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Sharks Assign Goaltender Greiss

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has reassigned goaltender Thomas Greiss to the Worcester Sharks, San Jose’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

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  Tags: thomas+greiss

The NHL Hour with The Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Veteran hockey writer, broadcaster and historian Stan Fischler will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

Note: The player for the live feed is embedded below, in case anyone finds that handy.

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Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, podcast, xm+radio

Coming Soon to the NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News comes up with some “lighter fare” entertainment shows for the NHL Network.  A sample:

Dirty Sexy Money: Featuring Ryan Hollweg, Carrie Milbank and the Maple Leafs’ profits.

Mad Men: Noted goons Andre Roy, Colton Orr and Ben Eager reveal the secret methods that help them turn frothy-mouthed seething into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in salaries.

Read on for more shows ideas.

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Habs need to find a power play specialist

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

I guess a lot of fans in Montreal now miss Mark Streit after his departure via free agency to Long Island.

Montreal had last year’s number one power play in the NHL, but they are now sitting 26th with a poor 14.6% success rate, while the Islanders power play has improved slightly from 29th to 25th overall. Streit has 12 points (he would be the Habs’ 5th scorer) in 18 games, with only six of them coming with the man advantage.

Many thought Streit would struggle as a full-time defenseman, but he’s only minus-2 on a very ordinary islanders team. Streit has logged the ninth most ice time in the NHL with an average of 25:53 each game, including over six minutes on the power play.

Meanwhile, Ryan O’Byrne and Patrice Brisebois, who play with Roman Hamrlik, Streit’s former partner on defense, have a combined 1 goal and 4 assists in 27 games this season…

Streit was the shooter on a very effective 1st unit last season along with Markov, Kovalev, Plekanec and A. Kostitsyn. This season, newly-acquired Alex Tanguay is also manning the point with Andrei Markov.

The latter was asked to be the shooter without great success, Markov being more of a passer than a shooter, as shown by his 1 goal and 13 assists in 17 games this season. As a result, the Habs have became very predictable on the power play, and the defensive team is putting much more pressure on Koivu (0 goal on the PP) and Kovalev (1 goal on the PP).

Guy Carbonneau has yet to adjust his strategy and the problem is more and more evident recently as the Canadiens have lost 4 of their last 5 games.

Will Carbonneau change his strategy or will Bob Gainey pull the trigger and acquire a power play specialist with a hard shot (Philippe Boucher anyone)? From: http://www.nhl-northeast.com

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  Tags: canadiens, islanders, montreal, new+york, streit

Colaiacovo Takes Two Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, ...

while Leafs coach Ron Wilson said he did not expect Colaiacovo’s ailment to be an issue, watching the defenceman limping around suggested otherwise….

Acknowledging that Colaiacovo was en route to having X-rays taken, Wilson suggested that Colaiacovo’s injury-plagued history is related to less-than-ideal physical conditioning.

“The big thing with Carlo — and I tell him that every day — is that ‘You’re not in very good shape. It leads to all the other issues in the past’,” Wilson said, adding the organization is working with Colaiacovo to improve his preparation.

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  Tags: carlo+colaiacovo

Complaints About Blue Jackets Coverage

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ben Marrison, Editor of the Columbus Dispatch:

The caller said she is “sick and tired” of our negative coverage of the team, and said we’re trying to drive them out of town. She was particularly irked by the large photo we ran of goalie Pascal Leclaire in Wednesday’s paper, who gave up 7 goals in a loss Tuesday. She said we had the worst coverage of an NHL team of any newspaper.

continued…

Worth a read, given that the matter of “negative” coverage is something that fans around the league often have strong feelings about.  And the fact that the ownership company behind The Dispatch also happens to own a 10% stake in the Columbus Blue Jackets and their arena, is another interesting twist.

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  Tags: media

Blues Looking To Boyes For Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Boyes enjoyed a fast start, scoring five goals in his first six games, but he has scored just one goal since Oct. 25.

“I’m one of the guys who has to pick up my game offensively,” Boyes said. “I’ve got to put the puck in the net. I’ve got to get going again.”

Murray has been shuffling his lines for much of the season, due to injuries and the ineffectiveness of some combinations. The forwards have gotten used to working in different combinations.

Now he seems ready to reunite Boyes with Tkachuk (just one goal since Oct. 25) and Kariya (just back from the injured list) starting Friday night. In that scenario, Berglund would center Stempniak and David Perron on the No. 2 line.

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  Tags: brad+boyes

Not Buying Melrose Excuse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Melrose got fired because he didn’t know what he was doing.

He might think it was because his players didn’t like that he publically chastised them after the first two games of the season (in Europe no less) or that he resorted to his celebrated cold-shoulder approach when he walked out of the locker room and left them to practice on their own the day before a game just prior to his being dismissed, but that’s hardly the case.

He got fired because he didn’t do game-prep well, manage his players and bench effectively, and was regularly outcoached by opponents, many of whom knew what they were doing behind the bench and took advantage of the fact that Melrose did not have a clue.

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  Tags: barry+melrose

Chicago Goaltending Situation

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

After the lockout, in 2005 the Chicago Blackhawks thought they had the solution to their goaltending.  They signed reigning Stanley Cup winning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a four year $27 million contract.  The problem was Khabibulin was never able to maintain that success in Chicago.  In fact, it wasn’t too long after the signing that I wrote that he had been the worst free agent signing of the off season.  Khabibulin never got back into his previous form and Chicago stuck with him.  The Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first three years of the deal.

This summer, the Blackhawks decided to make another splash into the free agent market.  Their fortunes looked good due to the rise of a talented young core of players including Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.  The Blackhawks signed the top available free agent goalie in Cristobal Huet from the Washington Capitals.  They signed him to a four year deal worth a little over $22.5 million and expected him to be their starter.

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Burke & His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If Burke does sign on this weekend, it appears increasingly likely he won’t be coming alone. His visit to Vancouver this week will include a meeting with Dave Nonis, who worked with Burke in B.C. and was hired by Burke to work in Anaheim during the summer. Nonis had meetings with the Leafs last summer over their vacant executive position, but couldn’t come to an agreement, so clearly he’s already seriously considered re-locating east.

How that would affect the Leaf front office isn’t clear. Fletcher would likely stay on a consultant capacity at least until the end of the 19-month contract he signed last January, and Joe Nieuwendyk appears likely to be part of a Burke team. Burke didn’t immediately clean house when he took over in Vancouver or Anaheim, so he may be content with bringing Nonis in without dumping those already working in Toronto.

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  Tags: brian+burke

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