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The Smurf-Like Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When was it exactly that the people making the personnel decisions for the Rangers came to the conclusion that size and strength are not necessary attributes for a team to thrive over the course of an 82-game season?

The contrast is striking every night, when the Blueshirt smurfs try to get to the front of the net against (much) larger defensemen while enemy attackers flood Henrik Lundqvist’s crease without meaningful opposition from players who are either too small to make a statement or too meek to matter.

It is imperative that GM Glen Sather acquire big bodies who will use them, even if it means sacrificing some of the skill level that coach John Tortorella covets in his athletes.


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Let’s Hope There Is No Fire & Rain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is lining up the star power off the ice as well, with a list of musical talent featuring the legendary James Taylor along with Daniel Powter and the Dropkick Murphys set to perform before the game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers on New Year’s Day.

“We are absolutely thrilled that James Taylor, Daniel Powter and the Dropkick Murphys are performing at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Don Renzulli, NHL Senior Vice President of Events & Entertainment.  “As performers and as hockey fans, James, Daniel and the Dropkick Murphys bring a new level of excitement to this historic game.”

Taylor, a five-time Grammy Award winner and member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, will perform the U.S. national anthem prior to the opening faceoff. The singer-songwriter has sold more than 40 million albums.


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  Tags: james+taylor

Babcock Always Learning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rachel Brady at CTVOlympics,

In the summer of 2001, Mike Babcock—then coach of the AHL’s Cincinnati Ducks—called Hockey Canada to ask if he could come watch the men’s Olympic hockey camp in Calgary prior to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He wanted to learn from the best coaches and players and take a few notes.

He had already acted as coach of Canada’s World Junior team, so Hockey Canada was happy to let the coach attend. A young coach trying to make it to the NHL, he was doing anything he could to gain an edge in the hockey world.

Fast-forward to 2009, and Babcock is now one of the game’s most accomplished coaches. The Detroit Red Wings coach will soon take the bench behind Canada’s 2010 Olympic team. Yet the Stanley Cup winning coach still calls himself a life-long learner. He has rarely missed an opportunity to benefit from his encounters with people, in hockey or otherwise.


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  Tags: mike+babcock, team+canada

TOV, Numbers You Can Suck On And Nearing 2K For H2H

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So much. So very much to get to.  And I’m trying to write this as I listen to the third edition of The Obstructed View. This time, it’s Tyler, Kris and Kyle.  As usual, credit goes to Chris Hollis from Motown Wings and Brian Kiernicki.

Let me warn you. If you’re a Ville Leino fan, you might want to avoid the TOV once again. 

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Sammy Goes NSFW

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sometimes every day seems like the same old cliche.  Stale, tired quotes. Recycled over and over.  “One shift at a time.”  “We need a full sixty minutes.”  “My name is Pinky. I have a Journalism degree.” And my favorite, “We just need more puck luck.”

And then there’s Sammy.  Apparently unhappy about being left off the Swedish Olympic team…

Dan Murphy/Twitter

Mikael Samuelsson’s response to not making Swedish Olympic team. “They can go f**k themselves”.


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KK- Darn Ad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I just noticed an auto-activated audio ad is appearing on KK and as many of you know, I don’t allow those types of ads to be placed on this website.

I have removed it and it should be gone within an hour.

Sorry if this caused any problems for you.

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Strangest Goal Of The Night

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Scrum along the boards, just outside the offensive blue line.  Mason Raymond of the Canucks finds the puck, lifts it about 40 feet in the air towards Miikka Kiprusoff who never sees the puck and it drops right into the net.

Vancouver up 4-1 after the 1st period against the Flames.

added 9:53pm, Watch the video…and actually, the play was from center ice, not the blue line like I stated earlier.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Hockey On The Center Stage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Please note, this is not about hockey in Canada. But that is not to say that we can’t learn any lessons from our friends down south…

Well, hockey season has finally started!

You read it right. For most NHL cities, particularly those south of the border, fans will start to gravitate towards the local arena and pay much more attention to the local team. There are lots of reasons for the season starting now. Firstly, for the most part, college and high school football are over. Secondly, the NFL season is winding down, and most of the playoff races are close to being settled. Thirdly, winter just started on December 21st, and hockey is a winter sport. Fourthly, NBC’s coverage in the US, will help raise the game’s profile. And finally, there is quite simply some pretty good hockey being played.

continued and John, what is that game you call football?  Here in Detroit, football is non-existent.

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Sixteen Hours Later: Khan(!)‘s Got Your Answer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ansar Khan(!) just refuses to be beaten to a story more than three or four times.  Nearly a full day after a guy in Grand Rapids reported that Mattias Reeee-tola is back in Detroit?  Ansar’s got the reason why, and it doesn’t bode well for Enigma, Jr.

The Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Mattias Ritola from Grand Rapids. He likely will replace struggling Ville Leino in the lineup for Monday’s game in Columbus, though coach Mike Babcock said after Sunday’s practice that he hadn’t decided whether Ritola will play.

I guess the good news is that no injuries are involved, which is a post-Christmas miracle around here.  Bad news is that it doesn’t appear that Brad May is the guy sitting.  We need offense.  If we needed to watch a guy who consistently gets his ass kicked, we’d YouTube Gerry Cooney.

Chris McCosky refused to let Tick Tock off the hook, pressing him for specifics.

Detroit News

“I think he (coach Mike Babcock) wants to shake the lines up a little bit,” Holland said. “He liked what he saw from Ritola the other night, so he’s going to sit somebody else against Columbus.”

Yep. “Somebody” is gonna sit.  Way to dig, Chris.

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Time For A Shake-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets general manager is talking to several clubs about making a deal to help lift the club from its worst stretch in franchise history.

In the meantime, Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock might be trying to send a message Monday night to his underachieving group by playing minor-league call-up Alex Picard.

Hitchcock is adamant about playing Picard against Detroit on Monday. Now, let’s see how far up the food chain Hitchcock is willing to go. Swapping Picard for Mike Blunden or Jared Boll does little.

A Kristian Huselius or Jason Chimera or Derick Brassard would be different. Let’s face it, there are lots of candidates.


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