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Mid-Season Coaching Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated:

The Cory Clouston era kicked off in Ottawa this week.

The hope of the Senators and their fans is that the new coach, fresh up from Binghamton in the American Hockey League, will be the second coming of Bruce Boudreau, the veteran minor league coach who took over a foundering Capitals team and drove it to the Southeast Division championship on the final day of the 2007-08 regular season.

Not to be disparaging of an NHL newbie who was just getting his style unwrapped in the AHL, but I have a two-word view on that possibility: fat chance.

continued with a look at all the teams who’ve had coaching changes this season

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Owen Nolan Out For Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

The Minnesota Wild will be without veteran forward Owen Nolan when they play the Nashville Predators on Friday.

Nolan skated Thursday but was too sore with what the team is calling upper body muscle spasms. Nolan’s 12 goals this season are just three behind team leader Mikko Koivu despite playing in 19 fewer games.


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Zetterberg Conference Call Shocker:  “We Made Crosby Our Bitch.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whoa. Crazy stuff, eh?

Yeah, it would be even more shocking if he’d actually said it…or anything close to it.  But hey. Don’t fret.  He dropped this frigging bomb.

Q. Do you have a favorite day of the week that you like to play on?
HENRIK ZETTERBERG: I like the weekends. I like the afternoon games. It nice to play then.

There are actually some interesting ditties in there.  Matt Saler’s got the whole transcript here.

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Some Afternoon Reading

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

  • If you’re familiar with LOL cats you’ll understand the concept behind the Nashunal Hocky League o’ Laffs.  You can make and submit your own to the site, too. (Thanks to Miss 604, who pointed this site out to me last night.)
  • Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy wonders if Mike Milbury’s colorful comments might be a worthwhile payoff, “[even] if it means stomaching Mike Milbury to hear them.”
  • Dan Pollard at TSN looks at how justice is meted out in the NHL by Colin Campbell.
  • Stu Hackel at the NYT Slapshot blog looks at Gary Bettman’s media offensive this week, appearing on FSN Arizona to talk about the Coyotes last night, and on The Hour in Canada tonight.  Plus NHL talk on trades and more.


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The NHL Hour with Peter Chiarelli

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Gary Bettman.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208). You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments to this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, peter+chiarelli

The Snowbird Ticket Exchange

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WCBS News Radio:

Ever had to eat tickets to a sporting event which took place while you were on vacation?  Get this. New Jersey Nets season ticket holders can get in on the “Snowbird Exchange Program.”

[NJ Nets Press Release]:  As cold weather takes hold of the Metropolitan area, the Nets and the Florida Panthers have launched the first-ever Snowbird Ticket Exchange Plan in which south Florida-bound Nets season ticket holders can exchange their unused game tickets for Florida Panthers hockey game tickets at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

More on this from the Associated Press.


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  Tags: nba, new+jersey+nets, snowbird+ticket+exchange

Grabovski vs The Kostitsyn Brothers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN:

The reason for the rivalry remains unknown, however team mates on both sides believe it has something to do with sharing the same nationality. Older brother Andrei [Kostitsyn] would not discuss the feud but did state that [Mikhail] Grabovski “…talks too much in the Russian newspapers about me and my brother.”

While both players were born in Belarussia, Grabovski believes that Kostitsyn’s heritage should be questioned. “I think he is not Belarussian now, he is French because I never fight with Belarussian guys.”

Canadiens heavyweight Georges Laraque thought the prospect of the two flyweights throwing down would be hilarious.

“I think it would look really funny,” Laraque said of the potential tilt between the pair who are both generously listed at 5’11”.

read on for the full story

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, mikhail+grabovski, sergei+kostitsyn

Jonathan Roy Going to Trial

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Canwest News via the National Post:

The son of former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy, Jonathan, will be tried on July 13 in connection with a nasty hockey brawl last year.

Roy, a goalie for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, was charged with assault after an on-ice fight last March and has pleaded not guilty.


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  Tags: jonathan+roy, qmjhl

Implosion Imminent?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1508 with very little that’s new or exciting.  I just have this to say:  I’m going to remember every one of you disloyal bastards who are predicting first-round exits for this team.  You ungrateful, sons of…oh. Nevermind. I started it.  Back to where you were.
Mike Mouat, a Detroit Red Wings Examiner, doesn’t say quite as much. But he comes pretty close.

And finally, goaltending, coach Mike Babcock has essentially declared it an open race between Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin imploring one of them to grab the job and protect it. Osgood has allowed a few soft goals in the last two games, but then again five of the seven goals allowed by Detroit in those games have come while a man short.

While those on-ice problems are apparent there is friction in the dressing room that the team will need to address behind closed doors as opposed to comments through the media.


Continue Reading »

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#2 Now #1 Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jessica Bliss of the Tennessean,

For at least a month prior to the NHL All-Star break, Predators goaltenders Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne were engaged in a fight for the team’s No. 1 netminder position.

Now, as the team heads into the most important stretch of the season, Rinne — the previously named backup — has won out. The rookie has started all four games since the All-Star break, and Coach Barry Trotz said as long as Rinne is performing at a high level he would get the nod in the net.

Sound like a familiar storyline? It should.

This is the third time in the last four seasons that the Predators have looked to their No. 2 goalie to lead them in the push to the post-season.


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