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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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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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The Odds Of Making The Playoffs

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

University of Alberta School of Business instructor Chris Neuman and business student Ryan Jeffrey have released new statistics (on the day between the Canadiens’ two thumpings in Alberta) using a computer-based model to repeatedly simulate all remaining games on the NHL schedule. 

The Canadiens, they find, have a 94.9 per cent chance of making the playoffs.

The probability of a team winning or losing a game is based on their current win percentage and the win percentage of the other team.

read on for a chart listing the chances of every NHL team…

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The Favorites For Gold In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Russia is the team to beat in Vancouver, according the GM of the defending Olympic hockey champions.

“I think the Russians, in my opinion, are fairly heavy favorites,” Swedish Olympic team GM Mats Naslund told ESPN.com this week. “But otherwise, I think Canada, the Czechs and Sweden can win it. It’s a tough tournament to pick the winner.

“It’s always very close,” Naslund added. “You need that extra luck that we had in Torino. There’s probably three or four teams that can win it.”


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All Paul Holmgren

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren…

Q:  Is there a specific area you’d like to address before the deadline?

A:  There are some areas I wouldn’t mind shoring up.  We’d like to get a little bigger up front, if we could….

read on

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Fight Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wade Belak of the Predators takes on Cam Janssen of the Blues.

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  Tags: cam+janssen, wade+belak

Must Wins In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Despite mutually miserable seasons, however, the two teams which entered the contest 10 and 13 points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, respectively, are worlds apart in other ways.

The Leafs, as we are reminded regularly by coach Ron Wilson and president Brian Burke, are looking far beyond this spring, enjoying the benefit of never having to worry about selling tickets.

The Bolts, as embattled interim head coach Rick Tocchet made clear yesterday, have no such free pass.

“I don’t care who you have on your team, if you don’t win, you’re not going to bring people in,” Tocchet said. “We’re in a market here where we have to at least compete.

“The fans want to see us win, that’s the bottom line.”

As league issues go, that bottom line is becoming particularly gruesome in these economic times, particularly for NHL teams in southern locales.

read on

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