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No #1 In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

With their losses mounting and the season slipping away, the Blue Jackets are taking a new approach to their goaltending.

Before practice yesterday, coach Ken Hitchcock informed the club that Steve Mason no longer is the club’s undisputed No. 1 goaltender.

Mathieu Garon will start at 9 tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. If he plays well, Garon will keep playing, too, not resort to the backup role he’s held up to this point.

“Win and you’re in,” Hitchcock said. “That’s just where we’re at now. If a guy wins, he gets to keep going.

“We can’t wait any longer to get going.”


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Redden Gets Another Chance & Maybe His Last One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Wade Redden’s last chance to make a positive impression on coach John Tortorella and thus avoid exile to the AHL Wolf Pack begins tonight in Raleigh.

Tortorella, who is reinserting Redden into the lineup for tonight’s match against the Hurricanes after scratching the veteran defenseman the previous two games, will expect to see No. 6 bring the same emotion onto the ice as he brought into the coach’s office Thursday morning at Nassau Coliseum, where he complained about being benched.

At the same time, the coach will review whether 10 days and five games in Hartford taught Matt Gilroy how to compete at a consistent level, for the Hobey Baker winner also will be reinserted into the Blueshirts’ lineup following his recall yesterday morning.


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  Tags: wade+redden

Blues Get A Visit From The GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper at the Morning Skate,

At today’s morning skate, Blues players confirmed the team had a closed-door meeting following their 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Sources have told the Post-Dispatch that in the meeting, general manager Larry Pleau laid into the club.

Defenseman Barret Jackman was not caught off guard, and in fact sensed something would be said sooner rather than later.

“Were not shocked that anything happened, closed door meetings or anything like that,” Jackman said. “It is something that has come to a boiling point and its everybody in our room that has to change things right now.”

Added forward Keith Tkachuk: “It had got to the point where something had to be said, and it was said, and now we move on.”


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This Is Mean Street….And It’s A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Do it.

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Panthers Still Angry About Ricards Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

How does David Booth feel toward Flyers center Mike Richards, who dealt him the concussion that’s caused him to sit out two months and at least three more weeks?

“Uh…yeah, I mean, that’s…you know…uh…there’s…uh…I don’t know. I can’t say anything,” Booth said, unable to muster more in a span of 15 seconds.

Is Booth angry?

“Yeah I’m angry. How could you not be angry? Everyone would be angry.”

The Florida Panthers will play the Flyers on Monday night for the first time since Richards drove his left shoulder into Booth’s head at full speed on Oct. 24, a hit that dropped Booth flat on his face on the Wachovia Center ice and sent him to the hospital.


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  Tags: david+booth, mike+richards

Something To Think About

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Ultimately, perhaps, the final word on workplace safety, specifically head injuries, won’t belong to commentators or even the NHL. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said during the Friday night show, “Whether the NHL likes it or not, it’s going to be dragged kicking and screaming into an era of legislation because this is becoming an athletic pandemic.

“What’s going to happen with (U.S.) Congress being involved, medical authorities being involved, it’s going to go beyond the game of hockey. It’s going to become societal, and, when that happens, people in hockey are going to lose a little control about how the rules are governed. It’s going to become illegal. Within five years, you are not going to be allowed to hit anybody in the head.”


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Top Defenceman So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In November I picked Chris Pronger as the best defenceman so far this year.  Since then his Philadelphia Flyers team have run into problems (they are 14th in the East Conference).  The Flyers have struggled lately and Pronger has not avoided those struggles. 

My current pick as top defenceman in the NHL so far is Mike Green of the Washington Capitals.  Green is clearly the best offensive defenceman in hockey.  He leads the NHL’s defencemen with 33 points.  His puckmoving ability is instrumental to the Capitals offence.  The criticism has been his defence, which is clearly improving.  Green is playing in more and more tough defensive situations with the Capitals.  Green’s defence was good enough to make him a Norris frontrunner last year and it is better now.

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GDT - Game #36: Red Wings at Blackhawks (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Wings four (4) game winning streak has been snapped at Dallas yesterday, eh?  Unlike the Delicate Genius, I won’t comment on the game; I didn’t see a minute of it.  Instead, I was in shopping Hell.  I am unsure which pain would have been worse, watching the Wings lose, or trying to find a fuching parking spot anywhere within reasonable walking distance of the Sooner Mall?

I do know this, the home and home against the ‘Hawks is Huge, with a capital “H”.  CHI lead the West with 47 pts, having played 33 games.  DET is in 8th with 41 pts, only 6 pts back; but DET have played 35 games.  At one time. I recall Holland stating that you could realistically make up 2 points every ten games.  The home and home is Big Time if the Wings have any hope to catch the ‘Hawks.  Just to make this series more challenging, the ‘Hawks goalies are playing outta their minds at the moment.

Take a number?

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Ray Whitney Connected To Bruins & Habs Need Production From Gomez

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Chances are Carolina Hurricanes UFA Ray Whitney will end up with the Boston Bruins as a trade-deadline deal for a second-round draft pick. The offensively-challenged Bruins will perhaps ask Mark Recchi what he thought of Whitney from the Canes’ 2006 Cup run. If not Boston, then Philadelphia may be a possible destination, as former Hurricanes bench boss Peter Laviolette is currently head coach there.

• Montreal’s Scott Gomez has seriously missed linemate Brian Gionta, who has been our with a broken foot since November. Gomez, at $8 million, is the club’s second-line centre behind Tomas Plekanec. The Habs are seeing what the Rangers saw -not nearly enough offensive production.

more talk…

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Don’t Worry Columbus, The World Is Not Ending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

I do not believe that firing Hitchcock, at this juncture, would be an intelligent move.

I do not believe the players have quit on Hitchcock. The 2001-02 Dallas Stars and the 2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers quit on him. There are no signs that there is any sort of revolt afoot in Columbus. If anything, the Jackets still buy into the coach’s message. They might roll their eyes in the next video session, but they will understand the message, and they will believe in it.

I believe the Jackets need a defenseman, and an enforcer, and that Howson must address these concerns. I believe that, other than some tinkering, the answers to the present problems are largely within the grasp of the players in the locker room.

After the loss in Denver, the Jackets find themselves on a 2-9-5 jag.

I think they lost their identity and suffered a crisis of confidence.

I do not think it is the end of the world.


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