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Killing That Penalty

From E.J. Hradek at ESPN Magazine:

Since the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL’s top priorities have been to improve game flow and boost scoring. On the flip side, slowing an opponent’s attack has become the No. 1 goal of coaches. Nowhere is that challenge more daunting than on penalty kills, thanks in part to rules changes that limit obstruction. It’s not just a question of giving up a goal in a close game—it’s what happens afterward. “It demoralizes your team,” says Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Here are six ways coaches keep teams from getting down when they’re a man down.

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  Tags: penalty+killing, special+teams

You Don’t Leave New York for Kansas City

From Justin Kendall at The Pitch:

I called Neil deMause a couple of weeks ago. He’s the author of Field of Schemes, a Web site devoted to the ins and outs of stadium deals. He also lives in New York. deMause told me that “everybody’s freaking out” about the possibility of the Islanders skating to KC.

“The tabloids are in at least in 50 percent panic mode,” deMause said. “What are we going to do? This means we need to get an arena deal done. If that was the intent, then it’s working really well.”

But deMause added some clarity.

“You don’t leave New York for Kansas City,” deMause said. “Even in a down economy, there’s more opportunities to make money in New York.

“Maybe if Nassau Coliseum were literally falling down, and they felt like we’re not going to get anything, but they’re pretty close to getting deal in Long Island,” he added. “It’s just a matter of getting the local government to sign off on some of the approvals. It’s not like there was $300 million gap or something like there was in Seattle.”

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Kings in the Playoff Hunt

From Bill Witz at the LA Times:

“As a team, we never lost sight of the playoffs,” said defenseman Matt Greene, a veteran on the NHL’s youngest team. “I don’t think there’s any change in the attitude, but maybe we’re starting to find our groove a little bit more.”

Said Quick: “The biggest thing right now is the momentum of the team. Everyone is playing more confident and playing off each other. One guy has a good shift and that leads to the next guy having a good shift.”

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  Tags: jonathan+quick, matt+green

The NHL Hour with Dave Ogrean of USA Hockey

USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Gary Bettman. From NHL.com:

Ogrean will discuss the second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which begins Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 15. Hockey Weekend Across America celebrates hockey and those involved in the game at all levels and also seeks to expose the game to additional audiences to attract more players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans to the sport.

Ogrean’s booking on the NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman also coincides with the one-year countdown to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The Games represent the 30th anniversary of the U.S. ‘Miracle On Ice’ at Lake Placid and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. capturing the Olympic gold at Squaw Valley.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208). You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments to this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: dave+ogrean, gary+bettman, olympics, usa+hockey

Ottawa Blame Game

From TSN:

According to the Camden Courier-Post, [former coach John] Paddock feels general manager Bryan Murray should be in the crosshairs if Senators owner Eugene Melnyk hands out any more pink slips.

“I think now he’s next in line,” Paddock told the Courier-Post. “We were 14 games over .500 when I was fired. They’re seven under now. Somebody needs to take responsibility for that. Whether the coaches he hired and fired were good or not, they’re his players and they’re either not playing good or can’t play, one or the other.”

But Paddock, who is currently the head coach of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, doesn’t think coaching is the issue in the nation’s capital.

“The players are not very good, that’s the problem,” Paddock told the Courier-Post.

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  Tags: bryan+murray, john+paddock

KHL President Talks Jagr & Emery

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We had arranged to interview the KHL president and oil magnate through a league spokesman. We thought the timing was right given the Jaromir Jagr rumors, the Ray Emery situation, the world economic crisis, the nose-diving Russian ruble, falling oil prices and, well, the KHL’s survival.

An Edmonton Journal blog had the industry chirping Tuesday when it speculated the Oilers were taking another run at Jagr (they tried to sign him last July). The Oilers denied it. As we pointed out Tuesday, Jagr can’t leave his Russian contract with Omsk Avangard; and besides, if he did somehow sign with the Oilers, he’d have to clear NHL waivers first.

“Mr. Jagr played today for Avangard,” said Medvedev, who was in New York to take in the Capitals-Rangers game. “Legally, he has a contract. It would surprise me if it was really true that Edmonton tried to negotiate a deal with Mr. Jagr. I don’t like those rumors. But Edmonton publicly announced it wasn’t the case.”

Besides, continued Medvedev, Jagr is signed for “two years plus one [option].”

“And there is no-out clause [in the contract],” added Medvedev.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, khl, ray+emery

True #1 Defensemen

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

In light of Mike Green lighting the lamp for a seventh straight game Wednesday night versus the Rangers, I thought it pertinent to reprise the debate here for a broader audience: How many true No. 1 defensemen are out there and where do you draw the blueline when determining what defines that label?

The first part of the question came up after we’d collectively denied about eight names of No. 1 status.

“Kimmo Timonen?”

“What, Finland’s ‘I can’t believe it’s not Lidstrom!?’ No way.”

“Dion Phaneuf?”

“He’s not even the best defenseman on his team!”

“Duncan Keith?”

“Nah. He and Brent Seabrook are co-dependant.”

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Sharks/Bruins On Versus Draws Largest Regular Season Audience

Steve of Puck the Media gets this news today…

The Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Bruins on Tuesday was the highest-rated and most-watched regular-season game in Versus’ four years with the NHL. It drew a 0.54 household rating nationally (550,000 viewers) and was 69 percent above the network’s average for the season.

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Watching The Wild

via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

There were 11 NHL scouts at Wednesday night’s game, including four from the Boston Bruins. Also represented were San Jose, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough has expressed a willingness to deal from his team’s strength, defense, to shore up its weakness, offense.

Outside of Brent Burns, one of the Wild’s untouchable young core, the Minnesota defenseman that would bring the most in a trade is probably veteran Kim Johnsson, who has one more year on a deal at a salary cap hit of $4.85 million.

Johnsson played a team-high 21:41 Wednesday.

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The Logo Battle

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

No matter how hard Hockey Canada tries, no matter how much it begs, the International Olympic Committee refuses to let it put the traditional Team Canada logo on the sweaters for the 2010 Olympics.

The IOC just confirmed it will strictly enforce the no-logo policy on all Olympic uniforms.  It sounds rather silly on the surface, especially considering Team Canada has used the same design for 14 years.  But Hockey Canada is a corporation, their symbol is a brand, and the IOC argues that allowing it would lead nations to go a little logo…loco.

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