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Not The Right Make Up Of Players In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This collection of players doesn’t have the right stuff to succeed under the glare of the Toronto spotlight. Maybe they would be able to make it in Raleigh, Sunrise or Newark, but they don’t have the hide to take on the challenge of being Maple Leafs — certainly the alleged leaders don’t.

Maybe Dion Phaneuf would be the right guy to lead a small-market U.S. team, but his endorsement/approval of the infantile, tone-deaf stunt his team pulled on Thursday makes it pretty clear he should not be captain of the Maple Leafs.

It is as if general manager Dave Nonis and his immediate predecessor, the bombastic, never ignored (even if always to be ignored) Brian Burke, somehow put together the hockey equivalent of a team of Eddie Lee Whitsons, the one-time Yankees pitcher whose personality was not made for New York.

more plus numerous NHL related topics...

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disussed the Toronto 'stick-gate' issue along with a few other topics.

 

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

Video- Being A GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight Sportsnet showed this segment during their pre-game and although it was probably recorded earlier this week it is still worth the watch especially if you are a Blues or Wings fan.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Red Wings GM Ken Holland sit down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about the craft of being a general manager.

 

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  Tags: doug+armstrong, ken+holland

First Place Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first place team in the NHL right now is the Montreal Canadiens.  They have a sufficient lead that they will still be in first regardless of how today's games come out.  They have a 15-6 record with one regulation tie point for 31 points overall.  This is a two point lead over second place Anaheim. 

This result is surprising given the fact that Montreal has a +7 team +/- rating.  That is currently tenth best in the league.  Usually goals for and against correlate well with a team's win loss record.  They do not in Montreal's case.  Essentially Montreal has won their close games and been blown out in their losses.  A truly top team should win their blow outs and if they lose, it only occurs in a close game.  This suggests that Montreal is lucky to be in first overall and it is only a matter of time before they get caught.

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Evening Line- Elliotte Friedman on Daniel Alfredsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I wouldn’t call us friends, but there aren’t many athletes with whom I’ve had a better professional, working relationship. When speaking to kids or doing question-and-answer sessions, you get asked who the best guys are to deal with. He was always on my list.

-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson.  Read more on Alfredsson from Friedman.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Raking The Leafs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

I am very superstitious when it comes to making statements before, and during a game. So, I will give myself a big SWM right now.

 It's time to rake the Leafs. Again. This is no easy task since they are a Carlyle led goon type of Team, coming off a win, and totally disrespecting their long suffering fans.(classy eh')

 I am sure there would be nothing more satisfying to them than beating the Wings. Well, they can find their satisfaction elsewhere.

This Team is the kind that hangs around like those pesky leafs that you have to keep raking and raking until the first snow. 

Well tonight, the Wings have to finish the job, and rake them to the curb and burn them. Filling the sky over the center of the Hockey Universe, with smoke and tears.

 Whatever it takes, Wing's Fans deserve and demand, that our Team win three games in a row.

Get. It. Done.

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Will College Hockey Grow In The West?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Sataniello of the New York Times,

The Sun Devils’ promotion to N.C.A.A. status opens college hockey to the West and to a metropolitan area of four million people, and it gives the N.C.A.A. a 60th Division I program.

The ultimate goal is the creation of a Pacific-12 hockey conference. Currently, Arizona State plays in Division I of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, where it was ranked No. 1 with a record of 18-1-0 entering the weekend. Arizona and Colorado play in the same division. The other Pac-12 teams play in A.C.H.A. Division II, except for Oregon State, which has no hockey program.

Arizona State’s athletic director, Ray Anderson, hired in January after more than seven years as the N.F.L.’s executive vice president for football operations, said the Pac-12 supported the move.

“The hope is that Arizona State will tip the dominoes to get some of the Northern schools, in Washington and Oregon, and our folks in California who have programs and probably don’t want to see us competing when they’re not,” he said.

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Leafs Will Have To Handle Zetterberg And A Hot Tatar

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ian Shantz of the Toronto Sun,

Zetterberg has seven goals and 15 points in 11 games against the Leafs.

"He's one of the best players in the game. You have to be aware of him when he's on the ice," Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said. "You have to play him hard, just like playing (against) any other star. He's dangerous."

His "hockey sense is next-level," added Franson, who, with a point against the Wings, will match Tom Kurvers' 10-game point streak, tops all-time among Leafs defencemen....

The Leafs will have to contend with piping-hot forward Tomas Tatar, who comes in with four goals and five points in five games, including two game-winning goals.

"We're really happy right now, the puck is finding the net," said Tatar, who has been stationed on Detroit's second forward unit alongside Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader. "We're trying to play a simple game ... we're getting the good bounces right now, so it's fun."

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Why The San Jose Sharks Put Adam Burish On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks practiced what they've been preaching Saturday, putting veteran forward Adam Burish on waivers in their effort to become a younger team.

Burish, 31, has one goal and two assists in 20 games. More significantly, he is a minus-6 playing an average of 11:08 per game in a limited fourth line role.

"It's where we are as an organization," Coach Todd McLellan said after his team's Saturday morning skate. "We made a commitment to brining some younger players in, and at this point with Adam's position and where he is in the lineup, we are exploring some younger possibilities there."...

"Somebody could use that type of player in the league," the coach said. "He'll get an opportunity to move on and play somewhere else."

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Babcock Wants A Fast Start Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

... coach Mike Babcock once again stressed the need to for him team to play well from the opening faceoff tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey; you got to start on time," Babcock said after the morning skate. "Eighty percent of the time the team that scores first wins. You got to get started.

"We didn't do that in Winnipeg (Thursday in a 4-3 win). We didn't like our game, in particular in the second period, but we dug in as a group and were mentally strong and found a way to stick with it and stay with our structure. The biggest thing is you can't shoot yourself in the foot in those games and get impatient and we found a way to stay patient."

The Maple Leafs have been outscored 24-14 in the first period, but Babcock pointed out that they're 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.

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Khan also has the Wings' plan for Stephen Weiss....

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