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Blues Coach Must Produce

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

(Andy) Murray is on the spot. When his teams succeed, his exhaustive game-planning draws praise. Players feel well-prepared to face every opponent and every game situation.

But when Murray’s teams struggle, people within and outside the organization wonder if the players are burning out.

Have they endured too many group and individual meetings? Have they heard the same motivational note too many times?

Has their coach’s withering intensity sapped their energy?

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Senators May Be Looking For A Forward

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from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

“We have to make a tweak if we can,” Murray said Monday before heading to Toronto, where the National Hockey League’s 30 general managers are meeting this week to discuss head shots, rule changes, equipment standards and maybe a deal or two.

“Very definitely, we have to find a way to get at least one more player here,” he said, acknowledging that player would probably be another forward. “I’m certainly going to investigate as we go forward here to see if there’s anything more we can do, and at some point we’ll figure out if we need to make a change.”

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Giguere Does Not Want To Be A Backup

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from J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News,

Giguere, asked Monday if he has been approached about waiving the no-trade clause, said, “That’s something you probably should ask Bob Murray.” The Ducks’ general manager declined comment through a spokesperson.

“I want to play; that’s when I have fun. Right now, this is not fun,” Giguere said. “I am looking forward to having fun at some point at some time. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.”

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Lamoriello Has Mellowed Over The Years

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I called Lou’s room,’’ said Brian Burke, then a pugnacious, 185-pound Friar forward, recalling a memory of more than 30 years ago. “And I said, ‘Coach, you’re not going to believe this, but some guy’s got a bunch of dogs outside here . . . they’re making a real racket, and there’s no way we’ll get to sleep.’ Lou screams, ‘What?!’ then says, ‘I’ll be right there!’ and hangs up.’’

Burke and his fellow Friars then turned their attention back outside, watching gleefully from their hotel rooms as the diminutive coach from the Dominican Friars college located in Rhode Island’s capital - dedicated to a “spirituality that embraces the whole person’’ as its stated mission - transformed into a ferocious bulldog.

“Lou’s out there screaming at the guy, ‘What’s this! Pack these dogs up . . . get ’em outta here!’ ’’ said Burke. “The poor slob . . . didn’t know what hit him . . . and he gives Lou some lip. That really set Lou off. ‘Look,’ Lou screams, ‘you’ve got five minutes to get these bleepin’ dogs back in their boxes, get ’em outta here. Five minutes! And if you don’t, I’m telling you, I’ll start strangling them, one by one, with my bare hands!’ The guy had to think Lou was nuts. No question. But you know what? He got outta there, dogs ’n all.’’

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Sens Seem To Be Yapping Too Much

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

TSN’s Pierre McGuire said last week the Senators are whining too much to the officials.

McGuire, who has a perch between the benches during games, said officials can tune out players if they’re constantly complaining.

Whether Clouston agrees with McGuire, the coach told his players in a meeting to show up and shut up.

“If that’s the perception, we have to change that perception,” said Clouston. “If we are perceived (as being mouthy), we have to change that, whether it’s true or not. I don’t think we do anything different, but if the perception is that, we have to make adjustments.

“If that’s our image, we have to turn that around through hard work and just shutting our mouth, maybe to the other extreme. If we are perceived as going one way, we’ll go the other way until it eventually turns around.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to keep working hard, shut our mouths and, hopefully, eventually it will turn around.”

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Life Goes On For Wayne

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

For Gretzky, Monday night was not about the fallout from the sale of the Phoenix franchise, but rather a celebration of the career achievements of the Hall of Fame inductees—Luc Robitaille, Brian Leetch, Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull.

“It is what it is right now,” Gretzky said. “Right now, it’s just my time to sit back and enjoy my kids. You know what? The game is bigger than any individual or any person. Right now, it is just not a part of my life. It’s as simple as that.”

And, contrary to the speculation, he says he harbors no bitterness.

“No, not at all,” Gretzky said. “What’s there to be upset by? It’s the greatest game in the world. There’s nothing better than our sport. I’m very proud of it. Life goes on.”

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Clock Ticking On Savard Contract

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from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The agent for star center Marc Savard says contract talks continue with the Boston Bruins, but time is also becoming of the essence.

“We continue to discuss regularly,” agent Larry Kelly told ESPN.com Monday night at the Hockey Hall of Fame. “Both sides are interested in getting something done. But obviously there are issues we are working through.”

The longer it takes, the closer Savard gets to July 1, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. It’s clear from what Kelly said that the clock is ticking.

much more from the HHOF inductions as Pierre and Scott made the rounds at the event…

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  Tags: marc+savard

Steve Yzerman’s HHOF Induction Speech

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Liveblogging The Inevitable

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stuck in traffic on the way home tonite and I had a pleasant little fantasy about punching somebody right in the face.  Who?  The jackass who left a Windsor blackjack table in the mid-90’s because Steve Yzerman was “bad luck.”  The daydream ended pleasantly just as one of my favorite tunes came on.

Neil Peart, to my knowledge, has never been a pharmacist.  But this line is appropriate tonite, because it’s exactly the opposite of The Captain.

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the best goals, saves and hits from the past week.

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