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Bertuzzi Suing Crawford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Todd Bertuzzi has filed a lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford, alleging his negligence contributed to Bertuzzi’s infamous sucker punch on ex-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore in March 2004, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.

continued

thanks to the numerous folks for the pointer…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+crawford, todd+bertuzzi

Morrison Wants To Stay In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

It’s hard to imagine that after 513 franchise games, the last image of Morrison as a Canuck could be him hobbling off the ice instead of lifting his team to victory.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Morrison said Thursday. “If it does happen to be this way, it won’t be a very fun way to go out. Does it enter your mind? Sure it does. Hypothetically, it sucks.

“But again, I don’t have any intentions of leaving. I don’t know how it’s going to play out here, but we’ll address it at the end of the year and see what the team wants to do.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+morrison

KK- Hosting Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It appears we are having a slight hosting issue this morning, causing KK to load slowly.

We are working on the issue and will update as soon as possible.

added 10:23am, from my hosting service,

This morning, the data center lost a power distribution unit and this affected many of our Minneapolis, MN servers. We have moved the systems to alternate circuits and are bringing the systems back online.

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Huselius Has Been There Before

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

At the tail end of a brief interview following yesterday’s practice, Kristian Huselius was asked if he’d dealt with being a healthy scratch before.

“I did in Florida,” said Huselius, before adding a telling kicker as he walked away to abruptly cut short his first comments on the benching: “with him, so…”

“Him” being coach Mike Keenan, the man who relegated the healthy winger to the press box Tuesday as part of their latest clash in philosophies.

Back in 2003, when the two last worked together, Huselius was, by several accounts, a regular target of the demanding coach despite reaching the 20-goal mark in each of his first two NHL seasons.

Stories of Keenan loudly berating young Huselius for soft or indifferent play still circulate around Miami’s tiny hockey circles.

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  Tags: kristian+huselius, mike+keenan

Jagr Not Ready To Commit For Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

Jagr - who scored 16 goals in 32 games for Omsk during the lockout year - insists he is not yet ready to commit to anything. But he has hinted in recent weeks that he believes negotiating a new deal with the Rangers is unlikely to happen.

“It’s not nice at this stage to talk about anything,” Jagr said, uncomfortable discussing his 2008-09 plans while he’s trying to captain the Rangers to the playoffs and a Stanley Cup. “(Omsk) finished their season. They’re coming here. I played there for a year. There’s no reason not to talk to them, not to meet them.

“They’re going to spend a week here? I’m not sure. I just keep in touch with them for a long time, since I played there. That’s nothing new.”

more

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Who Needs Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

You see, baseball needs statistics. It’s a horribly boring game. If you didn’t spend your time debating the validity of pinch-hitting for that Dominican kid in the third inning, you’d realize you could have spent the afternoon reading the footnotes in the phone book.

Hockey’s not like that. The guys on the ice actually do something. This game moves so quick and is so enticing you shouldn’t even have the time to look up Josef Vasicek’s plus/minus rating on alternate Thursdays following a holiday.

Leave the stats to the only people that truly love and embrace them (in lieu of girlfriends).

The meek may indeed inherit the earth. They just can’t have hockey.

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Still Going At It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Miami Herald,

Questions about Jokinen’s leadership have surfaced, with coach and general manager Jacques Martin deflecting comment about that Thursday, saying it was something best addressed after the season.

‘‘I look back over the past 19 games and he hasn’t scored even strength,’’ Martin said.

“He’s a minus player right now. I think he has to be better and he knows that. If you want to win, your best players have to be your best players. We go a lot of nights with the Stephen Weiss line as the top line.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jacques+martin, olli+jokinen

Islanders Have A Plan Just Like Every Other Team - Win!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat,

Like most professional sports organizations, the Islanders have conducted a survey of season-ticket holders. In an interview this week with Newsday, Dey said 50 percent of those who responded said the performance of the team on the ice impacts their decision to buy.

“What you’ll see coming out is that we agree with you,” Dey said, speaking directly to the fans. “Garth can speak more directly to this, but I’m glad to put a little bit behind it. We need to commit to building a consistent contender. That’s going to require a plan, and we’ve got a very strong core of players we’re building around now – the DiPietros, the Hunters, the Okposos, Comeaus, Tambellinis. We’ve got a nucleus to build a consistent contender.

“We need to be a top-eight team in the league. We need to be a team that’s going to earn 100 points a year….”

read on

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Miller Keeps On Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Miller tied the Sabres’ single-season record for most appearances by a goaltender, guarding the net for the 72nd time to match Don Edwards (1977-78), Dominik Hasek (1997-98) and Martin Biron (2001-02). With five games left, Miller certainly will have the mark all to himself, probably as soon as tonight when the Sabres host Montreal in HSBC Arena.

“It’s just the coach tapped you on the shoulder,” Miller said in Scotiabank Place. “It wasn’t about setting a record or whatever. It’s just [coach] Lindy [Ruff] saying, ‘You got the start.’ It was definitely a learning experience for me.”

more

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  Tags: ryan+miller

Jump in the Playoff Pool

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

NHL.com is hosting Playoff Bench Boss for a bunch of great prizes, including 2 tickets to the 2009 All Star Game and various other toys. 

And Dobber Hockey has setup a playoff hockey pool with some great prizes, including an autographed NHL jersey, another RBK jersey, and more.  Check it out.  (Speaking of Dobber, be sure to check out his weekly mailbag in The Hockey News, each Wednesday).

P.S.  If anyone else is hosting or has suggestions for other NHL Playoff pools to join, please feel free to drop a note in the comments.

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hockey+pools

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