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Chicago Targets Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Pronger wore a football-style faceguard — necessitated by the injury suffered Feb. 24 when the follow-through of a shot by Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks struck him in the face during a 6-3 Ducks triumph — and became a focal point early in the rematch.

“One of their players, to start the whole thing, somebody punched Chris Pronger in the head, with a facemask on,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That escalated other things that took place.”

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Nonis Has Some Work To Do

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from Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,

Nonis deserves a chance to balance this team this summer because this will be the first offseason since he took the job that he has had any kind of discretionary cap space with which to work. Since he took the job, he’s been working in a financial closet he inherited from the previous regime, albeit he was part of said regime. It’s taken that long to get free….

This summer is his chance to be proactive, to show he can be creative and restructure this team to the point where the offence is in the same ballpark as the defence. He needs to make it happen to continue in his present position.

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Expanding My Reach

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Did you know I am now blogging twice a week at Hockey.com and I look forward to a great working relationship with all the folks there.

Many of you probably have visited Hockey.com and I ask you to take a look again.  They went through a major upgrade yesterday and the site has great content and potential for the hockey fan.

Some of the “talk” about Hockey.com is…

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Freeze It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

Garnet Exelby had just played the puck back into the glove of Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg to stop play. With Hurricane players surrounding the Thrasher net like flies on an Islanders jersey everyone with an ounce of hockey sense expected the play to be blown dead. Well, the cerebrally challenged individual in the striped shirt instructed Moose to play the puck and threatened him with a delay of game penalty if he didn’t.

Hedberg played it, seconds later it’s in the net after bouncing off Exelby.

Waddell almost busted a vein spewing venomous verbiage at the zebra…. I mean he exploded on the Bozo! And I say good for you Don, you were well within your rights! I’ve seen, you’ve seen, we have all seen this type of play a thousand times in a NHL game and the ref allows for the play to stop.

Come to think of it, maybe it wasn’t a whistle stuck up there…it was probably his head.

more on the Thrashers…

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Goodbye Grand Rapids: Mac Says He’s Ready

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Darren McCarty’s played, what he hopes, will be his final home game as a Grand Rapids Griffin.  He notched an assist last night in their 5-3 victory, giving him ten points in 13 games.  Now? He says he’s ready to hit Hockeytown.

Grand Rapids Press

“The last few games, things are coming together. Hockey-wise, everything is getting there,” McCarty said. “I think I’m ready to make that next step.”

Kudos (I would say “high marks”, but I’m not Canadian(en), so I’m not allowed) to Michael Zuidema of the GR Press for his coverage of McCarty’s comeback bid, and the Griffs in general.  His articles should be mandatory reading for the Diggers, as he’s done a good job balancing the big story (McCarty) with the daily grind of pumping out daily stories as a beat writer.

McCarty still has two more road games left this weekend before reporting to the Wings on Monday.

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Where’s Bruce

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from Working the Corners,

Ron Wilson talked afterward about how his captain must feel as if a weight has been lifted off his shoulder because the trade deadline passed and, despite mutliple rumors to the contrary, Patrick Marleau was still a Shark. Part of Wilson’s remarks were generic on the negative vibe that trade rumors can have on a player. But he also too a specific shot at one writer in particular:

“I’m surprised the one guy who makes the most stuff up isn’t over here. He’s run for cover tonight,” Wilson said. And though he mentioned no one by name, it was a pretty obvious reference to Bruce Garrioch, who was covering the game for the Ottawa Sun and probably in the Senators’ locker room at the time.

more on the Sharks…

 

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Please Sell The Kings

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from Steve Dilbeck of the LA Daily News,

Enough already.

Enough bluster. Enough talk of a different future.

Enough mediocre/simply bad hockey.

It is time for Philip Anschutz to sell the Kings. Time to wave goodbye.

Please.

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Stand-Up To The Ducks

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from All Things Avs,

The Ducks are going to do a lot of things tonight that I’m sure will have the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Pepsi Center getting up out of their seats for the rare occasion in protest. Guys like Corey Perry and Chris Pronger are going to cross check Peter Forsberg in the back, or give some kind of shot to Paul Stastny or Milan Hejduk. They will either be penalized by the referees or not, but if not, there will be a lot of howling and whining about the injustice of it all. And if that happens, then I guarantee you the Ducks will win the game tonight.

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No Difference

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from the Ottawa Sun,

(Ron) Wilson disagrees with Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray that the game is played differently in the West and the officials allow more to go. “I would wonder how (referee) Wes McCauley could call a game different with a Western Conference team than if he was refereeing games in the East?” asked Wilson. “Those guys are distributed evenly throughout the league, so how can you have a guy saying, ‘Oh, I’m in the Western time zone, so I call games differently.’...

read on and some Brian Campbell talk too…

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Fading Playoff Hopes For Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Paul Maurice doesn’t check the NHL standings every second of every day, because that way madness lies. No, the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs has a far more sensible approach to his team’s dying whisper of a playoff chance. How often do you check the standings, coach?

“No more than three or four times a day,” says Maurice, deadpan. “When I get in; probably once before I go on the ice; certainly after, though nothing usually changes much. And then, between 7 and midnight I wouldn’t check the scores more than 30 or 40 times.”

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