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Not A Thing Wrong With Iginla

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Scoreless in his last six outings and the author of just two goals his last 18 outings, Iginla will be asked 14 different ways to account for his pause in production. Never mind the fact he has 14 points during his “slump” to remain amongst league scoring leaders—everyone wants to know “what’s wrong with Iggy?”

Given the character of the game’s ultimate captain, No. 12 will undoubtedly answer by suggesting he’d like to be scoring more and is expecting more of himself as the team’s leader.

However, the answer he should give is simple: Nothing.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Every Game Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

It’s like being stuck on an over-crowded elevator. With people you don’t like. For two months.

The Western Conference stretch drive is no place for the claustrophobic.

With six points separating fifth and 13th place heading into last night’s games, you’ve got nine teams trying to cram into four spots like fat clowns in a Volkswagen.

Every game is do or die. Every road trip is the biggest road trip of the year.

Lose two in a row, it’s the end of the world. Win two in a row and you’re flying Jaromir Jagr over from Russia.

So, as the Oilers open the… wait for it… biggest road trip of the year—four games in six days in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Dallas—they’re quite prepared for the emotional volatility that will be tracking them every step of the way.

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Neil May Be Moved If Extension Talks Fail

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sun Media yesterday that he’s held talks with Neil’s agent, Todd Reynolds, about a contract extension, but the sides aren’t close to a deal and that could mean Murray will trade the 29-year-old Neil rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

“For both of our sakes I think it’s fair that we have an answer (by the trade deadline),” Murray said. “I mean, if we’re not close in dollars, then obviously we don’t want to lose players for nothing if we can help it.”

Neil, who is making $1.25 million (all terms US) this season, would not only be a valuable commodity on the open market, he’ll also be a huge asset at the deadline. It’s believed the Senators’ asking price will be at least a second-round draft pick and possibly a prospect.

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  Tags: chris+neil

Green Goes For Eight In A Row

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Mike Green said if he thought about the history he could make tonight, the game itself might not be as fun.

And, really, Green said, isn’t fun what playing in the NHL is all about?

“I just want to go out and play and do what I’m doing right now,” the Capitals defenseman said. “Whatever comes from it is great. I’m just enjoying myself.”

And scoring goals.

A tally against the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum and Green, 23, from Calgary, becomes the first NHL blueliner to score goals in eight consecutive games.

continued and a little note stating Lightning employees must now pay $30 per month for parking.

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Dipping Into A New Pool For Coaches

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

The recent promotion of little-known Cory Clouston to the job as head coach of the Ottawa Senators undoubtedly caught some hockey observers by surprise.

It shouldn’t have. The Senators were simply following an NHL trend that has franchises eschewing the old boys’ network of coaches and, instead, grabbing for what they hope will be the next bright mind from the AHL or junior ranks.

Ten of the 30 NHL teams have coaches whose previous jobs had them standing behind AHL benches. That’s up from two 10 years ago. Another two teams – Florida with Peter DeBoer and New Jersey with Brent Sutter – are coached by men hired directly from major junior hockey.

That has left some seasoned and decorated coaches, big names such as Pat Quinn, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford and John Tortorella (the latter three all Stanley Cup winners) on the outside looking in, waiting for their next opportunity.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just so I have this straight, NHL: A Corey Perry elbow to the head gets four games, biting another player gets two, uttering the phrase “sloppy seconds” to reporters gets six and an elbow to the face that breaks another player’s nose gets ignored. Okay, got it.

I can’t help but think if the same hit had been delivered by a guy wearing a Ducks uniform (more to the point, wearing a Ducks uniform with the number 25 on the back), that he would have gotten docked at least four games. But maybe that’s just me.

Then again, it’s probably not just me.

-Adam Brady of Duck Blog at AnaheimDucks.com where you can read more on the Ducks.

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Hockey Day In Michigan

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On this snowy day in southeast Michigan, how will you be celebrating HDIM?

For a list of events, check out CCHA.com.

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Worst NHL Regular This Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Of all the things I write, this topic tends to get fans the most upset.  In January, I picked Brendan Witt of the New York Islanders as the worst player in the league and I promptly got not one, but two different message boards promptly told me how stupid I am.  I think it comes down to the fact that in order to stay in the lineup, the worst regular player in the league must be likeable.  He must have a track record of moderate success in previous seasons or be a hard worker.  Generally the fans of his team will like him.  They will be offended at his choice.  They will be able to offer insults, but no logical argument (or if they attempt a logical argument they will hold the player to very low standards - i.e. he is getting better at completing his checks).

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7?  7 Means Squat.  Nothing To See Here But A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I haul ass all day, running through airports, verbally abusing stewardesses named Geno and casting aside the most basic of all hygiene habits and standards.

Why?

So I can get home and kick off a live blog I’m not even allowed to participate in.

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Phoenix Activates Peter Mueller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have activated right wing Peter Mueller from Injured Reserve while left wing Jeff Hoggan has been re-assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Mueller, 20, has recorded 12-18-30 in 48 games with the Coyotes this season to rank 3rd on the team in both points and goals.  Mueller has missed the last seven games since being placed on Injured Reserve.

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