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Oilers Scout Watching The Habs

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from Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal,

From my time with the Oilers in Edmonton dating back to the early 90’s, one of the relationships I have been able to foster is with Kevin Prendergast. He’s an extremely intelligent hockey man who is the top scout and decision maker for talent, young and old, that the Oilers might be interested in. Prendergast and I talk usually when he takes in a Habs game. He doesn’t take in many. Every two or three months, he watches one contest and then moves on to the next city whether it be Ottawa or Albany….

I mention all of this because Prendergast has spent the last three games watching the Habs home stand.


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Will The Wings Rebound From Their Slow Start?

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from Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

This is the week in which Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will find his ability to multitask put to the ultimate test. Babcock’s slumping Wings visit GM Place in Vancouver tomorrow, his only visit before the 2010 Olympics in February, where he will coach Canadian national men’s hockey team.

Naturally, everybody’s going to be quizzing Babcock about all things pertaining to the Olympics this week; his primary focus will be getting the Red Wings back on the winning track after two tough losses in Phoenix and Colorado.

continued with more NHL topics…

added 11:23pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings’ biggest issue could be mental and/or physical fatigue after three years of long playoff runs followed by short summers. It is not uncommon for teams that lose in the finals to falter the following season.

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were in danger of missing the playoffs before making a coaching change, replacing Michel Therrien with Grand Haven’s Dan Bylsma on Feb. 15.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is not going anywhere, regardless of what unfolds this season. Players often tune out a coach after a few years, especially one as hard-driving and abrasive as Babcock. But it is way too early to make that assertion.


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Rob Scuderi Check On Jason Chimera Tonight

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Do Scuderi go too low to make the hit is my question?

No penalty on the play except for Derek Dorsett leavingt the bench and gettting a game misconduct along with Chimera who was yapping with the Kings bench.

added 10/26/09, 6:06am, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

This wasn’t a hip check. Maybe it was intended to be, but it wasn’t even close. Scuderi essentially dived at Chimera’s knees, undercutting him and sending him airborn, skates over tin cup one might say.

Chimera’s face landed on the ice and he skidded that way a few feet before his neck crumpled and his body flopped the rest of the way over. It was a scary sight live, and even moreso in slow motion.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jason+chimera, rob+scuderi

Yzerman Values Experience For Team Canada

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The latest stop on Steve Yzerman’s pre-Olympic tour brought him to Philadelphia on Sunday for the Flyers-Sharks game, where he got to take a first-hand look at a number of players who might fill roster spots on Canada’s entry in the Vancouver 2010 Games.

Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, Simon Gagne, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter attended the summer orientation camp in Calgary, as did San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle….

While Yzerman wouldn’t discuss individual players, he did say there were players not invited to the Calgary camp in the running for an Olympic berth. He also said that while he’d like an experienced team, the player’s talents will be the biggest factor in them earning a roster spot.

“I think there’s a lot of importance in having guys that are experienced veteran players that have played in the Olympics, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs a lot,” said Yzerman. “There’s a lot of importance in that. We look to have some veteran players on the team and there will be some veteran players. I’m not going to not take a guy because he’s young. But I do place value in experience.”


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  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

Predators Need Offense From Top Guys

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The line of Steve Sullivan, David Legwand and Martin Erat failed to produce a point in the game and combined for just three shots on goal against the Blackhawks.

Those three players have produced a total of just four points in 10 games, a major blow to the Preds considering what expectations are for the trio. Erat is making $5.25 million this season, Legwand $5 million and Sullivan $3.75 million.

“The bottom line is we need every single player in the locker room to step it up,’’ Preds goalie Dan Ellis said. “This has to be a team effort because we don’t have one superstar.

“Our best player is Shea Weber and he’s 60 feet away from the net most times, so you can’t expect him to lead the offensive threat. We need the guys that are getting paid to do it to do it.’‘

read on

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Would A Goalie Actually Play Without A Mask?

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from Bob McCown at Fadoo,

In the National Hockey League, can a player go on the ice without a helmet? Of course not, there is a rule which states that all players must wear helmets.

Can a goaltender play without wearing a mask. Don’t be ridiculous! Of course goaltenders must wear…hey, wait a minute! Is it possible that a goalie could actually go “old school” like Johnny Bower and Glenn Hall and start flopping around bare-faced?

You might be surprised to know that there is absolutely nothing in the NHL rule book that says they can’t!


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A Few Notes On The Ducks

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Defenseman Luca Sbisa will be re-assigned Monday at a destination to be determined. That means Sbisa, who was called up from juniors last season, cannot return to the NHL this season.

The 19-year-old was minus-1 with no points in eight games with the Ducks since he arrived from Philadelphia with Joffrey Lupul in a trade for Chris Pronger….

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere did not practice and all but ruled himself out for Monday’s game against Toronto, meaning the Ducks will likely recall former Toronto prospect Justin Pogge from Bakersfield.

“Uh, no,” Giguere said when asked if he could play. “Give it a couple of days rest here, and see what’s going to happen. We’re not too concerned about it, but … we have to give it time and make sure it’s ready.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: luca+sbisa

Wellwood Out With Broken Toe

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via Jason Botchford of the White Towel,

The Canucks will have to start trying to avoid black cats and ladders because they can’t seem to catch a break.

Just as one player, Mathieu Schneider, is ready to come off the injury list today, Kyle Wellwood has to be put on. Wellwood suffered a broken toe after he blocked a Mike Komisarek slap shot with the big toe on his right foot.

Wellwood is expected to miss three weeks. To replace him, the Canucks have recalled Sergei Shirokov, who led the Moose in score with 10 points in 10 games, including four goals.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: kyle+wellwood

David Booth Released From Hospital

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SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that LW David Booth has been released from a downtown Philadelphia hospital this morning after suffering a concussion in the second period of last night’s game between Florida and Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center. He returns to South Florida today, where his condition will be monitored by Florida team medical personnel. A further update on his status will be available later this week.

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  Tags: david+booth

Report- No Suspension For Richards

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According to the Twitter of Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli, no suspension for Mike Richards according to Bill Daly.

added 11:49am, via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,

After a 12-hour wait, the Daily News has learned that Flyers captain Mike Richards will not be suspended for his open ice hit on Florida’s David Booth on Saturday night.

“The hit was reviewed by the Hockey Ops staff,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Daily News Sunday morning, “and was determined to not warrant any supplemental discipline.”

Daly told us that the play, as reported on Frequent Flyers last night, was not reviewed by NHL executive vice president for hockey operations Colin Campbell because of a possible conflict of interest. Campbell’s son Gregory is a forward for the Panthers.

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  Tags: mike+richards

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