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What Is It With The Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Bare moments later, there was Spezza standing, as he does every day, in front of his locker to answer virtually the same questions over and over and over again. Only this time there was a twist. Instead of being asked, “What’s gone wrong?” he was asked his opinion on the current muttering in the capital city that the Senators’ end-of-season woes are all because of a “lack of effort.”

“That’s bullshit,” Spezza answered in a refreshing break from the usual hockey clichés about game plans and keeping it simple.

“That’s bullshit — it’s not lack of effort at all.”

But it is … something.

read on

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McGuire Idiocy Spawns New Glossary Entry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not since the heady days of Darren Garcia have I witnessed such brilliance in the comment section.  The post dedicated to the tooletry that is Pierre McGuire has resulted in some truly priceless monikors. I can’t stop the voices in my head, nor can I silence the A2Y readers.  It’s time to decide on McGuire’s glossary entry and I’m leaving it up to you to judge the work of your peers.

Update 2014:  If you add quality suggestions to the comment section of this post, I’ll—in turn—add them to the poll. I have a feeling there will be many more.

Update 0323 the next day:  I’ve added a few of your suggestions.  “Home Depot” requires explanation that you’ll find in the comments.  Personally, I’ll be using that one myself on a co-worker later today.

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Canucks Control Their Destiny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Vancouver holds a slim one-point lead over the Nashville Predators in the race for the final playoff spot in the NHL’s tight Western Conference. Both teams enter the final week of the regular season with three games remaining.

The Canucks can assure themselves a spot in the playoffs by winning their final games, all of which will be played at GM Place.

“We have to be confident,” said forward Daniel Sedin, one of a handful of Canucks who practised Monday. “We have to look forward to the last three games, play them like playoff games. If we do that we’ll be fine.”

But instead of focusing on who is chasing them, the Canucks still have visions of overtaking the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche, teams that are ahead of them in the standings.

“It’s funny how one point makes a difference,” said forward Ryan Shannon. “We’re in the playoffs right now.

read on

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Phoenix Signs Turris

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Kyle Turris to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Turris was selected by the Coyotes with the third overall choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.  Earlier this month, he was ranked as the second-best NHL prospect in The Hockey News’ annual “Future Watch” edition.

“We are very excited to sign Kyle and have him join the Coyotes organization,” said Maloney.  “He is a very talented player and is a big part of our future.  By adding him to the roster, we hope to give him valuable experience that will help him heading into next season and beyond.”

continued

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  Tags: kyle+turris

Winning & Maybe Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The final week of the regular season sees playoff spots still very much up for grabs in both the Eastern and Western Conference. The Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers begin the week on the outside looking in.

“It seems like it’s going to come right down to the wire with the teams we’re fighting for playoff positions with,” Predators goaltender Dan Ellis told The Canadian Press on Monday. “You just keep watching that scoreboard. You’re in the playoffs, you’re out of the playoffs, you’re in the playoffs — we just have to control or own destiny and put together some wins so we don’t have to worry about what the other teams are doing.”

That’s what everyone on the bubble wants to do this week — win out. Easier said than done.

read on

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Tale Of Two Pierres

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m sure there are some Canadia(e)ns who would dispute this, but it’s pretty clear to me that Pierre McGuire is a tool.

And Pierre LeBrun is a genius without peer.

Evidence?  Thank you for asking. I do, in fact, have some.

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All Cammalleri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

Q: If you had to wager a guess; are you a member of the Los Angeles Kings next season?

Cammalleri: I would think so. My contract says that I am and I haven’t heard otherwise.

Q: Do you want to be back?

Cammalleri: I definitely want to be a King. It will be interesting to see what we do.

more

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Consistent Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As hockey fans, all we ask for are consistent calls from the refs.

Read my blog at Hockey.com for more on this topic.

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Habs Injury Status

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens are going into the playoffs with plenty of question marks as captain Saku Koivu is out for the regular season with a fractured bone in his left foot.

Koivu was seen was using crutches and a foot brace as he left the Bell Centre on Monday. The 12-year NHL veteran told reporters that more tests would be done later this week and he would discuss more details of his injury at that time….

The team got some better news on Monday as they learned that defenceman Mark Streit showed improvement over the weekend and should play on Tuesday in Ottawa.

more

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  Tags: mark+streit, saku+koivu

All They Do Is Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The Detroit Red Wings are on their way to capturing the President’s Trophy this week as the NHL’s top team in the regular season and yet you’d be hard-pressed to find many pundits picking them to win the Stanley Cup.

All the Wings do is win and win and win but they don’t seem to get the same respect right now as San Jose or Anaheim. Well, here’s something worth noting—Wings head coach Mike Babcock feels this is the best team he’s had yet.

continued

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