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Schenn Staying

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Luke Schenn is staying with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Best get used to the idea. It’ll be this way for a long time.

  Leafs head coach Ron Wilson Monday confirmed the 18-year-old Schenn would not be returning to the Kelowna Rockets.

“I said if he was one of the top four defencemen on our team he would play,” Wilson said. “He’s easily in the top four.”

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Fantasy Fix

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

Exciting news here on the fantasy front. Coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on the NHL Network is the debut of the new television series, “NHL.com’s Fantasy FaceOff Powered by Yahoo!,” bringing you even more fantasy news from around the League. Also as part of the 30-minute show, myself and several hockey-loving celebrities will go head-to-head in the Fantasy FaceOff Show Yahoo! league.

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Someone Is Not Telling the Truth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We watched with interest during “Hockey Night in Canada’s” weekly Hotstove segment Saturday—and not just because our pal Pierre LeBrun was in his usual seat on the panel.

Veteran hockey writer Al Strachan reported that sources told him that during the Lightning’s season-opening weekend in Europe, co-owner and former NHLer Barrie was in the dressing room diagramming power-play and penalty-killing strategies. Strachan suggested the Bolts were “imploding” and that “the league over/under” on Melrose was mid-November.

On Sunday, Lightning co-owner Oren Koules, who was in Europe for those two opening games (both losses) versus the New York Rangers, told ESPN.com that the report was “a blatant lie. It never happened.”

continued with more hockey notes…

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Fighting is Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Through the first 119 games played this season, an average of 1.47 fighting majors have been called per game. That’s up from just over one fighting major per game at the same point last season.

So is the NHL concerned? Nope.

“We haven’t really discussed fighting internally for quite some time,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “When we do talk about it we generally talk about the magnitude of today’s fighters; the size of them and how much power they have. We don’t really worry about the knockout punch; more about the fact a player could hit his head on the ice if he gets punched hard.”

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NHL is Overly Criticized

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ‘The Carulli Critique’ at the Sporting News:

The NHL is by far the most heavily criticized major sport in North America. Major TV networks (ahem, ESPN) and casual fans everywhere don’t think twice about taking cheap shots at hockey. They’ll talk about how fighting is a disgrace, how there’s consistently an on ice attack every year, or how the NHL is embarrassing because they’re on a network that isn’t shown by many major cable networks. That’s about the extent of the criticisms that anybody has about hockey, and the only legitimate one is about some violent on ice occurrences, but even that is pretty rare. It may seem frequent because the only time ESPN cares about showing the NHL is when something controversial happens.

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  Tags: espn, media

A Statistical Fluke?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is still very early in the NHL season.  Some results of teams and players which are surprising at this point are not likely to last all season long.  The statistic that surprises me the most at this point which has the least chance of lasting the season is the Los Angeles kings leading the NHL in shots against.  The Kings have allowed only 24.3 shots per game.  This is a small lead over the San Jose Sharks. 

The Kings solid defence so far this season is surprise because the 32.0 shots per game they allowed was third worst in the NHL.  That team subtracted both Lubomir Visnovsky and Rob Blake in the off season without adding any significant veterans.  If they have improved, how have they improved?

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Brent Sutter On Son Brandon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Brent Sutter said his son, Brandon, is “improving” after the Carolina Hurricanes rookie center suffered a concussion and lost consciousness on a hit by the Islanders on Saturday night….

Brandon Sutter spent Sunday night at his father’s condo in New Jersey after being released from North Shore Hospital on Long Island earlier in the day. Brent Sutter said he spent Saturday night at the hospital with Brandon, who was held overnight in intensive care.

“They monitored him very closely,” Brent Sutter said.

Sutter said his son did not recognize him at first.

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Recipe For A Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

...Meanwhile, Scott Gomez continues to fly, Lundqvist wins every Shootout and Fred Sjostrom keeps popping in Shootout goals. You have to wonder how the Rangers can possibly lose tonight.

I’ll tell you how: 1. Get cocky and believe the game is in the bag before it IS in the satchel 2; Find a hot goalie between the Islanders pipes; 3. Play less inspired than the undermanned home club.

more on the Rangers…

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (October 27, 2008) – Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj and Detroit Red Wings right wing Marian Hossa have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 26.

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One Liners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

• The Detroit Red Wings have scored 30 goals this season, 27 have come from European players.

• Players have seemed to get the message this season, a lot less hitting from behind and driving the player into the boards.

• Do you like the boarderline hooking calls this season?  In my mind, they are being made to get more offense into the game, but some calls need to be overlooked.  The call that gets me is the one handed stick on the gloves penalty, players should be able to fight through that.

• The ‘no commercial’ after an icing is good for the game.  But I am not sure if it has turned into more goals scored because of it.

• Is there any team(s) out of the playoff race yet?

• Who is your early candidate for MVP?

• Isn’t it about time Gary Bettman had some hockey bloggers on the NHL Hour?

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