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Ducks Are Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks have found their way again, a point emphasized by their assertive 3-1 victory Monday in a performance reminiscent of their success last spring.

“I’m putting a lot of faith in what I know this group can do from last year and the year before rather than on how we’ve played,” General Manager Brian Burke said, “although our play has improved of late, also.”

They’ve turned their season around not only because Niedermayer’s return restored a calm confidence to their defense and Selanne’s more recent appearance has restored the emotion and depth they missed up front.

more (reg. req.)

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Chris Simon Wants Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Minnesota Wild website- by Chris Simon as told to Chris Snow,

I want to leave the game as a respected player. I think I am that, to coaches who coached me, and managers who managed me, and players who played with me. But I know that’s going to take time to build back with the fans. And I know now, this is it. Anything else happens, I’m done. I know that.

continued

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  Tags: chris+simon

Foote Would Have Stayed In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Teams make hard financial decisions all the time. I would never begrudge Howson the right to do that here. If the Jackets don’t want Foote at $4 million a year on a two-year deal, so be it.

Everyone moves on and they all live happily ever after.

But to pick up a newspaper or watch Hockey Night in Canada and read and hear an implication that Foote is a fraud who deviously orchestrated his own exit from Columbus, that he never had any intention of re-signing in Columbus, well, that is, at the very least, offside.

At worst, it’s character assassination.

much more

added 7:37pm, from Rob Oller at the Columbus Dispatch,

Just be thankful Foote’s departure didn’t destroy the team’s playoff chances. Honestly, trading him to the Avalanche actually could help the CBJ’s cause.

If true that Foote threatened to quit on his teammates if the franchise didn’t move him before last Tuesday’s trade deadline, then better to be rid of him than risk poisoning the dressing room with his pessimism. Especially during this period of unparalleled optimism.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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  Tags: adam+foote

Tuesday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I put the pegs in the holes, then I put more pegs in different holes.  I look at the drawings and I see the arrows but I don’t trust the arrows.  I drink a little, then remove the pegs and examine them.  I throw one to watch it bounce then I draw pictures of airplanes and goblins on the third page of the directions.  I then skip to the sixth page and it all makes sense…until I get to the ninth page when I realize the peg I threw at the beer bottle is missing and the four poster bed will surely fall apart with a child sleeping in it if I don’t find that peg.

And that’s my life according to Ikea.

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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Top 10 goals of the week, all in six minutes.

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Bad News For Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche took a dual hit on the injury front Monday.

The team learned that forward Ryan Smyth suffered a concussion after his collision with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He will not be able to exercise or return to the ice until he is symptom free. He also suffered a minor shoulder separation remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time.

The news got worse for Colorado as Marek Svatos was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will require surgery and sideline the forward for the remainder of the season.

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  Tags: marek+svatos, ryan+smyth

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

The “issue” of Jaromir Jagr’s return to the Rangers next season appears to us to be a non-issue. Our prediction is this: The Blueshirts’ captain will be back because, A. He wants to remain a Ranger; B. Management wants him on Seventh Avenue and, C. JJ still is effective in his senior citizen role.

more from the Maven…

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Ovechkin Reaches 50 Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

AO celebrates his 50th goal after scoring early in the first period against Boston.  AO scores again, even before I can post this…

added 7:39pm, How about three for Alex, with more than 5 minutes to go in the first.  Caps up 5-0.

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video added 3/4/08...

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Evgeni Malkin Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The NHL provided a media conference call with Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin today. To interpret for Evgeni,  Sergei Gonchar joined in on the call. 

Earlier today, Evgeni was named First Star for the month of February after leading the league in scoring with 9 goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 14 games. He currently sits first in overall NHL scoring with 88 points on 37 goals and 51 assists.  The Penguins are tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with Montréal, each with 81 points.

Q. Evgeni, can you tell me if you’re seeing different players checking you than before when Sidney Crosby was playing in terms of like different defensemen against you and different centers playing against you?

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  Tags: conference+call, evgeni+malkin, interview, media, sergei+gonchar

Having Fun in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Boston Bruins’ own Milan Lucic in The Hockey News,

My place is just outside the city in Charlestown – or ‘Chucktown’ as it is called here. I live close to three of my teammates; Marc Savard, Jeremy Reich and Mark Stuart. Because of our close proximity, we always carpool to practice in the morning (our practice rink is about 25 minutes north of Boston).

Every morning we’ll discuss what’s going on around the league, who won games the night before and what our schedule looks like coming up.

more… on being in Boston and hanging with the ‘Chucktown Crew’

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  Tags: jeremy+reich, marc+savard, mark+stuart, milan+lucic

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