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Connecting Pat Quinn to the Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Quinn, who last coached in the NHL in 2006 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, spent the last five seasons of his playing career with the Atlanta Flames as a defenseman. He still keeps in touch with the players from those teams who live in Atlanta, such as Tim Ecclestone and Eric Vail.  His daughter was a swimmer at the University of Georgia. Recently, he went pheasant hunting in Montana with former Falcons great Tommy Nobis.

So when Bob Hartley was fired and word spread that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell was looking for a new coach, why wouldn’t Quinn be interested?

“I think after a year away, I wasn’t quite ready to be in retirement,” said Quinn, when reached on his cellphone while visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba. “I still feel healthy and have a passion to be involved.”

more…

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, pat+quinn

Martin Straka Breaks Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

New York Rangers veteran forward Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand in a game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Towards the end of the first period, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cranked a slap shot from the point that hit Straka in the right hand in front of the net.

Straka, who has two goals and one assist this season, is not expected to return.

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  Tags: martin+straka, new+york+rangers

If the Predators Leave, What Happens to the Arena?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Tennessean,

If the Nashville Predators left town, they would leave behind a gaping hole in Sommet Center’s calendar that would be tough for the city to fill, some experts said.

But other observers said losing the Predators eventually could be turned into a positive for the arena and Metro taxpayers. [...]

By not having to block off at least 41 dates a year for hockey, Brown said, an arena might be able to draw concerts and other events that previously may not have stopped in the city because the arena was already booked.

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, nashville+predators

Schneider Loses the Ball & Chain

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

Mathieu Schneider felt so good about having the protective boot removed from his left foot that he found a way to celebrate the occasion.

“I feel like I’ve lost my ball-and-chain,” Schneider said, beaming. “I’m going to run over it with my car. Maybe I’ll have my kids do it.”

It has been a mostly solitary existence for Schneider thus far with the Ducks.

The 38-year-old defenseman broke a bone in his ankle in his first appearance with his new team—during in an exhibition game against the Kings on Sept. 15.

continued… (*Schneider expects to return to the ice by late next week)

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, mathieu+schneider

A2Y Poll: Name That Line

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now we’re going to get all scientific.  I’ve given you several to choose from.  If you want to add more, or if there are some I’ve neglected to add, put them in the comments and I’ll place them on the poll.

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Ovechkin Seems To Be Tiring Of Crosby Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Times,

Did you run into Crosby at any point this summer?

“Yeah, I call him every day,” he said before rolling his eyes. “He’s Crosby, I’m Ovechkin. I am here. He’s over there. Why I have to call him in the summer and say, ‘Hey, what’s up buddy? What are you doing?’ “

Ovechkin’s smugness about the subject underscored the general theme from members of the Washington Capitals organization at practice yesterday

more

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, washington+capitals

Columbus Trying To Play Sabres Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

“We’re learning the lessons with our team that Buffalo learned five or six years ago,” Hitchcock said. “This team (the Sabres) never gets the credit for the work they put in. Yeah, they can finish (their chances), but it’s not like the other team gives them the puck and says, ‘Have a go at it.’

“They win all the races to the puck and do something with it. That’s why it looks like you get overwhelmed with their speed.

“That’s the kind of game we are learning how to play.”

more

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets

Hope For Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For those who understand what the Cubs mean to baseball, what the Bears mean to the NFL and what the Bulls came to mean to the NBA, it’s not too hard to comprehend that the disappearance of the Blackhawks as a successful team and popular drawing card at the same time the world of media has expanded and diversified has been a major, major problem for the NHL.

These days, there’s a least hope that change is on the way.

more

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

Sharks Need To Get Back To Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

But if the Sharks are to escape their early season doldrums, goalie Evgeni Nabokov said, that has to change.

“Everybody’s talking about how good we are, how talented we are, how fast we are, how big we are,” Nabokov said. “We have to put all of that aside and just start working hard. It’s wasting our skills if we don’t. Teams are learning how to defend us, so now we have to answer that by playing like a bunch of hungry guys.”

So far that has been easier said than done.

read on

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  Tags: san+jose+sharks

Fast Start Is So Important

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

Recent history has proven that the teams usually left standing at the end, run, not stumble, out of the gate in the fall. Tampa Bay, winner in 2004, was 6-0-1 in October. Carolina, winner in 2006, was 8-2-1 the first month of the season. Anaheim, winner last season, started 9-0-3. The past 10 champions were a combined 78-17-14 in October. You get the idea.

Let’s examine the six Canadian teams and their starts and chances.

OTTAWA

There certainly isn’t much to complain about, as the Senators contemplate heading to Muskoka for three days of relaxation next week, although they admit there have been nights when they won but still could have played better

read on

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