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Maybe The Canucks Are Not A Good Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

They’re too defensive-minded. They’re not defensive-minded enough. Alain Vigneault is too hard on his players. He’s not hard enough. They rely on Roberto Luongo too much. They don’t rely on him enough.

But for all the powerful intellects who’ve attempted to unravel the Canucks’ conundrum, the most obvious answer seems to have escaped their notice.

Could it be the Canucks simply aren’t that good?

It’s a radical proposition, we know, but in light of recent events perhaps it merits further consideration.

read on

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  Tags: vancouver+canucks

Wings Humming Along

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,

A child prodigy was brought before the great man, and the child proceeded to play passages on the piano written by the master himself. The maestro listened attentively. After the child had finished, Chopin is reported to have patted him on the head.

“You can play the notes,” he said kindly. “Someday, you may be able to play the music.”
Right now, the Wings are a symphony orchestra in full voice.

more

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Fischer Still Thinks Of Comeback

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nice piece from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

He’s also convinced it won’t happen again and that he’ll one day make a return to the league in which he won a Stanley Cup in 2002.

“I’m 27 years old, so why give up? I’m still below the league average,” smiled the well-spoken first-rounder from the Czech Republic.

“My exercise routine is still not where it used to be but now I’m finally getting closer to pushing it to the max and there are none of the side effects.”

Although he and GM Ken Holland examined the possibility of a comeback this fall, he instead accepted a player development role with the club.

More...and isn’t it interesting that a Calgary writer finds Jiri Fischer visiting for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, while Detroit’s ambitious duo of Ansar Khan and Helene St. James fawned over the Fonz.

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Boots & Balsillie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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

William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, who would own as much as 49 per cent of the Predators if they are sold to a collection of mostly Nashville people, spoke glowingly of one of his recently added partners, Windsor-born Doug Bergeron, then added: “I don’t mind telling The Globe and Mail I’m very excited to have a Canadian billionaire as part of my group. It’s refreshing to have someone who respects the NHL, respects the process and the tradition of the NHL.”

That comment was aimed squarely at Balsillie, who had offered more than $220-million (all currency U.S.) for the Predators, only to upset the NHL by accepting season-ticket deposits in Hamilton, where he had hoped to take the team.

more…

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Waddell May Remain Behind The Bench

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Although Waddell would still prefer to name a permanent coach, it seems more likely each day that he will retain the title as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Several factors might be pushing him toward that decision, including the fact that most of top assistant coaches around the NHL don’t have in-season out clauses and their general managers won’t give Waddell permission to talk to them until the summer.

Second, with the Thrashers’ ownership in limbo because of a legal squabble, Waddell could have trouble securing ownership approval for a long-term hire.

more

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, doug+waddell

Nieuwendyk Inspires Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

At first, I didn’t think much of seeing Joe talk to the team during the second intermission. Especially when Zednik was called for an early penalty giving the Canes a chance to break the game open. But then things started to go Florida’s way, and lo and behold, the Cats took advantage. Haven’t seen much of that.

A lot of the guys were praising Joe’s speech, the captain of the team saying it really inspired them.

Now, why would Joe’s voice hold more credence than that of coach/GM Jacques Martin? Or Olli himself?

read on

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  Tags: florida+panthers, joe+nieuwendyk

Koivu Knows French

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

A day after taking heat for not speaking French, Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu spoke a few words in a pre-recorded feature shown before a game Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

A surprised crowd cheered as Koivu said ‘‘ici Saku Koivu, voici mon equipe’’ (Saku Koivu here, this is my team) before reading out the Canadiens lineup in a mix of English and French on the video scoreboard.

continued

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, saku+koivu

Choices, choices

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uh oh.  Wife’s birthday tonite.  Live blogging (at least from me) will most likely be minimal. If I do participate, you’ll know I made the wrong (or right) choice.  I’m definitely torn.  Regardless, those of you who wish to document your game-time brilliance may do so in the comment section below.

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The Gearhead: Easton’s New S17 stick

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I recently spoke with Easton Hockey’s product manager Mike Mountain, about the company’s new S17 stick, which has an elliptical bulge below the lower hand, called “Torx” technology, which is supposed to help reduce energy loss and the tendency of composite stick blades to “open up” when they hit the ice. 

There are a lot of products out right now that claim to strengthen the bottom of the shaft in terms of blades twisting, but when I saw this product, it just made intuitive sense to me, so I was really excited to talk about the concept of using an ellipse to strengthen the shaft.

I led off with the question at hand, asking about the physics that make “Torx” work:

Continue Reading »

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Googling the NHL in the USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHLdigest.com,

I have created the following video to show yet another perspective on the popularity, or lack thereof, of the NHL in the United States.

In this video I use a tool created by Google, called Google Trends, that is used to graphically show the popularity of certain terms that are searched for on the Internet. Google Trends is very nice to use because it allows us to compare two terms against each other to determine which of the terms is most often searched for.

This video clearly shows that “Nothing” is more popular than the NHL as a search term used in the United States. This is absolutely embarrassing for me as a hockey fan.

continued…
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*thanks to a KK reader for the heads up on the link

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