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Blame The Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com,

When in doubt, blame the goalie. The following headlines have all appeared in the past seven days. Brief excerpts from the accompanying articles included:

Brodeur Can’t Bear to Look at Stats
The numbers would be bad even for the average guy. For Martin Brodeur, they’re positively ghastly.

Where Have You Gone Roberto Luongo?
...and all your thrilling, acrobatic saves, a rain-soaked, darkened city turns its lonely eyes to you.

continued

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  Tags: goalies, martin+brodeur, roberto+luongo

Julien Tells B’s What He Wants

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from the Boston Bruins,

As the practice session progressed, an animated Bruins head coach buzzed about the ice, before finally getting over-frustrated.

He skated to the slot in front of the crease, and pointed to the space directly in front of that net. Then, after giving some instructions, Coach Julien loudly told his team, “You don’t want to go there because you are afraid.”...

He yelled, “Go to the net like you WANT to score goals.”

more

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  Tags: boston+bruins, claude+julien

Countdown Starts In Nashville

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from the Tennessean,

Today is the last day for Nashville Predators buyers and Mayor Karl Dean to reach a deal on a new Sommet Center lease, but no one seemed confident Tuesday about the prospects.

If the mostly local buyers group doesn’t reach a city deal today, there won’t be enough time to get public approval before an Oct. 31 deadline for exclusive negotiations with owner Craig Leipold. Leipold could then talk to out-of-town buyers.

continued

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  Tags: nashville+predators

What Paul Kelly Must Do

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Kelly’s to-do list must begin with making certain the players get what they are entitled to under the current CBA. He also needs to restructure the business end of NHLPA and its licensing arm (something that has fallen into the leadership abyss) and he needs to tell Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bil Daly where to stuff it when they try something wrong-headed, non-sensical or illegal.

On top, he needs to find a way to keep some 700 members interested enough in the process so that the league no longer views then as little more than mobile skate racks (mostly of the unheated variety). Do that and the union will be on track to handle the next negotiation with the kind of unity the management might respect.

read on

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

More Denial

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Spector has more on teams denying “internet” rumors.  The latest is Tomas Kaberle to Atlanta…

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Zetterberg Works On His Core

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from the Vancouver Province,

So he spent a good portion of his summer working with Swedish elite League club Timra’s fitness trainer Thord Johansson and Andreas Ohgren, a personal trainer in Stockholm, to try to cure the back ailment.

The goal was to strengthen the muscles in his abdomen, but not the ones people usually work on.

“It started out really no more than breathing exercises and it progressed from there,” he was explaining Tuesday from Detroit.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, henrik+zetterberg, training

No To 84 Games

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Less than two weeks ago the Detroit Red Wings were touting a proposal for an 84 game regular season schedule that put a 6 game cap on the preseason - instead of the free for all that exists now - and included a home and away with all out of conference teams….

According to sources, Bettman persuaded Detroit to stop the campaign to increase the number of games from 82 to 84, as it was for two seasons during the early 1990s.

Sources say Bettman was not pleased with the way the NHL schedule was so hotly and openly contested by league executives last season and intends to keep a lid on public debate this year.

more

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, gary+bettman

Leafs Need Answers

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from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

Everyone is searching for answers. Said coach Paul Maurice yesterday morning: “We’ve done a good job ... I like the way we’ve been practising.”

Maybe the league could start handing out a point for teams who practice well. It might be the only way the Maple Leafs can find a way into the playoffs.

This team has more gaps than a hockey player’s smile. And one of the biggest has been the space between some of their ears.

more

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

Country Time Over For Sens

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It might not help them win any hockey games, but the Senators enjoyed their three-day bonding session in cottage country.

They fished, golfed, played cards and watched Monday Night Football during their togetherness session.

continued

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  Tags: ottawa+senators

Staal Cases Settled

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins center Jordan Staal yesterday accepted a plea deal through attorneys that resolves his case in Cook County, Minn., stemming from a late, loud bachelor party for his brother Eric.

Cook County prosecutor Tim Scannell said in an e-mail interview that Jordan Staal, 19, accepted a deal in which he pled guilty to reduced charges of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and underage drinking. He will pay $737 in fines.

Scannell said Eric Staal, a center for Carolina, accepted a similar deal, without the underage drinking charge.

more bits on the Pens…

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  Tags: jordan+staal, pittsburgh+penguins

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