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Notes From Larry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• Take it for what it’s worth, but you might want to know that Len Barrie, pres ident of the Lightning, has been telling people in the industry that Mats Sundin will be playing for Tampa Bay when and if No. 13 resumes his career.

Yeah, right. As if.

• Wonder how the NHL’s general managers feel about Brian Burke announcing his candidacy for one of their jobs - and by Thanksgiving, no less! - after being granted accelerated free agency two weeks ago by Sixth Avenue?

If the Ducks’ ownership wished to release Burke from his contract that originally ran through the season, that was mighty magnanimous of them, but it doesn’t mean Gary Bettman or the NHL was obligated to allow Burke to seek employment at this time.

more hockey talk…

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Total Cheap Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Total cheap shot by (John) Zeiler. (Adam) Foote is going to play a puck with Zeiler chasing, and Zeiler throws his right arm and shoves Foote’s head into the boards from behind.

Lappy just challenged Zeiler to drop them and fight, and Zeiler wants no part of it!

(After a few minutes)…They’ve tossed Zeiler from the game, giving him 5 for boarding and a game-misconduct. Probably a smart thing by the referees, although it’s not going to make Lappy happy wanting his pound of flesh in revenge.

Zeiler can definitely count on a suspension by the NHL for this - probably something very severe I bet. The NHL has been taking a lot of heat for the amount of head shots and hits from behind - and now Zeiler lays one of the dirtier hits of this or any other season on Foote.

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Don Cherry’s Fashion Secrets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Lucic Had Orders Not To Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Georges Laraque, itching to shed his gloves and teach the 20-year-old a lesson, was tapped to trail Lucic and goad him into a fight. On their first shift together, Laraque tapped Lucic on the leg with his stick, then got in his face, asking the Bruin to drop his gloves. Lucic didn’t bite. For the rest of the period, Laraque was talking to Lucic, no doubt questioning his courage in the most explicit of ways.

Lucic continued to decline, prompting the Montreal fans to boo the forward and chant his name. But Lucic had someone more important to answer to than Laraque.

“There was no way it was going to happen,” said coach Claude Julien, who had, before the game, forbidden Lucic from fighting Laraque. “[Shawn] Thornton was there, ready for Georges. Nothing happened. My tough guy was ready for their tough guy. Simple as that. I told him not to fight. It was me.”

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Sabres Should Fix Their Problems Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

I’m not talking about blowing up the ship so much as throwing a few broken chairs overboard. The Sabres aren’t desperate for an overhaul. They merely need to rid themselves of persistent problems that either A) can’t be fixed; B) no longer work in their long-term plans or C) need a change in scenery.

Afinogenov is all of the above. Ruff started pushing Afinogenov toward the door by benching him Friday, a year too late, and it’s time for General Manager Darcy Regier to close the door behind him….

Connolly should be gone, too. He has played less than 30 percent of the games since signing a three-year, $8.7 million contract. Enough is enough. Maybe another team would claim him off waivers once he’s healthy, saving the Sabres a few bucks.

Could the Sabres build a package for struggling Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the condition he signs a long-term deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent?

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A New Worst Player This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to keep track of the worst player gathering regular ice time in the NHL.  It is an interesting exercize to see why certain players continue to get ice time despite failing to accomplish anything with it.  As the season progresses, usually I settle on an energy player who is known for being a hard worker but is very limited in talent.  Often this player is a bit of a fighter to fit into that role.  In early parts of the season, other players may appear as the worst player in the league, but they have always disappeared from the running once the season reached maturity.  Earlier this season, I picked as this worst player.  Given time his game has improved.  He has three points already.  That means it is time to replace him. 

The new winner of the worst player so far this season is Raitis Ivanans of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Thrashers Need To Make A Name For Themselves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terence Moore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The Thrashers have no identity. Not good, because all significant teams have an identity. When Martin Brodeur is healthy in goal, the New Jersey Devils project themselves as a steel wall on defense. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals are whatever their stars (Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, respectively) want them to be on offense at that moment.

Oh, and the Detroit Red Wings are just the NHL’s Big Red Machine.

The Thrashers? Well, they do wear those red sweaters for games against Southeast Division foes. It’s a start, I guess.

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Could We See The NHL On ESPN Again…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...according to Al Strachan on the HNIC Hot Stove tonight, yes we will.  Al said everyone within the NHL wants it except maybe Bettman, who hammered out the deal with Versus.

Milbury chimed in about NBC and said the NHL decides on their option year next season and they could be gone too.

But do remember, next season is an Olympic year, so who knows what will go on with NBC.

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Note To Hoss: More Money Will Not Buy Your Soul Some Rest…But A Live Blog Will

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As mentioned earlier, you disregarded Triumph the other day and that saddened me.  So, for tonite, I took democracy to a new level and picked them myself.

Those without the NHL Network…rejoice and let your disdain for midget David Stern lackeys warm you.

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Patrick Roy & Wendel Clark Ceremonies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Tonight, Patrick Roy is standing on the podium in Montreal accepting the great honor of witnessing his number being retired by the Canadiens.  We’ll add his acceptance speech to this post later (assuming it becomes available) as well as a couple more photos. A special night for Habs fans, without a doubt.

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*image is a screenshot from the CBC broadcast of Roy at the podium tonight

Updated…

Tonight was also a special night in Toronto where Wendel Clark also saw his number retired. I thought I’d include a few images from that ceremony on this same post. You’ll find them below.

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