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Power Struggle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is obvious the NHL cannot be trusted to dispense equitable justice. It is now up to the NHLPA, through the vehicle of the standing competition committee, to flex its influence. When the competition committee meets this season, it should recommend mandatory minimum sentences for blows to the head and checks from behind, and any other applicable dangerous fouls.

It is clear the NHL has abandoned its responsibility. It would be a disaster if Burke and his ilk are allowed to assume power in this vacuum. This is a league of and by the players. It’s about time that discipline is enacted for the players.

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All In The Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters, Meet Jonathan Roy.

He’s the son of NHL great Patrick Roy. He plays goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, a junior team that is owned and coached by his father.

Well it turns out the Remparts were playing their rivals last night, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. And as is usually the case with rivals, things got pretty nasty:

According to reports, Pappa Roy may have told his offspring to give that beat-down to the Chicoutimi goalkeeper.

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added 4:14pm, from the CP via TSN,

Roy coaches his son Jonathan on the Remparts and denies he encouraged the slugfest near the end of the second period in Saturday night’s 10-1 thrashing from the Sagueneens.

“We will take the time to look at all the elements of this incident, all the reports from the two supervisors who were there, the officials and the images that are available,” QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau told all-news channel LCN on Sunday.

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New Jersey Breakdown

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from Fire & Ice,

It was at least 10 minutes after the final buzzer before Devils coach Brent Sutter emerged from a closed-door locker room meeting with his players following a disastrous 7-1 loss to the Penguins tonight at Mellon Arena.

Sutter had plenty to be angry about, particularly in the five-goal third period. But it really started with Ryan Malone’s shorthanded goal with 3:46 left in the second that gave the Penguins the lead for good.

“You’re tied 1-1 in a hockey game and you give up a terrible shorthanded goal from a 3-on-1 break from the hash marks in their zone,” Sutter said. “I really though that changed the complexion of the game and from that point on we made a lot of mental mistakes. We had a lot of breakdowns. We weren’t very strong between the ears for the rest of the game.”

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Forsberg’s Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

And for at least one afternoon — when Forsberg had two assists in a home victory over Dallas on March 8 — it seemed that any doubts about the wisdom of the signing were about to be dispelled.

Since then, though, it has been a mess and a four-ring circus that, especially when considered in the context of a bizarre run of injuries to other high-profile players on the roster, has contributed to the Avalanche’s inconsistency and inability to not only jump to the top of the mediocre Northwest Division but stay there.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: While the official explanation — the sport’s “plague,” a groin problem — almost certainly can pass legalistic muster, the bigger problems that have bedeviled Forsberg since his return to the lineup remains the same old problems.

His foot and ankle.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Stars Players Need To Step Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News,

Calm as ever, Les Jackson issued a matter-of-fact challenge to the Dallas Stars on Saturday after they blew another third-period lead and lost a 4-2 game to the last-place Los Angeles Kings….

“I think every team in the league goes through this. It’s just frustrating when you’re in it, because there’s an answer and you just don’t see it,” Jackson said. “The answers are there. We just need to get through the tough periods and keep going, that’s all.”

Jackson said he doesn’t feel the acquisition of Brad Richards at the Feb. 26 trade deadline has upset the chemistry of the team. Richards has nine points in nine games (five in his debut), but the Stars are 2-7-0 since he arrived.

“When players come in, there’s always a time element of adjustment, but he’s only one player on the team,” Jackson said. “There’s other guys who have been here a long time and can take this team and carry it – and they have to step up.”

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Coaches Could Be Moving

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There are several coaches on the hotseat as the regular season winds down; as many as 15 could be looking for work if their teams don’t make the playoffs or underachieve in the post-season.

While it’s highly unlikely that many coaches would be walking the unemployment line, there are several situations to keep an eye on:

St. Louis: Andy Murray has two years left on his contract, but the Blues are fading down the stretch, putting his future in doubt. The finger is being pointed at Murray.

more and of course, some rumors…

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NHL Must Institute No-Touch Icing

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from CBC Sports,

Cherry said the National Hockey League must institute no-touch icing precisely because Foster was forced to do what he did.

“Look, if you want to wear a visor, you can wear a visor, that’s your choice,” Cherry said to host Ron MacLean. “If you want to fight, you can fight, that’s your choice.

“[Foster] had no choice…. If he doesn’t go in, he’s chicken, and it’s too bad, what was he going to do? Hold up and let the guy go in? He has to go in, and that’s too bad.”

Update 10:07pm ET: Foster is currently healing, post-surgery.  Below, we’ve added Youtube footage of Don Cherry’s complete comments on the matter:

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  Tags: don+cherry, icing, injuries, kurtis+foster, nhl+rules

Staying in the Pros

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]

It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.

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  Tags: chris+ferraro, echl, las+vegas+wranglers, peter+ferraro

Komisarek Out For 3 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens received some bad news Saturday when they learned that defenceman Mike Komisarek will miss the next three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The injury will keep the 26-year old blueliner out of the Habs lineup for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs.

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The Leaders For The Hart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So it’s Lidstrom-Brodeur, 1-2, or perhaps 1 and 1A on this ballot, with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin third for the way in which he has lifted that club during Sidney Crosby’s injury absences.

But what about the brilliant Alex Ovechkin?

Well, he’s still got two weeks to get the young, talented Capitals into the playoffs, and if he can do that, this ballot will need revision.

Otherwise, picking an MVP off a non-playoff team just doesn’t pass the smell test.

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