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Give The Hart To Iginla

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

People in Washington and Pittsburgh won’t like to hear this, but if the season were to end today, Jarome Iginla is the league’s most valuable player.

The Hart Trophy race has never been so hotly contested. The competition is very much a reflection of close races, parity throughout the NHL and certainly a trickle-down effect of what a salary-cap system means to the league overall.

But the 30-year-old Edmonton native, who captains the provincial rival Calgary Flames, is the choice. He may not have as many goals and not as many points as others, but Iginla is the living, breathing, skating definition of the award: the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.

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Ducks Aren’t Bears Yet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Last month Brian Burke told The Hockey News that the 2008 Ducks reminded him of an awakening bear.

He said they appeared drowsy at times, and that at other times they’d stretch an arm and flex a paw and growl a bit, and then they might nod off again.

“But at the end,” Burke promised, “you’ve still got a bear.”

Well, the end is near, and we search for a sign of a Kodiak moment.

Instead, the Ducks look cooked in the Pacific Division race and seem consigned to a fourth seed and a first-round series against the Dallas Stars, if they can stop their freefall.

continued

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Wings Depend On Vets

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from Red Wings Corner,

When asked why the Red Wings have been able to string together so many 50-win seasons, Franzen’s first response was to point out the franchise’s veteran leadership.
“They make you relaxed,” said Franzen. “Of course you’re going to be a little bit nervous at the beginning (of a career). But they make jokes all the way to the game and it relaxes you. It makes it easy on the young guys. It’s a good atmosphere.
“Veteran players teach the young guys what it takes, preparation. The oldest guys on this team will often work out the hardest, set examples for the younger guys every day.
They don’t let up any games. They’re always prepared.”

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Chris Kelly Out With Fractured Ankle

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via Off the Posts,

Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray just told us centre Chris Kelly will be out for a minimum of three weeks - which probably means the first round of the playoffs - with a fracture in his ankle.

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NCAA Hockey Championship

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from the NCAA,

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site.  The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four.  The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.

Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of six conferences.  The remainder of the field is selected at large.

The University of Michigan, was the No. 1 overall seed.  The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included Miami University (Ohio), the University of North Dakota and the University of New Hampshire.

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The Element Of Surprise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

Having never coached at any level of hockey, the chances of me getting an NHL job running the bench and stunning the world with these unorthodox strategies is diminishing every day….

...I’d have all my players constantly switch from graphite sticks back to wood – shift to shift - over the course of the game. The opposing goalie wouldn’t know what’s coming.

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Morning Line

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“He (Ales Hemsky) had a special night for us,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “It was like he was playing the game at a different level than everybody else.

I questioned some of his decisions at times, but he always turned it into something. It was high, high entertainment value watching him.

“Every time he had the puck on his stick he was creating something, and never the old-fashioned way. He was beating guys one-on-one, driving wide, just making spectacular plays.”

more on the Oilers…

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The Nashville Equation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

But here was Trotz, speaking with authority about the Predators’ playoff possibilities.

“We found out what the absolute mathematic probability of getting in is, based on the equations of all the teams playing each other,” Professor Trotz said after the Preds’ 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago. “It’s a lot higher than a lot of people thought.”

What gives? I guess when you’re coaching a team that entered the day with five losses in its previous six games, you’ll latch on to any sign of hope, even if it’s a bunch of statistical mumbo-jumbo authored by some schmuck in Saskatoon with a six-pack of Molson and a Ouija board.

Turns out, however, that the data is courtesy of Ken Roberts, who writes software for Interface Technologies in Raleigh, N.C.

more

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No Extension Talks With Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Nolan confirmed his contract situation yesterday. “They haven’t offered an extension,” Nolan said. “There hasn’t been a discussion of it.”

Contacted yesterday on a scouting trip in Ontario, general manager Garth Snow said he had no comment. Team spokesman Chris Botta, citing team policy, said the organization would have no comment on contract issues involving management.

read on

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Phaneuf’s Shorty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Hard to think of a better goal at the Saddledome this season than Dion Phaneuf’s coast-to-coast job against the Wild on Saturday night.

continued with youtube video…

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