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Tavares Slumping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Garth Snow never doubted whom he would pick with the Islanders’ top selection over the summer and John Tavares has made the Islanders’ GM look good for much of his rookie season.

Lately, however, the young center has seen his production slip significantly, as Tavares only has one point in his last eight games.

But that’s not a cause for concern for Snow.

“He’s 19 years old,” Snow said of Tavares, who has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in his first 40 games in the NHL heading into tonight’s match against Columbus at the Coliseum. “Any time a young guy is going to come out of juniors or college hockey into this league, it’s not going to be a seamless transition.”


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TSN Style- Top 10 Plays In The First Decade Of The 21st Century

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Concussions Need To Stop

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from Dr. Charles Tator at the Toronto Star,

Recently, at the Regina workshop, I indicated that the “rock ‘em, sock ‘em” type of hockey espoused by commentators such as Don Cherry can no longer be the culture that dictates our game. We need to depart from the “win at all costs” mentality and return to the game when players had respect for their own bodies and respect for their opponents.

This message has been given by many others, such as the McMurtry report on amateur hockey violence in Ontario in 1974. In my book on sports and recreational injuries published last year, the cost of all sports and recreational injuries in Ontario was estimated at about $3 billion.

However, the costs in terms of grieving families and suffering athletes is much more important and of even greater magnitude than we had imagined, as demonstrated by the work from Boston University reported recently in the Star. This report included the case of former NHL player Reggie Fleming whose brain had major damage after repeated concussions.


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Forget Stevie, It Is Now Mr. Yzerman

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from Ian Johnson of the Wall Street Journal,

The host nation this year is under intense pressure to win gold. Canada invented the modern game of ice hockey, and people there feel they ought to win. Check out a Canadian newspaper or Web site these days, and it’s almost impossible to miss the discussion, or the immense pressure on Mr. Yzerman, the executive director of Team Canada. The media regularly track the players who are up and down this season, speculating whether it will influence Mr. Yzerman. Web sites have offered votes on who should be the starting goaltender, and podcasts are devoted to hashing and rehashing the possibilities.

“I don’t know if it’s pressure,” says Mr. Yzerman. “But a lot of people have a lot of opinions.”

The 44-year-old Mr. Yzerman retired in 2006 after 19 seasons as captain of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, helping to turn the club into a model of success. He was also a top scorer on Canada’s Olympic club in 2002, helping lead his country to its first gold medal in 50 years.

In such a talent-rich nation, Mr. Yzerman and his deputies have choices—almost too many. Does he go for the highest scoring players in hopes of outgunning opponents? Or does he take advantage of the fact that the series will be played in smaller North American rinks (as opposed to larger international-standard rinks) to fill his team with brawny players who can grind down opponents?


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Coyotes Adjusted Quickly To Tippett’s Coaching Philosophy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Tippett, who did not join the team until a week before the season, said his players jumped on board quickly.

“They’ve been a real good group as far as buying in what we’re trying to do as a team,” he said. “Players finding their niche, finding their roles on our team, and everybody taking the responsibility to make sure they do it to the best of their ability.

“The simple things - we want to play well as a group; we recognize what kind of team we have; we’re going to play a strong defensive game to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Tippett has liked the way that many different players, with their “pack mentality” mind-set, have contributed.

“The one thing about our group, they’re have been different guys step up at different times and not that that they were playing bad before, but get hot,” he said.


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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Christmas Break Perfect For The NHL

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from Chris Kerber of HockeyChats,

The NHL takes Christmas Eve and Christmas off.  Good for them.  Even that makes it difficult for most of the athletes to get home for Christmas but it better than nothing at all.  They can also do better by making sure each team is playing on the 23rd or 26th fairly close to home but let’s not be beggars here.

The importance and strength of family needs to remain the biggest foundation in our lives.  The health and growth of our children far outweighs the outcome of an NBA, NHL or NFL game just trying to capitalize on ratings.  Sure ratings are good. So what?  Ignore them and do what is right. Let the players spend that time with their families.  The NHL players prove it is effective and refreshing.  The time is greatly appreciated and enjoyed.


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Will The Winter Classic Be A Throwback Game?

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Neither team emphasizes rough stuff these days. The Bruins take the eighth-fewest penalties and while the Flyers lead the league, a coaching change earlier this month was made to enforce team discipline. The Flyers have been winning recently by taking half as many penalties as before.

“It’s going to be interesting what style they play on the 1st,” Johnson said. “The Flyers cast themselves in the Broad Street Bullies image when they acquired Chris Pronger, in the mold of the 1970s teams coached by Fred Shero. But you need Bernie Parent to pull that off. Parent isn’t walking out the door of that dressing room and Kate Smith won’t be singing.”

The Flyers roughed up Orr pretty good in 1974 and Johnson hasn’t forgotten it. He also credits the Bruins’ success in Boston for Philadelphia becoming one of the 1967 expansion teams.

“I didn’t like those Flyers teams and what they did to Orr was a shame, like taking a hammer to the Pieta,” he said. “Orr put food on the table of everyone in hockey. It’s competition, but do it clean and proper, not a mugging.

“It is interesting that they chose the Flyers. (Flyers chairman) Ed Snider saw the success and appeal of the Bruins. In that era, we had the Celtics winning championships and the Bruins usually failing to make the playoffs, but the Celtics averaged 8,000 fans and the Bruins sold out the 13,909-seat Garden every game.


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BJ’s On Tap: Four Chiquitas From Omaha Just Landed And We’re Live Blogging Their Evening

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh yes we did.  A Grand Funk reference. 

Nothing could be better than heading into the New Year’s Eve festivities against the swishy Dive than riding a two-gamer courtesy of Ken’s Easy BJ’s.

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Caps/Blue Jackets Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Washington has traded Milan Jurcina to Columbus. Details to follow.

update 3:50pm, via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Full trade is Clark and Jurcina for Chimera. Wow.

added 4:05pm, Washington Capitals press release of the trade is below…

added 4:17pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina and forward Chris Clark from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Jason Chimera, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  The transaction is pending the completion of player physicals.

“We are pleased to add Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to our hockey club.  Both are veteran players who we believe will contribute significantly to our team,” said Howson.  “We’d also like to thank Jason Chimera for his contributions to the Blue Jackets organization both on and off the ice over the past four-plus seasons.”


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