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All About The Number 4 In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers and Taylor Hall say a CBC report that the rookie and his family pressured a reluctant Kevin Lowe into turning over No.4 before the season is total fabrication.

The CBC.ca website says “Team Hall demanded the number he wore in Windsor and wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

“Team Hall’s approach to securing the No. 4 sweater has bothered a lot of people both inside and outside the Edmonton Oilers‚ organization,” writes Mark Seidel, who doesn’t provide any sources, named or anonymous.

“We all assumed that Hall wouldn’t dare raise the issue of taking Lowe’s famous number. We were wrong and once it became apparent that this was the Team Hall plan, a lot of people in the game were outraged.”

Lowe, who wore 4 for his entire career, vehemently denied the CBC report and Hall himself rolled his eyes at the story.

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Blues Are For Real

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Last June, when the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee met to vote on the class of 2010, old friend John Davidson, now president of the St. Louis Blues, had just helped engineer the trade with the Montreal Canadiens that brought Jaroslav Halak to Missouri. JD took a great deal of ribbing from colleagues about how he’d undermined the Habs by pilfering their playoff hero. Davidson is by nature ultra-conservative but he eventually got into the spirit of things and started needling the rest of us back. But if the first month is any indication, it looks as if Halak is just what the Blues needed to contend in the tough Central Division, which as of this morning, had five teams in a playoff spot (if you award the final berth to Nashville which had 13 points and a game in hand over Colorado).

To paraphrase Sandie Shaw, Halak has been nothing less than brilliant since arriving in St. Louis. They have permitted only 17 goals against in their first 10 games; and he has three shutouts in his last five outings. The worry always in these situations is that a goaltender who goes on a startling playoff run comes back to earth when play resumes the next season. That hasn’t happened to Halak and you’d have to think, as he settles into his new home and new playing life, things will only get better, not worse.

read on for hockey topics including the GM Meetings, HHOF and concussions…

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Bouchard Not Ready For Game Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s rehab assignment to Houston will have to wait. Bouchard, who hasn’t play a hockey game since Opening Night last season due to a concussion and subsequent post-concussion syndrome, had a conversation with Denver-based Dr. James Kelly on Thursday. Bouchard told the concussion specialist what he’s been telling us for months. He still has a certain pressure in his head, sometimes immediately after workouts, sometimes late in the afternoon, sometimes at nights.

He’s complained about this symptom since I talked to him on the phone in June, although he said it hasn’t gotten better. Kelly has “strongly recommended” to Bouchard to “hit pause.” That doesn’t mean he’s been shut down. Bouchard is allowed to continue to work out and practice normally (includes contact) with the Wild, but until he strings some days together without symptoms, he’s not able to take the next step and play some games.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Blog: KK Members Blog By Shiv

Thing are quiet in Toronto today. 12 games in the Leafs are 5-5-2 and this city is fully aware of the fact that being at the 500-mark 82 games in will mean no playoffs once again. Some early season thoughts:

The Good

Phil Kessel

– The most dangerous player on the ice for the Leafs night-in and night-out.

Clark MacArthur

– The only form of secondary scoring the Leafs have. He also leads the Leafs in points with 10.

Luke Schenn

– The Leafs’ best D-Man so far, no contest. Kaberle’s been solid offensively but Schenn has brought it at both ends of the ice. Not only that, he leads all Leafs’ D-men in +/- (4) and hits (42).

Goaltending

– Toronto’s goaltending tandem of Giguere and Gustavsson has been a major reason why Toronto has been in so many games this season. If they gave Gustavsson as much goal-support as they have Giguere, they’d be well above 500 right now. Want proof? The Leafs rank 12th in GA/G at 2.5.

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  Tags: bozak, giguere, grabovski, gustavsson, kessel, macarthur, phaneuf, schenn, versteeg

Score One For The Shrivs: Empty Netters May Be On The Way Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The chatter started on Twitter last night and it gained steam over the course of about 12 hours.  Apparently, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is considering canceling the blog “Empty Netters.”  If you’re not familiar with Seth Rorabaugh’s product, it’s a daily (and sometimes more frequent) compilation of stories from around the NHL.  It’s timely, often funny, and a must-read for hockey fans all over the world, not just Penguin fans.

