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Will Green Eventually Score 50?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

“Right now,” [Mike] Green told the Washington Post recently, “if it’s on my stick, I’m shooting it.”

The question that needs to be asked now, though, is if Paul Coffey’s record of 48 goals, the hallmark for markers by a defenseman in one season, is going to be in jeopardy in the next few seasons? Are we looking at a defenseman who is capable of becoming the first 50-goal scorer in NHL history?

Don’t laugh; it could happen. Green is only 23 years old, which means he could still be five years away from hitting his peak as a player. And look at what he’s doing already.


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  Tags: mike+green, paul+coffey

Game Still On In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pollak at Mercury News:

A very sad day here in Western New York, but there will be hockey tonight.

Several Sabres players live in Clarence Center, the suburban-rural area where the commuter flight from Newark crashed and they talked about the experience. Defenseman Teppo Numminen heard both the sound of the plane coming down and the noise from the impact. He and his wife opened the shade on the bedroom window and could see the flames and the red sky. Goalie Patrick Lalime lived even closer. Former Shark Craig Rivet lived nearby, but far enough away that he and his family weren’t aware of the 10:20 p.m. crash until they woke up this morning.

continued… with more on the Sharks

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St. Louis Blues Land with a Thud

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Roger Hensley at STLtoday.com

Obviously injury-riddled all season, the Blues offered early hopes, sank in the standings, then made a big run right before the All-Star break. It even had some, myself included, talking playoff possibilities as recently as earlier this week. Of course it was a long shot. But since I mapped out the “Ten Nights in February” posting a couple days back about the import of the next ten games, beginning with Vancouver, the Blues have responded with a resounding thud.

That has brought me to the precipice of capitulation. Not on the team, mind you, but on the realities of this season. This decision did not come easily, but is one that had to be made. It was either that or I end up sticking a fork in my eye during one of these games.

read on

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The Tampa Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,

You see Tampa Bay beat Toronto 6-4 and you begin to believe the worst is finally in the past and the future is closer than you ever imagined.

For the first time in a long while, the Lightning has direction. Not like last season, when confusion was everywhere. And not like the first few months of this season, when confusion was upgraded to chaos.

The Lightning has gone 12-9-2 since Dec. 23. Maybe that doesn’t translate into Stanley Cup fever, but it’s the franchise’s best 23-game stretch since the end of 2006-07.

After all this time, a plan is in place. An honest evaluation of assets and liabilities has been made. And the remaking of the Lightning brand is under way.

read on

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars when asked if he thinks he will be back for the playoffs…

I do. That’s how I approach every day when I get to the gym is to make sure when the playoffs are here, I’ve done everything in my ability to be up to speed.

A few more questions for Brenden from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog…

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  Tags: brenden+morrow

Curtis Joseph- HHOF Worthy?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

If Curtis Joseph’s NHL career indeed comes to an end at the conclusion of this season, he’ll retire with the fourth-most goalie wins of all-time and a giant question begging to be answered: has he done enough to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Most people I talk to instinctively say no. He was a very good goalie, who wove an excellent 19-year tapestry – at times he was stellar – but didn’t set himself apart enough to become an Honored Member. He never won a Stanley Cup or appeared in a final, never earned a post-season all-star berth, never captured a Vezina Trophy.


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  Tags: curtis+joseph

Too Much Abuse Forcing On-Ice Officials To Quit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The persistent abuse hurled at young hockey referees by coaches and parents is causing almost a third of New Brunswick officials to quit annually.

Glen Hurley, the head of officiating at Hockey New Brunswick, said he’s losing 400 referees and linesmen every year because of the verbal haranguing they receive.

“One of the outstanding things that I hear a lot of is the abuse that the officials take in the hockey rinks,” Hurley said.

“Especially the younger, level one and two officials, they basically just decide that it’s not for them and that’s not a way to have a part-time job.”


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Happy Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I think, based on little since I didn’t see the game, that it’s safe to say the Wings have righted the ship.  I’m jet-setting all over the countryside again so I wasn’t able to watch or even catch up on the live blog.  Snake Plissken isn’t communicating with any of us anymore and the Diggers were less than descriptive today.

So I turned to a few guys you may not read too much of, starting with the Minnesota Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.
Russo’s Rants

Tonight, they were constantly on the attack and almost toying with the Wild. They fired 79 pucks at Josh Harding (registered shots, shots missed and shots blocked by the Wild). Often times, they’d work the puck down low. And if nothing was going, they’d just reset and start over by sending the puck back to the point.

It was like they were working the half court offense as somebody said. They fire the puck from everywhere, and it seemed every shot was a scoring chance.

Continue Reading »

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Are You Wearing Your Sweater?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Wear your favorite hockey sweater to work or school Friday—once again it’s Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok. Get out to a game on Saturday or just take the kids skating—it’s Bring a Friend to the Rink Day, sponsored by the NHL. On Sunday, it’s Celebrate Your Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports.

“We look to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Hockey Weekend Across America,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It’s important to engage the entire hockey community in this effort and, with the momentum built last year, we believe year two will only be better.”

continued and thanks to John for going old-school and not calling it a jersey!

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Keeping The Sharks In Playing Shape

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SanJoseSharks.com,

For the past 13 seasons, Ray Tufts has been San Jose’s head athletic trainer. He’s been working with professional athletes for more than two decades. Before coming to the Sharks, Tufts was on the training staff of the San Francisco 49ers and worked with the likes of Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

Most fans envision the trainer darting onto the ice when a player is injured, but much of Tufts work goes into preventing injuries from occurring.

“We’re in the business of keeping the players as healthy as possible without injuring or re-injuring them based on something that we do,” said Tufts…

Before practice and on game day, Tufts and his staff work on keeping players muscles warmed up and ready for action. Following practice and games, they also work on helping players cool down their bodies to help recover.

The training staff also knows that one size doesn’t fit all – in other words, everyone has different needs.

read on

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