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Stevens Shoots Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Philly Burbs,

Coach John Stevens was still somewhat annoyed by Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien’s post-game comments suggesting the Flyers ran up the score (by using their first power play unit) and resorted to rough-house tactics.

It should be noted the Penguins scored eight goals twice against the Flyers last season and finished 8-0-0 against them.

“When you [Pittsburgh] take running head shots at guys, breaking sticks [over bodies] away from the play and running your goalie ... I would be disrespectful if I didn’t put those guys out there,” Stevens said. “I have a lot of respect for the Penguins, but not for what he had his players do. If you’re going to take those kinds of penalties against us, why wouldn’t we try to score?”

more on the Flyers…

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Khabibulin Is The Key

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

This is not to suggest Khabibulin should be traded. That is the business of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who has given no indication of being either eager or willing to do it. Tallon wants to make the playoffs and likely realizes the best chance for that to happen is with Khabibulin in goal.

But what if Khabibulin’s game stays where it’s at? What if Tampa Bay comes calling offering either Martin St. Louis or Brad Richards in a deal? There has been an ownership change in Tampa, and there probably isn’t another team in the league that needs better goaltending than the Lightning.

At this point, the assumption has to be made that the Hawks are going to keep Khabibulin and let him play into next season, the last on his contract. Coach Denis Savard never misses an opportunity to back his No. 1 goalie to anyone questioning the quality of play the Hawks are getting out of the position, which is fine.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Brian Compton at NHL.com,

“We got outworked. We got embarrassed in our own building,” defenseman Glen Wesley said. “It’s unacceptable. The bottom line is that there is nothing to talk about. It’s embarrassing. It’s disappointing.”

Make sure to check out Brian’s feature, a great recap of the NHL from last night.

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Better With Age

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post,

Sundin has pledged to end his career with the Leafs, even though all eyes around the league could look his way if Toronto falters near the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 26. His contract expires after the season which, combined with his productivity, could make him the most attractive commodity the market has seen for some time.

“Points or not, I’m not sure how much better a guy can play for us,” Maurice said. “If he hits that plateau, fine. If he’s under it, he may have actually played better.

“I don’t think the numbers will tell us how important he is to our team in the end.”

more on Sundin…

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Making A List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Did you get your Christmas card from the Canadiens yet?

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No Pre-Christmas Rush For Trades

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via the Toronto Sun,

National Hockey League teams have until midnight Wednesday to complete a trade, waiver move or loan before the holiday roster freeze takes effect until midnight Dec. 27.

“There has been (trade) talk around the league and it continues,” Toronto general manager John Ferguson said last night. “But I don’t get the feeling that a one-week freeze is going to be the impetus for anyone to (fast track a deal).”

 

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Shots Or Lack Of

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from James Mirtle,

It’s from this secret location, somewhere in northern California, where this strange creature spends his days pumping out all sorts of wacky hockey-related numbers for our perusal.

And it’s a good thing, too. Because, more and more, I’m stopping by his site to look at what certain players are up to.

Desjardins’s latest concoction is a look at shots on goal at even strength, something that tells us Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 103.

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Talking about shots on goal… via the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche combined for 32 shots last night, with each team taking 16. That’s the lowest combined total in Blue Jackets franchise history. The previous record was 35 set twice.

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Caps Could Use Attendance Boost

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from Slap Shot at the NYT,

The most sobering part of Wednesday night’s Rangers-Capitals game had nothing to do with the game — a 5-4 overtime victory by Washington, which was wildly entertaining unless you are a big fan of goalies — but the lack of people watching in Washington’s Verizon Center.

The team announced the attendance at 12,553, which is laughable. There were entire empty sections. Any camera shot that caught the sections behind the nets showed swaths of empty seats.

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Walker May Be Facing Suspension

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from the News & Observer,

Scott Walker may be facing a suspension after the Carolina Hurricanes forward head-butted Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher in the face during a fight on Wednesday night.

After Walker collided with Senators goalie Martin Gerber early in the second period of Carolina’s 6-0 loss, Fisher fought Walker and cut him under the left eye. Walker head-butted Fisher, earning a match penalty for attempt to injure. Fisher said he chipped one tooth and may have lost another.

Walker was ejected from the game and now faces an automatic review from the NHL.

“It was cheap. It caught me off guard,” Fisher said. “I’m sure he will get some games for it. He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away, and I just wanted to let him know he can’t do that.”

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Watch the video, scroll to just past the 2 minute mark to get a clear view of the head butt…

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Thursday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

0629: A quick note.  The Dive sit, once again, in the 9 spot this morning.  What a shame.  And hey…how bad are they defensively? This bad.  Of the 8 teams ahead of them in the West, 7 of those teams have scored fewer goals than Denver.  Of those eight teams, wanna guess how many have let in fewer goals?  Good job.  7.

0547: Updated below to include Gramps’ new additions to the HockeyTown Todd stable of writers and a number of stories from the Canadian media.

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Today’s a good day for the Diggers.  A good day.  Collectively they show a little spine, a little initiative. 

Khan(!), still sad and confused about the lies Mike Babcock told him earlier this week, tries to redeem himself with a good piece on the ease with which thousands of people are taking their home-state Wings for granted.  I read the article about fifteen minutes ago and it hasn’t been deleted from MLive yet, so that’s a good sign.  Helene St. James causes a bit of an uproar with her interpretation of Uncle Mikey’s comments to the media yesterday and Ryan The Temp (John Niyo) returns to the Detroit News cycle of brilliance. 

We’ll have those stories and more, next, on this edition of Thursday with the Diggers.

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