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Weight Fighting Slump, Keeps Team #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“We’re three games above .500,” Weight said in reference to the team’s 6-3 mark before the 2-1 loss. “If I didn’t produce much in the first nine games, which is my job, then I’ve got to do something about it. But I’m going to try to be upbeat. All you can do is work as hard as you can and get the coach to get you back out there.”

Weight is referring to his challenging relationship with Blues coach Andy Murray, who has limited the center’s playing time and kept him off the No. 1 power-play unit as a result of his slow start.

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Winning The Faceoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Columbus Dispatch,

There seems to be a consensus, however, that faceoffs include ample strategy, gamesmanship and as much cheating as any other facet of the sport.

“I don’t think the average fan understands them,” said Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis, a center who played 23 NHL seasons. “They aren’t glamorous, but people inside the game know how important they are.”

The Blue Jackets, enjoying their best start in franchise history, never have finished higher than 12th in faceoff percentage. Three times in six seasons they ranked in the bottom third of the league.

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Canucks Could Not Do Much This Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

What the Vancouver Canucks tried to do this offseason was stand still.

Because he had virtually no other choice, GM Dave Nonis essentially did nothing in the offseason—at least nothing that could possibly have had any significant impact on the existing roster.

With $38 million of last year’s payroll already committed to this season and needing to sign 10 players to fill out the roster, he was left shopping the bargain basement for free agents like Byron Ritchie and Brad Isbister and making trades that involved such luminaries as Jason King and Ryan Shannon.

read on

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  Tags: dave+nonis, vancouver+canucks

Holmstrom Sets Up Camp In Front Of The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s hard to decide who is better in front of the goal crease—Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom or Colorado’s Ryan Smyth.

Both grinders make their livings in the high-traffic areas where collisions abound and tempers flare, with goalies and defencemen trying in vain to move them.

“They’re the best in the world at it,” said Detroit general manager Ken Holland.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, detroit+red+wings, ryan+smyth, tomas+holstrom

Sens Need A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Neil was chirping at winger Dany Heatley for a hook during a 1-on-1 drill and then winger Brian McGrattan near the end of the workout, Emery was screaming expletives at winger Patrick Eaves for getting a shot up high early in practice.

Once Emery took that shot to the mask and chewed out Eaves for it, nobody dared shoot high the rest of practice because there’s no question that Emery is one of the club’s toughest customers.

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  Tags: ottawa+senators

Yoda Would Like to Order a Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Souhan at the Star-Tribune,

With a French-Canadian lilt that transforms Marian Gaborik into “Mary-Ann,” and the ability to invert sentences like Yoda, Lemaire offers insights and hockey philosophy in a soft-spoken tone that makes listeners lean forward in anticipation.

Tuesday morning, Lemaire raved about Penguins phenom and Shattuck-St. Mary’s product Sidney Crosby. Tuesday night, Lemaire watched Crosby become the third opponent ever to score four points at Xcel Energy Center, in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory.

Lemaire praised Wes Walz’s checking line for its defense on Crosby—even though Crosby’s line produced nine points.

The performance left Lemaire feeling covetous. “I’d love to have one on our club,” he said of Crosby, “if they make any more.”

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  Tags: jacques+lemaire, minnesota+wild, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Yes Gary…We Stayed Up Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Welcome to the brilliance that only weary Wing fans can offer in the midst of a way West swing.  Live blog will be confined to the comment section tonite.  Remember my prediction:  the hype that accompanied the Circus’ arrival in Edmonton can only mean an end to Hank’s point streak.

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Another Possible Investor Involved in Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail (Wednesday edition),

Today could see the ownership plight of the Nashville Predators settled — for now, at least — with a Canadian listed as one of the new investors. And no, his name is not Jim Balsillie.

It’s Doug Bergeron, the Windsor-born chairman and CEO of VeriFone, a San Jose-based company that specializes in electronic payment products.

Bergeron’s name has surfaced as a possible partner in the group of mostly local investors that is down to the final hours of its exclusive negotiating agreement with Craig Leipold, the Predators’ owner.

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Update 8:35pm ET: More about Nashville and how ownership issues may be affecting the team, here and here.

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  Tags: nashville+predators

NHLPA Ratifies a New Constitution Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the NHLPA,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced that the members of the NHLPA have ratified a new constitution by way of secret ballot. The announcement marks the end of a thorough review process that began in March of 2006….

Among the significant changes,the new constitution eliminates the Executive Committee, which was comprised of the President and Vice-President positions, leaving the 30 Club Player Representatives to serve as equal voting members of the Executive Board. Also, the positions of Executive Director and General Counsel, which have traditionally been held by the same person, will now be divided between two individuals.

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  Tags: nhlpa

Manny Fernandez Out with Knee Strain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Santa Barbara News,

The Boston Bruins recalled goalie Jordan Sigalet from Providence of the AHL on Tuesday after Manny Fernandez sustained a slight strain of his left knee in practice earlier in the day.

Fernandez and another veteran, Tim Thomas, had been sharing the goaltending duties.

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Update 7:45pm ET
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli said the strain might keep Fernandez sidelined for the next two or three days, which might put him out of uniform for Thursday’s game against Buffalo. With Jordan Sigalet recalled to replace Fernandez, all signs point toward Tim Thomas starting on Thursday.

Chiarelli said the strain was not related to the left knee sprain Fernandez sustained last season.

 

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, injuries, manny+fernandez

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