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Easy Choice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

If the Blue Jackets make the Stanley Cup playoffs in the spring, Ken Hitchcock should win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.

And the voting shouldn’t be close.

Yes, it’s way too early to be handing out hardware. The Blue Jackets played their 32nd game (out of 82) last night.

But for the first time since the Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000-01, it’s safe for their fans to check the standings around the holidays without getting too depressed.

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Way to early to be mentioning the Jack Adams Award…

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The Value Of Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

At this point, Lundqvist, Washington winger Alex Ovechkin and Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf are the three select Group IIs yet unsigned to extensions. The Rangers cannot formally begin talks with Lundqvist until the calendar turns to 2008, and when it does, they will. And when they do, they will have no choice but to accede to their 25-year-old franchise goaltender’s demands. They won’t even be able to protect Lundqvist from receiving an offer sheet by filing against him for arbitration, because they did that last summer, even though they didn’t go through with the process.

What is Lundqvist, who can become an unrestricted free agent after next season, worth to the Rangers? He’s worth pretty much any dollar amount he and agent Don Meehan request.

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Match Penalty For Chris Simon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

With the Islanders pressing for the tying goal, forward Chris Simon took a match penalty for trying to stomp on Jarkko Ruutu’s foot with just under six minutes left. New York had a few short-handed chances, including Mike Sillinger’s breakaway with 3:18 left, but the veteran forward missed put the puck over the net.

“It was a bad time for a penalty,” Nolan said. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t have the time to look at it and see the severity of it. We’ll look at it and probably make a comment on it (Sunday).”

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  Tags: chris+simon, jarkko+ruutu

McCabe Out With Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

But worse news for Toronto was that workhorse defenceman Bryan McCabe will likely be lost for at least six weeks after breaking three bones in his left hand midway through the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards after a check from Andrei Kostitsyn.

Toronto coach Paul Maurice was livid, saying Kostitsyn horse-collared McCabe and threw him into the boards.

“He’s too good a player to miss that much time after a (expletive) play like that,” he said.

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Blues Make The Right Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The McDonald addition was enormous. It was just the latest in a series of strong moves, which included the acquisitions of forward Brad Boyes and goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Bruins and the signing of collegiate free agent defenseman Steve Wagner.

These moves accomplished Davidson’s goals of getting younger while pushing into playoff contention. Meeting these goals simultaneously is tough, but this regime is making it happen.

Davidson and Pleau are positioned to make another move, too, since the Blues have top defensive prospects Wagner and Roman Polak at Peoria and seven healthy veterans on the St. Louis roster.

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Five In Front Of The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Besides trapping in the neutral zone, the latest craze is packing five players around the net. “Everybody wants to play 0-0, 1-1 hockey,” the Wild’s Pavol Demitra said.

Wild veteran Brian Rolston was shocked against San Jose when he skated to the top of the Sharks’ zone and San Jose wingers didn’t even consider coming at him.

“I’ve noticed the same thing,” Ducks checker Rob Niedermayer said. “You’re in their end cycling the puck and everything’s condensed. Then you get to the point and you’ve got to shoot through that mess.”

This is the byproduct of the obstruction crackdown, Wilson said.

more defensive talk…

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Avery Wants To Make Hockey “Cooler”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times (Sunday edition),

...“In a way, I want to make our sport cooler,” Mr. Avery said of his high-profile exploits.

The fans at Madison Square Garden don’t need to be sold. Earlier that Monday, the muscular Mr. Avery, dressed in a black V-neck while recovering from wrist surgery, had made a surprise appearance in the raucous upper ring of the arena known as the “blue seats” during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“Do I really need two security guards?” he asked the Rangers publicist leading the expedition.

“Hey, you’re a rock star,” the publicist said. Minutes later, a sea of fans in blue jerseys had swallowed Mr. Avery, chanting his name.

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An A2Y Secret

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Update 1315 ESTKhan(!) reports on his blog that Homer skated a full practice today and looks like he could be back Monday.  That blog post has been up for at least an hour now and hasn’t been deleted or changed so it’s probably true.

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Sssshhhh…don’t tell anyone.  My wife’s planning a surprise birthday party for me tonite that I’ve already been told about by at least 4 different attendees.

How does that affect you?  Not much, but there will be little to a realistically-zero amount of posts today, and I won’t be participating in the live blog tonite.  I will be pretending not to worry about the score, and only focusing on acting surprised. 

Feel free to use this post as tonite’s LB.  Also, if you’re feeling all holiday spirity and stuff tonite…you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), which I’ll pretend to be reading on my blackberry as if they were super important work items that I just can’t get away from because I’m so damned important.

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They Were Actors Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not only could the Montreal Canadiens play on the ice, they also could act… well, the acting could be questioned.

Watch the videos…

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Barry Trotz Knows Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Winnipeg Free Press,

We put five quick questions to the Barry Trotz:

* What’s the best thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The best thing is the skill level. The speed and skill right now is amazing.

* Worst thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The officiating.

* Best team in the NHL?
Trotz: Detroit Red Wings

* Best player in the NHL?
Trotz: Pavel Datsyuk.

more on Barry Trotz…

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