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Chicago Headed In The Right Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Quenneville hasn’t changed the Hawks’ systems radically, but his steady hand and knowledge of the game seems like the perfect fit for the youngest team in the league.

“It was a tough start to the year,” second-year winger Patrick Kane said. “It was unfortunate what happened to Savvy, but since Joel came along it seems like the right move right now.

“The team is playing great behind him. It’s a lot simpler game. It’s like we’re playing with our instincts. If we can keep winning games and find a way to get into the playoffs, anything can happen once you get there. That’s the goal for this season.”

One of the biggest question marks heading into the season was whether the Hawks had enough offense. After 20 games, that has been answered emphatically: They are second in the NHL, averaging 3.55 goals per game.

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Chicago Recalls Corey Crawford

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled goaltender Corey Crawford (6-2, 201) from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and have placed defenseman Aaron Johnson on Injured Reserve.

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Who Is It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What NHL player is listening to these songs on his iPod these days?  I hate to say it, but I have never heard of these songs, and only know one group listed- Metallica.  Doesn’t anyone listen to Clapton anymore?

1. “Just Dance,” Lady GaGa

2. “Human,” The Killers

3. “Paper Planes,” M.I.A.

4. “Leave Out All the Rest,” Linkin Park

5. “The Day That Never Comes,” Metallica

The player is...

 

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Now The Re-Building Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Luke Schenn is the club’s only “A” prospect at any level. Burke and David Nonis, likely to be named the club’s vice-president and director of player personnel, are taking on a mammoth job with few assets.

Clearly, moves like acquiring winger Lee Stempniak for Colaiacovo and Alex Steen was born of the get-back-to-the-playoffs-as-soon-as-possible philosophy. Colaiacovo and Steen should have been moved for draft picks or younger players, not a player who could make the team better today but will be an unrestricted free agent in 2010.

Similarly short-term was the thinking behind the flawed decision to keep Schenn in the NHL this season.

“Great. He’ll be unrestricted just as the team starts to get good,” said a Western Conference source.

A complete tear-down is the only logical option, which will include moving players like Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky for future assets.

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The Early Surprise Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today,

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli trusts his team.  He knows this is a Bruins squad built on blue-collar character and toughness (with just the right amount of skill).

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Horton Suffers Deep Leg Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald via the Palm Beach Post,

The Panthers’ anemic offense took another hit when center Nathan Horton was lost for an indefinite amount of time after sustaining a deep leg cut in the third period of Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Horton got tangled up with a Panthers player and New Jersey defenseman Colin White against the boards and had his leg stepped on; the skate blade cut through Horton’s boot and left a deep gash….

“He’s out through the weekend, then we’ll go from there,” DeBoer said. “It’s tough to see on the video how it happened.”

The Panthers already are missing two of their top forwards in Richard Zednik and Cory Stillman.

read on for more on the Panthers…

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Sore Shoulder Sidelines Jokinen 2-4 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The iron-man streak of Olli Jokinen’s is over after 397 games.

The Coyotes center, who had played 376 in a row in Florida before being traded to the Coyotes in the off-season, suffered a shoulder injury in Wednesday night’s victory at Columbus and will miss two to four weeks, starting with Friday’s game against Colorado.

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Roenick:  T-Shirt Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cecile Nguyen at SanJoseSharks.com,

Roenick helped start Muze Clothing in 2004 with a few friends while golfing and plays a large role in the t-shirt clothing company.

“I’m a big part of Muze,” Roenick said. “I’m part owner, part designer and part ‘okayer.’ I’m pretty much a little of everything. I have a big say in what happens and am the name and the face of the company.”

According to Muze’s official website, the t-shirt company “spans generations and demographics and unites people on the basis of love for film, a sense of humor, a creative use of a popular line.”

The concept behind Muze clothing is to combine classic movie quotes with fashion. Muze features popular quotes from Pulp Fiction, Caddyshack and Goodfellas to name a few.

more and check out the official website for Muze Clothing...

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Change Might Be Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Spector at Sportsnet.ca,

Craig MacTavish’s job is officially on the line in Edmonton, as it appears the Oilers head coach is beginning to lose his players’ interest after eight seasons behind the bench.

But a high ranking source within the organization said Thursday that the Oilers will make a trade to try to shake up their lineup before firing their head coach, whose team has struggled out of the gate at 9-10-2 and sits in last place in the Northwest Division.

A veteran Oilers player, who requested anonymity added: “Maybe a trade, then the coach. After this long, a change might be good.”

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Burke & Leafs Reach Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Burke have reached an agreement on a contract, which is still not official because he has not signed it, and he could be presented to the hockey public as the team’s new president and general manager on Friday.

A source familiar with the negotiations indicated that the only thing that remains to be done is to get Burke’s signature on the contract, which is expected to happen on Friday. Burke has been in Boston all week with his family to celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving and did not plan to travel to Toronto until Friday.

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Update 6:00pm ET: From TSN, the deal is signed—

The Brian Burke saga has finally reached it’s conclusion as Burke has officially signed his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and will become the team’s President and general manager.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that Burke signed the papers at his home in Boston prior to his Thanksgiving dinner.

Update 6:17pm ET: TSN has changed their report at the same link. It now states the deal is not signed:

Burke says he’s been told the deal is done, however he hasn’t reviewed or signed the contract as of yet.

Nothing is expected to be finalized until Friday.

Sportsnet.ca reports it’s a 6 year deal but that the announcement isn’t expected till Saturday.

 

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