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Here Comes The Respect Word Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

“There are unwritten rules among the players,” Toews said, after the Blackhawks morning skate…

”It’s not a perfect world. Some guys do respect each other, and some guys don’t. You want to play hard within the rules of the game – and a lot of guys have that attitude,” Toews continued.

“But then you look at … some of these hits … and they (players) are going in at an unnecessary speed.”

And what if a player does that and then sits in the dressing room and says he didn’t mean to injure an opponent?

“If you’re going to sit there and answer questions after you hit somebody like that and say you didn’t want to hurt them - you’re lying through your teeth,” Toews said.

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Going Deep

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Craig Custance came up with a good idea.  He ranked the NHL offices in terms of organ-I-zational depth.  Number 1 shocked me.  No, not really.

1. Detroit Red Wings: I think it’s hard for any organization to compete with the Red Wings when it comes to executives at the top. You have the architect of it all in senior vice president Jim Devellano, arguably the best GM in the game in Ken Holland, Team Canada GM and future NHL GM Steve Yzerman, the guy I’d hire tomorrow to run my organization if I inherited an NHL team in assistant GM Jim Nill, and the best European scout around in Hakan Andersson. It’s not hard to figure out why the franchise is great year in and year out.

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Hockey & Curling Don’t Mix

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Digging Friday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting line in the sand drawn between two factions of Wing fans.  One side, the majority, is entrenched in the Mike Babcock camp, fully ready to stand by him until our world crumbles.  The other side, smaller in number but definitely hockey-smart and persuasive, is eager to separate the coach from any success the team has had.  In fact, they’ve opted to claim the Wings succeed in spite of Babcock.

It’s a serious subject, and one you’ll probably find discussed in much greater detail in the comment section here.  So, go there now if you’re all lathered up and ready to use big words and stuff.

Me? I found something else to do.

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Gm’s Will Be Watching Their Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Scotty Bowman, the legendary former coach and now an adviser for the Chicago Blackhawks, believes next year’s NHL salary cap could drop about $2-million, a reasonable prediction given how little box-office revenue is being generated in Phoenix, Tampa and Atlanta. Even the rising Canadian dollar won’t offset those black holes. If that cap forecast is ultimately how it plays out, you’d have to think most general managers will get even more gun shy about adding high-priced help (such as Giguere) unless they’re on expiring contracts. Cheaper options (such as Martin Biron of the Islanders) will become far more attractive.

more hockey talk including some Ilya Kovalchuk talk…

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Ducks GM Responds To Items

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

General Manager Bob Murray—who succeeded Brian Burke a year ago, during the Samuelis’ exile—quashed speculation about Carlyle.

“There’s going to be a lot of players going through the turnstiles going out the door before coaches go out the door here. And our players better get that through their thick skulls,” Murray said by phone Thursday.

“That stuff about buying into programs and this and that and stuff I’m reading—you know what, why don’t they try playing better first?”

He downplayed remarks by goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere and defenseman Scott Niedermayer in which they hinted at being unhappy.

Niedermayer told the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger that “it’s a possibility” he would be traded to the Devils before the March 3 trade deadline and rejoin his brother, Rob, if the Ducks don’t reverse course. Murray quashed that too. “He’s going to retire a Duck when he chooses to retire,” Murray said.

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Early Season MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In October, I picked Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as the early season MVP.  He has fallen from the race since suffering a shoulder injury on November 1st.  In the meantime, two candidates have emerged as the MVP leaders.  There is Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, who has 30 points to lead the NHL and top goalie Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, who leads the NHL with a .938 saves percentage and a 1.82 GAA. 

I think the current MVP is Ryan Miller, but it is not by a large margin.  The main difference comes from the relative values of different positions.  A goaltender is the most important player to a team when he plays well.  He is on the ice the entire game and has a better ability to singlehandedly keep a team in the game.  That is not to say that a position player cannot be MVP (in fact the MVP usually is a position player), but in event of a close race between a goalie and a non-goalie, I tend to favor the goalie.

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Blues Got What They Deseved

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues scored 2 minutes, 3 seconds into Thursday’s game against Nashville, but coach Andy Murray bluntly said after the game that he knew his club wasn’t headed for a good outcome….

“It’s very disappointing. I’ve got lots of losses as a coach, obviously when you’ve coached as long as I have. That ranks right up there ... because of the way we played.

“We didn’t play hard enough. We had a goaltender (Mason), who played in Nashville ... (and) was doing everything he could to make sure we had a chance to win. Paul Kariya, another former Nashville player, is battling on every puck and is our best forward. We don’t have enough other guys going.

“We’ve got guys trying to stick-handle, we’ve got guys trying to toe-drag guys, instead of putting the puck to the net. We won against Vancouver because we played a basic, direct-line game. Here tonight, we came in thinking that we could play a different kind of game, fancy, cute kind of game against a team that’s just going to grind on you. And if you’re not prepared to battle and play a direct game, those are the things that happen.”

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DiPietro Preparing To Play

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

With the Islanders in Carolina, preparing to play yet another game without their franchise goalie tonight, Rick DiPietro was working out at Iceworks in Syosset yesterday, still likely at least a month away from his return to an NHL game.

The 28-year-old is acutely aware that he has become known more for his propensity for getting injured than the fact that he’s a former All-Star.

“I have to keep telling myself that I have a lot of years left and not to push too much and put myself in jeopardy,” said DiPietro, who is in the fourth year of his 15-year deal and is still recovering from knee surgery after being limited to five games last season. “The one thing that frustrates me is when people say I can’t stay healthy. It’s not like anyone goes out there and tries to get hurt. It would be one thing—and I would accept the criticism—if I came into camp out of shape, fat and lazy, but I consider myself a pretty hard worker and I come into camp in great shape.”

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How’s Your Uncle Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.  Uncle Mike says the doubters can go ahead and suck it. 

Chris McCosky

“We are now 9-3-3 since coming back from our trip (to Sweden),” coach Mike Babcock said. “We aren’t winning games in the same fashion that we used to, that’s pretty obvious. But we are finding ways to grind games out and that’s what we have to do.”

I guess, and I’m no pharmacist, that what Babcock has the Wings doing now…is winning games in playoff-like fashion.  Is that gonna be ok with you, or do we need to whine now about how Babcock is winning?

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