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Hemsky’s Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ales Hemsky scored his first two of the season last night and Gene Principe at Sportsnet.ca makes this observation:

Did you see those goals? Is it possible that prior to Sunday Hemsky had no goals this season or that in fact he hadn’t scored a goal in 18 games?  Could that be true?

It is, but again I point to what Hemsky did on Sunday and this makes no sense. This guy should have two goals a game with his talent, not two goals this season.

It’s always been hard to understand how someone with Hemsky’s world class abilities doesn’t have the numbers to match it.

More at Sportsnet.  Goal videos below:


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  Tags: ales+hemsky

Phoenix Recalls Garth Murray

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled center Garth Murray from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Murray, 26, has appeared in nine games for San Antonio this season, recording 4-1-5 and 32 penalty minutes (PIM).  His is tied for the team-lead in goals and ranks 4th in points and PIM.  Murray also scored two goals in seven preseason games for the Coyotes this year.

Murray began last season with the Montreal Canadiens and appeared in one game before being claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers.  The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Murray then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after playing in six games and collecting 19 PIM with the Panthers.

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  Tags: garth+murray

Disclose The Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

I get the underlying theory that players will target a specific area of an opponent’s body if they know the area is not fully healthy. But that’s an issue quite easily solved – that is, if the league had the stones to severely punish any found guilty of intending to injure an opponent.

And please, let’s not get bogged down in an argument over the difficulties of deciphering a player’s intent. The league already does that when it comes to other on-ice incidents; it certainly could extend that decision-making process to this area as well.

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Premature Reports on AO’s Grandfather

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted’s Take:

I just spoke with Alex Ovechkin after practice and he informed me that his grandfather HAS NOT passed away. This report in a Russian paper and on this blog is incorrect. Alex asked for respect of his privacy and that they will communicate to our fan base in an official capacity if there is any news on this matter.


added 1:16pm (Paul), from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

One day after the Caps were put through a brutal practice, and two days after they suffered their worst loss since March, Ovechkin was at KCI celebrating goals and joking with teammates loudly in the dressing room.

“I feel good and I feel bad,” he said. “I feel good I saw my grandpa, but I feel bad I didn’t play and couldn’t help my teammates win the game.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+ovechkin

Memories of the Spectrum

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Mark Howe remembers his times in Philadelphia (as told to Bill Meltzer) at Philadelphia Flyers.com:

I was fortunate to play 22 years of pro hockey. My ten years with the Flyers were some of the happiest times of my life. I always associate good times with winning teams, and we did a lot of winning in Philadelphia and had a quality group of guys off the ice.

In terms of Spectrum memories, to be honest, I don’t really have very many of the place itself. What the arena really represents to me are the people I saw there.


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  Tags: mark+howe, spectrum

Ott Doesn’t Answer The Bell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

On a night when he went low on Bruins Stephane Yelle and Milan Lucic, and ultimately punched out his time card with 18 penalty minutes, the Stars’ Steve Ott achieved a feat that few have managed to accomplish….

Saturday night, Ott took his under-the-skin game to new lows by appearing to target the knees of Yelle and Lucic, then refusing to answer the bell for his questionable tactics. After Ott went low on Yelle, Shawn Thornton tried to retaliate but was instead tagged with a four-minute roughing double minor. Later in the game, Shane Hnidy and Lucic tried to fight Ott but couldn’t get approval.


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  Tags: steve+ott

Will the CBA be Terminated Next Year?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

The six-year CBA, which runs until Sept. 15, 2011, gives the NHLPA the right to reopen the agreement and begin negotiations on a new one by May 15.

“I’m pretty careful not to give my opinion publicly out of respect for the players,” said NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly, who met with the Wild players last Tuesday in Dallas. “This is a very serious issue that we’re discussing on the fall tour.”

Every player in the NHL will receive, or has already filled out, a confidential questionnaire that will be put into a sealed envelope until all 30 teams have been surveyed. They’re being asked a yes-or-no question: “Should we terminate the CBA at the end of the current season?”


Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, nhlpa, paul+kelly

Chynoweth Made Hockey Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From John McGourty at NHL.com,

Many former Canadian junior players, past and present, have gone on to NHL careers, but many more have gotten college educations as a result of the scholarship programs that Chynoweth instituted.

“Ed was the prime mover in the concept that not everybody gets to ‘The Show,’” said his longtime friend, Jim Donlevy, the WHL’s director of education services. “These kids worked their buns off during their careers in the WHL and we have to protect them, Ed said. It was part of his philosophy to develop the whole person, not just inside the boards. This is his legacy, a huge legacy for this man. It’s wonderful what he did.

“He never apologized for a kid wanting to play in the WHL to get to the NHL. That’s their objective. Ed was able to convince others that there was no question that something had to be done on the post-career education-end of things. The seeds of that course were planted by Ed.”

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  Tags: ed+chynoweth, hockey+canada

Wings Cap Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily via the Oakland Press,

One financial dark cloud is that the Red Wings are operating with very, very little room under the salary cap from the beginning of the season for the first time since the new collective bargaining agreement came into place three years ago. Coming from the opposite direction is another dark cloud—the contracts of Marian Hossa, Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler will expire after this season.

A perfect salary cap storm for a franchise that has perfectly (just about) managed the salary cap for three seasons. In other words, in order for the Red Wings to keep this fabulous roster intact, they need the salary cap to go up as it has in each of the past three seasons.

The only other option would be to have Hossa, Zetterberg and Franzen—who conservatively are in line for at least $10 million in combined raises next season—to sign contracts worth roughly half of their market value.


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Ordinary Avs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

This is a mediocre team looking more and more every night as if it is confirming what seemed to be a significant possibility as the season opened: The Avs often seem to be misconstructed, with an overabundance of blue-collar types for what so many hoped would be a return to up-tempo hockey; and the front office made misjudgments about some of its young players, including when discussing the state of the roster with Joel Quenneville before he was handed his walking papers.

The six-man defensive corps, considered the strength of the team going into the season, has remained constant through the first 11 games — with no man games lost to injury and without veteran Daniel Tjarnqvist cracking the lineup for even one game. But the group collectively has been nothing more than ordinary, and maybe even worse.

And up front, right now, it’s a mess.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, | KK Hockey | Permalink

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