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Howson In The Right Place

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Howson isn’t only a detail man, obviously. He has to paint the big picture for a franchise that has yet to make the NHL playoffs. Where the Jackets are headed and how they will get there depends on Howson as much as it does Hitchcock and the players. Fortunately, coach and GM complement one another.

“His strengths really balance with me. He’s a really patient, big-picture guy who sees things in months and years and I fight the daily fight, like all coaches do,” said Hitchcock. “Because he was a player at all levels, his ability to understand the team mindset at the end of competition is calming for me. You’re able to move past the emotion of the game and that’s important for me….”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, ken+hitchcock, scott+howson

Flyers/Bruins Meet Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

Tonight at the Wachovia Center, Jones is likely to be the topic of conversation on the Bruins bench when they take the ice against the Flyers for the first time since the hit that jeopardized Bergeron’s season.

“I knew the time was going to come,” Jones said when asked about possible retribution. “I’m not worried about it.”...

Flyers coach John Stevens said he is not sure what to expect when the Bruins and Flyers take the ice tonight, but he probably won’t take any chances.

Enforcers Riley Cote and Ben Eager are expected to be in the lineup.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, fighting, john+stevens, philadelphia+flyers, randy+jones

No Suspension For Godard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

Godard was assessed his third instigator penalty Saturday night in Colorado against the Avalanche, but the two-game suspension that’s to come with that infraction was rescinded by the league yesterday—and he was able to play in the team’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

“I really thought they would have, so I was happy they did,” Godard said. “I’m not gonna say anything about the refs. I think they did a pretty good job that night. That’s a call in the rule book, so they’ve got to make the call. They reviewed the tape, and there was obviously some other circumstances going on.”

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  Tags: calgary+flames, eric+godard, suspensions

Habs Searching For Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

A week after saying that he liked the way his team was playing, Carbonneau shrugged his shoulders when asked about the recent slide that has seen the Canadiens lose four of their last six games. While the Canadiens are clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, they have slipped four points behind their pace of last season.

“I think we’re playing well defensively, but we’re not scoring,” said Carbonneau…

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  Tags: guy+carbonneau, montreal+canadiens

Winning Ways Again For Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

While the print media was oozing doom and gloom after Islanders edged New Jersey, Sutter steadfastly insisted that he saw many positives—and he was right.

Plus, his boss, Lou Lamoriello hardly was in a panic mode either.

It didn’t hurt that Jamie Langenbrunner had returned to the offense and Colin White soon would follow on the back line.

more on the Devils…

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  Tags: brent+sutter, lou+lamoriello, new+jersey+devils

Report- Leafs Looking For A New GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This could be John Ferguson’s last week as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Or possibly his last day.

A bevy of sources confirmed yesterday the Leafs are frantically searching for Ferguson’s replacement—either on an interim or permanent basis—as the team’s downward spiral continues.

It’s not clear which direction the Leafs are headed, but it is clear the climate for change has become desperate in the wake of a dreadful start that has seen the Leafs win just eight of 24 games to date.

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added 8:56am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Either combination – Healy-Messier or Campbell-Yzerman – would completely alter the public perception of the Leaf operation.

This much is clear. This situation isn’t just going to fix itself.

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr, toronto+maple+leafs

Hey Toronto….You Want Wings? We’ve Got a Few Suggestions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look.  We understand.  We know what a drought is. We know that one of the effects of said drought is a level of Lowe-like desperation that could prompt an organ-I-zation to execute plans many of us would consider to be less than savory.  We get it.

So we, the Wing fans, aren’t angry with Toronto for trying to steal away everyone from the janitors on up.  In fact, because the staffers here at A2Y appreciate the O6 and TO’s place within that legendary group, we’d like to help.  You can’t have Kenny, and you can’t have the Captain.  And, no, you can’t have Scotty either…even though you feel you’re owed a stop on the Bowman tour of hockey towns.

But there are plenty of other Wing icons to choose from.

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It Is A Team Thing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Funny, but when it was over no Rangers player stomped around the locker room complaining that his team lost 3-2 because it had been out-goaltended, although Lundqvist griped after Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in Tampa because he was unhappy with the players Tom Renney had on the ice when the Lightning scored at 19:43 of the third to spoil the shutout….

“I wasn’t questioning why any individual player was on the ice, but I had a conversation with Brendan about maybe having more defensive players on the ice,” Lundqvist told The Post yesterday. “I haven’t talked to Tom about it. I’m not going to.”

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, new+york+rangers, tom+renney

New Spots For NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BrandWeek,

The fledgling NHL Network, which last month launched in the U.S., will break a campaign targeting core fans who live and breathe hockey as well as fringe fans not yet aware that the 24/7 network is up and running.

The spots, the first for NHL Network from Cenergy Communications, East Aurora, N.Y., will juxtapose nonstop action from the 1950s and 1960s with that from the 2007-08 campaign. One spot begins with black-and-white footage of a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens purposely made to look as if it was being viewed on a TV screen with really bad reception.

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  Tags: marketing, media, nhl+network

Just Move The Whole Team to TO

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes.  Multiple sources.  Multiple.  Credibility abounds. Take your pick. 

Sportsnet

As reported in Sunday’s Toronto Sun, word around the league suggests that the Leafs will only make a move in the GM position if they can land a star name such as Mark Messier, Ron Francis or Steve Yzerman.

“The Leafs need to have somebody with star power,” said an NHL executive to the Sun.

Star power?  Larry Brooks has a suggestion.

Dialogue has resumed between Scotty Bowman and the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment aimed at working out a deal so the nine-time Cup-winning coach and one-time player personnel director would become the Toronto club’s president and director of hockey operations, Slap Shots has been told.

Enjoy your Monday.

 

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