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The Latest From The Dean Warren Hearing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

Prior to Walkom’s term as director of officiating, all officials were given as many as 20 game assessments, written by supervisors attending their games over the course of a season, Warren’s lawyers said.

Since Walkom’s appointment to the director’s position, officials have been given only a mid-season performance review and, in some cases, an end-of-season review, according to officials interviewed by the Star and testimony in the hearing.

“It’s like they’re running a dictatorship where they don’t have to be accountable for their actions,” said Dave Newell, former NHL official and officiating supervisor until three years ago when he was fired by Walkom for reasons he said were never provided by the league.

During that time, he said his own assessments of Warren’s abilities were “99 per cent extremely positive.”

“I hate to see what they’re doing to him. I know, because they did it to me.”

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Bruins Still Looking For Their Game

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Geez, talk about getting ahead of the curve. The Bruins lost only six times on Garden ice last season, their best record on Causeway Street in a quarter-century, en route to finishing first in the Eastern Conference and winning back a lot of lost love in the Hub of Hockey.

This year?

Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Don’t look.

For the second time in three home games, the Bruins last night rolled out their “D’’ game, looking mostly “dull,’’ quite often “disinterested,’’ sometimes almost comically “discombobulated’’ in an embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

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It Appears Chicago Should Have Beat Detroit Last Night

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

We had puck possession time, quality chances, we had zone time,” Quenneville said. “The only place we got beat tonight was on the board.”...

“I don’t know how the media perceives it, we don’t think there’s a gap,” said Versteeg, whose power play goal pulled the Blackhawks within one in the third period. “We think we’re right there with every team in the league. But we’re not the only team that thinks that.”...

“This was a good opportunity to take down a great team,” Sharp said. “I think we let one slip away here.”

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added 8:50am, The key moment of the game- Wings kill a long 5 on 3.

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The End Of The Penguins/Flyers Game Tonight

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Then in the post-game, Kris Letang asked what happened and he states “go ask Hartnell”.

Watch that video below…

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Al MacInnis In Bronze

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from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,

What could one possibly give a retired hockey player who already has a Stanley Cup, a Gold Medal, a Norris Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy and his retired number hanging from the rafters?

How about a big bronze statue?

Before Thursday’s home opener at Scottrade Center, the Blues unveiled a new statue in honor of Blues defenseman Al MacInnis, who played 10 seasons with the Blues, amassing 452 points (127 goals, 325 assists) in 613 games. The statue is located near the intersection of 14th Street and Clark Avenue, just outside Scottrade Center’s main entrance.

“Some awards, like the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup, are awarded every year. Not often do you get a statue,” MacInnis said. “It’s something you put right alongside a retired number in a special category.”

continued with a picture of the statue…

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Broadcast NHL Games On The Web

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from Kevin Maney of Daily Finance,

A large chunk of NHL fans would welcome being able to see their favorite teams on a laptop screen if they can’t see those games on TV. The NHL does offer live games via the Web, but it’s a premium service that costs $159 a year—and the price kills the convenience for all but the wealthiest and most devoted fans.

Last year, I interviewed Ted Leonsis at a telecommunications industry event. Leonsis, who helped build AOL in the 1990s, owns the Washington Capitals NHL team. I asked him about the NHL’s decades-long struggle to get even lukewarm TV ratings. What would he do about it, if he could start from scratch?

Without hesitation, he said he’d move the league to the Web, in a huge way. He’d put every game online—live, supported by advertising, and free to viewers. Web sites like Hulu are finally bringing high-quality programming to computer and TV screens via the Internet. It seems like an opportune time for the NHL to take a daring leap into a new medium, and making the NHL the premier sports league of the digital generation.

Leonsis’s idea doesn’t just sound provocative—it sounds right.

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Those Damn Vancouver Fans

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The cheeky monkeys at Spike TV have blasted away at the Olympic city, calling Vancouver Canucks fans the fifth-most annoying in all of sports, and the most regal butt-pains in the NHL.

Habs fans are ninth on account of infrequent bathing, and tormenting their star players (we’ll defer to French Immersion on both accounts). Mysteriously, Leafs fans don’t make the top 10.

Canuckleheads lose points for their arrogance in the face of “zero Stanley Cups, no Hall of Fame players,” and they rank ahead of English soccer hooli…fans, and the brainwashed disciples of Al Davis and Jerry Jones.

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It’s Comin’ Back Home To You Now Bitch…A Win One Or Else Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So I did a little research today.  The kind we’ve become famous for here at A2Y.  And I found some tidbits I think you’ll find interesting.

Of all the teams that have lost a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals?  None, and I mean none, have won more than 40 games the next season.
Of all the teams to have started a season 0-2, none have defeated the team that finished directly behind them in the division the previous season the first time they played them the current year.
Of all the teams to lose a 40-goal scorer, none have won more than 27 games the next year without replacing that 40 goal scorer with at least a 30 goal scorer.
Of all the teams to have signed a mass murderer, none have won more than three games the following season.

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Can Phoenix Really Make The Playoffs?

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from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Just a week or so before the start of the season, I had the occasion to speak to Sean Burke, the newly appointed goalie coach of the Phoenix Coyotes….

“The Phoenix Coyotes are a playoff team,” he said. “I believe that, but more importantly these players believe that. They know they have to go out and prove it every night, but they believe in themselves. They believe they were on this path last season and they believe, to a man, they will succeed this season.”

Truthfully, they were then, and are now, in the minority on that subject. But after two starts this season—road wins at Los Angeles and, more importantly, Pittsburgh—they at least have my attention.

read on

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Habs Skate

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via Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out,

They skated with pucks for 20 minutes to start the session and after 40 minutes of drills designed to encourage quick breakouts and one-on-one battles. coach Jacques Martin had his team do sprints – groups of five, four lengths, completerd in 45 seconds or less to avoid an extra length – in what Mike Cammalleri described as a “good old-school bag skate.”

“I thought I was ready to (vomit),” said goaltender Carey Price who expressed his frustration last night by taking out a piece of the drywall in the visitor’s dressing room.

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