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The Importance Of Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ken Hitchcock, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coach, who has been to the Stanley Cup final twice and the semi-finals two other times in his career and sports a 66-51 career playoff coaching record believe that in the era of parity, to get to the final, “your goaltender, at least once, has to win you the series - because of the physical demands on teams now.

“There was a time when you could win a series because there was such a huge difference between the rosters. There were haves and have-nots and the have-nots had to go out and stone you every night. We had that happen to us once — Cujo (Curtis Joseph) did it when I was in Dallas (playing for the 1996-97 Edmonton Oilers).

“The difference between the haves and the have-nots — the first and eighth seeds - is so minimal that even if you’re a top seed, your goaltender is going to have to be very significant….”

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Prepare For Impact

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thanks to Okie for sending this on.  Detroit News front page has been updated, and just like A2Y the last two days…it’s all Mac.

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Lidstrom, MSM Constistency, Chelios and Another Frigging Contest

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pierre LeBrun, on Toronto’s Fan 590, said earlier that Lidstrom is going to have to convince Uncle Mike he’s ready if he expects to play this Sunday, that the staff will take exactly zero chances on a re-injury.  Good.

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  Tags: babcock, chelios, genius+a2y+readers, lidstrom

Chicago Welcomes Hull & Mikita

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fro Van Oler via ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

Spend enough time at the United Center watching the Blackhawks and you’ll inevitably hear someone comment that this season’s game-night excitement and buzz reminds them of the days when “the Blackhawks owned this town, I tell ya! You couldn’t get a ticket unless it was left to you in somebody’s will!”

With Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull returning the UC tonight, it’s useful to look back at their time with the Blackhawks to see if there’s evidence that the team was, in fact, the best in town.

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  Tags: bobby+hull, stan+mikita

Roy Sent Back To Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

It didn’t take long for the fallout from Thursday night’s game to be revealed as Lightning enforcer Andre Roy was sent home Friday as the team prepared for tonight’s game against the Devils. Team spokesman Bill Wickett said Roy would not rejoin the team on the road trip which finishes up Sunday in Columbus.

Roy apparently will not be suspended by the league for his antics on the bench in the third period of the 3-2 loss to the Flyers, when he jawed with Riley Cote on the Flyers bench, pointed fingers and made a throat-slashing motion.

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Lacking Respect

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from TSN,

Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.

“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.

“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”

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  Tags: jordin+tootoo

Getting To Know Tretiak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kelly Hrudey at Behind the Mask,

Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending an event for the Edge School for Athletes in the city of Calgary.

For two reasons I was really looking forward to the gala. The first was because one of my favourite pleasures is to listen to public speakers, and secondly, this guest speaker was the legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.

All hockey fans know of Tretiak’s brilliance on the ice but very few people know much about the man, including myself.

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Deal With It Tom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,

In an interview with CBC’s Elliotte Friedman on the weekend, Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano was roughed up by the sharp reporter on several fronts, but most illuminating was Golisano’s claims the Sabres may not make money this year. To which my heartfelt response is:

So?

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Ducks lose Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have suffered a significant loss that is likely to impact on their first round playoff lineup.

Winger Corey Perry suffered a deep laceration on his leg Thursday night and it’s expected he will be sidelined for at least six weeks. The playoffs begin in 4 and a half weeks.

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The Future Of Naslund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Naslund might be a lot of things, but he’s also the Canucks’ captain, the leading scorer in franchise history and is in the discussion of the greatest Canuck of all time. When a player of his stature is about to enter unrestricted free agency, there is usually some sign from the organization that re-signing him is a priority; that a great deal of importance has been attached to securing his name on a contract.

To date, there has been no such sign from the Canucks and while that could change, it’s also difficult conceiving of a set of circumstances where Naslund returns to this team next season.

Let’s start with simple economics. Naslund makes front-line money—$6 million US—and has provided second-line production for two seasons now.

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  Tags: markus+naslund

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