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Buck Up Little Skippy…The Game’s Better

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Godfather's NHL.com blog has been updated with some words of advice for all of us. Simply: look at the game today, compare it to the trap era and keep an open mind. Our league is improving. Jethro may not realize it yet because he's counting back tattoos on NASCAR infields, but he will eventually. Woops...sorry if I offended any puck bunnies with back tattoos. An excerpt from Paul's column this morning.

The NHL game as we know it in the "modern NHL" is not perfect. Is it improving? Without a doubt. All we have to do is go back a few years and remember the clutching and grabbing, the constant interference and the frustration many of us felt when the star players could not showcase their talent on the ice. The hack-and-wack type guy was "hot" three-10 years ago, now we have the pure skater and passer, the foundation of the game, making a well-deserved comeback. If you couldn't win the game a few years ago, you tried to beat the team into submission, to prove a point and make sure you weren't beat again (which rarely happened).
Oh, and while I'm add it I'll direct your attention to the blog roll on the port side. There are a few new sites I'd recommend. In no particular order they are: Southeast Shootout: a joint effort between the SE Division bloggers. On Frozen Blog: a fantastic hockey blog out of DC. Speaking of which, A2Y will soon be a fantastic Wings blog out of DC. Puttin' On The Foil: tell me that name doesn't get you there. The writing will bring you back. Crazy Canucks Podcast: the nutjobs in Vancouver have found another way to spread their goodwill 8 Feet: James Gunner's blog has moved to this new, polished looking spot.

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View From Above

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rise above the action and get a clear view on the state of the game, in other words, my NHL.com blog is up.

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Columbus Coaching Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George Matthews, play by play radio voice for the Columbus Blue Jackets was just on NHL Live. He said team is practicing right now and Gary Agnew is running practice. He believes management will go over a list of two or three coaching candidates and will decide on a coach. He mentioned Hitchcock and also mentioned he is not sure if Agnew would be one of the finalists. Also, on a sidenote, the Blue Jackets put out a link this morning- Blue Jackets Coaching Change Press Conference Live, but the link is dead now. update 11:33am, from TSN,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Assistant Coach Gary Agnew interim head coach, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

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On the Hockey Blogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By Alanah D. A lot of entertaining reads around the blogosphere this past week. From Mark Messier to a Sportsnet-TSN catfight, I hope y'all enjoy the suggested reading. The NHL's Mark Messier Leadership Award is being handed out for the first time today -- to the confusion of many. Hockey Passion has a few thoughts, starting with "I'm not sure why he is the one who gets to select the winner (with input from the league)." And Abel to Yzerman is concerned about all the drug pushing going on.

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Hossa Hot In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Marian Hossa participated in the NHL tele-conference yesterday.

Q. I guess my first question is about Vyacheslav Koslov, your teammate. People have just been talking more lately about his leadership role on that team, and I wonder what you thought he added to the team? MARIAN HOSSA: The Professor? Q. Yeah. MARIAN HOSSA: The Professor, he's one of the smartest players I ever played with. He sees plays really well, and doesn't have to use speed or quickness as much because he's smart and he can make the play and hit you when get open, and that's what makes the other players around him better. Q. What's behind the chemistry that you guys have had all season? The three or four of you guys really have been on fire since the season started. What's behind how you've been playing? MARIAN HOSSA: You mean the three of us or you mean the whole team? Q. Well, I mean, the three of you guys are above the league leaders in scoring. But really the whole team has been off to such a wonderful start. MARIAN HOSSA: Yeah. Well, I got two things to say: I think we are committed to the defense much better than last year. I think everyone is playing much better defensively and more responsible in our zone. Second thing is definitely our goalies are healthy. We’ve got great goaltending, and we're playing well and we got great goaltending right now in the league. The special teams are working well, also.

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What Is In The Box

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A huge print campaign has hit the Toronto area. Billboards, busses and subway stations are displayng this ad. Could it be the Stanley C..? image

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Adams Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Kevyn Adams was well aware Monday that he's been mentioned in several trade rumors floating around the gossipy National Hockey League, but this time they could wind up being more fact than fiction. Evidence supports the argument that the Carolina Hurricanes center and former Clarence resident could be shipped out this season. His ice time has been limited. He had an altercation with a teammate. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent.
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Gallant Gone- Now What

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Word that coach Gerard Gallant had been fired began spreading among Blue Jackets players around 5 p.m. yesterday. They weren’t pleasant conversations. "Not one player is happy about it," left winger Jody Shelley said. "Gerard deserved a lot more wins than we gave him. He deserved a lot better fate, that’s for sure. "I’ve got a sick feeling about it, I really do, because I love that guy."
continued from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Gerard Gallant has been fired, and the cold, cruel NHL world is again safe for our beleaguered Blue Jackets. It is the coach’s fault, right? Sure, it is. Dumb as it is, that has always been the pro sports mentality. As they say, you can’t fire the players, so you fire the coach. The underlying hope is that maybe this will temporarily quell the uprising of disgusted season-ticket holders threatening to turn Nationwide Arena into a good place to stretch out and do some quiet reading.
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What’s Next For The Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox,

If a body is to be tossed overboard in Gallant-like fashion, the prime candidates are GM John Muckler, head coach Bryan Murray and captain Daniel Alfredsson, not necessarily in that order. Muckler is in the trickiest position, having chosen to keep Redden ahead of Zdeno Chara in the off-season and failed to convincingly address the team's goaltending needs. Without Martin Gerber struggling in the nets and without Redden or Chara in the lineup, the Sens are a very vulnerable squad at this moment. During the off-season, Muckler declined to deal Alfredsson, the goat on the season-ending shorthanded goal by Buffalo's Jason Pominville in last spring's playoffs. That now appears to be the last major card Muckler has to play, and it's a tough one.
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It Was Like You Were There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Shawn Roarke, an NHL.com writer, did something a little different the last few days. Shawn blogged (at NHL Connect) about all of the action surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. A great job by Shawn and hopefully a sign of things to come.

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