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Out With The Old

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,

But the feelings of veterans shouldn’t matter when a team is based on youth. Unless the Penguins arrive a bit early, Recchi, Roberts and Sydor will almost certainly not be around when the team wins its next Stanley Cup. So who cares how they feel? Respect them. But don’t placate them. Don’t treat them with kid gloves when they play badly.

If anybody feels Roberts is still worth anything, Shero should trade him. Try calling north of the border, Ray. If his misguided raging-bull style on the ice is any indication, Roberts is not handling his decline well.

Recchi and Sydor can still help in lesser roles. Just make sure they have lesser roles.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, gary+roberts, mark+recchi, pittsburgh+penguins, ray+shero

Inside The Locker Room

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

A couple of you have asked about the amount of access I get to players and coaches. Here’s a snapshot of the way things are set up.

As soon as the first player leaves the ice at practice, the room is considered open. Reporters (and, yes, I’m the only beat writer covering the team this season, but AP does show up now and then as do columnists and other bloggers) can go into the room where players take off their skates and uniforms. I’m free to approach anyone I want at that point.

Most of the interviews are very informal, one-on-one, though in some cases – say the buildup to Jeremy Roenick’s 500th goal — there might be two or three people talking with him at once,

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  Tags: media, san+jose+sharks

Oh Good…Welcome Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So you may recall that I’d opted for the NHL Center Ice Online Guaranteed To Please You plan, rather than the tried and true DirecTV.  No problems, until I leave town and all goes to hell. 

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Four Games For Ohlund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund has been suspended for four games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #277 against the Minnesota Wild, Nov. 16.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ohlund will forfeit $74,866.32. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 16:06 of the third period when Ohlund struck Minnesota player Mikko Koivu with a slash. He was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct. Koivu suffered a broken bone in his left leg on the play.

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund, suspension, vancouver+canucks

Rene Bourque Out With Broken Thumb

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque suffered a broken thumb in last night’s 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. He is expected to be out of the Blackhawks lineup anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

Bourque suffered the injury while blocking a shot last night in the third period. Bourque scored two goals in last night’s game, both of the shorthanded variety, and added an assist before injuring his thumb. Bourque has scored three goals this season, all shorthanded, while adding five assists for eight points in 16 games.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, rene+bourque

Scoring In the East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

So far this season, something has jumped out with each look at the list of NHL scoring leaders.

A vast majority of the names near the top play in the Eastern Conference.

Fifteen of the top 20 are from the East Conference.

Not surprisingly, the goal-scoring list reflects the same imbalance. It’s not an early season anomaly, either. It’s the continuation of a pattern.

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It Is Sunday, Time To Breakdown The Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector has all the trade and rumor talk and why they may or may not happen.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors

Old-Time Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game recaps are avoided at KK, but every so often, games like this need to be mentioned…

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You want shots? Pencil in 52 by the Canadiens and 36 by the Bruins, even though Boston held a 20-15 margin in shots in the first period.

You want tempers boiling over as they did in “old-time hockey”? At one point in the third period, there were eight players (four by the Canadiens) in the penalty box.

You want fights?

They were there in bunches ... particularly when the Habs put the game out of reach in the third period….

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  Tags: boston+bruins, montreal+canadiens

Still Talking About Rinkside View

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

That’s what made this FSN broadcast all the more enjoyable, because the lack of irrelevant chatter from a two- or three-piece media team allowed the game to stand on its own merit.

The crowd was engaged, the players were chirping and all necessary information was conveyed with a simple graphic.

There was the occasional vignette during timeouts, where a commentator would provide some inside information on the teams (think along the lines of the pay-per-view segments), but that’s the only time the media made their presence known.

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In case you missed the previous discussion on this topic, start here and video is included…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, fsn, los+angeles+kings, media

Three Games On Tap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Note the start time for the NHL games today.

For TV coverage, check the NHL schedule.

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  Tags: nhl+schedule

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