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Savard Gone In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Per NHL Live, Denis Savard has been fired as Chicago coach.  No replacement named yet, but as E.J. Hradek states, if Bowman takes the job, it will tell you how good Scotty feels the team could be.

Also, Joel Quenneville is within the organization too.

added 12:14pm, Pierre LeBrun at ESPN confirms.

added 12:19pm, Hradek states Bob McKenzie says Quenneville will be named coach.

added 12:21pm, TSN story with Quenneville as the new coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.

added 12:29pm, via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have named Joel Quenneville the 37th head coach in franchise history, replacing Denis Savard, who was relieved of his duties earlier on Thursday.

“This was an extremely hard day for this organization and for me personally,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “Denis is forever a part of our organization. We made a tough decision that we strongly feel is the right one as we continue to evaluate our team and create a championship caliber organization that can sustain success. Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact.”

added 1:01pm, via the Chicago Sun-Times,

“I put our young kids in a position to succeed. I thought we were on the right track.”

“I understand the business,” Savard said. “We made a commitment to our fans, and they’re going for what they think is the best coach available.”

 

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Gaborik Out With Lower-Body Injury

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via Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik is out tonight with a lower body injury.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Avery Stops Talking

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I knew it was a long shot, but I e-mailed the Dallas Stars asking whether Sean Avery would be interested in speaking with ESPN.com ahead of his big games next week in the New York area—Monday at the Rangers against his former team and Wednesday at New Jersey against Martin Brodeur.

Shockingly enough, I got a big “no” from the Stars.

“Sorry, but Mr. Avery is not doing any media right now,” Stars PR man Rob Scichili said in an e-mail. “He is not doing one-on-one/set-up interviews at all. He made that crystal clear to us yesterday.”

continued with more NHL topics inlcuding Duck, Avs and Fabian.

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  Tags: sean+avery

Early Thanks & Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

• The new third jerseys of the Oilers, Sabres, Blues, Canucks, and Bruins (but not the Hurricanes or Thrashers).

• The depth of knowledge and perfectly timed inflections of Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Jim Hughson. It will take fans a while to get used to him as CBC’s No. 1 guy, but trust me, we’re witnessing the early days of what will be a legendary career.

read on

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New Ideas For The All-Star Game

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The NHL’s skills competition could have a new flavour to it when the Montreal Canadiens host All-Star Weekend in January….

The event celebrates the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary and pending commissioner Gary Bettman’s approval, there will be changes. Most notably, the effort to include some of hockey’s greats of the past.

A goaltending showdown between Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur has been discussed, but a more likely scenario would see Guy Lafleur or any number of former stars take part in either a head to head with Brodeur - or Roberto Luongo - or a competition against the NHL’s young guns.

read on and how about a Probert/Domi re-match?

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Canadiens Celebrate In Style

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

At the Bell Centre last night, a century less a year after the Canadiens’ historic first game, the encomiums - glowing, praiseful words, if your Latin is rusty - were still overwhelming.

Right through a needlessly nailbiting 4-3 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

It began hours earlier as a playoff-like atmosphere gripped Montreal well before the home opener of the Canadiens’ 100th season. This after the team had taken five of six possible points in three road games, then returned home to a city where hockey matters and all else is filler until the next game.

read on

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Bettman Talks Many Topics This Morning

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from Fan590,

(Gary Bettman) talk(ed) about the state of the league during the current worldwide economic crisis, the possibility of NHL teams north of the border in the near future, the falling Canadian loonie’s effect on Canada’s team revenues and the NHL’s look into expanding into Europe.

listen to the interview from this morning…

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Upside Down Cup Was Done On Purpose

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Here’s today’s conspiracy theory, courtesy of Chris Chelios’ appearance with JJ & Lynne on WCSX-FM.

Remember when Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott set the Stanley Cup upside down on the stage during last week’s “NHL Face-Off Rocks” show at the Fox Theatre?

“Someone should have drove that guy, he did that on purpose,” Cheli said Wednesday.

J.J.: “You think he did it on purpose?”

“No, we know he did ... we talked to people at the show and the guy was being real rude to everybody,” Chelios said.

read on

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  Tags: chris+chelios

Fedorov Talks Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sergei Fedorov in a four minute video interview on NBC4 talks Capitals Hockey, his mentor role and a few other topics.

Now, if they could only spell his name correctly…

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More Health Tests Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The NHL medical examination at the outset of the season is pretty thorough, but there is one more step the league could take to help weed out some of these ticking time bomb cases.

Teams could introduce a 24-hour halter heart monitor test for their players and even take them through a tough skate with no hitting during the test to help detect lapses in heart function, either when the athlete is sitting with a low resting heart rate or when he’s driving his rate through the roof playing the game. This test has resulted in many a fine young man on the street being diagnosed with problems before they reach any kind of critical stage.

Obviously, players would not be thrilled about another new test, particularly when they find they must wear electrodes all over their body and then walk around and sleep at night with a small pack about the size of an iPod slung over their shoulder.

more

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