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LA Kings Fire Crawford

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Marc Crawford.

Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi made the announcement Tuesday that Crawford will not return next season as the team’s head coach despite having one year left on his contract.


Note: Kings press release

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  Tags: marc+crawford, obvious

Stop the Scripted Cheering

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Gluskin at The News-Dispatch,

Fans attending a playoff game, where the stakes are always high, shouldn’t have to be told how to dress or what to say during the course of a game. They should understand that their attire, and cheering especially, could help encourage their favorite team to victory.

Instead, many of these recent playoff games seem to be played in a scripted environment. When a crowd isn’t being told what to shout by a JumboTron, the group is often awkwardly silent. This is unfortunate because the beauty of sports is that it’s entirely unscripted and anything can happen.


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  Tags: hockey+fans

Values of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

John Buccigross’ final column of the season. From ESPN:

As fans of the game who give our money and time to the sport, this should make us proud. Nothing comes easy or cheap on the road to the Stanley Cup. Our champion is 100 percent deserving. This is also true for NCAA hockey, Canadian Junior, Minnesota high schools and every hockey trophy from mite to beer leagues.

Staying away from “boom thinking” has kept the Red Wings consistently excellent from top to bottom. Their portfolio has netted four Stanley Cups since 1997. They live in an old, rundown ranch, but they have no mortgage payments and, thus, live below their means.

read on…

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Glenn Anderson and the HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yesterday I posted reference to Joe Pelletier’s list of potential HHOF candidates this year.  Today, David Staples at the Edmonton Journal took issue with Joe’s remarks about Glenn Anderson, whom Joe inferred might not be a good candidate because of his personal life history. Staples’ response:

Anderson was an offbeat guy, not the best interview, not a favourite of the media. He also had a major issue with child support payments, which will make some people think less of him as a man and certainly as a father.

Now, I would never argue Glenn Anderson belongs in the Fathers Hall of Fame. He has had his struggles in that regard and he has to live with his failings and, one would hope, make amends as he can.

But other players have black marks on their personal lives, from problems related to cocaine use to allegations of having sex with minors, from issues of tax evasion to just being a plain old jerk. If the committee investigated every player thoroughly, it would likely find some blemish on every man, some more serious than the problems caused by Anderson, some less serious.

But should issues of morality really be the deciding factor with Anderson? That doesn’t seem consistent or fair.

It’s a good question in general: How important should one’s personal life be when it comes to entering the HHOF?

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  Tags: glenn+anderson

Niyo: Stand By For Sundin?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bored talking about challenged Detroit sports writers who claim Uwe Krupp’s #4 should be hung from the JLA rafters? 

Me too.  Got something better for you though. 

John Niyo

I’ve been saying for a couple months now, but I do think there’s a decent chance Mats Sundin will be wearing a Red Wings uniform next year.

And when you hear Ken Holland talking about making a big free-agent splash, I think it’s what he’s suggesting.

Continue Reading »

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Anaheim Hands Over Portland to Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Buffalo Sabres:

The Portland Pirates announced today a new, long-term affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres effective with the 2008-2009 AHL season. The announcement was made by Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek, Pirates Chairman/Governor Lyman Bullard, Sabres’ Managing Partner Larry Quinn, and Sabres’ General Manager Darcy Regier.

The Anaheim Ducks made the decision to sever its ties with the Pirates earlier this month for reasons of wanting their AHL team in closer proximity.

Looking at the map, I’d have to say Buffalo didn’t share the same concern.

Update 2:47pm ET: And as a commenter just pointed out… the Portland Pirates play in Maine. More coffee for me! Let me kill that map…

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  Tags: ahl, portland+pirates

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From an interview with Adrian Dater at the Denver Post, actor Mike Myers:

“Any time I meet an NHL player, I get all tongue-tied. I’m like, eight years old again. I have to say, it’s only about five years ago that I gave up my dream of playing in the NHL.  It’s something that a Canadian man holds onto for a very long time, well past the appropriate age.”

(Or in some cases, Canadian women.  We all have our own inappropriate NHL dreams, methinks.)

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  Tags: mike+myers, the+love+guru

Dr. Lanny McDonald

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail hockey blog,

imageLanny McDonald graduated Tuesday.

After a lengthy and productive NHL career, and another as a businessman and Special Olympics advocate, McDonald took part in the University of Calgary 2008 convocation exercise and received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Technically, that makes the former Calgary Flames’ forward Dr. Lanny King McDonald. But to hockey fans he’ll always be the guy with the Yosemite Sam mustache who won the Stanley Cup in his final NHL game.


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  Tags: lanny+mcdonald

Studying the Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

...Wednesday’s meeting will focus on examining the “configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance.” Any changes to the rules governing said equipment that are deemed warranted by the group will then go to the Competition Committee for consideration.

The guys charged with redefining the fine line between excess padding and protection is an interesting one. GM’s Doug Risebrough, Brett Hull, Jim Rutherford and Garth Snow—the latter two being former goaltenders—make up the NHL contingency while the NHLPA’s representation consists of shooters Dany Heatley and Mike Cammalleri and stoppers Martin Brodeur, Rick DiPietro and Ryan Miller.

That is a diverse and knowledgeable collection, but what can we seriously expect from their efforts?


Filed in: Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies

Ron Wilson Officially Named Leafs Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Not that it was exactly a secret before this moment, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have formally announced their contract agreement with Ron Wilson.  Press conference is being carried live now and can be seen at this link.

More on Wilson at Mike Ulmer’s blog at TorontoMapleLeafs.com, who shares his thoughts on the new coach.

At THN, Adam Proteau provides some analysis on the links between this and Brian Burke rumors:

Really, there can be no more doubt as to who Toronto’s targeting for the GM position. If the team wanted a “proven winner,” it would’ve/should’ve hired Craig Patrick or Neil Smith by now.

The fact they haven’t, combined with Burke’s unwillingness to sign a contract extension after the Ducks prevented him from even talking to the Leafs’ GM search committee –which I believe is currently being jointly sponsored by O.J. Simpson and Iraqis For Finding Weapons of Mass Destruction – tells you all you need to know.

Note: David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail also had thoughts on this yesterday

Update 4:01pm ET: Sharkspage provides a partial transcript of Wilson’s remarks today.

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  Tags: brian+burke, ron+wilson

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