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Less Canadians In NCAA Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

WARNING: The following information may offend or upset naive hockey parents in this province.
The NCAA scholarship road is drying up for Ontario hockey players. The opportunities that once existed are becoming fewer.
An investigation of the top 10 teams in U.S. college hockey this season shows only 59 Canadian players on those rosters, and only 11 of those from the Greater Toronto Area.
Eleven Toronto players on 10 teams? Sixteen on the top 15? That’s sixteen over four years of college.

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Hackers Attack Hockey Blogger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Chen just emailed me with the news his blog has been hacked.
He should be up and running in a few days.
He has his opinion on who did it, but I will let him comment on that if he wishes…

added 2:52pm, Mike is getting back on his feet…

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Shanny Shoots For Next Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“Next week is not out of the question,” said Shanahan, whose team will follow weekend games against the Thrashers and at home the next night against the Bruins, with matches at the Garden Monday against the Penguins and Wednesday against the Flyers.
“[Within] 10 days is definitely my goal. From the time I first got on the ice [Monday], the thought the best case scenario would be under two weeks. When I first was hurt, I was thinking I’d be back for the playoffs. Then, I was aiming for the last week of the season. Now, I’m hoping it’s a little sooner.

read on

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Advance Scouting Of A Different Sort

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Pioneer Press:

It’s a strange life being an enforcer, and more complicated than it used to be. Once simply a matter of intimidating opponents through brute force, the role has become more nuanced in the new, end-to-end era of NHL hockey.
And Derek Boogaard is getting very good at it.
The Wild’s 6-foot-7, 255-pound tough guy straddles two worlds, working on his skating and stick skills so he can play an effective shift without getting into a scrap, but also scouting opponents for potential trouble.
And that’s where his brother Ryan comes in.

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Nap Time Is Good For Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin McGran of the Globe and Mail:

As if it isn’t enough they are paid millions of dollars to play a game, have fans screaming their names and stay in the best hotels in the best parts of the best cities, NHLers have another perk in their life: the afternoon power nap.
It’s a hockey tradition, probably as old as the game itself.
“It’s not a matter of `Will I?’ It’s a matter of `How long?’” says Maple Leafs centre Travis Green. “It’s just something we do.
“I guarantee we all look forward to it. It’s great. Even when I get home in the summer I tell my wife I’ve got to shut it down in the afternoon. We’re like robots.”

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So…I Was Wrong?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 2205: Maltby just scored and the Wings return to their rightful place atop the Central. Put your teeth in and eat it Bubba. Obligatory bad injury news: Filpulla left with a "lower body injury." Alright. I'm guessing a few of you are going to be commenting tomorrow that I should be taking back a few of the less than savory things I've said about one Jiri Hudler. The young man is proving his mettle (and I'm certain I'm jinxing us all right now as I write this with 12 minutes left). But dammit if the kid didn't just score his fourth in 3 games and 3rd in the last two nights.

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When You Don’t Pay Attention…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...you miss stuff. I know that for a fact because my wife kinda tells me sometimes. And here are two things I haven't paid attention to, mainly because I just don't care. (1) The Saskin email/pending dismissal thing. I suppose because Chelios is so heavily involved I should show some interest, but I really have no interest. (2) The revised draft order. I suppose because it was influenced by our Wunderkind Kenny, it should interest me. But it didn't, until I browsed some other blogs today and saw what others were saying about our innocent Wings.

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Kansas City Moves On

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Steve Brisendine, AP, via Belleville News Democrat,

Kansas City, jilted by one NHL team, is dusting itself off and moving on.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to stay put leaves the Sprint Center, scheduled to open in October as the centerpiece of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, still without the anchor tenant promised to the voters who approved it.
But despite their disappointment, local sports officials said that even being considered as the new home for one of the NHL’s best teams can only help them land another one - or, possibly, an NBA franchise instead.

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Behind Some Stats

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting tidbit on the Hockey News today.

DETROIT: The Red Wings have the best and worst plus-minus marks in the league. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom leads the NHL at plus-36, while winger Kyle Calder – a trade deadline pickup from Philadelphia – is at the bottom at minus-29.
But...what don't they say?

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Foppa & Bert

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Forsberg was acquired at such a high price to help push the Predators over the edge in the postseason. But the less he plays in the regular season, the greater the angst over whether he can deliver the goods once the stakes go up April 11. And of all the teams headed to the postseason, the Predators may face the highest stakes.
In some ways, the futures of Forsberg, the elite player, and Nashville, the emerging elite team, are tracking the same path—the future enticing, yet unknown.

Babcock would like to see Bertuzzi get in nine games, but it’s more likely going to be four or five and then it’ll be playoff time. He was not in Nashville on Tuesday and will not accompany the team on its two-game swing through Western Canada this weekend.
“He doesn’t have to be ‘the’ guy, just be one of the guys,” Babcock said of the big forward.

more on Peter & Todd…

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