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The Top 10 Players This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

There’s no exact science to determine the best player in the NHL.

After all, players play different positions with different styles and differing levels of ability in certain aspects of the game. There are so many factors to consider.

So, in order to compile our third annual list of the top 10 current NHL players, we decided on a democratic vote of Sun Media hockey writers from across the nation….

10. Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers (23 voting points)
The 23-year-old centre from Kenora, Ont., is a solid two-way player who has a fiery, abrasive style and is a born leader….

9. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (25 voting points)
Another of the NHL’s young guns, the 6-foot-4, 221-pound centre from Regina possesses immense skill and scoring touch to go along with an ability to play the physical game….

8. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (45 voting points)
The 28-year-old from Sweden is hockey’s best two-way player, a forward who can score (he’s on pace for 40 goals this season) but is just as adept at shutting down the opposition’s top guns.

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Almost The Half-Way Poll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sun Media,

From water coolers to pub tables to hockey stands, debates rage—arguments over hockey’s great questions. Wagers are often made. Wait no more hockey fans. Hockey writers from across the Sun Media chain have polled more than 50 players, scouts, coaches, executives and media members on 25 of the most critical questions and compiled the results.


1. Sean Avery, in limbo ... 9
2. Dion Phaneuf, Calgary ... 8
3. Wade Redden, New York Rangers ... 4
4. Jeff Finger, Toronto ... 3


1. Marc Savard, Boston ... 6
2. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota ... 5
3. Tim Thomas, Boston ... 4
4. Patrick Sharp, Chicago ... 3

much more

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Off Night All Around

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Something’s starting to make a little sense.  Maybe it didn’t apply Thursday against San Jose, but for the majority of their games this year?

Fighting boredom.


“I think we play way better when we’re down a goal. When the chips are down, we find a way to tie it or win it,” Cleary said.

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Bruins Should Sign Both Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins’ front office doesn’t seek this space for advice, but if I were general manager of the hottest hockey team on Causeway in 15 years, I’d try to tie down Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez today for three-year extensions worth an average $3 million a year. I could be wrong, but I think each of the 34-year-olds might bite (key stat: age 34). That wouldn’t be music to the ears of wunderkind Tuukka Rask, eager to launch his NHL career, but Thomas and Fernandez are proven NHL commodities.

more NHL notes including MacTavish and Hartsburg on the hot seat…

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  Tags: manny+fernandez, tim+thomas

Praise For The ‘Prairie’ Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

They not only survived, the Devils prospered, their plague of injuries becoming a plague on their opponents. And they’re all the stronger for it. The players are the biggest heroes, but significant credit must go to coach Brent Sutter, this recent prodigy of junior coaching no longer unproven at the NHL level.

Sutter doesn’t go around telling everyone what a genius he is, quite the opposite. He sometimes feigns not being taken seriously, pretending he’s wrongly regarded as a rube from the prairie, when he’s not being so viewed.


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  Tags: brent+sutter

Toskala Nursing Groin Injury, Pogge Probable For Leafs Next Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Twenty-two-year-old netminder Justin Pogge is expected to make his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday.

The Leafs will promote the young prospect from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL after No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala suffered a groin injury in the second period of Toronto’s impressive 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday evening….

“We’re concerned with our goaltending issue on two levels,” Burke said from California before the game. “We need to take care of the health of our goaltender’s health and stability over an 82-game schedule and we need to get a look at this kid.

“[Pogge] hasn’t been dominant at the AHL level, but we need to see what we have with him.”

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  Tags: justin+pogge

Special Treatment?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

How, by the way, would the Protector of Children (a previous refereence to Gary Bettman) explain Sidney Crosby’s behavior on Thursday night in Atlanta when the Chosen One first sucker-punched Boris Valabik across the side of the head before continuing to rein blows on his nether regions while the Thrashers’ defenseman was wrestling with Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and unable to defend himself or fight back?

Crosby should be facing a disciplinary hearing with NHL vice president Colin Campbell. He should have gotten a game-misconduct penalty as third-man-in. Instead, the wimpy Chris Rooney-Don VanMassenhoven referee tandem got into the spirit of the Christmas season by assessing Crosby a mere two minutes for roughing. Ho! Ho! Ho!

more NHL topics from Brooks and if youi missed the Crosby incident, watch the video below…

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Selanne Out 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a press release from the Anaheim Ducks,

Teemu Selanne underwent an MRI this evening that revealed a cut in his left quad muscle (injury occurred last night @ EDM). It did not damage any tendons or other connective tissue, and no surgery will be required. He is expected to return to the Ducks lineup in 4-6 weeks.

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

What’s Your Line?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

For years, sportscasters have tried to coin catchy signature phrases to punctuate and celebrate baskets, goals, touchdowns and home runs.

Now the Panthers and Randy Moller are allowing fans to do it for him.

When 790 The Ticket’s Dan Le Batard suggested early this season that listeners call in with phrases that Moller could spew after goals, Moller felt apprehensive: ‘I thought, `Oh, my God! What are they going to suggest?’ ‘’

But listeners have delivered—and so has Moller, who has spiced his call with more than a dozen fan-suggested lines from movies and music. Sure, it’s gimmicky, but it’s also a clever and bold idea for a team that could use the extra publicity.


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  Tags: randy+moller

Kings Offer $11.50 Ticket Prices For All Seats In January

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LAKings.com,

The Los Angeles Kings today announced a special 36-hour Holiday Ticket Sale.

All tickets – including available tickets in the lower bowl—currently unsold for the six Kings games at STAPLES Center in January will be available for purchase for $11.50 in a unique RUSH Sale Presented by Sports Chalet and Kings flagship radio station KTLK 1150….

We are excited about our young team and the more we can expose this team to the fans and to our city the better,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille….

In January, the Kings play the following six games: Saturday, Jan. 3, against Philadelphia; Thursday, Jan. 8, against the Ducks; Saturday, Jan. 10, against New Jersey; Monday, Jan. 12, against Tampa Bay; Thursday, Jan. 15, against the Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings; and Thursday, Jan. 29, against Chicago.


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