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Coaching Feud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

A day after the Blues’ 3-0 loss to Vancouver, television highlights continued to focus on the postgame tirade of head coach Andy Murray on the team’s bench.

Murray was incensed because after Vancouver scored its empty-net goal, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put his physical fourth line of Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Johnson and Rick Rypien on the ice….

“I didn’t particularly like the line that (Vigneault) sent out,” Murray said. “I could have sent out Brad Winchester and B.J. Crombeen. We were alerted by the league that there’s no messages to be sent at the end of the game.”

Murray was witnessed screaming at Vigneault from the Blues’ bench, telling the Canucks’ coach to “Use your head ... Use your head.”

“I didn’t get it at the time and I still don’t get it today,” Vigneault said Saturday. “All I know is (later in the game) I was looking at Crombeen jumping Kevin (Bieksa) from the back, obviously an instigator, and then all of a sudden something on the side got my attention.”

a bit more on the Blues, including Paul Kariya will take the morning skate but will not play tonight…

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Free Agents Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

When the regular season ended Sunday, some 350 NHL players completed the final year of their contract, an average of just under 12 free-agents-to-be per team.

What does this portend for the days leading up to and including the June draft, as well as the start of free agency July 1?

Three general managers (two off the record) provided mixed opinions. Locally, Boston boss Peter Chiarelli noted that there was a lot of talk about trades prior to last June’s draft, but talk did not turn into much action.

many more NHL topics discussed…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trouble is, Bob (Gainey), in Montreal, Carey Price has already been anointed the future of goaltending.  Even if the glass slipper doesn’t fit, you’re going to force it onto his foot.

-Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice XM204.  Read much more from Mick.

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The Talk Around The League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Hotstove on HNIC last night touched on numerous subjects including John Tavares, the next Edmonton coach. the Minnesota Wild, Jim Nill & Steve Yzerman.

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Would You Consider Osgood’s Play As ‘Shaky’?

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

He is fighting shots and fumbling pucks. “Shaky” is the age-old hockey term. The thing is, the Wings seem to have the puck all the time, and when they don’t, their defensive bearing has been superb. The ice has tilted. The shots Osgood is facing are coming uphill.

Osgood faced eight shots in the last 40 minutes of Game 1. He faced 15 shots in the first 40 minutes of Game 2. His teammates have erected a force field in front of him. They have flipped the switch. Their keepaway game has given them a physical advantage against a bigger team. The Jackets might be finishing their checks, but the puck is usually gone by the time the hit is made.

read on

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Instant Datsyuk Classic

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Antoine Vermette was frustrated.  Pavel Datsyuk has that effect, I guess.  So frustrated that he rode #13 to the ice late in yesterday’s ass kicking and attempted to drive him into the JLA surface.  Datsyuk was not impressed. The result?  A quote that will live on for the ages.

Detroit News

“He just used me like pony,” Datsyuk said. “He was on top of me. I don’t like being the pony. I want to be on top.”

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The Best Chicago Has To Offer

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Your best players have to be your best players.

Not only have the Blackhawks’ best players been their best players against Calgary, but they have been the best players in this first-round playoff series. Period.

Start with Nikolai Khabibulin and Martin Havlat in Game 1. Then it was Nik At Night again in Game 2 on Saturday, but this time he was joined by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the obviously recovered Patrick Sharp.

For a kid with exactly 60 minutes of Stanley Cup playoff experience before Game 2 – no wait, 60 minutes and 12 seconds – Toews certainly looked like he was familiar with meeting the moment. When his team desperately needed a power-play goal to break Calgary’s early domination for the second straight game, Toews delivered.


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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The more playoff hockey there is on television, the more replays we see, the more the game is being micro-managed by referees, media and the NHL.  The endless debate on every call is getting annoying.

• Why save percentage is a flawed statistic: When Marc-Andre Fleury steals a goal from Jeff Carter with a quick leg kick, it just counts as another save. It doesn’t tell you that one stop changed a playoff series.

• Strange firing of Doug Risebrough in Minnesota: In a troubled economy and dollars growing ever tighter, don’t you retain a cheapo GM like Risebrough, who has short arms and deep pockets? But then, what would you expect from a clueless owner like Craig Leipold, who did what Gary Bettman told him and left all that Jim Balsillie money on the table in Nashville.

• Anybody who compares Washington’s Mike Green to Paul Coffey never watched Coffey in his prime. Green doesn’t even belong in the same sentence with Coffey.

more hockey topics mentioned…

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Kerry Fraser Should Be In the Playoffs

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There’s no better example of the NHL’s intention to turn its referees into automatons programmed by VP of Officiating Stephen Walkom than the decision not to use Kerry Fraser in the playoffs. It’s sad, indeed, to see this signature referee treated with such disrespect by Gary Bettman and the league office.

Why didn’t they just slap him across the face at center ice then send it Toronto for video review?

It’s sadder, still, when people like Bill McCreary—who failed to see Scott Hartnell throw his stick at the puck when Petr Sykora was winding up to shoot in Game 2 of the Penguins-Flyers series—and Dave Jackson get the call to work the postseason instead of Fraser.

more plus some Leafs and Messier talk…

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The Cammalleri Non-Suspension

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

An obvious follow-up to yesterday’s post on Daniel Carcillo’s suspension is to look at a similar situation where Mike Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames was not suspended.  Early in the third period of Calgary’s game one vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, with the game tied 1-1, Cammalleri sucker punched Chicago’s Martin Havlat right off the faceoff.  For his efforts, Cammalleri was given a two minute penalty.  The main differences that the NHL has played up in explaining the lack of a suspension in this case is that it was a close game (so the resulting penalty mattered) and Cammalleri is a skilled player as Calgary’s top goal scorer this season.  Cammalleri is not a goon.  At 5’ 9” and 185 pounds he is on the small side for an NHL player.  Thus Cammalleri is not a repeat offender and he was not “sending a message” at the end of a game.

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