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Watching Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

“Tomorrow night is going to be phenomenal,” Hawks GM Dale Tallon told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “The fans are excited again and they should be — these kids play an entertaining game. It’s fun to watch them.”

Some 22,000 fans are expected to cram into the cavernous United Center as the young-and-gun Hawks take on the mighty San Jose Sharks — winners of seven straight.

“Tomorrow night we’re sold out and supposedly we’re going to have the biggest crowd in a long time,” said Hawks head coach Denis Savard. “It’s a great feeling. The credit goes to the players, they’re the ones who changed this around here.”

read on

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Maybe We’ve All Made That Mistake…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Columbus Alive:

On our City Limits blog at ColumbusAlive.com, we’ve been writing a lot about Columbus’ quest for some sort of marketable identity. So we couldn’t resist this telling tidbit, reported by Tom Reed in Saturday’s Dispatch:

Ken Hitchcock’s most humbling moment as Blue Jackets coach came in this radiant city on the Pacific Coast [Vancouver, British Columbia].

Hitchcock was trying to clear Canadian customs last summer when the agent asked him his occupation. He told the man he coached the NHL franchise in Columbus.

The agent grew suspicious and countered by saying, “There’s no NHL team in Columbus.”

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Blue Notes at Newsday,

Brendan Shanahan agreed that the reason for the parity in the East was the point available in regulation ties, overtime and shootout losses. “The negative is that teams may play for the point in the last four or five minutes of regulation,” he said. “Teams in most markets—-the Floridas, Toronto—-are still in it. And fans enjoy the four-on-four overtime. Overall, the positives supercede the negatives—-for now.”

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Mike Milbury on the NHL Hour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Mike Milbury, hockey analyst for NBC, TSN and NESN—and also formerly a NHL player, coach and GM—will be the guest on the NHL Hour today.  Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, mike+milbury, nhl+hour

Barely Making it is the Key to Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From at the NY Post,

In three of the last four NHL postseasons, a sixth seed (Flames, 2004), a seventh seed (Ducks, 2003), and an eighth seed (Oilers, 2006) became conference champions, so Jagr gets it: It’s all about getting in, the more barely the better.

“That means you’ve been playing playoff games already, good preparation,” he said, then smiled. “But you have to make it.”

That’s why the Rangers New York Rangers pay Jagr the big bucks, for impeccable analysis like that.


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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, playoffs

Stop The Complaining

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

But words cannot express how utterly exhausted I’ve grown of listening to NHL fans – make that all sports fans – attempt to chalk up nearly every lost game or squandered opportunity on the boys in Black and White.

At the risk of getting into ABC After School Special-territory, how difficult is it for people to understand that nobody’s perfect, and because of that, there never will be an error-proof system for policing games?

Have we not learned from Hockey Night In Canada host Ron McLean, a onetime serial ref-ripper, who, despite being a Level 5 referee himself, only truly understood the challenges officials face after the league allowed him to serve as a referee for a pre-season game in 2006?


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Remembering Doug Harvey

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from Dennis Kane at the Powell River Peak,

Doug Harvey Jr. is 57 years old now, is proud of his dad, and was happy to talk about him. What was it like, I asked, being the son of such a star? “It was probably just like you and your dad,” he said, “We were just a family like everyone else. Kids at school didn’t treat me any different, and when I played hockey, there were no names on the sweaters, so no one gave me a hard time at the rink.

“I guess one thing that might be different was that players would come over to the house quite often—Dickie Moore, Jean Beliveau, Jacques Plante, the Rocket a few times. When dad was building our house, most of the team helped him.”


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  Tags: doug+harvey

Emery Should Apologize to Sens Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Hugh Adami at The Ottawa Citizen,

Emery may have already offered heartfelt regrets to his teammates. We don’t know because that’s the type of thing that usually stays in the dressing room.

But we haven’t heard one peep from the goalie on how sorry he is after John Paddock was fired as coach by general manager Bryan Murray last week. Which is insulting considering how public Emery was in showing us a side that embarrassed the team and its fans, helped drive a wedge into the dressing room and eventually killed Paddock’s dream of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to this city. Paddock’s dismissal had much to do with his failure to corral a sulking, petulant Emery who kept blowing gaskets because he didn’t have the starting job anymore.


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  Tags: john+paddock, ray+emery

Chicago Targets Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

Pronger wore a football-style faceguard — necessitated by the injury suffered Feb. 24 when the follow-through of a shot by Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks struck him in the face during a 6-3 Ducks triumph — and became a focal point early in the rematch.

“One of their players, to start the whole thing, somebody punched Chris Pronger in the head, with a facemask on,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That escalated other things that took place.”

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Nonis Has Some Work To Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,

Nonis deserves a chance to balance this team this summer because this will be the first offseason since he took the job that he has had any kind of discretionary cap space with which to work. Since he took the job, he’s been working in a financial closet he inherited from the previous regime, albeit he was part of said regime. It’s taken that long to get free….

This summer is his chance to be proactive, to show he can be creative and restructure this team to the point where the offence is in the same ballpark as the defence. He needs to make it happen to continue in his present position.


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