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Weight Does Not Enjoy Sitting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

If being scratched for one of the few times in his long career was a message sent to Doug Weight, it was momentarily lost on the veteran center.

“I don’t need a message,” Weight said, when asked about being in street clothes Sunday for the Ducks’ shootout win. “I’ve played 1,100 games. The message was I have to be at the rink at 7 o’clock [to work].”

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Failure To Communicate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I told the referee what order I wanted to shoot and I put my finger up and told him to give me a second, because I wanted to check with Shanny [Brendan Shanahan] to see if he could go first after he’d been on at the end of [OT],” said Renney, whose team has gone first at essentially every home game.

“I looked up, the referee was gone, he came back and he said, ‘You’re going to shoot second.’

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to shoot second. He said, ‘You told me that.’ I said, ‘No, I said to give me a second.’ He decided I couldn’t change my mind, or he couldn’t change his, which was unfortunate. No shots had been taken. I was very, very clear.”

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A Different Canadiens Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

But there is one big difference between this year’s team and those of previous glory years: the success has come without a single French-Canadian star. This year the team counts just six Quebecers on its 24-man roster, and the leading scorer among them, Guillaume Latendresse, has managed only 27 points. Once nicknamed the Flying Frenchmen and revered in the province as emblematic of Quebecers’ talent, the team’s DNA is now practically indistinguishable from any other in the National Hockey League.

“Teams are becoming less representative of their community and more brand names,” observed University of Ottawa sociologist Jean Harvey, director of the Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society.

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Make The Playoffs And Become The Favorite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHL Blog at the NY Post,

Should the Capitals make it into the post-season, I think they automatically become a favorite to win the East and Bruce Boudreau must be a favorite for Coach of the Year. The management has assembled a spectacular cast around their Russian star and Boudreau has so obviously righted a team Glen Hanlon left in shambles.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Coach Sutter was not a happy man after the Devils loss last night.. from Fire & Ice, .

“We didn’t do anything tonight. We were terrible. That’s what happens when you don’t prepare to play a game that’s meaningful and every game at this level is meaningful. It shows the difference in preparation right there tonight. They were prepared to play and you have a team that’s not focused to play. You go through things with them and talk to them to you blue and red in the face.

“Tonight was a lack of professionalism on our hockey team’s part. If anybody wants to tell you different, they’re liars. That’s about all. Thanks guys.”

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Canes Can Only Sit & Watch Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Canes gave away a house, a car and the jerseys off their backs. They may have given away the division title as well with a 4-3 loss to the Panthers on Friday—Florida’s first win at the RBC Center since December 2002, in arguably the only game of the 16 since that really mattered.

“Everybody’s sick about it,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “There’s not a good feeling. I don’t know what to tell you. There’s not a good feeling about it, nothing positive to take from tonight.

“We needed to win a game to be in charge, win our division, have home ice in the playoffs, and we lost that. It’s gut-wrenching.”

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Bubba-Licious

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We wanted Bubba, now we got him.  We wanted Ellis instead of Kipper, Luongo or even Jose Three or Four.  We got him.  We wanted Arnott instead of Iginla.  Got that too.

But we weren’t displeased with Edmonton once.  And LA was a nifty matchup once too.

Whatever. Whoever.  The playoffs suck no matter who the opponent is.  8 months of irritation leading up to full-blown physical pain and suffering.

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The East Is Set- Almost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the loss tonight by Carolina, the Eastern Conference playoff teams are set in stone except for the Caps and the Canes.

Pittsburgh, Montreal, Washington (with a point in their next game), New Jersey, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Boston are in.

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Fixing The Sabres & Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Both clubs will now have a longer than expected off-season to address the problem areas that led to their decline in 2007-08.

For the Sabres, last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners and a two-time Eastern Conference finalist, the fall from grace was significant.

The loss of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury last summer to unrestricted free agency hurt the Sabres, leaving a gaping hole of veteran leadership and skill that they were unable to fill….

As for the Canucks, the lack of offensive production that got them bounced in the second round of late year’s playoffs cost them a playoff berth this season. Yes, injuries did take their toll on the Canucks but despite that, for most of this season they held onto a playoff berth before collapsing down the stretch.

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Keep Your Head Up Alfie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Yahoo,

‘But Alfredsson took some of the heat off the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Friday by blaming himself for winding up on the receiving end of a blind-side hit from Bell that will force the him to miss the Senators’ final regular-season game and at least the start of the playoffs should they qualify.

“I think it’s more myself (at fault),” said Alfredsson, who’s out with an unspecified upper-body injury and a knee injury, although he denied he suffered a concussion. “Usually I’m aware of what’s going on around me and I had no idea he was coming.”

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