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The NHL Gets It Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen very often. But every once in a while, the National Hockey League does something that deserves praise rather than the usual deluge of criticism that rains down day after day.

Needless to say, it involves commissioner Gary Bettman only peripherally. There’s not much that Bettman does that is worthy of praise.

But in allowing Colin Campbell, his director of hockey operations, a fairly free hand to try to reshape the game, Bettman stayed out of the picture long enough to do something to improve the league.

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HNIC Host Saying Zero Tolerance Not Working

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The product that MacLean knocks was in full view on Saturday. Seen in most markets, the Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game, in which five goals were scored, was fast-paced, never dull and produced plenty of scoring chances.

Before the crackdown started in 2005-06, MacLean predicted the players would never adjust. Well, despite the officials continuing to call the game closely — too closely, many would say — restraining fouls are down 21 per cent from last year.

Even if MacLean isn’t getting it, the players seem to be.

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NBC, It Is A New Hockey Season!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just a reminder NBC, the NHL season has started!!!

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*thanks to a KK member for pointing this out in the KK Forum

added 8:42pm, I emailed NBC earlier asking them about the site, and received no response.  I have heard they may be going another route with the site, but without an answer, it is a question that remains unanswered.

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nbc

One Statement May Keep Waddell Behind The Bench

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

“That’s the reason why I’m here,” said Kovalchuk, speaking of Waddell. “He brought me to this country and drafted me No. 1. When he’s behind the bench, it’s a little bit special for me.”

“It goes back to the first time he was in town [for an interview before the 2001 draft],” Waddell said. “I basically kidnapped him. He had his agent with him and I had one of our PR guys, and they went to the bathroom and I said, ‘You take the agent; I’ll take Kovy.’ I’ve watched him grow up, not just as a player but as a person.”

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Note: Earlier transcript of Kovalchuk interview here

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, coaching, don+waddell

On the Radio

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imagePaul will be joining “Around the Boards” at TPS radio tonight, the show starting at 10pm ET.

Around the Boards is a one-hour hockey talk show hosted by David Oleksy (from Buffalo Beat). 

It will incorporate the NHL as well as the biggest news in the minor leagues.

TPS Radio.net - Live video and chat

Update November 6: the mp3 from last night’s broadcast

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Habs Will Spend Aggressively

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Gillett said that despite the rising value of the loonie, the NHL’s salary cap will keep the team’s payroll in check.

But a stronger dollar allows the hockey club to spend aggressively and continue to build with younger players and supplement with free agents.

“No matter what happens with the exchange rate, up or down, we’re going to spend aggressively toward the cap,” he said.

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, salary+cap

Fighting Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

The NHL handed out 230 fighting majors through Sunday (201 games), up from 167 through the same number of games last year. All around the league, tough guys are taking names and leaving lumps.

The surge in fisticuffs early this season flies into the face of what had been happening. Fights have steadily gone down the last few years, especially after the lockout. In fact, this year’s pace is still behind the pre-lockout numbers. There were 299 fighting majors handed out in 2003-04 through the same number of games.

But the numbers are back up this season.

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  Tags: fighting

Highlight Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Goals of the past week.

Check out the video…

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Detroit Knows How to Find Diamonds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

All these years later, considering that the likes of Holmstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg make up arguably the NHL’s best line this season, a casual hockey fan (not you, of course, dear reader) might figure the Winged Wheels had first dibs each of those years when it came time to selecting the game’s future stars.

But it was hardly the case. In fact, the Red Wings selected Masseurs Holmstrom, Zetterberg and Datsyuk so late in those respective drafts, it is nearly an embarrassment to the world’s international scouting brotherhood.

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, scouting

Scott Walker Still In Pain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

More than two weeks after the Carolina Hurricanes forward tore cartilage in his chest, Walker is still in excruciating pain. He has no idea when he’ll be able to sleep comfortably, let alone ride an exercise bike, lift weights or get back on the ice.

“I wear a brace around my chest that holds it, and that feels the best,” Walker said Sunday. “Other than that, I’m just getting to the point where I can get in and out of bed without too much discomfort. It’s frustrating because every day you wake up and hope it’s going to be better. It’s just one of those things where they told me it’s going to take some time.”

continued... I saw the injury occur and thought to myself, this is not good.  Scott could barely move his upper body without being in pain.

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  Tags: scott+walker

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