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Sabres Have Special Memories Of Pat Quinn

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From Bill Hoppe of Olean Times Herald,

“He was a big reason why we were the last Canadian team to win,” Ennis said. “He was really nice to us young kids who were all intimidated because he was such a good head coach in the NHL, and we didn’t know what to expect.”


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The Perils of Financial Mismanagement by Sports Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Mike,

It is one of the strange anomalies of modern sport that even high earning players and coaches can go bankrupt, whether this is at the peak of their career or once they have put their glory days behind them. Some case are more unusual than others, however, with the recent circumstances surrounding NHL player and Columbus Blue Jackets’ defenceman Jack Johnson particularly strange. The player has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while he also claims that his parents are responsible for having led him financially astray.

The Blue Jackets, who sit eighth in the Metropolitan Division and host Boston at the Nationwide Arena at the weekend, have declined to comment so far. This has not prevented the news from reaching the Columbus Dispatch, however, which reports that Johnson’s financial issues began after he granted power of attorney to his mother and gave her full control of his finances. The news of his plight is even more surprising given the fact that Johnson signed a seven year, $30.5 million deal with the Blue Jackets as recently as 2011.

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Pat Quinn Was All About Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhastchek of the Globe and Mail,

The first sense that Pat Quinn’s health was failing in a meaningful way came last week, just before Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were to take place. Quinn, as chairman of the Hall, had a significant role in the proceedings and up until a week before, seemed to be recovering from a stubbornly resistant infection that had followed a medical procedure back in mid-September. Finally, Quinn sent word that he wouldn’t be able to travel after all and John Davidson, stepped in to handle his duties.

It was an unexpected and worrisome development – Quinn was, after all, just 71 and as recently as last June, when our committee met to select the class of 2014, apart from a slight limp, looked good. But when Tiger Williams travelled to Vancouver last week to see Quinn and was told he wasn’t well enough to receive guests that created a renewed sense of concern in the hockey community.

This wasn’t good news. Quinn achieved a lot in his career – 606 NHL games played, another 1,400 coached. He was in charge when Canada won its first men’s Olympic hockey gold medal in 2002 at Salt Lake City - arguably his greatest achievement as a coach – and again in 2009, when he led Canada to a world junior gold.

During his time away from coaching in the mid-1980s, he earned a law degree – something that’s a bit more common now, but virtually an unprecedented academic feat back in the day.


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Weiss And Kindl Return To The Lineup Tonight And Datsyuk Needs More Practice

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl return to the lineup tonight for the Detroit Red Wings against the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit), but Pavel Datsyuk still needs more time for his groin to heal.

This will be the fourth game in a row Datsyuk will miss. He has sat out six of the past eight games.

"I feel much better, but I think I need more full practices with team to make sure it feels good and it does not come back every second game," Datsyuk said.

Asked if he might return before the weekend, Datsyuk said. "Hard to say, but I just hoping to be back in the lineup to help team."

"It's hard for me because it's the first time with these symptoms. After two games, I think I'm fine and I come back and it just comes right back. Now I am more careful and want to be more ready, more energy, more exciting. But I'm happy to see you guys a lot."

continued with more on Weiss and Kindl returning to the lineup.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2014) – Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen, Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 23.

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Hockey Hall Of Fame Release On The Passing Of Pat Quinn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (November 24, 2014) – It is with great sadness that the Hockey Hall of Fame, on behalf of the Quinn family, announces the passing of our Chairman, Pat Quinn, last night at Vancouver General Hospital after a lengthy illness.  At this time the family requests privacy.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  "Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."



added 11:11am, TSN on Pat Quinn... Also added at 11:16am a very good video from Sportsnet on Quinn below...

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Wings Skating This Morning

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Stephen Weiss appears to be in tonight. Skating with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco

Cleary, Datsyuk and Lashoff appear out tonight against Ottawa.

Numerous media reports state Datsyuk is skating but it appears he will not play tonight.


added 10:45am, Pleiness tweet,

Weiss on second power play unit. Along with Kindl.

added 10:47am, Khan tweet,

First power play:
Zetterberg-Nyquist-Franzen, Abdelkader, Kronwall
Second unit:
Sheahan-Tatar-Weiss, Jurco, Kindl

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The 2014-15 season passed the quarter mark Sunday, with 311 of 1,230 games (25.3%) in the books. A look at some of the highlights thus far (compiled with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau):
* 189 games (60.8%) have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.
* 155 games (49.8%) have featured one-goal margins. Another 23 have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score (combined, 57.2%).
* 128 games (41.2%) have seen a team overcome a deficit (at any point in the contest) to win, including 54 in the third period. Of those 128 games, 27 have featured a multi-goal comeback.
* 77 games (24.8%) have gone past regulation, 31 of which have been decided in the five-minute overtime period. That’s nearly 7% higher through the same number of overtime games in 2013-14.
* 22 games (7.1%) have seen a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including five in the last 60 seconds.
* 19 games (6.1%) have seen a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including six in the last 60 seconds.

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Vancouver Canucks Keep Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Some people keep waiting for the bottom to fall out on the Vancouver Canucks, and and it certainly hasn't been pretty every single night this season. However, Sunday night's full-value, 4-1 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks improved Vancouver's record to 14-6-1.

This was a team rival GMs pointed to most during my preseason conversations as a potential surprise. The new Trevor Linden-Jim Benning-Willie Desjardins regime has not disappointed, that is for sure. An important theme from the outset has been whether they could get enough secondary scoring to contend for a playoff spot.

Jannik Hanen's hat trick Sunday night was yet another example of that kind of secondary scoring the Canucks have got so far this season. If that continues, the Canucks should be playoff-bound.

read on for Burnside on Tikhonov for the HHOF, Custance on the Rangers and Strang on the Blues...

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Detroit/Ottawa Preview And Notes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

SENATORS (9-6-4) AT RED WINGS (10-5-5)


Season series: The first game, played at Canadian Tire Centre, was decided on a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch at 14:37 of the third period. Last season, the Senators and Detroit Red Wings split their four games, with each winning twice in the opposing team's arena.

Senators team scope: Coming off a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday to split a brief two-game home stint, the Senators know they've got a big hurdle ahead on a five-game road trip that starts Monday in Detroit. They're currently sitting two points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They can ill afford an extended losing skid, even if the season is only nearing the quarter pole. Goaltender Craig Anderson is expected to start against the Red Wings. Forward Curtis Lazar, who's missed two games because of an undisclosed injury, participated in practice Sunday. Defenseman Chris Phillips, who also sat out Saturday, did not. Lazar and Phillips are questionable to play Monday.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs after allowing three goals in the third period of a game that was tightly-contested through 40 minutes. The defeat prevented the Red Wings from sweeping a three-game road trip that didn't include center Pavel Datsyuk (groin), who is day-to-day. Detroit could get veteran center Stephen Weiss back from a groin issue that's held him out for all but one game. Weiss, 31, has dealt with a number of injuries since the 2012-13 season. He's played 27 games for the Red Wings since signing a deal prior to the 2013-14 season that costs Detroit a reported $4.9 million a season against the NHL salary cap. Weiss was recalled Sunday from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League after playing back-to-back games on a conditioning stint. Goaltender Jimmy Howard will likely start against the Senators.

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