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Retiring the Stripes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Spector at the National Post,

Dumb like a fox, McGeough is deep into overtime now, with only about a month left in an 20-year National Hockey League career. The result, one might say, is like a flying tub of popcorn aimed at him from the stands: He left it all on the ice.

“He’s kind of a like the villain in All Star Wrestling. The kind of guy the fans love to hate,” said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish, who was once fined $10,000 for describing McGeough’s work as “spastic” and “retarded.”

McGeough, 50, burned an indelible image into the memories of hockey fans: For much of his career he was the helmetless, portly zebra coming out from behind the net, waving his arms in a frantic negation of a goal. One foot is on the ice, the other - for some unknown reason - raised in the air in front of him.

more…

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  Tags: mick+mcgeough, officiating, referees, retirement

Howe Facts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

In a feat unsurpassed by any athlete in any sport, Gordie Howe finished in the top five in scoring for 20 straight seasons.

Howe was offered the job as the first head coach of the New York Islanders in 1972. He declined.

read on for 30 facts about Gordie…

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  Tags: gordie+howe

Canes Lose Whitney For 2-3 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Ray Whitney for the next few weeks. The team announced on Friday that Whitney will undergo surgery on Saturday to repair a damaged bursa in his leg.

Whitney is expected to miss two to three weeks of action.

 

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  Tags: ray+whitney

Who Gets The Adams Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

As a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, I have the privilege of voting on several of the key individual awards in the NHL but I’m thankful one that our group does not decide is the Jack Adams Award.

That chore belongs to the broadcasters and I say “chore” because I don’t know how the heck they will narrow it down to three candidates without passing over some excellent choices.

continued

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Return On Their Investment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

In the post-lockout (read: salary cap) NHL there has been much greater emphasis on financial prudence. With that in mind, I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to break the players down by salary range and compare their production for this season.

Players are sorted by the ratings generated for TSN.ca’s Player Rankings—a weighted formula that incorporates goals, assists, plus-minus, power play goals, game winning goals, shots, blocked shots, hits, giveaways, takeaways and faceoff won-loss.

read on

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here’s how I roll. If the Wings are still in it, I’ll watch any game available, no matter the time or network. If the Wings have been eliminated I can’t bring myself to watch a game, read the sports section, watch sportscenter or even take care of the most basic of bodily functions.

It’s too hard on me. The intermission references to Wing failures, the previews of upcoming series’ the Wings should be playing in, the highlights of a team still playing who have defeated Detroit. Nope. I can’t take it.

- IwoCPO in the comments of this post.  Insert your home team and do you feel the same way?

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Stars Are Deep, Now They Have To Earn It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Deep down the middle. Young players maturing. Veterans having career years. Terrific goaltending.

Look at every Stanley Cup champion from the past 20 years—heck, 50 years—and you’re likely going to see the same ingredients.

So is there unbridled anticipation this coming postseason? A temptation to look ahead and wonder what might happen?

Uh, no.

“The first thing is that you’ve got to get there, and then you’d better be prepared to play well,” Tippett said. “That’s called coaching. It’s my job to take the temptation out of there.

“You have to earn the right to be considered a good team.”

more

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Still Insane, But Feeling Better

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Our Czech Miracle of Absolute Insanity’s feeling better, according to Khan(!).

“Feeling good, very good I would say,’’ Hasek said. “Big progress compared to two days ago. I feel ready to go. Decision will be made if I’m playing this weekend or not.’‘

Asked if he could play Saturday vs. Nashville, Hasek said, “Practice just finished. I’ll see how I feel two, three hours from now, but I could do anything I want on the ice, move any way, go up and down, so I didn’t have any problems.’‘

The DD captain also reports that, not surprisingly, neither Homer or McCarty will play this weekend.

Holmstrom went on the ice before practice and tried to push off hard. It didn’t feel good, so he left the ice almost immediately.

“It’s been a week today, so I thought it was going to be good,” Holmstrom said. “I guess I’m taking baby steps. It’s frustrating.”

 

 

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Pair Up the Refs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Farber at SI,

You can always talk about the officiating or never talk about the officiating. [Generally,] On the Fly prefers to do the latter. But with the bleating amped up this season, at least to our ears, maybe it is time for the NHL to reconsider how it forms its officiating duos.

If consistency is as much of a problem as players contend, the solution should be obvious: next season, with the influx of new referees having adjusted to the league three full years after the lockout, director of officiating Stephen Walkom should form pairs, based on style and personality, and keep them together for the duration of the schedule.

more… including additional thoughts on the Ovech-kam as well

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  Tags: officiating, referees

The 2nd Seed In The West, Do You Really Want It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ever since the NHL adopted the conference-based playoff format in 1994, a seventh-seeded team has defeated a second-seeded team in every post-season except 1996 and 2007. Overall, the seven seeds hold an unlikely 14-12 series advantage over the No. 2s in that span; and that pattern of upsets occurred as recently as 2006, when the seventh-seeded Colorado Avalanche knocked off the No. 2 Dallas Stars in the opening round. Accordingly, history isn’t always on the side of a second-seeded team.

Now the aforementioned statistic does not exactly constitute breaking news to the NHL’s more attuned numbers crunchers because it happens nearly ever year.

What may be less known, however, is the alternative — not winning the Pacific Division — can be worse, much worse, for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations.

read on and more NHL talk too…

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