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Strange Decisions Continue In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The most interesting aspect of the change to the Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff is not so much that assistant coach Wes Walz was fired after he declined the head coaching job at AHL Norfolk, or that Norfolk coach Jim Johnson has been hired as a Lightning assistant, helping to push out Walz. It is that Lightning coach Rick Tocchet apparently was not consulted by GM Brian Lawton before the change was made.

“None,” Tocchet said Wednesday when asked how much input he had into the changes. I was told at 12 o’clock (Tuesday).”

Lawton, for his part said, “I did discuss it with Rick,” but that, according to Tocchet’s time line, apparently was after the decision was made.

The Lightning is one point out of a playoff spot and has 21 games left. The season resumes March 2.


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Report- Good News For USA Hockey Fans In The Pacific Time Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve of Puck the Media,

It was just reported by Richard Deitsch of SI on Twitter, and I’ll look to confirm it with NBC myself, but Team USA’s game vs. the winner of Finland/Czech Republic on Friday at 3PM ET, will air live in all time zones on NBC.  This is good news.  More soon.

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  Tags: team+usa, winter+olympics

Open Post- Team Russia vs. Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puck drops on CNBC and CTV at 7:30pm ET.

Should be an exciting game to watch and I hope CNBC does not turn this into a Crosby vs. Ovechkin circus.

Ken Holland on 640am in Toronto about a 1/2 hour ago stated he expects a 3-2 game tonight and feels it will be a tight, defensive game.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia, winter+olympics

The Paths Of Glory Lead To Gold

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

There are times that I’m ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion.  NBC has chosen in its infinite


stupidity to tape delay the USA-SUI game for those on the West Coast. 

This is the point in the Olympic competition where the best must prove they deserve a shot at some shiny hardware.  For many, nothing less than gold will suffice.  For me, nothing less than watching Datsyuk and Ovechkin cry tonight will suffice.  I’m taking it one step at a time.

And this tournament may drive some of the 19 to twelve-step answers.

UPDATE 18:00 - Jennyquarx has emailed me to let me know that if you haven’t already paid her for your H2H ticket, it is too late.  You will have to go through Ryan Michaels of the Red Wings ticket office.  Sorry bitches, but you snooze, you lose, and you’ve been given lots of time.  Also, if you wish to attend the uber-awesome pre-party at Hockeytown Cafe featuring amazing prize raffles, you better pay Jennyquarx .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before March 5th.  If you miss that deadline, you will not be able to attend.  Pay up, bitches, do the right thing and don’t leave Jen stuck with your bill.

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Bring The Olympic Hockey Games To The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated,

The National Hockey League is dubious about whether the Olympics really do promote the league, so, come 2014, why truck all the way to some arena in Russia just to help the IOC sell tickets? Look, if the Olympics want hockey, well, let the mountain come to Mohammed, let the NHL boys play for their gold medal in Montreal, Toronto and Madison Square Garden. This business of jamming everything into one place just because the Greeks kept things in Olympia seems so outdated today.

Whatever, these next few nights are probably the swan song for NBC’s winter bacchanalia. ESPN, with all its cable riches, will undoubtedly win the contract for Sochi and Rio, too, for the summer of ‘16.

more on the Olympics…

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Maltby Will Have Shoulder Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby said today that he will have shoulder surgery next week, keeping him out for the remainder of the regular season.

Maltby will be placed on long-term injured serve, solving the club’s salary-cap issues. This will enable defenseman Andreas Lilja to be activated. Lilja said he expects to be in the lineup Monday at Colorado, in the frist game following the Olympic break.


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  Tags: kirk+maltby

Dallas Plans To Keep Turco This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars today placed backup goalie Alex Auld on waivers, which means there is little chance the team will trade Marty Turco before the March 3 trade deadline.

GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who is traveling to Cornell to have his number retired this weekend, confirmed that Turco will likely stick with the team.

“I don’t want to ever say never, but we would have to be blown away with a great offer to deal him now,’’ Nieuwendyk said. “We feel this is the best move for our team going forward, so that’s the plan right now.’‘


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  Tags: alex+auld, marty+turco

Predators Re-Sign Pekka Rinne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Predators have re-signed goalie Pekka Rinne to a two-year, $6.8 million contract.

The team is expected to officially announce the signing later this afternoon.

Rinne will make $2.8 million during the 2010-11 season and $4.0 million during the 2011-12 season.

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  Tags: pekka+rinne

Enough Of The Talk, Let’s Play The Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What else is their to say that hasn’t been mentioned regarding the Mens Hockey Quarter-Final Games at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

It is just about time to sit back and catch all the great action today.

Now the real talk begins, the players will speak with their play on the ice.

Consider this an open post for the USA/Switzerland game which begins at 3:00pm ET on NBC & SNET.

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN provide you with five reasons each team will win.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nbc, team+switzerland, team+usa, winter+olympics

All The Crosby Against Ovechkin Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Inglis of NHL.com,

“Can we call this Super Wednesday?” asks Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News on the eve of this feast of four Olympic quarterfinal games that features more than 125 NHL players pursuing their gold-medal dream in one spectacular day of competition.

“This is not merely a showstopper. This is a nation stopper,” proclaims Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber on the much-hyped Canada-Russia showdown….

“Sid vs. Ovie: The rivalry goes global,” reads the headline to Craig Custance’s preview in the Sporting News.

read on

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby, team+canada, team+russia, winter+olympics

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