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More Goals Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

“Shots from the perimeter,” San Jose coach Ron Wilson was saying on Wednesday, “they’re no longer dangerous.”

He could have said that 10 years ago, and likely did.

So the NHL is now officially chasing its tail. The major plank of the lockout rebuild—an effort to increase offence—is the most worrisome bit of regression.

Through Tuesday’s games, the average NHL game featured 5.4 goals. It was 6.2 per game at this point of the first post-lockout season,

read on

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Re-Thinking The Official A2Y Stance on Hudler

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m a big guy.  In stature?  Perhaps not.  But, emotionally?  Huge.  It takes a strong man to do something like this.

December 15th, 2006/Me

What is the infatuation with this kid?  Who in the organization is so tied to him that we can’t jettison him? Is Hudler better than Rem Murray or Boyd Devereaux…two players the Wings passed on the last two training camps?  Can anyone tell me Hudler fits into the Babcock system…at all?

At what point does wasting a roster spot on his potential become too cumbersome?

Through 25 games last year?  4 points, all goals.  I had lit the torches.  Lit them, ran with them through the village.  “Hudler must go,” I said.

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, datsyuk, downey, filppula, franzen, holland, hudler, kopecky, samuelsson

Don’t Touch Those Stitches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via CBS Sportsline,

As players from both teams entered the fray, Martinek said Hollweg threatened him and then reached for his face.

“He said he is going to take my stitches out. I think that was stupid,” said Martinek, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman.

Martinek added that no damage was done, but said he had never seen a player act in such a way.

“No, no. Never, never,” he said. “I think he could show a little bit of respect, but he didn’t. I cannot respect him.”

Hollweg contended that he was merely defending Orr, a 6-3, 222-pound forward, who has five career points and 239 penalty minutes in 114 NHL games. Simon and Witt had already double-teamed Orr before Martinek got near.

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  Tags: new+york+islanders, new+york+rangers, radek+martinek, ryan+hollweg

Volchenkov Suffers Hand Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

To make matters worse, the Senators’ injury list is growing. Defenceman Anton Volchenkov could be out for an extended period after leaving the game with a hand injury after blocking a shot on the first shift.

While the Senators are fortunate Christoph Schubert was able to slide back and play on the blueline, losing Volchenkov is costly. He logs a lot of minutes and is usually assigned the job of shutting down the top players in the league with Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers visiting tomorrow at 2 p.m.

more on the Senators/Predators game last night…

update 10:33am, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Anton Volchenkov suffered a broken finger last night when he blocked a shot and it’s expected the Ottawa Senator defenceman will be sidelined for four weeks.

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, injuries, ottawa+senators

Jovanovski Gets A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski was suspended for one game by the NHL for his hit on Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild during their game Wednesday night.

The suspension was announced Thursday afternoon, and Jovanovski, who has two goals and 13 assists, will sit out tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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  Tags: ed+jovanovski, marian+gaborik, minnesota+wild, phoenix+coyotes, suspensions

On The Road Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Brian Boucher was living large again. No overnight herking and jerking in his bus seat this time. No cricks in his neck or tightened hamstrings from sleeping sideways, no sudden awakenings because of red lights that changed too fast, or drivers who loved to brake, or worst of all, those crater-sized potholes hidden amid moonless nights.

No, this bus had satellite television. And bunks. Not exactly Ritz-Carlton material, or even rock-star status. More like an Extended Stay America on wheels. But better than those upright rides up and down Route 13 to Norfolk, all the same.

continued

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  Tags: brian+boucher

Early Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I told them expressly, it is my view that any labour interruption in this sport would be devastating,” Kelly said, “and that the public, particularly in the United States, would turn away in disgust. And that we owe it to the game and to the fans to work through issues and to avoid any discussions of lockouts and strikes. I sensed a positive agreement from the owners to that comment.”

No kidding!!!

read more from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, including the league may look at an 84 game season. The players will approve it as long as the exhibition season is shortened.

added 7:50am, from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,

...but when word arrived tonight of the NHL Board of Governors’ decision on a scheduling format for next season, I thought it was a joke. The much-reviled format is only being tweaked in what is essentially a return to the pre-lockout format, not overhauled. What the league needed to do first and foremost — send every team to every arena every season — is not part of the plan. The league is telling the fans they are No. 1 — but with the wrong finger.

Everything else being equal, this is going to cost the Avalanche and other Western Conference franchises even more season ticket accounts.

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  Tags: nhl+board+of+governors, nhl+schedule, nhlpa, paul+kelly

All Fedorov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hockey Adventure,

HockeyAdventure.com: How about you? You’re unrestricted at the end of the year. How much longer would you like to play?

Sergei Fedorov: I don’t know. Hopefully a couple more years.

HockeyAdventure.com: Still hungry?

Sergei Fedorov: Yeah, I still love the game. I like the challenges and the communication with the younger guys. Obviously they have quite a few questions about what’s going on. It’s still fun for me.

more Q & A with Sergei…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, sergei+fedorov

Marleau Needs To Heat Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

And of course, when you’re talking about a hockey team’s attitude, you tend to look at the captain. That would be Patrick Marleau. He is the ultimate Mr. Climate Control. A coincidence?

Marleau’s biggest asset might also be his biggest weakness. His demeanor seems to stay the same, no matter what goes on around him. He’s never too excited. He’s never too depressed.

But when Marleau is stuck in a scoring slump, as he is right now, his climate-control personality
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makes his critics want to smash their thermometers in frustration. They would like to see - heck, so would I - him show a little more fire on crucial shifts.

more (reg. may be req.)

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  Tags: patrick+marleau, san+jose+sharks

Paul Kelly Faces Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Now a month on the job, the former Boston trial lawyer and assistant U.S. attorney has formed a general impression on how his command will work.

“There are business issues, maybe on television, marketing or promotional issues where I might lay alternatives and make recommendations, and hope they have significant faith and trust in my judgment to support me,” Kelly said. “But on game issues, players are in a far better position than I am. It’s incumbent upon me to get a sense of the majority.”

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

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