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Misleading Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Talk about numbers not telling the story.

Yes, it’s true Kiprusoff has only once surrendered two or fewer goals this season. Curiously, it was in a 2-1 defeat.

Yes, he has a goals-against average of 3.23 and a .902 save percentage.

Those are facts.

But to say he’s been struggling is dead wrong.

Through the first 10-game segment of the season, which concludes with tomorrow night’s clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Kiprusoff has been the club’s MVP.

read on

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Get Lead, Lose Lead, Lose Game…Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s a little ditty that’s sure to ring a few bells.  Ready? I know that you are.


“I went to steer (the puck) in the corner, it hit my stick and kind of ramped (up), took a bounce and hit my arm and went in the net,’’ Osgood said. “I feel really good, feel like I’m trending upwards, just can’t get a break right now.’’



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Mike Richards Short On Answers

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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In the grand scheme of things, Mike Richards refusing to answer reporters’ questions means little.

But, as the team’s captain, he is the face of the Flyers and a direct conduit to the fans….

Richards has vowed to freeze out the media. He is upset because of stories generated after former teammate Joffrey Lupul, now with Anaheim, was asked recently if he thought he was traded because the Flyers wanted to break up the players who live in Center City and enjoy the night life.

Lupul was asked the question when Anaheim played in Philly on Oct. 10. It was Lupul’s first time back since being part of the trade in which the Flyers acquired Chris Pronger.

After the Flyers blew a late 2-0 lead in that game and dropped a 3-2 shoot-out loss, Richards asked reporters not to mention their night life in their stories.


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Ealry Season Play Doesn’t Paint The Whole Picture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For proof, just turn the clock back one year to when two of the hottest teams out of the gate were the Montreal Canadiens in the East and the San Jose Sharks in the West. Both looked unbeatable in the first month, and looked promising all the way through to the All-Star break (San Jose was a sparkling 34-6-4-1; Montreal a more than adequate 27-13-2-4).

By the time April rolled around, all that early promise had evaporated. And by the time it was June, the celebrations were on in Pittsburgh, which was glacially slow out of the gate, out of the playoff picture in early January and subject to the same sort of scrutiny that is going on now in half-a-dozen different locales in the topsy-turvy, up-is-down NHL.

The Phoenix Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche inexplicably lead the way in the West, while two of the three heavy favourites, the Detroit Red Wings and the Vancouver Canucks stumble along.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, no quality team is struggling more than the Carolina Hurricanes, a Stanley Cup semi-finalist a year ago who were bad early last year too, only to turn it around after the coaching change from Peter Laviolette to Paul Maurice energized them in the final third of the season and into the playoffs.

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Avery Just Blending In

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from Marie Joelle Parent at the Toronto Sun,

After a two-week stint in behavioural therapy, Avery started meditation. He also got a new tattoo. “You used to be alright, what happened,” lyrics from a Radiohead song, now adorn his arm. But seriously, what happened?

“I think that any time you say something that’s hurtful towards somebody you’re always going to regret that,” Avery said. “If I’ve said something that’s done that, then I don’t feel good about it. Regrets are tough words because you know you did it. You kind of have to deal with what you’ve done.”

Following his suspension, the Dallas Stars—Avery’s team at the time—didn’t want anything to do with him. He was eventually sought out by the Rangers, for whom he played before going to Dallas.

Avery, for his part, seems to have found his niche in the Big Apple, a city as flamboyant as his personality.

“I just blend in with the city and its people,” he said.


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  Tags: sean+avery

Kesler Wants To Stay In Vancouver

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The agent for Ryan Kesler has laid the factual foundation for a contract extension. He hasn’t drawn any conclusions or drawn a line in the sand after two discussions with management, but he did suggest that the ball is now in the court of the Vancouver Canucks.

“Ryan is a warrior,” Kurt Overhardt said Thursday of his client who is earning $1.75 million US in the final year of his deal.

“I know he’s looking forward to the club acknowledging his value by stepping up and signing him to a contract extension. Ryan and his family would be honoured to remain in Vancouver for several more seasons.”...

According to Overhardt, the Canucks won 48.28 per cent of their games (12-13-4) when the Sedins had more ice time than Kesler.

They won 74.36 per cent of their games (26-10-3) when the twins had less time than Kesler.


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Leafs Know How To Party

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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

The party was mostly hush-hush, a players only affair. This party was a much-needed break from so much doom and gloom surrounding the daily process of trying to gel as a team, and get that elusive first win.

So the players went all out.

The best costume?

“What did the guys say ... Jamal Mayers? Yeah, I’ll go with that,” said Luke Schenn, referring to Mayers, who came as Michael Jackson.

Mayers in fact, had his costume professionally prepared, right down to spray-painting his face to more resemble the late King of Pop.


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Foote Opens His Home To Duchene

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

In his 18th NHL season, Avalanche captain Adam Foote finally brought back a gift from a road trip that really pleased his kids: Avs rookie Matt Duchene, who immediately became the household’s No. 1 scoring threat in mini-sticks hockey.

Hey, this new addition to the family is better than a puppy.

“We adopted one, eh?” said Foote, who recently acquired the prized 18-year-old draft pick to live with two sports-loving young boys whom he and his wife already had at the kitchen table.

How’s it working out so far?

Well, Foote came home after work and discovered his favorite cushy seat had been claimed by a teenager on the very first night Duchene moved in.

“He’s sitting in my spot on the couch, which I wasn’t too happy about,” Foote said with a chuckle. “But we’ll figure it out.”


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  Tags: adam+foote, matt+duchene

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I was trying to set small goals first, I wasn’t expecting to see my name up with the league-leaders.  That would have to be the best game of my career, certainly statistically. The stars lined up for me and my linemates tonight.

“It feels really good. I don’t know the last time I was on a team that bounced back from down as much as we were. That’s one of the games where you know the true meaning of momentum.”

-Dustin Penner of the Edmonton Oilers after a 5 point night (2g, 3a).  More on the game from the CP at the Globe and Mail.

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Rangers Organization Had Interest In Chelios

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Rangers general manager Glen Sather recently offered Chris Chelios an AHL contract to play in Hartford, but the veteran free agent defenseman rejected that offer to sign a deal with the Chicago Wolves in order to be closer to his family, The Post has learned.

“We’d talked a number of times over the summer, and I talked to Torts [head coach John Tortorella] at the U.S. Olympic evaluation camp, but they told me the Rangers were going in a different direction with their kids,” Chelios told The Post by phone. “I see that their guys are off to a good start, but if they’re looking for veteran help down the road, I’d love to play there.

“I appreciate the offer to play in Hartford, but I decided to sign with Chicago because that’s where my parents live, and it means a lot to me that they’ll be able to come see me play.”...

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad game at Madison Square Garden,” said Chelios. “If the Rangers need help and are interested, Chicago shouldn’t be too far away for them to come take a look.”


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