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NY Rangers Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sam Weinman of Rangers Report has been hosting a live video chat since 1pm ET, and it’s still going on.  It’s a wide-ranging talk about happenings in New York, prompted by questions from his readers and viewers. Among other things, it’s a great use of technology mixed with hockey.

Here’s the video feed embedded below, and it can be replayed from the beginning once the live broadcast ends:

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Giguere Speaks Out On Ducks Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

“We like to play on the edge,” Giguere said. “That’s great. I love that we play that way, but at the same time, we need to keep our mouths shut. We need to stop yapping at the referees. We need to stop blaming everybody else. We have to look in the mirror. We’re the ones taking the penalties. It’s not always a bad call. A lot of times, it’s a call that we would complain about if the referee wouldn’t call it against the other team.

“We have to take it upon ourselves to be more disciplined.”

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John Paddock Comes Full Circle

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Patrick Williams at The Hockey News:

Fans did not expect to see John Paddock stationed behind an AHL bench this season. And in no way did Paddock envision himself in such a role, either.

A scouting position with the Senators seemed Paddock’s likely role this season, some seven months after Ottawa dismissed him late in a turmoil-filled 2007-08 season. That turmoil cost the hockey veteran his long-awaited second NHL head-coaching job that had eluded him since he exited the same post with the Winnipeg Jets in the mid-1990s.

But as predictable as the hockey world can often be, it occasionally serves up something new, something different, and so Paddock returns for his first AHL coaching gig since his Binghamton Senators crashed in the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs.

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  Tags: ahl, john+paddock

No Nerves For Devils Rookie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere at NJ.com,

Brent Sutter remembered being nervous before his NHL debut with the Islanders in 1980-81, so he skated over to Devils rookie Anssi Salmela during Friday’s morning skate to monitor the Finnish defenseman’s mood.

No problem.

“I just asked him how he was doing,” Sutter said after the skate. “He said, ‘Let’s get at her.’ He must be doing fine. Kind of cute.

“The kid has ice in his veins. He’s pretty calm about everything, although I’m sure he’s like a duck in water.”

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  Tags: anssi+salmela

Can Salary Cap Hits Help Predict The Stanley Cup?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the first season of the salary cap 2005/06, teams were adjusting to the new economic system and this made for some teams that had very tight finances as they were very close to the salary cap.  These teams were unable to add significant talent at the trade deadline, so it turned out that the Stanley Cup was a battle between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers.  There were two teams who left themselves enough salary cap space to add some key players.  Carolina added Doug Weight and Mark Recchi.  Edmonton added Dwayne Roloson and Sergei Samsonov.  That is one reason that they were the teams that wound up in the finals.  In the next two years, teams better adjusted to the new system and the next two Stanley Cup winners in the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings managed to leave a bit more breathing room. 

This season, there is a change in how the salary cap is calculated.  Because it is potentially the last season of the CBA (the NHLPA can chose to end it this summer), all potential bonuses are counted against the cap this year until which time they cannot be achieved.  This “helps” the NHL maintain cost certainty under this CBA, since it does not allow teams to exceed the cap with bonuses which are then charged to next year’s cap.  As a result, we have more teams that are close to the salary cap than in the last two years.  Thus, it might be a similar situation to 2005/06 where the eventual cup winner is a team that left itself cap space to make trade deadline additions.

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Don’t Forget The Southeast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Despite the fact that two of the last four Stanley Cup winners have come from the Southeast Division, teams residing in that sector of the Eastern Conference haven’t exactly instilled fear into the rest of the League in recent seasons.

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Flyers Defense Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Fish of phillBurbs,

The procession to the operating room appeared to continue on Thursday when Flyers defenseman Randy Jones disclosed he probably needs right hip surgery.

Jones could be out two months or more.

He joins defenseman Ryan Parent, who is waiting to have surgery for repairs on a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Parent is expected to be out 12-14 weeks.

Jones has undergone several MRI tests, and the pictures are being sent to specialist Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville.

“It’s been bothering me,’’ Jones said at the Skate Zone. “I can’t point to one incident. The last couple years, it’s been coming on and getting a lot worse.’‘

more and I do believe the Flyers are just a few thousand dollars short of reaching the max on the salary cap.

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It Started In Strathroy For Brian Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Ballantini at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

It’s easy to imagine the grunt from a hard check into a snow bank. Pass a garage, and you’d swear there was the loud thwack! of a tennis ball against the door. And if you listen hard enough, you can hear an argument between brothers over who gets the first half-hour in the basement, practicing slap shots and wristers.

It’s here that the town’s first and only NHL player, Brian Campbell, learned how to outhustle bigger boys, outsmart older players and outhit slower ones.

Strathroy offers a pastoral setting to newcomers. Its vast blue skies, fields blooming with soybeans, corn and wheat, and pastures brimming with cattle, mirror the smaller towns you’ll find on the outskirts of Chicago.

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Leipold Hopes To Sign Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,

Craig Leipold, who on Saturday begins his first full season as owner of the Wild, figures he has a playoff team.

“I think it’s very fair to say we’re a playoff team,” said Leipold, a former owner of the Nashville Predators. “We have the same players basically (as last season’s division champions). My expectations are high, and I think we’re going to go a long way. I like this team — there is high energy — and I think everyone on the team would be disappointed if we didn’t make the playoffs.”

As for the contract extension stalemate with all-star player Marian Gaborik, Leipold said he still hopes to sign the team’s top scorer, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.  Gaborik’s future in Minnesota is basically up to Gaborik, Leipold said.

a few more hockey related bits…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Coaches Under The Gun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The nine new coaches aren’t going to be let go so capriciously, and there are at least that number who either earned another full season after 2007-08 success or are entrenched veterans — Boudreau and Claude Julien being in the first category, and Lindy Ruff and Dave Tippett among those in the latter group.

That only leaves, at most, about a dozen candidates who could be sent packing before the season is out. Here are five of those candidates:

Peter Laviolette, Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have yet to reappear in the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.

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