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Predators Going Nowhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

Imagine signing on to a cruise ship expecting to see all the glories of Alaska only to find you’ve mistakenly been placed on the Titanic.

That is the hockey equivalent of what happened to Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont in the summer of 2006….

Now, this team is going nowhere. Their bench is in chaos on a regular basis under the friendly, but staggering, tutelage of Barry Trotz - whose administration has run its course after two underachieving playoff performances.

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Toronto Goalies Hang Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post via Canada.com,

They first met two years ago while playing for opposing hockey teams in Finland. But it took a month of sharing the net for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season for Vesa Toskala and Andrew Raycroft to become off-ice friends.

The two goaltenders dine together, swap iPod playlists and cheer for the same Formula One driver. Even their girlfriends seem to be getting along.

“It’s nice to have a guy there that you can relate to and be friends with and cheer for,” Raycroft said. “I want him to do well. Especially, through good times and bad, you can sit there and kind of go through it with someone else.”

continued

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  Tags: andrew+raycroft, goalies, toronto+maple+leafs, vesa+toskala

Avs Welcome Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,

Then there was The Great One. Now it’s The Great, Too.

In their first visits to Denver, the Prodigy Boys scored two goals.

Each. Almost 28 years and 1.8 miles apart.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the first period last night at The Can.

Tidy effort.

But Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and added an assist last millennium at Big Mac.

Score two for the local teams, though.

continued

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Carolina Not Happy With Diving Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Stung by two third-period diving calls whistled against them Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers, the Hurricanes have asked the NHL to review the two penalties.

“The infractions will be reviewed, and you know it doesn’t change anything,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said of his call to league officials. “But it’s disappointing when you’re in a close game like that and they’re calling diving penalties. When you’ve got a three-on-two or a two-on-one going the other way, I don’t think anybody’s going to be diving when the puck’s turned over and we’re going for a scoring chance.”

read on

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

Maybe The Canucks Are Not A Good Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

They’re too defensive-minded. They’re not defensive-minded enough. Alain Vigneault is too hard on his players. He’s not hard enough. They rely on Roberto Luongo too much. They don’t rely on him enough.

But for all the powerful intellects who’ve attempted to unravel the Canucks’ conundrum, the most obvious answer seems to have escaped their notice.

Could it be the Canucks simply aren’t that good?

It’s a radical proposition, we know, but in light of recent events perhaps it merits further consideration.

read on

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  Tags: vancouver+canucks

Wings Humming Along

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,

A child prodigy was brought before the great man, and the child proceeded to play passages on the piano written by the master himself. The maestro listened attentively. After the child had finished, Chopin is reported to have patted him on the head.

“You can play the notes,” he said kindly. “Someday, you may be able to play the music.”
Right now, the Wings are a symphony orchestra in full voice.

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Fischer Still Thinks Of Comeback

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nice piece from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

He’s also convinced it won’t happen again and that he’ll one day make a return to the league in which he won a Stanley Cup in 2002.

“I’m 27 years old, so why give up? I’m still below the league average,” smiled the well-spoken first-rounder from the Czech Republic.

“My exercise routine is still not where it used to be but now I’m finally getting closer to pushing it to the max and there are none of the side effects.”

Although he and GM Ken Holland examined the possibility of a comeback this fall, he instead accepted a player development role with the club.

More...and isn’t it interesting that a Calgary writer finds Jiri Fischer visiting for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, while Detroit’s ambitious duo of Ansar Khan and Helene St. James fawned over the Fonz.

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Boots & Balsillie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail (Friday edition),

William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, who would own as much as 49 per cent of the Predators if they are sold to a collection of mostly Nashville people, spoke glowingly of one of his recently added partners, Windsor-born Doug Bergeron, then added: “I don’t mind telling The Globe and Mail I’m very excited to have a Canadian billionaire as part of my group. It’s refreshing to have someone who respects the NHL, respects the process and the tradition of the NHL.”

That comment was aimed squarely at Balsillie, who had offered more than $220-million (all currency U.S.) for the Predators, only to upset the NHL by accepting season-ticket deposits in Hamilton, where he had hoped to take the team.

more…

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Waddell May Remain Behind The Bench

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Although Waddell would still prefer to name a permanent coach, it seems more likely each day that he will retain the title as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Several factors might be pushing him toward that decision, including the fact that most of top assistant coaches around the NHL don’t have in-season out clauses and their general managers won’t give Waddell permission to talk to them until the summer.

Second, with the Thrashers’ ownership in limbo because of a legal squabble, Waddell could have trouble securing ownership approval for a long-term hire.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, doug+waddell

Nieuwendyk Inspires Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

At first, I didn’t think much of seeing Joe talk to the team during the second intermission. Especially when Zednik was called for an early penalty giving the Canes a chance to break the game open. But then things started to go Florida’s way, and lo and behold, the Cats took advantage. Haven’t seen much of that.

A lot of the guys were praising Joe’s speech, the captain of the team saying it really inspired them.

Now, why would Joe’s voice hold more credence than that of coach/GM Jacques Martin? Or Olli himself?

read on

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  Tags: florida+panthers, joe+nieuwendyk

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