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Brad Richards Or Joe Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Each week hockey columnist Scott Morrison and senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby exchange (mostly) friendly banter on the latest storylines in the NHL.

1. Who would you rather have on your team, Brad Richards or Joe Thornton? Thornton just signed a three-year, $21-million extension with the San Jose Sharks to scratch his name from the potential unrestricted 2011 free-agent list. Richards, in the last year in his deal with the Dallas Stars, remains a candidate for free agency next summer.

WHARNSBY: I’ll take Brad Richards. Jumbo Joe is grand fellow. He has that relaxed surfer-dude persona. He’s extremely friendly. But I’m concerned about his lack of success in the NHL playoffs.

more at CBC…

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  Tags: brad+richards, joe+thornton

Only One Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

After taking some pictures, even hamming it up a bit by throwing some mock elbows at us, Howe was on his way and I was left thinking how lucky I was to have the job I do, while also contemplating something very similar to what Adam Graves had to say about a man who incorporated every element of hockey into his game like no other.

“There was only one Gordie Howe,” Graves said. “That’s why they call him ‘Mr. Hockey.’ ”

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Rypien Suspended Pending A Hearing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (October 20, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended, pending a hearing, as a result of becoming involved in an altercation with a fan during NHL Game #76 last night in Minnesota.  The incident took place at 13:38 of the second period.  The League will have no comment until the matter has been resolved.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He’s a bit tender emotionally and loses his confidence far too easily for a goaltender of his talents. If (Cory) Schneider pushes him, how will it affect Luongo? Will it make him better or more jumpy?

-Steve Simmons at The Simmons Sports Zone.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/20/10

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.

***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.

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  Tags: brad+staubitz, chad+larose, miikka+kiprusoff, rene+bourque, rick+rypien, tim+thomas

KK Poll- Let’s Talk Rick Rypien Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve been doing some searching on the web this morning and have read Rypien should be suspended anywhere from 5 to 20+ games.

What do you think he will get?

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From Bad To Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Perhaps you’ve read the headline and become upset with the premise of the story. “Why is this guy breaking out his Jump To Conclusions Mat on Oct. 20?” After all, no one likes a premature prognosticator.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who haven’t made the postseason since 2003-04, are 4-0-1 and sit atop the Northeast Division. The Dallas Stars are 4-1-0 after missing the playoffs the past two seasons. The once-downtrodden Tampa Bay Lightning are 4-1-0 under new coach Guy Boucher and new GM Steve Yzerman.

But it’s not just those three teams turning things around. The 14 teams who missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season are having unprecedented success this season and history has shown they have reason to believe they can stay there.

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Kings Winning With Plan B

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

They’re winning because Jonathan Quick arrived at camp in better shape, ready to fight off the talented Jonathan Bernier as the Kings’ starting goalie. So far, Quick is 3-0-0, with a 0.97 goals-against average and .963 save percentage.

They’re also winning because Plan B in the post-Kovalchuk recruitment might be better than Plan A.

They’ve played strong defense, allowing six goals in four games. The penalty kill has been outstanding, killing off 18-of-20 power plays.

Mitchell is paired with Drew Doughty, and last year’s free-agent addition Rob Scuderi is paired with Jack Johnson. It gives Murray a poised veteran with each of his developing franchise defensemen.

The balance is paying off.

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Not Sure What Malhotra Saw

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

“I just think the fan got a little bit too involved,” Malhotra said. “There’s just no place for that in our game.

“There’s boundaries that should never be crossed. We’re in our area of work. We are all for the hootin’ and hollerin’ and supporting your team and saying whatever is tasteful out there. But as soon as you cross that line and want to become physical with a player, we have to make sure we take care of ourselves and we’re protected.”

Initial replays do not back up Malhotra. The video shows Rypien lunging from the bench area into the stands and at the fan who was just clapping, and maybe jawing at Malhotra.

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  Tags: manny+malhotra, rick+rypien

Video- Rick Rypien May Be Facing A Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Canucks Rick Rypien grabbed a fan after leaving the bench.

added 11:16pm, What happened just prior to the incident?  Rypien was involved in a fight with Brad Staubitz which can be seen below.

I just turned the channel and missed the action, but I think Rypien was being lead to the dressing room when the incident above broke out.

added 11:21pm, The fight video below was from earlier in the game.  You can actually see what happened by watching the second video below…

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  Tags: rick+rypien

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