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Ducks Have Issues

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The issue isn’t with the benchwarmers. It’s with the stars. Problem is, while it might be tempting to dramatically whittle down the time of a star—or even send one to the press box—that approach rarely works. That’s why the answer has to come from the players themselves. And it starts with Scott Niedermayer, the player who is wearing the C but doing little of late to earn it.

Discipline shouldn’t be an issue on a team led by Niedermayer, but it is. The bad habits developed by the Ducks last season while he was on his journey of personal discovery as Chris Pronger wore the C have continued this year. They fail to execute in their own zone. The transition game is a turnover machine. And then there are the penalties.

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Rejoice SoCal Fans

from The Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Randy Harvey, the Sports editor, has decided to bring back the NHL standings and game summaries to a position of prominence (like the NBA standings) beginning Dec. 1—now that we have a little more space with college football winding down.

a little more hockey talk..

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Another ‘KK’ Blog

from Kyle Turris of Kyle’s Korner at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

After that game, we flew back home for a two-game homestand and now we’re back on the road. We flew into Carolina last night and it was a pretty long flight, just under four hours. Teeks (Viktor Tikhonov) and I played Tiger Woods ‘09 on our PSPs against each other. It’s a fun game and we have some great battles.

Later on this trip we go into New York. I’ve never been, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve heard it’s a great place. One of my friends from Wiconsin is a die-hard Rangers fan, and she’s flying back for the game, so it’ll be nice to see her and make her root for us instead.

moreand regular KK readers may remember this KK blog too…

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Afternoon Line

“I don’t share your love for the Isles, Scotty. Not sure what you’re smoking. I think they are apt to lose five games in a row at a moment’s notice. I will run across press row naked at the Cup finals if the Islanders make the playoffs.”

ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun writing to colleague Scott Burnside

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Team Played Tired

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

We played Anaheim on Wednesday and L.A. on Thursday. So we traveled three time zones on Monday night to get to California; adjust to new time zones; and played back to back games. We play again on Saturday night so three west coast games in four days.

Note: L.A. hadn’t played since Sunday so they were well rested. We are banged up and we played like we were tired. The fans out in LA didn’t see our best. But L.A. will come to Verizon Center soon enough and the tables will turn on the schedule.

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Habs Lose Komisarek Another Month

From TSN:

The Montreal Canadiens will be without defenceman Mike Komisarek services for another month.

Komisarek has missed the Canadiens’ last four games with a shoulder injury suffered after a fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic last week.

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Ruff Benches Two Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.

Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.

“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”

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A Goaltending Idol

From the Montreal Canadiens:

For one generation, the dream was to be like Maurice Richard or Guy Lafleur.  For another, it was all about Patrick Roy.

Before Roy began showcasing his talents in the Canadiens’ crease in 1985, goaltending was generally reserved for the less athletic or, if you prefer, less talented.  That changed quickly with the arrival of the Habs’ netminder, who suddenly had kids across Quebec clamoring to strap on the pads just like their idol.

When Roy decided to hang up his pads after a 19-year NHL career in 2002-03, the league was inundated with stoppers who grew up admiring the Habs’ No. 33.  Just that year alone, there were 29 Quebec native goaltenders lacing up their skates in the NHL.

Update 1:45pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the New York Times has a great summation of Roy’s Top 10 Moments

The video below is a career retrospective in honor of Roy’s jersey retirement on Saturday night, with numerous other NHLers reflecting on his career.

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Black & Branded: SJ’s New Hi-Tech Jerseys

From the San Jose Sharks:
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The branding of the “BlackArmor” sweater is a unique marketing partnership between the Sharks and Seagate, marking the 12th season that the organizations have been partners. Seagate also serves as the presenting sponsor of the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” and the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Year” Awards.

The branding of the alternate sweater coincides with Seagate’s promotion of its BlackArmor™ product, the world’s first safe portable hard drive. The BlackArmor portable hard drive from Seagate is a storage solution that provides government-grade AES encryption…

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Icethetics promises to have more feedback on the new black jerseys later today, as well.

P.S. In other Sharks news, PJ at Sharks Page put together a highlight reel video the other day from the Sharks first 20 games of the season.

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Duck Eric

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a first for me, in the new give-and-take world of cyberspace sports writing. Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ owner and AOL mover and shaker, took a shot at me in his blog, Ted’s Take.  Leonsis took exception to my views on the ballot-box stuffing controversy in Montreal, in which Canadiens supporters have their six candidates miles ahead of the pack in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game.

What fun! Usually, it’s the other way around – writers critically analyzing the work of owners, general managers and players, mostly done in a vacuum. Turnabout is absolutely fair play - I wish more of them did it. A real dialogue could be a useful tool in ridding the industry of the lame blah-blah-blah that passes for analysis these days, fuelled largely by professional athletes who are coached to say nothing of consequence, for fear of alienating opponents or tarnishing their brilliantly polished images.

continued with many more NHL topics…

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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