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Bobby Ryan Enjoying The Season In Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bobby Ryan at AnaheimDucks.com,

I’m having a blast. Outside of the success I’ve had this year, you still get to come to the rink every day and play hockey. You’re playing a game every day. That’s pretty incredible.

I’ve gotten a little bit of everything from the fans since I’ve been here. There have been phone numbers handed to me at events. I’ve had fans wait at the hotel for me after games, because they know all the rookies are staying there. One girl wrote me a poem that she made me read out loud back to her. It’s flattering and it’s nice to be noticed. It’s been fun spending time with our fans and they’re second to none.

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The LA Kings METAL Ice Crew

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Want to spruce up your computer with some fresh wallpaper?

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Weight Out With Sprained MCL

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

The news doesn’t get much worse than this for a 30th place NHL team playing without it’s All-Star goaltender. But the Islanders just announced that center Doug Weight, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the second period last night against the Devils, is out for six weeks.

continued

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Tomas Plekanec Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (February 12, 2009) – Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident involving Edmonton Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov during NHL Game #809 last night, the National Hockey League announced.

      At 4:29 of the second period, Plekanec took down Grebeshkov from behind, resulting in an injury to the Edmonton player. He was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play.

added 6:35pm, watch the video of the incident below…

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Yzerman Talks Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Even if it is sometimes easy to forget, Steve Yzerman actually does have a day job.

Officially, he is the Detroit Red Wings’ vice president/hockey, which places Yzerman just between general manager Ken Holland and vice president/assistant general manager Jim Nill on the NHL team’s administrative pecking order.

But nowadays, wherever he goes and whatever he does, Yzerman is primarily identified as executive director of Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic hockey team.

continued

added 6:16pm, The link to the story changed on me, but is now working.

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Coyotes Assign Turris To AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled defenseman David Schlemko from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In addition, center Kyle Turris has been assigned to the Rampage.

Turris, 19, has recorded 6-10-16 and 17 PIM in 50 games with the Coyotes this season.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Turris was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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Time to Fire Guy Carbonneau: Montreal Canadiens Sinking Fast

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

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After the Canadiens’ fourth consecutive loss against the Oilers yesterday, it is clear that the Canadiens players don’t want to play for their coach anymore. They have lost nine of their past 11 games, during which they scored only 25 goals (2.27 GF per game) and surrendered an astounding 48 goals (4.36 GA per game).

The Habs have lost their last seven road games and have still four road games to go before returning home on Feb. 21 against Ottawa.

Carbonneau keeps juggling his lines like a Cirque du Soleil juggler, trying to find some chemistry among his players, but since they don’t play together for more than a few shifts, it’s hard to build chemistry.

Carbonneau doesn’t have a game plan. The Canadiens don’t fore-check, can’t make a good first pass, are unable to clear the front of the net, don’t finish their checks, and don’t win one-on-one battles. They clearly need to go back to basics; however, they don’t practice. Carbonneau prefers sending them to a bowling alley to hone their shooting skills.

The Canadiens are lucky to have registered that many points this season, because they’ve been sloppy most of the season, but they have been able to win some games because of their talent. The problem is that the farther we get into the season, the harder it is to win games without working, and the Canadiens don’t work. As soon as they get scored on, they stop hustling and playing hard; they simply give up.

When you give up, it means you don’t care, and that’s the job of the coach to make the players care, which is not happening right now.

I know that Bob Gainey and Guy Carbonneau are close friends, but it’s time to put an end to their working relationship, especially since Gainey can’t find a trading partner just yet because of the salary cap. We are still three weeks away from the deadline, and the Canadiens can’t afford to wait that long to make changes.

The Senators waited way too long before canning Craig Hartsburg, as I had predicted on Jan. 7, 2009 here > Hartsburg to be fired (Hartsburg was fired at the beginning of February).

GM Bob Gainey must make his move NOW! Time to put a veteran coach behind the bench—someone with extensive experience like Larry Robinson, Bob Hartley, or John Tortorella.

Stay tuned!

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Did The Vinny Talk Hurt The Canadiens?

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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

Does it strike anyone other than me as more than a coincidence that the Montreal Canadiens went cold right around the time the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors broke last month?

From early December to a week prior to the 2009 NHL All-Star game the Canadiens had rallied from a minor November slump and were a sizzling 11-2-1, despite losing such notables as Carey Price and Saku Koivu to injury.

Then the trade rumors linking the Habs to Lecavalier broke, and they’re 2-8 in their last ten leading up to February 11th.

I’m a big fan of Habs GM Bob Gainey and overall approve of how he’s built and maintained the current roster, but his cryptic responses to the Lecavalier trade speculation seemed to only stoke the rumors.

It’s unknown if Gainey spoke to any of the players who were rumored headed to Tampa Bay for Lecavalier to calm their nerves.

continued plus some Bouwmeester talk…

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Yuppies, TSN, and the Concussion Summit…

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

It’s been a while since I’ve come through with a bog entry. A new son (in addition to a 22 month old son) quickly eats up your time.

That said, I can’t stand this fighting talk nonsense anymore. The yuppie media hasn’t missed a chance to ram the anti-fighting drivel down our throats. Forget what the players have to say. Forget what the fans have to say. The yuppie media wants changes; and by God you are going to hear about it.

Leading the charge as always is TSN. Their most recent (well I haven’t checked in a couple hours) article focuses on the little known “Concussion Summit.” Apparently this Summit wants to completely ban fighting at all levels of hockey. From TSN:

“Fighting should be eliminated from hockey at all levels of the game, according to recommendations released Tuesday from an expert panel dealing with concussions in hockey… Fighting is one of the known causes of concussion, and may result in the related long-term complications,” the panel’s summary statement says. “Fighting can cause needless death.”

I have to ask, how long did it take the” expert panel” to come up with this Earth-shattering conclusion? May, can, might, could, would… let’s get them all in while we’re at it.

And before they concluded their “expert” research, did they ever take a look at crosschecking, tripping, slewfooting, highsticking, boarding, hitting from behind, shooting a puck over 80 mph, skating with razor sharp skates at breakneck speeds?

Because, my expert research concludes that the above actions too “may result in the related long-term complications [of concussions]… and [insert above actions] can cause needless death.”

more from twominutesforblogging…

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Does +/- Even Count?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

...Being the league’s statistician, it was a simple matter for Andrews to release these numbers to the media, and in 1967, the league made it official. Plus-minus became a recognized statistic.

But that was more than 40 years ago and the game has changed a lot since then. Now, we have specialists. We have coaches who have elevated the art of line-matching to a science.

As a result, certain defensemen will always be on the ice against the opposition’s top lines. So if you’re constantly going head to head against the likes of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and so on, how can your plus-minus have any relevance whatsoever when compared to the defensemen on your team who only get off the bench to play against third and fourth lines?

more plus some Kelly/Lindros talk…

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