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Handling The Goalie Situation In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Devils coach Brent Sutter insists he is looking for a way to diffuse a potential goaltending controversy by making no promises to either Kevin Weekes or Scott Clemmensen….

“To me, we’re taking it game by game,” Sutter said. “I don’t want to sit and say and if things go well tonight he’ll be the one tomorrow night. I don’t know that. Or if he doesn’t play well…

“It’s a controversial thing and I don’t want it to be a controversial thing. To me it’s who do we feel in every game gives us a chance to be successful? We have a two-goalie tandem here. That’s what we have. It’s not a one-goalie situation and a backup. It’s two goalies and we’re trying to get the best no matter who’s playing.”

read on

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Tocchet Takes Over Tampa Bay Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning today fired coach Barry Melrose and named Rick Tocchet the head coach.

Update 4:37pm ET (Alanah): From Bolts Report

Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Barry Melrose has been relieved of his duties and Associate Coach Rick Tocchet has been elevated to interim head coach, Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Melrose, 52, was named the sixth head coach in Lightning history on June 24, and compiled a 5-7-4 record this season.

“This was a tough decision to make,” Lawton said. “Barry is a good man and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish him nothing but success.  However, the results were unacceptable and the players have to understand that we need to be better. Hopefully this change helps push them.

“As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he’s the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him.”

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  Tags: barry+melrose, rick+tocchet

Komisarek Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Komisarek injured his hand and his shoulder in a third-period fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic Thursday night. He was scheduled to undergo tests this afternoon and the Canadiens expect to have a clearer picture of his injuries tomorrow.

more

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  Tags: mike+komisarek

Report: Pock Gets 5 Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.

Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for the incident.

After the game, Senators’ head coach Craig Hartsburg made his case for a suspension, using Jarkko Ruutu’s current situation as an example.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+shannon, suspensions, thomas+pock

A Look At Gary Green

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Gregory of WashingtonCapitals.com,

For many young hockey players, an assignment to the bottom of the minors could be seen as a career death sentence. For Gary Green, it was just the beginning of a long and successful career in hockey – though not the way Green likely envisioned.

The former Capitals head coach went from being “the 17th man on a 17-man roster” in the minors to making NHL history when, at age 26, he was named the bench boss for the Caps – the youngest in NHL history.

Green grew up in Tillsonburg, Ontario where he was friends and played hockey with future NHL defenseman, coach and league executive Colin Campbell. But while Campbell’s path to success was as a player, Green took a decidedly different path.

continued

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  Tags: gary+green

Sens Feeling The Heat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The heat is on in Ottawa. The Senators are stumbling along at 6-8-2 entering the weekend, coming off a home loss to the New York Islanders. They meet again on Long Island on Saturday night.

We phoned Sens GM Bryan Murray on Friday and began our conversation with the Stupid Question of the Day: “How are things going?”

“You don’t have to ask that question,” Murray told ESPN.com. “It’s disappointing, that’s what it is. I think we have a decent group here.”

continued

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NHL Investigating All Star Voting Spikes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

The NHL is investigating a suspicious spike in votes for Montreal Canadiens players in all-star fan balloting.

Fans choose the starting lineups for the all-star game by voting at NHL.com, and all six Canadiens on the ballot have huge leads in balloting for the Eastern Conference team.[...]

“I don’t want to jump to conclusions at this point. There is some indication that something has happened,” said NHL spokesman Gary Meaghar. “I’m not at a point where I can say definitively that something has taken place.”

Read on. And for more background, there are some links and comment that were posted yesterday at Red & Black Hockey and Canucks & Beyond.

added 5:12pm (Paul),NHL Statement…

We appreciate the excitement and energy the fans are showing for the All-Star Game and the All-Star voting process. While we encourage all fans to cast votes—even multiple votes—for their favorite All-Star candidates, the League has identified some instances of automated voting activity that expressly is prohibited by the voting rules and regulations. This situation is being addressed and we are in the process of validating all votes to make sure that they comply with the rules.

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Goaltending is the Great Equalizer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Gare Joyce at Sportsnet:

Junior is like any other level of hockey.  Good goaltending gives a decent club a chance to beat anybody. Something less can undo a powerhouse.

I’m dating myself here but I recall a Toronto Marlies team in 1972 that was as good or better than the franchise’s other powerhouses of that era, including a couple that won Memorial Cups. The ‘72 Marlies were loaded with first-rounders and ran away with the regular-season championship. A mere infant, my world came undone when the Peterborough Petes knocked them off in the playoffs and I put it down to the cruelty of the fates. Years later I had a chance to ask a member of that team, Bob Gainey (this was Bob Gainey before he became that Bob Gainey), exactly how they pulled it off. “Goaltending,” he said expansively.

read on for more junior hockey talk

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goaltending

NHL: Burke Can Start Talking to Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Anaheim Ducks CEO Michael Schulman filed paperwork with the National Hockey League earlier today that would grant all teams permission to speak with former GM Brian Burke.

The league approved the documents and Burke is now free to speak to any team who inquires about his services.

continued…

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  Tags: brian+burke

Some Gems in Los Angeles

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:

I was looking forward to working Thursday night’s game between the Stars and the Kings for one reason—and no, it wasn’t to see how the stunningly out-of-sorts Marty Turco would shoot himself in the foot this time. Thursday was my first chance to catch the early leader for the Calder Trophy: Los Angeles defender Drew Doughty, in person. And brother, the 18-year-old did not disappoint.

read on for talk about Doughty and teammate Oscar Moller

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  Tags: drew+doughty, oscar+moller

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