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Sens Seem To Be Yapping Too Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

TSN’s Pierre McGuire said last week the Senators are whining too much to the officials.

McGuire, who has a perch between the benches during games, said officials can tune out players if they’re constantly complaining.

Whether Clouston agrees with McGuire, the coach told his players in a meeting to show up and shut up.

“If that’s the perception, we have to change that perception,” said Clouston. “If we are perceived (as being mouthy), we have to change that, whether it’s true or not. I don’t think we do anything different, but if the perception is that, we have to make adjustments.

“If that’s our image, we have to turn that around through hard work and just shutting our mouth, maybe to the other extreme. If we are perceived as going one way, we’ll go the other way until it eventually turns around.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to keep working hard, shut our mouths and, hopefully, eventually it will turn around.”

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Life Goes On For Wayne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

For Gretzky, Monday night was not about the fallout from the sale of the Phoenix franchise, but rather a celebration of the career achievements of the Hall of Fame inductees—Luc Robitaille, Brian Leetch, Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull.

“It is what it is right now,” Gretzky said. “Right now, it’s just my time to sit back and enjoy my kids. You know what? The game is bigger than any individual or any person. Right now, it is just not a part of my life. It’s as simple as that.”

And, contrary to the speculation, he says he harbors no bitterness.

“No, not at all,” Gretzky said. “What’s there to be upset by? It’s the greatest game in the world. There’s nothing better than our sport. I’m very proud of it. Life goes on.”

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Clock Ticking On Savard Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The agent for star center Marc Savard says contract talks continue with the Boston Bruins, but time is also becoming of the essence.

“We continue to discuss regularly,” agent Larry Kelly told ESPN.com Monday night at the Hockey Hall of Fame. “Both sides are interested in getting something done. But obviously there are issues we are working through.”

The longer it takes, the closer Savard gets to July 1, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. It’s clear from what Kelly said that the clock is ticking.

much more from the HHOF inductions as Pierre and Scott made the rounds at the event…

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  Tags: marc+savard

Steve Yzerman’s HHOF Induction Speech

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: hhof, steve+yzerman

Liveblogging The Inevitable

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stuck in traffic on the way home tonite and I had a pleasant little fantasy about punching somebody right in the face.  Who?  The jackass who left a Windsor blackjack table in the mid-90’s because Steve Yzerman was “bad luck.”  The daydream ended pleasantly just as one of my favorite tunes came on.

Neil Peart, to my knowledge, has never been a pharmacist.  But this line is appropriate tonite, because it’s exactly the opposite of The Captain.

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the best goals, saves and hits from the past week.

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Survivor Rich Peverley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Peverley recalled the day last season when Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told him he was being put on waivers and that, assuming no other NHL team picked him up, he’d perhaps get his confidence back playing in the American Hockey League. Peverley and his wife drove around near the Nashville airport waiting for word on whether he was headed to another NHL team or hopping a plane to Milwaukee and the Preds’ AHL affiliate.

Atlanta GM Don Waddell, however, saw something in Peverley. It has turned out to be a boon for both the player, who recently signed a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.6 million, and the franchise.

“Here, I get counted on to have some offensive production,” Peverley told ESPN.com this week, “and whenever you play a lot and play a lot of minutes, you’re going to develop a lot of confidence, and I just think that’s the case.”

The 27-year-old Guelph, Ontario, native said he understands how people may be waiting for the clock to strike midnight on his Cinderella-story emergence as an NHL scorer. But he’s determined not to go pumpkin any time soon.

more and other topics include the Wings, & the Sedins…

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  Tags: rich+peverley

Panger On Stevie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Pang at HockeyChats.com,

Tonight, I get to sit, enjoy, and take in a moment I never imagined happening some 30 years ago when Steve Yzerman and I began our friendship, playing hockey in Nepean, Ontario.

It has lasted the test of time, and he has been a friend that has been so much greater than that as a player. He is a great father to 3 girls, a phenomenal husband and one of the greatest leaders this sport has ever seen.

more from Darren as he takes in the HHOF inductions.

Make sure to check out HockeyChats while you are there.  It has great potential.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

1st Month Fantasy Disappointments & Surprises

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

Well I just wrapped up bottling my hyper-experimental espresso-oatmeal stout (I’m calling it “Breakfast”), and as a result am wired at midnight.  The mixture of suds and caffeine is giving me an itchy trigger finger on Yahoo and I figured I’d write another article to boot.

So the season is just over a month old and after 15 or so games in we’ve finally got enough data to see who look to be top producers this season, and who are dropping like stones.  I polled my own fantasy league to find out what our armchair GMs thought about their most disappointing players; how did that early-round draft pick turn into wire-bait?  Will they bounce back?  Voice your own frustrations and prognostications below.

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Maurice Has Faith In His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Coach Paul Maurice is faced with the realization his 2-11-3 team must carry on without the services of injured franchise linchpins Eric Staal (upper body) and Cam Ward (left leg laceration) for the foreseeable future.

“I still believe in this team,” Maurice said after Monday’s practice. “We had a tough stretch back in 2003 when half our team was in the medical ward and, even though we were bringing kids up, we weren’t getting any better.

“Here it’s been frustrating because the last 4-5 games we don’t feel we’ve been that far off from the game we need to be playing. Clearly, we have to be a defensive team, but, at the end of the day, we can’t count on winning 1-0 every night.”

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