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Renaming The Trophies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

No offence to Dr. David Hart or Marie Evelyn Moreton (aka Lady Byng), but, when we vote for - and honour - the game’s best, shouldn’t we also recognize those who were the game’s best?

Hart to Howe: Wayne Gretzky won it more than anyone, but I have something else in mind for him. This one goes to Howe, as Mr. Hockey held the record - six - before Gretzky smashed it. He was the pre-eminent player during the Original Six, and deserves this.

Art Ross to Gretzky/Norris to Orr: These two are easy. Seriously, does anyone really need an explanation?

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Q & A From TSN

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from TSN,

Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question No. 3: Which is the best line in the NHL right now - Datsyuk, Hossa and Holmstrom in Detroit; Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz in Anaheim; Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley in Ottawa or Thornton, Setoguchi and Marleau in San Jose?

Bob McKenzie: Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz in Anaheim. This line is as good as it gets right now and if you want to talk about Getzlaf compared to Datsyuk, they lined up against each other in a recent game it was Getzlaf and the Ducks who came out on top.

Keith Jones: Datsyuk’s line and why else but the fact that Marian Hossa is on it. They are a perfect mix with Holmstrom and the best line in the league.

more questions…

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Sharks Review

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News via Inside Bay Area,

This is terrific. This is awful.

This is terrific, how the Sharks are off to their best start in history. They won their 11th game Tuesday night. Let’s put that in perspective. The Sharks of 1992-93, back in the Cow Palace days, won only 11 games in that entire season. And they did not win the 11th game until April 6.

So, yes, the current Sharks are ahead of that pace. By five months.

This is awful, because those of us who have watched the Sharks since the Cow Palace can tell you how meaningless the results of October and November are by the time the NHL gets to the second round of the playoffs.

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Keeping It In-House

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from Jay Feaster at ESPN,

While we realize fans and media may want to know about injuries, we also recognize there are lots of things they would like to know, from our trade deadline strategy to whether we intend to make a coaching change. Nonetheless, we do not give the public access to this information (except, perhaps, in very general terms) for a host of competitive and business reasons.

The bottom line: the extent and severity of a player’s injury is proprietary business information and most GMs would like to keep it “club confidential,” even if nondisclosure gives members of the press and some fans an upper-body ache.

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added 11:47am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Because there is proof of targeting, we can buy the players’ safety issue. But our argument would be that the policy should be amended so full disclosure still exists from mid-September (the start of training camps) through March 1 (the beginning of the stretch run). From then through the playoffs, teams can hide injury details all they want.

Holland didn’t shoot down our idea.

“I mean, listen, we’ve disclosed Johan Franzen has a Grade 2 ACL sprain and that he’s out 3-4 weeks,” said Holland. “We disclosed the Andreas Lilja injury. For me personally, I just think over 82 games you’re probably going to play your player when they’re healthy. But the playoffs are different.”

Exactly.

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Stars Facing Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

But one thing that isn’t sitting well with me is the Avery addition. Mike Modano exploded to the media after last Saturday’s loss in Boston, a game in which the antics of Avery and fellow agitator Steve Ott essentially cost the Stars in a third-period collapse. Avery and Ott got into it with fans and on-ice officials. Modano called it “idiotic and stupid.”

And you might suspect, Tippett did his best to downplay it to me. That’s his job.

“Mike’s got no problem playing with Avery or Ott,” said Tippett. “He’ll be on a line with Avery today at practice. There’s no problem there at all. It’s the frustration of losing that’s got everyone upset.”

Still, Tippett did have a chat with his agitators.

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Winning Draws

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from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,

He might be pushing 60 but Bob Clarke can still show them a thing or two.

The Flyers legend accepted coach John Stevens’ invitation to step on the ice yesterday and share a few tips about winning faceoffs.

Considering the Flyers are third-worst in the NHL (46.0 percent) on draws, any input was going to be helpful.

In this case, youngsters like Jeff Carter (42.4 percent) can learn something from a Hall of Famer who used to snarl at linesmen: “They’re not paying money to watch you drop the puck!”

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Just A Big Mess

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The owner of the Los Angeles Kings has joined the owner of the Minnesota Wild in a legal motion aimed at recouping the $17 million (all figures U.S.) they loaned to a William (Boots) Del Biaggio so he could buy part of the Nashville Predators….

The bankruptcy court will hear arguments on Nov. 21 from lawyers representing Anschutz’s AEG Facilities, which is owed $7 million, and Leipold, owed $10 million. They’ll argue they should be allowed to foreclose on the loans they gave Del Biaggio ahead of all other creditors who are owed money from the disgraced financier. He owes about $57 million.

That would give them part ownership of the Predators, but the NHL would likely force both to sell.

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‘Stumpy’ Becomes A Head Coach

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via the Toronto Sun,

One of the most beloved Maple Leafs players in recent history has agreed to coach Team Canada at the World Jewish Hockey Tournament in July in Metulla, Israel.

Steve (Stumpy) Thomas, who scored 421 goals in a remarkable National Hockey League career, and was best known for his tenacity and knack for scoring big goals in big games, will head up one Canadian junior team in the five-team, under-17 tournament this summer.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity, flattered to have been chosen, and very excited to be going to Israel for the first time,” said Thomas, 45, who was born in Lockport, England but grew up in Toronto.

 

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Morning Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

We did the Oilers and Blue Jackets game Wednesday night.  Columbus has two of the best rookies in the NHL in Derek Brassard and Jakub Voracek.  Coach Ken Hitchcock, not one to over hype young players, calls them this year’s version of Toews and Kane.  Brassard scored Wednesday, and leads all NHL rookies in goals and points.  He has arguably been the best player on the team.

more hockey bits…

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Nathan Gerbe - Future Talent on the Way

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

Has there ever been such a dynamic and enthusiastic prospect as Nathan Gerbe before?  Last night he potted 3 goals to lead Portland over Worcester. 

It isn’t just his scoring or his disproportionate size to most other players that makes him shine, but rather his Favre like enthusiasm approach to the game. 

This is really the difference between Ovechkin and Crosby, one plays with a smile on his face and the other seems to sour his mood after every play.  With Gerbe you get talent, determination, along with a brilliant smile.  You just have to see him play to believe it - he’s not just punching a work ticket each time he gets on the ice, but rather the arena seems to be where he comes to life.

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  Tags: gerbe, portland, sabres

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