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No Way To Treat Steven Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,

Call me crazy, but for some reason I envisioned the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft doing just a little bit better in his initial big-league season. Further to that, I thought he’d be given more of a chance to succeed.

How the heck can a team that finished 30th last season, thereby earning the right to pick first (after winning the lottery, of course) justify mistreating its prized possession this way?

read on

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  Tags: steve+stamkos

Talking Hockey on XM Radio

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yesterday, Paul Kukla chatted with Dan Blakeley and Mick Kern of the The War Room at NHL Home Ice on XM Radio,  on a variety of hockey topics. 

You can listen to the interview on the player below, or download the audio here.


*Our thanks to NHL Home Ice for providing the audio to us

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  Tags: blogging, media, nhl+home+ice

Early Best Goaltender

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday, I wrote about my pick for the early season MVP in Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals.  Today, I want to share my pick for the best goalie so far this season.

My pick is Mike Smith of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He has played extraordinarily well in tough circumstances.  Smith leads the NHL with a .943 saves percentage.  He also leads the NHL’s starting goalies in shots faced per game.  He has faced more than 35 shots per game.  That is succeeding under trying circumstances.

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Khan(!): Hank’s Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Two things:

(1) The first Zetterberg injury scare of the season has apparently come to an end.

Henrik Zetterberg will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against Blues, after missing two games with a sore groin. He will center a line with Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson. Darren McCarty was activated from injured reserve but will not play tonight.

(2)  I’ll be landing in Vegas at 2200 EST.

I’m pre-staging the live blog to kick off at game time.  I’ll try and make it for the third period.

 

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Good Hits Means Here Comes A Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Those who often lament the NHL becoming the “No Hitting League” – hey, I don’t see it either – should take guys like Rene Bourque and Alexandre Picard and slap them upside the head.

This is getting ridiculous. How do you expect to have hitting in the game when the player delivering a clean hit has to worry about being jumped and pummeled by some idiot who is hell-bent on revenge? No matter what you think about fighting in hockey, the increasing number of fights that come on the heels of clean hits are ridiculous.

continued

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Lines That Work & Some That Don’t

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In Montreal, the Canadiens are the only other team in the Eastern Conference that hasn’t lost in regulation time (as of Wednesday morning) and much of the heavy lifting has been done by the line of Saku Koivu, newcomer Alex Tanguay and a slimmed-down Guillaume Latendresse. The trio has combined for 21 points, while last season’s most important player, Alexei Kovalev, is off to a relatively slow start with four points in six games.

read on

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Ducks Win, So Why Not Play Some Pool

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Instead of following through with a scheduled practice session Wednesday afternoon at Carleton College in Ottawa, the Ducks plan to seek improvement in a different manner.

“We have a team-bonding event — a little bit of a pool tournament,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to play billiards, and have pizzas and chicken wings — all that good grease.”

continued

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Rules Discussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Colin Campbell, Mike Murphy and Kris King discuss on-ice issues and potential rule changes within the game.

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Islanders Sign Parrish To Tryout Offer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

Popular former Islander Mark Parrish was signed today by the club to a professional tryout offer with Bridgeport in the AHL. According to Isles coach Scott Gordon, it’s a 25-game tryout.

continued

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  Tags: mark+parrish

Looking At The CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Smith at the Hockey News,

The NHL is entering the fourth season under the new collective bargaining agreement. The first three years have witnessed significant revenue growth that has led to an increase in club payrolls.

Salaries, from the players’ perspective, have risen nicely.

There is a notion the new agreement has helped the players more than the clubs. But before you make an assessment, you need to read the entire pact. There is likely to be a major shift back toward the clubs during the 2008-09 season.

continued

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