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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bettman and the NHL cannot wait for science. They can’t hide behind science, using it as their shield. They must move, and move quickly, out of Stage 2 to Stage 3. No amount of well-modulated, reasonable- and responsible-sounding words change the fact that a hit to the head, whether by elbow, shoulder, or fist, is an attempt to injure that needs to result in expulsion or suspension. No amount of hopefulness and crossed fingers will change the fact that the NHL, like the NFL, must begin to imagine and introduce more “head-smart” ways to play. Bettman needs to be Bettman. We look back on those people 50 years ago who defended tobacco and asbestos and think, How could they be so stupid? Bettman and the NHL cannot wait for this generation of players to get old just so they can know for sure.

-Ken Dryden.  I suggest your read the complete article from Dryden at Grantland.

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Milbury Charged With Assault And Battery On A 12-Year Old

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WCVB,

A former Boston Bruin and current TV analyst has been charged with assault and battery on a child.

Michael Milbury, who currently works as a hockey analyst for Versus NHL, was accused of assaulted a 12-year-old youth hockey player at the Dexter School Ice Rink in Brookline last week.

Milbury is an assistant coach of a local hockey team, and the alleged victim is a player from an opposing team.

As always, remember there are two sides to a story.

added 12:51pm, from Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald,

The incident allegedly occurred at the end of the Winter Classic between the Boch Blazers for whom Milbury coaches and his son plays forward vs. the Boston Junior Black Hawks. It is alleged that after Milbury’s son and a player for the Black Hawks got into a scrape on the ice, Milbury charged out onto the rink and verbally berated and grabbed and shook the 12-year-old opposing player.

a bit more...

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The only way you’re going to totally eliminate concussions from the game is to stop playing the game.  We’re not inclined to stop playing the game, and players aren’t, either. There’s a certain level of risk that everyone accepts in any profession. If I’m a construction worker, I’m more likely to have health issues than if I’m an office worker. It’s just the nature of the job.”

-NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.  More concussion discussion plus other topics from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Make Your Offer For Turris

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Things are heating up on the Kyle Turris trade front. Sources indicate a deal could come down today.

Do you want Turris on your team?  If so, make the offer and we will decide.

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Eastern Conference Teams Continue To Have Problems Against Western Conference Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

As they have in every season since play resumed after the work stoppage six seasons ago, Western Conference teams are having their way with their Eastern Conference counterparts.

In all, 117 of this season’s 270 interconference games are in the books, and the West owns a 62-37-18 record (.530 winning percentage; .520 percentage of points awarded). The East is 55-41-21 (.470/.480).

The .530 winning percentage is a slight bump upwards from the West’s .526 showing last season. In the six seasons under the current format, Western teams never have won less than the 52.2 percent of interconference games they took in 2009-10.

No team has been better at beating the other conference than the St. Louis Blues, whose 4-1 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday improved their record against the East this season to 7-0-1. The Blues are the only team this season to get at least one point in every game against the opposite conference.

read on

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Neuvirth Shuts Out Jets

Blog: F Street Faithful By Matthew Tate

To say that the Capital’s goaltending has been subpar in the first third of the season would be a bit of an understatement.  Tomas Vokoun, who I thought would be a revelation in net, has struggled to find his rhythm.  While his numbers aren’t awful, 12-8; 2.81; .906, Tomas has yet to be good enough to steal games for the Caps.  Neuvirth, meanwhile, was has been downright bad.  Yes, he was hung out to dry in a few games under Bruce, but this still has not been the Neuvy that we saw last year.  Last night in Winnipeg, Michal took a big step to returning to form. 

Neuvirth stopped all 26 shots the Jets threw out him, en route to his first shutout of the season and his 5th career.  At times, he was the only thing keeping the Caps in the game, specifically a first period that saw the Jets outshoot the Caps 14-7 and outchance them 8-4.  Even as the Caps’ offense came to life in the second half of the game, Michal was needed as the Jets were able to muster up a few odd-man rushes.  Even better than his statline was how he looked on the ice.  He was out challenging, something he had not done consistently since the first game of the season.  Although I still believe Vokoun can succeed, I think that Neuvirth has probably earned the next few starts.  It very well could be that Neuvirth’s poor play was simply a result of the injury he picked up in the first week of the season.  Hopefully Neuvirth’s resurgence will push Vokoun to find his stride.

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Tough Guy Orr Waiting To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

One of the most feared fighters in hockey spent the important parts of practice perched on the middle of a bench. He would still share a laugh or a smile with teammates when they passed, and he participated eagerly when invited, but when it was over, Colton Orr left the ice and disappeared into the dressing room, like a ghost in a grey jersey.

He was not made available to reporters, which was fine, because there was not much left for him to say. Forces beyond his control have started a movement that has spread across the National Hockey League, leaving him among the last of a breed.

Orr is a fighter, a genuine heavyweight, and it has been almost a month since he played in a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 29-year-old has appeared in four games so far this season, logging a total of only 18 minutes 39 seconds of ice time.


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Do The Flyers Need A Captain On The Ice?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

With star defenseman Chris Pronger sidelined for the rest of the season, should the Flyers name a substitute captain for the rest of 2011-12?

I can see it both ways.

Some think the team needs a captain, needs someone to look up to and take command _ in the locker room and on the ice.

Me? I think having three alternates has worked just fine. As a tribute to Pronger, why not play the rest of the season for him _ and honor No. 20 by not naming another captain?


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Claude Noel Is Extremely Mad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alex Ovechkin scored very late in the game to give the Caps a 1-0 victory.

Jets coach Claude Noel’s media conference post-game had a feel of a college lecture than the normal press conference we are used to.

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  Tags: claude+noel

Habs back in the loss column

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

A PK Subban mistake late in the game, a disallowed goal - regardless, the Canadiens are back in the loss column this morning. Montreal lost 4-3 to a Flyers team that should have been reeling, after the losses of Chris Pronger and Claude Giroux to injury, but instead are firing on all cylinders, with 7 wins in a row.

David Desharnais played what may have been his best game as a Canadien, scoring a beautiful goal, while Carey Price looked fairly regular. For no apparent reason, Mathieu Darche played close to a full period of hockey. Almost time for Jacques Martin to go?

Louis Leblanc scored his first goal as a Hab - and was promptly benched the rest of the game (except for about 40 seconds. Seriously. This happened. It makes absolutely no sense, but it happened). Time for Jacques Martin to go?

On the whole, this team, with its losses late and frustrating lack of consistency, reminds me of another team - the Montreal Canadiens circa 2009-2010.

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