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Bertuzzi Feeling Much Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Sun-Sentinel did a Q & A with Todd Bertuzzi...

Q: What is your feeling about when you'll return? A: There's no timetable. No one really knows what's going to happen. It's how you heal and how your body heals. It's a nice feeling to feel a lot better. It was bothersome early. It's always a tough decision to have to make, not only personally but also teamwise. I don't like missing games. As you can see, I don't miss many games during the year. (Bertuzzi has played 79 or more games 4 of the past 6 seasons). ... But at the same time we need a 100 percent me and I was only going about 40 percent there.
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What Do You Drink

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the 10 Spot at Sports Illustrated,

According to a recent survey, the avid NHL fan is 413 percent more likely to drink Labatt Blue and 292 percent more likely to drink Molson than the average U.S. sports fan. No wonder the 10 Spot is so popular with Canadiens -- they're all tanked.
My beer of choice still remains Molson XXX.

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Maltby Finds A Home

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from the Edmonton Journal,

In the fast-paced salary-cap world, hockey teams are changing on the fly, but Kirk Maltby hasn't gone anywhere. It's been close to 11 years since Maltby left the Edmonton Oilers with tears in his eyes, heartbroken that he was being traded to the Detroit Red Wings for the rights to a U.S. college defenceman named Dan McGillis. That was three Stanley Cups and 650 games ago.
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Yeah Baby- Peter Maher Prepares For The Hall

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from the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

He may describe himself as "only a messenger,'' but hockey fans in this town know differently. For a quarter-century, he's been the soundtrack of the Calgary Flames, his intimitable "Yeah, baby!'' call as familiar to many Calgarians as the sound of their own voice. Through changing eras, a shifting economical landscape, all the hirings and firings, the one reassuring constant. Listen. After 27 seasons, his voice hasn't lost a trace of its passion or its wonder. For his colleagues, it's been 25 years of fun. Watching him attack (there is no better description) a lobster at dinner on the road, bib tucked underneath his chin, the fallout flying all over the place should be witnessed only after paying a cover charge.
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MacTavish Rips Team

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from the Edmonton Sun,

How do you explain zero shots in the first period? How do you explain being outshot 28-3 through the first 33 minutes and 45-16 through three periods of a disgraceful 3-0 loss? "I can't,'' said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, who used up the last of his patience watching the Oilers hang Dwayne Roloson out to dry while giving Detroit's Dominik Hasek most of the night off. "It was an absolutely humiliating experience.'' While the Oilers - after a long hold-up at Montreal customs Tuesday night, didn't arrive in Detroit until 3:30 - MacTavish says it doesn't give them a free pass to mail it in. "You can't continually make excuses for this group the last little while,'' he said. "You have to put a better effort forward than we did in the first period. It is an advantage for Detroit, absolutely. Is it a substantial advantage? Probably. But in no way shape or form does it explain the type of performance we had, virtually from everyone with the exception of our goaltender.''
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Malkin Court Hearing Not A Slam Dunk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fans can now email Bob McKenzie and Darren Drager of TSN. One fan wanted to know about Malkin's court hearing. McKenzie responded...

Dustin, the NHL is reasonably confident it will win its court case on Malkin, but I don't think anyone should think it's going to be a slam dunk.... It's going to be an interesting court case and my instincts tell me the NHL will win, but there's some nagging doubt there on my part that this could still blow up to be an issue
more letters from fans...

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Watching The Devils

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from NorthJersey.com,

Through their first seven home games, the Devils are averaging just 12,277 fans. That's only 64.5 percent of Continental Arena's 19,040 capacity and a drop of 1,392 or 10.2 percent from what they averaged through their first seven home dates last season. Compared to the same point in 2003-04 – the last season before the NHL lockout – attendance is down 2,450 or 16.6 percent. "I'm certainly disappointed in the attendance and quite frankly embarrassed for our players," Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek said. "Last I checked we were in first place."
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Sens President Confident In Management Team

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators president Roy Mlakar told the Sun yesterday that he and Muckler had a telephone conversation with Melnyk before Monday's 4-3 OT loss to the Capitals in Washington and everybody is confident things will get turned around.... Asked about the futures of Muckler and Murray, Mlakar wouldn't get into specifics, but maintained it will be up to the club's management team to find the answers to the Senators' skid. "It's never been -- in my almost 11 years here -- a topic that I have ever commented on publicly," said Mlakar. "We have a very strong relationship and like to work out from within rather than react to comments of talk shows and public comments which, of course, people are entitled to have...."
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McGuire Back Between The Benches

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

TSN's Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire separated again this week. Miller got the broadcast booth and McGuire moved into the bench area at ice level. A divorce isn't planned, but who knows? Miller and McGuire are the first hockey play-by-play team to work apart. They tried it a few weeks ago for the Buffalo Sabres-Detroit Red Wings game at the Joe Louis Arena. They did it again Wednesday night for Edmonton Oilers-Red Wings and they will set up separately Friday for the Nashville Predators-Red Wings game at the Joe.
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Fewer Goals Reflect Conservative Coaching

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Kevin Allen of USA Today:

NHL goal scoring is down 6% as players seemingly have adjusted to the crackdown on restraining fouls that began last season. Even-strength goals are up by about 3%, but a 15% reduction in power-play chances means man-advantage goals are down by 102 from last season.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson agrees players have adjusted, "but I think coaches have really adjusted." "I think we are seeing a lot being more cautious than they have ever been," Davidson says. "The sticks are down and there is much less hooking and holding, so the game has been much better in that regard. But coaches won't play run and gun. They are playing more conservatively. The coaches probably slow the game more than anyone else in my opinion."
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