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Thinking Bigger

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the Star Phoenix,

In the old days, smaller National Hockey League draft prospects would stretch the truth as much as possible to reach loftier heights.
When asked about their height, players under 6-0 and their advisers tended to round up by a half inch or an inch to hit the standard. When players were officially measured, they often slipped a puck or two under the heels of their socked feet, hoping to stand taller in the eyes of those making the decisions on their futures.
It’s hardly coincidence that the most common height in team manuals is 6-0.

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Questions For The 2nd Half

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post, via Canada.com,

10 burning questions to ponder during the NHL’s stretch drive.
Can Sidney Crosby lead Pittsburgh to the Promised Land?
He can win a scoring title, a Hart Trophy and attract a dump truck full of endorsement deals. But Sid the Kid cannot play net for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and the team’s potential suitors in Kansas City and Houston may grab the headlines around Pittsburgh, yet the job of grabbing the loose pucks still belongs to Marc-Andre Fleury.
The No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft continues to blow hot (a 31-save shutout over Carolina) and cold (three goals on 12 St. Louis shots) in his third NHL season.

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Still Going At It

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via the Columbus Dispatch,

Friday morning, Ruff said, “I’ve noticed in some games that some calls have been let go. It’s not in every game. We need to keep in mind how the game has gotten so fast, and so good. We don’t want to give away the ground we’ve gained.”
Asked about Ruff’s contention, Hitchcock was quick to offer a contrary view.
“I don’t agree with (Ruff). I don’t see clutching and grabbing as part of the game at all,” Hitchcock said. “It won’t be the first time I don’t agree with him. I just don’t see refereeing as being an issue. Like everybody, I’d like to see more contact and more hitting, but I don’t think referees are the issue. My only concern as a coach is, when you’re put in a five-onthree situation, you don’t want that second call to be a cheapie. But I don’t think referees are a big factor.”

 

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60 Hours Of Travel To Catch The Blues

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

It’s one thing to be a fan of the Blues, but do the Parmenters think that traveling 60 hours round-trip for two games is a bit strange?
“All of the folks we talked to think it’s really neat that we took the trip,” Tim said.
Blues players were wowed when they heard the story.
“That’s a long haul for a couple of games,” defenseman Matt Walker said. “Obviously, it shows that people are supporting the Blues, so it’s exciting. And it’s great for hockey that we’ve got people like that out there.”

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Kings Plan To Keep Visnovsky

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from the Edmonton Sun,

If Lubomir Visnovsky was on the Edmonton Oilers’ radar screen with the trade deadline approaching, he’s not anymore.
While the struggling Kings will be sellers in the trading market, the club’s decision makers have no plans to deal their talented, puck-moving defenceman.
“He’ll stay with us long term,” said Kings head coach Marc Crawford.

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NHL On NBC- Week 2

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note:  Moved to the top of page on 1/28/07, 8:45am.  Story originally was posted on 1/26/07 at 10:04am.

KK member SteveNJ keeps us updated with the NBC NHL schedule for Sunday…  Also, make sure to check out Steve’s fairly new blog, Battle of New York.

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The NHL on NBC moves to Sundays for the rest of the network’s season, until the playoffs, when it’ll be Saturday and Sunday.  It should be quite interesting to see how much NBC let’s the games run over past 6PM E.T. because that’s when local news begins.  It’ll be going up against Lakers-Cavs on ABC, so everyone watch!

3:00 PM The NHL On NBC Countdown
NBCSports.com
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Brett Hull and Ray Ferraro

3:30PM
The NHL On NBC Week 2

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Shopping Avery

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,

The Los Angeles Kings are apparently tired of Sean Avery’s act.
League sources told the Sun yesterday that Kings GM Dean Lombardi has offered the 26-year-old forward around the league, but noted the asking price isn’t cheap.
It’s believed the Kings want a No. 1 pick in exchange for Avery, who is a pest on the ice, but may have worn out his welcome in Los Angeles with the club mired in last place.

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PA Controls Their Destiny

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This is the beginning of the end not only for Ted Saskin, but of the whole cozy relationship between the NHL puppet-masters on Sixth Avenue in New York and the NHLPA marionettes on Bay Street in Toronto.
This is the beginning of the end of this sad chapter in players association history, during which the union has operated as a company shop.
Nearly two years after enemies within betrayed their fellow union members by directly engaging in conversations with league negotiators with the express purpose of undermining then-PA executive director Bob Goodenow, the players are seizing control of their own destiny.

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“Gump” Passes Away

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from TSN,

Hall of Fame goaltender Lorne ‘Gump’ Worsley passed away on Saturday. He was 76.
Worsley played 21 years in the NHL with New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota North Stars.

More on the Hall of Famer at Legends of Hockey.

added 1/28/07, 8:26am, Make sure to check out KK contributor Joe Pelletier’s story on Gump.

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Tougher Questions

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from the Chicago Tribune,

“There are always five or six guys who aren’t putting out,” Savard said Saturday, one day after the Hawks lost 3-1 to Nashville for their 10th consecutive loss.
“I work them, I show them, I talk to them, but it has to come from within that locker room. As a coach you get tuned out if you keep harping on stuff. We need everybody playing hard and playing good.”
Savard said it’s not the same five or six players every night who float through games—which might be a bigger problem. If it were the same players, they would be easier to identify and dispatch in the off-season.
Savard suggested the media should hold players more accountable.
“Why don’t you ask them?” he said. “Why is it always about (owner Bill) Wirtz or about (GM Dale) Tallon or the coaches all the time? I’m not upset. [The media] has a job to do. You give it to me, that’s fine.”

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