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Predators Assign Begin To AHL After Clearing Waivers

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (October 21, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Steve Begin to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the AHL level. Begin cleared waivers on Thursday and will report to Milwaukee (AHL).

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Early Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is informative to track the leaders for the NHL awards throughout the season and see when the eventual winners take over as the leaders for the possible awards.  In many cases, the early season leaders do not wind up winning the awards, but sometimes they do.  The early Vezina Trophy leader is likely Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  He has stopped 95 of 97 shots taken on him.  He has a 0.67 goals against average and a .979 saves percentage.  These are remarkable numbers that nobody can maintain over an entire season.  However, it is quite reasonable to imagine Thomas will have a very good season.  Thomas is the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner. 

Last year, he lost his number one goaltending position in Boston to rookie Tuukka Rask.  This is not because of poor play of Thomas but because Rask had a league leading saves percentage.

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More Work For Colin Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

More details should emerge later today about the extent of Drew Doughty’s upper-body injury, but in the meantime, it looks like it could be another busy day for Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, reviewing videotape and trying to administer the NHL’s new commitment to getting blindside head shots out of the game.

Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ defenceman and early-season Norris Trophy favorite, was injured in the opening period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on a play that looked enough like Shane Doan’s suspension-worthy hit on Dan Sexton to come under official NHL scrutiny. The league, at least, thought Doan’s blindside hit was suspension-worthy and fell afoul of the new blind-side head-shot rule. Doan’s view was that he was merely taking Sexton’s ice away, and that he’d skated himself into good enough position so that the Anaheim Ducks’ forward could see the contact coming. In Doan’s view, it was a legal check.

Replays of the hit that Hurricanes’ forward Erik Cole delivered on Doughty hit was at the very least late - really late, long after Doughty had given up possession of the puck.

continued and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

added 3:22pm, Reports state Doughty out at least a week but no injury information released.

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  Tags: drew+doughty, erik+cole

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So this is Dish’s answer? Ask the fans to boycott the teams and our sponsors due to a contract dispute that we have NOTHING to do with. What’s next? Egg our windows? Light poop on fire on our doorsteps? Tell us to turn our own children in for watching? Spitballs and straws?


-Daryl Reaugh on the Dish Network dispute.  More at the Dallas Stars Blog.

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Sabres Get Big Relief in Blueland

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

It’s a mystery why the three strongest performances by Buffalo thus far have been their three road contests, where they’ve averaged over 40 shots per game, but at this stage the Sabres will take points anywhere they can get them - even if nobody is there to see it.

It was an impressive 4-1 win last night in Atlanta in front of a few family and friends at a sparsely populated Philips Arena, and the script for getting some key players going couldn’t have been written much better.

Tyler Myers netted his first goal of 2010-11, and despite an ugly first period turnover he looked much better overall.  There’s just too much ability there for the turnaround not to continue.  Keep in mind that even when Myers was playing at his best last season he was prone to occasionally coughing up the puck.  You must have some talent if you can win a Calder Trophy after leading the NHL in giveaways.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, buffalo+sabres, dustin+byfuglien, thomas+vanek, tyler+myers

With Avery In Toronto, Trash Talking Topic Comes Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

...there are very few NHL players who are gifted at the art of the verbal riposte. Look at the example of New York Islanders defenceman James Wisniewski. He was suspended for two games earlier this month because the best insult he could manage on Avery was an obscene gesture.

Leafs head coach Ron Wilson, who claims he was never much of a trash-talker in his playing days but admitted to supplying teammates with material, lamented that it is a lost art. Political correctness in society in general means “the things you used to say, you can’t say anymore. It’s as simple as that,” Wilson said.

His players, on the other hand, said there are limits on what can be said on the ice but trash talking is still alive in today’s NHL. A player’s race, for example, is an obvious taboo and so is family, particularly wives and girlfriends, although there is much evidence the latter restriction is not especially respected.


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Tim Thomas Has His Style Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Claude Julien sees the difference in Tim Thomas’ game, how the Bruins’ goalie is attacking more, challenging shooters.

“He’s played more like he did a couple of years ago,” the Bruins’ coach said.

Thomas feels the difference in his game because the nagging hip injury that bothered him last season is gone and he’s free to flail and flop around in his crease in the way only he can.

“That’s my style,” the goalie quipped.

And with the puck requiring the world’s greatest GPS to find the back of the Bruins’ net, their opponents have learned that the old goalie, 36 and coming off a forgettable 2009-10 season, still has plenty of life left in his game, enough to create the most fabulous of goalie controversies.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/21/10

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Today’s three cheers for last night’s top performers in NHL action:

***Cheers to Chicago’s Marty Turco, who made 36 saves and held the fort for the ‘Hawks in the shootout for a 2-1 decision over the Vancouver Canucks. Turco only had to make one save in the breakaway tiebreaker, on Mikael Samuelsson, but Roberto Luongo stopped none at the other end and the Blackhawks earned the extra point in turn. Luongo was good during the actual game, making 31 saves of his own and earning third star honors, but what’s going on with his early season numbers? A 3.38 goals-against and an .888 save percentage isn’t exactly the Bobby Lu Canucks fans expect, nor is the 2-3-2 mark for their club. Surely, it’s only a matter of time before he (and the team) turns it around. (Right?)

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  Tags: andrei+loktionov, anze+kopitar, brad+richards, dan+boyle, drew+doughty, jeff+skinner, marty+turco, mikael+samulesson, rick+nash, roberto+luongo, steve+mason

Broken Hand Sidelines Moreau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Moreau was attempting to block a shot taken by Anaheim’s Paul Mara, the puck striking him on top of his right hand about four minutes into the second. He knew something was wrong immediately. Witnesses say he fired his stick against a wall while making his way from the tunnel to the Blue Jackets dressing room.

“It’s broken,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s going to be a while.”

This is a big blow for the Blue Jackets, who had relied on Moreau early this season to play on the checking line and top penalty kill.


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GDT - Game #6 : Red Wings host Flames (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Detroit begin a four game home-stand, spread over 17 days, with a tilt tonight against the Flames; and play 10 of their next 13 at JLA. In their first five games, DET has managed to amass a respectable 7 of 10 points.  Most would agree that after looking swaggerish in their first two games (outscoring opponents 7-2), DET has looked rather pedestrian in their last three (being outscored 7-10).  Uncle Mike thinks his team has yet to “engage”, whatever the hell that means (more on that below). 

I believed the hype that DET have 3 “talented” lines, and a relentless-grinding 4 line.  So with all that skill, isn’t their 2.8 goals/game (good for the league median) pretty absurd (last seasons edition managed 2.72)?  Shouldn’t DET be a helluva lot better than 16% on the PP (last yr 19.2%)?  Injuries, or something else?

There is some good news for the offensively challenged Red Wings.  After taking an elbow to the melon, and missing the better part of two games, Johan Franzen will return to the lineup. Maybe he will bring some scoring with him.  Lord knows DET could use some.  On the circus line, only Magically Delicious has found the net (3,1), Hank has 4 pts, but no goals (0,4), and Homer has nada; combined they are -1.  That is not a typo, -1; with the Selke owner and another “magnificent” two-way player on that line. 

The Flame, even more offensively inept (29) than DET, are coming off a 1-0 OT win at Bubba’s place, and the Kipper stole that for them (34 sv).

Game On, Bitches(!)

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