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Stop The Head Hunting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

I don’t care if they keep ignoring me and every other voice of reason out there (see Jack Todd, Montreal Gazette, for one). I don’t care if every testosterone-filled idiot wants to call me a girl.
Enough.
Somebody is going to die.
I thought I had just witnessed it. Just minutes ago, here at Continental Airlines Arena.
But the league got lucky again tonight when the Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle somehow raised himself off the ice after Devils winger Cam Janssen hit him in the head, feet from the boards, sending him crashing awkwardly into the boards and crumbling to the ice.

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Tough Guy Comeback

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The dinosaurs are pleased to announce that news of their death has been greatly exaggerated.
National Hockey League beat cops had one foot in the grave when this season began and it had been widely accepted that another year in the kinder, gentler and faster post-lockout era would be the end of them for good.
Well, you might want to hold off on the dirt and shovels. Turns out the Tough Guy and Enforcer’s Union is still kicking. Or, at least punching.

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A Bunch Of Numbers

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from the Toronto Star,

Then there are the stories about general managers asking the hometown stats keepers to add a few hits per game to particular underachieving defencemen to pump up their trade value. So it’s buyer beware when it comes to lies, damn lies and statistics.

read on if you are into statistics…

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Goons Run Wild

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The “policemen” strike again.
That’s what the people want, right? More latitude for the goons, less bite in the instigator penalty, all so the enforcers can make sure the game is played, ahem, cleanly….
Let the goons run wild and everyone will feel safer.
Well, suffice to say the Maple Leafs probably won’t feel that way today, and certainly Tomas Kaberle doesn’t.

read on

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Tomas Kaberle Leaves Ice On Stretcher

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from The Sports Network via TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being blind-sided by a late hit by New Jersey Devils tough guy Cam Janssen in the second period Friday night.
Kaberle was hit in the head by Janssen about two or three seconds after he made a pass in his own end of the ice. The Toronto player then fell to the ice and hit his head against the side boards at the Continental Airlines Arena.

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Sidney Crosby Sets NHL Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins became the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 200-point plateau Friday night.
Crosby recorded his 200th career point with a goal in the Penguins’ game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Crosby achieved the milestone at the age of 19 years, 207 days, breaking the mark set by Wayne Gretzky in the 1980-81 season.

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Top GMs In Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Forbes,

The general manager is the most influential and scrutinized position in sports because he decides how the owner’s money is spent on players.
Forbes.com’s first-ever proprietary look at GMs in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB grades each GM on two yardsticks. First, there’s the performance (regular season winning percentage and postseason wins) during the GM’s tenure versus the performance of his predecessor. Second, there’s the GM’s relative (to the league median) payroll compared with his predecessor’s relative payroll.

continued... Three NHL GMs made the top 10- Jay Feaster, Lou Lamoriello and Don Waddell.

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Avs Future Looks Bright

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Holland was less interested in discussing the past – Colorado’s two Stanley Cups since 1996 and a 3-2 Stanley Cup Playoff series edge over Detroit – than the future. While his team is battling the Nashville Predators for the Central Division lead, Holland thinks the Avalanche’s rapidly developing corps of young talent has the team well positioned for another Stanley Cup challenge in the not-too-distant future.

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Add Hasek and Chelios To The List

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Both of the ancient vets will sit out tonite, according to Deep Digger captain Ansar Khan(!).

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Not A Small Market Problem

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

One of the prevailing themes in the wake of the shocking trade of Ryan Smyth to Long Island, at least in Canada, was that, somehow, the collective-bargaining agreement had failed small markets like Edmonton.
Now, hold on an oilfield second here.
Isn’t Long Island one of those small markets? And Nashville, which nabbed Peter Forsberg? And Atlanta, which nabbed Keith Tkachuk? And San Jose, which added Bill Guerin?

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