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All Those ‘If’s’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

In Oil Country, the fans are in one of those deep dips on the rollercoaster ride. Everything is dark and down. Angry comments abound. No one is happy, and my own mind turns to thoughts of what might have been this season.

If only Dustin Penner and Craig MacTavish had been on the same page.

If only Kevin Lowe had brought back Curtis Glencross.

If only Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano had found a way to pick things up where they left off last year.

If only Gagner and Erik Cole had been put together on the first day of training camp.

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Canadiens Go With Option B In Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Tonight, the Canadiens will attempt to notch back-to-back victories for the first time in more than a month, and they’ll do it with Jaroslav Halak between the pipes.

Habs coach Guy Carbonneau said he wants to ride the hot hand, and explained his decision in terms that could foreshadow a goaltending controversy in Montreal.

“I think I’ve given enough chances to Carey [Price] and enough time to come back from his injuries … now it’s up to Jaroslav to show what he can do,” Carbonneau said, adding “we have no choice” but to play the Slovak.

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Rangers Fire Coach Tom Renney

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I don’t think too many people were shocked by the announcement yesterday that Tom Renney was fired as the New York Rangers coach.  The team has stagnated lately after a fast start this season.  They have only won two of their last twelve games and are sitting in sixth place in the East Conference only two points up on ninth.  They are worried that their playoff berth may be slipping away. 

Tom Renney was never the high profile media personality that a typical coach in the New York market is.  This makes him more vulnerable.  He wasn’t a “New York style person”.  The next coach John Tortorella better fits the city.  He is a much better interview.  He won the Stanley Cup in 2004.  These are credentials that Renney did not have.

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Why All The Trade Talk?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

They could expand the Pronger trade talks to ask for a higher-paid veteran. Or they could be a major free agent customer in the summer.

Defensemen Jay Bouwmeester (Florida), Jordan Leopold (Colorado) and Mike Komisarek (Montreal) will be out there, as well as some interesting forwards like Brian Gionta (New Jersey), Daniel and Henrik Sedin (Vancouver). Or Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa (Detroit).

In anticipation of economic woes and perhaps a lost season, the Ducks are freezing prices on everything, including parking and concessions, for ‘09-‘10.

But isn’t it still Feb. 24? Aren’t there 21 games left?

Sure, the Ducks have a games-in-hand problem and a general lethargy problem, but they are only five points out of the No. 5 seed in the West.

Why give up totally on a team that has so many playoff merit badges, so much perceived star power?

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Tortorella Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers have hired John Tortorella to be their next head coach in the wake of this morning’s dismissal of Tom Renney.

GM Glen Sather made the announcement several hours after Renney’s dismissal this morning. Tortorella, who received a multiyear contract, was en route to New York tonight and likely would run tomorrow’s practice.

added 8:21pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is little in the way of top-end talent coming through the Rangers system, which you can thank Sather for as well, and too much overpaid, underachieving weight on the big-league roster.

As one GM told ESPN.com on Monday, “Who’s going to take those contracts?”

That’s a recipe for misery at the NHL level, and it’s the stew Sather built.

If there was any accountability in the Rangers’ boardroom (and the fact Sather has managed to consistently squander Dolan’s money all these years suggests there is none), then the moment this season ends, the search will begin for someone who can make things right in a place that has gone so wrong, and will be wrong for a long time coming.

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Stuart In Wednesday.  Advanced Math Says Ten Days Equals Friday.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All the Diggers are chomping to bring you this:  Brad Stuart’s good to go. 

St. James

Defenseman Brad Stuart is planning to play Wednesday against San Jose.  Stuart has been out since Jan. 20 with bruised ribs and a compression fracture on his spine, but said he feels good to go. He’ll be back playing with Niklas Kronwall, which means Brian Rafalski will be back with Nicklas Lidstrom.

“I think it’s a good way kind of to get right back into it for myself, playing against the top team in the Western Conference,” Stuart said.

Oh…

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Senators Looking Out For The Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators haven’t quit on the season just yet, but general manager Bryan Murray won’t rule out selling off some of his assets before the trade deadline if it means giving the team a brighter outlook for next year.

‘‘We’re obviously not where we want to be going forward,’’ Murray said Monday while discussing the Senators’ plans for the March 4 deadline. ‘‘I hope to go do a couple of other things, whether it’s just add prospects or draft picks.’‘

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Give It Up Dwayne!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Both Alanah and A2Y have brought it up, now Puck Daddy gets involved.

Many of you know what Dwayne has done to KK in the past, if not, just click the Dwayne tag at the bottom of this post and make sure to read all of posts regarding him.

I guess he is still fooling and deceiving people, telling them about his journalism degree from McGill and how well he is connected with the NHL.  It is up to you to decide but one has to wonder why no other well known bloggers, most who have met him, have anything good to say about him.

Getting back to the Puck Daddy story regarding TwitterBurke, raise your hand if you did not know it was a parody!  Hey you in the back with your hand up, you don’t belong here, the hockey talk is much too advanced for you.

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Foster Back With The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Defenseman Kurtis Foster is officially back with the Wild, nearly a year after breaking his leg in San Jose.

“My time in Houston was a fun time, but I’m excited to be back with the team and back on the ice — hopefully tomorrow,” he said.

During a two-week rehab assignment in Houston, Foster had a goal and five assists, helping the Aeros go 6-0.

It will be hard cracking the Wild’s defense, however.

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added 4:44pm, Also from Shipley,

Wild winger Owen Nolan has a fractured toe and is out indefinitely, the team said today.

“In two or three days, when the swelling goes down, we’ll know more,” assistant general manager Tom Lynn said.

Because Andrew Brunette (knee) was able to practice today, and Colton Gillies has recovered from the flu, the Wild likely will not call a forward up from Houston for Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles.

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Panthers Just Sick Of Losing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Panthers are one of the more interesting stories of the second half of the season precisely because they haven’t followed their patented script—go to camp with promise, stumble out of the gate, play well for a time, then disappear into the mists.

This is a team whose leading scorer, Stephen Weiss, has just 41 points (tied for 79th among all NHL players). But the Panthers are unified by one thing, defenseman Keith Ballard said.

“There are a lot of guys here who are sick of losing,” Ballard told ESPN.com this week.

What makes the Panthers a compelling story is they began the season with the usual expectations of win a couple, lose a couple. “We were under .500 and not sure what kind of team we were going to be,” Ballard said.

more topics including Osgoood…

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