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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The time-honored tradition of bestowing NHLers with nicknames by adding a ‘y’ or an ‘er’ to their surnames means rookie Predators winger Patric Hornqvist will be referred to as:

(a) Horny.

(b) Qvister.

(c) Horny-qvister.

(d) Mr. Qvister.

more multiple choice questions…

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Savard Didn’t Deserve The Coaching Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

But the truth is he never should have been the head coach of the Hawks.

He didn’t earn the job, he didn’t deserve the job, and he couldn’t do the job.

It changes nothing about his place in Hawks history. It’s merely a chapter to forget.

It might have been different had he gone to the minors to learn his craft, but Savard never wanted to make that commitment, and he only received the position because Bill Wirtz - a decade prior - had promised him a shot someday.

added 3:16pm, Tim Sassone of the Daily-Herald calls the move “gutless”.

added 3:25pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Sometimes, it IS the coach’s fault when a team struggles — and a change inevitably must be made. Other times — and this is one of them — it’s just the expedient thing to do.

more

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Europe is Worth it to the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:

[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.

American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.

“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”

read on

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  Tags: europe, marketing

Two Big Live Blogs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1349: Fun with Phonics, courtesy of Uncle Mike.  Check out this frigging prose.

“We always say with groins, it’s day-to-day, but what I find with groins is it’s 10 days in the day-to-day process,” coach Mike Babcock said.

Shakespearian.

Updated 1336: Helm called up. Zetterberg out.  And so begins our third straight season of worrying about the health of the NHL’s best player.

A few weeks ago, immediately following my horrific attack on Helene St. James; a distinguished commenter mentioned the idea that when I pick on our Diggers I’m doing so out of some hidden jealousy that I can’t be the one saying, “I just received a telegraph from Andres Lilja…”. 

Well, I have proof to the contrary.  What digger would be able to leave their job for 8 days and then bounce back in and declare themselves ready to start the day?

 

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Zetterberg Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zetterberg did not participate in the morning skate and is out for tonight’s game against the Canucks.

Darren Helm has been called up from Grand Rapids.

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  Tags: darren+helm, henrik+zetterberg

Chicago Already Panicking

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Any team that fires their coach four games into the season is in panic mode.  A major piece of the team, as it was assembled in the off season, is already being replaced.  The Chicago Blackhawks are already panicking.  They have played four games and have announced the firing of coach Denis Savard.  There is little sign that Chicago has anything significant to panic about.  They have not started the season with a hot streak, but they are not in bad shape.  After four games, they have collected three points.  They won last night in a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.  They picked up another point in a shootout loss against the Nashville Predators.  They collected points in both of their last two games.  It seems pretty clear that if the Blackhawks are already willing to fire their coach, then they should not have began the season with him in place.

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Hearing ‘Voices’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A sneak preview of the NHL Network’s new show “Voices”.  The show profiles NHL broadcasters who bring life to the game with their words and calls.

A preview with Joe Bowen…

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  Tags: joe+bowen

Game Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,

Bryce Salvador proves that NHL players aren’t just meant to shoot the puck.

Salvador, a veteran defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, not only has hockey sense, but boasts an impressive amount of business sense to boot. Salvador has been involved in various businesses during the past several years, opening hockey training facilities, restaurants, and most recently, starting Fan-Tastic Sports Interactive with partner Brian McKinney.

Fan-Tastic Sports is every hockey fan’s dream, treat, and challenge.

continued

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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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  Tags: denis+savard

Gaborik Out With Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik is out tonight with a lower body injury.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

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