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JFJ & Forward Thinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

John Ferguson has made a bold move with an eye to capturing the next big thing in hockey — he offered up-and-coming superstar John Tavares a contract to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ farm team….

By offering a deal for at least three years or longer, the source said Ferguson hopes to convince Tavares to remain Leaf property and opt out of the NHL draft. Tavares is eligible for the 2009 entry draft.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: john+tavares, toronto+maple+leafs

Relax Rangers Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

These days some dear, dear Rangers fans I know remind me of a TV director with whom I once worked.

Whenever there erupted a crisis in our production, Mr. Director would shout, “Oogah.” This was his take-off on Hollywood flicks about submarines in World War II. When it was time for the U-boat to crash-dive, the “OOGAH” signal would blare and all hands would man their battle stations.

I’m hearing too many versions of “Oogah” from the Blueshirts faithful these days.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Langkow Lets His Game Talk For Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...“He’s non-vocal,” said Keenan, the Calgary Flames’ first-year coach. “I don’t know who’s said more words yet, Kiprusoff or Langkow.”

Since Miikka (Kiprusoff, the Flames’ No. 1 goalie) is to the art of conversation what Marcel Marceau is to the world of mime, it gives you a pretty good idea of how hard it is to pry a word or two out of Langkow, on any topic, even the good ones.

Such as: How is it that after 10 NHL games, he has scored eight goals and 14 points, which leaves him in the top 10, ahead of such luminaries as Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Dany Heatley?

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: calgary+flames, daymond+langkow

NHL Network Announces Partial USA Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the successful U.S. launch this month of NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, the network today announced the live regular-season game telecast package in the U.S. through November. In all, NHL Network in the U.S. will telecast 50 live regular-season games this season, in addition to classic games, documentaries, instructional shows, highlights and more. To ensure fans receive the best match-ups, NHL Network’s game telecast schedule will be released on a monthly basis. Based on the previously-announced carriage arrangements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable, NHL Network is accessible to 75 million homes.

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Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+network

Canucks Need More From Their Top Forwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

Vigneault suggested nothing figures to change until the team gets more production from its top forwards.

“Those are the guys who have been able to do it for us in the past and I firmly believe they want to do well,” Vigneault said. ” For some reason, just look at Daniel and Henrik tonight, they weren’t skating well at all and Mo and Nassie weren’t much better. We need those guys to pick their game up and be the front-runners of this team as far as offence and right now we’re not getting that.”

read on

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  Tags: vancouver+canucks

Wrong Way, Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

It’s just like old times for Sather and the Rangers. Spend big. Lose big.

As much as I admire Drury, I hope the Rangers continue to struggle, compared to teams that build the old fashioned way.

From within. Via the draft.

By identifying YOUR guys and locking them up. And then by adding a tiny sprinkle of free agent talent as required.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Fans Leave The Saddledome Happy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Everyone was on their feet to salute the 5-3 comeback win.

Parade plans are sure to follow.

If there’s one thing these Flames have demonstrated this year, it’s resiliency.

If there’s one thing they’ve proven, it’s that no lead is safe against them. Even against the league’s top team.

read on

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  Tags: calgary+flames

Early Beliefs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

Who would’ve believed:

Mike Cammalleri of the LA Kings would be the league’s leading goal scorer? As of this writing he leads all scorers with ten goals. He’s an emerging talent and could be poised to become a big star. Right now, he’s outshining teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov, as well as more big name “snipers” like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, and Alexander Ovechkin.

more would you have believed…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: los+angeles+kings, mike+cammalleri

Watching Fights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Fisticuffs on the ice? Cut to a crowd shot.

The no-fighting on television rule is long gone, because today Hockey Night airs more highlight clips of fights than any comparable telecast.

To get an idea of how the show’s policy has evolved, or devolved, a good start is Ralph Mellanby’s new book, Walking With Legends….

According to Mellanby, the no-fighting rule was discontinued after Dan Kelly was hired as host of the Montreal broadcast in 1967. Kelly said he didn’t want to be associated with a show that wouldn’t air the fights.

The next year, fighting was shown, but replays were not, by edict of the sponsors, Molson and Imperial Oil.

read on

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  Tags: fighting

Pull the Plug on JFJ

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

John Ferguson must be replaced as general manager of the Maple Leafs before he can do any more damage to the hockey club.

This is not a 10-game overreaction to a team off to a troubling start. This is a 174-game analysis—three seasons of post-lockout Ferguson Leafs teams.

And now, basically all that stands between him and his removal is the fact that he hired no one in the front office to assist him who is capable of taking his job—the way Paul Holmgren stepped into Bobby Clarke’s position a year ago in Philadelphia.

continued…

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  Tags: john+ferguson, toronto+maple+leafs

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