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Following Ott’s Lead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

A lot of the Stars are miffed because everybody seems down on them, based on their performance in March, failing to realize how ugly the view was for those watching.

Ott doesn’t do miffed. He does in your face.

This is how I spent almost 20 minutes in the Stars’ locker room after the finale, listening to Ott preaching why this year would be different. He went from locker to locker, talking about what each guy was going to bring.

“Warrior,” pointing to Matty Norstrom’s locker.

“Mike is going to be there,” pointing to Modano’s.

“He is one of the most determined guys in the league to get the first round off his back,” pointing to Marty Turco.

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  Tags: steve+ott

Nolan Expected Back As Islanders Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Neither Wang nor Snow was happy with Nolan when he expressed some concern near the end of the season about going into the final year of his three-year contract without an extension. But when Snow was asked if there’s any reason to believe Nolan won’t return, he said, “I don’t see any reason. He’s our coach.”

Snow said he expects to sit down with Nolan within the next week to discuss the past season and what lies ahead. Snow blamed the Islanders’ failure to make the playoffs on “a handful of players who didn’t play to their capabilities” and the fact they led the NHL in man-games lost to injuries.

much more on the Islanders and go even deeper at On the Islanders Beat...

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: charles+wang, coaching, garth+snow, ted+nolan

A Touch of Hypocrisy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Barry Melrose Rocks,

But what really bugs me is hypocrisy.

When the MSM preaches about how they’ve gone to J-school and are so much more important because of it, that’s fine. When the MSM calls bloggers no talent hacks that reek of fan bias, that’s fine. There’s one problem with all that, though. You see, when you say those things, boy you had better back them up. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this is just a case of someone in the minority not representing the upstanding majority. Tell me if I wrong because, unlike many newspapers, BMR has a comments section after every article. Oh, excuse me, post. But majority, minority, whatever. If the MSM’s rules are to single out one person and make them a poster child for the whole, then I think I should be allowed to play by those rules as well.

So today, we examine Mr. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. Why? Lately, with the hometown Sens facing the Pens in the playoffs, he has sounded more like a Senators fanboy or a crazed message boarder than an actual journalist.

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Also: links to the original Brennan story and its fallout can be found at James Mirtle’s blog.

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  Tags: bloggers, journalism, media

No “Pity Party” for Kolzig

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Sports Illustrated,

“I’ve had a good run here,’’ Kolzig said Thursday. “And I hope it continues in the next two months.’‘

In other words, until the playoffs are over. After that, Kolzig will become a free agent, presenting an understandably murky future for a 38-year-old goalie who lost his starting job just as the Capitals were becoming good again.

“The worst thing I can do is have a pity party,’’ Kolzig said. “I’m not really going to talk about the situation until the end of the year, but it is what it is and I’ve come to grips with it.’‘

Kolzig has been supplanted by Cristobal Huet, acquired from Montreal at the trade deadline.

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, NHL Talk, NHL Playoff Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cristobal+huet, goalies, olie+kolzig, playoffs

Volchenkov Expects to Play Game #2

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ian Mendes at Sportsnet.ca,

Anton Volchenkov told reporters on Thursday that he expects to play in Game 2 on Friday night in Pittsburgh, after leaving Game 1 with a head injury.

The defenseman said he did not suffer a concussion when he blocked a Evgeni Malkin shot with his forehead in the second period Wednesday night. He required 15 stitches to close the gash and says that if he is able to put on a helmet, he will suit up for Game 2. He did not participate in a full team practice in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

continued…

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, injuries, playoffs

Today in Playoffs History—April 10

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageApril 10, 1934 • The Chicago Black Hawks earned their first Stanley Cup title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship. Harold “Mush” March potted the series-winner at 10:05 of the second overtime period. 

The joy of Chicago’s inaugural Stanley Cup win was overshadowed less than two months later by the death of their star goaltender Chuck Gardiner.  The 29-year old “Wee Scot” (Gardiner was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland) died from a brain hemorrhage on June 13, 1934.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Will the Cup Go East or West?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Two articles at ESPN today. 

First, David Amber for the East:

The Stanley Cup resides in Southern California until June. After that, chances are it will head to the Eastern Conference. Yes, the West had the best team during the regular season in Detroit and it has a number of solid Stanley Cup contenders. But here are five good reasons to believe the Cup will runneth over to the East this spring.

continued…

Next up, E.J. Hradek for the West:

If you believe defense wins championships, then you have to figure the eventual Stanley Cup winner will come from the Western Conference.  After all, the league’s three best defensive teams all reside in the West, and that very stingy Western trio includes the defending Stanley Cup-champion Ducks.

continued…

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  Tags: playoffs, stanley+cup

Don’t Count Out Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Forechecker,

As the Red Wings and Predators prepare to drop the puck for Game One in Detroit tonight, virtually every pundit throughout the hockey world has called for a Red Wings victory, while giving nominal credit to Nashville’s pluck and tenacity for simply making the playoffs.

Those platitudes are nice, but are there genuine reasons to believe that the Predators can pull off an upset over this year’s Presidents Trophy winner? There are indeed…

continued… *5 reasons that Predators fans should have hope

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Sharks Fans Getting the Shaft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Consumerist,

Comcast SportsNet has more sports than they do channels. When fans of the San Jose Sharks tuned in to see playoff hockey last night they were surprised to see a baseball game in progress. When that game went into extra innings, ComcastSportsNet decided to stick with the game and drop playoff hockey.

And they might do it again tonight.

continued…

More to be found from John Ryan at Morning Buzz, and from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: comcast, hockey+fans, media

Fighting in the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeff Marek at CBC, an interview with David Singer from HockeyFights.com,

Marek: Last season the Anaheim Ducks lead the league in fighting majors and ended up winning the Cup. How much did that affect fighting this year?

Singer: A good amount, especially as the season went on and good teams were bringing tough players onto the roster. It’s been a long time since any team carried enforcers with the playoffs in mind. At the same time, it’s also been three years for rivalries to re-blossom, players to adjust to new interpretations to rules, and for GMs to bring some new-style tough guys into the league.

M: Do you think the NHL and PA will scrap the instigator rule? Should they?

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  Tags: david+singer, hockey+fights, jeff+marek

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