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Vigneault Getting To The Frustration Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

In Monday’s practice, Demitra was dropped to the fourth line where he skated with Ryan Johnson and Darcy Hordichuk. By the sound of Vigneault, it seems there’s a good chance Demitra could draw fourth-line duty tonight when the Canucks play host to the New Jersey Devils.

“He has been given quite a few minutes here and I really gave him quite a few chances,” Vigneault said. “For me, if you are not getting points but you are getting scoring chances, that’s a different thing. There’s not much going on there right now.”

Vigneault is particularly disturbed by his team’s play at home. After weathering a difficult start, which saw the Canucks play 19 of their first 30 games on the road, most expected Vancouver to make hay at home.


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  Tags: pavol+demitra

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the best goals, hits and saves from last week- five minutes and 21 seconds worth…

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Marty…We’re Not Kidding.  Put The “V” Away.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dude.  You gave up like 11 goals to the Wings last week.  Enough is enough.

Put the V away.  And to all you transplants out west?  Good on ya.

Bob Duff

It also doesn’t hurt that many ex-patriot Michiganders make their homes in some of those opposing towns. “It helps,” Osgood said. “In San Jose, they don’t like us there and it’s the same in Dallas, but there’s a lot of (Wings) fans in Anaheim and L.A. and especially in Phoenix, which just makes it fun and enjoyable for us to play. We enjoy the support and we want to perform well, because they only get a chance to see us once or twice a year.”

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Bruins Make Moves, Kessel Out With Mononucleosis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Matt Lashoff and goaltender Kevin Regan to the Providence Bruins and recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Martin St. Pierre from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Additionally, the club has placed forward Phil Kessel on injured reserve (mononucleosis).

added 10:46pm, from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,

Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said tonight that third-year forward Phil Kessel, diagnosed this afternoon with mononculeosis, could be out of the lineup for approximately a month.

‘‘The general assessment of mononucleosis is that a guy is typically out around a month,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘That said, it could be longer, could be shorter…all based on how an individual recovers.’‘


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Hockey Play?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski aka Puck Daddy,

Chris Pronger of the Anaheim Ducks has eight suspensions (and as far as we know, zero NHL-mandated anger management therapy sessions) to his credit. Last night against the New Jersey Devils, Pronger once again had a questionable hit, this time on Zach Parise at the end of the game:

continued with video and I swear I have seen that type of hit before!

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Coyotes Recall Goertzen

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled right wing Steven Goertzen from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Goertzen, 24, has recorded 5-6-11 and 60 penalty minutes (PIM) in 39 games with San Antonio this season.  Last season, he appeared in 81 AHL games with Syracuse and San Antonio, finishing with 9-8-17 and 106 PIM.  Goertzen also scored one goal while playing in all seven of San Antonio’s playoff contests. 

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Taking Aim At The Delicate Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Those of you who may be new to the ever-evolving A2Y scene may not recognize the glossary entry, “The Delicate Genius.”  Like everything else in the glossary, that phrase is one of my favorites.  Don’t bother clicking because I’m gonna show you what it says anyway. I’m that kind of guy, and we have a point to make. Oh yes we do.

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Winter Classic TV Ratings Highest Since 1975

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via NHL.com:

The Winter Classic drew the biggest American television audience for a regular-season NHL game in nearly 34 years.

The Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day attracted an average of 4.4 million U.S. viewers on NBC, the network said Monday.

That’s the most since a Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game on Feb. 23, 1975, according to Nielsen Media Research.


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  Tags: media, ratings, winter+classic

Report- Phoenix Lost Some Revenue Sharing Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Phoenix Coyotes were penalized 25 percent of their revenue-sharing money last season, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

That money, due to be $15 million but now less than that, is part of the NHL’s revenue-sharing formula, where big-market clubs share resources with the smaller-market teams.

The formula, however, includes triggers that these clubs must hit in order to show improvement in a number of areas; since the Coyotes failed to hit revenue and attendance standards last season, they were penalized, according to sources.


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Mom & Son At The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jed Lockett of the Bluefiend Daily Telegraph,

Note: This is the final part of Jed Lockett’s chronicle of a trip with his mother Nora to the National Hockey League Winter Classic, played on Jan. 1 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Wrigley Field is one of those rare sporting venues that has a certain magic about it. You can feel the history, the tradition and the meaning of the place. Just getting there can be a religious experience….

Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition that began in 1985 during a playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers. They clap and yell and make as much noise as possible during the national anthem. Two nights earlier in Detroit, a pair of visiting Chicago fans clapped throughout the song and it sounded odd. But when those two were added to an additional 30,000 as well as fireworks, explosions and a flyover from a pair of fighter jets, it made for a breathtaking experience.

more and part one of the story can be found here...

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  Tags: winter+classic

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