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Why Pat Quinn Deserves Another NHL Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Milbury at CBC’s hockey blog:

As a coach, he was tremendously successful in Philadelphia, and he’s the last Leafs bench boss to produce a competitive team. On top of that, he is fiercely loyal and a very fair man. What’s not to like about a guy like this?

Critics would say that Quinn has never been an X’s and O’s guy. Maybe, but the essence of coaching is far deeper than a Hockey Canada manual. It is more about managing people, setting expectations for players and making them accountable for achieving those goals.

The best coaches I have ever been around have one thing in common: they know their players’ emotional and psychological makeup and, armed with that knowledge, find ways to motivate then. Further, they inspire a loyalty from their players, who come to realize over time that the guy behind the bench wants them to succeed. From all that I know, Pat Quinn is this type of man and coach.

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Hanging Out Near DC Tomorrow?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Still narrowing down places of worship (bars), but it would appear we’re going to throw an A2Y get together tomorrow (Thursday) night in the nation’s Capital (ol).  What prompted this?

Our long-lost traveler, Andrew from Ann Arbor, is hitting the big city and he promised he’d buy me at least one cheap beer.  So we’re throwing down while we watch Turco burn like the bitch he is.  I’ll let you know the location either tonite or tomorrow morning.  But it should be somewhere around the Verizon Center, and it must have Center Ice.  Any of you experts out there who have suggestions, send ‘em in.  And you’re all invited.  An A2Y All Skate.

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Report- Brad May To The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fan590 reporting Brad May will be a Leaf.  Toronto giving up a conditional pick.

added 12:36pm
, Confirmed by TSN.

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  Tags: brad+may

No To Helmets In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of Rosen Blog at the Chicago Tribune,

I wish the NHL could do away with helmets, and guys such as Burish are the reason.

Here comes a rant, but I think the helmets kill the additional color and public appeal the game is missing. Get rid of them. Ban them. Suspend guys who want to wear them.

This has nothing to do with manly man stuff. This has everything to do with the game’s appeal, which comes down to the players’ appeal….

’m telling you, helmets have been killing the NHL for years. Yeah, I know, the league mandated helmets in the name of safety, but only after parents and youth coaches messed up, and here’s how:

Parents started putting all kinds of armor on their kids, head to toe, especially head—helmet, cage, mouthpiece, everything except Capt. America’s shield. Kids thought they were bulletproof, invulnerable, untouchable, and they were.


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Kulemin Sent To The Marlies

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned forward Nikolai Kulemin to the Toronto Marlies today. In 40 games with the Leafs this season, the 22-year-old Russian scored seven goals and added seven assists.

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Your Western Conference Reserves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

The group, part of Wednesday’s announcement of the Western Conference reserves, is so good that no less than five of the six —starters Brian Campbell and Scott Niedermayer and reserves Sheldon Souray, Dan Boyle and Shea Weber—will likely be on Steve Yzerman’s short list for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics and the sixth - Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom - will be the captain of Team Sweden—should be choose to play for his country in 2010.

But, the talent isn’t just on the blue line for this year’s Western Conference team. Jarome Iginla, Milan Hejduk, Rick Nash, Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk, Dustin Brown, Shane Doan, Keith Tkachuk and Joe Thornton were named as the forwards to join starter Patrick Kane, Jonathon Toews and Ryan Getzlaf.

In goal, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom were selected to back up starter J.S. Giguere.

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added 12:54pm, Official NHL release below…

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  Tags: all-star+game

Fly With Kovalev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Montreal Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev puts down the hockey stick and picks up his pilot mask to take us on aerial tour.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Hard To Forgive Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The hockey world is a generally forgiving place. It is willing to embrace Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet despite his 2007 conviction for conspiracy to promote gambling, and it continues to employ hulking Calgary forward Todd Bertuzzi, even though he pleaded guilty to an on-ice criminal assault of Steve Moore, an ‘04 attack that fractured the Colorado forward’s neck and ended his career. Live and let live, eh?  The quality of mercy is not strained, except in the relationship between Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery and the league that now considers him a pariah.  Avery did not place a bet, drive drunk, injure anyone or wield a weapon other than a sharp tongue. If scabrous speech were a felony, NHL teams would be forced to skate three-on-three.

So why can’t hockey forgive him?

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  Tags: sean+avery

Blue Jackets Recall Filatov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov, 18, recently tallied 8-3-11, six penalty minutes and was +3 in seven games for Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as team captain and finishing among the tournament’s top goal scorers (first-tied) and point producers (fourth-tied). He was named to the All-Tournament Team and led Russia to the bronze medal.

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Phoenix Makes Staff Cuts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

The Phoenix Coyotes, despite an increase in ticket sales and a competitive team, have laid off 18 employees or about 10 percent of its staff during this economic slowdown.

“As everyone is doing at this time you take a look at everything you do and evaluate it,” Coyotes President Doug Moss said Tuesday. “We hate to do it, but we are running more efficiently.”

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