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Now What Rangers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Tom Renney has his hands full as he lays out strategy for tonight’s game at The Garden against Carolina. After the roller coaster — also humiliating in the end — 8-5 loss to New Jersey on Friday night in Newark, the Blueshirts coach has much on his mind. To wit:

GOALTENDING: Does he start Henny Lundqvist who relinquished an unprecedented eight goals to the Devils against the ‘Canes? Or does Tom go back to Steve Valiquette who starred on Wednesday night in the overtime win at Atlanta?...

DEFENSE: While Lundqvist played the sieve, his defense — is THAT the word? — was less effective than cleansing tissue. After the Blueshirts valiantly rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the second period to tie the count at 5-5 in the third, the backline simply disappeared from view.


added 10:34am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden and Rozsival were dreadful in last night’s 8-5 defeat to the Devils at the Rock. They were not the only ones on a night that the Rangers barely competed without the puck, but it seemed that every time you looked up, there was Redden or Rozsival being beaten to the puck, or to a spot, or by a Devil. It seemed that every time you looked up, there was Redden or Rozsival shying away from taking the body.

Believe me, last night wasn’t the first time this year that these two who eat up chunks of cap space and equally as importantly, chunks of critical ice time, seemed to be watching the parade pass them by.


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Win Over Detroit Gives Stars A Blueprint For Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Five For Fighting,

Mike Modano mentioned after this one that this was a good tape for the Stars to hold onto, to remind them that they can do this and this is how they’re going to have to play for a while. I admit, that was a fun game to watch. Great performance by Marty Turco, solid defense in front of him, and you could tell that Fabian Brunnstrom and Tom Wandell were thrilled to score against their Swedish idols.

Said Brunnstrom: “Of course I know all the players on Detroit so it was fun.” Same from Wandell: “I can’t really describe the feeling right now. I have to wake up first.”

Said Turco: “Personally, I felt great tonight. A team that does shoot the puck as often as they do, you have to be on your toes at all times. It certainly does feel good to get this one.”

read on

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The Backup Speaks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Caps website producer Brett Leonhardt speaks to the media about getting the call to back up tonight.

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Avs Run Into Some ‘Bad Luck’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Total cave job by the mediocre, middlin’, muddlin’ Colorado Avalanche tonight, folks.

Had the night off, but I still watched the contest on the House Channel. Rest assured, Avs fans, it was just all “bad luck” tonight for the local according to the House Men (and I really do think Mike Haynes and Peter McNab are top-notch at what they do. I just wish they could speak their minds more. A shame, really. The real villains in this are the overly sensitive, we-can’t-take-any-criticism-so-we-self-produce-our-own-propaganda-on-house-channel sports team owners).

This is what mediocre teams do in big home games, games that could pivot a season toward the playoffs: they get out to a little lead early on, then have chances to build on it, but don’t do it. Then the mediocre team starts to tighten up a little, and, boom, the game is tied. Then the medidcre team starts to tighten up a little more, then gets a call go against them. Finally, the mediocre team has the BIG PLAY happen against it and falls behind.


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Devils Fine Without Brodeur

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When superstar goaltender Martin Brodeur was hurt for the Devils earlier this season, they were written off by a lot of people.  Brodeur had surgery on his torn tendons in his left bicep.  The surgery occurred in early November and with recovery expected to take 3-4 months, he would project to return in February at the earliest. 

Martin Brodeur has been the heart and soul of the Devils franchise for years.  His goaltending has been one of the main reasons for the Devils success.  Without an elite goaltender, the Devils might be in for a long season.

Not so fast!  The Devils have been 9-1 in their last ten starts without Brodeur.  Scott Clemmensen has filled in marvelously.  He has been the winning goalie for the Devils in eight of those nine wins.

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Coyotes CEO Says No Bankruptcy, No Plans To Sell Team

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from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

Phoenix Coyotes Chief Executive Jeff Shumway shot down a report this week that claimed the financially strapped desert dogs were facing a handful of doom-and-gloom options that include filing for bankruptcy.

A story in Toronto’s Globe and Mail said the Coyotes were expected to lose up to $35 million this season and owner Jerry Moyes may be forced to renegotiate the team’s lease at Jobing.com Arena with Glendale, file for bankruptcy protection or give the team to the National Hockey League.

Shumway said Moyes, who also owns trucking company Swift Transportation, has no intention of giving up the team, filing for bankruptcy or giving the Coyotes to the NHL.


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Years Before Plante, Woman Used Goalie Mask To Protect Teeth

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from Stewart Bell of the National Post,

I picked up a copy of The Hockey News the other day and there, on page 25, was an old black-and-white photograph of my grandmother, wearing goalie pads and a striped hockey sweater.

It described how, while playing for Queen’s University in 1927, my grandmother shocked fans by wearing a mask.

“The first hockey netminder interested in saving face looks to have been Elizabeth Graham,” the article reads. “It would appear the father of the goalie mask was in fact a woman.”...

Like a lot of innovators, my grandmother passed away before she was widely recognized for her contribution. Her role as the pioneer of the goalie mask was always family legend, but all of a sudden, she is now getting her due.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has named her one of a dozen “Notable Women Hockey Players,” and she is featured in a new book called Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask, with a forward by the legendary Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins.

more and if interested, you can purchase the book at Amazon.

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Pahlsson Has Seen Ups & Downs In His Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Pahlsson’s career seemed headed down a much different path in 2002. He walked away from the Ducks, and the NHL, after being sent to the minor leagues. He hoped to be traded, or, at the very least, released from his contract so he could play in Sweden. Bryan Murray, then the Ducks’ general manager, did neither and Pahlsson cooled his heels for two months.

“I don’t know if it was the right decision to leave,” said Pahlsson, who turns 31 on Dec. 17. “But it was the right decision to come back. Maybe I had to go through all of that to learn what I wanted out of life and hockey.”

Pahlsson’s next big decision should be a lucrative one. He is an unrestricted free agent and has a hefty reputation as an annoying obstacle to opposing players….

“If I have to test the market, I will,” said Pahlsson, who is making $1.4 million this season. “At the same time, I love it here.”


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Your Choice…Flippin’ Out With Great Danes Or A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Deep in the hearta and we’re going with ZZ Top for tonite’s featured artist.

Here’s the deal.  I’m “going out to dinner.”  I have a feeling this is some kind of wack-job 40th birthday surprise party, 3 days before the actual event.  If it is? I won’t be back for the Live Blog.

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Top-Tier UFA’s Will Be Paid Accordingly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Executive director Paul Kelly took some time to provide an update on the NHLPA, its outlook on the economy, and how it will affect player salaries moving forward.

While cap problems might curb the trend of rising contracts, Kelly said the top-tier players heading into unrestricted free agency should still earn lucrative paydays. Kelly cited Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg as an example. “You’ve got to pay Henrik Zetterberg to play for you,” Kelly said. “He’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s an exciting player. He’s a guy who can singlehandedly carry a team. I don’t think a guy with his skill level is going to suffer that big a shock in the marketplace. He’s one example. There are dozens of guys that fit that profile.

more & Wings fans thank you Mr. Kelly for increasing the $$$ Zetterberg may be asking for!

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