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Bertuzzi’s Back - Can He Produce

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at his blog, The Spin,

For a guy who hadn’t played since October following back surgery, he looked fine, if neither imposing nor particularly dangerous and probably a little tentative.
At 32 years of age with a lot of water under the bridge, this is Bertuzzi’s best chance to re-establish himself as a top-flight NHL attacker. The Red Wings, unlike the Canucks when Bertuzzi was in Vancouver, are a team that relies on skill, speed and experience to win games, and at his best Bertuzzi has always been more of a finesse player than a muscleman.
Whether he can produce enough to stay with Datsyuk will be interesting to see. Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play for the Wings last night, so there was ice time available for Bertuzzi to take in a variety of offensive situations.

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Customizing Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News via Yahoo,

Commodore tapes the top of his stick to give him a better grip. Players also make a knob out of tape to help them know where the end of the stick is by feel and to keep the stick from flying out of their hands.
To make the sticks identical in length, Commodore makes a quick cut with a hacksaw where a current stick lines up with a new one. He then lays the longer stick on the table and saws through to make the sticks even (and perfect for his 6-4 frame).
Commodore also makes sure the bottoms of the sticks are smooth and the blade curves match. Players can curve their blades a maximum of three-quarters of an inch. Blades must be at least 2 inches wide at all points. A suspicious opponent can call for a stick measurement during a game and force a penalty if the stick is illegal.

read on

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Stuff It, Sir

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George Malik:

Collie “Keep Your Head Up” Campbell, who applies selective justice with all the deftness and aplomb of Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard, has declared that it’s time to start pondering whether the dangers of fighting outweigh its benefits:

‘‘This year we’ve had two players carried out on stretchers because of fair, consenting fights that had taken place. . . . It scares you,’’ said Campbell.
‘‘I think we, the players and the managers, have to look at this aspect of the game.’‘

Continue Reading »

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Luongo & His Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

One is the detail-obsessed teacher oozing information, complete with endless binders, charts, graphs and diagrams.
The other is the star pupil with a voracious appetite to learn and an uncanny ability to process knowledge rapidly, taking it from the classroom to the crease to the game.
Together, goalie Roberto Luongo and his goalie coach Ian Clark have spent untold hours this season exchanging ideas, compromising and bonding, combining to help Luongo significantly adjust his game.

continued

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Babcock & Hasek Clear The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mlive,

Two days after Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock criticized goaltender Dominik Hasek for diving on a play that led to the winning goal for Calgary, the two cleared the air in a private meeting Thursday morning.
“We explained to each other what we feel about it,” Hasek said. “I don’t agree with him that I embellished or whatever he said, but we were talking about it and I don’t have any problems with the coach. He called the meeting and he explained to me everything. No problems, no bad feelings from him to me or me to him.”

continued

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Will Huet Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens may find themselves with an interesting dilemma before the season is out. Goaltender Cristobal Huet has resumed practising with his teammates and is looking stronger with each practice.
But as long as Jaroslav Halak continues to play well, the Canadiens will be reluctant to make a change….
English only? Boston Bruins public relations man Matt Chmura didn’t win any friends among the Montreal media this week. On Tuesday night, he tried to limit post-game questions directed at goaltender Tim Thomas and Bergeron.
He tried the same tactic yesterday after the morning skate and cut off a French-language interview with Aaron Ward. That prompted reporters to file a protest with the NHL head office.

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Simon Wants To Say He’s Sorry

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Greg Logan of Newsday:

If Ryan Hollweg is agreeable, Chris Simon would like to offer a face-to-face apology for his stick-swinging attack that resulted in a minimum 25-game suspension for the remainder of this season and the playoffs. It could happen as soon as Sunday afternoon when the Rangers and Islanders meet at Nassau Coliseum.
In his first public comments since the March 8 incident, Simon said that on the advice of attorneys, he had not spoken to Hollweg about the altercation. But Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice decided against pursuing a criminal investigation, so Simon is ready to reach out.
“I’m going to call him, but I would rather meet him and apologize to him than do it over the phone,” Simon said yesterday at the Islanders’ morning skate. “But I’m going to call and see if that’s possible. If not, then I’m going to do my best over the phone.”

continued

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The Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Denver Post:

When an NCAA hockey player takes a knee in front of a puck-handler preparing to take a slap shot, the defender isn’t praying. He’s hoping.
Hoping the puck hits him solid.
Hoping the pain goes away and injury doesn’t send him out of the game.
Talent usually gets teams to the NCAA Tournament, but the combination of skill and sacrifice is typically what gets teams to the Frozen Four.
“For us it’s simple,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said of his team’s shot-blocking philosophy. “If you refuse to do it, you won’t play.”

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Boo That

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

About to hop a plane back to DC, so I have to keep this short.  Just a thought for you, really.  And here it is: Is there anyone who wasn’t absolutely certain Fedorov was going to score last night, and I mean certain of it the moment he hopped over the boards?  More tonite, including various reactions to The Debut.

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Sabres Not Happy With Recall Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Ryan was summoned to Buffalo on an emergency recall and must be returned to the minor leagues once the Sabres have 12 other healthy forwards.
The Sabres could bring him back right away, but teams are allowed only four standard recalls while their American Hockey League affiliates are still alive in the playoffs. The Sabres have already used two on wingers Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur and might want to remain flexible.
Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t a huge fan of the NHL’s arcane rules, which were designed to safeguard AHL teams in the playoffs, but often hurt the parent club….
“The fly in the ointment with this system is the four-recall rule,” Regier said. “NHL teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs benefit from their minor-league team not being in the [AHL] playoffs because they can access their players freely.”

more... One question, who approved the rule?  Every NHL team has to live by this, so try to fix it instead of complain about it.

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