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No Panic In Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

He could have screamed. He could have slammed his stick against the glass. He could have turned red and let loose with a blue streak of profanity.

Mike Babcock did none of the above Monday at GM Place.

Despite a three-game losing streak and three teams ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division, the head coach calmly called a centre-ice huddle after every practice drill.

With an even temperament and hand gestures to point the way, the man who will guide Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics got his message across without getting cross.

“I’m a big believer of steady on the rudder,” said the unflappable Babcock.

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Phoenix/NHL Deal Could Be Finalized Next Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

The National Hockey League has purchased the Phoenix Coyotes from owner Jerry Moyes in a deal that could be finalized by early next week.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made the following statement about the pending deal on Monday night:

“In Phoenix today, a tentative agreement was reached among the parties to amend the NHL’s offer to purchase the Coyotes franchise out of bankruptcy, and a proposed order, mutually agreed to by the parties, will be filed with the Court seeking approval of the NHL’s amended bid.

“If there is no objection from the parties involved, and subject to any potential objections and a hearing if necessary, the parties hope to close the sale of the Club to the NHL by Monday, Nov. 2.

“It remains the NHL’s intention upon taking control of the Club to stabilize the Club’s operations and, as quickly as possible, to re-sell the Club to a new owner who is committed to operating the Club in the Glendale/Phoenix market.”

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Size Will Be A Key Factor For Team Canada

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

He was standing in the visiting coaches office in the Pengrowth Saddledome, putting forward a unique theory about the 2010 men’s Winter Olympics hockey tournament and what Canada can expect from the opposition.

This was Ken Hitchcock, the thoughtful Columbus Blue Jackets coach, who doesn’t mind tilting against occasional windmills - or conventional thought.

“I see this as being very much a North American style of game - NHL players playing on NHL surfaces with international rules,” said Hitchcock, one of Canada’s three assistants for 2010 Games in Vancouver. “Size will matter. There will be more shots on goal - lots more. There is going to be more physical play. There is going to be more dump-and-chase.

“You can’t stand back in the neutral zone in a small rink because the rink is tighter, so it’s easier to chip the puck in and then go in and get it again. You can’t do that stuff.”

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock, team+canada

Anderson Building Fan Following In Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Craig Anderson hasn’t made the Colorado Avalanche faithful forget about the heroics of hall of famer Patrick Roy, but the new netminder has eased the pain.

After Roy closed his career in 2003, David Aebischer, Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj took turns trying, but failed to adequately replace the four-time Stanley Cup champion.

The 28-year-old Anderson is only 11 games into his tenure with the Avalanche — but so far, so good. He has not only won a place in the hearts of the local hockey fans and his teammates, he has played himself into the United States Olympic team picture.

“A lot of it has to do with opportunity, but some of it also has to do with being prepared for getting that opportunity every night,” said Anderson when asked to explain his success in the first four weeks of the NHL season.

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Ott Will Be Talking With Campbell &  Scuderi Gets Fined

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via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk just confirmed that Steve Ott will have a phone hearing with the NHL on his hip check on Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo Saturday.

Nieuwendyk said he has no feeling on whether Ott could receive a suspension, just that the league said a lot of incidents had happened over the weekend and they are being proactive on them.

Also, Mr. Campbell was on HNIC Radio this afternoon and stated Rob Scuderi was fined for his hit on Jason Chimera.

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  Tags: rob+scuderi, steve+ott

Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost two minutes of the Top 10 goals of the past week in the NHL.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stunning to watch Anaheim. Last year, the Ducks cost Detroit the Stanley Cup. Just brutalized the Red Wings in the playoffs. Now, they’re getting pushed around – not the same hard-edged team without Pronger and Beauchemin. Lost their identity.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  Much more from Mrl Friedman…

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Kovalchuk Out Wtih Broken Foot

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via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk has a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to miss four weeks, the team announced Monday.


Kovalchuk underwent a CT scan on Monday morning to confirm the diagnosis.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Gagne Still Not Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne, who took just one shift in the third period in Sunday night’s 5-1 loss to the Sharks, sat out Monday’s practice and had an ultrasound performed on his groin area.

Gagne is off to the slowest start of his career with one goal in nine games.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Gagne “just doesn’t feel right” and is unlikely to play against the Capitals Tuesday night.

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  Tags: simon+gagne

D.J. King Out With Fractured Hand

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward D.J. King will be sidelined 8-10 weeks with a fracture/dislocation of the right hand.  King was evaluated on Monday by Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University’s Department of Orthopedics.  The injury occurred on Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Dallas.

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  Tags: d.j.+king

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