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Hitch In Demand

from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News:

The Columbus Blue Jackets have received permission from the Flyers to interview Ken Hitchcock for their head coaching position. "They called and got permission," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "I was under the assumption they would try to talk to Hitch later in the day." "No one from Columbus has called yet, but Homer (Holmgren) told me they got permission to talk, so we'll see what happens," said Hitchcock, who was dismissed as Flyers coach Oct. 22. Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean reportedly was meeting with the team's owners on Tuesday to discuss a list of candidates to be interviewed for the head-coaching job. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired Monday; Gary Agnew was named interim coach.

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Don Cherry and the CBC Profit Together

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The relationship between the CBC and Don Cherry has warmed considerably. The two were fighting three seasons ago, but they're now in a cozy business partnership for the Christmas season. They have produced a DVD called Hockey Night In Canada Presents Don Cherry 18 and will share in the profit. The CBC provided footage from Hockey Night and the 2005-06 National Hockey League season. Cherry, the show's popular commentator, selected and narrated the highlights. Cherry was almost fired by the CBC in 2004 after making what were construed to be disparaging remarks about Europeans and French Canadians.
Continued... - Plus more on Roger Millions rant, also mentioned earlier today here on Kukla's.

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The Man

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at a press conference in New York, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup champion and 16-time NHL All-Star, presented the first-ever Mark Messier Leadership Award to New York Rangers left wing, Brendan Shanahan, in recognition of his exemplary leadership on and off the ice. continued

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Sabres Keep On Playing

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

"Who are these guys?" Not just a line from "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid," but also the way a lot of teams are starting to feel about the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are driving opposing teams nuts. Just when it looks like they are going to crash and burn due to injuries, the Sabres just keep getting better.

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Left Or Right- Does It Matter

from the Tampa Tribune,

...Based on the NHL's 30 team rosters as of Monday from ESPN.com, 386 of 602 players (64.1 percent) listed as forwards or defensemen shoot left. Of the 62 goaltenders, only five (8.1 percent) shoot from the right side. "I don't really have any theories," Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said. "Possibly one of the reasons is there are fewer left-handed people in the world than right and if you give an article to a kid starting out, a kid would pick it up with his left hand and that would be that top hand and the right hand would go next." Boston Bruins coach Dave Lewis - a longtime member of the Detroit Red Wings organization as an assistant and head coach - couldn't come up with a rational explanation. "I don't know, I never really thought of it in those terms, of why," Lewis said. "I have no idea."

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No One Knows

By George Malik: Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail has an axe to grind with those who say fighting is the be-all-end-all "momentum-changer":

A Monday newspaper report says the business team studied success at the National Hockey League level between 1999 and 2004 -- before the so-called "New" NHL -- and was able to determine that major fighting penalties had a direct payoff. For each penalty minute served by a fighter, the team would pick up .07 points, while at the same time decreasing their opponents' scoring by .24 points. The analysts say this is telling. Some of us would argue it might not be telling at all, perhaps just coincidence. Some might even say that fighting has the opposite effect -- that had there been no fights at all the winning team might have done even better and the losing team scored even less. Who, after all, can really tell? That's the beauty of hockey: Stuff happens. And so much of it gloriously defies analysis.

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View From Above

Rise above the action and get a clear view on the state of the game, in other words, my NHL.com blog is up.

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Columbus Coaching Situation

George Matthews, play by play radio voice for the Columbus Blue Jackets was just on NHL Live. He said team is practicing right now and Gary Agnew is running practice. He believes management will go over a list of two or three coaching candidates and will decide on a coach. He mentioned Hitchcock and also mentioned he is not sure if Agnew would be one of the finalists. Also, on a sidenote, the Blue Jackets put out a link this morning- Blue Jackets Coaching Change Press Conference Live, but the link is dead now. update 11:33am, from TSN,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Assistant Coach Gary Agnew interim head coach, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah D. A lot of entertaining reads around the blogosphere this past week. From Mark Messier to a Sportsnet-TSN catfight, I hope y'all enjoy the suggested reading. The NHL's Mark Messier Leadership Award is being handed out for the first time today -- to the confusion of many. Hockey Passion has a few thoughts, starting with "I'm not sure why he is the one who gets to select the winner (with input from the league)." And Abel to Yzerman is concerned about all the drug pushing going on.

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Hossa Hot In Atlanta

Marian Hossa participated in the NHL tele-conference yesterday.

Q. I guess my first question is about Vyacheslav Koslov, your teammate. People have just been talking more lately about his leadership role on that team, and I wonder what you thought he added to the team? MARIAN HOSSA: The Professor? Q. Yeah. MARIAN HOSSA: The Professor, he's one of the smartest players I ever played with. He sees plays really well, and doesn't have to use speed or quickness as much because he's smart and he can make the play and hit you when get open, and that's what makes the other players around him better. Q. What's behind the chemistry that you guys have had all season? The three or four of you guys really have been on fire since the season started. What's behind how you've been playing? MARIAN HOSSA: You mean the three of us or you mean the whole team? Q. Well, I mean, the three of you guys are above the league leaders in scoring. But really the whole team has been off to such a wonderful start. MARIAN HOSSA: Yeah. Well, I got two things to say: I think we are committed to the defense much better than last year. I think everyone is playing much better defensively and more responsible in our zone. Second thing is definitely our goalies are healthy. We’ve got great goaltending, and we're playing well and we got great goaltending right now in the league. The special teams are working well, also.

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