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New Shark Michal Handzus

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I keep wanting to say something about Martin Havlat.  I’m a Czechophile and all, but every time I try to figure out what I expect from him I find my thoughts drifting to Michal Handzus.  Not the same thing at all, I know.  Maybe I feel guilty about never visiting Slovakia or knowing whether Czech and Slovak are really different languages or more like dialects of the same.  Or maybe it’s because Handzus has a reputation devoid of the uncertainty I find in opinions about Havlat.

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  Tags: fitness, michal+handzus, penalty+killing

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

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