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The Race Is On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So with both the under-achieving Flames and the disappointing Oilers set to reach the season’s quarter pole this week, the question needs to be asked: Which of Keenan and/or MacTavish will still be behind their team’s bench in January when the season hits the halfway mark?

Who gets fired first?

Keenan’s and MacTavish’s situations are far from similar, yet strangely, you could argue they are also exactly the same in a lot of areas.

Keenan is in only his second season behind the Calgary bench. MacTavish is in Year 8 in the Big E.

read on

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, mike+keenan

Buckets Is All Itchy, Red and Kinda Blind

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: Closing the polls at 1830.  Unbelievable, neck and neck.  Grand Funk and the Motor City Madman.

Grand Funk Railroad
29% (19)
Ted Nugent
26% (17)

Icky, but true.  And that’s Charlie Buckets to you.

Khan(!)

Wings forward Dan Cleary was back at Joe Louis Arena, starting off-ice workouts after a rough week dealing with his bad left eye. He can barely open the eye, which still is extremely red. He said it’s painful and itches a lot.

Cleary said it’s not an infection, as they originally thought. The cornea was scratched for a second time last week, before the first scratch healed.

“There’s been a lot of pain in the eye. It almost hurts just to keep it open,’’ Cleary said. “I haven’t done anything this whole week. Hopefully I can get training and skating this week.’‘

 

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Sundin Decision Coming Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre Le Brun’s ESPN blog:

At this point Vancouver, in our mind, remains the heavyweight since the Canucks not only have the most cap space and most money available to spend on Sundin, but they also are playing some decent hockey right now. Should Sundin sign the $20-million, two-year deal that’s apparently still on the table from last July, then one of the perks will be the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Vancouver in 15 months.

Still, the Canucks are far from a lock.

read on for more on Sundin plus some goalie speculation

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin

Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 17, 2008)—Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 16.

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Top Defenceman So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to track the players who I think are the leaders for the NHL awards as the season progresses.  In October, I picked Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens as the top defenceman in the NHL.  While Markov remains one of the top defenceman in the league this season, I think another defenceman has jumped to the forefront.  He is Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.  He is the top scoring defenceman in hockey with 18 points in his 17 games.  He leads his Nashville team in ice time and +/- playing over 24 minutes a game and sporting a +9 rating.

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All Ryan Getzlaf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Amber of ESPN,

Q: Right now which team is the one to beat if you’re going to win the Stanley Cup?

A: The Ducks. Our confidence is unbelievable right now. Obviously I don’t see a whole lot of the East, but on our side of the league you could roll the dice anywhere. San Jose is playing well right now. Dallas is a good team. They haven’t been putting up huge numbers so far, but I would expect to see them at the top somewhere too.

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf

Chicago Can’t Afford To Lose At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Rosen Blog at the Chicago Tribune,

Whatever numbers the Hawks threw at you, the last three games blew up the era of good feeling. The Hawks lost a shootout, lost in overtime and lost in regulation. All three games were at home, mind you.

They lost a shootout against Boston, the best team in the East.

They lost in overtime to St. Louis, a rival rivaling Detroit.

And on Sunday night, the Hawks not only lost in regulation to San Jose, the best team in hockey, but they choked in the third period at home with some dumb penalties.

The Hawks have promise. I still believe that.

more

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Disclosure Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

NHL owners accustomed to minding their own business now have to disclose it, courtesy of a new policy instituted by the league in late September.

In response to a series of unknown financial arrangements between former Nashville Predators owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio and two other NHL owners, the league’s board of governors adopted a new policy that requires owners to disclose any and all business and financial relationships between one another.

The rule means that an owner like AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Kings, must submit to the league every single one of the arenas that it manages that also serve as home to an NHL club, like Jobing.com where the Phoenix Coyotes play

read on (SBJ is normally a paid subscription, and thanks go out to them for releasing the article to KK)

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Teams Get Memo Regarding Head Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, had the following memo, obtained by TSN, posted in every NHL dressing room on Friday….

“We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal.  Furthermore, both the history and status of the offender (first time versus repeat) and the nature of the injury caused (if any) will be taken into consideration as they have been in the past.  The length of suspensions for illegal blows to the head will be increased if these incidents persist across the League.  Taking steps to maintain the safest on-ice environment possible for the Players remains our most important priority.”

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Sydor Happy To Be Back In Dallas, Boucher Ready To Play In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from DallasStars.com,

“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I have a lot of roots there, and we love Dallas. It is just dream come true to be able to put that jersey back on. I think the reason why (I was not re-signed by the Stars) was a cap issue. That’s the way it is; it’s the way the system works. There are no hard feelings. I’ve very excited to be back.”

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from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Boucher was notified of the trade on Sunday morning. He shared the news with his son Matthew, 10, and daughter Vanessa, 5. When they were told their father was traded to Pittsburgh, Vanessa responded:

“Daddy’s going to play with Sidney Crosby!”...

For now, Boucher becomes the newest Penguin and he’s excited about putting on the Penguins uniform.

“Who wouldn’t be?” Boucher said. “I have experience. I’ve played in almost every situation. I’m not sure of my role but I’m excited to join the team. I can’t wait to find out.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: darryl+sydor, philippe+boucher

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