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Increase The Neutral Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

Tired of watching games where players make it to the red line and just dump it in, McCammon thinks they should go back to the way the rinks were configured at the time of the Oilers heyday.

“When they moved the nets out to create more room behind the goal in the early ‘90s, they moved the bluelines back three feet to keep the same distance in the attacking zone,” says McCammon. “When that didn’t work, they decided to move the nets back, but they kept the bluelines in the same place. That’s made the neutral zone so small, there’s no room to do anything. It was really just after they made the neutral zones so small that the trap came in and the game got to where it is now.

“I’d like to see the games played with the old measurements. I think it would be different. If they wanted to play the trap still, at least it would be a lot tougher to play because you’d have more room.”

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Columbus Improves With Top PK Unit

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have allowed three power-play goals this season, and coach Ken Hitchcock remembers all three of them.

“Two of them were a problem with us rotating,” he said, “and the other was a lack of communication on zone entry.”...

“We wanted to create a terrific sense of pride in killing penalties. Never mind giving up goals … we don’t like to give up scoring chances.”

read on

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Time For A New Arena On Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

It’s too trite to say “Give the Devils their due,” but kudos to owner Jeff Vanderbeek and the team that probably ranks last among New York-area franchises in Q rating. They’re finally first at something. With their home opener last night, they became the first in this generation to build a new house.

Last night was an occasion, the kind that makes you feel, “If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”

It also made you think, if you happen to be from someplace, say, east of New York City, “How come we can’t pull off something like this?” As a member of the Islanders organization said the other day, “I’m jealous.”

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  Tags: arenas, new+york+islanders

A Worthy Cause For Drew Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

All 30 teams are recognizing one home game in October as Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night and the Ducks are doing their part tonight to raise money to benefit the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

But 23-year-old (Drew) Miller already has a long history with his work in that area. During his sophomore and junior seasons at Michigan State, the winger started a program called Spartan Buddies, in which many of the school’s student-athletes made visits to children in the hospital.

The program has continued after Miller left school to turn pro.

read on (reg. req.)

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Julien Calls Hit On Bergeron “Dirty”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Matt Kalman of the Hockey Journal,

Everyone was able to release a slight sigh of relief – knowing that the result of Jones’ reckless action could’ve been even worse. Bruins head coach Claude Julien was still cautiously optimistic because he knows things could turn in the days ahead. When asked if he thought the hit was dirty, Julien didn’t pull any punches.

“I had the opportunity to look at it, and if people are calling that accidental, when a guy puts his arm behind a guy’s head, his feet leave the ice, I don’t think that’s accidental. So yes, it was a dirty hit,” the bench boss said.

read on

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  Tags: boston+bruins, patrice+bergeron, philadelphia+flyers

Tocchet’s Status May Be Decided This Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at CBC,

Rick Tocchet could have his status with the NHL determined by the end of this week.

According to sources, the long-awaited Cleary Report, an internal investigation into Tocchet’s involvement in a gambling ring, is expected to be delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. Once Bettman digests the report, authored by lawyer Robert Cleary, he will conduct a meeting with Tocchet and determine whether he will be allowed to return as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes any time soon.

continued…

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, rick+tocchet, suspensions

Gaborik & Backstrom Out

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from the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik injured his groin in practice Saturday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

General manager Doug Risebrough said he made the decision to sit Gaborik as a precaution. The right wing is officially listed as day to day, which is how his 34-day layoff last season started.

“I’m definitely not going to miss 40 games again,” Gaborik said….

That wasn’t the only bad news the Wild absorbed at practice Saturday. No. 1 goaltender Niklas Backstrom also left practice early because of a groin injury and will not play against Colorado

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  Tags: injuries, marian+gaborik, minnesota+wild

Patrice Bergeron Taken To Hospital

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

update 7:03pm, Bergeron has full movement, concussion and broken nose.

Note 5:33pm,  I will be adding to this post, so make sure to check the permalink page on occasion.  Also, Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan was live blogging the game and is updating as information becomes available.

5:35pm, Video added on the permalink page.

5:55pm, Randy Jones issues a statement, found at the bottom of the post, go to the permalink page…


Bergeron was hit from behind by Randy Jones.  He was stablized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. 

No report yet… You can follow along at this thread on HFBoards...

added 5:16pm, TSN report...

added 5:19pm, from the Sports Ticker via Yahoo,

Bergeron was in the offensive zone and had just passed the puck when Jones checked him from behind, crashing Bergeron headfirst into the glass and metal divider.

Bergeron lay motionless for 10 minutes while team doctor Thomas Gill tended to him. Gill and Bruins trainers worked to get the assistant captain on a flat support before lifting him onto a gurney.

The crowd gave Bergeron an ovation as he was taken off the ice and to an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital.

Jones was given a five-minute boarding penalty with a game misconduct.

added 5:24pm. from the AP via NHL.com,

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

WOW & Center Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have received a few emails lately asking me how to get Center Ice back on to WOW (Wide Open West).

The emails have come from people in the Detroit area who are very upset they don’t even have the option to subscribe to CI.  Are there any WOW customers getting CI?  If so, where are you located.

My only suggestion is to keep hammering your local WOW office and demand CI.  I do wish I could be of more service, but your provider is the one that needs to hear it from you.

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  Tags: wow

Naslund On Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund is good friends with fellow Swede Peter Forsberg and he isn’t buying any of the recent speculation that Forsberg could be back in the National Hockey League by Nov. 15, with Philadelphia and Colorado listed as supposed landing spots for the former Hart Trophy winner. “I haven’t talked to him since the summer, so I don’t know where he’s at,” Naslund said. “I know he’s back skating (with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League), but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision anytime soon.”

more NHL bits…

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