And, for reasons I can’t figure out, the PG is gathering their brain trust together on Monday to discuss whether it should get rid of it.

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Flyers Playing Like They Want To Return To The SCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

This season the Flyers look like a team possessed; determined to not just get back to the final, but to win it all. Riding a five-game winning streak, Philadelphia sits atop the Eastern Conference standings with an 8-4-1 record and 17 points and is second overall in the league, one point behind the Los Angeles Kings.

The funny thing is, you could make the case that a few players you would expect the team to count on have not yet hit their stride. Captain Mike Richards has just two goals in 13 games and is a team-worst minus-4.

Ville Leino, who rose to prominence in last year’s playoffs when he scored seven goals (two game-winners) in 19 games, is off to a slow start with just two goals in 13 games. Leino had only 17 shots on goal. Veteran defenceman Chris Pronger, who had off-season knee surgery and missed the first two games of the year, is starting to find his range with three goals in his last three games.

On the other hand, a few players have really stepped up to the plate.

read on

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Let’s Support One of the Great Hockey Blogs, Save Empty Netters!

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

Got some surprising, but not so surprising, news overnight as Pittsburgh blogging colleague Seth Rorabaugh of the Empty Netters blog of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette informed us via Twitter that the blog might be on its last legs after he meets with PG management Monday.  Seth didn’t get into too much detail as to why it might be shut down, but that’s besides the point now.

For those that don’t peruse Seth’s blog very often, if at all, don’t assume for a second that Empty Netters is strictly a Penguins-only blog.  Seth does outstanding synopsis’ of the previous night’s NHL action, as well as during the offseason.

In addition, on a personal note, Seth has helped out not only myself but just about all Penguins blogs on a regular basis by linking to our respective articles.  I consider him a friend, so let’s help him out.

The boys at Pensblog have a post that lists the names and email addresses of the Post-Gazette’s management.  Drop them a

respectful

note against the cancellation of Seth’s blog.  In addition, an online petition has been started also.

Thank you.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

News from the Farm, 11/05/10: Rochester and Florida Break Up (Plus the Usual)

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

A day late and a dollar short (well, several hundred dollars short, if I’m going to be honest, after a theft earlier this week set me completely off my rocker and wreaked havoc on my weekly schedule along multiple avenues), it’s the latest edition of News from the Farm, where we take a close look at the AHL affiliates for each of the NHL’s five Southeast Division teams.

This week, before we get into game results and our standard stat packs, how about some actual news?

According to several reports (including this one by Kevin Oklobzija from theDemocrat and Chronicle, straight out of Rochester), the Florida Panthers’ relationship with the AHL Rochester Americans will not be extended beyond this season. Rochester president Lewis Staats has said the organization will be exploring all options and they will have some with multiple affiliation deals between NHL and AHL clubs expiring at season’s end.

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  Tags: charlotte+checkers, chicago+wolves, hershey+bears, norfolk+admirals, rochester+americans

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s never good feeling when you come out and you are all pumped up and there’s not that many people in the stands. After playing here for three years, you kind of get used to it. The more fans would be a lot better but it’s not an excuse we can use.”

-Zach Bogosian of the Atlanta Thrashers.  More on the attendance problems in Atlanta from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Trying To Score On Thomas & Halak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

What’s the toughest thing to do in the NHL right now? Is it getting a puck past Tim Thomas? Or it could be turning on the red light behind Jaroslav Halak?

Who’s better? That could be answered (at least for now) Saturday in Boston, where the two could be at opposite ends of the ice when Halak and the Blues come to TD Garden for a game against Thomas and the Bruins.

It’s hard to argue with the performance of either goaltender so far

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  Tags: jaroslav+halak, tim+thomas

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