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2011 IIHF World Junior Championship Comes To Buffalo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

USA Hockey announced Monday it has selected the Buffalo Sabres and HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., as the host for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship (commonly referred to as the IIHF World Junior Championship). Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University will serve as the secondary facility for the event. The 10-nation tournament features the world’s best players under 20 years of age.

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Don’t Be Fooled By Early Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Still, there are some players with bigger numbers than you might expect heading into the fourth week of the campaign and for poolies they can either represent waiver-wire gold or a wasted transaction.

Brandon Dubinsky (4 goals, 7 assists, all stats before Monday’s play), Filip Kuba (0-11), Mikko Koivu (1-9), Aaron Voros (5-4), Antti Miettinen (5-2), Ales Kotalik (4-3) and Bryan Little (4-3) all fit into that category and trying to decide if they’re legit can be tricky.

If you’re picking them up as an injury stop-gap or to milk a hot streak before moving on, there’s little risk involved. But if you’re looking at them as long-term solutions and plan to drop someone off to a slow start, than you had better be more careful.

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Creative Ideas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?

They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.

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Hedican A Go Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Neither Coach Randy Carlyle nor Bret Hedican has unrealistic expectations for Monday night, when the newly obtained veteran defenseman is set to make his Ducks debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Hedican, 38, signed a free-agent contract with the Ducks on Thursday, but has not been in an NHL game since he completed last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He hasn’t even had the benefit of a full practice session, taking part only in morning skates and pre-game warm-ups Friday and Saturday before games against the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

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Schenn Staying

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Luke Schenn is staying with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Best get used to the idea. It’ll be this way for a long time.

  Leafs head coach Ron Wilson Monday confirmed the 18-year-old Schenn would not be returning to the Kelowna Rockets.

“I said if he was one of the top four defencemen on our team he would play,” Wilson said. “He’s easily in the top four.”

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Fantasy Fix

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

Exciting news here on the fantasy front. Coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on the NHL Network is the debut of the new television series, “NHL.com’s Fantasy FaceOff Powered by Yahoo!,” bringing you even more fantasy news from around the League. Also as part of the 30-minute show, myself and several hockey-loving celebrities will go head-to-head in the Fantasy FaceOff Show Yahoo! league.

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Someone Is Not Telling the Truth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We watched with interest during “Hockey Night in Canada’s” weekly Hotstove segment Saturday—and not just because our pal Pierre LeBrun was in his usual seat on the panel.

Veteran hockey writer Al Strachan reported that sources told him that during the Lightning’s season-opening weekend in Europe, co-owner and former NHLer Barrie was in the dressing room diagramming power-play and penalty-killing strategies. Strachan suggested the Bolts were “imploding” and that “the league over/under” on Melrose was mid-November.

On Sunday, Lightning co-owner Oren Koules, who was in Europe for those two opening games (both losses) versus the New York Rangers, told ESPN.com that the report was “a blatant lie. It never happened.”

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Fighting is Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Through the first 119 games played this season, an average of 1.47 fighting majors have been called per game. That’s up from just over one fighting major per game at the same point last season.

So is the NHL concerned? Nope.

“We haven’t really discussed fighting internally for quite some time,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “When we do talk about it we generally talk about the magnitude of today’s fighters; the size of them and how much power they have. We don’t really worry about the knockout punch; more about the fact a player could hit his head on the ice if he gets punched hard.”

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NHL is Overly Criticized

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From ‘The Carulli Critique’ at the Sporting News:

The NHL is by far the most heavily criticized major sport in North America. Major TV networks (ahem, ESPN) and casual fans everywhere don’t think twice about taking cheap shots at hockey. They’ll talk about how fighting is a disgrace, how there’s consistently an on ice attack every year, or how the NHL is embarrassing because they’re on a network that isn’t shown by many major cable networks. That’s about the extent of the criticisms that anybody has about hockey, and the only legitimate one is about some violent on ice occurrences, but even that is pretty rare. It may seem frequent because the only time ESPN cares about showing the NHL is when something controversial happens.

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  Tags: espn, media

A Statistical Fluke?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is still very early in the NHL season.  Some results of teams and players which are surprising at this point are not likely to last all season long.  The statistic that surprises me the most at this point which has the least chance of lasting the season is the Los Angeles kings leading the NHL in shots against.  The Kings have allowed only 24.3 shots per game.  This is a small lead over the San Jose Sharks. 

The Kings solid defence so far this season is surprise because the 32.0 shots per game they allowed was third worst in the NHL.  That team subtracted both Lubomir Visnovsky and Rob Blake in the off season without adding any significant veterans.  If they have improved, how have they improved?

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