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The Most Popular Name On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Branch of the New York Times,

At least one well-known American vehicle manufacturer is rolling out vehicles as usual. But before a Zamboni can take the ice, it hits the pavement on Colorado Avenue.

The neighbors are used to it by now, seeing one of the blocky ice-resurfacing machines rumble out of the low-slung Zamboni factory and trudge down the block — top speed: 9 miles per hour — toward the corner KFC. It whirls and comes back, is checked for leaks and fitted with studded tires.

Then the Zamboni is sent someplace like Dubai or Prague or Milwaukee. A handwritten tag on a string near the ignition tells where. Zamboni may be the most famous name on ice, a pop-culture icon more recognized than any of the four remaining National Hockey League playoff teams, with a moniker more familiar than Crosby or Ovechkin, probably even Gretzky or Lord Stanley, whose trophy goes to the N.H.L. champion.

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Brent Sutter Not Thinking Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Devils coach Brent Sutter told The Post last night that the firing of Mike Keenan by elder brother Darryl Sutter in Calgary “has zero impact” on whether he will return behind the New Jersey bench next season….

“Absolutely not. It has nothing to do with my thinking,” Sutter told The Post. “I’m employed by the New Jersey Devils, and that’s the way I look at it.”...

There have been rumbles that GM Lou Lamoriello would not be heartbroken if Sutter decides not to return for the third year of his lucrative contract. One wise man suggested that if Sutter isn’t coming back after next season, Lamoriello might want to cut the cord now.

But Lamoriello surely would want compensation from a team that might sign Sutter, a first-rounder is the going rate, especially if the coach was to go to Calgary.

more & I recall reading that compensation for a situation like this is no longer allowed…

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  Tags: brent+sutter

Malkin Causing Problems For The Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

They simply call him “Geno,” which doesn’t have much of a menacing—or marketing—ring to it. A native Russian, he still speaks halting English and shies away from media interviews.

But it was Malkin who was the NHL’s leading scorer this season, winning the Art Ross Trophy. It is Malkin who could be the league’s MVP. It is Malkin, at 22, who is making many wonder what’s next and how high the center’s professional ceiling can be.

More than that, it is Malkin, No. 71, who quickly is becoming the Carolina Hurricanes’ No. 1 headache in the Eastern Conference finals.

read on

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

A Hockey Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

The only thing wrong with the Kornwall hit was that someone truly deserving of such a masterpiece such as Jordan Tootoo, Steve Ott, Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, Ben Eager, Adam Burish or Robyn Regehr wasn’t on the receiving end of it.

The puck came around the boards to Havlat and shortly after it arrived in his skates, Kronwall rammed into him with his shoulder, as if he were Jack Lambert, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Scott Stevens and Brian Herosian all rolled up into one ball of explosiveness.

It was a brilliant open-ice hit and, at first, neither referee raised his arm to call a penalty on the play, though that should have happened,...

The apologists at the NHL’s website said that Kronwall “appeared to have left his feet” making the hit.

Hogwash.

more and thanks to a KK reader for the screenshot.

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added 9:32am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

But in a playoff season in which the NHL has gotten so many calls wrong time after time, Kronwall’s was arguably the worst miscarriage of justice outside the inexplicable non-suspension of Carolina forward Scott Walker for his goon sucker punch on Boston’s Aaron Ward.

Who actually made the call? What was the explanation? The NHL needs to explain itself on this one. And apologize for screwing up so badly.

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  Tags: martin+havlat, niklas+kronwall

Coaches Respond To Kronwall Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

“It was a hard hit and a dangerous hit when you still haven’t touched the puck,” Quenneville said.

Havlat did not return to the game and is listed with an upper-body injury.

“He looked better after the game,” Quenneville said. “We’ll see how he presents himself (Saturday). We’ll call it day to day.”

Babcock bit down hard on his tongue when asked whether he thought the NHL might take further disciplinary action against Kronwall.

“I’d be shocked,” Babcock said. “I’d be absolutely shocked. You know what? No, I’m not allowed to say that.”

Then he said it anyway. “Players have bad games,” Babcock said. “Coaches have bad games, but (officials) are not allowed to have bad calls or games.”

more on the game last night…

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Before You Suspend Kronwall…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...you’d better take a look at this.

From a comment thread over on the Emperor’s main page, a joint effort from Nathan and Moocat.

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Holik Plans On Retiring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

frm Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Bobby Holik told The Post yesterday that he is retiring from hockey after 18 NHL seasons, 11 of those with New Jersey.

“I’m done. I’m retiring,” Holik said from his home in Wyoming. “I miss being with my family every day. I knew when the season ended, but I wanted to leave and get home first, and not make a big deal of it.

“A player is what I was. Now I’m a husband and a father.”

read on

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Minnesota Hires GM Chuck Fletcher

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Minnesota Wild are at a turning point in their history.  They have chosen their second GM in franchise history in Chuck Fletcher.  Fletcher is a relatively young GM who has a great resume and lots of potential. 

Chuck is Cliff Fletcher’s son.  He is a Harvard graduate who has experience working for Hockey Canada, working as a player agent and working as an assistant GM and other front office positions for the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins.  He is somebody who has long been seen as a very good GM candidate by those in the hockey world.

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Blackhawks Defeat Wings In OT 4-3

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Sharp with the game-winner early in the first OT.

added 11:31pm, Video highlights from Versus added below…

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Kronwall Hit On Havlat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings delivers a hit to Martin Havlat that resulted in a five minute interference call and a game misconduct to Kronwall.

HNIC video…

added 10:02pm, Empty Netters chimes in…

That said, Kronwall’s a head hunter who has a history of leaving his feet to deliver hits. And he charged Havlat. Versus commentators Ed Olczyk, Brian Engblom and Keith Jones kept saying Kronwall didn’t leave his feet to deliver the hit. They must have depth perception issues because this is what we saw:

Kronwall was up in the air for maybe a split second, but that doesn’t matter. According to Rule 43 of the NHL’s rulebook:

“43.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.”

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  Tags: martin+havlat, niklas+kronwall

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