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Is Phaneuf Norris Worthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

And it begs the question whether the precocious 22-year-old should now be mentioned along with the Nick Lidstroms and Chris Prongers as a candidate for the Norris. As a human highlight reel leading Calgary to first place during the past two weeks, it’s getting harder to argue that Phaneuf’s time isn’t now. He eats up ice time and has the knack of being his most competitive in the big games. He has won the enmity of opposing players for his nasty side.

It comes down to your idea of how complete a defenceman needs to be to qualify.

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added 10:49am, more on the Norris race at the Calgary Herald…

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

How Weird

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Imagine Henrik Lundqvist’s surprise upon discovering that Martin Brodeur had been quoted in the Jan. 14, 2008, edition of Sports Illustrated as saying of the Rangers’ goaltender, “The way he plays is not something I like too much.

“Lundqvist is weird.”

“I have to tell you, I respect Marty a lot, and it’s always a great challenge for me to play against him, but I don’t know what to say about what he said about me,” a rather bemused Lundqvist told The Post yesterday.

continued

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, martin+brodeur

Now What Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

“Would you miss a playoff game to be there for the baby’s birth?

Luongo laughed and said the plan had already been made to induce before the playoffs.  Team player, that Gina Luongo.

“But what if you missed a key game and didn’t make the playoffs?”

He laughed again.  Harder.  Missing the playoffs wasn’t even a possibility in Luongo’s mind.

Oops.  Is now.

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Looking For A Miracle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

On the day after one of the most grievous collapses in their history, the Buffalo Sabres tried to put on a happy face and say all the right things. After all, there are still six games left, beginning with tonight’s rematch in Ottawa against the Senators.

But the Sabres are 10th in the East, five points out of the magic No. 8 slot. And it’s going to be incredibly hard for them to focus on tonight’s game and erase the sordid memory of Tuesday’s 6-3 loss in HSBC Arena.

continued

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SRO At The Joe?  McCarty To Play Friday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Confirmation came from all corners yesterday afternoon: Darren McCarty will make his return Friday night against the Bitter Blues.  If you’re an out of market fan and you don’t have the NHL Network you’re, of course, screwed.  If you’re a Blues fan contributing to the Aaron Downey is a coward conversation over at St. Louis Game Time, this will add a whole new dynamic to that enlightening discussion.  You’re also screwed, but that’s more genetic than anything else.

Drake night, McCarty returns, Downey most likely in the lineup due to the Homer and Filppula injuries.  A meaningless game against a once-competitive team that has turned pathetic has suddenly become the hottest ticket of the season.

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Two Sets Of Rules For Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,

Barry Trotz employs a double-standard when it comes to his players.

It’s not exactly clear whether it has to do with a one’s draft position, his nationality or his unique physical abilities. It’s perfectly clear, though, that the Nashville Predators’ coach operates with a set of rules that are anything but uniform for those who wear the Predators’ uniform.

All of this came to light today when Trotz said he spoke to Jordin Tootoo about Tootoo’s antics following fights. Apparently Tootoo upset the Columbus Blue Jackets and their coach Ken Hitchcock when — not once, but twice — he raised his hands in celebration after he got the best of a Blue Jackets’ player in a fight.

Well, boo hoo.

continued & I am still shaking my head.

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NHL Player Agents Meet Paul Kelly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via TSN,

Some of the NHL’s most powerful agents got their first real glimpse of the new executive director of the NHL Players’ Association on Wednesday, and they liked what they saw.

Paul Kelly met with more than 100 player agents for the first time since he started on the job five months ago.

“You get a sense that he’s passionate and he’s got a vision,” said agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports. “He wants to protect the players obviously but he wants to grow the game - which is fantastic.’

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  Tags: agents, nhlpa, paul+kelly

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

As always, the optimist is quite happy right now, wrapped warm in visions of what will be. As always, that makes the pessimist one part angry, one part argumentative. He sees that the optimist is rarely right, not realizing that his own track record is identical to the optimist’s.
The pessimist and the optimist have this in common—they are both fans of the Detroit Red Wings. But there are two distinct sides to Hockeytown and these two gents live on opposite sides of the tracks.

continued & if you are up to it, replace Red Wings with your team and let us know are you an optimist or pessimist?

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A Matter Of Trust

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

A big issue for me is knowing whom you can trust and whom you can’t.

I know there are some managers in this league who go straight to the media when an email comes to them saying, ‘If you have any interest in this player…’ I know that email might as well be copied to TSN, which is not how I do business. The sooner you learn who you can have a confidential conversation with in this league and who you can trust, the better.

There are some people who understand that’s the way you do business, which is very important to me. And it’s important to make sure your entire organization is run that way. My guys know if they’re out scouting and they talk out of school, there are serious repercussions. That’s just how we do it.

read on

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Interview Transcript: Guy Carbonneau

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Montreal Canadiens head coach, Guy Carbonneau, was made available for questions via an NHL confererence call. 

In his second season as head coach, Guy has guided the Canadiens to the top record in the Eastern Conference with 96 points. With Monday’s victory over the Ottawa Senators, Montreal has clinched a Stanley Cup record playoff berth for a record 76 times.

  Q.    Two quick questions: I was wondering if there was any particular game or trip during the season that you really think was essential for the team’s growth where you thought, maybe, this was more than just a playoff team, that they could win the conference?

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  Tags: coaching, guy+carbonneau, interview, nhl+transcript

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