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The Maven With A Gretzky Tease

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Stan Fischler of Game On,

Wayne Gretzky’s recent comments on MSG Network clearly indicate that The Great One is in no rush to return to an ice job.

In an interview with MSG’s Al Trautwig, Gretzky admits he’s content watching his kids grow as athletes. Wayne took in a Penguins-Rangers game last week from an MSG ice-side seat alongside his still gorgeous wife Janet.

Who knows, maybe there’s a job for Wayne at the NHL alongside Brendan Shanahan? Wayne and Janet reportedly are shopping for a luxury apartment within a mile or two of the NHL headquarters. Coincidence, or what?

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two minutes of the best goals, hits and saves in the past week of the NHL.

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Mac On Film

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated at 1909: Twelve years later and nothing that has happened over the course of 4 Cups affects me like McCarty’s destruction of Claude Lemieux.  Still, to this day, it’s just…ours.  It’s a Wing fan’s moment.  

It’s been nagging at me the last hour or so that we didn’t do Mac justice with the last post announcing his official retirement.  You guys have seen every second of the videos below, but I’m showing them to you anyway.  Because the hat trick in ‘02 kicked Roy’s ass once and for all. And because that frigging goal to clinch OUR first Cup was a moment that defined so much for so many of us.

And because Darren McCarty brought a city to its feet with a beatdown that just had to happen and then he laughed at Denver with the rest of us with his OT winner.

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Kiprusoff The Difference Maker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

This year, however, there has been a dramatic turnaround in the 33-year-old’s performance, as he has a 2.21 goals against average and .927 save percentage.

Considering Kiprusoff has faced 756 shots on goal so far this season, if he was still stopping pucks at a .903 clip, he would have allowed approximately 18 more goals than the 55 he’s let in so far this season, which would lift his goals against average to 2.94.

That’s a major impact to a Flames team that has scored 17 more goals than their opposition this season and it’s why I view Miikka Kiprusoff as making the primary difference for the Flames this season.


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Yzerman: “What The Faux Was THAT?”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Darren McCarty officially called it quits today, even though we’d heard he retired several weeks ago.  Craig Custance remains the best hockey writer in Detroit.

Sporting News

“I was going to dump it in, it was the end of the shift but [the puck] rolled on me. My reaction was to toe drag and the next thing I knew I had a step on Niinimaa. I was just trying to shield the puck and saw Hextall coming out ... the last thing I remember, I got the puck on my stick and I remember thinking ‘Don’t miss the net.’”

As classic as that goal was, the reaction from Steve Yzerman might have been better.

“We were celebrating and the first guy I see is Stevie Yzerman in the pile. His eyes were as big as saucers and he said ‘What the [expletive] was that? I had no idea.”

NHLPA’s official release on Mac’s retirement is here.

And this will blow your mind…

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Empty Seats Not A Good Sign For The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

If I’m an NHL player, I’m not counting on getting any escrow payments back this season. In fact, the way things are looking, they might even need to sock away some more for when the nasty escrow man comes calling after this season.

When the NHL set this year’s escrow payments at 18 percent, it must have been looking at its own dismal attendance figures. Last year, players paid 12.9 percent of their salaries in escrow, which meant they gave more than $207 million back to their employers.

But if bums in the seats are any indication, things aren’t about to get better anytime soon, either for the league or the players. That’s because attendance, which is by far the league’s most prominent cash cow, is trending downward in almost every way imaginable.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Basically, he had trouble handling the success he had last year.  Maybe it’s not as easy as he thought it was.

He needs to make sure “he doesn’t forget where he is and how much of a privilege it is to be here,”

-Columbus goaltender coach Dave Rook on Steve Mason.  More from Scott Burnside plus other NHL topics…

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Stevens Talks About His Firing

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

John Stevens, fired as the Flyers coach Friday after his underachieving team had fallen to 10th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, today exhibited the dignified manner that marked his three-plus year tenure.

In a conference call with reporters, Stevens said he felt “responsible” for letting people down - and getting assistant Jack McIlhargey fired - and that he was “extremely lucky to be part of the organization for so long.”

Stevens, in his first interview since the dismissal, called his coaching stint a learning experience, praised the organization, and said he was disappointed he couldn’t bring a championship to Philadelphia.

He said he will look back on his coaching experience and “reflect on it and use it as an opportunity to get better. My goal and dream was to win the Stanley Cup, and it’s important for me to review [what happened] and be better prepared for the next time.”


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 7, 2009)—Centers Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 6.

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Worst Free Agent Signing

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is far enough into the season to begin to look at the free agent signings made this summer.  One stands out as being a complete failure so far.  Martin Havlat left the Chicago Blackhawks to sign with the Minnesota Wild.  He signed a six year contract worth $30 million.  He was intended as a replacement for NHL goal scoring leader Marian Gaborik, who had jumped to the New York Rangers, but it has not worked out that way.

Havlat has not been a key to the Wild team.  He has two goals and nine assists, for eleven points.  This places him seventh on the Wild team in scoring.  His -17+/- rating is a team worst ranking.  It is second worst in the league.  He has not been successful so far in Minnesota.

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