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Koci Hit On Green

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The game was marred by a major boarding penalty by Avs enforcer David Koci to star Washington defenseman Mike Green in the second period, a hit from behind that left Green down for a few minutes, bleeding from the head. Koci almost surely will face a suspension from the NHL over the hit, and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was livid over it.

“Please, the guy’s got one goal in six years. He couldn’t play in the American League,” Boudreau said. “I’ve faced David Koci an awful lot, he might be a nice guy, I have no idea. I’m glad he’s making a living, but if this is any game, he gets on the ice for the first three minutes, he gets into his fight with the guy and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he?


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  Tags: david+koci, mike+green

Awww….SBN Gave Me A Birthday Present

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well.  Lookee here.  It would appear that the subject of blogger access is a touchy one in Minnesota.  Why do I care about that?  I don’t.  I don’t care if a single blogger in Minneapolis or Duluth or Fargo or wherever the Wild play ever gets to go into a locker room and pretend they’re Michael Russo.  But a little fella up north seems to believe that I’m personally keeping him out of the Wild room. 

Buddha at Hockey Wilderness

“Writers” like IwoCPO (see what I did there, with the quotes?) are the example NHL teams point to when they refuse to credential bloggers. Bloggers such as him (her?) serve as the antithesis of what most bloggers are, which is fans who have some semblance of objectivity.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas.



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Coming Soon…Somebody Doesn’t Like Us Very Much

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today is going to be interesting.  Not a game night.  As of 0426 no one’s been injured yet.  But I just read a ditty that is going to…well, it’s a gift to us all.


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It Doesn’t Feel Like April

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times,

Less than two weeks ago, the skies were clear in San Jose, the weather was mild and the view was spectacular. Especially from where the Sharks sat. With a 19-6-4 record, they had the most points and best winning percentage in the NHL.

Thirteen days later, welcome to April in December.

The Sharks have lost five games in a row, the longest stretch of futility in the short tenure of coach Todd McLellan. But before we crank the air raid sirens, we’d like to concede it can be spun any number of ways.

One, it’s only December, four months removed from the adrenal rush and slushy ice of games that really matter.


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CBC Stands Behind Cherry

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

An apology from Don Cherry for telling a Toronto radio reporter to “f-off” during a profanity laced tirade on Sunday is highly unlikely.

  Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, says Cherry is not to blame for the incident and in fact was incited by the reporter who was overly aggressive.

  “I think the apology should go the other way,” Moore said in an email.

  Moore went on CFRB radio in Toronto today at noon and stated the network is throwing its full support behind Cherry. Moreover, sources confirmed there will be no apology from Hockey Night In Canada commentator.


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  Tags: don+cherry

BOG Update

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was expected to kick things off Tuesday evening with his annual league business overview address. He was to be followed by director of hockey operations Colin Campbell’s state of the game (on-ice) with an update on the league’s plans to possibly crack down on blindside hits. That won’t get decided until GMs meet again in March.

The potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Ice Edge group was likely to be touched on by Bettman on Tuesday although the full update was slated for Wednesday when “franchise matter” were on the agenda.

Here’s an angle I hadn’t thought of with the Coyotes. One NHL governor, who requested anonymity, said he was curious to find out what slice of the pie the once-bankrupt Coyotes would get from this year’s revenue sharing formula.

“If they get handed a full share, there’s going to be some grumbling,” said the governor.

more including the Islanders situation is still in limgo…

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Lupul May Undergo Back Surgery

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

It looks like the Ducks will be without a significant piece of their offense for a while longer.

Winger Joffrey Lupul is a candidate for back surgery, Coach Randy Carlyle said after the morning skate.

“We don’t know if that’s 100 percent (sure), but it’s a probablility at this point,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle did not say what kind of procedure Lupul could undergo.

more on the Ducks…

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  Tags: joffrey+lupul

Two Weeks, Indefinitely….Well?  Note To Diggers: Do Your Jobs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh good.  Two weeks for the Big Rig, eh?  Yep.  That’s what every single one of our Deep Diggers is telling us….St. James, McCosky, Khan(!).  Party line.  Two weeks.

Why does it take one of you (thanks Captain Dennis Polonich) to point us to what could be less happy news?

Official Wing Release

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be out of the Detroit lineup indefinitely after suffering a significant bone bruise to his left knee during last night’s 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena.

Semantics? Maybe.  Big word…sorry. Look it up Blues fans.

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Now Here Is A Unique Gift

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a $99 Birthday Card offer that includes a limited edition Buffalo Sabres Birthday Card with a pre-recorded Rick Jeanneret audio greeting.

continued (purchase information)...

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  Tags: rick+jeanneret

Tocchet Sending A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

The Lightning will face the Predators tonight minus former all-star Alex Tanguay and center Jeff Halpern, both of whom will be healthy scratches tonight as Tampa Bay attempts to end a stretch of nine games in which the Lightning have one victory. Tampa Bay will field a team with eight defensemen in the lineup, with David Hale and Kurtis Foster expected to see time on the fourth line.

“We’ve got eight (losses) in nine and I don’t like the trend, certain individuals and as a team,’’ Tocchet said. “And that’s probably my fault for letting it go the past three or four games. Sometimes you put the onus on the players and certain people to straighten it. But ultimately it’s on my (rear end). Hopefully we’ll have 18 or 19 guys going and not just 11 or 12.’‘

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