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Nash Still Learning The Finer Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

The man entrusted with keeping Nash on the path to greatness is notorious taskmaster Ken Hitchcock. The veteran skipper draws a parallel between his prodigy and Flames star Jarome Iginla.

“The thing that Jarome figured out pretty early in his career,” said Hitchcock, “is that his personality, his play and his determination had an impact on everybody. His fight (with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen) turned around the (Dec. 1 Blue Jackets-Flames) game in Calgary. When he gets after people and gets nasty and determined, I think it influences everyone on the bench.

“Rick has shown that. Where Rick is still on the learning curve is when someone goes after him like a (Chris) Pronger or a (Zdeno) Chara, he’s got to learn to play through, which is very difficult to do…”


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  Tags: rick+nash

Flames “Sweep” Road Trip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

As the Calgary Flames celebrated their victory to close out one of the most successful road trips in history, a symbol of their achievement hung from a pair of hangers hooked to the drop ceiling in their dressing room.

A large wooden broom.

It was a clean sweep.

The 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets punctuated a record-tying journey—only the 1971-72 Boston Bruins and 1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers had swept six-game road trips previously—and another strong performance by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made sure it ended just as it began.


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Movie Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the D.C. Sports Bog,

Since that dark day, Washington is 7-4-2. They might not be the ‘84 Oilers just yet, but at least the franchise is now located somewhat north of hell. Boudreau, it stands to reason, must have deployed some sort of motivational wizardry, some magic set of words, some sloganeering that snapped this team out of its funk. Where does he get his inspiration?

“Movies, quite frankly,” he told me.

Yup, the Caps’ new boss is a movie fanatic who prefers action and adventure flicks, from crime tales to mobster dramas to historical capers. When he watches movies now, he keeps track of the motivational bits for possible use in the locker room.

read on

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

JFJ- Survivor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Just when you think he has gone under the waves for good, weighted by the fat contracts he doled out for defencemen, his free-agent forays or tangled in the twine of three controversial goaltender moves, his team gets hot or his boss tosses him a life preserver.

Such fluctuations make it hard to judge Ferguson’s impact, other than the Leafs have had two close calls with making the playoffs. Is this season already a write-off as one broadsheet columnist boldly claimed, or is this modest December indicative of a better second half?

read on

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr.

Time For Some Ugly Goals In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks have a 1-6 record and just three power-play goals in 30 chances this month….

“We get in there for some reason and, myself included, we all make the first pass way too complicated,” said veteran center Robert Lang, who has three power-play goals this season. “We have to go back to basics. Get guys in front of the net and put pucks on the net and good things happen. If you look for too major of a change it never really works. Just get the pucks on net and get the ugly goals.”

read on

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Schaefer Knew He Was On His Way Out In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

“I had little conflicts with Bryan Murray all last year,” Schaefer said before last night’s game against his former team. “Once John got fired and (Murray) became the GM, I pretty much knew I was going to be moved.

“At the end of year meeting, (Murray) told me he expected me to come back (this season) and have a good year. Two days later, he called me in Vancouver and told me I had been traded to Boston. I just chuckled and said thanks.

“I think it’s a business and any time you tell someone one thing and something better comes along, you do it. There’s no hard feelings against (Murray).

“At the same time, I’m probably not going to go and bake cupcakes with him at Christmas, either.”


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  Tags: peter+schaefer

Wednesday Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Detroit News claims Pavel Datsyuk is the best player in the NHL.  Well, they ask the question, “Is he the best player in the NHL”?. 

Then in true Digger fashion, they try to answer it using quotes dredged up from weeks, even months, ago. 

David Goricki

“I remember when I was with St. Louis,” Osgood said. “It was a nightmare. We were worried about (Brett) Hull and Shanny (Brendan Shanahan), and this little Russian guy kept splitting the ‘D’ and going around (Chris) Pronger and putting it through my legs. We were like, ‘Who is this kid?’ We didn’t really know him. It’s definitely great to be on his side now.”


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Flyers Trade Eager To Chicago For Vandermeer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Jim Vandermeer from the Chicago Blackhawks.

On the Flyers homepage, no details yet.

added 10:47pm, via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained left wing Ben Eager from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Jim Vandermeer.  “We wanted a high energy player for our fourth line and Ben Eager is that kind of player,” Tallon said.  “He is just 23 years old, he can skate and heis a very gritty player.”

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  Tags: ben+eager, jim+vandermeer

Who Said What

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The Vancouver Canucks’ general manager has put another twist to the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore debacle, suggesting in court documents released today that Moore was not specifically targeted for revenge by then-Canucks coach Marc Crawford.

In an Aug. 23 depostion, Vancouver Canucks general manger Dave Nonis told lawyers: “I have heard that Crawford pointed to a number of players and said that they must—‘... they got to pay the price tonight.’


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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Captains Holland & Pleau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Binghamton Senators,

The American Hockey League announced today that AHL alumni and Binghamton Hockey Hall of Famers Ken Holland and Larry Pleau will serve as honorary captains at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic, to be held January 27-28 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, N.Y.


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