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Shake Ups in Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NBC17.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes are shaking up Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff.

The Hurricanes announced Monday that one of Laviolette’s assistants and the coach of their top minor-league affiliate are switching jobs.  Tom Rowe is leaving Albany to become an assistant with Carolina, and Jeff Daniels is leaving the NHL club to take over as coach and general manager of the River Rats.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said the switch gives Daniels a chance to run his own team while the addition of Rowe infuses the Hurricanes’ coaching staff with fresh ideas.


*more in the Our Sport Central press release, posted earlier in the forum

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  Tags: jeff+daniels, jim+rutherford, peter+laviolette, tom+rowe

Ranking the Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Inspired by the Dominik Hasek news conference today, ESPN asks you to rank the best goalies of all time:


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  Tags: dominik+hasek, goalies

Gelinas’ Staying Power

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Journal,

When Glen Sather did the dirty work for owner Peter Pocklington and dealt Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings 20 years ago this July, who knew that Martin Gelinas would be the most enduring slice of the trade pie?

It was supposed to be Jimmy Carson, but he left here after one 49-goal season, suffocating, he said, under the weight of being traded for the greatest player in hockey history. He was out of the NHL in 1996 after a little more than 600 games.

Those first-round draft picks the Oilers also got for Gretzky? They traded one (1989 to New Jersey), they took Marty Rucinsky with one in ‘91 and the forgettable Nick Stadjuhar with the third in ‘93. Rucinsky has had a useful NHL career, but Gelinas, an 18-year-old who had been the seventh player chosen in the ‘88 draft a month earlier by L.A., who was thought to be the window-dressing in the Gretzky deal, has had the greatest staying power.

He hopes to suit up in Nashville for his 20th NHL season this fall…


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  Tags: martin+gelinas

Mystery Solved

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

By now you’ve read the National Post story claiming the officiating was slanted to favor the Pens during the Final. 

I was overwhelmed by a sense that there existed a desperate need to keep this series going for the good of the game, no matter how far rule interpretations had to be stretched.

Possible?  I suppose.  Likely?  No.  As stated before, Little Gary doesn’t have the brains required to orchestrate a conspiracy like that.  However, diligent A2Y researchers have discovered the true reason the refs may have been convinced to call the series the way they did.


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The Economy and Sports TV Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Toni Fitzgerald at The Sentinel,

Yet the hockey bump could also be part of a greater revival for sports TV ratings in 2008 after years and years of declines.

The Super Bowl drew its biggest audience ever in February. National Basketball Association postseason ratings have boomed one year after its finals also hit an all-time low last June. NASCAR ratings are up this year on Fox.

Even viewership for the WNBA has jumped this year compared to last. Heck, that, along with the hockey spike and the coming cicada invasion this summer, may have people screaming “end of the world” very soon.

I’m no psychologist, or even a sociologist, but I also think this trend tells us a little bit about the country’s psyche.  I believe that in uncertain times, which would describe our economy right now, people get a certain comfort from the familiar. And there’s nothing more familiar than vegging out and watching sports, even if it’s not a sport you usually follow.


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  Tags: culture, media, television+ratings

Turning Around the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star,

“An opportunity to coach a team, an Original Six team, is very intriguing to me,” said Wilson. “It’s a team that I began with, I kind of feel like I might have an opportunity to complete the circle. A team that maybe right now is ... in a little bit of disarray. And I’ve functioned very well in helping those teams get on the right path.

“With what lies ahead for the Leafs, having to go a lot younger, and all the situations that are going to happen with transition, I think I’ve been able with my experience to kind of navigate through all that. Hopefully I can get the Leafs turned around in short order.”

read on

Ron Wilson is expected to sign a 4-year contract with the Leafs by Tuesday, for $5.6 million (or $6.5 million, depending on who you ask).

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  Tags: ron+wilson

Power Ranking the 2007-08 Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ross McKeon at Yahoo! Sports,

It is time to unveil the final power rankings for the 2007-08 season, and there’s no surprise at the top. The Detroit Red Wings, Presidents’ Trophy winners as the best team during the regular season and, more importantly, Stanley Cup winners for the 11th time in franchise history, are an uncontested No. 1 choice.

The Wings were ranked either first or second in the power rankings all but four of 26 times during postings every Tuesday during the regular season. Detroit was on top of the rankings 15 times, and never fell further than fourth, which happened only four times. The headline for the Dec. 18 rankings served as a hockey fortune cookie, if you will: “Wings and everyone else.”

read on for “everyone else”

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HHOF 2008 Power Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee meets next week.  Joe Pelletier at Greatest Hockey Legends looks at the names being considered:

The Class of 2008 will be a unique induction. Because of the lost 2004-05 season due to NHL labour issues, there are no first-time eligible candidates as no player officially retired in 2005. Players that did not return after the return to duty, they were deemed to have retired in 2004, and therefor eligible for induction in 2007.

We all know 2007 was perhaps the greatest induction class ever, thanks the incredible pool of eligible players. 2008 is almost a make-up year for the Hall.

Here’s a look at who is likely to get inducted in 2008. I call it the Hockey Hall of Fame Power Rankings.

Doug Gilmour - For a short time in the early 1990s, Gilmour was the best player in the NHL. Besides, Toronto’s love affair with him would make for a grand stage for the Hall’s celebration.

read on

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  Tags: hall+of+fame, hhof

Shrink the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the National Post,

While some of the sport’s most profitable teams are in the United States—including Philadelphia, the New York Rangers, Detroit, Dallas, Boston and Colorado—its poorest are there as well: Phoenix, Florida, Nashville and Atlanta.

Hockey does not play well in these hot-weather locations. Except for the California clubs and Tampa Bay—which count on plenty of ex-pat and vacationing Canadians to fill seats—sunbelt NHL teams are largely a bust. The league should consider pulling most of these franchises. Indeed, the only reason it hasn’t already is that doing so would jeopardize the dream of a national TV contract.

We suspect that dream is an unrealistic fantasy. Hockey does have immense local popularity in pockets of the United States—particularly in New England, the Great Lakes region and in several northern Atlantic states. But only when all the elements align perfectly…

read on.

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Hide Your Eyes Blues Fans….This One’s Gonna Hurt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Michael Rosenberg of Detroit’s Free Press, has a good look at Super Scout Hakan Andersson.  Interesting anecdotes, a story that had to be told. A casual Monday morning read.  Until you reach a paragraph toward the end.  Hell yes.

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