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Hitch In Demand

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News:

The Columbus Blue Jackets have received permission from the Flyers to interview Ken Hitchcock for their head coaching position. "They called and got permission," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "I was under the assumption they would try to talk to Hitch later in the day." "No one from Columbus has called yet, but Homer (Holmgren) told me they got permission to talk, so we'll see what happens," said Hitchcock, who was dismissed as Flyers coach Oct. 22. Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean reportedly was meeting with the team's owners on Tuesday to discuss a list of candidates to be interviewed for the head-coaching job. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired Monday; Gary Agnew was named interim coach.
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Don Cherry and the CBC Profit Together

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The relationship between the CBC and Don Cherry has warmed considerably. The two were fighting three seasons ago, but they're now in a cozy business partnership for the Christmas season. They have produced a DVD called Hockey Night In Canada Presents Don Cherry 18 and will share in the profit. The CBC provided footage from Hockey Night and the 2005-06 National Hockey League season. Cherry, the show's popular commentator, selected and narrated the highlights. Cherry was almost fired by the CBC in 2004 after making what were construed to be disparaging remarks about Europeans and French Canadians.
Continued... - Plus more on Roger Millions rant, also mentioned earlier today here on Kukla's.

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The Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at a press conference in New York, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup champion and 16-time NHL All-Star, presented the first-ever Mark Messier Leadership Award to New York Rangers left wing, Brendan Shanahan, in recognition of his exemplary leadership on and off the ice. continued

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Tuesday Evening Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess when your power play is ranked like 38th in the league, you take particular pride in a penalty kill ranked 23rd. Helene St. James/Free Press Wings Blog

The Wings have allowed only two power play goals total in their past six games, a performance they hope to build upon tonight when Detroit plays at Vancouver. “The penalty kill is a huge momentum builder,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday after the morning skate at GM Place. “That’s what’s it’s been the last six games, because we’ve come out and gone hard at it and haven’t given up much.”
Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digger captain, reports on the Wing injury situation.
Coach Mike Babcock said Williams will fly into Calgary Wednesday and could play Friday against the Flames. The other three players are all listed day-to-day. Josh Langfeld and Tomas Kopecky replace Williams and Holmstrom up front. Andreas Lilja replaces Kronwall on defense, while Joey MacDonald will back up Dominik Hasek. Osgood said he should be ready for practice Thursday.
Don't forget. The Wings/Canucks game can be seen on Yahoo Streaming tonite. ----------- Wanna read something funny? Ok, here goes. "I apologize for the insider emails not going out. We are testing a new system again that will get delivered to all of you. Currently, many emails are getting snagged by ISPs that snag group emails as spam." And "insider" emails from Dwayne Klessel aren't the very definition of spam? Keep writing those checks suckers.

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Kara Yorio:  Fine, Suspension, Torches for Torres

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It wasn't my jaw rocked by a shoulder from Raffi Torres. It wasn't my face bounced off the ice without restraint. And it wasn't my forehead zippered with 30 stitches. So, I find it a little difficult to sit here and tell you without reservation that the hit on Jason Williams last Wednesday was clean. But that hasn't stopped Kara Yorio from leading the witch hunt in the other direction. Actually, she's not leading it. She's prolonging it as she waited for as many people, big names, as possible to chime in with their opinions. Now that a week has passed, and Bobby Orr has spoken, Yorio has finally decided it's time to form an opinion.

It's attempt to injure. Any hit like that is going to injure. Orr is right -- whatever it is that hits the head needs to be a penalty. From there, maybe guys will care to keep themselves and their elbows and shoulders and sticks down.

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Sabres Keep On Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

"Who are these guys?" Not just a line from "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid," but also the way a lot of teams are starting to feel about the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are driving opposing teams nuts. Just when it looks like they are going to crash and burn due to injuries, the Sabres just keep getting better.
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Left Or Right- Does It Matter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Tribune,

...Based on the NHL's 30 team rosters as of Monday from ESPN.com, 386 of 602 players (64.1 percent) listed as forwards or defensemen shoot left. Of the 62 goaltenders, only five (8.1 percent) shoot from the right side. "I don't really have any theories," Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said. "Possibly one of the reasons is there are fewer left-handed people in the world than right and if you give an article to a kid starting out, a kid would pick it up with his left hand and that would be that top hand and the right hand would go next." Boston Bruins coach Dave Lewis - a longtime member of the Detroit Red Wings organization as an assistant and head coach - couldn't come up with a rational explanation. "I don't know, I never really thought of it in those terms, of why," Lewis said. "I have no idea."
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No One Knows

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik: Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail has an axe to grind with those who say fighting is the be-all-end-all "momentum-changer":

A Monday newspaper report says the business team studied success at the National Hockey League level between 1999 and 2004 -- before the so-called "New" NHL -- and was able to determine that major fighting penalties had a direct payoff. For each penalty minute served by a fighter, the team would pick up .07 points, while at the same time decreasing their opponents' scoring by .24 points. The analysts say this is telling. Some of us would argue it might not be telling at all, perhaps just coincidence. Some might even say that fighting has the opposite effect -- that had there been no fights at all the winning team might have done even better and the losing team scored even less. Who, after all, can really tell? That's the beauty of hockey: Stuff happens. And so much of it gloriously defies analysis.

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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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