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Todd McLellan’s Job Is Safe

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

So Merc columnist Mark Purdy and I both raised that same question today with different people — not because we thought a coach should be fired or would be fired as a result of San Jose’s six-game losing streak, but because there was indeed NHL precedent and you never know unless you ask.

Mark reached Doug Wilson back in San Jose and the GM’s response was succint:  “Todd’s our coach. That’s it.”

Before leaving Edmonton, I went to team captain Rob Blake and asked his thoughts on the matter:

“No, no, no. Not even close,” Blake said. “We are the best prepared, most analyzed team by far in the league. We’ve got a system everybody wants to play. It’s on the players, 100 percent.”


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  Tags: todd+mclellan

Flames Need More From Bouwmeester

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Jay Bouwmeester signed with Calgary to get his first taste of playoff hockey, yet he’s done little to help his chances of getting there.

On a Flames team full of players who’ve failed to live up to expectations this season, Bouwmeester may be the most disappointing of all given his salary and the reputation he brought as being one of the league’s most complete blueliners.

And while he’s too nice a guy, too smooth a skater and too dependable defensively to be deemed an outright flop, even he would admit things haven’t gone the way he’d hoped this year.

“It’s been alright,” said the soft-spoken defenceman whose two measly goals betray the talents of a man coming off back-to-back 15-goal campaigns.

“It probably hasn’t gone the way I wanted it to offensively.


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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Is The West Best?

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

This is a good year to be a mediocre team in the East. There is plenty of company, opportunity for advancement, but not much threat posed by teams outside of the top eight heading into the final three weeks of the regular season. Only the surprising Atlanta Thrashers, winners of four straight, including a home-and-home sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers, seem to have the will to scare any of the current playoff tenants. The New York Rangers were in position to do something, but bombed on Broadway with three straight losses and just three wins in 10 games.

Count the Ottawa Senators, who took a 2-7-0-1 record in their past 10 into Montreal on Monday night for a huge game against the Canadiens, among the grateful Eastern teams. In the West, with its current point total, Ottawa would be outside the playoff group looking to get in. In the friendly Eastern confines, the Senators are relatively secure, barring a total collapse over the final nine games.

In the wild West, meanwhile, Calgary, St. Louis, Anaheim, Minnesota and Dallas all dare to dream of catching the Detroit Red Wings, as difficult as it will be at this stage. An argument might be made that it was the pursuit of the Wings and their brand of excellence (four championships since 1997) that helped make the West what it is today.


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Someone Want To Count The Crosschecks?

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Crosby on Zetterberg tonight.

note 12:26am 3/23/10, I’ve replaced the video for one with better quality.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, sidney+crosby

Travis Moen Takes A Skate To The Face

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Word is Moen was treated at the Bell Centre and looks like he will be ok.

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  Tags: travis+moen

NHL Players- Stop Being Stupid

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Stop and think about the potential consequences the next time you’re tempted to use your elbow to drive the head of an unsuspecting opponent into the glass.

Stop and think what you’re doing before you shove a vulnerable opponent into the boards, causing a collision the human body wasn’t designed to withstand.

Don’t stop being physical. No one wants that.

Just stop the vicious hits to the heads of players who don’t have the puck. Stop the blindside hits.

read on

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‘Doc’ Emrick Calls 3000th Game

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from Michelle Crechiolo at DetroitRedWings.com,

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is synonymous with hockey broadcasting, will reach another milestone on Monday when he calls his 3,000th professional men’s hockey game on Versus when the Red Wings host Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena.

As a Michigander, Emrick couldn’t be happier that his milestone will be in Hockeytown, because about 40 of his friends and relatives, including his veterinarian and his accountant, will get to celebrate the achievement with him in person.

“It just worked out that way,” said Emrick, who lives with his wife, Joyce, in St. Clair, Michigan, which is northeast of Detroit. “I told my wife about 10 days ago, we planned this day last summer. And I thought, it’s going to be give-or-take, it’s going to be around 3,000 when the game is held, but it came right out on and you never would have thought that. It’ll be kind of a special night.

“We have a couple of relatives flying out for it and then everybody else is in the area. It’ll be nice to have 40 of them all in one place.”


added 11:26pm, Watch the video below as ‘Doc’ receives congrats from Eddie Olczyk.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+emrick

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Let’s break them down by goal, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

Watch all three videos below…

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Langkow Out With Neck Injury

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CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames would like to provide the following injury update on forward Daymond Langkow:

Langkow will be out of the Flames line-up indefinitely after suffering a neck injury in a game on Sunday, March 21st at Minnesota.

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  Tags: daymond+langkow

One More Goal (Actually Two) For Selanne

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One major milestone down, one more to go.

Reaching the 600-goal plateau was one thing. But if Teemu Selanne scores two more goals in the 11 games left on the Anaheim Ducks’ regular-season schedule, he will pass Jari Kurri for the most NHL goals ever scored by a Finnish player.

“I know, that will be a huge honor if it’s going to happen,” Selanne told ESPN.com on Monday. “I had his picture on my wall when I was younger. Now he’s a really good friend of mine. It would really be an honor.”

Kurri, the clutch triggerman for Wayne Gretzky in Edmonton in the 1980s, knew Selanne would pass him one day.

“I accepted that a long time ago already,” Kurri, with a chuckle, me Monday from Helsinki.


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  Tags: teemu+selanne

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