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Ducks GM Murray On Wisniewski Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

In supporting the eight-game suspension of defenseman James Wisniewski late Thursday afternoon, Ducks GM Bob Murray said his player “crossed the line” with his hit on Chicago’s Brent Seabrook in Wednesday’s night game at Honda Center.

But Murray also took issue with Wisniewski’s punishment of eight games as handed down by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following a morning hearing with the parties involved.

“First of all, we love the way Wiz plays and we want him to play the game hard,” Murray said.  ”That’s how he has to play and he’s very effective doing that. In this instance, he crossed the line. He went too far and he knows he was going to get suspended. I applaud the league cracking down on these things.”

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This via Pierre LeBrun’s Twitter,

Ducks GM Bob Murray just now on Quenneville: ``I strongly suggest Joel worries about his goaltending and stops trying to run the NHL.”

added 8:16pm, this from Chis Kuc’s Twitter,

More from Ducks GM Bob Murray: “I played in Chicago a long time. ... It used to be a black-and-blue town. It didn’t have whiners.”

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  Tags: bob+murray, james+wisniewski

Shawn Thornton & Matt Cooke Go At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First shift for both players, they drop their gloves and go at it.

Hopefully the end of the story.

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  Tags: matt+cooke, shawn+thornton

James Wisniewski Suspended For Eight Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Confirmed 8 games for Wisniewski. Which means he waived his right to an in-person hearing which a player has a right to for five-games plus

added 6:41pm, Quote from Colin Campbell,

“Mr. Wisniewski delivered a retaliatory hit to the head of an opponent who never had possession of the puck,” said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. “The fact that Mr. Wisniewski is a repeat offender also entered into this decison.”

added 7:05pm, Bettman addressed the head hits, etc. in his weekly NHL Hour.  Read about it at NHL.com.

added 7:07pm, via the Ducks PR department,

Statement from James Wisniewski on his suspension

“I am truly sorry that my friend Brent Seabrook was hurt on the play. I certainly wish him the best. I am, however, very disappointed in the length of the suspension. Eight games is incredibly hard to swallow, especially in comparison to other recent hits that have resulted in lesser punishment.”

 

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Hey, Hey, Hey Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Devlin of the Victoria Times Colonist,

(Bill) Cosby, who played football and ran track for his alma mater, Philadelphia’s Temple University, also had good things to say about the men’s gold-medal contest — and one person in particular.

“It was a good match. (When the U.S. side tied it up), I know Canadians must have been saying, ‘Oh, God, here we go.’ And it didn’t happen, thanks to a kid named Sidney Crosby.”

Cosby was in California on business when Sid the Kid scored the winner in a 3-2 victory over the U.S. Later that night, while watching news reports about the game, Cosby said he was saddened by the slant of the coverage.

“I’m watching a guy do the sports, and he said, ‘How can we lose to a country that has fewer people than the state of California?’ He was mad and he couldn’t take it. They don’t know how to behave. That’s your sport.”

read on for Cosby’s view on the post game celebration by the Canadian women…

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  Tags: bill+cosby, team+canada

An Ode To A Mule And An Ass

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I have finally recovered from the past two days of celebration.  St. Patrick’s last night, and more importantly, celebrating all day Tuesday following the Wings’ biggest win of the season.  My pants just got tight thinking about it.  I am hung like a kitten, and wear tight pants, but I swear I can almost see a bulge.  All due to the Wings and specifically Holmstrom’s glorious ass.

Before I wax poetic about the posterior of an Angry Chipmunk, allow me to once again declare man-love for Franzen.

Since his return to the lineup, the Wings have been unstoppable.  We have two lines which are scoring threats and our PP is on fire.  Ten games in a row with at least one PP goal.  The sort of production we haven’t seen in a long, long time.

There I go again, trying my best to make a bulge in my pants.

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Tortorella In Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So now John Tortorella has made it clear he wants the title of Ranger team captain as well as the ones of head coach and travel director he already owns.

He has made it clear that he not only wants to control what the players do on and off the ice, but also wants to correct what they think.

He tells the players to claim ownership of the locker room, but then simply repossesses it when he dislikes something one of the athletes says.

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Help Tkachuk Out - Should He Retire?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

As the regular season winds down, Blues center Keith Tkachuk realizes that it could be his last in the NHL. After 18 seasons, he is considering retirement following this season.

Tkachuk wouldn’t say this morning whether he has made his decision final yet, but the indications are that he’s strongly considering retirement. Either way, Tkachuk said he’ll make the decision “fairly quickly” after the season.

“I’ve got some thoughts running through my mind,” said Tkachuk, who will turn 38 on March 28. “You get older and you’re just not the same way you used to be. It gets a lot harder . . . guys are bigger, faster, stronger. But I know I can compete every night and go out and try to help out in different ways. I’ve played first line, I’ve played second line, I’ve played fourth line, I’ve played center, I’ve played wing. It’s a little different this year, but I still go into every game to prove that I can play and push other guys to perform. Like anybody else, you want to play as well as you can.

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Is Luongo Special?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It has become an article of faith around the Canucks that Luongo is the team’s best player, its most indispensable player and its unquestioned leader. Since about the time he was named captain two years ago, in fact, a cult of Lui has taken root within the locker room and it seems to question the goalie is to question something inviolate within the Canucks.

Why is this?

The Canucks are the only team in the league which treats their goalie in such an exalted manner. Others — Marty Brodeur, Ryan Miller, Miikka Kiprusoff — are just as important to their teams. Others have recorded comparable or superior numbers. But the Canucks are the only team who chose to make their goalie the captain.

Luongo, moreover, is the only goalie of the post-expansion era to be so named, and that’s interesting because he’s never won a Vezina or taken his team past the second round of the playoffs. So why has this aura developed around him?

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A Goon Won’t Help Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Predictably, the hit on Seabrook after the hit on Campbell has prompted calls for the Hawks to bring in an enforcer, or at least made people wonder where Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Burish were in exacting revenge.

Stop it. Just stop that talk right now. That’s the easy way out. It’s easy and wrong. Send out the cement head and give your opponent a power play. The Hawks aren’t a charity. They aren’t giving away five-on-fours. And in fact, it takes a stronger team to absorb abuse without retaliating. The Hawks’ revenge comes from scoring with the man-advantage. That’s how you intimidate in today’s game. Even the new guy, Nick Boynton, a tough character who will get a lot of time on the blue line now, understood. Boynton went after Wisniewski only at game’s end, saying he couldn’t challenge him earlier because the outcome was in doubt.

That has been the Hawks under Joel Quenneville. It’s a playoff style. Play hard, play fast, play disciplined. Skate and sacrifice. It works because the officials whistle the obvious penalties that teams use in trying to slow down the talented and speedy Hawks.

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Flyers Goaltending Issues

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As we get closer to the playoffs, we can start to gage the chances the various playoff teams have of winning the Stanley Cup.  Of the probable playoff teams, the Philadelphia Flyers look like they could be in very poor shape come playoff time.  They have not had particularly strong goaltenders at any point this season. 

The Flyers brought in a new goalie tandem of Ray Emery and Brian Boucher this season.  It was a move to stay below the salary cap.  They could not afford last year’s tandem of Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki.  It was a case of poor salary cap management that forced the Flyers to have big question marks in goal.  This problem was one of the major causes of the firing of coach John Stevens.

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