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Unfair Decisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

How does the Wild’s Derek Boogaard get five games on a first-offense elbow last season but Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski gets two on a third blow to the head in two years—and second in a month—just a week ago?

How does one man arbitrarily render discipline based seemingly on no criteria?

Critics joke that (Colin) Campbell must have a dartboard in his office, although as a blog commenter said on “Russo’s Rants” the other day, it’s more like “Wheel of Fortune” because eventually Campbell would get good at throwing darts.

By dodging transparency and then showing zero candor, Campbell leaves the league open to criticism.

But after hearing Campbell on the radio Thursday justify why he didn’t suspend Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar for his blow to the head of the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck, it’s probably best he keeps muzzling himself.


added 8:01am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His official title in the league directory no longer is operative. This was the week in which Colin Campbell first and foremost became the NHL’s Cleaner, in charge of dust-busting every single potential scandal under the rug, never to be seen or dealt with again.

Let’s face it. Five years into its proclaimed “partnership” with the players, the NHL has become a monolithic power, unopposed and unchallenged (except by a foolhardy litigant named Jim Balsillie), dictated on the business side by Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, ruled on the hockey side by Campbell, whose decisions become more personal, more quixotic, less credible and thus less worthy of respect by the day.


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  Tags: colin+campbell, sergei+gonchar

The Determined Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

In six seasons Dustin Brown has seen the Kings’ playoff hopes disintegrate slowly. He has seen their hopes crumble quickly. He has seen them so bad they made plans for April vacations in December.

The Kings’ captain is seeing something different this season, something he can’t name. Resilience. Determination, maybe. A knowledge that success is within their reach and worth the unrelenting effort it demands.


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Could Tanguay Be The Offensive Answer In Calgary?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

First off, let’s make a couple of assumptions.

One — that Flames general manager Darryl Sutter, still so in love with his core, won’t rock a blockbuster in the coming weeks. So no Vinny Lecavalier. No Nathan Horton. No Jeff Carter. No Eric Staal.

Two — that Alex Tanguay would return to a team that he, well, couldn’t wait to leave.

OK now, here’s the thing: the Flames are dying for a top-six forward.

Without playing big-ball—and wheeling away one of the cornerstone heroes — Sutter’s options are limited. Tanguay may be one. This is a fellow playing for a reasonable contract (one year worth $2.5 million US — more than half done, of course) with a healthy dash of skill.


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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Hey, It Is A HNIC Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On the HNIC Hotstove, the panelists discussed the Steve Ott disputed goal today against Detroit and other topics including, Turco, Kovalchuk and Gonchar.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+ott

Grapes Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight basically called out Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau for playing Mike Green and Alexander Ovechkin on the power play last night when they had a big lead.

Don touched on numerous topics but the Boudreau conversation starts at the 3:00 minute mark if you are just interested in that topic.

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Ron MacLean/Colin Campbell Talk Burrows/Auger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below.  The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, colin+campbell, mike+murphy, stephane+auger

Elias Appears To Be OK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias left the ice on a stretcher after he took a shoulder to the chin from Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson 38 seconds into the second period of today’s game at Pepsi Center.

Through a team spokesman, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Elias is “OK” and “has all of his faculties.” Elias is back in the locker room and, apparently, was not taken to the hospital. Lamoriello said Elias will be re-evaluated tomorrow and will travel back to New Jersey with the team after the game.

The Devils lost the game, 3-1.

7:22pm, added video of the hit from Ryan Wilson on Patrik Elias below…

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  Tags: patrik+elias

Steve Ott’s Shootout Goal Controversy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Referee on the goal line calls no-goal, Toronto Situation Room says replay is inconclusive but ref following the play and a linesman watching the play say goal.

The call on the ice is overturned, good goal, Wings miss their next shot in the shootout so Dallas wins in the shootout.

The above information was provided from FSN Detroit after hearing from the situation room.

added 5:11pm, The back ref and the linesman on the right are the officials who overruled the original call.


added 5:20pm, The video of the Ott goal is below….

added 6:39pm, added a 2nd video below, from the Stars broadcasting crew….

added 7:05pm, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has quotes from bot Mike Babcock and Marc Crawford regarding the goal and the game.

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  Tags: steve+ott

A Game Night With Rocky Wirtz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Melissa Harris of the Chicago Tribune,

He orders a chicken Caesar salad and a glass of red wine. Diners nearby turn and stare, and a few snap photos with their cell phones. Ald. Brendan Reilly stops by, and one brave man steps up to the table, apologizes for the interruption and says, “Rocky, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

“That’s so nice,” his daughter, Hillary, says after the man leaves. “People are so nice.”

Rocky Wirtz, 57, having turned the Blackhawks into a winning franchise almost overnight, is quite possibly the most popular businessman in Chicago. But it hasn’t always been that way. He says he hasn’t forgotten the local headline that topped a story about his divorce from his first wife: “For Better or For Wirtz.”

Time: One minute into the game; Brian Campbell scores.

read on

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  Tags: rocky+wirtz

Fire Up The Possum, It’s A Live Blog Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s Bubba, Sr. to you.

Here’s a little ditty to remind you of a pretty good rivalry from another century.

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