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Can Kovalchuk Score 70?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,

As we sit here right now, Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for 70 goals. It’s been quite awhile since that’s been done (since 92-93 season) but do you think he can do it? I asked around the Thrashers lockerroom this morning, if players thought it was going to happen. My new favorite corner is the Eric Boulton - Eric Perrin and Chris Thorburn corner of the room, so I presented it to them. I asked Perrin, and Boulton piped in, saying basically ‘good luck answering that. If you say yes you jinx him, if you say no, you’re saying no.’ So Perrin thought about it a moment and said “If anybody can do it, it’s Kovy.” Thorburn refused to talk about it altogether. So what would you put the odds at — How about this, I’ll set the over/under at 64 goals. You going over or under?

 

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, ilya+kovalchuk

Toivonen: Past & Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“He’s a young guy, and he’s big,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He has good work habits, and he’s a good person. We expect him to be a really good goalkeeper, and he is. He’s a pup, but there’s a future there.”

It was less than eight years ago that Toivonen chose hockey over soccer, a difficult decision that changed his life for good.

“I was like 15 or 16, and there were two camps at the same time,” Toivonen said. “There was a soccer camp, the top select camp in my area, and there was a (Finnish) national team camp for hockey.

“The hockey guys basically laid it out to me. They said, ‘If you go to soccer, catch you later.’ I just decided to go to hockey. I thought I had a better chance making it as a hockey player where I was from ... because of the money and support that was being put into hockey. I don’t think I ever played a soccer game after that.”

more…

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  Tags: hannu+toivonen, john+davidson, st.+louis+blues

MacTavish Sending a Message to His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Hoping to send a message to his team, head coach Craig MacTavish will have a new look to his lineup tonight then the Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues.

Forwards Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres will be watching the game from the press box, while Liam Reddox will be penciled in for his first career NHL game.

continued…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, edmonton+oilers, jarret+stoll, raffi+torres

Larionov Mixes Hockey & Wine

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Oakland Press,

After his retirement, the player known as “the Professor” turned his hobby into a business, naming his import company after his game-winning goal in the third overtime of Game 3 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He is partnered with Mike Davis in distributing wines from Australia and California in Michigan as well as both Switzerland and Russia.

Of course, hockey is not far from Larionov’s business, as names of his wines include, “Hat Trick,” “Slapshot,” or Triple Overtime Chardonnay, Cabernet and Enela—which is the name of his wife spelled backwards, according to a release by his company.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, igor+larionov

Avs Have Been Up & Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Some days, they’re in a playoff spot. Some days, they’re out of it, period.

“I think we’re a ways away from finding out how good we are,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said this week. “I don’t think we’ve had any consistency at the top of our game to clarify that identity and find out how good we can be. We’ve had some stretches where we’ve been good and sporadic games where we’ve been at our best. It’s still a motivation to be able to capture that at a consistent level.”

Some of the Avalanche’s problems, but not all of them, can be laid at the crease of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj, who have been so-so at best and often worse.

read on

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  Tags: joel+quenneville, jose+theodore, peter+budaj

Penner A Work In Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Penner has six goals and eight assists for 14 points so far this season, including goals in back-to-back games on the road trip.

Linemate and interim captain Shawn Horcoff says he’s good with Penner.

“He’s a little bit of a work in progress,” he said. “It’s not easy to play like he did in L.A. every night. That’s real tough to do. But he has potential to do that. You have to remember he’s essentially in his second year in the league. You have to be patient.

“I think he’s going to be there. This year? Maybe not. But by the second half of next year ...”

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  Tags: dustin+penner, shawn+horcoff

The Old NHL Creeping Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Crosby, it seems, has already provided some enduring moments in his short career, but when you watch the highlights these days, it’s other images which stand out. He’s trying to stickhandle through four defenders on the way to the net. Or he’s carrying a couple of backcheckers to the goalie. Or he’s operating in spaces tighter and more congested than the Tokyo subway during rush hour.

True, he still produces numbers. But the new NHL promised a game in which Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin and so many others could flourish.

Right now their going back on their word and that’s a problem because there’s a lot more than Crosby’s point totals at stake here

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Words We Hear All The Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

“When we say, ‘Go get him,’ we never look to actually hurt somebody,” said Lindsay, who earned the moniker “Terrible Ted” due to his physical play during a 17-year career spent mostly with the Detroit Red Wings….

On Thursday, Lindsay was not alone in suggesting comments Crawford may have made are being taken out of context.

“I say, ‘He must pay a price,’ every night when I do my broadcasts,” said Jim Fox, a former Kings player turned colour commentator. “‘Paying the price’ is part of any sports world.”

Former Canucks goalie and current Rogers Sportsnet analyst John Garrett said if Moore had not been hurt, then Crawford’s statements would not be painted so negatively.

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  Tags: marc+crawford

Fleury Thought Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Late in the third period, Fleury moved out of the crease to his right and found himself with the puck and a clear path to the Coyotes’ vacant net.

He smelled a goal.

“That was the first time I got to try to shoot,” Fleury said. “And we were two goals ahead. You don’t want try it with one goal. It was the perfect time.”

He didn’t get the chance.

“Then [defenseman Darryl] Sydor came back and he took it,” Fleury said.

more including Recchi may be on recall waivers very soon.  I am sure a team or two will put a claim in for him.

Update12:50pm ET: TSN now reports, “The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed veteran winger Mark Recchi on re-entry waivers.”

 

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, marc-andre+fleury

Pick It Up Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Not only is Paddock looking to get more of a contribution from McAmmond and Donovan, the duo of centre Chris Kelly (one goal in 13 games) and winger Antoine Vermette (one goal in 14) haven’t done anything to earn extra ice time, either.

“I’ve said from the start I don’t want to play (Alfredsson) that much, but you have to do that during the course of a game,” said Paddock. “The other side of it is you have to develop roles for other players and they have to develop roles within the team. I think we’re still somewhat struggling for that.

“We’re still trying to find guys to contribute to the play at a little bit higher level and a little bit better in certain situations. You can’t be a two- or three-line team. We’re still searching for contributions from the third and fourth line.”

more

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  Tags: john+paddock

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