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Lafleur Back To Spreading Goodwill For The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronton Sun,

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has mended fences with the Montreal Canadiens and has extended his contract as goodwill ambassador for the franchise he led to five Stanley Cups.

Lafleur told a Montreal sports radio show he has signed a deal and was looking forward to continuing to represent the club.

Lafleur, who played with the Canadiens from 1971 to 1985, has been a harsh and public critic of the team at times, brow-beating players and management for their shortcomings.


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News from the Farm: 10/21/10

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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Coaches In Trouble?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at FoxSports,

The current NHL season is only a couple of weeks old but already there’s talk that several struggling teams could consider coaching changes if their fortunes don’t improve soon. Here’s a look at five NHL head coaches who could be in danger of losing their jobs.

John MacLean, New Jersey Devils

When MacLean was promoted from the Devils farm team this summer into their head coaching position it was expected he’d move the club away from their trademark defensive game toward a more offensive style better suited for scoring stars like Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk.


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Huet Doing OK In Switzerland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

He believes he still has the game to be an NHL goalie. But since the Hawks are still on the hook for another year next season at $5.625 million, he’s likely stuck in Europe until the team buys him out.

“I don’t know what Chicago’s intentions are for next year,” said Huet, who went 26-14-8 with a 2.50 GAA last season in Chicago. “I’ll probably be in the same situation with my salary and not playing in the NHL. It’s really not up to me, but we’ll see what happens next year.”

For now, he’s making the best of being back in Switzerland, where he tended goal for four seasons before heading to Los Angeles in 2002. While he’s a native of France, Huet married a Swiss woman, so the move made sense on the personal side of things. He also obtained his Swiss passport earlier this week.


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Points Per Minute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

There are some ways to look at these numbers and see potential benefits for particular players.

First, if it’s a first-line player like Brad Richards or Steven Stamkos, just keep on keeping on. They’re going to play significant minutes, so there is ample opportunity to put up points.

Then, we come to guys in new locations and some evidence (however little) that it might be working. Nathan Horton, Matt Cullen and Clarke MacArthur are all making a positive impact in their new uniforms.   Brendan Morrison and Andrew Ladd are scoring for their new clubs as well.

What about the grinders who are overachieving? Sure, it’s nice to see Dominic Moore and Marty Reasoner chipping in offensively, but let’s not get too carried away expecting their early offensive surges to continue.

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Those Detroit Red Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The OC Register gives us five reasons to love the Wings and five to hate them….

Reason No. 5 to hate Detroit: Bandwagon fans. Every popular team has them in the NHL. But Detroit probably is at the front of the pack when it comes to those who just happened to be die-hards even though they have zero ties to the city. Just look around Honda Center for all the red jerseys at the next Detroit-Ducks game. There can’t be that many Detroit transplants, can there?


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Predators Assign Begin To AHL After Clearing Waivers

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (October 21, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Steve Begin to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the AHL level. Begin cleared waivers on Thursday and will report to Milwaukee (AHL).

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Early Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is informative to track the leaders for the NHL awards throughout the season and see when the eventual winners take over as the leaders for the possible awards.  In many cases, the early season leaders do not wind up winning the awards, but sometimes they do.  The early Vezina Trophy leader is likely Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  He has stopped 95 of 97 shots taken on him.  He has a 0.67 goals against average and a .979 saves percentage.  These are remarkable numbers that nobody can maintain over an entire season.  However, it is quite reasonable to imagine Thomas will have a very good season.  Thomas is the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner. 

Last year, he lost his number one goaltending position in Boston to rookie Tuukka Rask.  This is not because of poor play of Thomas but because Rask had a league leading saves percentage.

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More Work For Colin Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

More details should emerge later today about the extent of Drew Doughty’s upper-body injury, but in the meantime, it looks like it could be another busy day for Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, reviewing videotape and trying to administer the NHL’s new commitment to getting blindside head shots out of the game.

Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman and early-season Norris Trophy favorite, was injured in the opening period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on a play that looked enough like Shane Doan’s suspension-worthy hit on Dan Sexton to come under official NHL scrutiny. The league, at least, thought Doan’s blindside hit was suspension-worthy and fell afoul of the new blind-side head-shot rule. Doan’s view was that he was merely taking Sexton’s ice away, and that he’d skated himself into good enough position so that the Anaheim Ducks’ forward could see the contact coming. In Doan’s view, it was a legal check.

Replays of the hit that Hurricanes’ forward Erik Cole delivered on Doughty hit was at the very least late - really late, long after Doughty had given up possession of the puck.

continued and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

added 3:22pm, Reports state Doughty out at least a week but no injury information released.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So this is Dish’s answer? Ask the fans to boycott the teams and our sponsors due to a contract dispute that we have NOTHING to do with. What’s next? Egg our windows? Light poop on fire on our doorsteps? Tell us to turn our own children in for watching? Spitballs and straws?


-Daryl Reaugh on the Dish Network dispute.  More at the Dallas Stars Blog.

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