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The Trap Works

from the Good, the Bad and the Duthie,

The New York Islanders are clearly Devil-Worshippers. It’s like they took Jersey’s old trap and said “This is too exciting, let’s make it more defensive!” For 40 minutes, they spent more time in their own backyard than my dog. We ran a 30-second clip during our intermission of Ottawa with the puck in its own end. You never saw more than one Islander in the frame.

And sadly it works. The Isles have now scored 2 goals or less in 10 straight games. And they have 5 wins and 11 points to show for it.

Herein lies a major problem for hockey.

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  Tags: new+york+islanders, trap+hockey

Hockey For A $1000 Alex

from Joe Pelletier’s Gretest Hockey Legends,

Interestingly, Hodge was not Mellanby’s first choice to replace Ward Cornell. No, according to Mellanby his first impulse was to bring in Alex Trebek, who at the time was working for the CBC in Ottawa.

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Hmmm, they should have picked Vanna…


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Buying Votes

from NHL Digest,

If a fan feels that a player deserves to be in the All-Star Game, the fans should vote accordingly. Fans should not be influenced by the lure of autographed merchandise, tickets and/or other prizes.

It is one thing for creative fans to try to hustle votes, but an entirely different thing for an organization to attempt to essentially buy votes for its players.

What do you think?


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  Tags: all+star+game

Stick To Black & White Rules

from the Windsor Star,

Last season, defenceman Sean Hill was suspended 25 games by the league after testing positive for steroids.

For his attack on Moore’s brother, Bertuzzi - like Shore a player with a history of violence - missed only 20 games.

In other words, in a span of more than 70 years, not much has changed when it comes to the NHL disciplining its violent offenders.

Hockey remains the only sport where the rules vary as the game progresses. Penalties in football and fouls in basketball are called the same way no matter how much time remains on the clock.

“Make the rules black and white and enforce them as they are written,” is Moore’s challenge to the NHL.


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  Tags: injuries, mark+moore, penalties

The Same Pronger

from the Vancouver Province,

All the guy does is play 28 minutes a night until the playoffs. Then he really gets to work and he kicks it up a notch. He always gets better as the season goes along and his team, no matter what team he plays for, always has a chance to do something in the post-season. He’s so good and has been for so long, he’s just expected to be great every night, every year with no fanfare, unless it’s provided by the opposing crowd.

“He’s been terrific this year again,” says Ducks GM Brian Burke of the defenceman he landed from Edmonton 18 months ago to make a Cup in Anaheim last year a reality. “He’s stepped into the leadership void left by (Scott Niedermayer’s) loss and filled it nicely. He’s always steady, great every night ... just terrific.”

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, chris+pronger

Everyone Likes Comrie

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators joined the New York Islanders winger for dinner Tuesday night because they apparently really do like him and not because there might have been a chance to see Comrie’s squeeze, singer/clothes designer/teen idol Hilary Duff.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in the NHL now,” joked Comrie, who made the Islanders his fifth NHL organization in seven years when he signed here as a free agent during the summer.

more on the Sens…

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  Tags: mike+comrie, new+york+islanders, ottawa+senators

The Next, Next One?

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

“There are a lot of Next Ones,” said David Andrews, chief executive of the American Hockey League, the N.H.L.’s top minor league. “And that’s not to say John Tavares isn’t. But there are 200 first- and second-round draft picks in the A.H.L., and none of them thought they were going to play in the American Hockey League.”

For now, Tavares deals with his fame by staying in a protective circle formed by his team, his coach and his family. His father, Joe, and mother, Barbara, and his two younger sisters make the drive from their hometown, Oakville, for most of Oshawa’s games.


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  Tags: hockey+scouting, john+tavares

Waddell Takes Advantage Of Thrashers Skill

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Holik said Hartley also wanted the Thrashers to play that crash-and-bang style and the early results were even worse than the Leafs’.

“That takes a lot out of you,” he said. “Our team didn’t have [the size]. We don’t have the biggest team, but we’re a skating team, so the biggest thing for us is puck control.”

Now, instead of asking talents such as Ilya Kovalchuk to dump the puck into the offensive zone and try to get it back, the Thrashers carry the puck a lot more. Waddell also allows Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and the other forwards to freelance more on offence.

more on the Thrashers…

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, bob+hartley, don+waddell

Stop Running - You’ve Been Arrested

from the AP via the NY Post,

Chicago Blackhawks forward Tuomo Ruutu was mistakenly arrested and detained briefly as a suspect in a robbery attempt in a Chicago suburb, according to authorities.

Bensenville police arrested the 24-year-old Ruutu on Wednesday because he matched the description of a robbery suspect, said Bensenville Village Manager James Johnson.

“He met the initial description,” Johnson said. “This was just an unfortunate coincidence.”

Ruutu, dressed in a black team sweat suit and black cap, told police he was out for a short jog after team practice at Edge Ice Arena, Johnson said.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, tuomo+ruutu

Here Come The Blackhawks

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily Herald,

Fans of the Blackhawks must be pinching themselves, trying to make sure this is all real.

Suddenly, the Hawks matter again.

There’s an entertaining team on the ice led by budding superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews….

It’s time to leave in the past what has happened the last decade. The year Alpo Suhonen coached the team, Mike Smith’s run as GM, and players such as Alexander Karpovtsev and Boris Mironov cluttering up the ice are just bad memories now.


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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

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