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Playoff injury disclosure, Sutter style

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Oh, Darryl Sutter, your style of engaging with the media is one part Tortorellan, one part Babcockian and one part, "Whee, this is fun! Whee! Whee! Listen to me, hee hee!"

Per NHL.com's Curtis Zupke, the Los Angeles Kings' coach offered an insight into one of his players' injuries suffered during their playoff run in...Typical Darryl Sutter fashion:

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr was scheduled for surgery Monday for a "bad arm," coach Darryl Sutter said.

Sutter didn't elaborate when he spoke to reporters on the final day of L.A.'s break-up meetings, but a Kings spokesperson confirmed Monday that Regehr was set to undergo elbow surgery. Los Angeles was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

"He played with a bad arm the whole playoffs," Sutter said. "We're getting multiple guys looked at and he's first on the list."

Continued with news about Dustin Brown (torn PCL).

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A pair of press releases from the Griffins, one from the Crunch, and some ‘business of hockey’ talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This popped up a little late on Monday evening--right before the trophy appeared at 5/3rd Ballpark--but as an FYI, the Calder Cup will be touring Grand Rapids over the next three days...

The American Hockey League’s Calder Cup will appear at numerous locations throughout West Michigan this week as the Grand Rapids Griffins prepare to host as many as three straight Calder Cup Finals games against the Syracuse Crunch.

Named for Frank Calder, the NHL’s first president and an instrumental figure in forming the AHL, the Calder Cup was first awarded in 1938. It bears the name of the last 20 Calder Cup champions, standing 24 inches tall and weighing 30 pounds. Fans can see the championship trophy at several locations and through various media outlets. Additional locations will be announced through the Griffins’ social media pages.

 

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On Pittsburgh’s Playoff Results

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Pittsburgh Penguins were considered the team most likely to win the Stanley Cup this year according to the Las Vegas odds.  They lost in the semi-finals to the Boston Bruins.  This isn't an unpredicted result in my mind.  If you asked me before the playoffs, I would have agreed that Pittsburgh was the team most likely to win the Stanley Cup.  I certainly would not have told you that they were anywhere near 50% likely to win the Stanley Cup.  I would probably have estimated that they had a 20-30% chance to win the Stanley Cup this year.  Hence Pittsburgh probably was not going to win the Stanley Cup this year.  The same thing can be said for any other NHL team.  Somebody is going to win the Stanley Cup, but it probably isn't going to be you.  In that way it is kind of like the lottery.  The best you can do is build a good team that has a serious chance, but there will be several other teams with approximately the same shot that you have.  Ideally you can build a team that remains a contender for a period of several years and you may win in one or more of them.

Pittsburgh has essentially done this.  They won the 2009 Stanley Cup and remain a top contender today.  In fact they probably took a bigger run this year than they did in the last few years by adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray at trade deadline time and that is more than they did in previous years.  If we assume there are five or six teams with solid shots at the Stanley Cup in any given year, then any team should win once every five or six times they are a serious contender on average.  Pittsburgh has done this.  Essentially they have lived up to expectations, but many fans have over-inflated their expectations and believe that they have failed.

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Subban, Norris, Last Laugh (or something like that)

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

If you believe the news, PK Subban, aka The Subbanator, is the 2012-13 Norris Trophy Winner. Well done Mr. Subban. Well deserved. For anyone who does not see PK regularly, this guy plays his guts out night in, night out. Along with many fans, I am quite interested to see how Hockey Night in Canada reacts, as they have been one of the few outlets to continue harping on PK as being 'disrespectful' and 'childish,' amongst other things. At certain points this year, Elliotte Friedman, Kevin Weeks and Ron MacLean did stand up for Subban, however, PJ Stock, Glenn Healy and many others regularly put down Subban for, more than anything else, being different. 

