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Best & Worst of the NHL So Far

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ross McKeon at Yahoo! Sports, the quarter-pole power rankings across the NHL. Starting from the bottom, we’ve got:

Florida 29. Florida Panthers (8-11-1, Previous: 29) – The Panthers are still searching for an identity, probably because they’re just 20 games in with a new coach. The slow start by Jay Bouwmeester is disappointing, both for the team and the unrestricted free-agent defenseman who hasn’t done as much with his league-leading ice time totals as he would have liked.

Tampa Bay 30. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-8-6, Previous: 30) – You really don’t know what to expect one night to the next with this group. Obviously the assessment starts over after the recent coaching change. Roles will change, minutes will be redistributed. The real problem, still, is the personnel on defense. Nothing positive is going to come about until the blue line sorts itself out.

read on to find how the top-NHL teams shake out on the list

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IIHF Declares Itself Impotent

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the course of the summer and into the beginning of the 2008/09 season, the NHL and the KHL have been fighting over player transfers.  There is no transfer agreement between the leagues governing players leaving one league to join the other.  As a result, there have been a few cases of players contested who have contracts in both leagues.  The most high profile case has been Alexander Radulov who left the Nashville Predators of the NHL to join Saavat Yulaev of the KHL, but there have been players jumping to the NHL as well.  The most recent case that the NHL fought is that of Matt Murley. 

Murley signed a two-way one year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes this summer.  When he failed to make the NHL, he jumped to the KHL to play with Khaborovsk Amur.  Naturally, the NHL protested this with the IIHF.  The IIHF has ruled.

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Lightning Add Sullivan Back to Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Globe & Mail:

Mike Sullivan is returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning bench.

The NHL team has named him associate coach, a position he held with the Lightning last season.

“He’s been here and knows the players well, and he’s an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching,” Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said in a release Tuesday. “Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and international levels.”


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Take A Tour Of The HHOF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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A New-Look Ice Surfacing Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun,

Starting next season, the Vancouver Canucks will stop spewing miniscule amounts of greenhouse gas emissions inside GM Place.

They’ll replace their $90,000 propane ice-cleaning machines with $170,000 battery-powered electric models with zero emissions—a common sight on European ice surfaces but relatively new to North American rinks.


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Senators Have A Few Options

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,

The team’s options, broadly defined, are clear. The first — the one likely to be chosen — is to patch and paste through trades in a desperate attempt to stumble into the playoffs again in order to sell seats in the Canadian market with the smallest season-ticket base.

The second is to blow up the team, as the Maple Leafs are doing, in the knowledge that this Senators team, even an improved version of it, will never again threaten for the Stanley Cup. That window for this group is shut, and every honest fan knows it.

The start-again strategy would require a new general manager. One intriguing choice would be Steve Yzerman, who played some hockey before turning professional in Ottawa and is popular in the city.

A longer shot would be Pierre McGuire, once an assistant coach at Ottawa and now a TSN analyst. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things hockey, knows the team inside out and understands the Ottawa market.


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In A Position To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

How accurate a snapshot do we get of the NHL standings at the quarter-pole of the regular season?

Based on last year’s evidence, pretty accurate.

I took a snap of the standings about one year ago, Nov. 21, at which point most clubs had reached the 20-game mark. I wanted to see how many of the top eight teams at that juncture actually finished in the top eight.

Conversely, how many outsiders at the quarter mark leaped up and grabbed a playoff berth.

Of eight Eastern Conference teams holding playoff spots on Nov. 21, five held on to those spots, while three fell out.

In the West, the picture was even more in focus. Six of the eight eventual playoff teams were already in postseason position.


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Sabres Fighting Mediocrity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

With one-quarter of the season done, the Sabres are exactly where people expected. They entered Monday night in ninth place, four points out of fifth and three points ahead of 13th.

It’s how they got there that has folks in Sabreland wringing their hands or letting the profanities fly.

The Sabres are simply not good right now. No team on a five-game losing streak can be. They’ve won just once in the last eight games (1-6-1), sliding to 9-8-3 overall.

“We’re in tough right now,” coach Lindy Ruff said.

The slump has rained on the Stanley Cup parade some fanatics were planning after the opening eight games. The Sabres started 6-0-2, and it appeared they had regained their form after a season out of the playoffs.

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What A Concussion Feels Like

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Over the years, I have pulled/strained/torn countless hamstrings/quads/groins/hip flexors.  I have dislocated shoulders and fingers, cracked ribs, and torn knee ligaments.  I have generally propped up the stock of A5-35 and Tiger Balm for the better part of two decades.

But this past Saturday was a first.  For the first time ever, I was knocked-out cold.  Concussed.  Gonzo.  Nap time.  Extra Extra Extra Strength Nyquil….

Almost 60 hours have past since the hit, and I still don’t feel right.  I have had constant headaches and dizziness, unable to stand for more than a couple of minutes.  This little blog has taken me forever to write.  I have to look away from this computer screen every minute or so as it goes blurry (at least now maybe I have a built-in excuse for all the grammatical mistakes).


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Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Canadiens lost to the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout.

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