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Keenan No Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

When Bowman was coach and GM in Buffalo, he hired Keenan to coach the Sabres’ AHL farm club in Rochester, N.Y.

“I think that a lot of what I know ... I’ve learned from Scotty Bowman.”

Apparently, though, there are certain things Keenan never gleaned from Bowman’s vast hockey mind.

Such as knowing when to show up.

Bowman owned a knack for arriving to take charge of teams on the brink of success, which he did in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Lately, Keenan has acted more like a homeless coach, simply happy to have a warm bench to stand behind.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: calgary+flames, mike+keenan, scotty+bowman

“Missing” Ducks Still Undecided

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

Selanne said the Ducks haven’t pushed him to make a decision, and he also offered no timetable.

“If I’m going to come back, it has to come from inside,” he said. “I want to make sure this decision is right.”

What if Niedermayer calls and says he’s coming back?

“I’m going to have second thoughts,” Selanne said, smiling.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anaheim+ducks, scott+niedermayer, teemu+selanne

Only Two Teams Can Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

Despite a report by the Hockey News that the Senators and Penguins will play next season in Prague, the word from NHL officials is the Lightning is still the league’s first choice to play Pittsburgh to open next season and Ottawa is the backup.

*more on the original report here

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ottawa+senators, pittsburgh+penguins, prague

Looking At The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

What’s with the Blueshirts?

Perhaps the most telling observation was uttered by Tom Renney BEFORE the match when he talked of “minor anxieties” on his outfit from which so much is being expected.

Forget about “minor anxieties” and today it’s time to ratchet it up a notch to “MINOR anxieties.”

You know what comes after that, don’t you?

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: new+york+rangers

Devils Will Move Matvichuk Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Lamoriello indicated he’d pursue a deal rather than seek waivers on Matvichuk, who is slated to earn $1.3 million this season. He is in the last year of a contract he signed as an unrestricted free agent July 12, 2004, before the last lockout and before the advent of the “new” NHL.

Lamoriello, asked if Matvichuk was not suited to Sutter’s more aggressive system, said, “I would have to say that, yes.”

Martin Brodeur said, “He proved last year when he stepped in that he could do the job. He’s still a pretty gritty player, blocking shots and being mean. His speed has a lot to do with it.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: new+jersey+devils, richard+matvichuk

JFJ’s Problems in Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

In the most telling moment of a season already in crisis, the highest paid Maple Leaf skated behind his own goal Tuesday night and proceeded to trip over the net.

Maybe Bryan McCabe had done this before. Maybe not. But the symbol was clear and not at all comical.

This is the player John Ferguson has chosen to build his team around. This is his Chris Pronger, his Nick Lidstrom. Ferguson cannot trade McCabe, cannot send him to the minors, cannot place him on waivers, can probably not look at him the wrong way and cannot keep him on his feet.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bryan+mccabe, john+ferguson, toronto+maple+leafs

Flyers’ Boulerice Expects Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via MSNBC,

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice said he expects to be suspended for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face late in an 8-2 rout on Wednesday night.

The hit occurred with 5:41 left and the Flyers leading 7-2. After some pushing and shoving back and forth, Boulerice caught an unsuspecting Ryan Kesler across the face with his stick, leaving the Canucks forward lying motionless on the ice. He eventually got up and skated to the bench on his own.

Boulerice’s coach agreed that a suspension is probably forthcoming.

*Video footage is here

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jesse+boulerice, philadelphia+flyers, ryan+kesler, suspensions, vancouver+canucks

Report: Sens and Pens to Open ‘08 in Prague

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via TSN,

The Hockey News is reporting that the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will drop the puck in Prague on a compressed schedule next season.

Sources have told the Hockey News that the season will be pushed back by about a week and will begin either October 9th or 10th.  In order to accommodate the change, the league will further compress the schedule early in the season rather than late in the season to avoid the season running one week longer.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ottawa+senators, pittsburgh+penguins, prague

Ranking the NHL’s Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Scott Burnside at ESPN has a ranking of the NHL’s coaches:

With the new season under way, here’s a look at how the 30 coaches pan out:

1. Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks
Let’s see. Two years as an NHL coach, one surprise trip to the Western Conference finals, one Stanley Cup championship. Any questions?

Can’t argue with that. And #30 is a fun - albeit strange - choice, so I’m good with that, too.  But I’m curious how the current Jack Adams winner sits down at #5…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Ramage Guilty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage has been found guilty of being criminally responsible for causing the death of his friend in a horrific car crash.

A jury decided just after 4 p.m. today that Ramage was guilty of five charges, including impaired and dangerous driving, in the death of former Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Keith Magnuson.

Ramage showed no reaction when the verdict was rendered in a Newmarket courtroom

continued

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: rob+ramage

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