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More Games Going To OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Campigotto of CBC Sports,

NHL players are working overtime like never before to earn their six-, seven- and eight-figure salaries. Through Friday, 89 of the 333 games (26.7 per cent) played this season required more than 60 minutes to decide a winner.

That’s a notable increase from each of the three seasons following the 2004-05 lockout, when shootouts were introduced to settle contests still knotted through overtime. In those campaigns, the rate of games going to OT hovered between 22.1 and 22.8 per cent.

So what, right? More overtime equals more excitement. More fun. More hockey for your hard-earned (and, given the sickly state of the TSX, increasingly precious) dollars. Plus, you don’t exactly see fans filing for the exits before the start of a shootout.

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The Journeymen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,

On the walk over to the rink you begin to question the decisions you have made and where it all went wrong. This is right about the time when you find out either:

a) Someone got called up and we’ll be a man short, or
b) One of the Euros isn’t feeling well and has decided to sit this one out - beautiful.

Here is a little tip for all of you future journeymen out there - before the game starts you’ll be asked to place your food order so it will be ready for you to take on the bus to your next disaster.

Your choices will look a little something like this:
a) spaghetti and meatballs
b) chicken parmesan
c) pizza
d) turkey sub

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NHL’s Cy Young Leader, etc.

Blog: KK Members Blog By ThinkinPink

There has been a lot of discussion on who is leading the Calder and Art Ross races, but there is another race that NHL fans should be looking at: the leader for NHL’s Cy Young award. The leader right now has to be has to be Thomas Vanek with an 18-5 record (the exact record that Tim Lincecum finished with after winning his Cy Young award this past season). However, he is followed close behind by Jeff Carter, who got his 17th and 18th goals (wins) last night, but also got an assist to bump up his total of 7. Whoever can reach the 40 mark without getting 20 assists will be saying “woo hoo!” in no time. My bet is on Vanek, whose game is more in front of the net; while Carter is a center and handles the puck more, and should see his assist total come up a little bit more. Despite their great starts towards the NHL’s Cy Young award, I’m not too sure if either will match Marek Svatos’ ratio of 26:11 last season. Incredibly, through 23 games this season, Svatos has more assists than goals (4-7)!

 

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The Sean Avery Suspension

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I was away from anywhere that I could easily gather hockey news for a while yesterday.  When I came online I saw a TSN story titled NHL Suspends Avery Indefinitely for Comments, Pending Hearing.  The story is similar to this one although since TSN updates stories over time, it is now longer than the story I first read.  My first thought was that the NHL is not usually in the business of suspending players for comments, so whatever he said must be awful.  Not only was he suspended, it was an indefinite suspension, so I assumed there must be some profanity laden tirade.  When I found out what he actually said, I was disappointed.  All he said is:

I am really happy to be back in Calgary.  I love Canada.  I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. Enjoy the game tonight.

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Would You Want Avery?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have,” Hicks said. “This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”

To which I say: Give me a break. You’re telling me Hicks hadn’t heard a word about Avery’s penchant for classlessness before he approved the $15.5 million over four years?

Count Hicks as another hypocritical, clueless owner. He had no problems with Avery in July, despite the long list of behavior issues. Now, the Stars have a higher standard.

So, if the Stars are so mortified by Avery and want to be done with him, what’s next?

How about a Rangers reunion?

read on and would you want Avery to be a member of your team, vote below…

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Report- Laviolette Fired, Maurice In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and in a unique about face, have replaced him with former Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.

Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.

continued

added 10:10am, from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.

The team has called a press conference this morning to announce the coaching change.

continued

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Memo To Sharks:  Sign Him

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I, for one, would be in complete favor of the Sharks signing Claude Lemieux.  San Jose/Detroit has the makings of a great rivalry, but that move would have the potential of cementing the hate…which would be nice.

I bring it up because I just saw the Dupont article posted on the home page.  Many Wing fans may have stopped reading well before you got to this line, and I wanted to be sure you saw it so you could show your children tonite after school.

Lemieux so irked Neely one night at the Garden that the big Bruins winger dragged him into a corner (Lemieux tucked into a ball on all fours) and bashed Lemieux face-first a few times into the unforgiving sideboards, directly into the Boston Globe billboard. A new twist to home delivery.

 

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Hockey Words & Phrases

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

Many words and phrases have seeped into the hockey lexicon over the years; some of them work well, and some of them are just embarrassing….

The terms “left wing lock” and “the trap” became part of the hockey dictionary in the 1990s, when the New Jersey Devils, and then the Detroit Red Wings, employed a suffocating style of team defense that made it difficult for the opposing team to mount much of an offense. Those terms have pretty much gone out of style as very few teams play that way in today’s NHL. This is evidenced by the increase in scoring this season. I think that makes for a better brand of hockey.

I do like the phrase “power forward,” which started gaining acceptance in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It perfectly describes what Rick Tocchet, Brendan Shanahan, Cam Neely and a host of others brought to the ice.

It’s only been about two years now that the phrase “secondary scoring” has come into play. Apparently, it means getting offense from your third and fourth lines.

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Tough Financial Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon and Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens owner and Colorado-based debt-financing king George Gillett is engaged in another financial high-wire act that could have an impact on Canada’s most storied hockey franchise.

According to a lien filed in Delaware, Gillett has taken out a high-interest, $75-million (all currency U.S.) personal loan from a U.S.-based private investment fund, putting up his heavily-leveraged share of British soccer giant Liverpool Football Club as collateral….

But it’s clear Gillett is among the many NHL owners facing stormy financial seas because of the economic downturn.

Hockey industry sources say at least three other teams - the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Phoenix Coyotes - have recently taken out high-interest loans with distress lenders or private equity funds because of tightening credit in the United States.

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Catching Up With Claude Lemieux

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I’m having a great time,” said Lemieux, once the focal point of Boston fans’ ire, in part the result of some legendary confrontations with Cam Neely at the old Garden. “I think I can be very helpful to any club, based on what I bring to the ice and to the dressing room. That said, I’ve waited a long time to do this, so I’m also looking for a good fit.”...

Suffice to say the Red Wings, who still smart from his ugly hit on Kris Draper years ago, likely won’t dispatch a scout to check out No. 32 in Worcester teal.

“Yeah, he’s 43, but I think that’s all a state of mind,” said Worcester coach Roy Sommer. “If you look at him, he’s got the body of a 27- or 28-year-old, and in the brief time he’s been with us, he’s helped us win [2-1-0 over the weekend].

“I think the question will be, is his mind into it? So far, it sure seems that way.”

To this point, noted Sommer, the reacclimation has been seamless.

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