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It’s The PK Stupid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m still not convinced Brad McCrimmon’s the guy to blame for the PK.  I just haven’t seen anything that says it’s his responsibility.

Is it likely?  Oh yes.  But I need confirmation.  I need something solid that says he’s the huckleberry.  Until then?  I refuse to condone burning him alive. 

However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go right up to the edge.  WingFanInBeanland concurs.  He posted this earlier today in a comment and I wanted to be sure all you freak shows saw it.

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Call Of The Week Plus A History Lesson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Kelly & Darren Pang, the Blues TV broadcast team, with the call of the week plus a look at the formation of the NHL.

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Looking West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

I can’t help but think hockey fans in the eastern part of the continent are missing something. By the time the news is coming on, most people in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa (and New York for that matter) are setting their alarm clocks for tomorrow morning. They are missing the buzzer at the end of the first or second period for some of the most entertaining games in the NHL.

And they are missing some of the great stars in the league too.

In California alone, there are at least six great players who have electrified hockey fans on the West Coast. The Kings have Anze Kopitar leading the league in scoring (going into Wednesday’s games.) Kopitar has two strikes against him, as far as recognition. Not only do his games start at 10:30 pm ET, but he is from that hockey-hot-bed, Slovenia. His puck sense is sensational, and his knack to be in the right place at the right time has fans in L.A. talking about a comparison to two other Kings scorers, Marcel Dionne and Wayne Gretzky.

On the Kings’ blue line is Drew Doughty, who is actually 19 and plays like he’s 29. His leadership and on-ice composure have many saying that he will have a chance to play for Canada in the Winter Games in Vancouver.

read on and John, some of us do stay up late to watch the west coast games…

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Coach Goes Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Louisiana hockey coach has had enough.

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Caps Cap Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun answers some fan mail…

The Washington Capitals are again poised to be one the most injury-plagued teams in the league after finishing with the fourth-most games lost last year. The problem wouldn’t be so dramatic if Michael Nylander and his ridiculous contract were over in the KHL right now. When (if ever) is something going to happen on this front and allow the Capitals to bring up the talent they really want to bring up from Hershey?...

...the Nylander situation certainly continues to drag itself out. Last week, it looked like there might be a resolution with a KHL team in Russia, but somehow that fell through. Caps GM George McPhee told me this weekend the KHL remains the target solution, but it’s a delicate and difficult process. But if you’re frustrated now, wait until this summer when Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom become restricted free agents.

It’s becoming harder and harder for the Caps to keep all these terrific young players. That’s the thing about the salary cap, you can’t keep everyone….

more plus numerous aswers from Pierre…

 

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Novice Petes Capture Barrie Ball Hockey Fall 2009 Championship in Overtime Thriller

Blog: KK Members Blog By 007devils007

William Lowe scored at the 4:59 mark of the first overtime period to win the Fall 2009 Championship for the Novice/Minor Atom Petes at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club this past weekend.  Jackie Couture and Ciera Winterkorn assisted on the championship winning goal.

 

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  Tags: ball+hockey, barrie, championships, youth

Lessons Learned For Patrice Bergeron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

This Thanksgiving, the best story in Boston tells of hard work, perseverance, humility and courage. Patrice Bergeron is still just 24 years old, but he already seems to possess the experience and wisdom of a man twice his age.

“It’s behind me now and I can look forward,” Bergeron said yesterday by phone as the Bruins prepared for tonight’s game at Minnesota. “It’s been two long years and I’ve learned a lot. I guess everything happens for a reason.”

Everything happens for a reason. But does it really? Or do things sometimes happen purely as matter of chance, of luck both good and bad?

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Waiting in the Wings: Fantasy Right Wingers

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Let me guess—your fantasy team is weak at right wing.  Everyone’s is; it seems like every three years or so strength from one wing vacillates over to the other as coaches and general managers load up on the other wing to compensate for shortcomings on their respective teams.  What was a blight in left wing a few years ago is now a glut, with promising young talent like Matt Moulson, Loui Eriksson, Wojtek Wolski, Ryan Malone, Mason Raymond and so many more boiling up on the left, we’re left wondering what happened to all the guys on the right.

This article will attempt to find a few up-and-coming promising players on the right wing that are either buy-low’s or may still be on your wire.  Don’t fool yourself, there are no easy options here, but by examining trends, impending line combinations, playing time, who’s getting hot, and who could eventually continue a trend they started last year, perhaps we can find a few gems.

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KK Plans For The Thanksgiving Holiday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Before everyone heads out to do some shopping, eating and enjoying the company of family and friends, I thought I would update you on my status for the Holiday.

I will be around today and tonight and will do a morning update tomorrow.  After that, posts may be on a limited basis as I enjoy some time with family.

Friday I will return to normal posting while everyone else is shopping.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break and please be safe.

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Blues Need Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

If one hadn’t witnessed the Blues’ inability to score goals this season, it might be difficult to fathom based on past evidence.

Brad Boyes, who has averaged 38 goals the past two seasons, is on pace for 17. David Backes had a breakout campaign with 31 goals last season, but so far, he’s on track for four in 2009-10. Paul Kariya, who has averaged 73 points in his last five full seasons, is targeted for 31 points this season.

Boyes, Backes and Kariya certainly aren’t alone as the Blues search for someone — anyone — to put the puck in the net. After Monday’s 4-2 loss to Boston, the club has 50 goals on the season, which is the fewest in the NHL. In 13 of their 21 games this season, the Blues have registered two goals or fewer.

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