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Wilson Trying To Wake-Up Schenn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

The first thing Ron Wilson wants to do Friday night at the United Center is “pull the plug on the organ,” then get rid of the national anthem singer. Failing that, Wilson would settle for having Luke Schenn plugged in.

Schenn was Wilson’s fair-haired boy last season. That’s not the case any more. In a published report Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach was blunt about what awaits Schenn if he doesn’t truck out some truculence.

“Hopefully, it doesn’t come to him sitting out games to get a message across,” Wilson intoned.


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KHL/NHL Looking For Common Ground

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I’ll believe it when I see it.

But for what’s it’s worth, Bettman, Daly and Medvedev did meet in a quiet room at Verizon Center in Washington before Wednesday night’s Islanders-Capitals game, and they even watched the first period together.

“It was constructive,” Bettman told ESPN.com on the phone from New York on Thursday. “It was good to see Alex again. Last time we had seen each other was in Rome a little over a year ago. We agreed that it would be good if we could find some areas of cooperation where we could work together, and we were going to see if we could begin that process by trying to find some common ground.”


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  Tags: khl

Sammy Was The Father Of Our Four Winds.  Now He’s Back For A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gritty, tenacious, never lazy and clutch when we least expected him to be.

Wildly innaccurate.  His pucks bounced off jaws, end boards, glass, unsuspecting customers.

That was our Sammy.  We never knew what to expect.  But he did…and that’s cash.  Plenty of it.

Just not in Detroit.

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Your Latest NHLPA News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (November 12, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced that the NHLPA Executive Board has voted to establish two committees.  The first committee will review the NHLPA’s constitution.  The second committee will begin the search process for a new Executive Director.

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Avs Introduce 3rd Sweater

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DENVER – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey and center Paul Stastny today unveiled the team’s new third jersey, which will debut this Saturday, Nov. 14, against the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center (8:00 p.m.).  The Avalanche will wear the third sweater on 12 occasions throughout the 2009-10 season.

The third jersey design is a collaboration of ideas from the Colorado Avalanche (including Kroenke Sports Enterprises Creative Imaging), the National Hockey League and Reebok.  The third jersey has a predominately blue color scheme with a diagonal COLORADO type, laces at the neckline and stripes on the sleeves.  Two rounds of sweater prototypes were tested and ran on ice before the final version was made.


More pictures available at the Colorado Avalanche website.

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H1N1 And The NHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It isn’t clear how badly the H1N1 flu will affect North America as we enter the traditional winter flu season.  Nobody knows how many people will be affected.  There is a precedent in hockey for flu causing disruption.  In 1919, there was no Stanley Cup winner as both finalists - the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans - were hit hard by the flu and the finals were cancelled.  At a time, the entire Montreal Canadiens team was hospitalized and defenceman Joe Hall died of the flu.  This was the famous Spanish influenza epidemic.  Returning soldiers from World War I brought back a new strain of the flu and it killed an estimated 50 million people (about 3% of the world’s population).  This was the second wave of the Spanish Flu, as World War I had ended in 1918.

Hopefully medicine is better equipped to deal with a major flu pandemic today than it was in 1919, but we never can know for sure. However, with the invention of vaccination, there is a new weapon to fight a flu pandemic.

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Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“It was a freaky play.” - Jarome Iginla.

“Obviously, I didn’t mean to hurt him.” - Mike Richards.

“Oh my God.” - Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur.


The former two players I know to be good guys and honest players. I don’t know MacArthur, but people I trust say he is a solid, decent guy.

All of which means nothing to their victims. Because let’s face it: a concussion is a concussion, whether it comes one of the best people in the game in Iginla, or from Jordin Tootoo or Sean Avery.


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Losing Miller No Big Loss For Bolts

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Let’s start by saying this: the loss of wing Drew Miller to the Detroit Red Wings through waivers is not going to change anything about how the Tampa Bay Lightning does this season. Miller, good defensively, was pretty much invisible offensively with zero points in 14 games. Certainly, Paul Szczechura, called up from AHL Norfolk, can do just as much, and I bet will do more.

But we should also note that all that is left of the trade of Evgeny Artyukhin to the Ducks in exchange for Miller is now a 2010 third-round draft pick. We will wait and see how that pays off.


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  Tags: drew+miller

Samueli Back In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 12, 2009)—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today reinstated Henry Samueli as owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Samueli had been suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the Ducks and the NHL on June 24, 2008.

  Mrs. Susan Samueli also returned to active status as co-owner of the Ducks. In support of her husband, and to avoid any possible improper appearance, she had abided by the terms of Henry Samueli’s suspension.

  “We welcome Henry and Susan Samueli back as fully reinstated owners and members of the NHL community,” Commissioner Bettman said.

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Hordichuk Suspended One Game & Vigneault Fined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (November 12, 2009) – The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #245 between the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues, November 10.

        Vancouver Canucks forward Darcy Hordichuk has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach Alain Vigneault has been fined $10,000. Hordichuk was assessed an instigator penalty at 15:04 of the third period. He will miss tonight’s game at Detroit.

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  Tags: alain+vigneault, darcy+hordichuk

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