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Video- The NHL Coaching Career Of Pat Burns

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‎“You don’t cry because it’s over; you’re happy because it happened.” - Pat Burns, 1952-2010

The world is a little less bright today after the loss of Pat Burns. Not just a great hockey coach, but a wonderful and inspiring man who fought to the end.

I’d go on a rant about the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the shame they should feel, but I don’t feel it’s appropriate at this time.

We’ll miss ya, Pat.

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Canucks Facing Rival Blackhawks Tomorrow

from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The faces of some of the foes may have changed but the dislike remains the same as the Vancouver Canucks prepare to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Some of the more vilified Blackhawks are gone from the team that has eliminated Vancouver from the NHL playoffs the last two seasons. But just the sight of the defending Stanley Cup champions will raise the temperature of most Canucks.

“We still have an intense rivalry against them,” defenceman Kevin Bieksa said after Vancouver’s practice Friday. “There’s definitely still that hate and that bitterness between the two teams.

“It will make for another good game.”


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RIP Pat Burns

Bob McKenzie confirms the death of Pat Burns in his own way…

RIP, Mansbreek.

Bob explains the Mansbreek reference in this story back in mid-September.

added 6:48pm,

NEW YORK (November 19, 2010)—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today issued the following statement on the passing of longtime NHL head coach Pat Burns:

      “Just as they will remember Pat for his success as a coach, hockey fans also will remember his humor, his honesty, his humanity and his courage. As it mourns the loss of an outstanding contributor to the game, the National Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family and friends.”


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Hard Work Rewards Cleary

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

“You try to keep the same routine. You stretch and you do your thing. Then once you get into the game you can’t let little things affect your mind if you don’t do them the same way. That part … I’m not crazy like that.”

That doesn’t surprise Wings coach Mike Babcock, who attributes Cleary’s recent run of goals – eight in the last six games – more to work ethic and a confidence to pull the trigger on his shot.

“None of the good players are superstitious at all,” Babcock said. “They just play. He’s having success because he’s playing hard first. Secondly, the puck’s going in, so he’s shooting the puck more than he normally would—and if it goes in there must be a message in that.”

The message?

Shoot the puck more and it will go in more. Seems pretty basic, which is why Babcock can’t understand why more guys don’t heed the advice.

read on

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Whatever His Future Holds, Brad Richards Is Prepared

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For now, says Richards, he is concentrating on hockey and taking it on faith that the rest takes care of itself.

“I kinda look at it, whatever happens, it’s going to be a good thing either way,” said Richards, in an exclusive interview. “If it’s a new beginning, it’s a new beginning. If I get to stay here, I get to stay here. I’m very fortunate with what’s happening in my life and my career. So whatever happens, I’ll deal with it as we go along.”

Curiously, Richards’s exit from Tampa also followed an ownership kerfuffle - when Oren Koules and Len Barrie took over from William Davidson, who was at the helm when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004 (and Richards was selected playoff MVP).

“Day-to-day, I’ve been through it before,” said Richards. “Unfortunately, it (ownership instability) has kind of followed me around a little bit.

“But it is a lot different here. It’s not a distraction. Joe (general manager Nieuwendyk) has done a good job of keeping it away from us.

more plus some Turco, Phoenix and Kings talk…

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Is Stamkos the New Face of the NHL?

That’s the question that The Globe and Mail asks Roy MacGregor, Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek today, with varied responses.

More specifically:

Today we turn our attention to Tampa Bay, where Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has 19 goals in 19 games and leads the NHL scoring with 34 points. His strong start comes on the heels of a 51-goal breakout season that saw him share the Rocket Richard Trophy with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

We asked our writers: Is it time to put Stamkos up with Crosby and Alex Ovechkin as the best players in the NHL?

My opinion, though unsolicited for this particular informal poll, is an unwavering


. Having seen Stamkos transform, first-hand, in his two and less-than-a-fourth seasons in the NHL from a kid with shaken confidence to the game’s most dynamic goal-scorer who seems to improve on a daily basis that we’re seeing now is more than enough to convince me of as much.

And, believe it or not, Stamkos indeed does have - wait for it - some Gretzky in him, on and off the ice, as Duhatschek so wisely observes.

I’m sold. Seems at least one-and-a-half of the three writers polled here are too.

Let the debate begin…


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Too Many Minutes For Chicago’s Top Players?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville is finding out what Mike Babcock has been dealing with since he became coach of the Detroit Red Wings.

He’s walking the fine line between using his great players just enough or too much, depending usually upon how the season works out. If you win cups like both these coaches have, it was great. When they kind of fizzle out the way the Wings did last year after Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk played hours and hours, perhaps it was too much.

This year Quenneville doesn’t have the supporting cast he did last year, and as a result Jonathan Toews (21:44), Patrick Kane (19:44), Marian Hossa (19:50) and Patrick Sharp (19:49), their star forwards from last season, are becoming minutes monsters.


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Kessel Or Kovalchuk?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So why Kessel over Kovalchuk? That’s easy.

For starters, Kessel is only 23-years old compared to Kovalchuk, who is 27. Also, there is only four more years left on Kessel’s contract after this season compared to 14 more for Kovalchuk. There are kids just learning to skate who could be Kovalchuk’s teammates if he plays the entire duration of his contract.

Also, Kessel may not possess leadership qualities, but I have never heard him referred to as a dog. The same cannot be said for Kovalchuk who often seems disinterested, especially when he doesn’t have the puck.

That much was evident Thursday night. In a game that could be described as life or death for both clubs, even though it’s early in the season, Kessel thoroughly outplayed Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk played 22:50 and had an assist to go with four shots on goal. However, he often seemed lethargic and there was no desperation in his game to get the Devils back into the contest when they fell behind. Kessel, on the other hand, played 20 minutes and finished with one goal—the game winner. He had six shots on goal and hit the goal post on another. He was engaged on virtually each and every of the 21 shifts he skated.


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50,000 Games

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

It’s appropriate that Saturday’s schedule includes a meeting between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs—after all, the Habs and the Toronto Arenas (the Leafs’ predecessors) played on the NHL’s first opening night, Dec. 19, 1917, and they’ll meet for the 775th time (704th in the regular season) on the night the NHL plays the 50,000th game (regular season and playoffs) in League history.

The NHL has gone through a variety of cycles since that opening night almost 93 years ago. Offenses have been prolific in some eras (8.17 goals per game in 1943-44; 8.03 in 1981-82), while defenses have dominated in others (4.79 goals per game in 1952-53, 5.14 in 2003-04). Teams have gone from playing as few as 18 games in 1918-19 all the way to 84 (two at neutral sites) during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, and back down to today’s 82.


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