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Islanders Defensive Style Is Risky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

(Scott) Gordon’s system is based on an aggressive forecheck that encourages the defense to pinch in an effort to keep the puck in the offensive zone. But sometimes, as happened Saturday in Columbus, the opposing team gains control of the puck and throws it up the ice, sending their forwards off to the races while the Isles scramble to backcheck.

“Personally, I think it’s more of a risky type of game,” (Brendan) Witt said. “There’s a lot of odd-man rushes. But that’s the way he wants us to play, and until he decides he wants to change that, we’re going to play that way.”

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Blue Jackets Feel They Won The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

When the puck bounced off Turco, then caromed off Malhotra’s skate and went into the net, the Blue Jackets came charging off the bench to celebrate. Both NHL officials—Stephane Auger and Kerry Fraser—had it as a goal on the ice.

And then the light went on in the official scorer’s booth between the penalty boxes.

read on and you decide, was the puck kicked-in…

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  Tags: manny+malhotra

It’s All About The Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin followed his wallet instead of his heart. Good for him. Just one more mercenary the way pretty much professional athletes essentially are. They get it while they can, like most of us would….

The Rangers are going to lose any chance of competing for players who become available the rest of the year unless the general manager gets down to work and begins to create cap space for the rest of the season beyond the $1 million the Blueshirts now own.

Sundin went for the money. The Rangers didn’t have enough of it. Sather had better create cap space - and now - so that his team has enough of it when the next guy becomes available.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

What A Save - Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

The only rule applicable to what occurred in Thursday night’s game is 26-4, which states that a goal will be awarded when, during a penalty shot, a shot is disrupted by a deliberately thrown stick. That is what the officials had to determine. They obviously determined Lightning goaltender Mike Smith threw his stick on Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt. That gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win in the shootout and a 2-1 win in the game.

continued and you decide by watching the video.  This call is not reviewable, so instant reply was not used in the decision process.

from Adrian Dater of All Thing Avs,

I think it was a bad call, that Smith just dropped his stick after making a kinda-sorta save on Hedgie’s initial attempt.

read on

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  Tags: mike+smith

Finally It Is Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What a sham this has been, this three-penny opera….

For months, the hockey world has been consumed with speculation and conjecture about where Mats Sundin would land as though he was some god descending upon Mount Olympus with a lighting bolt in his hand instead of a hockey stick and a résumé chock full of holes.

The great Swede has been mythologized and courted and coveted; and now, mercifully, he is back, if for no other reason, so we can stop wondering which team will be blessed with his presence.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable calling any team a contender other than maybe San Jose and Detroit, because they won last year. What we want to do is get into the playoffs and win round by round. For me, it’s more the process of how the team plays and the integrity it plays with. I know we’ll get results if we play that way.

“I think Mats is a great player that joins a good group of players committed to winning. I think we’re a better team for sure but I’m not going to place that label (Stanley Cup contender) on any team.”

-Canucks GM Mike Gillis at the press conference announcing the Sundin signing.  More from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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  Tags: mats+sundin, mike+gillis

No Title. No BS.  Just A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Have at it.

This is a biggie.  As big as they come in December.

Continue Reading »

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Report- Sundin A Canuck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you only follow KK Hockey, then head over to Canucks & Beyond for all the news, which I am sure Alanah will be following.

added 6:36pm, I guess we can call Helene Elliott of the LA Times ‘crazy’.  In early November I asked a few MSM what team Sundin would choose, Helene was the only one to say Vancouver!

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  Tags: mats+sundin

David Krejci’s unexpected rise to stardom

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

The Bruins’ first pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (63rd overall), David Krecji, 22, has climbed fast on the Bruins depth chart.

Currently the Bruins’ third centre behind point-producer Marc Savard and proven youngster Patrice Bergeron, Krejci is quickly making his mark in the NHL. His new line-mates Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder have perfectly clicked together. Through 30 games this season with the Bruins, Krejci has eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points, currently on pace for 79 points. He also ranks 10th in the league with a +15 plus/minus differential.

The Sternberk, Czech Republic native, has already surpassed last year’s career-best, 27 points in 56 games, thanks to his plethora of skills. Krejci’s strongest assets are his soft hands and smooth puck-handling abilities. He is good on face-offs and possesses good defensive instincts for a second-year player. Krejci also has a highly accurate wrist shot, and he can make smart, crisp passes to him teammates. He isn’t afraid of playing in heavy traffic and drive the net.

After playing two years in the QMJHL with Gatineau where he recorded 144 points in only 117 games, he smoothly made the transition to the AHL with the Providence Bruins where he notched 74 points in 69 games in 2006-2007. Krejci adjusted very well everywhere he played, and there is no reason he can’t continue with the Bruins this season…

Expect big things from Krejci in the next few years, as Bruins’s coach Claude Julien is not afraid to use him in every situation. Krejci is currently on fire, having notched five goals and fifteen assists for 20 points in the past twelve games!

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  Tags: boston, bruins, krecji

The Latest Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• Our Florida source insists that the steadily improving Panthers will not deal Jay Bouwmeester, although the dandy D-man becomes an unrestricted free agent, July 1.

• Before NHL owners meet again at the All-Star break, they will have a more lucid idea of which franchises really are for sale. In the meantime there’s the issue of Jim Balsillie and whether the billionaire hockey nut ever would be welcome within Bettman, Inc. If the pendulum swings from “nay” to “aye,” bet that JB will swoop in on one of the have-not clubs. What’s important to remember here is that the NHL. recently instituted a new rule that teams “notify the league when they begin a sales procedure.”

more hockey talk…

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