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Watch Out Diggers…MacLeod’s Kicking Your Butts Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Suggestion for the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and MLive.  Want people…okay, maybe just me…to stop pointing out flaws in your hockey coverage? 

Ready? Write this down, because I’m not going to say it more than twenty or thirty more times. Steal Bruce MacLeod away from the Oakland rag that won’t let him travel with the team. 


Maltby or Helm? Helm. Chelios or Ericsson? Ericsson. Draper or Abdelkader? Abdelkader. Howard or Conklin? Conklin.
But those decisions are based on instant gratification.
Which leads me to this … with the Wings’ talent pool brought back to the pack this season, it looks to me that those loyal roster decisions are paying off right now.

You may not like what he has to say about veterans before youth, or vice versa, but at least he’s got the sack to share his opinion.

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Iginla Back On The Offensive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Sauntering down the press box with six and a half minutes remaining, the injured Mike Commodore glanced up from fiddling with his BlackBerry, spotting a familiar face tapping tentatively on a laptop.

“Hey, how’s it going?’’ asked the long-ago local folk hero, his trademark red fright wig/afro shorn fashionably short.

A noncommital shrug.

“Not bad. Same old.’’

“Yeah, I hear you,’’ replied the former Calgary Flame. “Same old . . . ’’

He shook his head, glanced heavenwards, in knowing resignation.

“Same old Jarome.’’

Yup, same old Jarome. At last.


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Looking At The Third Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

The NHL’s third jersey program, which began in 1995-96, has allowed participating teams the chance to present a new and exciting style for their fans and players, while still holding on to their core identity as a franchise. Judging by several stylish new jerseys that will be unveiled in 2009-10, the third jersey program retains has a strong foothold in the League.

The teams that will participate this season are the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators.

When third jerseys are modeled after designs used in previous seasons, they sometimes take on the name of throwback, retro or vintage jersey. In that regard, you can add the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins to swell the list of teams to 11 for this season.


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The Drama-Less Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The power play is snappy and the lineup is filled with kids in prominent roles, but the most striking difference between this Rangers squad and the scores of teams preceding it is that drama only comes in the games.

There is no doubt the Blueshirts have deficiencies. There is no down payment with the jewelers. They go back to work today in order to correct the fatal flaws that were on display in Monday’s 7-3 lashing by the Sharks, which put an emphatic end to their seven-game winning streak. They go back to work.

An era is over at the Garden. The Rangers no longer operate as a cult that revolves around a particular star’s personality. The Blueshirt play up-tempo hockey that by nature is entertaining, but John Tortorella isn’t on Broadway to direct a show.


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I Love Statistics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I love them so much that I’d rather make them up then try to research them myself.

Fortunately, there’s an antidote for my laziness and it comes to you in the form of the Anti-Digger.  Bruce MacLeod is gonna be your frigging stat daddy for the foreseeable future.

Red Wings Corner

On Mondays, I’ll put up the goals for and against by individual ice time. On Tuesdays, I’ll post the power-plays created stat. I’ve got a couple of others up my sleeve and I’m still figuring out whether to do them weekly or make Wednesdays a rotating stat day.


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Digging Wednesday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Before we get into the golden prose of our Deep Diggers, let’s clear the air a bit.

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Should Pucks Off The Netting Be Reviewable?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Now pucks going off netting is not subject to video review, but a surprisingly high number of general managers believe they should be.

Of the 21 general managers who responded to the question asking whether video review should be used to determine whether the puck has come in contact with the netting prior to a goal being scored, 11 voted in favour of a review.

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I agree with what Bob McKenzie said tonight on TSN, play to the whistle.  I don’t think there is a need to review this type of situation.  Besides, what happens when this occurs..

Last year, the Wings turned a puck into the netting in their own zone into a goal on the other end.  So how far back does the review go, when it clears the defensive zone or next whistle?

Heck, why not have the goal judge watch for it, most are sitting up high enough to see it better than the on-ice officials!

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Keep The Kid On The Roster Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at the Sporting News,

Don Maloney has plenty of on-the-job experience when it comes to evaluating whether a teenager belongs in the NHL. Over the past two seasons, Peter Mueller, Kyle Turris, Viktor Tikhonov and Mikkel Boedker have all spent significant time with his Phoenix Coyotes before celebrating their 20th birthday.

There’s been a slight change in philosophy this season for the Coyotes, who are off to a solid 5-2-0 start. Mueller, now 21, is the team’s youngest player because Turris, Tikhonov and Boedker are skating for the team’s top affiliate, AHL San Antonio.

Maloney acknowledges now that he probably shouldn’t have relied on so many teenagers in the past.

“If a 19-year-old player is on your NHL roster and not producing 30 goals or playing 25 minutes, you really should have him somewhere else,” Maloney told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “And yet, that’s the fantasy world. The real world we live in now is we’re all scrambling to put the best players we can find into our roster to help us win.”


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Need Goaltending Help?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Now three weeks into the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs look like a team in need of a goaltending switch. History says there will be others. Goalie go into slumps. Goalies become injured, and no team wins with inferior goaltending. That’s just the way it is.

  Can Chicago win with Cristobal Huet? Is Ray Emery the right guy in Philadelphia? Is Chris Osgood play sharp enough to help Detroit overcome the reality that they don’t have the same level offensive firepower it had last season?

  You know those questions have been asked around the NHL.  If a team needs a goaltender, here are scenarios to ponder:

  + Ondrej Pavelec has looked sharp for the Atlanta Thrashers, and maybe when Kari Lehtonen returns to health general manager Don Waddell might consider moving Lehtonen who makes $3 million. That could be an affordable option for some teams.

  + With Jonas Hiller playing well, the Ducks would love to move Jean-Sebastien Giguere and his $6 million cap hit and $7 million salary next season.


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Sabres/Bruins Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Buffalo Sabres traded forward Daniel Paille to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in exchange for Boston’s third-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2010.

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