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Leaning On J.R.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com

, There is really no in-between with Jeremy Roenick, nor has there been his entire career. You either love him or hate him.

But even those leading the anti-J.R. brigade have to admit that the San Jose Sharks are looking like geniuses for rolling the dice with the old man.

Getting Roenick to check his oft-inflated ego at the door may have been the largest coup of all for Doug Wilson and Co., and may pay even larger dividends once the post-season begins next week.

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Cheap Shot On Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Vinny Lecavalier will have an MRI on Friday on his injured right shoulder, hurt in Thursday’s game with the Capitals as he fell after a hit by Washington’s Matt Cooke.

Regardless of the outcome, coach John Tortorella said Lecavalier will not play in Saturday’s season finale against the Thrashers.

“It’s an absolute cheap shot,’’ coach John Tortorella said after the game. “It’s a guy in a vulnerable position. It’s interference. The puck isn’t anywhere near him and it isn’t called. It’s an absolute cheap shot.”

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Flyers Coach Stevens Has Done A Good Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

Speaking with a small group of reporters Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would be “very disappointed” if his team missed the playoffs. But when asked if the status of his coaching staff depended on the results of the Flyers’ final two regular-season games, Holmgren responded, “Absolutely not.”

“For a young coach who had a lot of new players at the start of the year, I think he’s done a good job,” Holmgren said of Stevens, who has a 40-29-11 record this season and a two-year career record of 60-71-21.

“I think John’s still young (41) and there are areas he can get better, just like a young player. But overall, I think John has done a good job.”

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Preds Bounce Back - Right Into The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Who would’ve thought it? This team was given up for dead as recently as two weeks ago. But by going 5-0-1 down the stretch and getting a little help along the way, Nashville completed an unlikely run to the postseason.

“We’re not quitters,” said J.P. Dumont, who scored the tying goal late in the second period and assisted on Greg De Vries’ game-winner barely four minutes into the third period.

“All year, everybody has told us we’re not going to make it. They were saying, ‘See you next year.’ … We never stopped believing in ourselves.”

That is the cornerstone of this team — resilience. The Preds may be short on star power but they are long on heart.

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Return Of Sundin Won’t Help The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Their “core” has been exposed as flaccid and wildly overpaid. Their management has been discredited and banished, with the team now left indefinitely in the hands of a man fired by the same team a decade ago.

For the next two to three years the Leafs will continue to make enormous profits, ownership will remain essentially absentee in its approach, a new management team will attempt to sort out the club’s chronic problems and there won’t be a Stanley Cup final appearance, let alone a Cup parade.

Sundin isn’t going to change any of that whether he returns or doesn’t. He’s still capable of being a difference maker. Just not to this 23rd-place Toronto hockey club.

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Mindset Needs To Change Regarding Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

(Chris) Higgins - who said watching the Oct. 27 hit by the Flyers’ Randy Jones that put the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron on the sideline for at least the rest of the regular season was “hard to take” - believes he knows the problem.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of respect,” he said. “You’re told to hit ‘em as hard as you can. Guys want to put guys out of the game with their hits. I mean, I still hit guys as hard as I can; you have to. I just do it. I think the way you hit people has to change. I think that, along with hopefully the information available to kids, they’ll respect head shots and those types of injuries. So it’s ingrained in them when they grow up to play in the NHL they’re not putting a forearm to the back of some guy’s head.”

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Contract Talks Will Wait

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from Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,

A lot of people on the Avalanche don’t have a contract for next season — including the coach, Joel Quenneville. Avs general manager Francois Giguere said Thursday it is too soon to discuss the future of Quenneville or any of the other potential high-profile unrestricted free agents.

“When the season’s over, we’re going to sit down and really evaluate all our guys,” Giguere said. “We have coaches, we have players (unsigned), but I’m not in a position where I want to discuss those things.”

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All About Faceoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Wall Street Journal,

Face-offs, also known as “draws” or “drops,” open NHL games and restart play after pauses for goals, penalties and TV time-outs. A referee drops the puck between two opponents, and the one able to slide, kick, whack or shovel the puck to a teammate gets credit for winning the draw. NHL games count on average 50 to 60 face-offs, and the top face-off specialists win 55%-65% of the draws they take.

Aces at face-offs are essentially thieves. Some are like pickpockets, with sneaky hands that whisk the puck away before an opponent can react. Others are more like armed robbers who use size and strength to muscle the puck away. They’re secretive about their techniques and constantly seeking an edge, from analyzing film of opponents to studying how different referees drop the puck.

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thanks to a KK member for providing the link this morning…

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Memorandum 2008-1 To Passengers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From: Conductor, Abel To Yzerman Stress Train
To:    All Passengers

Subj:  FREQUENCY OF POSTING PRIOR TO EMBARKATION/GENERAL INFORMATION

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Senators Win, But Lose Two

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

But if the Senators make the playoffs, they’ll be lucky to have enough healthy bodies. Captain Daniel Alfredsson, who is believed to have a concussion, exited two minutes into the second with the club called an “upper body injury” and centre Mike Fisher left with a leg injury in the first period.

Senators assistant coach Greg Carvel told the club’s pay-per-view broadcast that both injuries were “serious” and that neither player would be in the lineup tonight against the Bruins.

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Watch the hit on Alfredsson by Mark Bell…

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