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Detroit News’ New Business Plan: Find Someone Really Stupid And Hire Them To Write Headlines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not going to blame Chris McCosky for this one because the article he wrote really doesn’t support the headline.  But, man, this is just plain dumb. 

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So, you lose Franzen, Filppula, Williams, Hossa, Samuelsson, Hudler and still compete…yet you have “depth issues”?

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Blackhawks Health Improving

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Center Jonathan Toews and left wing Ben Eager are expected to return to the lineup tonight from their concussions, which should give the Hawks a boost.

Toews has missed the last six games and Eager the last 13.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” Toews said Sunday. “I have my jump and my energy back. I definitely feel I have my rhythm back.”

Toews centered a line for Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien at Sunday’s practice while Eager skated with Colin Fraser and Andrew Ebbett.

Toews also was back on the power play, which is just 3-for-35 over the last eight games.

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Get Ready To Watch the NHL Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO, Nov. 9 - XM Canada the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of the NHL, is proud to launch its very first television production in collaboration with the National Hockey League: NHL Power Play from Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant in downtown Toronto, hosted by Scott Laughlin. The show airs weekdays from 4pm - 6pm on XM Channel 204 and beginning on November 16th will be simulcast on the NHL Network across Canada and in HD in the US.

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Who Wins This Battle?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

On Twitter, Denver Post hockey writer Adrian Dater wrote in the wake of Colorado’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton: “Can’t win ‘em all at home. A shame the Avs had to finally lose to a dog team like Edmonton at home, though.”

To this comment, I would say . . ..

* Hey, Adrian, no jeering in the press box! You’ve got to leave that kind of stuff to us fan bloggers, eh.

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Too Much Blabbing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post answers some emails,

Why doesn’t Mike Haynes call the game when the puck is in play? He is almost always blabbing with Peter McNab when the puck is in play. We TV watchers do not have the privilege of seeing the entire ice like the attendees. It’s maddening.

It’s always tough for me to critique any of the TV people. First off, I’ve known Haynes for 15 years now, going back to the days of the Denver Grizzlies, and he’s a good friend. Second, I really don’t get to actually see many of the games on TV. I’m usually at the game itself. Yeah, I’ll Tivo a lot of them, but usually don’t sit through the whole tape. So, I can’t really sit and pretend to be both a good critic, or even an objective one. I know Mike knows hockey inside and out, as does Peter McNab, and I know they work extremely hard at what they do.

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Expect Simple Changes

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

So, with the NHL’s general managers – the rulemakers – meeting this week in town, there’s some expectation they’ll recommend a rule change to address either or both issues.

Like a ban on head shots? Or a non-bodychecking zone on the ice?

Not likely. No, a guessing man would look for an appropriate half-measure.

Like getting rid of the trapezoid behind the net.

Yeah, that’s the kind of move the GMs would like. Simple, not drastic.

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Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail also contributes to the topic,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland may advance a compromise plan to bridge the gap between the league’s hawks and doves. His view – echoed this week by Toronto coach Ron Wilson – suggests that for a straight-on collision, the onus remains on the puck carrier to protect himself, but on a hit from the blind side, the responsibility shifts to the player delivering the contact, on the grounds that the intended target is most vulnerable when he doesn’t see contact coming. Makes almost too much sense to be adopted unilaterally without a major brawl.

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Interim Ombudsman Resigns From NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

On Sunday, Buzz Hargrove announced that he is leaving his post as interim Ombudsman for the NHLPA. He had held the role since March 1, 2009 after serving on the Advisory Board for five months prior to that. Eric Lindros was Ombudsman before Hargrove.

“After much reflection I have come to the conclusion that under the current circumstances at the NHLPA that I can not perform the duties of Ombudsman as outlined in the NHLPA constitution,” said Hargrove in a media release. “Therefore I am resigning as interim ombudsman effective immediately.”

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Would Burke Take A Huge Cap Hit For A Goalie?

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Is Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere on his way out of town?

If so, all signs point toward Toronto.

The rumors that were rampant in the offseason and then dissipated in training camp have resumed in earnest….

Giguere (0-2, 3.65, .895) is winless in four games this season and currently is recovering from a strained groin muscle. Giguere, 32, makes $6 million this season and $7 million next season, so the Ducks obviously don’t want to pay that much to a backup.

Jiggy has a no-trade clause in his contract, but the word is that he would waive it to go to Toronto, where he would be reunited with General Manager Brian Burke and longtime goalie coach Francois Allaire. He also would have a chance to play more regularly.

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A Good Reminder For Those Stuck On Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

Yzerman provided a thoughtful response when asked what it takes to transform a good team into a Stanley Cup winner.

“When you get to the point where nothing else matters but winning the Cup and everything else is irrelevant—goals, assists, everything personal,” he said. “It just became an obsession with our ownership and our fans.”

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Luongo Ill, Daniel Sedin Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The surprise was supposed to be a Daniel Sedin sighting. Instead, it was a no-show by Roberto Luongo at practice Sunday that stole the show.

“He’s a little under the weather and stayed back at the hotel,” said Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “He started not feeling well yesterday (Saturday) and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow. If he’s not better, we’ll fly him later into St. Louis.”

Luongo is also recovering from a hairline rib fracture suffered Oct. 24 when he absorbed a Niklas Hagman shot in the third period against Toronto. He had been taking practice shots in hopes of returning to the lineup this week, but Tuesday now seems a stretch and perhaps Thursday in Detroit might be more manageable for the starter. In the interim, Andrew Raycroft will face the Blues if Luongo’s sickness lingers or he doesn’t feel totally healed from the rib injury.

Meanwhile, Daniel and Henrik were reunited on a line with Alex Burrows at practice….

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