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Stop The Cheap Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Classic NHL: Punish the stuff that looks bad on ESPN, and ignore the stuff that ends careers. We're not talking head shots, trying to ban those is a waste of energy. Puck carriers hunch over when they skate, so heads are always going to be at shoulder level. And if head shots were banned, nobody would be allowed to hit short guys like five-foot-seven Brian Gionta, and six-foot-seven Zdeno Chara wouldn't be allowed to hit anyone at all. If you don't want to get hit in the head, keep it up. But cheap shots, late hits and hits from behind, all the stuff that Campbell seems so reluctant to punish, are another matter.
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Don’t Break The Rules

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I see where the NHL's eyes in the sky in Toronto have confirmed their referees can do with a tad more work in the classroom following the mother of gaffes during last Saturday's Atlanta Thrashers visit to the Bell Centre. In a few words, they promise (well, sort of) it won't happen again.
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Motivational Theme

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

Top 12 Inspirational Team Credos (stuff on walls – you know what I mean): •(Florida) Winning Brings Babes. Not Winning Brings All These Seniors •(Calgary) Bull your way to the Top and Steer clear of Trouble. •(Philadelphia) Here’s your $@*#& Inspiration you &%*#@
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Vokoun Out With Torn Thumb Ligament

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Monday and is expected to miss two to six weeks in recovery. Vokoun suffered the injury about halfway through the second period of Thursday’s 6-0 win over Vancouver. He remained in net for the remainder of the second, but was replaced by goalie Chris Mason in the third. On Friday, Vokoun saw hand specialist Dr. Phil Coogan and team physician Dr. Michael Pagnani, and the decision was made to perform surgery.
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Jagr Has Incentives

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

If Jagr maintains his scoring pace and wins the Art Ross Trophy, he'll trigger an additional year at $11 million, minus the rollback. In fact, if he wins the Art Ross, the Hart or the Conn Smythe, the Rangers are on the hook for the extra year. However, winning a major award isn't the only means this 9-time all-star has to further cash in. If this season and next he combines to score 80 or more goals, or 180 or more points and New York wins two playoff rounds over the two year period, an eighth year is added at $8.6 million.
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Philippe Boucher’s Hat Trick - Escaping Tough Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Associated Press (via SFGate):

On Saturday morning Boucher was scheduled to leave the team and visit his father, Jean-Claude, who is in a Quebec hospital battling pancreatic cancer. Boucher's mother, Jacqueline, recently had bypass surgery. "Playing 60 minutes of hockey is an escape for me," Boucher said. "I'm going to go back and give (one of the pucks) to (my father)." Before the game, Stars coach Dave Tippett told Boucher that he had permission from the club to skip Friday's game and fly to Quebec early. "With everything going on in his life right now, I asked him if he even wanted to play tonight, but he told me he wanted to play and I'm glad he did," Tippett said.
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Setting The Standard

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from Sports Illustrated, Aaron Ward on Bo Schembechler,

"Bo set a standard by which the coaches of every varsity program or the people in the athletic department held themselves to,'' said Ward, who attended every Michigan football game during the NHL lockout. "You do it as a team. Team, team, team. You hold yourself to a certain level, and you do it the right way. "Once you've left the university, and even though you weren't part of the football program, you're still a member of that university and a member of that athletic department and you have deep ties.''
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Join The Club

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And NHL fans thought they had it bad...

Of the 95 millions homes with cable TV in this country, only 40 million received Thursday night’s game between the Broncos and Chiefs, the first broadcast on the NFL Network. More homes are getting NHL hockey – you know, the sport played on ice deemed as non-newsworthy by some media – on Versus.
more from the San Antonio Express... all about the problem with the NFL Network.

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Woods: Expect Hasek In Net At Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting conversation tonite between the second and third periods. Ken Kal asked Paul Woods who he expects in net tomorrow night at Nashville. Woods, wthout hesitation, said it would be Hasek, "no matter what happens tonite."

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Confusion Abounds:  Franzen MRI May Have Been Incorrect, MacDonald To Face Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Weird afternoon in the Town of Hockey. First we hear that the original MRI done on Johan Franzen's knee may not have revealed the true extent of the damage...

The concern with Johan Franzen isn't so much about his concussion, it's about his banged up left knee. Mike Babcock said Friday that an examination of Franzen's knee did not match up with the MRI, which revealed no damage. "Now we have to wait for our people to come in and redo (the MRI),'' Babcock said. "It’s real unfortunate. He’s a big part of our team.’’
...then we come to find the Wings have decided to start Hasek tonite against St. Louis and MacDonald tomorrow against Bubba.
Dominik Hasek will start in goal tonight and Joey MacDonald will start Saturday in Nashville. Why? Because the Wings badly want to end this three-game winless streak tonight and, obviously, Hasek gives them the best opportunity. They'll take their chances with MacDonald in Nashville because they don't want to play Hasek on consecutive nights until the second half of the season, if at all.
Both items came from Khan(!)'s weblog at MLive. I understand wanting to halt a three-game skid. Great. But, at some point you have to think Babcock would have enough confidence that his team would do so against the Blues, no matter the goaltender. I'd consider tomorrow's game at The Gay a natural scenario for a rested Hasek. Hasek vs the Blues, MacDonald vs Bubba. Makes no sense to me.

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