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Hot Bobby Ryan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A few weeks ago I wrote in my NHL.com weekly feature Bobby Ryan needed to start playing on a regular shift.  Since that time, 6 goals, 5 helpers in 8 games.  You see, the Ducks listened to me!

Ryan with the hat trick last night, and the 3rd goal was special.

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Wayne Flemming Fired During The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russia Today,

The coach of Avangard Omsk hockey team didn’t return to the bench for the third period of his team’s home game against Vityaz Podolsk. Canadian specialist Wayne Fleming couldn’t do so as he’d been fired during the break.

After the second period Avangard were losing 1-0 to lowly Vityaz and the club’s bosses had just had enough of the team’s poor performance in the current KHL season.

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At Least No Cracks In The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Staples Center in LA rocked a little last night.  LA Kings broadcasting team of Jim Fox and Bob Miller talk about it.

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It’s Not An ASG Without Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

With all due respect to Jeff Carter, Mike Richards has been the first-place Flyers’ best all-around player in the first half of the season and should have been selected to the Eastern Conference all-star team.

  But Richards was snubbed. So were teammates Kimmo Timonen and Simon Gagne.

  All because the fans made some very dumb selections when they chose the starters. That, coupled with the fact that each team has to be represented, left many deserving players off the team.

  And, make no mistake, no one is more deserving than Richards, who has excelled on the power play, penalty kill and even-strength situations.

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Ho. Hum.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News.

I will say this, Detroit is the best team in hockey.

Uh oh.  And something weird’s going on in the standings.

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Analysis Of All Star Discrepancies

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Before the NHL announced who would participate in the All Star Game, I published my All Star rosters Here are the NHL’s actual All Star rosters.  There are several players I selected that the NHL did not and vice versa.  It seems the main reason for discrepancies is that the NHL selected the most marketable player, whereas I picked the played who has been playing the best so far this season.  The NHL would be more likely to make the representative for a team be their third or fourth best player this year if he is a recognizable name player and I would have been willing to pick a more unknown player who is having a better season, but in the process snub the bigger name player.

There were five players on the Eastern team and eight players on the Western team that we disagreed about.  Here are those selections, with the explanation of why I picked the player that I did.  I have paired off these players (i.e. I picked player X but the NHL picked player Y).  In most cases the pairing is obvious (the representative for a given team), but in a couple cases it is not quite so clear.

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An ‘Official’ Shove Of Push?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs trys to get at Sergei Kostitsyn of the Canadiens.  The video tells the rest of the story…

Here is the game recap from the CP via TSN.

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  Tags: mikhail+grabovski

Financial Issues Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

...Because of a lease that makes it virtually impossible to move the team out of its publicly financed digs in Glendale, without entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and because the team seems doomed to lose huge amounts of money there in perpetuity, it is hard to imagine anyone buying the Coyotes while the team is tied to its current home. That means the league doesn’t have to worry about Jim Balsillie riding to the rescue and making things complicated, but it does have to wonder whether there’s anyone out there who is rich enough and irrational enough to buy the franchise and keep it in Arizona in the teeth of a deepening recession.

So there are no obvious Band-Aid solutions here. And the other NHL club owners, who are all dealing with their own challenges, can’t be thrilled at the prospect of throwing good money after bad (the Coyotes, or at least their lender, cashed a $15-million revenue-sharing cheque last year) to keep the team going beyond this season in what seems by definition a hopeless situation.

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The Economy Problems Hitting Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Stan Kroenke’s sports enterprises most certainly are not immune to the current economic meltdown.

Like everyone else, many KSE employees are VERY worried about their jobs right now. Talk of layoffs coming at Kroenke’s Altitude and Entertainment channel is making the rounds, and both the Nuggets and Avalanche could be laying off employees soon, I’m hearing. There is already a lot of nickle-and-diming going on with expenses for employees traveling on the road, with things like no more internet charges being picked up at hotels, etc.

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Sharks Asst. Coach Watches Games On TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SanJoseSharks.com,

When Todd McLellan created his coaching staff upon his arrival in Silicon Valley, he brought one constant with him from Detroit. He hired his old video coach Jay Woodcroft and made him an assistant coach.

Yet, he might be the assistant coach Sharks fans are the least familiar with as they never see him on the bench. At practices, Woodcroft is working with McLellan and Assistant Coaches Trent Yawney and Todd Richards to run drills and see that the foundation for games is in place.

However, during games at HP Pavilion or on the road, Woodcroft is settled into the coach’s offices watching the contests through state-of-the-art video monitors and replay equipment.

“During games,” Woodcroft said, “I watch the game in our offices as it happens.”

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