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Latendresse Changed Style After DiMaio Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Guillaume Latendresse said he watched replays of his hit on Lightning wing Rob DiMaio "many times." The Canadiens left wing said seeing DiMaio's head bounce off the glass during a preseason game in Montreal and watching his body crumble to the ice with a concussion was unnerving. He said he fretted about it for weeks and pulled back from his usual physical style.
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Keep It Simple

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

As expected, the Sharks heard plenty about dedication to details at practice Tuesday after their most listless performance of the season Monday in a loss to Los Angeles. Coach Ron Wilson is just hoping the words had greater impact coming from right wing Mike Grier. Near the end of the workout, Grier stood in front of his teammates and shared experiences of how good teams become great teams, such as Buffalo where he helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals last season. Grier said: "For the most part, we just haven't played simple hockey. We're at our best when we simplify the game. Sometimes when we play teams we think we should beat, we look for plays that aren't there and try to do things that aren't going to work. We have to play a smarter brand of hockey and not turn pucks over.''
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Tough Guys Don’t Get Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Linesman Steve Miller did a masterful job of wrestling McGrattan to the ice a couple of times and keeping him from causing widespread mayhem. McGrattan said he was discussing the lack of a penalty call on Komisarek with teammate Chris Neil yesterday morning. “That guy (Komisarek) throws cheap hits all the time. If that’s me or (Neil), making that hit, it’s five (minutes) and a game (misconduct), maybe a match penalty. No doubt about it,” said McGrattan. “I hate how that works. If you’re a tough guy, you don’t get the calls. I’m used to it now.” Miller pulled McGrattan’s sweater over his head and wrestled him to the ice and McGrattan should probably be thankful. He wound up with a 10-minute misconduct on the play, but if he had gotten loose and gone after Komisarek, it could have been a lot worse.
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Dynasties No More

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sherry Ross or the NY Daily News,

Remember the Montreal Canadiens winning four consecutive Cups from 1976-79? Followed by the Islanders run in 1980-83? That kind of dominance may be history in more ways than one. "I think it's going to be very hard for a team to win repeatedly, because of the amount of movement, how hard it is to keep players," said Messier, whose Oilers won back-to-back Cups in 1984-85 and 1987-88. "One of the reasons why I think teams are successful is because they have a strong nucleus of great players. But the guys who really get overlooked and don't get much credit are the fringe guys, the role players, and they're the players who really seem to be moving most. They really find a niche and a groove on a team that wins the Stanley Cup."
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Streaking: Make That 9

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just a heads-up, and you can do with this what you will. Store it away for future use if you'd like, like a cute, tiny little chipmunk stashing nuts filled with essential nutrients for the harsh winter months that lie ahead. Do chipmunks store stuff like squirrels do? I'm guessing yes. I was suggesting you store something away....oh, yes. It's this: I returned from my travels on October 24th. I hadn't seen a Wing game, listened to one or read about any of them. On October 25th they won, and they haven't lost since. So I, you know, got that going for me. And the Wings? What do they have going for them? Well, let's take a gander shall we? Let's get just a little crazy and start with last night's game then discuss some significance of this nine-game carousel of joy.

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Wings Finally Modernize Scoreboard

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

During tonight's Wings-Canucks broadcast, Ken Daniels announced that the Red Wings will be replacing their scoreboard's four blocks of 9 big-screen TVs with 4 LED displays. Good on ya, Wings.

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Hitch In Demand

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News:

The Columbus Blue Jackets have received permission from the Flyers to interview Ken Hitchcock for their head coaching position. "They called and got permission," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "I was under the assumption they would try to talk to Hitch later in the day." "No one from Columbus has called yet, but Homer (Holmgren) told me they got permission to talk, so we'll see what happens," said Hitchcock, who was dismissed as Flyers coach Oct. 22. Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean reportedly was meeting with the team's owners on Tuesday to discuss a list of candidates to be interviewed for the head-coaching job. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired Monday; Gary Agnew was named interim coach.
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Don Cherry and the CBC Profit Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The relationship between the CBC and Don Cherry has warmed considerably. The two were fighting three seasons ago, but they're now in a cozy business partnership for the Christmas season. They have produced a DVD called Hockey Night In Canada Presents Don Cherry 18 and will share in the profit. The CBC provided footage from Hockey Night and the 2005-06 National Hockey League season. Cherry, the show's popular commentator, selected and narrated the highlights. Cherry was almost fired by the CBC in 2004 after making what were construed to be disparaging remarks about Europeans and French Canadians.
Continued... - Plus more on Roger Millions rant, also mentioned earlier today here on Kukla's.

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The Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at a press conference in New York, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup champion and 16-time NHL All-Star, presented the first-ever Mark Messier Leadership Award to New York Rangers left wing, Brendan Shanahan, in recognition of his exemplary leadership on and off the ice. continued

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Tuesday Evening Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess when your power play is ranked like 38th in the league, you take particular pride in a penalty kill ranked 23rd. Helene St. James/Free Press Wings Blog

The Wings have allowed only two power play goals total in their past six games, a performance they hope to build upon tonight when Detroit plays at Vancouver. “The penalty kill is a huge momentum builder,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday after the morning skate at GM Place. “That’s what’s it’s been the last six games, because we’ve come out and gone hard at it and haven’t given up much.”
Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digger captain, reports on the Wing injury situation.
Coach Mike Babcock said Williams will fly into Calgary Wednesday and could play Friday against the Flames. The other three players are all listed day-to-day. Josh Langfeld and Tomas Kopecky replace Williams and Holmstrom up front. Andreas Lilja replaces Kronwall on defense, while Joey MacDonald will back up Dominik Hasek. Osgood said he should be ready for practice Thursday.
Don't forget. The Wings/Canucks game can be seen on Yahoo Streaming tonite. ----------- Wanna read something funny? Ok, here goes. "I apologize for the insider emails not going out. We are testing a new system again that will get delivered to all of you. Currently, many emails are getting snagged by ISPs that snag group emails as spam." And "insider" emails from Dwayne Klessel aren't the very definition of spam? Keep writing those checks suckers.

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