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Is Carlyle On The Hot Seat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

I haven’t heard one peep about whether Randy Carlyle is entering his final days or weeks as the Ducks coach.

Nor do I think he should be the main blame target for this long outbreak of mediocrity. The Ducks have been plagued by vacations, injuries, suspensions and just lackluster play over the past season and a half. In spurts they still remember how they did it in 2007.

But just take a glance at the All-Star break standings.

There are our heroes, in 8th place in the West. They have 51 points (as do sixth-seeded Edmonton and seventh-seeded Vancouver) and are 22 behind San Jose.

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The Hockey City

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Welcome to Montreal, All-Star city.

You probably will notice that in city of crater-sized potholes and lunatic drivers that there are no right turns permitted on red lights, that the French lettering on commercial signs is twice as large as the English lettering (although spoken English is permitted to be at the same decibel level as spoken French, so you don’t have to whisper), that the legal drinking age is superceded by a drinking height (sure, officially you have to be 18 but if you can see over the bar, there is an excellent chance you will be served) and that we take our hockey extremely seriously—even that high-end confection known as the NHL All-Star Game.

The reason: The City is Hockey.

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  Tags: all-star+game

Suggested Response To Bettman?  Screw You

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1332 EST: Updated below with more from Craig Custance

Oh.  I guess it’s on now, eh? 

As you may have seen from the Emperor, Gary Bettman’s acting like a little bitch again.

TSN

The NHL says it will enforce an understanding that all players who decline to show after being named to the All-Star teams must miss at least one game before or one game after the All-Star weekend.

If so, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom may be forced to sit the Red Wings next game if they don’t immediately change their All-Star break plans and report to Montreal.

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NHLPA Declines To Terminate CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“While the NHLPA’s membership has issues with the current Agreement, the players and their Executive Board decided that due to the current economic conditions as well as the players’ focus on continuing to help grow this game and expose our great athletes to many more fans, now is not the appropriate time to enter complex labour negotiations.”——NHLPA Executive Director, Paul Kelly


TORONTO/MONTREAL (January 23, 2009) – The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that the NHLPA has declined to exercise its option to terminate the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) following the 2008-09 season. The current CBA between the NHLPA and the National Hockey League will remain in effect for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

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KK At The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sometime today, the SENShobo will arrive in Montreal and begin providing his coverage of all things All-Star.

He will posting stories at his blog on KK, which of course hits the KK Homepage too. 

This will be his first appearance as an official member of the media and I do hope he enjoys his time in Montreal and takes in the great hockey atmosphere Montreal will provide.

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Want A Real All Star Game Gary?  Here You Go…No Charge

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can’t take credit for this idea, but I dig it and I’m going to tell you all about it anyway.  I read this suggestion somewhere yesterday as I was browsing the various blogs where Wing haters were sobbing about this and this.  I’ll try to track down who mentioned it yesterday and give credit where it’s due.  Also, it’s been done before...back when hockey was hockey and Gary wasn’t in the picture.

Here’s the idea:  Next year, when the Wings are defending their twelfth Stanley Cup title?  Select an All Star team who will play the Cup Champs.

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Spelling Bee - All-Star Edition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Hockey Show tested fans (and players) at the All-Star Jamboree tent in Montreal to see if they could spell the names of current and former NHL All-Stars.

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Somewhere In The Carribean…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...Mike Comrie is enjoying his break with Hilary Duff.

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

Watching The ASG

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A few days ago, TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie called the NHL all-star weekend a “white elephant” in the sense that it’s dull, cumbersome and, as a spectacle, a liability more than an asset.

McKenzie might have tempered his comment if TSN were airing the all-star events, but he is right. The game is a pitiful representation of hockey, a no-contact snoozer that leaves real fans cold.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean has suggested replacing all-star weekend with an annual hockey festival with activities that perhaps wouldn’t even include an all-star game. Anything would be better than the existing format.

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Reporter Witnesses First NHL Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James D. Horne of The Leaf Chronicle,

All in all, my first official NHL game at the Sommet Center featuring your Nashville Predators against the New Jersey Devils Monday night was a very pleasant experience….

As a sports fan in general, I liked seeing all the action at the net and how teams set up their offenses and power plays, and of course, being that close to see the crashing on the boards was way cool. TV definitely doesn’t do that any justice.

And I always thought it got cold at hockey games, but it really doesn’t get that way. Really, I was nice and comfortable….

This year, the Preds’ offense seems non-existent. After going down 2-0 early in the second it looked like they were just content to skate around and stopped being aggressive.

What’s worse is the power-play goal Nashville scored that cut it to 2-1 in the third was more luck than skill, and the crowd felt that way, too. The constant boos in that period helped make that evident.

And that’s the worst thing, the crowd knows the product on the ice isn’t as good as it has been and that they deserve better.

But those boos also tell me and almost affirm that the Preds’ days in Nashville are truly numbered.

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