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Sabres GM Regier Talks About Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail:

“People ask me about fighting and I really don’t know sometimes what I want,” said Regier. “I believe that things are going to happen over time, where I don’t think society is always going to accept (fighting).

“I see it in Canada now. There was a poll about fighting (conducted by the Harris-Decima firm, in which 54 per cent of Canadians surveyed favoured a unilateral ban on fighting, while 40 per cent wanted to retain the status quo). If you go back 10 years, I don’t think those numbers would be anywhere close to where they are right now.

“So I think it’s going to be more of a statement of the position of society – and I’m talking about true hockey fans, and their culture.”

continued…

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  Tags: darcy+regier

Capitals Claim Kronwall off Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Washingon Capitals claimed Staffan Kronwall off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

The 26-year-old defenceman was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

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  Tags: staffan+kronwall, waivers

Wings Lose Holmstrom 3-5 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ansar Khan at Mlive:

Update from Friday’s practice: The Wings announced that Tomas Holmstrom will have surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out three-to-five weeks.

An MRI revealed a small tear in his groin. Holmstrom hopes to have the surgery early next week in Philadelphia.

He had the same procedure on June 11, but on the other side. He said this tear is smaller, so he’s optimistic he won’t be idled as long. He’s hoping to return with about 10 games remaining in the regular season.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Boosting the Roster Before Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at FoxSports:

With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away and the race for playoff berths in both conferences heating up, several teams could soon find themselves in the market for roster depth to improve their postseason chances.

Here’s a look at several of the Eastern Conference clubs struggling to nail down playoff positions. We’ll examine the Western teams next week.

Montreal Canadiens: They’ve blown hot and cold throughout this season and have only two victories in their last seven games since mid-January. GM Bob Gainey signaled a month ago he was interested in adding an experienced puck-moving defenseman. With top-scoring center Robert Lang out for the season he might also need a first- or second-line center. Ignore those silly rumors of Gainey selling the farm for Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier. That’s not going to happen.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

Malkin Discovers That Bribery Works

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Yesterday afternoon, Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Luca Caputi was a guest on former WCW announcer Mark Madden’s 105.9 FM “The X” radio show (listen to the podcast here). The conversation turned to Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, and Caputi let slip an interesting behind-the-scenes detail about Pittsburgh’s huge rally to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning the other night: That Malkin offered up $1,000 between periods if the Penguins came back to win.

read on for a transcription of the relevant part of the interview.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: evgeni+malkin, luca+caputi

Manny Legace Waived by St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

The Blues will place goaltender Manny Legace on waivers at 11 a.m. today, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

The team will know this weekend whether Legace has been claimed by another team.

If he is not, Legace will be sent to Peoria. 

“It’s extremely tough,” Legace said this morning. “You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you.

more

Update 1:11pm ET: Press Release from the St. Louis Blues—

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled goaltender Chris Holt from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

Update 1:20pm ET: From Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today

Actually, the Blues hockey staff has been patient this season. Legace started the year as the clear No. 1 goaltender and had every chance to keep that job.

With top prospect Ben Bishop needing more time in Peoria, Legace had a chance to extend his stay in a city he clearly loves. But nagging injuries and inconsistency marred his season and hurt the Blues’ competitive chances.

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  Tags: chris+holt, manny+legace, waivers

Talking About Racial Diversity in Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

Hockey and Black History Month have a sort of awkward relationship. Inevitably, February serves as the convenient time to tell stories of diversity in the NHL’s past and present, but also consequently reminds the reader how these plotlines are largely ignored during the other 11 months of the year.

This presents much hand-wringing amongst members of hockey’s media, who, by and large, have the diversity of a John Mayer fan club. The result? Wishy-washy columns about how skin color shouldn’t matter anymore backed up by testimonials from black NHLers forced to confirm a loaded question: Hockey’s not racist, right? Your teammates, the 20-plus guys you see every day for nine months and will no doubt hear your answer to this question, aren’t racist, right?

Talk about a Catch-22.

continued…

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Single File Please.  Plenty Of Room For Everyone Aboard The Stress Train.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For those of you genuflecting in The Hasek?  Pouring yourselves shots at 1100 on a non-game day?  I’ve got news for you.  The Diggers have caught on.  One way or another, they’ve realized that the stress level has risen and that we’ve got ourselves a scapegoat.

Now, considering sports radio in Detroit isn’t exactly Wing-heavy…I’m wondering where the papers are getting an idea that you’ve reached your emotional breaking point?

Jeez. I have no idea how they’ve come to that conclusion.

Continue Reading »

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AHL Coaches to the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Compton at NHL.com:

With many successful coaches in the NHL, it can be difficult for aspiring coaches to reach the most prominent League in the sport. This season, though, there’s been somewhat of a breakthrough, and it’s due to the number of talented coaches the American Hockey League has produced.

Entering this season, nine coaches who began the 2007-08 campaign behind an AHL bench were at the top level. With only 30 teams in the NHL. Just last week, Cory Clouston became the ninth when he took over for Craig Hartsburg behind the Ottawa Senators bench.

NHL.com takes a closer look at the 10 AHL head coaches who have moved to the NHL this season.

Cory Clouston— Cory Clouston was at the halfway point in his second AHL season with the Binghamton Senators when he got the call from Ottawa General Manager Bryan Murray to replace Craig Hartsburg.

continued… with the other nine coaches who’ve made the NHL jump this past year

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: coaches

Recchi Not Showing His Age

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damian Cristodero at the St. Petersburg Times:

Sometimes, Mark Recchi said, the life of a 41-year-old professional athlete isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Some days, it gets a little, you know,” said Recchi, who went on to describe an occasional reluctance “to go and do my 25 sprints and feel like pukin’. “

The results, though, must make Recchi feel it is worth it.

The Lightning right wing’s 35 points and 24 assists are third on the team behind Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier.

continued with a look at Recchi’s potential to be moved before the deadline

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  Tags: mark+recchi

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