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Backup Goalies in the Spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

When former backup goalie Darren Eliot, now a television analyst, heard that a reporter was going to write about New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, he couldn’t resist a little jab.

“What are you going to give him, one paragraph?” Eliot said, his sensitivities for the backup goalie shining through. If there’s such a thing as middle child syndrome, there’s certainly a backup goalie syndrome.

But Thursday, at Philips Arena, the backup goalie was the story. MacDonald was surrounded by reporters inquiring about his string of strong starts, while he capitalized on the opportunity created by Rick DiPietro’s surgery

continued…

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  Tags: darren+eliot, joey+macdonald

The Right Man To Lead The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...the former Boston prosecutor has done a commendable job of emphasizing process above all else, a commitment to doing things the right way that the NHLPA badly needed.

For example, a number of general managers have been muttering about their unhappiness with the NHLPA for not unilaterally extending the current collective bargaining agreement last spring, on the grounds that it would have made signing veteran players easier because teams could then could defer bonus payments into next year’s cap, as they’ve done throughout the current agreement.

Most people think that’s what will eventually happen; that the players have made out far better than expected in the current agreement and have no appetite to go to war with the owners only four years after losing an entire year out of their careers to a work stoppage.

But rather than just assuming that’s how his membership felt, Kelly wanted to know the answer for sure.

more plus some HHOF talk and other hockey notes…

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  Tags: paul+kelly

Best Goalie So Far

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Earlier this season I picked Mike Smith of the Tampa Bay Lightning as the best goaltender so far this season.  His fast start is over and he seems to be dropping off of his early levels.  I think the best goalie so far this season has been Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.

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Souray’s Top 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray has nothing against Celine Dion—there are simply certain songs that he’d rather not hear the Canadian songstress perform, including an up-beat tune by rowdy rappers The Beastie Boys.

Check out Souray’s Top 5 in a few categories.  (And keeping Celine away from “Suck My Kiss” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is another fine choice by Souray, if you ask me. Just sayin’.)

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  Tags: celine+dion, sheldon+souray

What Do You Give A Man With 475 Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Another option would be to send 475 red carnations to Fedorov, one for each of Fedorov’s goals, care of the Caps. Because that wouldn’t be weird at all. The floral excess arrived yesterday, in all its rocking-the-red glory, although Fedorov went out and got hurt that night. Maybe next time roses would be better. I’m told that Fedorov was very appreciative of the gesture, if a bit taken aback.

more

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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

Expecting More From The Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Coach Boudreau?  No.  Owner Ted Leonsis!

We struggle on the power play and with all of our talent, we must be more effective. We pass too much. We don’t shoot the puck and generate enough traffic.

We are not aggressive enough on our forecheck.

We are not making crisp enough outlet passes, D to forwards in transition.

We are not taking the body enough.

more

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Canadiens Are Not For Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A report in a Montreal newspaper that the Canadiens are for sale was quickly denied on Friday by owner George Gillett and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

According to La Presse, Jim Balsillie of Research in Motion told the newspaper that the 100-year-old club was for sale.

When asked by TSN to respond to the report, Balsillie’s lawyer Rich Rodier said, “absolutely not, it couldn’t be farther from the truth, there is nothing to it - zero.”

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Quick - call the webmaster - Greiss called up?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

With the news that Nabokov was potentially injured, I quickly grabbed Greiss up in my hockey pool, just in case.  I then went to check out his stats on the Worcester Sharks webpage and noticed that he had a large red X next to his name.  Usually, this means a player has been called up. 

If he gets called up later today, this won’t be the first time that a website had been updated way before the press was notified of the transaction.  Why is this?  Do the GMs really say - ‘quick, call the webmaster in Worcester and let them know we’re calling up Greiss asap.  Then, after lunch or when you have time, let the press know.’  Just sayin…....this seems quite odd.

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: greiss, league+updates, sharks, webmasters

Panthers Continue To Struggle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The season may only be 12 games old, but a frustrated Panthers team has already run out of words to describe its crummy play.

‘‘What do you say? It’s the same old story,’’ coach Pete DeBoer lamented.

‘‘We were just brutal, that was basically it,’’ added Stephen Weiss.

Make no mistake: The Panthers are a bad hockey team right now.

The Panthers are tied with the fewest points of any team in the NHL after losing their fifth straight 3-2 to the Kings at Staples Center on Thursday night.

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Where Will Sundin Land?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I posed that question via email to a few media types yesterday.  Their response follows and I will add to it if I receive anymore responses.

Helene Elliott, columnist for the LA Times,

I’m not sure he knows what he wants to do.

i think Anaheim intrigues him because the Ducks have a legitimate shot at contending this year. But they can’t pay him a lot, so that could drive him away.Tthe Ducks would have to move a lot of bodies to get the cap space…..I’ll be crazy and say Vancouver.

Terry Frei of the Denver Post and ESPN.com,

Put me down for Montreal.

Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Sundin? Toronto. Why? Because it makes the least amount of sense for both the player and the team, and that’s more or less the way things have gone for this hockey team the last 40-odd years.

Keivn Allen of USA TODAY,

Anaheim, that’s his best fit and best chance to win a Stanley Cup. But he would have to take less money.

Jim Kelley of Sportsnet and Sports Illustrated,

My choice is the New York Rangers, creditable team, excellent goaltending, big city environment, easy travel, lots of endorsement opportunities, American dollars.

Rangers have a need for a veteran play-making center or centre and though it is New York, it still offers an opportunity to avoid the endless media obsession that he has endured in Toronto for years.

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Rangers or Leafs. if I can only pick one, I’ll take New York.

added 12:22pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Montreal: Sundin will want to play with a Stanley Cup contender and will ultimately prefer the lighter travel schedule of an Eastern Conference team which rules out Anaheim and Vancouver. The Canadiens fit the criteria, although I wouldn’t rule out the Rangers either.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

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