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Caps Have A Chance To Move On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

One would think being the first 60-goal scorer in the NHL in 12 years would bring a little more excitement out of Alex Ovechkin, but the Washington Capitals superstar says he’s too preoccupied with his team’s playoff chase right now.

“The last two years at this time we were thinking about vacation and what we going to do in the summer,” Ovechkin said Monday on an NHL conference call. “We weren’t thinking about the playoffs. Right now, we have a great chance to move forward.

“My personal stats are my personal stats but right now I’m just thinking about the team.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little over six minutes of the Top 10 goals of the week…

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Kozlov Talks About Bad Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Kozlov said he has no regrets about signing with the Thrashers again, and that all they really need is a superstar defenseman to contend. No problem, right?

“This team needs a foundation, defensively - like a [Zdeno] Chara or [Nicklas] Lidstrom. Good teams, they have one or two very good defensemen who can play 30-35 [minutes per game]. Like [Chris] Pronger on Anaheim - one of those guys. They’re hard to find, but that’s what we need.

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  Tags: slava+kozlov

Brian Sutter Resigns From WHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Brian Sutter is stepping down as head coach of the Red Deer Rebels.

The Western Hockey League team announced the resignation Monday, with former player and associate coach Jesse Wallin to take over on the bench.

“This past week Brian and I had discussions about his personal commitments and the amount of time that needs to be put into the head coaching position for this upcoming season and for the future,” team owner and president Brent Sutter said in a release. “At the conclusion of those discussions, it was mutually agreed upon that he would resign as head coach for the proper direction of the hockey club.”

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  Tags: brent+sutter, brian+sutter, whl

It’s Not About No-Touch Icing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

It was about as predictable as an episode of Three’s Company. The moment Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild went hurtling into the boards and broke his leg last week trying to beat Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks to the puck, the usual hue and cry came from the hockey community calling for an immediate move to no-touch icing.

The loud dresser with the loud mouth who rules Canada during the first intermission on Saturday night was, of course, first in line, continuing to beat a nag that he has had for years.

How noble.

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*If you need a reminder, Campbell’s piece is partly in reference to this clip from Don Cherry on the latest Coach’s Corner.

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  Tags: don+cherry, hnic, hockey+rules, icing, kurtis+foster

Savard Has CT Scan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Veteran Bruins center Marc Savard, cracked across the back Saturday night by a Steve Begin crosscheck in Montreal, underwent a CT scan today at Mass. General Hospital and will not be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Bruins face the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Head coach Claude Julien confirmed the CT scan after today’s workout here at Ristuccia Center, but he was unsure of the results. Julien did not reveal why Savard needed the exam, but CT skans typically are given when there is a suspicion of a broken bone.

more on the Bruins…

added 7:17pm, from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Bruins center Marc Savard, tied for 12th in the NHL in scoring, will miss the club’s next two games, following a CT scan today at Massachusetts General Hospital that confirmed an unspecified injury to his lower back and mid-torso.

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  Tags: marc+savard

Campbell Could Cash In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

Now that he’s with the Sharks and a pending UFA, Campbell’s contract value certainly rise above the $25-million deal he reportedly sought from the Sabres. It has been speculated Wilson could get Campbell signed to a five-year, $30-million deal. Elsewhere, Campbell might command a $7 million per season offer.

The New York Rangers, Chicago, Atlanta, Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey and Los Angeles could be interested in Campbell and all have the available cap space to bid for his services.

more

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  Tags: brian+campbell

Against All Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

Not since the spring of 1986 has every single NHL team in Canada made the playoffs in the same season. That’s right—22 freakin’ years.

The Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, apparently putting rocket fuel in their cereal these days, seem determined to help end the streak.

With just under two weeks left in the regular season, the two Canadian clubs, written off by the hockey world long ago, are waging quite the campaign to get into the playoff dance against all odds.

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Update 3:17pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail adds some more thoughts on the Oilers “Cinderella Story” as they race to make the playoffs.

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  Tags: playoffs

It Is All About Winning The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Schwartz of NHL.com,

There’s a reason Stanley Cup championships produce some of the best celebrations in sports. After four rounds of some the most demanding competition on earth, the euphoria can no longer be contained after all the sacrifices needed to claim the hardest trophy to win in sports.

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Hockey Has No Borders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Hockey fans are everywhere.  They can live in Key West, Florida, they may live in any European country or could be following the game from a remote island in the Caribbean.

Wherever they are, they have a common bond with all of us; they are hockey fans.  Fans who love the game, a certain team and no matter what it is, they are hockey fans, just like us.

Now I must ask, why do certain hockey scribes continue to play the “south of the border” card when writing about the state, both current and future, of the NHL?  According to those who write these types of rants, the only place hockey should be played is in Canada and if it is being played elsewhere, well, then it is a problem until it gets fixed.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media

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