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Play To The End

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Nolan may have been more upset with his team this week than he has been all season. He issued a rare public rebuke after a desultory 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, then was displeased with them after a deliberately hard workout Wednesday.

“I told the players, ‘I don’t know how some of us can sleep at night - not doing what you do to the best of your capabilities.’ We’re compensated quite well, and the people who watch us pay quite heavily for us to do that,” he said after yesterday’s practice, which left him more encouraged.

“This isn’t Sunday lunch-hour hockey. We’re playing in the National Hockey League, the best league in the world,” he said. “For anybody to take that for granted and not to perform ...”

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Put An End To The Chant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Slap Shot at the NY Times,

During the final 10 minutes of many Rangers home games, the spotlights focus on Section 407 as Larry Goodman, the season-ticket holder known as Dancin’ Larry, pumps up the crowd with a frenetic dance in the aisle.

As Goodman’s routine is broadcast on the giant monitors above the ice, a familiar chant picks up momentum. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!” the crowd shouts.

The chant is one example of what several gay hockey fans describe as a toxic atmosphere during Rangers games. They say that Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is not doing nearly enough to address their concerns.

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West Loaded With Dmen

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from the Mercury News,

“They’re all out here - by a country mile,” Wilson said. “The West has depleted the East of the great ones.”

The Sharks’ acquisition of Buffalo’s Brian Campbell last month was the latest example of how cornering the market on top-echelon defensemen has helped tilt the NHL’s balance of power toward the Wild, Wild West.

The list is impressive. Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. Dallas’ Sergei Zubov, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf and Chicago’s Duncan Keith.

And now Campbell.

“Either through free agency or trades, guys are finding their way to the West,” Campbell said.

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Roenick Glad He Came Back To The Game

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Nine months later Roenick is thankful that he went to see his former Blackhawks teammate (Doug) Wilson and grateful to Wilson for giving me “a chance to hold my head high again.”

Roenick said he was “blown away” by the respect that Wilson showed him that day.

“He told me that he didn’t want me to retire the way that it was going,” Roenick said, still touched by that meeting. “That meant the world to me because respect is huge to me.”

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

Grievance Filed By Numminen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via NHL.com,

Teppo Numminen filed a grievance against the Buffalo Sabres for suspending him without pay after the veteran defenseman failed a preseason physical because he required open-heart surgery.

The grievance was filed with the NHL Players’ Association in November, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon told the Associated Press on Thursday.

News of the grievance surfaced as Numminen rejoined the team this week. Numminen had previously declined to discuss whether he was unhappy with the Sabres’ decision to place him on their suspended list after it was discovered during a routine physical in September that he required surgery to repair a faulty valve

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  Tags: teppo+numminen

Pick ‘em

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re down to approximately two weeks and three potential first round opponents.  Let’s play make believe for a minute and assume the teams that make up the top eight in the West will, in one order or another, stay the same.  That leaves the trio of teams tied with 84 this morning, and two others we’ll discuss for good measure.

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The NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scotty Bowman will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by Gary Bettman.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, scotty+bowman

Those Hits? They Just Keep On Comin’:  Stuart Out Until Playoffs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And maybe longer.

Khan(!)

Brad Stuart is out for the rest of the regular season, and possibly the start of the playoffs, with a non-displaced fracture in one of his fingers, general manager Ken Holland said. It happened during the third period of Wednesday’s game when he blocked a shot. They’re not revealing which finger or which hand.

Holland said doctors told him Stuart would be out three-to-six weeks. The team believes it’ll be closer to three weeks. He’ll resume skating by the middle of next week.

Well that pretty much sucks.  The DDC also reports that none of the injured forwards will be returning tonite and that Chris Chelios will move up to the second defensive pairing with Niklas Kronwall.  Strange, since he was “competing for that 6th spot,” eh?

The train is open, as you know.  But before you board, consider this.  Stuart had no problem jumping right into the system when he was dealt here and he’ll be skating consistently while his digit heals.  As long as he’s back for the playoffs, I’m not going fetal about it.

 

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Brad Stuart Out With Broken Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Detroit News,

Wings defenseman Brad Stuart is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs after suffering a broken finger.

Stuart was injured blocking a shot in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Columbus. Wings officials said the injury typically sidelines a player from 3-6 weeks.

added 1:53pm, Ansar Khan has more at Mlive...

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  Tags: brad+stuart

NHL Disciplinarian Suggestion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Once Campbell moves on to take a GM or coaching job with a team, the establishment of a three-year term limit for all future NHL disciplinarians. And in addition, hiring practices that only bring aboard candidates who possess not even the slightest interest in eventually working as coach, GM or a high-level management type for one of the league’s 30 teams.

If you followed those guidelines, you’d wind up hiring a chief policeman unconcerned about burning bridges with future employers. Instead, he or she would be able to concentrate on one job only: doling out the proper deterrents to ensure the NHL’s rules are followed to the letter.

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  Tags: colin+campbell

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