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Murray Has Blues On The Right Track

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

When St. Louis Blues President John Davidson started to investigate the possibility of hiring Andy Murray as his coach, he was impressed to discover that Murray, fired by the Los Angeles Kings last season, still had an 87.5% approval rating.
Davidson called 16 people who had knowledge of Murray’s performance as an NHL coach, and 14 “were off the chart positive” about Murray, one was non-committal and one said he wouldn’t hire Murray. “And the one who said no called back later, and said, “You know, I think it is the right choice,” Davidson recalls.

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Beware Of The Sharks PP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

San Jose is racking up mind-boggling numbers with its continued and consistent success skating with at least one more player than the opposition. The Sharks lead the league with a 26.5 percent conversation rate on the power play, a figure that is better than any since Calgary posted a 27.7-percent mark in 1989-90.
“Our power play is phenomenal, the best I’ve ever had,” said Ron Wilson, who is in his 13th season as an NHL coach.

more... and as a Wings fan, It feels like 50% of Sharks pp goals have been scored against the Wings…

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All Star Photo Album

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sports Illustrated has a photo slideshow of all the starters for the All Star Game.

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Rail Cam Back For NHL All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Check out the video from the Dallas/Colorado game back in November.
Video is about 6 minutes long and about 60MB.

Press release regarding the HD camera for the NHL All-Star Game.

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Muir’s Mail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated opens his mailbag…

From Bryan Whitman of Manitoba: With Jeremy Roenick watching the game at a restaurant across the street, who’ll deliver the annual All-Star Game hit?
Now that’s funny! I’ll put my money on Ryan Smyth, with Bouwmeester on the receiving end.
Sharon Hunt of Nashville writes: There’s no basis for this story. Craig Leipold specifically said he would never move the team.
It’s clear that Leipold has no strong desire to move the team, so his opening gambit does a good job of keeping the fans on his side. But remember that this is a business, and the Preds aren’t getting the corporate support they deserve in Nashville. That’s not a tenable situation long term….

read on

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Old vs. New

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Illustrated,

In the NHL, there always seems to be a tug of war between fans who long for the traditional days—when fighting was in vogue and the NHL had yet to migrate south—and those modern fans who favor a player’s grace and skill, and don’t mind attending games in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops.

continued... good stuff, especially for the old school….

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Rednecks Don’t Like Swedes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And that's a fact. They just don't. I've never spoken with a Swedish person, and that's a character flaw. But I have had the opportunity to exchange very short, simple sentences with rednecks and I can tell you they hate them some Swedes. I don't like friction. I've tried to mend the fences between the Swedes and Bubba. Here at A2Y I've directed the staff to recognize similarities between the two groups and write accordingly. But clearly the cultures are just too different. Bubba hates the Swedes and he's not changing his mind. Unfortunately last night's events didn't help matters on the diplomatic front. I guess Tomas Vokoun was concentrating on Anaheim a bit more than Detroit, just before he was concentrating on sitting instead of playing.

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Fixing The All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

At the risk of sounding like a braggart – and, considering what I’m earning for it, trust me, I’m not – I do a fair amount of radio and TV shows. And lately in the world of pro sports debate, there’s been an amazing phenomenon taking place: when it comes to one subject, and one subject only, everyone – every person, every caller, every panelist, on every part of the continent – is in complete agreement with each other.
The subject is the NHL All-Star Game. And everybody concurs that, at least in its present format, the subject stinks.
They get no quarrel from me.

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Let’s Not Forget

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marcie Garcia of NHL.com,

For the families of two Los Angeles Kings scouts, Mark Bavis and Garnet “Ace” Bailey, two passengers who were killed on United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, they’ve come to realize that though five years have passed, their loved ones aren’t forgotten.
Lew Mongelluzzo, an Ottawa Senators scout who hails from Philadelphia, clearly takes the city’s nickname, “The City of Brotherly Love,” to heart. Mongeluzzo, who owns and operates the thoroughbred-racing stable, Team Power Play Racing, simply combined his two favorite interests to keep the spirit of both Bavis and Bailey alive. Mongelluzzo decided to purchase a New York-bred colt that he named Aces Mark in honor of his two peers.

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What To Do With Foppa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

The Flyers claim they want to re-sign him and there are rumblings the team will approach Forsberg’s tight-lipped Winnipeg agent Don Baizley about that possibility over the all-star game.
Doubtless they will be looking for a considerable discount over Forsberg’s current $5.75-million-US deal and regardless of where the Swede plays next year—assuming he does—it will be at a discount.
But Forsberg doesn’t much care about money at this stage of his career anyway and he feels like he’s ripped off Philly a little by missing so many games.

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