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Babcock Waves His Canadian Flag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Having coached in the U.S. the past decade, Babcock isn’t shy anytime he gets a chance to wave the maple leaf.

“I’m going to talk about the opportunity to be an Olympian and the opportunity for Canadians to understand how important it is for the country to embrace this,” Babcock said. “Having it in your country and getting to share all the great things about Canada is fantastic.”

From a personal standpoint, Babcock rates the impending experience in Vancouver as his greatest.

He knows he faces immense pressure and second guessing from a nation with lofty expectations, but his background as an avid hunter tells him the thrill is only amplified by the pursuit of such an elusive prize as a gold medal.

“It’s the greatest opportunity you can have as a hockey coach,” Babcock said. “To me, this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, since I was a boy, to be an Olympian.

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Naysayers Beware

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Whew.  It’s November 2nd and there the Wings sit…deep, deep, deep down in the 11 spot.  Obviously, the playoffs are out of the question.  Undoubtedly,  we should consider the merits of building through high draft picks. Consecutive 1 or 2’s. We should really lend credence to the inevitable talk of franchise moves to places like Kansas City or Hamilton. 

The fun is over.  Puppies will frolic no more.

But wait…

Jamie Samuelsen

They’re clearly in deep, deep trouble when you look at the standings and find them … uh … four points behind the Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division.

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30 Notes

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

1. Steve Yzerman meets with his Olympic selection committee – Holland, Doug Armstrong, Kevin Lowe – this week. I don’t understand how anyone not named Marc-Andre Fleury could be Canada’s starting goaltender. He deserves the first chance to play.

2. Ken Holland told The Calgary Herald he will propose banning hits to the head from the blind side. But, if the player is coming head-on, responsibility is on the puck carrier. Basically, Mike Richards gets a penalty (David Booth), while Willie Mitchell doesn’t (Jonathan Toews).

3. This is an interesting idea, and I’d love to hear the debate. But let me remind you once again, there are a lot of players and executives who agreed that Richards deserved no penalty and blamed Booth for having his head down.

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James Wisniewski Suspended For Two Games

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TORONTO (November 2, 2009) – Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games, without pay, for delivering a forearm blow to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan in NHL game #189, October 31, the National Hockey League announced today.

The incident occurred at 7:12 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Wisniewski will forfeit $28,497.40. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Blackhawks Feel Toews Will Be Out Short-Term

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Quenneville had predicted that Toews’ injury would be ``short-term,’’ but two weeks might be stretching that a bit and the progress report doesn’t sound as encouraging as it once did.

``As the days go on it fluctuates a little bit, so it’s tough to say,’’ said Quenneville. ``Sometimes (recovery) takes time. That’s where we’re at.’’...

``He does basically some workouts to find out if he can ratchet it up. That dictates where we’re at,’’ said Quenneville. ``We’re still optimistic that it’s short-term. That’s why we keep saying it’s on a day to day basis.’’

General manager Stan Bowman also said he’s ``not too concerned’’ as Toews’ injury time increases. ``Hopefully he’ll be back soon, and it is a day to day thing,’’ said Bowman. ``These things can turn around quickly. Certainly if it lingers a long time you’d begin to get worried.’’

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Surgery & Procedure Set For Gagne

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Philadelphia Flyers All-Star left wing Simon Gagne will have surgery Tuesday to repair issues with his abdominal and groin muscles and will miss about 6-8 weeks.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that Gagne, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury, will have a procedure performed to repair the rectus abdominus muscles on each side of his groin area.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. William Meyers at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Meyers is considered an expert in this field.

Holmgren said Meyers also will perform a laparoscopic procedure to check the status of a pair of small hernias in his right groin.

“Simon is going to have surgery tomorrow to repair or reinforce his rectus abdominus (muscles) on both sides,” said Holmgren. “At the same time he’s going to look and see laparoscopically through his belly button at the smaller hernias and repair those as well.

“We’re probably looking at 6-8 weeks before Simon can play.”

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The News OF The Day From Phoenix

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NEW YORK (November 2, 2009)—Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement today regarding the U. S. Bankruptcy Court Order approving the purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes by the NHL:

  “We are pleased and very encouraged by today’s developments in court. Now that approval of the proposed sale has been entered by the Court, the National Hockey League will work to close the transaction quickly and assume full control of the Coyotes’ business operations. The League also will engage immediately in a process to identify—and expedite sale of the franchise to—new ownership that is committed to the Club’s long-term success in the Phoenix/Glendale area. We do not intend to comment publicly on that process.

  “The NHL thanks Coyotes fans for their continued support of the franchise and hopes that today’s developments will provide fans further reason to embrace the Coyotes in order to ensure the team’s long-term future in Arizona.”

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Ovechkin Week-to-Week

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via a Caps release,

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin suffered an upper-body strain in Sunday evening’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and his status is week-to-week, the team determined Monday.

Ovechkin, the NHL leader in points (23) and goals (14) and the league’s Second Star of the Month for October, is expected to miss the fifth game of his five-year career on Wednesday at New Jersey. He has only missed two games due to injury in his first four seasons.

“We have to buckle down,” head coach Bruce Boudreau said earlier Monday. “A goal a game he scores, so we got to play better defense and cannot allow four or five goals a game. You have to win 3-1 and 2-1 and if you get lucky sometimes make it a 4-2 game. I think we have enough character players who understand what we will have to do without Alex.”

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Pay To Read

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, it looks like Newsday (Isles Files) has gone to pay for view.

See the screenshot example below and if you try to navigate to another section of Newsday, you get a pop-up asking you to become a paid member, if you don’t, you can no longer navigate on their site.

Of course, if you are a subsciber to Newsday already, it is available to you to read.

You do get a little bit of the story, but must join in order to read the full story.

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The Latest From The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The executive board of the NHL Players’ Association held an emergency conference call Sunday night, sources told ESPN.com, feeling the need to quickly convene after a turbulent weekend.

In the wake of Ian Penny’s departure Friday as general counsel and interim executive director as well as the resignation of outside counsel and advisory board members through the course of the weekend, the players’ union got the board together, or the player reps, on Sunday night to take the pulse of the situation.

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