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Rivet Calls Out Teammates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

“The only people to blame in this whole situation are the players,” said Rivet, who spent all or parts of 12 seasons in Montreal before coming to San Jose in a trade last February. “The coaching staff gives us a detailed system to go out and play. It’s not difficult. This team’s been playing it for a long time.

“Guys just aren’t prepared to work right now and there’s far too many guys that are not giving 100 percent and in turn, not giving us the success that we want.”

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Jillson Makes It Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

Avs coach Joel Quenneville just wants Jillson to provide sound puck judgment in his own end and provide something of a physical presence.

“Organizationally, he provided us with some depth right off the bat, and we got exposed early, losing a couple guys,” Quenneville said. “He’s got some experience, and I think he’s still looking to carve that niche where he’s a regular defenseman. Right now, we’re thin and hopefully he can get a chance to get some games in there and move up.”

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Edmonton Wants Their Stripes Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Those especially embarrassing white away uniforms with the shirt tails it looks like they forgot to tuck in, that crappy costume they were wearing on Hockey Night In Canada out of Los Angeles last night.

The Oilers have been wearing these daffy duds long enough most of the fans I’ve talked to have only one question:

“How do we get our stripe back?”

O.K. Two questions.

“How do we lose that practice uniform piping on the front, too?”

The fans clearly haven’t fallen in love with the Oilers new uniforms, home or away.

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As Jagr Goes, So Do The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The root of the problem, no surprise, is that Jaromir Jagr once again just hasn’t found that right fit to work as his pivot. Sometimes it’s Drury (6 points in nine games). Sometimes it’s Gomez (3 points in nine games). And thus far, neither of the new centers has come close to striking up the kind of magic and chemistry Jagr shared last year with Michael Nylander, the ex-Bruin center who eventually made his way back to the Capitals after Gomez and Drury signed their lucrative pacts.

We have seen this before, of course. Just as in Boston, where we’ve learned to live with the Manny-being-Manny reality, it has been that way for both Capitals and Rangers fans with Jagr, the superstar Czech winger. Partnered with the right center, he is often the game’s most dominant force. When not paired with the right give-and-go associate, he looks stagnant and lost, sometimes petulant and brooding.

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Increase The Neutral Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

Tired of watching games where players make it to the red line and just dump it in, McCammon thinks they should go back to the way the rinks were configured at the time of the Oilers heyday.

“When they moved the nets out to create more room behind the goal in the early ‘90s, they moved the bluelines back three feet to keep the same distance in the attacking zone,” says McCammon. “When that didn’t work, they decided to move the nets back, but they kept the bluelines in the same place. That’s made the neutral zone so small, there’s no room to do anything. It was really just after they made the neutral zones so small that the trap came in and the game got to where it is now.

“I’d like to see the games played with the old measurements. I think it would be different. If they wanted to play the trap still, at least it would be a lot tougher to play because you’d have more room.”

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Columbus Improves With Top PK Unit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have allowed three power-play goals this season, and coach Ken Hitchcock remembers all three of them.

“Two of them were a problem with us rotating,” he said, “and the other was a lack of communication on zone entry.”...

“We wanted to create a terrific sense of pride in killing penalties. Never mind giving up goals … we don’t like to give up scoring chances.”

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Time For A New Arena On Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

It’s too trite to say “Give the Devils their due,” but kudos to owner Jeff Vanderbeek and the team that probably ranks last among New York-area franchises in Q rating. They’re finally first at something. With their home opener last night, they became the first in this generation to build a new house.

Last night was an occasion, the kind that makes you feel, “If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”

It also made you think, if you happen to be from someplace, say, east of New York City, “How come we can’t pull off something like this?” As a member of the Islanders organization said the other day, “I’m jealous.”

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A Worthy Cause For Drew Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

All 30 teams are recognizing one home game in October as Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night and the Ducks are doing their part tonight to raise money to benefit the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

But 23-year-old (Drew) Miller already has a long history with his work in that area. During his sophomore and junior seasons at Michigan State, the winger started a program called Spartan Buddies, in which many of the school’s student-athletes made visits to children in the hospital.

The program has continued after Miller left school to turn pro.

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Julien Calls Hit On Bergeron “Dirty”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Matt Kalman of the Hockey Journal,

Everyone was able to release a slight sigh of relief – knowing that the result of Jones’ reckless action could’ve been even worse. Bruins head coach Claude Julien was still cautiously optimistic because he knows things could turn in the days ahead. When asked if he thought the hit was dirty, Julien didn’t pull any punches.

“I had the opportunity to look at it, and if people are calling that accidental, when a guy puts his arm behind a guy’s head, his feet leave the ice, I don’t think that’s accidental. So yes, it was a dirty hit,” the bench boss said.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, patrice+bergeron, philadelphia+flyers

Tocchet’s Status May Be Decided This Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at CBC,

Rick Tocchet could have his status with the NHL determined by the end of this week.

According to sources, the long-awaited Cleary Report, an internal investigation into Tocchet’s involvement in a gambling ring, is expected to be delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. Once Bettman digests the report, authored by lawyer Robert Cleary, he will conduct a meeting with Tocchet and determine whether he will be allowed to return as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes any time soon.

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