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Chicago Calls Up Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not something I would usually note here on KK, but what a story…

from HamptonRoads.com,

Raised by a single mother battling unpaid bills and factory work, Byfuglien (pronounced BUFF-lin) all but grew up in Memorial Arena. If the ice wasn’t available or he couldn’t talk his way into the play, he’d sit in the stands for hours, watching alone….

“I think he knew hockey was his salvation,’’ said Dale Smedsmo, a former Roseau High standout and pro player who has dated Byfuglien’s mother for three years. “School wasn’t easy for him, and he knew he had to make it in hockey. When he signed that contract, it was a personal victory because he’s worked very hard.’’

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, dustin+byfuglien

The “Fighting Twinkies”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hockey Adventure,

...While your typical NHL enforcer wouldn’t take kindly to being dubbed a Twinkie, what he offers with his fisticuffs is a cheap, junk food-like substitute for the satisfaction of skill-based hockey.

Is fighting popular? Does it sell? Sure. Just like 500 million Twinkies are sold each year. So what? That doesn’t mean it’s good for the consumer.

If the hockey you dish up is of high enough quality in the first place, nobody cares if there’s no fighting.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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  Tags: fighting

McKenzie Responds To Chiarelli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

...If Chiarelli or anyone else want to skew that view to suggest I said Bergeron is “guilty” of something, well, that’s just not right.

I rarely, if ever, buy into the victim as the guilty party mentality that pervades society, not just the NHL. The victim is the victim. The perpetrator is the perpetrator.

My only point is that in the pantheon of NHL indiscretions, Jones’ act – not necessarily the consequences of it – falls into the middle of the road. Can you separate the two – the act and the consequences?

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  Tags: boston+bruins

Uncle Mike Adams?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It must have been pretty frigging cool to be 18 in the summer of 1976 and hear Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” for the first time.  I’ve decided that, despite hearing it more than 1000 times, it’s the greatest rock and roll song ever made.

Speaking of which, Eric Duhatschek feels our Uncle Mike is deserving of a little more credit.

The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling.

I’m guessing Eric and Andy Strickland don’t communicate frequently. 

Thanks to A2Y reader W2J2 for the tip.

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Radio Guy Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today, around 3:00pm ET, I will be on The Inside Radio Hockey Show

I am looking forward to the interview and I have been promised I will be off-the-air by 3:30pm in order to watch the Michigan/ Michigan State football game.  Hockey takes a break today while the battle is on.

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EJ Hradek On The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hradek makes several points to back up his claim that the Wings are the best in the league…before our boy Barry jumps in to say the only thing Detroit has over Ottawa is a better uniform.  Melrose also claims Ottawa has the best line in hockey.

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Canes Need PK Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer, T

he Hurricanes have been, as captain Rod Brind’Amour put it, “brutal.” In 13 games, they have allowed 19 power-play goals, a short-handed success rate of 72.5 percent, 28th among the 30 NHL teams.

“Twenty-eighth? It’s amazing we’re not 30th,” Hurricanes forward Justin Williams said. “It has lost us games, plain and simple. Our power play has won us a few guys, but the (penalty kill) has lost us some games. It has to get better. I really don’t think it can get any worse.

“We’ve reviewed it, we’ve gone over some things. It’ll get better.”

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Oilers Lose Another Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“The Curse of the Defencemen,” said GM Kevin Lowe.

It was only two minutes and 56 seconds into the game last night when Jordin Tootoo pasted Mathieu Roy into the boards.

Twenty-five seconds of ice time and Roy, who was out with a concussion at the end of last year and with another one at the start of this season, was out with what coach Craig MacTavish said was another possible concussion and for sure a separated left shoulder.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, injuries, jordin+tootoo, mathieu+roy, nashville+predators

Blue Jackets Get A Taste Of Playoff Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

After six NHL seasons, the Blue Jackets might have gotten their first taste of “playoff hockey” Thursday night.

Defenseman Adam Foote, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche, knows. So does coach Ken Hitchcock, who guided the Dallas Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup.

“That was playoff hockey,” Foote said. “That right there is as close as you can get in the regular season.

“It’s real good experience for us, especially for some of the younger guys. It’s a different level you have to get to, and we showed we were up for it under some pretty tough circumstances.”

Hitchcock corrected a reporter who asked if he considered the loss a “good” point in the standings.

“No, no,” Hitchcock said. “This is a great point for our hockey club….”

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Buffalo Backup Not Happy With His Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff absolved backup goalie Jocelyn Thibault of any blame on the Florida Panthers’ four goals Friday night. Thibault wasn’t as quick to pass the buck.

“When you haven’t played in a while, you don’t want to do anything fancy,” Thibault said after his second appearance of the season in relief of Ryan Miller ended in a 4-2 loss at HSBC Arena. “You want to play a solid game, an honest game. I have to find ways to win games. I don’t play a lot and I have to make a difference every time I play.”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, jocelyn+thibault

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