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Top Goalie So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In late October, I picked Craig Anderson of the Colorado Avalanche as the top goalie so far this season.  He is having a very good season (so far), but has given way to Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.  When I picked Anderson, it was clear that the race was between him and Miller.  Miller had a slightly higher saves percentage, with fewer games played and fewer shots faced.  In the meantime, Anderson`s numbers have dropped a bit, while Miller has done a better job of maintaining his level of play.  Miller has a 1.89 GAA and a .936 saves percentage.  Miller is a big part of the reason that the Buffalo Sabres lead the Northeast Division.

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Report- Legace Will Sign With Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Legace will sign with Hurricanes today.

added 1029am,

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Manny Legace on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Legace $500,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.

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Panthers Goaltender Clemmensen Points Finger At Defensemen

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

After allowing seven goals in Saturday’s loss to the Capitals in Washington, D.C., including five in a third period he described as “like quicksand out there,” Clemmensen said his teammates didn’t protect the front of the net well.

When the puck got there, he added, there was such a scramble by the Panthers that “it looked like a fire drill.”

Coach Pete DeBoer’s response Sunday: “I understand where a goaltender who has let in [12] goals in his last two starts would be frustrated, but it’s misdirected.

“When things aren’t going well, I think it’s important we all self-reflect and see what we can do better in order to help the situation. I don’t think finger-pointing is real productive at this point.”

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A Gentler Lindy Ruff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Just before the season, Lindy Ruff pulled his leaders aside and told them they needed to take over the Buffalo Sabres’ dressing room. He made it clear that he was finished barking after every poor performance. This was their team, he told them, and taking ownership was their responsibility.

It was as if Ruff recognized that his style had grown stale, that he knew adjustments were required if his team was going to go anywhere. He has said numerous times this season that the Sabres’ core is no longer a bunch of kids. They’re pros who know what’s needed to win and should be treated accordingly.

Ruff hasn’t undergone a total makeover, but the shift in his approach has been obvious all year. The little things don’t seem to bother him as much as they did in past seasons. He’s been quick to compliment his players in practice. He’s giving them more leeway rather than stand over them with a firm hand.


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Detroit News’ New Business Plan: Find Someone Really Stupid And Hire Them To Write Headlines

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not going to blame Chris McCosky for this one because the article he wrote really doesn’t support the headline.  But, man, this is just plain dumb. 


So, you lose Franzen, Filppula, Williams, Hossa, Samuelsson, Hudler and still compete…yet you have “depth issues”?

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Blackhawks Health Improving

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Center Jonathan Toews and left wing Ben Eager are expected to return to the lineup tonight from their concussions, which should give the Hawks a boost.

Toews has missed the last six games and Eager the last 13.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” Toews said Sunday. “I have my jump and my energy back. I definitely feel I have my rhythm back.”

Toews centered a line for Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien at Sunday’s practice while Eager skated with Colin Fraser and Andrew Ebbett.

Toews also was back on the power play, which is just 3-for-35 over the last eight games.


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Get Ready To Watch the NHL Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO, Nov. 9 - XM Canada the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of the NHL, is proud to launch its very first television production in collaboration with the National Hockey League: NHL Power Play from Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant in downtown Toronto, hosted by Scott Laughlin. The show airs weekdays from 4pm - 6pm on XM Channel 204 and beginning on November 16th will be simulcast on the NHL Network across Canada and in HD in the US.

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Who Wins This Battle?

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

On Twitter, Denver Post hockey writer Adrian Dater wrote in the wake of Colorado’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton: “Can’t win ‘em all at home. A shame the Avs had to finally lose to a dog team like Edmonton at home, though.”

To this comment, I would say . . ..

* Hey, Adrian, no jeering in the press box! You’ve got to leave that kind of stuff to us fan bloggers, eh.


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Too Much Blabbing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post answers some emails,

Why doesn’t Mike Haynes call the game when the puck is in play? He is almost always blabbing with Peter McNab when the puck is in play. We TV watchers do not have the privilege of seeing the entire ice like the attendees. It’s maddening.

It’s always tough for me to critique any of the TV people. First off, I’ve known Haynes for 15 years now, going back to the days of the Denver Grizzlies, and he’s a good friend. Second, I really don’t get to actually see many of the games on TV. I’m usually at the game itself. Yeah, I’ll Tivo a lot of them, but usually don’t sit through the whole tape. So, I can’t really sit and pretend to be both a good critic, or even an objective one. I know Mike knows hockey inside and out, as does Peter McNab, and I know they work extremely hard at what they do.

more emails…

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Expect Simple Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

So, with the NHL’s general managers – the rulemakers – meeting this week in town, there’s some expectation they’ll recommend a rule change to address either or both issues.

Like a ban on head shots? Or a non-bodychecking zone on the ice?

Not likely. No, a guessing man would look for an appropriate half-measure.

Like getting rid of the trapezoid behind the net.

Yeah, that’s the kind of move the GMs would like. Simple, not drastic.


Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail also contributes to the topic,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland may advance a compromise plan to bridge the gap between the league’s hawks and doves. His view – echoed this week by Toronto coach Ron Wilson – suggests that for a straight-on collision, the onus remains on the puck carrier to protect himself, but on a hit from the blind side, the responsibility shifts to the player delivering the contact, on the grounds that the intended target is most vulnerable when he doesn’t see contact coming. Makes almost too much sense to be adopted unilaterally without a major brawl.

more hockey talk…

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