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Lucic Had Orders Not To Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Georges Laraque, itching to shed his gloves and teach the 20-year-old a lesson, was tapped to trail Lucic and goad him into a fight. On their first shift together, Laraque tapped Lucic on the leg with his stick, then got in his face, asking the Bruin to drop his gloves. Lucic didn’t bite. For the rest of the period, Laraque was talking to Lucic, no doubt questioning his courage in the most explicit of ways.

Lucic continued to decline, prompting the Montreal fans to boo the forward and chant his name. But Lucic had someone more important to answer to than Laraque.

“There was no way it was going to happen,” said coach Claude Julien, who had, before the game, forbidden Lucic from fighting Laraque. “[Shawn] Thornton was there, ready for Georges. Nothing happened. My tough guy was ready for their tough guy. Simple as that. I told him not to fight. It was me.”

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Sabres Should Fix Their Problems Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

I’m not talking about blowing up the ship so much as throwing a few broken chairs overboard. The Sabres aren’t desperate for an overhaul. They merely need to rid themselves of persistent problems that either A) can’t be fixed; B) no longer work in their long-term plans or C) need a change in scenery.

Afinogenov is all of the above. Ruff started pushing Afinogenov toward the door by benching him Friday, a year too late, and it’s time for General Manager Darcy Regier to close the door behind him….

Connolly should be gone, too. He has played less than 30 percent of the games since signing a three-year, $8.7 million contract. Enough is enough. Maybe another team would claim him off waivers once he’s healthy, saving the Sabres a few bucks.

Could the Sabres build a package for struggling Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the condition he signs a long-term deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent?

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A New Worst Player This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to keep track of the worst player gathering regular ice time in the NHL.  It is an interesting exercize to see why certain players continue to get ice time despite failing to accomplish anything with it.  As the season progresses, usually I settle on an energy player who is known for being a hard worker but is very limited in talent.  Often this player is a bit of a fighter to fit into that role.  In early parts of the season, other players may appear as the worst player in the league, but they have always disappeared from the running once the season reached maturity.  Earlier this season, I picked as this worst player.  Given time his game has improved.  He has three points already.  That means it is time to replace him. 

The new winner of the worst player so far this season is Raitis Ivanans of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Thrashers Need To Make A Name For Themselves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terence Moore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The Thrashers have no identity. Not good, because all significant teams have an identity. When Martin Brodeur is healthy in goal, the New Jersey Devils project themselves as a steel wall on defense. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals are whatever their stars (Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, respectively) want them to be on offense at that moment.

Oh, and the Detroit Red Wings are just the NHL’s Big Red Machine.

The Thrashers? Well, they do wear those red sweaters for games against Southeast Division foes. It’s a start, I guess.

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Could We See The NHL On ESPN Again…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...according to Al Strachan on the HNIC Hot Stove tonight, yes we will.  Al said everyone within the NHL wants it except maybe Bettman, who hammered out the deal with Versus.

Milbury chimed in about NBC and said the NHL decides on their option year next season and they could be gone too.

But do remember, next season is an Olympic year, so who knows what will go on with NBC.

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Note To Hoss: More Money Will Not Buy Your Soul Some Rest…But A Live Blog Will

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As mentioned earlier, you disregarded Triumph the other day and that saddened me.  So, for tonite, I took democracy to a new level and picked them myself.

Those without the NHL Network…rejoice and let your disdain for midget David Stern lackeys warm you.

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Patrick Roy & Wendel Clark Ceremonies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Tonight, Patrick Roy is standing on the podium in Montreal accepting the great honor of witnessing his number being retired by the Canadiens.  We’ll add his acceptance speech to this post later (assuming it becomes available) as well as a couple more photos. A special night for Habs fans, without a doubt.

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*image is a screenshot from the CBC broadcast of Roy at the podium tonight

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Tonight was also a special night in Toronto where Wendel Clark also saw his number retired. I thought I’d include a few images from that ceremony on this same post. You’ll find them below.

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Not Happy With The Suspension Length Of Mottau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Two games for Mottau. Laughable…

The Islanders, on the other hand, prefaced their comments with the poetry of “I know Mike Mottau and Mike Mottau is not a dirty player…” Please. As Don La Greca said so eloquently on our radio show, “What a bunch of garbage. He is now”!

Would you ever hear Arbour say that? Would you ever hear the Red Wings, Devils or Bob Gainey’s Canadiens testify for the character of a player who ran down one of their players? What NHL team would have gone away as quietly as the Islanders did last night? I’m the first to admit I’ve never fully grasped the enforcer concept, but I can also tell you I never saw what I saw in the final ten minutes in New Jersey last night.

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added 7:16pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Devils defenseman Mike Mottau received two games from the NHL for his elbow to the head of Islanders center Frans Nielsen Friday night at the Prudential Center. Nielsen received 8-12 weeks on the injured list—a span of up to 36 games—from Mottau’s reckless action.

The uneven hand of NHL justice strikes again.

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NHL and Technology

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Forechecker pointed to an interview that Sharkspage posted with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.  I wanted to reference the interview here on the main KK Hockey feed as well, just in case anyone missed the earlier post. It’s really a fascinating read for anyone interested in the issues of technology and media as it pertains to the NHL.

Leonsis provides a great deal of detail about how the league does—and will—utilize technology to support its business model. In his words:

“We lifted up [our business enterprise], put the internet underneath, and then slammed it back down so it is the powerplant the pretty much drives everything that we do.”

Read the rest here.

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Bad Blood Games a Plenty in the NHL Today

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

If you have a buddy who is a casual sports fan and you want to get him hooked on hockey, today is the day.

A number of NHL matchups today/tonight have the potential to feature some serious battles.

Here the skinny (team fights in parenthesis; potential fighters listed by team):

Vancouver (21) @ Pittsburgh (10) - 1:00 est
Vancouver: Hordichuk, M Brown, O Brien, Davison
Pittsburgh: Godard

Hordichuk/Godard could be a pretty nasty tilt.

Potential - Highsticking minor

NY Rangers (15) @ Ottawa (7) - 3:00 est
NY Rangers: Orr, Voros, Dubinsky
Ottawa: Ruutu, Bass, J Smith

Get your rear ends in your seats. Jarkko Ruutu is in for a long night against a team of Rangers that want blood. This past Monday night, Ruutu missed on a penalty shot. Instead of going back the bench, he retrieved the puck in the corner and fired it at Rangers’ goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist. Bad move. Rangers tough guy Colton Orr wanted to get at Ruutu after the game; but the referees kept everyone separated. It’s been less than a week… the memories are fresh.

Potential - Two fights at one time… ejection. Keep an eye on Voros who matches up nicely with Ruutu.

Boston (10) @ Montreal (12) - 7:00 est
Boston: Sh Thornton, Lucic, Chara, Hnidy
Montreal: Laraque, Kostopoulos, O Byrne, Begin

Superheavyweight Georges Laraque was brought into Montreal for a number of reasons, one of which was to keep the Bruins’ Milan Lucic from running Habs’ players. Laraque has been less than successful. Lucic ran Alexi Kovalev last game and beat the snot out of Mike Komisarek in a one-sided fight. Komisarek is now out for at least a month with a shoulder injury. Laraque asked Lucic to fight him; but Lucic politely declined and went about his way. Laraque force the issue today and jump Lucic. He should have did it last game when the Bs were blowing out the Habs. Maybe he was saving up for a performance on home ice today in Montreal?

Potential - Line brawl. Very nasty game.

For the rest of the matchups, make your way over to Twominutesforblogging.

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