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Boston Goalies Talk Broduer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

To Boston Bruin goaltender Manny Fernandez, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur’s breaking of Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record — which could occur Tuesday night against Chicago or any time over the next week or so now that Brodeur tied the record Saturday — is about more than just replacing the name of one great goaltender with another on the top of a list.

Fernandez thinks it’ll help Brodeur get his full due.

“He seemed to be a little bit in (Roy’s) shadow. And now he’s come around, he’s actually beating some of his records, people are starting to notice him a little more and talk about him,” Fernandez recently told TheBruinsBlog.net. “He’s a great goalie. He was born to play that sport; you can see that. He’s a guy that doesn’t get overstressed. He could be playing in a Game 7 and still look like it’s practice. That’s what you need.”


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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Tough Year For Tucker

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from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post,

It has been one awful season for Darcy Tucker. The hoped-for rejuvenation of his career, with the Rocky Mountains as his scenic backdrop, did not exactly go as planned.

“This year’s been a tough year personally,” said Tucker, signed by the Avalanche last summer to a two-year, $4.5 million free-agent contract. “But all you can do is work every day; just come to the rink and try to have each day get better.”...

Tucker is a no-nonsense man who doesn’t engage in long, philosophical conversations about himself. He knows he hasn’t played well and says so. But one factor that contributed to the worst season of his career — torn knee ligaments suffered in a game at Anaheim on Nov. 24 — is something Tucker could use as a crutch. But he won’t.

“I’m not the type of guy who gets those things and tries to make excuses out of them,” Tucker said. “It’s part of playing hockey, and you’ve got to battle through them. And I haven’t done a good enough job of doing that.”

read on

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  Tags: darcy+tucker

To Make It More Realistic, Wayne Should Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today they are teaming with Mix 96.9 to host “80’s Night” this Saturday when the Coyotes host the Vancouver Canucks at Jobing.com Arena at 7 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to come dressed in 1980’s costumes or hairstyles while music from the decade will be played throughout the night

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Will RFA’s Draw Interest?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

The NHL’s salary cap for next season is expected to flat-line and remaing around $56. 7 million and it is expected to drop substantially in 2010-11.

That’s going to make life interesting for this summer’s crop of restricted free agents both in re-signing lucrative new contracts with their current teams or attracting offer sheets from rivals.

Here’s a list of this summer’s most notable NHL RFAs:

ANAHEIM DUCKS: Erik Christensen, James Wisniewski.

ATLANTA THRASHERS: Colby Armstrong, Kari Lehtonen.

BOSTON BRUINS: Phil Kessel, David Krejci.


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Clouston Has The Senators Playing The Right Way

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Since

Clouston took over from the fired Craig Hartsburg Feb. 3, Ottawa is 11-6-3 and looking like a completely different team. The Senators have won five of their last six games and tonight, facing the desperate Buffalo Sabres, will try to stretch their home winning streak to five.

“He’s made a lot of adjustments,” said forward Mike Fisher. “Some with our forecheck in the neutral zone, a few different things. But he’s really instilled a confidence in our group, and he has confidence in us. We’ve been able to just go out, relax and focus on our game plan, not play uptight.

“We’ve just managed to try and have fun again, and he has helped us do that.”

While he has to like the job Clouston is doing, Murray has not lifted the tag of interim coach, saying again yesterday such a decision will be made at season’s end.

Murray does the like way the team practises under Clouston though, and believes that’s a key factor in the improved results. “We’re playing like we should be playing,” he said..


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  Tags: cory+clouston

Leafs Continue To Battle, With Each Other

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Don’t expect Mikhail Grabovski and Jason Blake to exchange Christmas cards any time soon.

For the second time in a month, the two players were involved in an altercation, this time during the Maple Leafs practice at the St. Pete Times Forum yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred when Grabovski hit Blake from behind during a drill, leading to a scrum that included veteran Jamal Mayers.

A couple of minutes later, Blake skated over to Grabovski and began chirping, causing Tomas Kaberle to come in and calm Blake down.


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  Tags: jason+blake, mikhail+grabovski

St. Patrick’s Day Ditties

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Hi. Good morning.  I’ve got a few for you.  A token here, a ditty there, a nugget or a morsel. It’s all up to you, really.

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Rangers Playing Canadiens At The Right Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

All you had to do is watch the Canadiens on Saturday night, losing 3-1 to the Devils to understand why the Blueshirts have a legit chance to make it two in a row.

The Habs forwards appeared to be allergic to shooting and the defense had more giveaways than The Ford Foundation. G.M./coach Bob Gainey’s embattled Czech goalie, Jaroslav Halak, appeared ready to jump on the next jet to Bratislava; except Gainey wouldn’t pay for the ticket.

Not that John Tortorella’s troops have two points in the bag already. (As a matter of fact, they don’t even have the bag. But that’s a Satchel for another Paige!)

Hey, we’re talking about a Canadiens club that’s right up there, standings-wise, with New York and the Guy Carbonneau-less Habs have shown in the past that they occasionally have had the Rangers number.

However, the Blueshirts’ numerology has dramatically changed since the teams last met.


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Boudreau- “We Did Everything Wrong That A Team Could Do”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Capitals lose to the Thrashers 5-1 last night.  Caps coach Bruce Boudreau talks about the loss.

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Keith Aucoin Called Up

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I last looked at the AHL scoring race, I noted that Keith Aucoin is running away with the AHL scoring lead.  Aucoin’s 86 points are an eight point lead over teammate Alexandre Giroux who holds down second in the scoring race.  These two players are a big part of the reason the Hershey Bears (Washington Capital affiliate) are a top team in the AHL.

Although Aucoin has been running away with the lead, there is a good chance that Giroux could catch him.  Keith Aucoin was called up to the Washington Capitals.  Since his weekend call-up, Aucoin has played two games.  In last night’s 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, Aucoin got an assist.  This is his first NHL point this season.  This could help lead to Aucoin getting more ice time in the NHL (he played under twelve minutes last night).

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