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Jury Still Out On Coach Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The question, needless to say, is how much failure can Gretzky stand, or withstand. He’s in only the second year of a five-year contract, but his buddy Mike Barnett was cashiered as general manager last season and the Coyotes ownership made it clear in hiring Maloney that they were avoiding any and all hockey people with direct ties to Gretzky.

Could he be fired if the Coyotes stink? Possible, but unlikely, particularly given that he still has an ownership stake in the team.

But it’s equally hard to imagine he’ll just hang in there if this season turns out to be utterly miserable. Perhaps there will be a resignation, or some other kind of face-saving way out.

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

Bertuzzi Looking For A Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Todd Bertuzzi is looking not for redemption, exactly, but for a fresh start in southern California. He’s in a market suddenly crazy for hockey again, playing for a manager, Brian Burke, who stood by him during the darkest days of the Steve Moore incident, with its resultant suspension and pending lawsuit.

He’s wearing the single digit No. 4 on his Anaheim Ducks jersey instead of the more familiar 44 because that number belongs to Rob Niedermayer, and fellow winger Chris Kunitz had dibs on 14.

Bertuzzi looks slimmer than he has in years, down to 230 pounds from the 245 that he played at for most of his career, seeking to get his career back on the rails again, after three mostly nightmarish seasons, played out in medical rooms and court rooms and just about everywhere but on the ice.

continued

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, todd+bertuzzi

Communication Is Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Wilson then banged home the message that he will apparently stress this season: To be ready in the spring, the Sharks must consistently pay attention to details through the winter. He wants players to hold one another accountable. And being young, as so many Sharks are, is no excuse.

“We need people,” Wilson said, “who can look at themselves and say, ‘It’s time for me to grow up and act like a man when it matters most.’ “

At the coaching and front-office level, it seems, there will be another adjustment. This will involve more frequent communication among Ron Wilson, Doug Wilson and other Sharks executives - or as Ron Wilson puts it, “More feedback . . . conference call-type things.” The idea is to make sure Ron Wilson knows as soon as possible when the higher-ups have seen a detail slipping that he might have missed.

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks

Ready To Hurl?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 0706 ESTThree diggers, three different reasons as to why Zetterberg sat out last night in TC.  Helene St. James.

Zetterberg didn’t play in either game, but assistant general manager Jim Nill said it was just due to general soreness and not the back problems that hampered Zetterberg last season.

Updated 0649 ESTAnd away we go.  Kulfan says it was a precautionary move to keep Zetterberg out of yesterday’s scrimmage. Protecting his back and all that.  Khan(!)?  A different story.

Injury updates: Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch from Tuesday’s four-on-four scrimmage at Centre I.C.E. Arena due to a sore groin. It’s precautionary, nothing significant, the team said.

My bet is that Kulfan saw Zetterberg was sitting out, asked why and got “precautionary” as a response.  Maintaining the standard, he didn’t follow up.  Khan(!) probably did.

Funny how two adjacent paragraphs can prompt two completely different physical reactions.

Center Valtteri Filppula (groin), winger Dan Cleary (hamstring) and winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) sat out the scrimmage at Centre ICE Arena.

And…

Assistant GM Jim Nill said Zetterberg, who missed the second half of last season with back problems, was rested simply because the Wings have eight exhibition games in the next 10 days.

“We don’t want to take any chances,” Nill said.

More from Kulfan on last night’s 6-1 win over Minnesota.

Let’s recap: 
Kulfan: Precautionary, back
Khan(!): Precautionary, groin
St. James: “General soreness”

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  Tags: deep+diggers, zetterberg

Sillinger Talks Smyth & Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

On July 1, Mike Sillinger was as disappointed as anyone in the Islanders’ organization to learn that his friend Ryan Smyth had signed with Colorado rather than accept a slightly better offer from the Isles. As one of Smyth’s partners in a British Columbia real estate development and as alternate captain, Sillinger had pushed for “Captain Canada” to become “Captain Islander.”

“Even with me, he kept everything inside,” Sillinger said. “He kept his private stuff private between him and his family and his agent. I had no idea he was going to sign with Colorado. When he did sign, he told me the Islanders were one of his teams to the very end….”

continued with more Islander talk…

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  Tags: mike+sillinger, new+york+islanders, ryan+smyth

Panthers Will Be Just Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brian Biggane of Inside the Panthers at the Palm Beach Post responds to the latest story by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail about expansion & the schedule…

David Shoalts, who covers the Toronto Maple Leafs for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper and loves to bash the Panthers, was at it again Wednesday.

In a story about Wednesday’s Board of Governors meetings in Chicago, Shoalts noted that while expansion will be discussed, it isn’t likely to come about for a few more years. If and when it does happen, he said, Winnipeg is likely to be passed over in favor of American cities such as Las Vegas, Kansas City and Seattle.

Winnipeg’s best chance of getting a team, he continued, “remains relocating one of the league’s basket cases, such as the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers or Nashville Predators.”

continued

added 9:30pm, Bob McKenzie at TSN also has some notes regarding the BOG meeting.  A few people willing to pay up $200M-$300M for an NHL team!

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Center Ice Online Working?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m reading some comments below from readers saying they can’t get the game in.  Try this.  It’s working for me. Getting the tv signal but the radio call.

2029 EST: minutes after I posted that the game froze, got an error message, closed Firefox (and explorer, tried that too).  Re-opened the portal and get some nancy brit boy telling me the page won’t load, the URL is invalid.

2039 EST:  just got definitive word from the wife.  “You’re not paying for that.”  Not good.

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  Tags: watching+the+wings

Who’s Got Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters tries to find out what happened to all the tickets for the Winter Classic. 

Latest story and earlier today.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: winter+classic

NHL Looking At Fixing Unbalanced Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL will probably drop its unbalanced schedule for next season and the vote by the governors could come at their December meeting.

Several governors who left Tuesday’s meeting before it concluded said the sentiment seems to be to have all of the league’s 30 teams visit each other at least once.

“We want [to drop the unbalanced schedule],” Calgary Flames governor Harley Hotchkiss said. “There is a good chance it will happen in December.”

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Sherry Ross Will Do “Color” For Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fire & Ice,

Congratulations to Sherry Ross, who is expected to be named as the Devils’ radio color commentator in the next day or so.

continued

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  Tags: sherry+ross

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