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Should Refs Meet The Media After A Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Imagine it’s Saturday night. Before Hockey Night In Canada switches out West for the second game of the doubleheader, Elliotte Friedman signs off from the Air Canada Centre with a post-game interview with referees Francis Charron and Stephen Walkom.

The two on-ice officials have just botched a goaltender-interference call and allowed a controversial goal to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr. They are asked to explain their actions.

Would you, as a fan, feel better if the referees were permitted or encouraged by the NHL to explain what transpired during a contentious play? Maybe they didn’t see it. Maybe they simply messed up. But an explanation would help the fan understand.


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Hockey People Under The Radar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The Stealth List returns, the annual tribute to five people, who, while generally under the radar, make their teams—or hockey—better.

Steve Downie

Yes, Steve Downie. That wasn’t easy to type. Downie’s appearance here might be the biggest upset in the history of the Stealth List. A few years ago, the mere thought of including him on any list of people who do not receive appropriate attention would have been absurd. The winger received a ton of notoriety, even infamy. He was a one-man circus in junior hockey—you might recall his attack on teammate Akim Aliu—and he announced his NHL intentions in his first game when he sucker-punched Toronto’s Jason Blake. Downie also managed to pick up separate suspensions of 20 games, one for a deliberate attempt to injure Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond in a 2007 exhibition game and another in 2009 for slashing a linesman while playing for Tampa Bay’s minor league affiliate.

But Downie found a home last year on the Lightning’s top line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, scoring 22 goals—a total that approached his best output in junior—while picking up 208 penalty minutes.


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BOG & NHLOA Ratify New CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 27, 2010) —The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors and the NHL Officials’ Association today completed the ratification process on a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deal will run through the 2013-14 season.

      “We are pleased to have reached a new agreement with our officials,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “We look forward to working closely will our officials to ensure that the quality of our game continues to be the best that it can be.”

      “NHL officials are the best in the world and will continue to bring their dedication to ensuring a quality on-ice product,” said Harry Radomski, Executive Director of the NHLOA. “These negotiations have been reflective of the relationship between the NHLOA and NHL which is characterized by a mutual desire for what is best for the game.”

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No More Future Tense For Russian Five, Or The Wings For That Matter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

How strange is it to hear an announcer talk about the Wings and say something like, “only if they win a Cup?”  Naturally, that phrase still applies, but it was accompanied by a lot more pressure fifteen years ago.  Thankfully, the Russian Five helped change all that.  Another look back at what they brought to Hockeytown, on the fifteenth anniversary of the first shift they played together.

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No Surgery For Anderson, But Out Indefinitely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of All Things Avs,

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco this afternoon said Craig Anderson had seen doctors back in Denver and the verdict was that the Colorado goaltender will be out “indefinitely” with a knee injury, but that he won’t require surgery.

“It’s going to require some treatment and rehab, and we hope to have him back as soon as possible,” Sacco said after Colorado’s practice in the Saddledome.

Sacco wouldn’t give any more details, repeating his previous answer virtually word for word when asked about the specific diagnosis. But he left the impression the injury isn’t serious.

The Avalanche has recalled veteran goalie John Grahame, 35, from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, and he will join the team in Calgary in time for Thursday night’s game against the Flames.


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Will Backes Stay In St. Louis?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

David Backes is another benefit of the collective bargaining agreement’s liberalized free-agent rules. The power winger will be eligible for unrestricted free agency July 1 and will turn 27 years old May 1.

There were preliminary talks between Backes’ camp and the St. Louis Blues before the season, but those talks have since been shelved ... for now. If I’m a betting man, I believe the Blues will pick up the phone again in 2011.

“It’s a dynamic situation,” Backes told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “Being an unrestricted free agent, they obviously can’t lose me for nothing and not get anything back. I need to have a good year to establish myself. I think they like me, and I love St. Louis. Hopefully something will get done during the season, but obviously there’s a business side to this game that if we can’t come to terms, then unfortunately we’ll have to maybe part ways.”

I don’t see this guy leaving St. Louis. My money’s on GM Doug Armstrong and agent Wade Arnott of Newport Sports Management figuring this out before July 1.

read on for some Leafs and Panthers talk…

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Armstrong Out 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Toronto Maple Leafs tweet,

The Leafs Colby Armstrong will undergo surgery on his finger and will miss four to six weeks

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Penguins to Unveil Winter Classic Uniforms Thursday

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will unveil their Winter Classic uniforms Thursday after practice at CONSOL Energy Center.

Several players will take part in showcasing both the Winter Classic jersey and the complete Winter Classic uniform. The event will take place on the ice.

Practice is scheduled for 11 a.m. We expect the uniform unveiling to take place at approximately 12:15-12:30 p.m.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Taking A Pay Cut To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Blog at About.com,

Here’s a look at the six bargain-bin specials, and how they’re doing this season versus last.

(Skater statistics are listed as games played-goals-assists-points. Goaltender stats are expressed as goals-against average and save percentage.)

$4.1 million pay cut: Marty Turco, goaltender, Blackhawks

2010-11: $1.3 million
As of October 26: 2.64 GAA, .921 SV PCT
2009-10 with Stars: $5.4 million
2.72 GAA, .917 SV PCT


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Fifteen Years Ago Today: Russian Brilliance

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thanks to Adam Gretz at Fanhouse for reminding us what happened on this day back in 1995.


The Detroit Red Wings assembled their famous Russian Five line consisting of Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Slava Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov. It marked the first time in NHL history that a team used five Russian players on the ice at the same time. The group accounted for two goals (Kozlov and Larionov) in a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames.


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