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Alternative NHL Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From On the Forecheck,

Yes, it’s time for the 2008 Alternative NHL Awards, recognizing the best of the best (or is it the worst of the worst?) when it comes to on-ice illicit activity…

Boarding: Usually the haven of lumbering, slack-jawed knuckle-draggers who aim to intimidate opponents, this year’s crop of bellicose boarders included a number of smaller, workaday checking forwards like Todd Marchant (3) and Kris Draper (4), who tied for the league lead alongside defenseman Andrej Meszaros of Ottawa. Based on the fact that he’s obviously working through some “issues” since being so viciously boarded by Claude Lemieux in the 1996 Western Conference finals, the award goes to Draper for 2008.

and lots more...

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  Tags: nhl+awards

Talk- Campbell Next Leafs GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

A prominent National Hockey League source insists that the next general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be Colin Campbell, currently the senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations for the league and the man who metes out discipline to miscreant players. Campbell, a former player and assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings who was coach of the New York Rangers from 1994-97, has no previous experience as an NHL GM. If Campbell is the man, look for ex-Leafs coach Mike Murphy to be promoted from his role as senior vice-president of hockey operations (Toronto) to replace Campbell at the league’s head offices in New York.

more hockey talk…

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  Tags: colin+campbell

Road Bumps Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at his NHL.com blog,

Fans of the Red Wings, Penguins and Stars are laying low, hoping the apple cart is not disturbed and their team continues their winning ways.

Well, I am here to tell you to expect a bump in the road, and maybe, just maybe, a complete turnaround from your opposition. Both Detroit and Pittsburgh are on the road now. The Wings will be dealing with an unhappy group of players in Denver, players who have too much pride not to fight back with all they have.

continued… *plus some words on the officiating

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  Tags: playoffs

The Hart Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the player judged “the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12 during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout Canada on CBC and the United States on VERSUS from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.


Update 3:20pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca, Chris Nichols analyzes the choices.

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Goals Keep Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle,

Fifty-seven games into the 2008 playoffs, and goal-scoring hasn’t dried up at all. In fact, it’s right where we left it in the regular season, a 5.44 goals per game pace that, by playoff standards, is pretty darn high.

I’ve only put together figures for the past seven years, but those alone are telling:


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The Media Judge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

There are several ways of looking at Hockey Night In Canada commentator Don Cherry’s putdown of Jermain Franklin, a TSN reporter who asked a question of San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson and was ridiculed on Cherry’s Coach’s Corner for doing so.

You could point out that Cherry is not a journalist, therefore, isn’t qualified to judge Franklin, although Cherry is certainly entitled to his opinion.

Or, given the number of weak questions asked on Hockey Night In Canada, Cherry’s sudden interest in the media should start at home. He could even compile a DVD—Hockey Night’s Greatest Hits: Stupidest Questions Vol. 1.


Watch Coach’s Corner from last night…

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  Tags: don+cherry

The Goalie Committee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

The Goalie Equipment Working Group will meet on June 11, 2008 in Toronto to examine the configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance. If the working group decides alterations to the rules governing goaltender equipment are warranted, and will not jeopardize the safety of the goalies, these recommendations will be forwarded to the Competition Committee for consideration.


As KK readers know, this was pointed out by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe early in April, and Michael Russo wrote about it in February.

A hockey entertainer is reporting this as breaking news, but that’s the entertainment business…

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Therrien Rides The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Because the Penguins are blessed with a handful of the game’s most talented players, the coach’s role in the team’s successes will always be undersold. “Ah, anyone could coach those guys,” the radio call-in guys will suggest. But if the team falters, the blame will fall squarely on Therrien’s shoulders.

“I’m not afraid to make changes and keep the players on their toes, too,” Therrien said. “To be a Stanley Cup champion, it’s demanding.”

He’s trying to teach his players that.

“They’re young. They could easily lose their focus because they’re young,” Therrien said.

So he’s on them. Constantly.


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  Tags: michel+therrien

Looking Back At An A2Y Hero

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Since A2Y was founded in 1977, we’ve posted 919,000 times.  Many of those posts were brilliant.  A large majority of them were juvenile inside jokes understood by only the 19 readers of this blog.

In honor of tonite, the 3rd chapter of the Saga of a Sweep, I’d like to take you back to 19 July of 2007, a day that truly defined this blog.

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Burns Enjoying His Time On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It was the second practice for Team Canada when Pat Burns was out on the ice barking at the players.

Barking. Like only Pat Burns can bark.

If you weren’t sure what it was going to be like with the survivor of four years of cancer treatment joining Ken Hitchcock’s team as an associate coach, the answer was pretty much obvious right then and there.

“At the first practice he was barking at us,” laughed Hitchock of Burns shouting at himself and his other two coaches, Craig MacTavish and Mike Johnston.

“When a guy has been out of the game for four years, you think you’ll sort of ease him in. That lasted one day.”


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  Tags: pat+burns

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