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Waddell Takes Advantage Of Thrashers Skill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Holik said Hartley also wanted the Thrashers to play that crash-and-bang style and the early results were even worse than the Leafs’.

“That takes a lot out of you,” he said. “Our team didn’t have [the size]. We don’t have the biggest team, but we’re a skating team, so the biggest thing for us is puck control.”

Now, instead of asking talents such as Ilya Kovalchuk to dump the puck into the offensive zone and try to get it back, the Thrashers carry the puck a lot more. Waddell also allows Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and the other forwards to freelance more on offence.

more on the Thrashers…

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Stop Running - You’ve Been Arrested

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the NY Post,

Chicago Blackhawks forward Tuomo Ruutu was mistakenly arrested and detained briefly as a suspect in a robbery attempt in a Chicago suburb, according to authorities.

Bensenville police arrested the 24-year-old Ruutu on Wednesday because he matched the description of a robbery suspect, said Bensenville Village Manager James Johnson.

“He met the initial description,” Johnson said. “This was just an unfortunate coincidence.”

Ruutu, dressed in a black team sweat suit and black cap, told police he was out for a short jog after team practice at Edge Ice Arena, Johnson said.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, tuomo+ruutu

Here Come The Blackhawks

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily Herald,

Fans of the Blackhawks must be pinching themselves, trying to make sure this is all real.

Suddenly, the Hawks matter again.

There’s an entertaining team on the ice led by budding superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews….

It’s time to leave in the past what has happened the last decade. The year Alpo Suhonen coached the team, Mike Smith’s run as GM, and players such as Alexander Karpovtsev and Boris Mironov cluttering up the ice are just bad memories now.

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Bonk Finds Goal Scoring Touch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The 13-year veteran leads the Predators with nine goals, and though the season is still young, Bonk is somewhat surprisingly on pace for the best goal-scoring year of his career.

His offensive output has been a big boost to a team that lost a bundle of firepower during the offseason, and he’s producing even though he spends most of his time on a checking line with Jerred Smithson and Jed Ortmeyer.

“It’s hard to say why — they’re just going in for me,’’ Bonk said with a characteristic shrug. “Sometimes you need 100 chances to score one. Right now it seems like everything goes in.’‘

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  Tags: nashville+predators, radek+bonk

Oh Those Rumors!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

I typically dislike commenting on rumors, because anyone can start them without naming sources and 99 percent of published rumors turn out to be exaggerated or just simply B.S. I don’t know the gentleman who wrote the FoxSports.com piece about Lombardi being on the hot seat, and I’m certainly not going to question his motives or sources. And given where the Kings stand—that would be last place in the conference—I suppose it’s fair to question whether Dean Lombardi SHOULD be on the hot seat. Any GM whose team is at the bottom of the conference is going to come under some scrutiny.

I would be completely stunned if Lombardi got fired this year, even if the Kings finished in last place.

continued... and the gentleman at FoxSports is Al Strachan...

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  Tags: dean+lombardi, hockey+rumors, los+angeles+kings

Chico Resch- Author

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Examiner,

Resch, who resides in Lyndhurst during the hockey season, signed copies of his new book, “Chico Resch’s Tales from the Devils Ice,” which he penned with Holmdel-native Michael Kerwick….

Donna Stralkus, a Devils fan from East Brunswick, said she is eager to read Resch’s book.

“I’m interested in the locker room stories and the stuff you don’t catch on the sports pages,” she said.

Kerwick said that the book is an inside look at the Devils team from the perspective of a former player who was with the team during its first four years in the Garden State.

“It’s a collection of stories from Chico’s time with the Devils to his times announcing Devils games, and all of the games in between,” he said.

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If you are interested in the book, “Chico Resch’s Tales from the Devils Ice,” it is available at Amazon.

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Big Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a suggestion for the governors to chew over before the Pittsburgh Penguins get too far along in their plans for a new building or before the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames complete their construction plans.

Why not allow clubs with new buildings on the horizon to adopt a slightly larger ice surface than the current 200-by-85-foot sheet that is standard in the NHL? The idea of expanding the width by as little as five feet makes sense in an era when players are bigger, stronger and faster. Almost every time someone mentions making the game better, that’s a talking point, that you need to go not necessarily to the international width (100 feet, too wide by some standards), but to 90 feet, just so it isn’t so crowded out there.

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This topic was brought up on the NHL Hour yesteday, and there was no mention of altering the ice surface for new buildings.  Bettman did say changing the ice surface in current rinks would also change the site lines for the fans in the seats, so no to changing the ice dimensions in current rinks.

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Took A Wrong Turn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I think The Sailor took a wrong turn with his boat.

He found water, frozen water!

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Players Run Ducks Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

After a few skating drills at the end, Carlyle called everyone together for a lengthy on-ice discussion.

“It was their practice,” Carlyle said. “My speech was more about how they’re going to be judged on how we perform tomorrow. We can’t change what we did last night. It wasn’t enough. We understand that. Now we’re moving to prepare for tomorrow. We felt giving them ownership of practice today was one of the methods that can lighten the day because we’re pretty down in the mouth about what happened last night.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, randy+carlyle

Live from the Verizon Center

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Mike Ilitch won’t let me in the Joe.  As a paying customer? Sure.  As a blogger? Not a chance. 

Ted Leonsis?  Now that’s a different story.  Yep. Live blogging from the home of the Caps who are down already to future Wing Olli Jokinen and the Panthers.  More to come.  Wings news at intermission.

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