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The Sutter System

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For more than half a season, (Kevin) Weekes has watched his former coach with his new team and seen Sutter try to implement his way of doing things on a Flames team that has battled through its ups and downs, yet still went into last night’s clash with the Colorado Avalanche atop the NHL’s Northwest Division.

Weekes, who retired after a 13-year pro career, says nothing he’s seen from Sutter has come as a surprise to him.

“He has his system, in terms of the way he wants to do things, what he believes in, why he believes in them and how he wants them executed. He’s very steadfast in those things.

“I know those four things are big for him,” Weekes said.

He understands making things interesting for the coach in Calgary is that New Jersey has had a way of doing things for a generation, compared to a Flames team that had little structure the past couple of years.


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Why Kovalchuk May Leave Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Imagine this scenario: Kovalchuk signs a 10-year contract with Atlanta for $10 million a year. Then, starting next year, outside economic forces push the league’s escrow up from 13 per cent per paycheque to say, 20 per cent.

So now he’s getting $8 million a year.

Then, in 2012, a new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players includes another 24 per cent salary rollback and new limits on term for individual player contracts.

Finally, the Thrashers sell to new ownership, who sensibly give up on Atlanta, moving the team to Kansas City.

So Kovalchuk might end up playing for a sharply devalued, shortened contract in a city in which he doesn’t want to live for owners he doesn’t trust or like.

Now, it’s unlikely all these dynamics would come into play, but they might.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Senators Searching For Help At Center

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Senators continue their five-game road trip tonight against the Thrashers and struggle to hang onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, two league executives told the Sun yesterday that Murray is trying to deal for a centre.

With top centre Jason Spezza sidelined the past three weeks, Mike Fisher struggling and Peter Regin miscast as the No. 1 pivot at the moment, the indications are Murray would like somebody who can play in a top-six role and possibly move to the wing once the team is healthy.

The most consistent centre for the Senators this season has been Chris Kelly, who has looked quite comfortable in his third-line role.

Making a deal is tough with the salary cap, but talk has started to heat up.

“That’s easier said than done,” said one NHL executive. “There’s just not a lot out there right now. Not enough teams are eliminated.”

read on

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Cleary’s Return Boosts Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

For most of the season, the story around the Detroit Red Wings has been who is leaving the lineup with injuries. The Wings finally have some good news with Dan Cleary retuning from a separated shoulder that placed him on the club’s long injury list for a dozen games.

And so far, so good. Cleary has goals in two straight games, netting one against the Kings on Jan. 7 and another against the Sharks on Jan. 9 with the opportunity for more Tuesday night on Long Island.

“It doesn’t even look like he’s lost anything,” goalie Jimmy Howard told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. “He was flying out there again. He really picked that top corner there. He’s got a heck of a shot, and he definitely used it to his advantage.”

continued and more Central Division notes…

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  Tags: dan+cleary

Dater Critiques The Flames

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

If I can apply some of the same critical thought to the Flames for a second here, like I always do with the Avs, I would say that Jay Bouwmeester too often looks like just another guy out there. He doesn’t seem to play with a lot of passion somehow. He skates fast, but it seems like he’s always got somewhere better to get -instead of place like the front of the net or dangerously cutting into the slot areas.

Dion Phaneuf is another guy I’d want to carve a little. Some bad decisions with the puck, a slap shot that too often sails wide of the net. Olli Jokinen too often looks like a bigger version of Wolski.

more on the Avs victory over the Flames last night…

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Alexandre Burrows Calls Out Referee

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from TSN,

Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows did not hold back about what he felt were unjust penalty calls, ripping into NHL referee Stephane Auger after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Burrows, who was called for diving in the second period and interference in the third, also received a 10-minute misconduct with seconds left in the game, and he was not shy his post-game interview.

“It was personal. It started in warmup, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “(Augers) came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the (Jerred) Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”


added 7:18am, You can judge the calls against Burrows last night…

added 8:31am, Watch below the post game comments from Burrows and others….

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows

Nice Job 19

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You idiots somehow made a list of top ten hockey blogs.  Congratulations. The Sports Media Challenge does an annual deal, ranking the top NHL blogs and the 19 strolled in at #4.  Reaction and reasoning is below.  First, the criteria…the Media Challenge guys list “content and influence” as two of the three top variables.  Hmmm.  Interesting.  Repeatedly using the words “bitch”, “vomit”, “prison washroom” and “Murph’s wasted again” does not, in my opinion, qualify as “quality” content. 



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H2H Update: Tix, T-Shirts and Sponsors

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First: there’s a new Obstructed View up and ready for you.  Carve out six or seven hours of your day and give it a listen. 

Next: each of you has a new best friend, a new addition to your one-man wolfpacks (Remember when I used to quote Tenacious D all the time?  Yeah, The Hangover’s where I am right now). His name is Ryan Michaels and he works at the DRW ticket office.  I’ve never met Ryan but I know that he’s been a madman behind the scenes ensuring that approximately 100 of you have a huge block of seats together at the Joe for the H2H game on 26 March against Pinky’s Wild.

I’m not sure Ryan really has any idea what he’s done but one of you guys needs to buy him a beer, and soon.  He’s been working this hard and as a result the ticket prices are down to 38 bucks apiece. That’s sick.  A ticket, a block of cheddar, four beers and some applesauce…all for like, I don’t know, 67 dollars or something.

Important: email Jen MacRostie (jennyquarx at gmail dot com) if you want to get in on the H2H block of seats.

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To The People That Make Up Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

I couldn’t fit my entire conversation with Ducks General Manager Bob Murray into my weekly NHL column, so here are a few tidbits that didn’t get into print but are worth sharing:

—He will not trade defenseman Scott Niedermayer, even if the Ducks drop out of playoff contention.

“That’s another one that seems to circulate,” Murray said when asked about the rumors that crop up frequently and send Niedermayer to Vancouver, New Jersey and all points in between. “No. Scotty and I have been talking and he’s going to retire an Anaheim Duck. And that’s the way it’s going to be unless he tells me different. I have an agreement with Scotty and it’s my word.

“We’ve talked about this. I see him staying here. Who knows, he might play next year.”

continue for more on the Ducks…

...and don’t use the lame excuse that GMs lie.

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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

&*$%^# Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, last week the league came out with a warning and policy memo regarding foul language being used in the media….

The following is fake reaction from some of hockey’s more fiery personalities:

NYR coach John Tortorella
“I’m trying to win ****ing hockey games and they want me to watch my ****ing language?! Give me a ****ing break. This isn’t a god **** church league, this is the National ****ing Hockey League. **** me! Get a ****ing life. We played like sh** last night, am I supposed to say we played like poop? Or doo doo? Is that what I’m supposed to do? Am I Brooksy?

more personalities…

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