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Change Needed With Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Shame on Don Cherry, who referred to and embraced “the culture of hockey” at Sanderson’s funeral in Port Perry, Ont., while talking about how the deceased’s father “knows [fighting] is a part of the game,” as if the Whitby defenseman had died on the battlefield for some greater cause rather than on the ice for no reason whatsoever.

Bench-clearing brawls were once part of the culture of hockey. So were wood sticks, bareheaded players and barefaced goaltenders. But time moves on. Time leaves people like Cherry behind….

Shame on those who would argue against eliminating fisticuffs from the sport because “only one person” has died as a result of a fight. Only one? As in, one is acceptable? What about when that inevitably becomes “only” two? Will two be too many or will “only two” fatalities be regarded as an acceptable price of maintaining “the culture of hockey?”

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New Vezina Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As the season progresses, I like to track the players who I feel are front-runners for the NHL’s awards.  I had been picking Craig Anderson of the Florida Panthers as the Vezina leader.  This pick was a little unsatisfactory because Anderson has only 21 games played (and only 18 decisions).  This is less play that Tomas Vokoun, his Florida teammate with whom he has been sharing the Panther goaltending position.  This makes him the nominal number two goalie in Florida and it is odd to call a number two goalie the NHL’s best.

The Vezina race is relatively wide open because none of the goalies who have the most games played are asserting themselves as front-runners.  It is hard to call the current games played leaders (Miikka Kiprusoff of Calgary, Marty Turco of Dallas, Henrik Lundqvist of the NY Rangers, Joey MacDonald of the NY Islanders or Vesa Toskala of Toronto) serious Vezina candidates.  None of them have been consistently outstanding goalies.

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Senators Running Out Of Options

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from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Option 1 didn’t result in a much-needed victory, though Elliott was good in his debut.

General manager Bryan Murray has found Option 2 impossible to pull off.

How long before team owner Eugene Melnyk goes with Option 3? The rumours certainly won’t be going away any time soon, thanks to another demoralizing defeat.

The disappointment was all over coach Craig Hartsburg’s face as he faced the media afterward.

“I thought it was an even game, we just couldn’t score,” he said. “We had our chances, couldn’t finish … it’s a tough game coming back after a long road trip and I thought our guys, we tried, we executed a lot of things, just maybe didn’t have that extra energy we needed.”

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A Look At GameCenter Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,

At first, the effect is dizzying: a sensory overload of images, facts and figures orbiting what amounts to picture-in-picture-in-picture-in-picture television. That it’s occurring on a computer monitor, rather than the flat-screen hanging on the living room wall, doesn’t decrease the feeling of digital claustrophobia.

Gradually, the charms of NHL GameCenter Live—the League’s Web- and subscription-based service that provides coverage of out-of-market games on a nightly basis—blow away any clouds of confusion.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“They (Rangers) went to Europe and he had told me to stay back and keep training and to be ready. I felt that in spite of the fact that I wasn’t signed early on that I was still going to be given an opportunity to stay. I had no desire to leave my team, but it didn’t work out and that’s sometimes the way it goes in the salary cap business. I had a great two years there. I feel really lucky to have played there and I had a great experience there. But I also feel lucky I had a relationship with some other teams in the Northeast. I believe it was right around Nov. 1 when I had said it wasn’t going to work out with the Rangers and I was going to start negotiating with other teams in the Northeast.” 

“I had some great offers from some very good organizations and good people out West.  I didn’t want to move my family. I have three children, all under six years old and they’re in school and definitely my first choice was to do something close to home—whether I could live at home or be a short commute for my family to come and see me as often as possible. That was my first choice, so I feel really fortunate.”

-Brendan Shanahan.

More on Shanahan from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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Kronwall Out, Not A Lower or Upper Body Injury, but…

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via the Detroit Free Press,

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out with an illness tonight

added 8:56pm, Ah, the flu!

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Hosting The Live Blog…Literally

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, we were gonna try and hook this thing up at a local establishment but it’s raining and here and that often confuses me.

So our world traveler, Andrew, is aboard the metro as we speak headed this way.  I’ll be picking him up, stopping at the Yuengling store and it’s back here to A2Y HQ to watch the game.

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Oilers Injury Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,

Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.

Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.

Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.

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Rinkside View Is History

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.

The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.

“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.

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Shanahan In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Brendan Shanahan is a New Jersey Devil—sort of.

Sources says the unrestricted free agent winger is joining the team, but has yet to agree to terms on a contract and it isn’t clear at this point when that will happen or when he will be ready to play a game with them.

But sources say Shanahan will start skating in New Jersey today and the details of him officially becoming part of the team will be worked out in the days to come. The Devils are in Los Angeles starting a six-game road trip.

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added 4:47pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have brought left wing Brendan Shanahan back to the organization, signing the 39-year-old left wing today to what is believed to be a one-year contract. There is no timetable yet for when Shanahan will join the team and begin playing in games.

“Brendan Shanahan has agreed in principle to join the New Jersey Devils,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “He will begin skating on his own. Brendan will join the team at a date to be determined.”

added 5:12pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Although there has been contact with Shanahan since September, Lamoriello said he had no intention of signing Shanahan until the team’s recent struggles.

“No. We had spoken to him, like a lot of other people, in September and throughout the year,” Lamoriello said. “We met face to face (Friday) and we spoke again today….”

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