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Follow-Up to Post on Pat Burns and the Hockey Hall of Fame

Following up on my KK Members Blog of November 20 on Coach Burns passing and the shameful actions of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

To the eighteen voting members of the HHOF, please ignore your tendency to now postpone Pat Burns being voted in the Hall for a few years for his accomplishments.  After being called out by virtually the entire hockey world, I know that some of the people who vote for the the Hall inclusion are probably now thinking that we can’t possibly put Pat Burns in the Hall of Fame for the next two years, because if we do that, it will admit we made a mistake.

My advice to the HHOF and special call out to Scotty Bowman who sits on the committee is:  man up, admit you made a mistake and correct it with the next vote.  Better yet, organize a teleconference, take a special vote and announce his election to the Hall of Fame before next Monday when he is laid to rest.  And while you are at it, vote Fred Shero in at the same time.

People will have more respect for the Hall if you correct your mistake.

You have a second chance to get it right.  Don’t blow it again.

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  Tags: 11+cups, fred+shero, hhof, pat+burns, scotty+bowman

B2B Games & Shutouts

Always, been curious about B2B games and how often playing the day before creates shutout opportunities.

I began highlighting (**) the losing teams that played the previous day.  Half way through I noticed it was kind of interesting that some of the shutouts were bv teams that had played the day before, so I backtracked and recorded all of those (##).

I only listed the teams that have recorded shutouts.

The shutouts-against, for the teams that have not recorded a shutout, is left for another day.


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The Passing of Pat Burns and the Shame of the HHOF

Everyone in the hockey world was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Burns.  Pat was known for being a policeman in Gatinuea, Quebec.  He was a fair, but touch coach that held his players accountable.

Coach Burns record in the NHL speaks for itself.  A head coach in the NHL for 14 years with the Canadians, Maple Leafs, Bruins, and Devils.  Pat coached over 1000 games and won more than 500 of them between 1988 - 2004.  He won the Jack Adams award with three different teams, and was Coach of the Stanley Cups champions with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.  He retired in 2006 and courageously fought three different types of cancer (colon, liver and lung) before finally succombing to the disagree at age 58 on Friday.  

As you look at Coach Burns record, it obvious that he is a Hockey Hall of Famer, right?  Well, obvious to everyone except the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Coach Burns deserves to be in the Hall based on his credentials by itself. Yet, knowing that his cancer was in final stages, the HHOF failed to vote him in this year, in the same year that Dino and two females greats were inducted.

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  Tags: pat+burns

Time to Rename Some Coveted Award

I recently ran across a list of the top ten hockey movies of all time.  Of course, any hockey fan will immediately say ‘Slapshot’.  Why not?  We’ve all seen the movie a hundred times and I’ll bet you can repeat many lines in the movie.  Who can forget some of the lines: “You go to the box.  Two minutes by yourself and ... you feel shame.  You know ..... and then you get free” and “Anybody throws me against the boards, I’m gunna PXXS all over myself”. How about those Hanson Brothers, “None of that stinkin’ root beer!.”

On the list of the top ten, was a movie I had not seen called “Net Worth” , produced in the 1990’s by CBC.  It basically tells the story of how the NHLPA was formed.  I knew previously that Ted Lindsey was a key figure in forming the association (not union), because of poor treatment from ownership and management.  What I did not realize was the rest of the story behind the scenes and the reputation of some of the original owners and the NHL Commissioner at the time, Clarence Campbell. The owners were making money hand over fist, cooking the books and paying the players a relative small sum even for that time.  The head coaches manipulated and treated the players like dirt . (Yes, I know, players still get manipulated by coaches but nothing like this).

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  Tags: eleven+cups+a+red+wings+fan, nhlpa, ted+lindsay

A Hat Trick of Ideas to Consider

With the changing format of the All-Star Game, maybe it’s time to consider some other new interesting ideas around the NHL.

First, on the issue of flagrant diving (ala Phil Kessel).  To address diving, which has no place in an honorable, men’s game, provide the league with the ability to suspend a player without pay for an indisputable, flagrant dive.  This will send a strong signal to all the divers out there
that won’t take the risk of fine and suspension.

Second, the issue of awarding three points for an overtime/shootout game. Rather than the current format of awarding one point each in regulation time to both teams and an extra point for an overtime/shootout win for a total of three points, here’s a better potential solution.  Award each team a half point after a regulation tie.  Award a full extra point for the overtime/shootout winner.  Winning team gets 1.5 points The losing team gets a half point (0.5 point).  This would encourage teams to win in regulation and end the frustration of fans/teams with the awarding of three point games.  Three point games are especially frustrating down the playoff stretch as team trying to catch a team in a playoff positions are disadvantaged by the awarding of three points.


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Sunday’s Look 11/14

A look at the top 3 teams in each Conference (leader in each division)

team +/- // # of players with 12 pts or more // # of games played// Win %
+64 ..WAS 4/17 games…. .735
+81 ..PHI 6/17….. .706
+5 ....MON 3/17…. .676

+53 ...LAK 5/15…. .800
+58 ...DET 5/15…. .767
+24 ...VAN 4/12…. .688


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How does this make sense?

Forget the fact that the Leafs can’t buy a goal these days.

Why is Brian Burke deviating from what he has been stating for the past year? As early as 3 weeks ago, he went on the record to say that Kadri simply needs more time in the AHL - that rushing him to the NHL does not make sense.

So after the same Nazem Kadri is called up today, I have to ask the “Why? Why Burkie?”

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  Tags: brian+burke, nazem+kadri, ron+wilson

Kadri and Aulie Called Up

Nazem Kadri and Keith Aulie have been called up. This is going to be interesting.

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  Tags: aulie, kadri

From the Net Out

For the first time this season, The Leafs are below the 500 mark. The talk around the city is that scoring is the problem and that criticism is not without merit (especially after being shutout 3 times in the last 6 games).

When the Leafs began the season 4-0-0, goals were aplenty. In those first 4 games, the Leafs scored 16 goals. In the 10 games since, they have scored 15. So naturally, the criticism wanders towards the area that was present before but is absent now.

But let’s be honest here. Outside of Kessel, the Leafs’ top 6 isn’t actually a top 6. It’s a collection of forwards who would slot 4 through 9 on virtually every other team in the NHL. Bozak is a prime example of this phenomenon. The City of Toronto has been all over the Leafs’ Line 1 Center to start playing like one, when that is not what he is (not yet anyways <- that’s the fan in me talking). Versteeg, Kulemin, Grabovski and MacArthur are no different.

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  Tags: brian+burke, giguere, grabovski, gustavsson, jacques+lemaire, kessel, kulemin, ron+wilson, versteeg

2010 Leafs’ Draft Class Update

Brad Ross
Round 2 – 43rd Overall

Ross is at it once again this season. After posting 68 points and 203 PIMs in 71 games last season, the Leafs’ first pick in the 2010 draft has 17 points and 44 PIMs in 16 games this season with the Portland Winterhawks. Not only that but he is +12 on the season thus far. He even has more points than teammate Ryan Johansen (15 points), who was taken 4th Overall this year.

Greg McKegg
Round 3 – 62nd Overall

McKegg had no business going in the 3rd Round, especially after putting up 85 points in 67 games last season. This season has been no different. McKegg leads the Erie Otters with 26 points in 19 games and sits 11th in OHL scoring.

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  Tags: brodin, carrick, granberg, mckegg, nicholls, olden, ross

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