win performance in the run to the 1998 Cup. At age 34—he turns 35 on Nov. 26—Osgood easily could finish with more than 400 wins

much more NHL talk…

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Modano Has No Plans To Waive NTC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Called up Mike Modano and asked him about the Eklund rumor that he might waive his no-trade clause for a chance to move somewhere else, and Modano said he has not thought about that and doesn’t plan on asking for a trade or waiving his no-trade clause.

“Yeah, I heard about that, too. It’s not true,’’ he said. “I plan on being there tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. I’m just going to keep showing up and work myself through this.’‘

more and thanks to Spector for the pointer…

How many of these made-up rumors have come true?  If you are a true fan of the game, stick to people who actually know the game!

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  Tags: dallas+stars, mike+modano

End of the Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Damien Cox and Scott Burnside do their weekly faceoff on ESPN:

This week’s topic: There has been a real dichotomy between the success of young players and the struggles of older players. Are we seeing the end of the line for some venerable NHL stars?

Damien: Well, let’s not talk in generalities as we celebrate the 73rd NHL season of Chris Chelios. Which players, specifically, do we think are showing those telltale signs of wear and tear and should be thinking about retiring to the broadcast booth?

Scott: Well, we could start with two venerable Americans. First, Doug Weight…

more…

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Home-And-Home Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL board of governors will meet in Pebble Beach, Calif., later this month and the schedule will be the big news coming out of there.

It appears the governors are considering two options.

One, go back to the pre-lockout format. It is as follows:

* six games vs. each of four divisional opponents (24)
* four games vs. each of 10 conference opponents (40)
* one game vs. each of 15 out-of-conference opponents (15)
* three “wild-card” games vs. select out-of-conference opponents (3)

This format allows for every team to play every team at least once, but it would still be every other year before a player like Crosby would play in every building.

read on

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Slumping Cheechoo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Two goals in 12 games? This puts Cheechoo on pace to score between 13 and 14 goals in an 82-game season. It isn’t the Cheechoo way.

See net, hit net, pump fist. That is the Cheechoo way. Two years ago, he had 56 goals to lead the NHL. Last season, he topped the team with 37 goals. But so far this season, he has lost his mojo. Sharks Coach Ron Wilson has moved Cheechoo off the top line - and has even occasionally used him on the penalty kill, to help get Cheechoo’s mind off his scoring speed bump and have him simply think about playing hockey.

more (reg. may be req.)

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  Tags: jonathan+cheechoo, san+jose+sharks

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