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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Petty…by a landslide.

Uncle Mike warned us he would.  He told us what the rotation would be.  And he’s doing it again.

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A Different World

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

“I’m really happy here,” said (Andrei) Loktionov, a native of Voskresensk, Russia. “I miss my home, for sure, but I want to be here with the team and make the adjustment to the hockey here.”

Again, take a moment. Put yourself in Loktionov’s skates. Imagine abandoning your family and friends, leaving your comfort zone in the dust, all in order to pursue your dream. And by the way, you’ll be doing all this while still young enough to attend high school.

“I can’t imagine going the other way, how hard it would be,” said Nelson Emerson, player development coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the club which selected Loktionov 123rd overall in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft. “A kid going to a city that he knows nothing about. Doesn’t know any of his teammates. Doesn’t know the language.

more on Loktionov who is playing for the Windsor Spitfires…

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Fixing Rinkside View

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frozen Royalty,

...in response to the tremendous outcry and what appears to be pressure from the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, FSW/PT executives Tom Feuer and Steve Simpson were in serious damage control mode on Wednesday and Thursday, stating that they will be “fixing” the rinkside view broadcasts, starting with the Kings vs. Ducks high definition telecast on Sunday, November 16.

In stories by the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Feuer and Simpson spoke of the changes viewers can look forward to starting on Sunday. Kudos to FSW/PT execs for finally listening to the fans…

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Brandon Sutter Has No Memory Of The Weight Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

He has no memory of the hit. As for the game itself, there are only a few remaining images but nothing specific. Carolina center Brandon Sutter was knocked unconscious by a crushing Doug Weight hit on October 25, suffering a concussion.

He returned to action for Wednesday’s loss to Washington, sooner than many expected following the hit that sent him to the hospital. But there was no doubt, his head clear and the headaches gone, that it was time.

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“I started practicing with no contact and I felt fine,” Sutter told sportingnews.com. “That was my cue that I was ready to go. I was anxious, I feel like I was back 100 percent.”

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Let The ‘C’ Be Seen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

You’ve spoken - more than 2,200 of you - on whether Vancouver Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo should be allowed to wear the captain’s C on his jersey during NHL games.

The Vancouver Sun will present this petition to National Hockey League headquarters in New York next Tuesday.

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Woops….Sorry About That Barry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man…we gave it back to Barry last night and next thing you know he’s dumped in the round file.  I guess Tampa wanted more of a character guy, someone who could really set an ethical example, a toe-the-line law abider.

“As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he’s the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him.”

Yep. Us too.  A great deal.

I remind you of this comment from last night’s Live Blog.

Melrose needs to remember he’s not a “commentator” anymore.  TB’s gm (Feaster?) must be happy like a puppy to hear his mulleted coach refer to Holland (or anyone else) as the “best gm in the league.”

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Handling The Goalie Situation In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Devils coach Brent Sutter insists he is looking for a way to diffuse a potential goaltending controversy by making no promises to either Kevin Weekes or Scott Clemmensen….

“To me, we’re taking it game by game,” Sutter said. “I don’t want to sit and say and if things go well tonight he’ll be the one tomorrow night. I don’t know that. Or if he doesn’t play well…

“It’s a controversial thing and I don’t want it to be a controversial thing. To me it’s who do we feel in every game gives us a chance to be successful? We have a two-goalie tandem here. That’s what we have. It’s not a one-goalie situation and a backup. It’s two goalies and we’re trying to get the best no matter who’s playing.”

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Tocchet Takes Over Tampa Bay Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning today fired coach Barry Melrose and named Rick Tocchet the head coach.

Update 4:37pm ET (Alanah): From Bolts Report

Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Barry Melrose has been relieved of his duties and Associate Coach Rick Tocchet has been elevated to interim head coach, Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Melrose, 52, was named the sixth head coach in Lightning history on June 24, and compiled a 5-7-4 record this season.

“This was a tough decision to make,” Lawton said. “Barry is a good man and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish him nothing but success.  However, the results were unacceptable and the players have to understand that we need to be better. Hopefully this change helps push them.

“As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he’s the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him.”

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  Tags: barry+melrose, rick+tocchet

Komisarek Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Komisarek injured his hand and his shoulder in a third-period fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic Thursday night. He was scheduled to undergo tests this afternoon and the Canadiens expect to have a clearer picture of his injuries tomorrow.

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Report: Pock Gets 5 Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.

Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for the incident.

After the game, Senators’ head coach Craig Hartsburg made his case for a suspension, using Jarkko Ruutu’s current situation as an example.

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