So, congratulations to Mr. Subban, a player who inspires many an opinion, but plays his guts out every night. Many will say Marc Bergevin made a mistake not signing him long term. Perhaps, but here's a thought: maybe the short term contract spurred Subban on, and without the inspiration of a management team that said 'show us we're wrong,' Subban never would have achieved such a level of play. Regardless, a nice way to end the year for Subban, and another platform to build on for these young Canadiens. 

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Eakins On His Coaching Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dittrick of EdmontonOilers.com,

In order to win and become a perennial Stanley Cup contender, it takes a total team effort to succeed.

On the development side, Dallas Eakins says, it's up to the coach and 23 individuals to maximize their potential for the greater good.

"I don't coach a team, I coach individuals. It's important to remember that," Eakins said after he was named the 12th head coach in Oilers history Monday afternoon. "I like to treat all my players the same when it comes to work ethic and discipline, but they're all wired differently.

"You've got to get to know them, inside and out. I need to learn out what triggers them, what motivates them and look under every stone to see what makes them tick. There's a lot of motivation for players in this game. Some want to carry the load for their team and others want to make their parents proud.

"I've got 23 new players that I've got to get to know and find all that out."

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I am very excited because I know they are going to be doing everything to make sure the team is going to be turned around and move forward, and the team is going to be better next year. I feel like the organization is going to improve the team over the summer, and I am really excited to be part of it.”

“My priority at this stage of my career is to really have a chance to win every night. You want to be on a team that is competing every night, trying to win every night and has a chance to make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs and win a Cup. I just don’t want to sign and be somewhere where you make your money and you be happy. The most important reason I signed with Dallas is because after I talked to them I find out they are going to sign more players, they are going to improve the team and they are going to do whatever it takes to make that next step. That’s what made me sign with them.”

-Sergei Gonchar on signing with the Dallas Stars, via Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars website.

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Video- Ball Hockey Gone Bad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from QMI Agency/Toronto Sun,

In a fit of rage Saturday, a member of Canada's national men's ball hockey team sent an official to hospital.

With Canada trailing 5-1, Justin Pender chased a Czech opponent across the rink with one second left in a quarterfinal game at the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championship in Newfoundland.

Prior to the scrap, Pender is seen jawing with a Czech player during a face off.

Two officials, and the Czech goalie, tried to intervene. But Pender continued to pound on the player, hitting and tangling up others in the process.

continued

Watch the incident below (#24 in white is the Canadian and I have started the video when the incident begins)...

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The Absolute Latest On The Phoenix Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Morgan of FoxSports Arizona,

While sources maintain that the NHL is pressuring Renaissance Sports and Entertainment to strike a deal this week (at least in principle) with the City of Glendale on a lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena, Glendale councilmember Gary Sherwood received mitigating information over the weekend.

Sherwood spoke to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Sunday, and Daly assured him that there is “no deadline, per se.” Daly told Sherwood that if the city and RSE appear to be headed toward an agreement, the NHL would be amenable to the Glendale City Council voting on it in July rather than on June 25, when the council next convenes.

That somewhat contradicts what sources have said the league is telling RSE. Under that scenario, the city and RSE -- the ownership group of George Gosbee, Anthony LeBlanc, Daryl Jones and Avik Dey -- would need to have a deal ready by June 17 so that it could be presented at the Glendale City Council Executive Session on June 18 and then voted on at the council meeting one week later.

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Dallas Eakins Becomes The 12th Head Coach For The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a release by the Edmonton Oilers...

General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Dallas Eakins as the clubs' new Head Coach.  Eakins becomes the 12th Head Coach in Oilers franchise history.

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The Ducks Have A New Goaltending Consultant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced today they have named Dwayne Roloson as the team's goaltending consultant. Roloson will assume the responsibilities of Goaltending Consultant Pete Peeters, who retired from coaching on June 5, 2013.

“We are happy to have Dwayne in the organization and look forward to him joining the NHL club this season,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He’s a knowledgeable, hard-working coach, just as he was as a player for 14 years.”

continue for more on Roloson...

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