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Keane Gets Honored In Manitoba

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Manitoba Moose will retire Mike Keane’s No. 12 jersey tonight in a celebration of his time both with the local pro franchise and his storied NHL career.

Keane, who won three Stanley Cups with three different teams before spending his final five years as a pro with the Moose, will be the first player to receive such an honour from the hockey team.

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Larionov Turned Down Russian GM Position

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Igor Larionov was clearly very interested in the position of Russian GM for the Sochi Olympics because his negotiations with Russian Ice Hockey Federation head Vladislav Tretiak lasted for about six months.

But just last week the Wayne Gretzky of Russian hockey turned down the job. He did so for all of those traditional reasons that can bedevil the country’s hockey program. The way Tretiak had outlined the job, he would have had all the pressure but with no control.

“Before I did the job, I wanted to make sure I had the decisions on the team and the coach but that was not going to be in my control,” said Larionov from his home in Detroit…

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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/8/11

Debuted the new-look version of The Bolts Beat yesterday, complete with some first-time technical goofs, as I suppose we should have expected. (Our intro song was somehow infiltrated by a portion of, co-host Mark Pukalo was effectively muted throughout the broadcast without a headset, the camera didn’t pick up my good side and , overall, “goofy” comes to mind…) In all seriousness, if you tuned in, thanks for sticking with us, despite our clear need for some serious polishing in the show’s new incarnation.

If I had to sum it up briefly, I’d call on fellow old school professional wrestling fans to remember the infamous first appearance of “The Shockmaster” in WCW. (Look it up if you’re unfamiliar. It communicates yesterday’s frustrations pretty well…)

I’d have posted it here, as promised but I think I’ll wait to do that until we shine her up a little more.

Moving right along, it’s time for a look at this past week’s AHL action for the affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division teams, which is shorter than usual this week, thanks to the All-Star break.

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Video- Hockey Coaches Are Tough

Head Coach Roy Sommer of the Worcester Sharks takes a puck to the face, but quickly returns to his coaching duties.

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Canadian Players Look To The KHL

from Katelyn Peer of CBC,

Playing in the Kontinental Hockey League isn’t exactly every Canadian kid’s dream when they are growing up.

But more and more Canadian hockey players find themselves making the long trip to the former Soviet Union, continuing their living by playing the sport they love.

And guess what? Some, even when they have the opportunity to come back to the National Hockey League, make the decision to stay.

In Astana, Kazakhstan, the local KHL team, Barys Astana has three Canadians.

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Yashin Talks Nabokov, KHL

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“What actually happened is that the Islanders called me before they took him on waivers,” said Yashin, who left the Islanders on good terms with owner Charles Wang and GM Garth Snow. “I spoke with Garth and I expressed my opinion about how good Evgeni is as a person and as a goalie. What happened after, why he chose not to come to Islanders, I can’t really say anything because it wasn’t my decision.”

Yashin is an unrestricted free agent after the season. Would he consider a return to the NHL?

“Every year is a different situation, a new situation, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Yashin. “My contract is expiring. I will look around at what the best situation is for me next year.”

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Coach Esa Tikkanen

from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,

In all honesty, it’s a bit of a mismatch. There’s Joensuu, a mid-sized Finnish university town, 400 kilometres north of Helsinki, so close to the Russian border that stores have started to add Russian signs to help the tourists. It’s a sports town for sure, and a hockey town absolutely.

Then there’s Esa Tikkanen, a brash Helsinki native, the son of an arena worker, and a five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers.

When Jokipojat, the Joensuu team playing in Mestis, the division just below SM-liiga, found themselves in a losing streak, and chasing a playoffs spot from afar, the club fired their coach during the November international break, had the assistant coach take over for a while, and after two weeks of different rumours and speculations, named Tikkanen the head coach in December, two days after Christmas.

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Friedman: Golisano’s Scouting Cuts Hurt Buffalo’s Chances

From Elliotte Friedman at CBC.ca:

While researching how different organizations approached scouting, several other teams ripped Buffalo’s approach. At the time, Golisano considered that self-serving, because those people stood to lose their jobs if “The Sabre Way” caught on. But, what interested me most was a common thread throughout many of those conversations. It went like this: “I’ll explain to you why video scouting is a bad idea. But, I’m not going to rip Darcy because he’s at the mercy of his owner.”

In the interview, Golisano didn’t exactly disprove that theory.

“These scouts are traveling all over the world. All these expenses, could they accomplish a lot more staying in one place with the use of video?” the owner said. “And they believe they can. If somebody interprets that as not being progressive and being regressive, that’s too bad. But we think we’re far more efficient and have a much better scouting organization than we did three years ago.”

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  Tags: darcy+regier, lindy+ruff, sabres+sale, tom+golisano

This & That: On Smith, DiPietro vs. Johnson, Lightning Announcements, Caps’ Playoff Hopes and More

Introducing This & That. a feature set aside for those days when my brain is incapable of any smooth transition from one thought to another. Instead, a random spattering of things I’m thinking, items I meant to include elsewhere but may have forgotten and miscellaneous ramblings that may otherwise have no defined category or forum for inclusion.

(Plus, this way, I never have to use the term “hodgepodge” again.)

Off we go:

—-“If Smitty gets claimed, it’s good for him. If he doesn’t, he goes down and plays for us down there. We want to get him playing.” – Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, on recently waived netminder Mike Smith.

To the first point, absolutely. As far back as late last season, I was wondering whether or not Smith might be better off with a fresh start. Amid flashes of brilliance, Smith has struggled consistently throughout his tenure in Tampa and had all kinds of promise stifled by injuries. This year, despite unsightly statistics, some in scouting circles have seen reason for optimism in his game, giving new life to the idea that he might somehow flourish in a new situation.

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  Tags: brent+johnson, cedrick+desjardins, dwayne+roloson, jeff+skinner, mike+smith, nhl+guardians, rick+dipietro, steve+yzerman

Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 2/1/11

Just like their big NHL brothers, the AHL has hit the All-Star portion of their season schedule. American League teams won’t resume play until Thursday but there was plenty of action to recap before the break.

It’s that time again. Your stats pack-style update on the Southeast’s AHL affiliates:

GAME RESULTS
Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 1/25/11: Portland Pirates 2, Norfolk Admirals 1
Norfolk goal-scorers: Johan Harju (16)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Smith (19/21)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Jhonas Enroth, POR; 2 – T.J. Brennan, POR; 3 – Mark Mancari, POR

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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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