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Time For Bettman To Step Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

You see, in Gary Bettman’s NHL, rarely is heard a discouraging word about anything at all. And that’s perhaps the man’s biggest fault; he must genuinely believe fans, employees and media are so dense, they’ll always take what he says as gospel.

The choir is much smarter than that. And Bettman’s preachings fall as flat as that Def Leppard debacle.

At this stage, the sole way Bettman can get into the public’s good graces is by stepping into the shadows for good. And I think I speak for everyone when I say we can stomach one more Pollyanna pontification from him – as long as it’s part of his resignation speech.

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NHL X-Files

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Dixon at The Hockey News,

Try wrapping your brain around some of these absurdities:

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are a firing squad. Overall, the Leafs are averaging 34.1 shots per game, third-best in the league. But in its past five games, Toronto is putting an average of 40 pucks on goal, including a 48-shot effort Tuesday night against New Jersey.

There may be a dearth of talent among the Leafs forward group (hence the low goal total despite all the shots), but to borrow and alter the meaning of a phrase from Jay-Z, you can’t knock the hustle.

read on for more unexpected weirdness this NHL season

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Scary Sharkie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch out for S.J. Sharkie!

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Instant Chemistry In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Developing team chemistry always has been a priority for Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough, and his summer additions have fit in perfectly.

Minnesota’s two most important signings were left wing Andrew Brunette and right wing Antti Miettinen. They’ve been placed on a line with center Mikko Koivu, and voila! Instant chemistry.

read on

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most guys don’t want to fight every night so they won’t take those cheap shots. It’s really like a big playground in middle school. Once you let the bully whose playing pick on one kid, he’s going to run around and keep picking on other kids until somebody stands up to him. Well, at our playground at the United Center, we don’t let bullies play very long….

-Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks in his blog at the Chicago Sun-Times, where you can read more...

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Theodore Will Only Get Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Hume of the Falls Church News-Press,

Theodore’s recent track record is nowhere near as consistent as Ovechkin’s, but he is through the hard part of the acclimation process now and the Caps are still leading the Southeast Division. From here on out, he’ll continue to build a rapport with the Caps defensemen when he plays pucks in his own zone. He’ll start to put the nerves behind him and start to eliminate those soft goals. And he’ll benefit from an improved defensive corps.

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Bogosian Suffers Fractured Fibula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright Of Blueland Blog,

Here is your update on Zach Bogosian:

“Defenseman Zach Bogosian suffered a fractured fibula during the first period of Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia and will be sidelined indefinitely.”

I talked to Don Waddell and he said it isn’t a displaced fracture, which would be more severe. He should be able to make a full recovery and the goal is to get him healed, rehabbed, and back in the lineup.

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Zherdev Has Real Leaders He Can Learn From

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Zherdev is older now than Kovalev was then. Wiser, too, one hopes, after four seasons of futility in Columbus. His plus/minus is a league- best +9, which says a little about his attention to detail in his own zone.

There’s another plus: He’s got teammates now who prefer to lead by example. Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan, who made his departure official Wednesday, were too far beyond their prime to be that kind of leader. Shanahan always knew the right thing to say, and Jagr played class clown well to Shanahan’s class president, but neither had the skills left to be the good example for a player like Zherdev.

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Five Helpers For Getzlaf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

So, the wise-guy reporter suggested, perhaps Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf should have visited a dentist sooner.

“Seriously, eh?” Getzlaf responded after matching club single-game records for assists and points with five helpers in Wednesday night’s 5-4, overtime victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center.

In four games since he underwent unplanned dental treatment Oct. 21 in Toronto, Getzlaf has put up 10 points, including three goals. In six games before having a virus removed from his gum and missing a 3-2, shootout triumph over the Maple Leafs later that night,

continue for more on the Wings/Ducks game..

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If You Are New To The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know most KK readers know their hockey, but on occasion new hockey fans do read KK and this is for you.

A nice primer on how to prepare and watch a hockey game and it is Blackhawks specific, but you will get the idea.

from Eric Gwinn of the Chicago Tribune,

What just happened?

Every now and then, the crowd boos or cheers, or an official’s whistle stops everything.

“So much happens away from the puck,” Hurley said. “Football is the best sport to watch on TV, but hockey is the best sport to watch in person; you see the whole ice, who’s doing what to whom.”

Where to sit

The higher you sit at a hockey game, the more you can see. Sitting with the goal directly in front of you lets you see how hard players have to work to shoot at the goal.

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