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Capitals Come Together As A Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

How much the Caps can take from this victory is debatable. The Red Wings, after all, were missing two front-line players because of injuries, Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg. Holmstrom is a monster in the crease; without him Detroit’s power play, the best in the NHL, suffers. And Zetterberg might be the best two-way player in hockey right now.

Throw in the relative good health of the Capitals and the fact that they beat Ty Conklin, not Chris Osgood, in goal—and that the Red Wings entered the game in the midst of their first four-game losing streak in nearly a year—and Detroit was a good bet to go down.

But at the same time, that’s the NHL regular season. Before a team’s greatness is defined in May and June, they have to show signs in the regular season, and the Caps have now consistently shown they belong in the Boston-Detroit-Montreal conversation.

What really happened on the ice yesterday was another example of why the Capitals can never again be Ovie and the Overachievers.


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All Craig Conroy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean Lefebvre at Flames Insider,

Q: Hockey is a multi-million dollar business, so it’s a big deal, but it’s not life and death. It’s a game. So why don’t more guys like Tim Thomas, like yourself, like Jeremy Roenick have fun with (their media dealings)?

A: “Yeah, I laugh because I don’t know why. I remember Prongs (former Blues defenceman Chris Pronger) was always hard on reporters. I remember thinking, ‘Who do you think picks these awards, Prongs? Why would you be mean?’ They’re just doing their jobs. Actually, the year he won the Hart and the Norris, he was good with (the media). He opened up a little bit. Then he went to Edmonton and who knows what happened there?

“Over the course of the years, I got to watch Brett Hull and I think he said a lot of things just to get a rise out of people. To make the game interesting. To make the game fun. Hullie was. He’d say some things and I’d just be sitting in that stall listening to him and I’d think, ‘Wow!’ It was interesting, it was his perspective. People don’t want to hear the same cliches. That’s what makes J.R. (so interesting). When he gets in front of that microphone, I don’t know what he’s going to say. It’s like, ‘Here we go.’ That’s why people love guys like him and Hullie.

much more...

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  Tags: craig+conroy

Islanders Deserve Some Of The Revenue Sharing Pie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...because NHL owners couldn’t bear the prospect of giving a portion of their revenue-share money to the Blackhawks back in 2005 when Bill Wirtz was doing his very best to drive his historic franchise into the ground, they concocted a clause in the CBA that prohibits teams in television markets with more than 2.5 million homes from eligibility to participate in Bettman’s socialism.

It is a clause that disqualifies the Islanders, even though they are about as big-market as Edmonton, and far more needy. It’s a clause that discriminates against the Islanders, even though they are as much in need of aid as the Coyotes, who are receiving advances from the NHL even while employing the top-paid coach in the league.

more and a few more hockey topics too…

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Staal Is The New Brind’Amour

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

For several years, Rod Brind’Amour was a very valuable NHL player.  He was the forward with the most ice time (or very close to the most) in the entire league.  Brind’Amour could score pretty well, but his true value was defensive and he won the Selke Trophy twice for his efforts.  At age 38, his Selke Trophy days are gone and he has struggled at times this season.  His -29 +/- rating is tied for the league worst with Brendan Witt.  Brind’Amour has still scored 29 points (which ties him for third on his team) and he still plays a large role in Carolina.  Among forwards on the Carolina Hurricanes, Brind’Amour has the second most ice time.

Eric Staal is first.  Staal has not only had more ice time than Brind’Amour, he has played against a higher calibre of opposition.  I think Staal is developing into a top level defensive forward and a possible Selke Trophy candidate.

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The European Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

The NHL is tentatively set to kick off the 2009-10 regular season in Europe, according to CBCSports.ca’s Scott Morrison.

The league will stage three games overseas, with Calgary facing San Jose in Helsinki, Detroit taking on St. Louis in Stockholm, and Chicago squaring off against Florida in Prague.

During Hockey Night In Canada’s Hotstove segment on Saturday night, Morrison said the games are still in the preliminary stages because the teams — especially the Detroit Red Wings — still have to satisfy their gate needs.

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Players Want To Stay In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

From top to bottom—from the drafting led by European superscout Hakan Andersson to the recruiting of free agents such as Marian Hossa to the convincing of homegrown star after star to accept “hometown discounts” to remain inside a franchise that has created an unparalleled culture of winning, nobody does it better.

The Red Wings are the envy of 29 teams.

“They’re in a unique situation,” Wild GM Doug Risebrough said. “I was on a plane with [Red Wings coach] Mike Babcock the other day and I told him, ‘If anybody wants to pursue your model, it’s a ridiculous thing. Guys want to stay there. You have a culture there of winning. ... Nobody can follow your model.’”

In this salary-cap era, Holland has managed to preserve his impressive core and last season win a fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.


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Another Head Hit - Gauthier Elbow To Gorges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Denis Gauthier of the Kings lands and elbow to the head of Josh Gorges today.  Gauthier received a major, a 10 and game misconduct while Gorges was finished for the game

sorry, he did return.

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  Tags: denis+gauthier, josh+gorges

A2y Muster After Action

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1.  Great call by Aimee to suggest Fado.  Perfect location.

2. Amazing turnout.

C. See for yourselves, and those who were there…add any images you can.

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Hows About That!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ville Leino of the Detroit Red Wings with his first NHL goal today in a 4-2 loss against the Capitals.

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  Tags: ville+leino

The Pansification Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Christie Blatchford of the Globe and Mail,

...Mr. Milbury now finds himself at the centre of a hullabaloo, confined almost exclusively to The Globe’s sports pages (where my colleague William Houston carefully has noted, in that uniquely Globe and Mail manner, that pansification is “a derivative of the word pansy”) and a gay advocacy group called Egale Canada, whose director is hopping mad about what she says is the “derogatory, stereotypical” term and who has complained to the CBC.

Even Don Cherry has got into the act, with Mr. Houston reporting Friday that Grapes has pledged not to use the dreaded term himself and has furthermore identified himself as a supporter of gay initiatives.

Well, as an old mare who was publicly called a filly, it is hardly a surprise that I am less than sensitive to the use of language, and find pretty much all such controversies silly.


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