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Gallant Upset With Criticism

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

Gerard Gallant said it upset him to hear players talk about how much better the team became under new coach Ken Hitchcock. "All I know is the system we played this season is the same system we played at the end of last season, when we went 23-16-1, and it seemed to work pretty good then," Gallant said. "I was a good coach then." The Blue Jackets went 5-9-1 this season before Gallant was fired Nov. 13. Hitchcock was hired Nov. 22 and is 1-2-0. Some players have been outspoken since the dismissal, and forward Anson Carter on Monday compared the team's play under Gallant to that of a minor-league American Hockey League team.
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Respect in Sport - Training Amateur Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC online,

The Respect in Sport program is an internet-based training course offered free of charge to coaches in all sports. The three-hour-long program, which is done on coaches' own time, will help them identify and cope with issues like neglect, harassment, abuse and bullying. Hockey Manitoba, the organization that oversees amateur hockey in the province, has already made the program a requirement for its coaches this season. Provincial sports officials say over the next year, all other sports disciplines will adopt the training, which will complement their existing coaching certification requirements. "We show them the wrong way and we show them the right way, and our goal is to really just empower coaches to be better," said Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL player and spokesman for the Respect in Sport program, on Thursday.
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NBC Thinking About Game Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Chelios was on Detroit radio this afternoon and mentioned he has heard talk NBC is really gung-ho on the NHL and may decide to do a full season- game of the week type thing next year. Cheli also mentioned marketing is still not where it needs to be. He used the Dallas/Detroit game a few days ago in Detroit, he could not believe how many empty seate there were.

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Stuffing The Ballot Box

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Rory Fitzpatrick campaign continues to grow. Enough said.

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Get It Right ABC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sports Business Daily (paid sub.) pointed out today the Anaheim Ducks would be making a special appearance on ABC's Extreme Makeover this Sunday. NOT the Anaheim Mighty Ducks! image

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One Year Ago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There's one thing you can say about NHL trades: only time reveals their real impact. One year ago tonight, the San Jose Sharks acquired Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins in a four-player swap that went down as the season's biggest blockbuster. At the time, the general consensus had the Sharks as the clear winners. After all, the team that gets the best player typically takes the pot. But a year later, it's hard not to recognize that, in losing their superstar center, the Bruins took the real step forward.
continued added 4:05pm, Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail brings up the Thornton trade too and wonders...
If the league were to allow teams to absorb a percentage of an unwanted player's salary to make his contract hit more palatable, there's little doubt we'd see more deals. But with little or no sentiment from the head office in New York to change that CBA provision, all we can do is reminisce about the good old days and wait for February to come upon us, when the trading action figures to become fast and furious once again.
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LeClair On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward John LeClair on waivers Thursday. "Hopefully, something will change because it's not a great situation for me," LeClair told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "You have to make the best of it, but, hopefully, something happens."
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Irish Get Physical

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the South Bend Tribune,

They spell their names just a tad bit different. One comes from a legendary hockey family, the other doesn't. One exudes a calm, easy-going demeanor, the other a fiery blue-collar presence. But they have one thing in common -- when they square up for a check along the boards, opposing hockey players are only left to think, "Oh @*&!" Notre Dame forwards Christiaan Minella and Christian Hanson have given the Irish a dimension this season that they haven't had in the past -- a fearsome physical presence
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The Little Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Don Edwards. Billy Smith. Grant Fuhr, Pelle Lindbergh and Mike Vernon. All top goaltenders in the NHL through the 1980s, and in some cases, the 1990s. Edwards, Smith, Fuhr and Lindbergh all won the Vezina Trophy at the league's top netminder between 1980 and 1988, while Vernon hung on into the mid-90s, and won the Conn Smythe with the Detroit Red Wings at the age of 34. The one thing in common among all five? Their height. It used to be that a shorter player in the crease was nothing out of the ordinary, but steadily since the 1980s, bigger and bigger athletes have taken over the crease duties
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Between The Benches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Continuing its leadership in sports television, TSN once again is on the cutting edge of hockey broadcasting becoming the first network ever to provide both play-by-play and analysis from ice level for an NHL game. The landmark broadcast takes place Friday at 7:30pm et/4:30m pt featuring the New York Rangers facing the Buffalo Sabres from HSBC Arena in Buffalo, with Chris Cuthbert and Glenn Healy calling the action from between the benches.
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