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Blame Canada Detroit Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LZ Granderson of ESPN,

Who would have thought that after 18 consecutive postseason appearances—including back-to-back stops in the Finals the past two seasons—the Detroit Red Wings would begin March fighting for their playoff lives?

But that’s exactly where they are and, well, it’s a bit unnerving for the good folks of Hockeytown.

“Injuries,” 22-year-old fan Andrew Nendrzychi said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year. More than I can ever remember.”

Indeed, with seven players placed on injured reserve before Christmas—including star forward Henrik Zetterberg—the team started 2010 having already surpassed the 187 man games missed because of injuries it suffered all of last year.

But I gotta tell ya, while I don’t question whether injuries have contributed to Detroit’s current predicament, I can’t ignore the nagging little voice in the back of my head that keeps repeating two words: Blame Canada.

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Listen To Mike Babcock And Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) – Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada, and Ryan Miller goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA, are today’s guests on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

Mike Babcock’s international coaching career has been golden. On Sunday, as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, Babcock completed hockey’s grand slam by adding yet another accomplishment to his already impressive resume. With Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory against Team USA in Vancouver, Babcock became the only coach in hockey history to guide teams to supremacy in four of the most prestigious tournaments in the game: the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, the Olympic Games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, ryan+miller, team+canada, team+usa

Hawks fans Alert!

Blog: KK Members Blog By TKON

This is basically a copy n paste from the website I blog on but I just really wanted to share it with fellow Hawk fans as I feel it is something we should address.

The Chicago Black Hawks thwarted the much ridiculed Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-2 last night in front of yet another massive crowd at the United Center. The Oilers have been an injury plagued team all season and last night had an extra thin roster via a couple trades earlier in the day.

It really was not much of a match against the Hawks last night. Rookie goaltender Devyn Dubnyk played extremely well keeping the club from the province of tar sands in the game. Hossa, Kane, Toews, Kopecky, Keith and Seabrook were all honored prior to the drop of the puck for their achievements at the Olympic games.

 

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, hawks, huet, niemi, playoffs, stanley+cup

What’s It Like To Be Bob McKenzie?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: bob+mckenzie, tsn

Time For Hockey Purists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No more trade talk, no more made-up rumors, no more what ifs.

Now it is time for us to enjoy the game as teams fighting for a playoff spot literally have their season on the line every game they play.

Our full attention can now turn to the game on the ice and as a hockey purist, there is no better time of the season than right now.

Personally, I can dedicate 100% of my time to the game on the ice, the battle for the puck, the streaking forward firing a high hard puck to the top of the net.  The goalie sprawling across the crease to stop a puck we all thought was going in the net.

Time to enjoy the game on the ice folks, this is hockey, our game.

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Quick Trade Deadline Analysis

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone.  The final day was full of trades, but most were teams exchanging spare parts and draft picks.  The biggest deadline deals came before the Olympic break.  Treating the trade deadline as the entire series of season end trades that began when Toronto acquired Jean-Sebastien Giguere in late January, here is a quick analysis of how teams fared in their deadline moves.

Biggest Short Term Improvement - New Jersey Devils  They added Ilya Kovalchuk, who is the best player to change hands in deadline deals.  It cost some depth players and young talent in Johnny Oduya, Niklas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first round pick.  Kovalchuk came from Atlanta with Anssi Salmela.  Kovalchuk is highly unlikely to stay in New Jersey beyond this season, but he immediately becomes the top offensive talent in New Jersey history.  Most of his cost is made up of players who will likely improve in the future.  This is a deal intended to help New Jersey contend today.  It does not make the Devils the top team in the NHL, but it does make them a more solid contender.  The Devils also added Martin Skoula cheaply for a fifth round pick.

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The Absolute Final Word On The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 3, 2010)—NHL clubs made 31 trades involving 55 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades and players involved are the most ever on deadline day.

Following is a list of the transactions:

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Booth Battles Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,

Here’s what Booth said after the game about what went down with Richards 2:45 into the first period:

“That was kind of expected. I don’t really know what I’m doing when I fight,” Booth said. “But it was just a lot of…I don’t know what’s built up, but what could have been this year if you were playing, you think about that. But that’s behind me now. I don’t have to worry about that. I can just go out there and play and be free of this. I’m back to 100 percent.”

Booth added: “I just wanted to get it off my chest. It wasn’t cheap or anything. I just asked him if he wanted to and he was good enough to give me my shot.”

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  Tags: david+booth, mike+richards

Taking It A Bit Too Far

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,

So, where were you when Sidney Crosby scored the gold medal-winning goal against the Americans? Eh?

When this kind of question was first asked following the November 22, 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, it made sense to a degree. The victim, after all, was the United States of America’s 35th president, and his premature death did have a bit of an impact on the rest of the world.

But no, Canada’s sports commentators, and even political pundits, now wax sentimentally how the Olympic games in Vancouver have changed Canada. Often, they don’t even bother to add that the change was for the better. That, they assume, is taken for granted.

Let us put the entire matter into context. Canadians, and their children, and their grandchildren even, are now stuck with a debt that won’t be paid off in less than 30 years. Now, that is a legacy if there ever was one.

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  Tags: team+canada

The Puck Did Not Hit The Detroit Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Kowalski of Mlive,

Who will start in net for the Red Wings on Friday?

“I haven’t even thought of it,’’ said Babcock, who didn’t appear to be a man with a lot of options. “It never got any better after (the Howard benching), either.’‘

A verbal shot like that didn’t hit the post. Babcock said it wasn’t a difficult decision to pull Howard, but he wasn’t the only player who drew Babcock’s ire.

“The puck didn’t hit him. I said right from the get-go everybody in all positions was exactly the same—not very good,’’ Babcock said.

“I knew it was coming,’’ Howard said. “The puck just didn’t hit me tonight. It definitely needs to down the stretch. I need to be better. The third one was a nice shot, the fourth one I didn’t see it until it was going under me.’‘

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