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Force ‘Em To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Official penalties: The NHL suspended Orr for five games, Brashear for one.
What the penalty should be: Heard of “reverse mortgages”? There should be something called “reverse suspensions.” Rangers coach Tom Renney and Capitals coach Glen Hanlon should be required to play Orr and Brashear at least 22 minutes a game during their “reverse suspensions.”

more NHL talk…

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Skating With The Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily News,

Felicia Bellefontaine has won a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The 10-year-old from Mineville is going to stand in the starting lineup with the NHL All-Stars in Dallas.
Felicia was one of 12 lucky Canadian minor hockey players to win McDonald’s In The Line Up contest.
“She’s so excited to go,” said Felicia’s mother, Donna Horne, yesterday.
“She’ll probably be overwhelmed. I don’t think she realizes how big of a deal it really is until she gets there.”

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Why Not Canada

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from the Mercury News,

Until the Penguins’ future in Pittsburgh is resolved, virtually every news story on the subject will round up the usual suspects of where the franchise might move: Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; Houston, etc.
But unless it’s Winnipeg, Manitoba—a long shot—Canadian cities aren’t being mentioned and that’s a shame. With so many empty seats in places like Florida, Nashville and Phoenix, the league ought to think hard about establishing another operation in Canada.

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Official Error

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

When San Jose scored at the 4:22 mark with Joe Pavelski redirecting a shot from Marleau at close range, play should have returned to 4-on-4, with Malhotra and Clowe remaining the box for another 17 seconds.
Instead, officials pulled Malhotra out of the box, keeping Clowe in the box for 17 seconds and Klesla for 43 seconds.
Twenty-one seconds after Clowe came out of the box, giving the Sharks a 5-on-4 advantage, San Jose scored to take a 2-0 lead….
t took most of the second period for officials to figure out an explanation.
“It’s a joke. That’s what it is, a joke,” Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. “You can’t score two power-play goals on the same power play.”
NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom later released a statement: “The officials erred in the application of the rule following San Jose’s first power-play goal. The officials admitted the error to the Columbus club prior to the start of the second period.”

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Physical Play Against Sabres

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from the Buffalo News,

While the Sabres have garnered high respect for their collection of skill players, some teams have been emboldened by a more physical approach.
“A team like Buffalo that’s got so many small, skilled players, the only way to stop them is to start hitting them,” Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Wade Belak said before Saturday night’s game in the Air Canada Centre.
“They have a lot of guys that’s not a part of their game to be bangers. They got more goal scorers and danglers.”

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Giving Praise To Others

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tim Leiweke, governor of the Los Angeles Kings, an organiza tion that boasts some of the most promising young players in hockey, including 19-year-old Anze Kopitar, 24-year-old Alexander Frolov, 19-year-old Jack Johnson, 24-year-old Mike Cammalleri, 22-year-old Dustin Brown and 21-year-old Patrick O’Sullivan, goes to Kansas City and has this to say after recruiting the Penguins to play in the new arena that, oh, by the way, the owner of the Kings owns and operates:
“There’s something special about this franchise,” said Leiweke, and he was not talking about his very own franchise, no, most certainly not, but rather another one. “This is the best young team not only in the NHL, but the best young team in sports….”

continued...and is Knuble available…

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Things You Don’t Need To Know

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

AlanaH, my co-habitant in the Kukla Empire of Blogs, has "tagged" me with one of those chicky little deals where you point out five nifty things about yourself no one has EVER known before. To give you an idea, here's how she began her own.

1. I used to live in Georgia and have retained an illogical affection for things like grits and boiled peanuts.
See...I wouldn't admit my redneck roots to anyone, least of all you guys who would pick on me and make me feel sad. Plus, it's always been obvious to us that she had some country in her. So, I've decided to go in a different direction: 5 things I'll never tell you about me.

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Khan(!) Grades The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Your boy Ansar has high marks for most of the Wings this morning in his mid-season report card (space filler).

Dominik Hasek -- Even after allowing eight goals in his last game he leads the league in goals-against average, benefiting from a strong team defense. Obviously, the Wings made the right call choosing to sign him in the off-season over Ed Belfour. His health is the key to a successful playoff run. Grade: A Coach Mike Babcock -- He has the team that was written off by many competing for the top spot in the Western Conference. About the only negative has been his inability to correct the poor power play and penalty-killing. Grade: A- Jiri Hudler -- He doesn't skate well, he has defensive deficiencies and he's chained to the fourth line by a coach who's not particularly high on him. Sounds like a trade candidate. Grade: C
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Meaningful Data

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Last Sunday the league’s realignment proposal with some viewpoints were presented. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked if there has been any new feedback from teams.
“We’ve received some feedback on various options, one of which contemplated a realignment,” Daly wrote in an e-mail. “It’s still too early whether that option will ever formally be considered by the Board of Governors.”

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Bubbly Girard Enjoying Life After Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe:

Philippe Sauve, keeping the backup goalie spot warm in the Hub of Hockey while Hannu Toivonen shapes up his game in Providence, grew up outside of Montreal and became close pals with Jonathan Girard, the former Bruins defenseman forced to retire early last season following a severe auto accident in the summer of 2003.
“We’re the same age [26], and over the years we played against each other, and on some of the same teams, too, especially over the summer,” said Sauve, whose father, Bob, the former NHL goalie, is a longtime agent who also represented Girard.

“From what I understand, he’s opening a spa—with massages, European baths, that sort of stuff—back in Joliette,” said Sauve. “There are a few in the area now, and they’re doing very well, from what I understand, so that should be good for him.
“Most of all, he feels good, and he’s OK.”


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