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Good Hits Means Here Comes A Fight

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Those who often lament the NHL becoming the “No Hitting League” – hey, I don’t see it either – should take guys like Rene Bourque and Alexandre Picard and slap them upside the head.

This is getting ridiculous. How do you expect to have hitting in the game when the player delivering a clean hit has to worry about being jumped and pummeled by some idiot who is hell-bent on revenge? No matter what you think about fighting in hockey, the increasing number of fights that come on the heels of clean hits are ridiculous.

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Lines That Work & Some That Don’t

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In Montreal, the Canadiens are the only other team in the Eastern Conference that hasn’t lost in regulation time (as of Wednesday morning) and much of the heavy lifting has been done by the line of Saku Koivu, newcomer Alex Tanguay and a slimmed-down Guillaume Latendresse. The trio has combined for 21 points, while last season’s most important player, Alexei Kovalev, is off to a relatively slow start with four points in six games.

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Ducks Win, So Why Not Play Some Pool

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Instead of following through with a scheduled practice session Wednesday afternoon at Carleton College in Ottawa, the Ducks plan to seek improvement in a different manner.

“We have a team-bonding event — a little bit of a pool tournament,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to play billiards, and have pizzas and chicken wings — all that good grease.”

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Rules Discussion

Colin Campbell, Mike Murphy and Kris King discuss on-ice issues and potential rule changes within the game.

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Islanders Sign Parrish To Tryout Offer

from On the Islanders Beat,

Popular former Islander Mark Parrish was signed today by the club to a professional tryout offer with Bridgeport in the AHL. According to Isles coach Scott Gordon, it’s a 25-game tryout.

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Looking At The CBA

from Mike Smith at the Hockey News,

The NHL is entering the fourth season under the new collective bargaining agreement. The first three years have witnessed significant revenue growth that has led to an increase in club payrolls.

Salaries, from the players’ perspective, have risen nicely.

There is a notion the new agreement has helped the players more than the clubs. But before you make an assessment, you need to read the entire pact. There is likely to be a major shift back toward the clubs during the 2008-09 season.

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All Jim Cummins

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Today, Cummins is looking for the next shift in his life. I met him two summers ago at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he was part of the Life After Hockey program at the college’s Professional Athletic Training Institute (PATI). I was there as an instructor, helping the retired NHL players learn about TV as best as I could.

I talked with Cummins over the weekend about fighting in the NHL:

Q: What is your assessment of the fight game in the NHL?

A: It is a part of the game. It’s a way for the players to police the game instead of the referees, which I think adds a ton of excitement. I feel the efforts in the past to diminish fighting handcuffed the enforcer and set the game back. Also, the real true hockey fan loves the aggressive play that spills out when certain occasions arise. I don’t want fighting to be like it was in the 1970s, but I think from the late ‘80s to the mid-‘90s, it was a true game that was enforced by the players.

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Rivet Has Knee Surgery

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that defenseman Craig Rivet had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. His recovery is expected to be a minimum of two weeks.

 

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The ‘Perfect’ Referee

from On Frozen Blog,

A morning shower train of thought: were I an NHL referee, how would players, coaches, and fans commonly characterize my officiating style?

For starters, I would well withstand charges of blindness; thanks to Lasik, I’m a fella who can read the tiny scroll on the corner hanging television viewed from the tavern’s most secluded corner.

But more importantly, every time I sat in an arena’s officials’ dressing room lacing up my skates near 7:00, I would reflect on the thousands of hard-working men and women directing their limited disposable income at our evening’s entertainment then pouring through the turnstiles one level above me.

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Holmstrom Being Holmstrom

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

There’s apparently just no sanctuary from abuse for Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom.

Even in the Wings dressing room, the slashes and cross checks turn into verbal jabs as Holmstrom readied himself to join a photo shoot for an upcoming story for Men’s Health Magazine.  “How did you get picked for that?” queried Kirk Maltby. “They must have been looking for someone to show what not to do.”

Holmstrom merely smiles. The veteran winger is doing a lot of that lately.

The 35-year-old Swede has scored in all five game this season and leads the NHL in scoring percentage by converting half of the 10 shots he’s taken.  “I should shoot more,” Holmstrom said.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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